Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Trish McCallan

THE SYMPATHETIC VILLAIN by Trish McCallan

Giveaway alert! Ms. McCallan will be giving away a digital copy of FORGED IN FIRE to one lucky commenter.

Congratulations to "Romance Reader Enthusiast", the winner of a digital copy of Trish McCallan's FORGED IN FIRE! You will be contacted directly by the author. Thank you to all who participated.

Giveaway ends 9pm EST Jan. 11th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, use the email under the CONTACT page to enter with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY. 

41 comments:

  1. I am also a huge Linda Howard fan! Your book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    srbagby50@gmail.com

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  2. This sounds like a must-read book! Looking forward to reading it!

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  3. Hi Trish,

    You book sounds great. Fingers crossed I win it. I cannot think of any villains I like. I always root for the hero.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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  4. Oh... this book looks good. Love the cover! Would love to win a copy of this.
    -Heidi
    hahook@nsatel.net

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  5. Super post! I think I created a sympathetic villianess in Branded...at least I hope so!

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  6. Most of the villians I've read I hated, and that goes for the ones I've written.

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  7. Great post! Trish, I love Forged in Fire! Awesome book! Whoever wins it is in for a treat :)

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  8. One of my villains has turned into a villainous hero. He did everything he's accused of and has no regrets. He's a sociopath. Like Ronsard, he's capable of feeling, but never has. He demanded and has now gotten a story. While he's done very bad things, that cold, killer side is what's needed to root out the ultimate villains of the series. In doing so, he grows beind just the monster and gains someone to act as the moral compass that, until now, he's lacked. For her, he's able to quell the darkness within.

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  9. Great post Trish! I have Forged on my list of reads. It sounds like it'll be a great one. As for heroes, I can't think of one off hand that I've sympathized with, but I might have to check out Howard's book and see how I like it. I like the different spin on it because usually they are written to hate.

    Happy Writing!

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  10. Linda Howard can teach us a lot about multiple layers of characterization. Great post. I look forward to reading Forged in Fire.

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  11. You know you've done a great job fleshing out your villain when readers actually like him/her, or at the very least, have sympathy for him/her.
    Great post, Trish.
    I've already read F.I.F--and loved it!

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  12. Your book sounds interesting. I usually go for the hero, but a good story and good author can absolutely sway me. Thanks for the giveaway. Gator_Trish at msn dot com

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  13. Oh, ATQM is one of my very favorite romantic suspenses of all time! I felt exactly the same as you did about Ronsard. I adore it when an author makes me feel conflicted about the villain. It adds so much depth to the story when the villain is well rounded rather than just plain evil. Giving them good motivation and a background readers can relate with only enriches the story, in my opinion.

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  14. Just added your book to my TBR list. I love to read horrific villains, but it's always interesting when you can somehow relate to them.

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  15. Now I've added TWO authors to my list! I haven't read Linda Howard yet so I've added both Linda and Trish to my list. I can't say I sympathize with any villains, but in Lori Armstrong's Julie Collins series I totally LOVE Tony Martinez. He is not the villain but he's not a good guy either. I've never been one to fall for the bad guy so liking Tony so much surprised me. Can't wait to read this book and Maya Banks KGI series!

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  16. Shelley,

    It's always great to meet another LH fan. *g
    Good luck in the contest!

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  17. S.Racin,

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy Forged!

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  18. Tammy,

    I normally root for the hero too. It takes an amazing writer to make me feel sympathetic toward the villain. There are only a handful of books, through twenty years that fit that bill.

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  19. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for the cover love. It's those shoulders, isn't it? *g

    They still make me drool. lol

    Good luck in the drawing!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by, D'Ann

    I'm not surprised Branded has a mulch-faceted villain. I've been hearing great things about that book?

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  21. Jerri,

    I'm fond of a monstrous sociopathic serial killer too. There is something about sociopaths I find fascinating.

