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Friday, November 30, 2012

WHAT IS IT WITH THOSE BAD BOYS?



Why are good girls always drawn to bad boys? I know I personally gave my mom grey hair during my “bad decade” as a roadie for a band called Nasty Habit. You know the saying “he’s the one your mama warned you about”? Watch the movie “Dirty Dancing” w/Baby (Jennifer Gray) falling for Johnny (Patrick Swayze)—see what I mean? The smoldering eyes, the cocky grin, the “I dare you” attitude…

Is it the whole opposites-attract/grass-is-always-greener thing? Is it the lure of the forbidden? The yearning to escape the same-old-same-old? Whatever it is, it’s one of the most popular sorts of pairing-up in romantic fiction. The-princess-and-the-pirate and such. He’s just a work in progress waiting for the right woman to redeem him. A message of hope? Reinforcing the love-conquers-all theme? 

I am currently finishing up Moonwitched, the LAST book in the ‘Guardians of Light” series, Book 7. Seven books are enough for a single series, I think. So I started thinking about their children forming a “Daughters of the Guardians” trilogy—Braeca, Piroska and Elyria. Those will be the titles, I think. So I started plotting out Braeca’s story.

Braeca is Finora’s daughter (LYCAN TIDES). She’s your typical oldest-daughter. Uber-responsible mini-mom, who’s taken care of her little brother Ioain since she was six and he was two. (Hey, she held off a dragon with a busted lamp—nobody messes with her baby brother!) She’s a warrior-scout and a weather-witch, now with FOUR little brothers and sisters—everything she does is for kin & clan. She’s never done anything wild or crazy or irresponsible in her life. So who does she need to rock her world and shake things up a bit—or a lot?

Geeze-Louise, what HAVEN’T I done in seven books already? Something new…something unexpected…the ultimate bad boy…

AHA!

Enter Flyn, a dark elf prince. (Check out the AWESOME pic I found on DeviantArt.com—http://mavrosh.deviantart.com/art/The-Dark-Elf-Portrait-285961487) A very morally-gray warrior-mage from a patriarchal, autocratic society where the strong rule the weak and women are seen and not heard. Braeca is a revelation to him. His society is utterly different from hers—HER clans are matriarchal and democratic, and anyone trying to silence a woman would definitely be singing in a higher key. Permanently. 

Opposites attract? You got it. The ultimate alpha bad-boy with smoldering silver-mercury eyes meets a practical lass who doesn’t take any crap from any man. These two are going to be smoking hot—and I now have the story line all plotted out. Political intrigue, betrayal, family infighting, lies and deception, well-meaning family interference, bitter rivalries… (I am SO not a pantser—I always need a map!)
So the Guardians look to have a strong legacy to carry on in their Daughters.

I’m curious—who’s got a bad boy tale or two of their own to tell?

8 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

For me, it's the excitment of a strong man. However, we all know that deep down, he's putty in the heroine's hands. He'll die for her. Yum. Congrats on your series, Renee. Sounds awesome!

Kathleen O'Donnell said...

I think we love a bad boy, because he is a challenge. There is just something about getting a bab boy to change his "BAD" ways...
Sometimes we are succesful and somtimes they are just going to be the way they are..

Kimberley Troutte said...

Wow. This series sounds awesome!

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like a great series...Everybody loves a bad boy turned good....

Fiona McGier said...

One of my releases for next year is the story of an actor who is busy partying and screwing his way through life, because that's what it takes to be a rich and famous action star. Until he gets one too many DUIs and his director realizes that he may not live long enough to make his next picture unless he's removed from his usual life. He's a bad boy who's a jerk...he as much as tells the heroine she's fat the first time he meets her when she rejects his clumsy, off-handed attempt to seduce her. So bad boy? Yup!

Of course in reality, I think we all pass through the "bad boy" phase. The lucky ones among us realize at some point that we need to look for a more stable person to have a life with! Someone who isn't going to chase after the next pheromone-emitting female who strolls past. But in fiction books we can make them change...in real life? Not so much.

Selena Robins said...

Great blog post, Renee! Series sounds awesome, I look forward to reading it. Bad boys are hot in fiction, it's all that fantasy they have going on for us. :)

Renee Wildes said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

I love the idea of shaking up Braeca's world. And I found the ultimate music for writing that book - NIGHTWISH!I love that dark, gothic metal, full orchestra plus operatic soprano singer. YOWZA!

Fiona McGier said...

2 of my sons just saw the last ever concert of Nightwish in Chicago, because the band just broke up. One son was upset that there weren't any tee shirts for sale, so he ordered his from Sweden and was amused by all of the foreign postage on the package when it got here. They own all of the band's music. A little too operatic for me, but interesting.