Sunday, August 30, 2009

PARAPALOOZA - Day 6


Southern Witch series Quote of the Day:

"All I needed was to drive the werewolves off, find Edie, cure Zach, and get a new job. Piece of cake. Well, a five-layer, two-days-in-the-making, and every-pan-in-the-kitchen-dirty Death By Chocolate Cake maybe."

* * *

I know several things about Dakota Cassidy.

First, she looks fabulous in a little black dress. (I met her very, very briefly at a cocktail party in Dallas)

Second, she's very generous. I'm pretty sure she was crazy busy with her own writing when my editor asked her if she'd be willing to read a book by a new author for a possible cover quote.

Third, she's got a great wry, self-deprecating humor that makes you want to have a million margaritas with her.

When I asked if her: "If you were a song from the 80's which would you be?" here's what she said...

"I'd like to say Like a Virgin is the song I'd be from the 80s, but that'd be a total lie. 'Cause I was no virgin. So I've decided on Let It Whip. See, I'm old--all my body parts whip around in one way or the other. :)"

I crack up every time I read that quote, and every time I read one of her books. She's great! Visit Dakota at www.dakotacassidy.com

* * *

Wonderfully talented, Sharie Kohler (who I've had margaritas with!) writes great paranormals under her name and fabulous bestselling historical romances under the pen name Sophie Jordan.

Recently, I asked Sharie which is her favorite villain from her books. Here's what she said:

"As a favorite villain, I would have to chose Darius from MARKED BY MOONLIGHT ... but then, I've begun to reform that naughty werewolf. He's destined to be the hero of his own book soon. Hmm, how about Jonah from my current release, TO CRAVE A BLOOD MOON? He's a pretty bad half-werewolf dude who actually tries to "off" the hero and heroine of TO CRAVE A BLOOD MOON. But hey, he has his reasons! ;) Actually both Darius and Jonah are reform-worthy. Personally, I believe the best villains are never all bad ... a great villain is always redeemable. You be the judge. Check out my series and let me know if villains Darius and Jonah are heroes in the making."

You can visit Sharie at:
http://www.shariekohler.net/
AND
http://www.sophiejordan.net/

* * *

If you'd like to win a signed copy of Barely Bewitched, a copy of The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy, and an autographed copy of Marked By Moonlight by Sharie Kohler, please drop by in the comments and answer a one of the following questions:

1.) Who's your favorite shapeshifter?

OR

2.) Who's your favorite fictional villain?

60 comments:

Barbara said...

Akashia queen of the dammed from anne rice vamp series.

Pam said...

Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. I almost feel sorry for the guy - he tries so hard and repeatedly fails...

melacan at hotmail dot com

SeabeeSpouse said...

I would have to say that Faythe Sanders in Rachel Vincent's werecat series is my favorite shapeshifter. I like her because she is a kickbutt type person that takes nothing from anyone, even her family when they "know" best for her. But then she will curl up with sexy Marc and well...just enjoy herself and who would'nt want to curl up with Marc. :)

Erin Nappier said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Sam Merlot from Charlaine Harris's Sookie books. He is a "true" shifter so he can become anything and that's pretty awesome!

Meljprincess said...

I have two. Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter.

Mel K.
Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

elnice said...

My favorite shifter is Faythe from Rachel Vincent's shifter series. She frustrates me at times, but she keeps me turning pages!

zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

I would love to shift into a panther. They are so beautiful and deadly!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh fav shapeshifter, I have a huge crush on Clay from Kelley Armstrongs Otherworld books. He is just so insane, and made me like werewolves

leuckygirl said...

Where to start! There are so many shapeshifters to be admired. Any of the dragons by Deborah Cooke, Delilah from Yasmine Galenorn, Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs all are strong beautiful fiesty women. I even love Angua from Terry Pratchett (not a romance LOL). But for my money, although I love Sherrilyn Kenyon (Vane, Fang & Fury Kattalakis) I would have to say Bowen MacRieve (Kresley Cole) lights my fire. Dark, Tortured, guilt ridden, angry and totally in denial but totally redeemable and lucious. Mmmmm yummy!

Shirley said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Vane and Wren from Sherrilyns Kenyon

Van P. said...

My favorite shape shifters are Mercy and Adam from Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson novels.




littopandaxpress (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tynga said...

I'd have to go with werecats, I just LOVE the Rachel Vincent's Shifters series.

As for favorite vilian? Well I find it hard to like the bad guy =P
I guess I would pick Dimitri now that he is turned strogoii

ann marie said...

