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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Villains! by Gabrielle Bisset, author of Blood Spirit!


I am so excited to have author Gabrielle Bisset here today talking villains on her paranormal fall fling tour to celebrate the release of the third book in her Sons of Navarus series, Blood Spirit! :)

Thanks, Holly, for having me here today at Full Moon Bites to celebrate the release of the third book in the Sons of Navarus series, Blood Spirit. And the celebration continues all of October! All month the Blood Spirit/Sons of Navarus Paranormal Fall Fling giveaway has weekly prizes, along with grand prizes of gift cards, ebooks, and cool Sons of Navarus swag at the end of the fling. Be sure to keep reading after the post for details on how to enter!  

I thought I'd talk about the villains in my Sons of Navarus series today. I so often talk about the heroes and heroines, but the bad guys are just as necessary for a story to succeed. Without conflict, there is no story.

I love writing bad men. Writing bad women is fun too, for that matter, but the particularly villainous character in the Sons series is a male named Marc Verrater. Tall, dark, and completely evil, he is one very bad man. In fact, he's about to cause some serious trouble for one of the Sons of Navarus and his wife.

But it's that trouble—that conflict—that makes the story interesting. In Verrater, I have a character who can say and do things no hero or heroine could do. Only villains get to do the things we wish we could all do in moments of anger or jealousy and say those things that polite society has declared are off limits for decent people. He doesn't worry about being decent. He's bad. Decent has nothing to do with it.

But he's more than just bad. Villains work as a way to show the great qualities in the hero or to show a conflict the hero is feeling. And this may not always be obvious, but subconsciously, as readers move through a story, their brains pick this up. For example, in the second book in the series, Blood Betrayed, readers are introduced to Marc Verrater and told he has black hair, incredibly dark blue eyes, and a great body. Anyone who's read the first book in the series, Blood Avenged, knows this is almost an identical description of Vasilije, another Son of Navarus. In addition, both characters are often in scenes structured similarly to one another. For example, both Marc and Vasilije are usually described as being behind their desks. Now the desks are quite different to indicate something about each one, but the similarity is there. The key to the similarities of the two is the hero of Blood Betrayed, Saint, spends most of the book hating both of them, despite the fact that Vasilije is someone he must work with. Both males represent things he despises. In Saint's mind, one is as bad as the other. It is only when he deals with the story's conflict that he can see the difference between Verrater and Vasilije.

Writing villains can be enjoyable just because they give an author a chance to act out her most devilish plans, even if they're only on paper. Who hasn't thought of acting out a revenge fantasy from time to time? But on a deeper level, villains are used to help show readers more of the story. It's with the contrast between good and evil that not only the conflict is created but good storytelling too.   

I hope readers will visit my blog to enter the Blood Spirit/Sons of Navarus Paranormal Fall Fling giveaway and find out more about the Sons series. There will be weekly prizes and grand prizes at the end of the fling, including gift cards, ebooks, and Sons of Navarus swag. Visit http://gbisset.blogspot.com/p/paranormal-fall-fling.html for all the details on how to enter!



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The Sons of Navarus series continues...

I am everything you seek. I am vampire.

Blessed with the gift of telepathy, Terek always knows what a woman wants. His gift has afforded him nightly sensual pleasures and exotic treats for centuries, but beneath the surface he yearns for much more.

Ilona can give him what his soul craves, but only if he trusts his heart. One fateful choice made out of desire puts all he cares for in danger. With a civil war and the threat of Archon hunters at every turn, this Son may lose everything if he can't find the balance between heart and mind.


An avid reader of all types of books, I read my first romance even before I was a teenager. I must have been a very precocious young lady! I still remember the book, if not the title. It was about a Southern man during the years before the Civil War and his illicit affair with one of the slaves of a woman he "frequented". I remember vividly reading the word "manhood" often in the book, and the slave's name was Sukie. Isn't it amazing what the mind can remember?

Fast forward a couple dozen years and I'm a college history instructor. I still love history as much as that romantic young woman did, so I teach it to college students, and the romantic streak has never gone away. Now I get to do things that have to do with my other favorite love: romance novels.

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