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>Teen Review Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs


Goddess Boot CampSeventeen-year-old Phoebe has recently learned that she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe). Now, in order to learn to control her newfound – and very strong – powers, she’s being forced to attend Goddess Boot Camp. The only problem is, none of the other campers is over the age of ten! It’s not going to be easy to survive camp, train for the Pythian Games, and keep her romance with Griffin going strong, but goddess help her, Phoebe is determined to make it work!

In the sequel to Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Diving right back into Phoebe’s life proves to be even more fun and chock full of drama the second time around!

After landing the hottest guy on campus, getting a coveted spot on the track team and coming to grips with her new life in Greece and her new powers– Phoebe just can’t seem to catch a break. Every time she starts to get her crazy life situated another obstacle gets in her way-this time it’s many different obstacles.

For starters, Phoebe’s powers are running amok. Because she can’t seem to get a grip on them her step dad sends her to boot camp with a bunch of kids! Now, before I get too ahead of myself let me explain. Phoebe came into her powers and knowledge of them later in life. Most kids born into the godhood grow up learning about it and have a much better grasp on their powers by the time they are Phoebe’s age. But, because our heroine didn’t have that luxury she is stuck playing catch-up and it is very important that she harnesses her powers sooner rather than later. However, it may be easier if the added pressure of her new stepsister being a counselor their weren’t weighing heavy on her shoulders.

The boot camp isn’t the only stress Phoebe has going on either. There is an upcoming tournament (Pythian Games) that is important to her but her time is stretched thin as it is. Plus–It’s ain’t easy being the new girl and it’s never easy when you fear your hunky boyfriend may be straying. Is it just stress causing her insecurities or something more? Tera Lynn Childs does a nice job of plotting the story and tying up all the loose strings to give readers a satisfying resolution.

With all the teenage drama and emotional highs and lows this book is a super fun and fast summer read that is quirky and cute with easy to love characters, a twist on mythology and a beautifully described setting of the Greek Isles! Fun, fun, fun!

  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Series: Oh. My. Gods!
  • Release: June, 2009
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tween Review: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs


Oh. My. Gods.When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the uberexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

With all the heavy and dark books on the market for the young adult crowd, it is no wonder that we need some happier and fun books to lighten the load every now and then. Tera Lynn Childs is an author I turn to for such a task. Her books are funny, entertaining and un-put-downable!

In Oh. My. Gods. we are introduced to Childs modern day take on Greek Mythology (think Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson for girls). The heroine, Phoebe is in the middle of a highschool crisis. Her mother has re-married and  is uprooting Phoebe to live in the Aegean sea. As any young girl in school will tell you, this is totally un-cool. I mean, we work so hard for getting into programs, trying out for sports and our popularity status that moving can feel like the end of the world…and for Phoebe it does. Especially when she is sent to a special Academy where all the other students think they are a god…well, in this case they kind of are but all the same….it’s a HUGE deal!

Keeping secrets, felling like an outcast, adjusting to a new family in a foreign land….all of those things are issues that can really weigh a girl down. But then, Phoebe manages to get a spot on the divine track team (even though she isn’t one of the divine) and then a total hottie enters the picture and gives Phoebe something to look forward to in her new home.

Readers will stay glued to the pages following Phoebe’s new adventures of trying to find her place and sympathize with her ordeals and homesick feelings…It’s tough being a kid.

Tera Lynn Childs has written an ubercute story that is sure to put a smile on the face of those who read it–It did for me!

  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Release: May, 2008
  • Series: Oh My Gods!
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tera Lynn Childs Good Summertime reads MEGA Giveaway!


I have been so excited about this feature for a while now. There is just something about summer that alters my mood and leaves me wanting to read particular type of book– nothing too heavy, but with good characters and an engaging plot that keeps me turning the pages. Oh, and a romance of course because what is a summer book without a steamy crush with a cute boy (or girl).

Well, one of the authors I have come to love writes perfect summertime books about Greek Mythology, teenage angst, young love and mermaids too! Just who am I referring to you ask…well Tera Lynn Childs of course!

