Nerd Girl Mini-Road Trip
Release-Day Appearance with Jeaniene Frost
Guest Wench Jennifer and I had a girl's night out this week, when we drove a couple of hours to meet Jeaniene Frost, author of the Wench favorite Night Huntress and Night Prince series, at the appearance celebrating the release of Twice Tempted. We made this same trip back in August for the release of Once Burned, and I'm sure that we will continue to make the trip whenever Ms. Frost does release day signings at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. She is that wonderful. Jennifer and I are both firmly entrenched in other series right now, and Vlad demands one's full attention, so we'll be getting to him later, but look for a thorough review of Twice Tempted by Wenches who are completely enamored by Vlad and the book, next week.
Now, click through to read all about what Jeanine Frost had to say, about world building, character names, and some of her intriguing characters that we can't get enough of.
Vlad, the Fiery Hero
|So many Draculas, only one Vlad!|
On Writing in her World
|How Ms. Frost creates her magic!|
Bones, Perfection on Legs
|Oh, Bones, you perfect, perfect man|
|Oh, yeah, he's earned |
Justina, What a Bitch
Before I discuss what the amazing Ms. Frost had to say about Justina, I have to tell you that she is the single character who I cannot stand in this series. I blame her for every bit of Cat's prejudices and insecurities, for Cat & Bones being apart for too many years, for Cat's trust issues, and, well, I could go on. I think she is a nasty, hateful person and I have little tolerance for that. Despite their actions in the second book, I really like Ian and Annette, and Ms. Frost is incredibly talented to be able to make me change my mind about them. So I am confident that she could change my mind about Justina. And I think she probably will, based on her discussion of Justina this week.
|Most Wenches hate Justina...for now|
Cat and Vlad
It's always interesting to me how little people ask about Cat at these events. I'm just as guilty, but Bones is my favorite character in all the urban fantasy series that I love. Anyway, someone asked about Cat's relationship with Vlad, which led to a very interesting discussion. I never really understood what Vlad wanted from Cat, what connected them so strongly. Ms. Frost pointed out that Vlad and Cat just got each other from the very beginning. Cat noticed at their first meeting that Vlad chose the seat closest to her, just to piss off Bones. More importantly, it amused her that he did so. It was never sexual for Vlad, as he told her in Destined for an Early Grave, but he could always use another friend. And for Cat, Vlad understood the darkness inside her, and her pain, more clearly than any of her other friends ever could. That kind of friendship, unspoiled by adding sex to the mix, is rare and precious when it occurs.
Ian, That Sexy, Smarmy Bastard
|Readers want more Ian???|
|Oh, we're getting an Ian book!|
There you have it, Saucy Reader―that's the scoop from Asheville. Are you pleased with what Jeaniene Frost had to say about her world and her characters? Do you have a burning question that hasn't been answered yet? Sound off in the comments below!
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