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  22. Jennifer,

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the Forged Love. I think you were one of my first Nook readers.

    You know that's what I ended up buying too. A Nook Tablet. Now I need to start filling it. *bg

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  23. Sounds interesting Tory, sounds like your villain turned hero has lots of layers to him and even more layers to come. He reminds me of Spike from Buffy. LOL

    Spike made no apology for what he was. Hmmmm- Kind of like Damon from Vampire diaries too, come to think of it. And guess who my favorites were from those shows?

    *bg

    Team Damon and Spike all the way.

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  24. Christine,

    Yes, Linda Howard can create some fantastic villains. You should really check her out!
    I hope you enjoy Forged!

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  25. Kay,

    LH is a master at characterization, that's for sure, not to mention getting inside an alpha hero's head.

    And it's always worth it to learn from the masters.

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  26. Hey Brenda,

    Thanks for swinging by, as well as for the Forged Love. Much appreciated. The primary villain in Forged in Ice is going to be heart wrenching. In fact, I'm not even sure what to call her because villain doesn't quite fit, although she does do terrible things.

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  27. Ah, another Trish! See, I like you already, we have this connection, I can feel it. *bg

    Yes, great characterization can sway me in impossible directions too. Characterization is everything. And the very best characters have layers like onions, you want to peel them away and discover their core.

    Good luck in the drawing!

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  28. Woot! Kaylea, thanks for stopping by.

    Sounds like we have very similar villain taste. Although, from the heroes in your books, I'd say we have very similar hero tastes too. *bg

    The villain in Forged in Ice, my second book in the series is already past the bounds of sympathy. I'm not actually sure you can even call her a villain, although she does terrible things. I wonder what the line is for villainous behavior--at what point a villain becomes a villain.

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  29. Hi Lori,

    Thanks for adding Forged to your TBR list. I've loved some truly horrible villains too. It all depends in how they're drawn. But some of my favorite villains have been ones who went from being likeable, even good people until they let circumstances control them and didn't take responsibility for their actions.

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  30. Hi hregtvedt,

    Thanks for adding Forged to your TBR pile. And yes, everyone should read Linda Howard. LOL

    I'll have to check out Lori Armstrong. Tony sounds like the kind of character I love! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  31. Would love to win, lsscarchuk@att.net, thanks

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  32. Since this is your debut will you have a follow-up? This is definitely a book to add to my TBR list. Thank you.
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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  33. LS,

    Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in the drawing!

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  34. Romance Reader,

    Yes, Forged in Fire is the first book in a series, all of which feature sexy alpha SEALs for heroes. *g

    The second book is Forged in Ice and is due out this summer.

    Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  35. OMG, would love to have this!!! Definitely on my Amazon wish list!
    bc2mc3@gmail.com

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  36. Your book sounds great. I loved to hate Ronsard too. My villains have thus far been unredeemable. But they're usually really, really mean too. :) Gotta love torturing those heros! Thanks for the post! CJ Snyder

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  37. I always liked Angelus on the TV show Angel. He was the evil version of Angel. He was so charming. Deadly of course. He had a glee that morose Angel didn't have. Total villain but I couldn't tear my eyes away from him.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  38. Hi bc2mc3,

    I'm so glad the book sounds good to you. *bg
    Thanks for swinging by!

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  39. Hi CJ,

    The villain I'm working on right now could be described as irredeemable. But there is something fascinating about those unrepentant sociopaths too. lol

    Thanks for swinging by!

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  40. Hi Stacie,

    I loved Angelus! I loved Spike too. Right now I'm seriously in love with Damon from Vampire diaries. He is so evil sometimes, and totally unrepentant about it. Yet so incredibly loyal and caring with those he loves!

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  41. I've always loved a good villain. To me they're more interesting to read and to write. With the hero, you have to toe a narrow line to keep him likeable, but with your villain, you can have real fun. Anything goes!

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