In celebration of her next release in her “Forgive My Fins” series I am going to give one lucky person the chance to enjoy these awesome books themselves by giving away all three books by Childs I reviewed this week PLUS her newest book that drops June 28th, FINS ARE FOREVER!

Oh. My. Gods.Goddess Boot Camp  Forgive My Fins  Fins Are Forever

 This contest is international…sort of. If winner is a US resident they win all books if winner is international they win a copy of Fins Are Forever shipped from Book Depository. Oh. My. Gods. , Goddess Boot Camp and Forgive My Fins are signed by the author. To enter you must be a follower of this lovely blog. If you already follow PBD, awesome- just simply leave a comment in this post along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. If you don’t follow PBD that is easily fixed by clicking on the follow icon on top of the screen or right sidebar. This is one of those super, mega giveaways so I am going to give extra entries for the every person that leaves a comment in the following posts:

Also…It would be really awesome if you shared the love and spread the word about this contest on Twitter or Facebook. If you do be sure to mention @paperbackdolls and @teralynnchilds .

This contest will end June 30th. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email and announced in the Week In Review post Sunday July 3rd.

Good Luck!

>Review: Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller


Creed's Honor (Hqn)Synopsis: Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.

Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….

I love a good cowboy—I mean cowboy story—and this is a good one. Forget about bygone times in the Old West, this is a contemporary story dealing with present day issues—sibling rivalry, jealousy, loneliness, and love.

Conner Creed is convinced his identical twin brother Brody seduced his fiancé before they disappeared ten years ago. If he wasn’t guilty, why did he leave? During Brody’s absence, Conner works the ranch and lives a lonely, solitary life. Then the quiet, lovely Tricia McCall catches his eye when she shows up to care for her great-grandmother Natty.

Even though Tricia grew up spending her summers in Lonesome Bend, she was never part of the local crowd. Her shyness held her back then just as it does now, and Tricia thinks Conner is handsome, but out of her league. So instead of pushing past her shyness, she dreams of returning to Seattle and the emotionally distant boyfriend she hasn’t seen in the year and a half she’s been in Lonesome Bend. But wily old great-grandmother Natty knows Tricia and Conner are perfect for each other and sets the wheels in motion to throw them together.

Out of the blue, Conner’s scruffy-looking twin returns ready to settle down. This stirs no small amount of resentment in Conner. Not only does Brody steal his former fiancé, now he wants a say in running the ranch where Conner has invested so much of his life. Sparks fly when neither is willing to make the first move toward reconciliation. When Brody cuts his hair, cleans up his act, borrows Conner’s clothes and his truck, Conner knows he’s up to no good. Is Brody planning to repeat the past with Tricia? Or is he up to something more sinister? That’s what Conner has to discover. The angry tension between the brothers is as palpable as the sexual tension between Conner and Tricia.

Like a guilty pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in Creed’s Honor. With each book, Linda Lael Miller has honed her writing skills and perfected her art. Readers know her characters like their own families and feel just as comfortable with them. Whether you’re a cowboy aficionado or complete greenhorn, you’ll enjoy the underlying love stories that weave these lives together.

A Creed in Stone Creek is the lead off book in the Creed trilogy, followed by Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy. After falling in love with these sexy cowboys, I now find it necessary to read all three books to indulge my fantasy. *sigh* I loves me some cowboys.

Mona Leigh

  • Author: Linda Lael Miller 
  • Series: Montana Creeds Series 6 
  • Release:May 2011 
  • Source: Provided by author

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    >Author Deanna Raybourn takes the Paperback Proust…and giveaway!


    It’s always a pleasure to welcome Deanna Raybourn to the Dollhouse, she was after all, one of our very first guests and she does write an awesome series with a fabulous heroine and one BadAss hero.

    Her latest book, the fifth in the Julia Grey series – The Dark Enquiry(read Noa’s review here) will be out tomorrow, and since, horror of horrors! Ms. Raybourn has never taken the Paperback Proust we decided it was about time to do something to change that…enjoy!

    What are you reading at the moment?

    DR: Justine Picardie’s biography of Coco Chanel.

    Most recent splurge?

    Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey)DR: I literally ordered shoes online about five minutes ago—butter yellow and gray heels to go with a dress I bought for RWA. When I was first published, I always made a point of wearing interesting shoes and now readers always want me to show my feet! I have even had readers identify me at conferences because of my shoes, so now I feel I have to up my game every time. I fear this is going to get costly…

    What you appreciate the most in your friends?

    DR: Loyalty and a lack of drama. I like people who are funny and intelligent and kind with a slightly warped sense of irony.

    Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?

    DR: Atticus Finch, Frederick Wentworth, Rochester, Darcy, Julian Kestrel.

    Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?

    DR: Flora Poste, Amelia Peabody, Elizabeth Bennet, Precious Ramotswe, the Provincial Lady.

    What characters in history do you most dislike?

    Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)DR: I used to adore Mary, Queen of Scots, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten progressively more annoyed by he r stupidity. I’m Team Elizabeth now. I have issues with quite a few Renaissance popes and most dictators. I also have a fairly active loathing for Henry VIII.

    Who are your heroines in World history?

    DR: Elizabeth I, Grace O’Malley, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Katherine Swynford. I should point out that I am slightly biased with regards to Katherine Swynford—she is my 17th great grandmother.

    What is your present state of mind? Focused.

    DR: I am immersed in research for my next project and loving every minute of it, but I am also learning how to put it down and focus on my family when they need to be the priority. Being an author calls for a very different skill set than being a writer, and after five years of being published I am finally learning to pull them all together!

    What is your motto?

    DR: “Specto subitus.” Expect the unexpected. The last time I was in Las Vegas I very nearly got it tattooed on my wrist because it shows itself almost every day in my life.

    What is your greatest extravagance?

    DR: I am a pragmatic hedonist. I would rather buy a peony with my last dollar than something practical, but I never let things get too far out of hand. I do like to travel, so if I’m going to splash out on something, it will usually be a trip. I also think it’s important to treat yourself on a daily basis—flowers, good tea, nice chocolates, fabulous perfume—whatever makes you happy.

    Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey MysteryWhat is your favorite journey?

    DR: Life. It’s very easy to think of travel only in terms of journeys, but I think life is utterly wasted if you don’t stop and take a look around and figure out where you’re going and if that’s really where you want to end up. That life philosophy is courtesy of Ferris Bueller.

    On what occasion do you lie?

    DR: I don’t. I never want to hurt someone’s feelings, so I may only tell a small part of the truth, but whatever I tell will be the truth. Life is vastly simpler that way.

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    DR: Imperfection. I think being content with uncertainty or loose ends or the little messes that life tends to throw at you is the secret to it all. If there is no such thing as perfection—and I don’t think there is—then you are free to be happy anytime with the imperfection of it all. You can’t live your life on the premise that you’ll be happy when X happens or when Y is over. Life is now, it’s here, it’s untidy. Be happy with that, and you can be happy always.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    DR: Something with wings—a butterfly or a showy little bird with some fascinating plumage.

    What is your greatest regret?

    Silent in the GraveDR: I don’t believe in regret. I think every choice brings you to where you are. If it’s a choice you wouldn’t make again, then you learned something and that is not a thing to be regretted. If it’s a choice you’re happy with, then there’s certainly nothing to regret there either.

    When and where were you happiest?

    DR: Any given moment. Many times I’ll be puttering away at work or hanging out with my family or even tidying up the house and it hits me that this is happiness, those quiet everyday moments that don’t come with a trumpet fanfare. It just tiptoes in and sits with you and waits for you to notice sometimes. A good meal and a nice glass of wine in a lovely setting don’t hurt either…

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    DR: Singing or drawing. I think either would give me immense pleasure and I am rubbish at both.

    What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    DR: Raising an extraordinary daughter. She will be seventeen this year and she’s an absolute delight to be around—funny, smart, and kind. Being her parent has taught me everything I know about kindness and patience and empathy and gentleness. I’m also extremely proud of sticking it out and writing novels for fourteen years before I got published, but that kind of perseverance still doesn’t compare to raising a child!

