Welcome to all of our fellow, and soon-to-be, Downside and Annabelle Lee groupies!
We are all very excited about the release of two highly anticipated novels...
And to celebrate, we at Addicted2Heroines, Christen @ Goldilox and the Three Weres, Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy, along with our amazing friends, are providing some kick ass giveaways for you. So let's get to it.
There are four opportunities to win.
The first prize is
Paperback copies of books 1 and 2 in Stacey Jay's Annabelle Lee series with a matching custom book thong from Dalla Luna. (US Giveaway)
The second prize
The first book in Stacey Jay's YA series
The third prize
Stacia Kane's Sacrificial Magic, Downside Ghosts Book 4
(International Giveaway in paperback or e-book format)
And last, but certainly not least, the fourth giveaway is a $50 Amazon Gift Card (US/CA). Fill out the second Rafflecopter for a chance to win.
Before you enter, we have a little something special for you -
Stacia and Stacey discuss our favorite characters, Chess and Annabelle.
Stacia: If you click on the "Chats" line in your gmail menu, it'll bring up old chats, and you can open them and see how the formatting goes.
Stacey: How about we chat and then you copy and paste for me? *bats eyelashes* *is delicate and needs to be coddled today*
Stacia: Lol, no problem, I can do that.
Stacey: My hero
Stacia: Let me go pee first, since I totally should have done that before.
And yes, I am.
Stacey: This is going in the interview. That you pee a lot
Stacey: I pee a lot too. This could get ugly. Go. Pee. I'll sit here and drink coffee so I can pee later.
Stacia: Yay! I just peed, and later you'll pee! There's that psychic connection again.
OMG we are both women who sometimes pee.
*We-have-trouble-staying-on-task chitchat eliminated*
Stacey: And now I'm going to ask you a question. Ready?
Stacey: So, people say that Chess and Annabelle have a lot in common, that they, too, are women who both pee and are in other ways soul sisters. Would you agree? I have my thoughts. Of course. But interested in your take.
Stacia: Lol. I think they have a lot in common, yeah, totally. I mean, aside from the obvious. Because to me it's not what they do--as far as having a dependency or habit or whatever--that makes them similar so much as the fact that they're both, maybe, representative of types of women who don't always get represented?
Stacey: Yes. I get that.
Stacia: I mean, it seems sometimes women, especially in genre fiction, are really given narrow parameters and there's only a very narrow field of "acceptable" qualities/behavior. And I think Chess and Annabelle both step out of that field to some degree. I think that's why the readers who've connected with them have connected SO STRONGLY, so much more--from what I've seen--than with other characters they love and care about. Because Chess and Annabelle reflect another side of women that isn't often found in books…a side that many women identify with but can't find. So they really connect with that, because finally here's a character like them, even if they don't have the kinds of issues Chess and Annabelle have.
Stacey: The part that isn't always perfect. Or strong.
Stacia: Yes. They're not perfect. And I don't think reading them makes the reader wonder what's wrong with them that they don't agree with what the heroine is doing or don't understand why they're getting upset or whatever. If you know what I mean. Instead of reading about an unrealistically perfect woman they can never hope to be, they see that actually, who they are is okay and there are still people who will like/love/care about them even though they aren't perfect.
Stacey: Exactly. We all have moments of weakness. What's interesting to me is seeing a character who is in a hard place trying to sort things out for herself, to make her own way. If the character starts out as a super hero, where does she really have to go from there?
Stacey: And I think there is HUGE pressure for women to present this perfect, modern, feminine image.
Stacey: We must be strong and tough and take no prisoners and look great in a mini skirt while we do it. I didn't want to write that woman. I wanted to write a woman who wasn't interested in being that woman.
Stacia: And we must also love kids and want babies and be great with animals and heal the sick and all of that, too.
Stacey: And work in a soup kitchen.
Stacia: And YES, again. As a writer a character like that just isn't that interesting. Someone who's just so cute and adorable and nice just...other people can write them, and that's great and they can be really fun/interesting to read, but to me as a writer they're just not challenging. I'm not really interested in getting in their heads.
We will be posting this discussion in its entirety later on next week, so be sure to check back with us. Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the other blogs participating in the hop!