My favorite shifter is Vane, and favorite villan would have to be Stryker from Sherrilyn Kenyon.

throuthehaze said...

my fave shapeshifter is Elena from women of the otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Going old-school for this one - Prince Morgon of Hed - the Riddle Master from Patricia McKillip's books (plus has lots of other magic). And maybe not "favorite", but the scariest fictional villain for me is Freddy Krueger because he can kill you in your dreams.

robertmoonson@hotmail.com

Estella said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Sam from the Sookie Stackhouse books.

Mandy said...

My answer combines the two: My favorite villain also happens to be a shapeshifter -Jareth, the Goblin King from Labyrinth. He's only doing evil because of / for Sarah. If she'd only make up her mind!

mandyfish@gmail.com

alicia0605 said...

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Vane, Fang & Fury. I also love Laurell K Hamiltons's Nathaniel, Micah and Jason!!!

kathycrouch AT hotmail DOT com said...

I have a couple of favorite shifters. Vane and Fang for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series and Delilah from Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series. My favorite villian would be Stryker from Sherri's books as well.

Kimberly Frost said...

Happy Sunday, everyone!

One of my favorite villains of all time was the Mayor of Sunnydale from season three of Buffy.

One minute, he'd be like, "Faith, you know I don't like that kind of language." Then next, he'd say, "Now go kill these people."

Just an odd and entertaining combination that really worked.

Morning Glow said...

Favorite shapeshifter? That would have to be Vane from Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Just something about him, mmm..

I mean, ahem.
Morning Glow
ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

Daelith said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Finn from Jennifer Roberson's Cheysuli Chronicles.

ldyAndúril said...

Mercedes Thompson, from Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series.
She works she fights and she keeps her own council.

Laura Montgomery said...

My favorite villain is Captain Hook from Peter Pan. In every story I've read with Hook in it, especially after watching the 2003 movie with Jason Issacs. I feel hard for his character. Hook is evil and cruel, but not always in a horrible way, more seductive if you think about it. He may have been written for a children s story but he has innuendo and villainy for us fantasy readers.

Debi Murray said...

Favorite shifter? Definitely Sam Merlotte...I just wanna hug him and squeeze him and take him home!

Favorite villain? OMG, there are so many...but Cruella De Ville has a special place in my evil little heart.

Cathy M said...

I love shifter stories, so I have tons of favorites. Since I just got thru reading Nalini Singh's, Psy/Changeling series, I will pick Lucas Hunter.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

My favorite shapeshifter? Well that would be the sexy Dev Peltier from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter, one of the quads (the one with the sense of humor and man-whore)

My favorite villian? And the only villian to come to mind was Stryker. First villian to still be bad and plus have a book (that I'm aware of!)

Raonaid@gmail.com

Kayla Johnson said...

Answer #1
My favorite shapeshifter would have to be Sam Merlot from True Blood! He's just so caring and protective over Sookie.. I want a guy like that. Not to mention, he's cute and has a mysterious air to him.

Amswer #2
My favorite villain would have to be Hannible Lecter. He's so confused, and yet has his mind set at what he wants to do. The poor man is haunted by his childhood and what happened. He couldn't prevent it, but he doesn't seem to understand that, and I feel sorry for him. In a way, his emotions is the real villain to him and everyone around him. Hannible also has a powerful air, which I'm drawn to and find sexy. I'd comfort him on his past.. *wink wink*

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

Pissenlit said...

My favourite shapeshifter is Sam from Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series.

*ina* said...

Hi everybody!
Sharie - I loved "Marked by Moonlight", but the 3rd book of the series was my favorite...
My favorite shapeshifter is Dorian from the Psy/Changeling Series by Nalini Singh.
Have a nice day,
Ina

spacedkane said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Sam from the Sookie Stackhouse books.

My favorite fictional villain is Tinkerbell. I know most look on her as a hero but that is part of her villainy. She got the lost boys to try to shoot down the "Wendybird" (who needed it because Wendy is a trifling beeyotch), she gave up the location of the hideout to Captain Hook and garnered the sympathy of millions by "sacrificing" herself when, as a villain, she knew she was in no real danger.

I recognize the above is simply my opinion and follow my great grandma's advice that opinions are like bumholes: everyone has one and they sometimes stink. Tink as villain is my longtime theory but I love, love, love her. I have shelves of her dolls, a tattoo of her and my bathroom is Tink (which my 3 teenage sons think is awesome - NOT lol)

jeanette8042 said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Wren from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

Chelsea B. said...