    More about Deanna: A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

    Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

    Thank you so much to Deanna Raybourn for those wonderful answers!
    You can find out more about Deanna and her books on her website
    *~*~*Dark Enquiry Giveaway*~*~*
    A chance to win a brand new copy of The Dark Enquiry is just one step away… 
    We asked Deanna to tell us what her most recent splurge was and what her greatest extravagance was (read more about her answer on her Blog
    The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey Novel)
    Now share in the comments – what is your most recent splurge and your greatest extravagance? 
    We would also appreciate if you share the link on twitter! 
    A random winner will be selected on July 2nd winner to be announced on Sunday the 3rd in the Week in Review post! 
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    >Week in Review June 12-18 and… Winners!


    Welcome one and all to the week in review!
    Week in Review is when we take a look at the past week and everything that’s been going on at – plus we share what you can expect from the week to come…
    So lets get to it!

    But First – We have Winners! …

    The winner of our The Girl Who Disappeared Twice giveaway is: Shanda!
    The winner of the Hunter’s Fall giveaway is: Diane!
    Please email paperbackdolls{at}gmail{dot}com
    *After two days if we have not been notified or received the mailing info from selected winners we will pick new names. Please double check the address you send us to make sure it is the one you want package shipped to. We are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen packages and if a parcel is returned to sender due to incorrect mailing address provided to PBD, you have the option of having it resent at your own expense. NOTE that packages shipped over seas may take 7-10 weeks to reach it’s destination. We apologize for the inconvenience in shipping times, but must ship in the most economical way to be able to offer our giveaways to our overseas friends. Thank you.


    Previously on Paperback Dolls . . .


    For Father’s Day we decided to celebrate by taking a week to raise a glass to the Bad-Ass men and boys in books!  So just what is it that makes men and boys in books BadAss? We each had our own take and we brought in some guests to share theirs…

    What an incredible BadAss week it was! And of course, being the Paperback Dolls we couldn’t just leave things at that – we needed to share the wealth!

    So don’t forget to check out the TWO BadAss giveaways we are having. One for Desi’s YA BadAss book favorites and one for Bad@ass men in fiction!

    On Sunday Desi shared her YA BadAss boy favorites
    I wanted in on the action this week. So, I did what young girls do best…I whined and begged and persisted until the grown-ups caved. 🙂
    You see, I LOVE books and I absolutely LOVE the boy characters in them. I mean, I guess it’s a version of sex appeal. I’m all for girl power and all that jazz, but I don’t just want to read about kick-butt heroines because that would get old for me real quick! After all, what would Katniss be without Peeta or Gale? The answer is easy- less likeable… Read on


    Then Monday author Emma Butler discussed why the world needs a BadAss…and Mr. Fassbender
    Sometimes when you’ve been hurt, you don’t want someone holding your hand and talking it out. Sometimes you want them to roll up their sleeves and beat the living crap out of whoever made you hurt so bad.
    That’s where the bad ass male protagonist comes in. Awesome, awesome idea for a week by the Dolls by the way. This is why they’re so great.
    It’s why sometimes you need Eric, not Bill. It’s why you need Damon Salvatore, not Stefan. It’s why Magneto is just so much cooler than Professor X. Why all of us, somewhere, have just an eensy crush on Wolverine. Read On…

    Tuesday Day discussed why Cowboys, Gangsters, Thugs and Military men were her favorite BadAsses

    The thing is, I have several favorites. I have already shared my love of Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove characters Augustus McCrae and Capt. Woodrow Call.

    I love me some good ole boys! Especially some that have a certain code they live by– hang a man for thieve’n and murder’n, yet they’ll sneak across the border to steal cattle for their own outfit. I love the Capt’s rough exterior and disciplined work ethic-I wouldn’t want to annoy him and yet…

    I really loved how Gus was just as able to work but appreciated the finer things in life–like drinking, women and driving Capt. Call crazy with his joking around. Both the Capt. and Gus have qualities that are badass and endear them to me–they leave me day dreaming of having my very own cowboy. *cue Kasey Chambers “Pony”* Read On…


