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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guest Blog: Sharon Hamilton: Bad Boys Do The Dumbest Things!

Some of my favorite characters are bad boys. In True Blood, I don’t think there are any good boys. Every single one of them has something really quirky about them. They all have flaws, and are all “bad” to a certain extent. There really isn’t a hero, although they have heroic moments.

Look at what Eric is going through now. (Spoiler) He’s killed Sookie’s Fairy Godmother. He’s challenged his King. And Bill won’t have sex with his relative. He’ll drain a stranger, but he won’t cross the line he considers improper.

I remember reading Kressley Cole’s Hunger Like No Other and her hero’s claws ripped the heroine’s expensive underwear to shreds, which made her angry. I loved reading where he was trying to be gentle, but finally got frustrated and just gave up.

In Pirates, Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow has so many quirks and flaws in his personality we love him dearly for it. Though he doesn’t get the girl, he is the bad boy hero of the story.

Bad boys have always been a pleasure to watch, to read and to write. There is just something about them that makes us want to get to know them, and makes them unforgettable. Even Jamie Fraser in Outlander, becomes somewhat of a bad boy later in the series.

I recently read Jessica Page Morrell’s book, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction. One point she makes on her chapter about creating unforgettable characters is that as a reader we want to learn about people we will never meet in real life. That the fear factor, that raw emotion we get from being scared either by what the character does or what the character will encounter, is one of the strongest emotions a good writer evokes. This doesn’t mean the story has to be UF or apocalyptic, just that bad boy characters bring that strong emotion to the table, which enhances and enriches the plot.

And in romance writing of any genre, stronger emotions equals sales.

Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Guardian angels, Dark angels and vampires. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love – not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!

She has owned and successfully operated a sales and marketing company, been a business coach and corporate consultant, a speaker and guest panelist. Her completed manuscripts have finaled in three contests within the last twelve months: two in the erotica category in 2009 and again in 2010 for Maryland Romance Writers: Reveal Your Inner Vixen (for published and unpublished authors) and for paranormal in the 20010 Duel On the Delta. She is an active member of California Writers, Redwood Writers, Romance Writers of America, as well as three local chapters in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. She also is a member of FF&P and Savvy Authors, and is a regular contributor to two blog sites.

Sharon lives with her husband, sixty chickens and two Dobermans in the heart of Wine Country: Sonoma County, where all her stories take place.

BLURB for Angel:
Claire, an unconventional Guardian angel, is sent to stop a talented Brazilian-born painter, Daniel DePalma, from killing himself. He has been skillfully preyed upon by a dark angel posing as his best friend and agent, poised to take the artist's soul. Warned she must never let her charge sense her presence, the Guardian cuts corners and takes risks. The painter begins to understand that the muse in his dreams is a real angel. She believes her unusual attraction to this handsome male and the fact that not all her human memories have been washed away is proof that something is wrong. Or perhaps she was destined to meet this man.

As she inspires and helps him repair his life, they fall in love, breaking all the rules of the Guardianship. The seductive dark angel, who covets the Guardian as a higher prize, offers the two lovers something Heaven cannot: to be together for eternity. Will their love stand the test of time and be able to span two worlds, or will they succumb to the dark forces of the Underworld and remain together forever?

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.


Liz said...

Well said Sharon! And you book sounds fascinating! cheers

Molly Daniels said...

I agree; Angel sounds like a 'must-read':) I admit, I had no desire to see any of the POC movies until I saw the trailer for this last one. Now I want to carve out some time and watch them!

Katalina Leon said...

Wonderful post Sharon! I love your book cover for "Angel" the book sounds so beautiful.

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like a gret book. Who doesn't love bad boys?

Sharon Hamilton said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for all your nice comments. So happy to be sharing with you today. Angel was really a work of my heart. Of course, Jimmy Thomas' chest on the cover didn't hold me back any either!!

Hope all of you enjoy it. Send me your emails through Marianne, and I'll see to it you get a free copy on your preferred device. That's for being so nice to leave a comment today.

Molly Daniels said...

Thanks Sharon:)

Arletta Dawdy said...

HI Sharon,
It's fun to see you making your online appearances on behalf of "Angel"...a wonderful, beautifully written book. (Okay, so I'm in her critique group and really know this work.)You will all enjoy it, guaranteed!

Sharon Hamilton said...

You are a dear and such a cheerleader who makes my day. Thanks for taking the time to comment and show up on this blog. Marianne has amazing authors and interviews here. I hope you come back and get to know some of the others here. Lots of hard working women in this place!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Love me some bad boys and I love your new photo! Great book!

Anonymous said...

Great blog on the "bad boys", Sharon. And, yes, "Angel" IS an intriguing story. Can't wait for your Seals stories to be ready!

Sharon Hamilton said...

Julia and Robin,
Thanks for stopping by. We all gotta love those bad boys...

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