Sam Merlot from Charline Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries and Phil from Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stakes series, among a few others form that series :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite shifter right now is Michael Quinn in Rhyannon Byrd's "Edge of Danger"; he facinated me as he changes into a raptor - how cool is that :-) My favorite villain has to be Lord Voldemort as he did so many bad deeds I lost count - to me he is evil personified. I wish you had asked for favorite witch as I'd have to say Tammy Jo Trask. I can't wait to read more about her. She is simply delightful! Keep her coming (quickly please) LOL Cheryl

lrwirum said...

favorite shapeshift would probably have to be Antonio Cruz from Undeniable in On the Prowl anthology by Crystal Jordan

Lori T said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Adam and Mercy from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I just those shifters in her books.

Publius said...

My favorite fictional villain was always the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy was a little bit of a goodie two shoes, IMHO

blackroze37yahoo.com said...

lol well bein a bates. i wold say norman bates, cause i was torture all time about movie and io would say was my uncle ,lol

Estefanie said...

My favorite shapeshifters are:
Mercy Thompson, Adam Hampton from Patricia Briggs, Vane, Fang & Fury Kattalakis
My favorite villians are MaryAnn from Charlaine Harris/True Blood and Stryker from Sherrilyn Kenyon.

joder said...

My favorite shifter is Sam from Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire series. He's sweet and loyal.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

katsrus said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Sam Merlot also. It's cool how he can change.

Jeanna said...

I'm showing my nerd again, but my favorite villain is Darth Vader. Heck, my son's name is Anakin, so he has to be my favorite!

Michele L. said...

My fave villain is Darth Vadar. Love the voice, his overwhelming presence, the power he exerts.

The shapeshifter that totally changed my world from the first story I read in the Sookie Stackhouse series is Sam Merlot. What an amazing character!

Shana Abe's drakon series is fantastic also! I love the characters who change into dragons. I fell in love with the worlds she created. There is so much emotion that you actually feel what the characters are feeling.

Alexa said...

My favorite shape shifter is Sam Merlot- I love the books and the show!

lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

Debby said...

Lord V from Harry Potter. He is so easy to dislike.

cait045 said...

My favorite villian is in the Kim Harrison series The Hollows. Trent is a elf that is powerful and extremely motivated to get what he wants.

usignolc@yahoo.com

SteF said...

Really what's better than the Disney villains. I love Jafar from Aladdin.. Cinderella's evil step mother.. Scar in The Lion King.

I also love when characters in books start out "villain-like." Like Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books.. sexy and dangerous but turns out and grows to be the opposite of the villain.

Being a Sookie Stackhouse series nut my fav shape shifter is Sam too.

Nancy G said...

My favorite shifter is Ravyn from Kenyon's Dark Hunters. He is a cat shifter, one of the few she does.

Diane said...

I love the shape shifters in Nalini Singh's books, I've read all of her books; but I love shifters in general.
Worst villain?
Psycho! Norman Bates

Linda said...

My favorite shapeshifter is Lachlain from Kresley Cole's immortals after dark series.

auntiedeb_98 said...

My favorite fictional villian is Sethos from the Peabody & Emerson series by Elizabeth Peters. Over time Sethos grows from a master criminal to a multilayered character with many complicated relationships to the Peabody / Emerson family.Still, I've never forgotten the early scene when Peabody attacks him & he runs away screaming.

The Mama said...

My favorite shifter is Sam Merlotte from the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

Jackie Uhrmacher said...

Adam from the Mercy Thompson series is my normal answer. He's one of the toughest, sweetest characters I've ever read. Then I reread Gena Showalter's Playing with Fire and remembered how yummy Rome was. Today, though, I finished Linda Robertson's Vicious Circle, and Johnny is nipping at their heels. I can't choose between them!

Kimberly Frost said...

Another fictional villain, that I love to HATE is Delores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. When I was reading book 5, I really wanted her to be killed at the end of the book.

Carmen R said...

My favorite shifter is Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Llehn said...

My favorite shifter is Oz the werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Laura Montgomery said...

Kimberly, I completely agree with you on Delores Umbridge. The first time I read that book she made me so mad I literally threw the book across the room and it left a hole in the wall, lol. J.K.R wrote her too well.

donnas said...

My favorite shifter is Clay from the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong.

Paula said...

My fave shapeshifter in books is Jason from the Anita Blake series, and on TV, Oz from Buffy.

Kimberly Frost said...

I love Oz from Buffy. He's definitely one of my favorite shifters! Low-key and hilarious.

There are several books suggested here that I'm going to have to check out for their sexy shifters. :)

SW Novella Update

The new Southern Witch novella is tentatively titled: Perfectly Pie-Jacked , and I am ~ 6,300 words into it. Here's the opening...