    On Wednesday Mona told us why Acheron was her favorite BadAss
    Ya Gotta Love a Man Who Knows He’s Bad
    (….but doesn’t care)
    ​There are so many wonderful tough guys in fiction that at first I was going crazy trying to pick one to write about. For instance, one of my all-time favorites is Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Unlike a lot of you, I’m not a Morelli fan. At. All. But I lurves me some Ranger for many different reasons—not the least of which is the way he always rescues Stephanie, gives her anything she needs or wants, and never asks anything in return. Nor does he take her for granted. Not to mention, he’s gorgeous and dangerous. Read On…


    Thursday Honorary Doll Alli was all about Bones the BadAss
    Let’s be honest, chick-lit isn’t known for having strong male protagonists. The men always play second fiddle to a very strong female lead who steals the show. This made it REALLY difficult for me to decide on who my favorite male badass protagonist was. In order to choose my favorite badass male, I had to think about what actually constitutes a badass. Read On…
    Friday Noa shared favorites in her categories of BadAssedness

    It is finally my turn to discuss that firm favorite of male types, the diamond in the rough, the epitome of fictitious male hero perfection, the BadAss.

    To me, BadAssery (thank you to author Courtney Allison Moulton for coining that term at the Teen Author Carnival) has always been something every male hero should aspire to. Take the romantic, poem writing, soulful men, I don’t want them! I need a guy who has that glint in his eye, that upturned lip with just a hint of a ready smile that could, in second, change into a look that would inspire fear in any person stupid enough to cause you even a moment’s worry or pain.

    There are in my opinion, several sub-types of BadAss as each of our Dolls and guests has proven this week, to me, there are certain categories by which one might divide the badassedness. Read On…

    Saturday We got a double-dose of the BadAss
    First Suz told us why Jean-Claud is BadAss

    The classification of “Bad Ass” could be considered subjective. I suspect we all have our own notion of what a Bad Ass is. Being a dominant type of woman, you might be surprised at my ideal Bad Ass. I have to be honest and just go ahead and embrace it.

    I’m a dichotomy. I am a dominant woman who loves strong, even dominant men who are willing to give a little to get a lot. I’m generally put off by the uber-alpha, chest pounding, he-man types. But don’t be fooled, that doesn’t only leave wet noodle men, there are so many more options. Read On…
    Then Kitt told us all about One BadAss War Mage
    When the idea of a Male Badass Week was approached, I was all like “Hell Yes!” I mean who doesn’t want the chance to squee and discuss and generally gush over one of their favorite male char… wait! What? ONLY FREAKING ONE?! You have got to be kidding me! They’re like Pringles, nobody has just one.
    As the girls have shown this week, not a ONE of them (even Suz – I know you have tons of others woman :p) were able to choose! I myself have tons of badass men I can think of off the top of my head… like Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series… Or Curran from Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels…Or Jean-Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake…Or Jericho Barrons from KMM’s Fever series… Or Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.. Or.. I think you get the idea. Having to choose just one is cruel and unusual punishment – who would I choose? Read On…
    On Friday Noa shared an ARC review of the latest installment in the Lady Julia Grey series – The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn! (Because Brisbane is quite a BadAss himself!)

    The Dark Enquiry (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)

    Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane’s private enquiry business.


    Among the more unlikely clients: Julia’s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved—if eccentric—family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.
    It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances…and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.
    Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont’s sake and more they’ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep… Read On...
    Next week on Paperback Dolls…

    On Monday the fabulous Deanna Raybourn will be here to attempt the Paperback Proust


    Tuesday Mona will be reviewing Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

    Creed's Honor (Hqn)

    Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.


    Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….
    Wednesday Day will be reviewing Legend by Marie Lu


    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.


    From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
    Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
    Then we have a special three day feature with author Tera Lynn Childs! There will be lots of surprises! A character interview, reviews and a GIVEAWAY!


    Goddess Boot CampOh. My. Gods.Forgive My Fins



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    >BadAss Week: One Badass War Mage


    When the idea of a Male Badass Week was approached, I was all like “Hell Yes!” I mean who doesn’t want the chance to squee and discuss and generally gush over one of their favorite male char… wait! What? ONLY FREAKING ONE?! You have got to be kidding me! They’re like Pringles, nobody has just one.

