Author Guest Post with Wendy Laine, Plus Giveaway!

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Rogues, Scoundrels, and Beasts

My first scoundrel was Han Solo. He was loud and arrogant...and I was young. I didn’t know it was the beginning of a trend. Oh, there were others over the years who started hinting at a deeper aspect to my personality. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Draco Malfoy. Dean Winchester. The Beast...from any version of Beauty and the Beast. Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time. I think it was around the Captain Hook fascination that I started thinking that I have a thing—a thing for guys who you shouldn’t want to want.

It worried me. What did it say about me? Did I not appreciate nice guys? Do I not like to be treated right?

But, then, there was Black Widow. And Catwoman.

Okay, so I like conflicted people. As I examined why I liked scoundrels of all types and genders, I recognized that I saw something in them that I didn’t find in the too-good-to-be-true characters. There’s a reason why Captain America and Superman had always bored me—they stood for a black and white sense of right and wrong. Batman, on the other hand, well, he saw shades of gray. The darkness and scarred past within these characters called and received an answer in my soul. I wanted them to have their recognition and get a chance at really living.

When I was in high school, I knew I was different. At the time, I thought I was going mad. The dark thoughts that would frequently overwhelm me left me certain of it. I didn’t find out until later that I was dealing with undiagnosed and untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder. I never saw myself in the heroes of stories. They were simply too good. They deserved their happy ending. I was less sure that I did.

Today, I’ve been listening to “Evermore” from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. It was added for this 2017 retelling and the Beast sings it as he releases Belle. The depth of emotion in the lyrics and tone are just unsurpassed by any of the other songs in my opinion. It’s both exultant and disheartened all at once. This contradiction is most obvious in the line: “Now I know she’ll never leave me—even as she runs away.” He’s winning and losing all at once—and recognizing that the winning was worth the losing.

When I started writing, I knew I wanted to give a voice to the flawed and misunderstood. Typically, my stories do have villains, but my protagonists aren’t unflawed and wonderful. Even any magic has a darker side. I don’t write about the popular and perfect because their stories don’t interest me. I will always want to know what made the Beast a beast. I want to get inside the mind of the cursed, troubled, and angry because that’s the path that intrigues me—the one that strays into the shadows.

In Secrets of Skin and Stone, both Piper and Grisham have darker secrets they’re hiding. Piper is struggling to keep her OCD symptoms under wraps and Gris’s is a more supernatural secret, but he plans to, somewhat literally, fly through town and leave it in his dust. I wanted Piper’s story, in particular, to see the light. Everyone deserves to be recognized and to be loved for who they are—at their core. I think inside we’re all both beautiful and beastly and both sides deserve a happy ending. I hope that comes through in this book.

Who are some of your favorite conflicted characters? And what’s your favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling/reimagining? (I’m a bit of an addict when it comes to this. My Kindle is full of them that I’ve read or need to read. I will love you forever if you find me a new favorite.)

Thank you for letting me take time on your site. 

 

Meet Wendy Sparrow!

Wendy Laine is the penname of author Wendy Sparrow. Writing is in Wendy’s blood as are equal parts of Mountain Dew and chocolate. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ over and over. She lives in Washington State with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.

 

 

Meet Secrets of Skin and Stone!

 

Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072FFZZX4

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34388622

 

Secrets of Skin and Stone 

By: Wendy Laine

Release Date: June 5, 2017 

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Comments 10

Dianna G. on Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:21

Love the first line in the summary! The cover is spine tingling.

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Love the first line in the summary! The cover is spine tingling.
Gabi Eisenberg on Thursday, 15 June 2017 17:53

Cover is creepy, but in a way that intrigues me, not in a way that deters me from wanting to read it. Synopsis is inventive and unique!

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Cover is creepy, but in a way that intrigues me, not in a way that deters me from wanting to read it. Synopsis is inventive and unique!
Danielle Lynn on Friday, 16 June 2017 15:08

Love the totally creepy cover and the colours match the synopsis perfectly. The synopsis doesn't even sound remotely similar to anything I've read lately. Which, is a total bonus since, after a while, a lot of YA starts to sound the same.

Looking forward to this!

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Love the totally creepy cover and the colours match the synopsis perfectly. The synopsis doesn't even sound remotely similar to anything I've read lately. Which, is a total bonus since, after a while, a lot of YA starts to sound the same. Looking forward to this!
Courtney Gendreau on Monday, 26 June 2017 01:32

I am totally in love with the synopsis and the cover. It sounds like an amazing creepy read! I need to get my hands on it soon.

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I am totally in love with the synopsis and the cover. It sounds like an amazing creepy read! I need to get my hands on it soon.
Carissa on Monday, 26 June 2017 17:52

sounds great

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sounds great
Emily on Monday, 03 July 2017 14:21

This book sounds right up my alley!! And I love the cover

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This book sounds right up my alley!! And I love the cover
Candice Gigous on Friday, 07 July 2017 10:36

The cover is great, very gothic and mysterious. The synopsis is very intriguing. Sounds like an amazing read.

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The cover is great, very gothic and mysterious. The synopsis is very intriguing. Sounds like an amazing read.
Nancy Hernandez on Friday, 07 July 2017 20:31

Love the cover and super intriguing.

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Love the cover and super intriguing.
Aireanna Lesch on Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:55

OMG the cover is dark, gothic and mysterious! It looks like it has a hint of dragons in the cover! Love the storyline already!!! Can't wait for this to be my next read!!

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OMG the cover is dark, gothic and mysterious! It looks like it has a hint of dragons in the cover! Love the storyline already!!! Can't wait for this to be my next read!!
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 08 July 2017 16:11

The cover is cold and chilling to look at which matches the synopsis well.

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The cover is cold and chilling to look at which matches the synopsis well.

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