    As the girls have shown this week, not a ONE of them (even Suz – I know you have tons of others woman :p) were able to choose! I myself have tons of badass men I can think of off the top of my head… like Bones from Jeaniene Frost‘s Night Huntress series… Or Curran from Ilona Andrew‘s Kate Daniels…Or Jean-Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Anita Blake…Or Jericho Barrons from KMM‘s Fever series… Or Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse series.. Or.. I think you get the idea. Having to choose just one is cruel and unusual punishment – who would I choose?

    In the end, I went in a different direction. I went with the one who snuck up on us. The one that when we first met him, we were wondering when the time would come that someone would finally slap some humbleness into him, make him laugh and wipe that frown right off his face and for fucking sakes, help him find a comb! He’s that one, that in the end, turned out to be that badass male that deserves all the rewards that badassery can get you.

    Pritkin from

    Name: (Known as) John Pritkin
    Age: Undetermined
    Eye Color: Emerald Green
    Hair Color: Blond
    Height: 5’8″
    Weight: 180lbs
    (Stats are from Cassie Palmer series)

    John Pritkin is from the Cassandra Palmer series. He was a war mage–a member of the supernatural community’s police force–with a specialization in demon killing. But then his bosses sent him on a new mission–to kill the upstart pretender to the Pythia’s throne, one Cassie Palmer. They didn’t want an unknown taking such a powerful position and possibly interfering in their affairs. And they didn’t think a demon-hunting assassin would have a problem with a spot of political murder.

    They thought wrong.

    Now Pritkin is a former war mage and the Pythia’s new bodyguard. So far, the move has brought him no pay, long hours, constant stress and has almost gotten him killed at least a dozen times. He’s shown here about to embark on a demon hunt to get a little rest.

    Now on to the eye-candy! I personally almost never have real life models for my male characters
    – maybe because they never seem to match my imagination –
    so I had some friends help me out and here’s who they chose:
    David Beckham

    MAJOR shout out to locketlove, Mrs. Leif and Bamafever for finding these delectable shots for me. This pic of David Beckham comes the closes to matching my John Pritkin…

    Tobias Cameroon

    and Tobias Cameroon here is coming dangerously close, but the truth is, not even Cassie sees Pritkin as someone swoon worthy… well that is, until later:

    He wasn’t all that good-looking, he had the social skills of a wet cat and the patience of a caffeinated hummingbird. In between crazy stunts and, okay, saving my life, he was just really annoying. When we’d started working together, I’d assumed it would be a question of *putting up* with Pritkin; then suddenly the stupid hair was making me smile, and the sporadic heroics were making my heart jump and the constant bitching had me wanting to kiss him quiet. And now I cared more than was good for me. – Curse the Dawn pg. 71

    Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1)Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, Book 2)Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 3)Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, Book 4)Hunt the Moon: A Cassie Palmer Novel

    There are TONS of fantastic “OMFG WTF” trivia to learn about Pritkin (think somewhere similar to Jericho Barrons) however with Pritkin, we get satisfaction. Information is divulged slowly, to be enjoyed and savored as each piece is unraveled. So needless to say, I have to leave out the juiciest bits about this badass character for spoiler reasons, but I will tell you what I can.

    When we first meet Pritkin in Touch the Dark, he’s a downright self-righteous ass with a case of extreme paranoia. As the Silver Circles leading war mage in demon hunting, he’s the man they called on when the shit hit the fan and there couldn’t be a better reason than having an untrained Pythia usurper taking the throne for the Silver Circle to send in the big guns. The first thing Cassie notices when she sees him for the first time isn’t the color of his eyes or his physique, it’s his hair – like an alien entity on it’s very own doing its best to defy gravity – and the fact that he seems to dress for war 24/7 with guns, knives, ammunition, spells and potions – enough to make Rambo jealous – covered by a floor length duster. The man is a veritable armory. My favorite of his weapons are his 5 deadly knives that swarm like a bunch of angry bees. While he’s shooting at one beasty, his knives are slicing and dicing their way through the two that snuck up behind him.

    Eventually we learn that we should never judge a book by it’s cover. There’s more to John Pritkin than meets the eye but watching him work would still be something because in all that bronzed; hard muscle is the deadly fluidity of a fighter: all leashed strength and readiness. A skilled sleek deadly predator that smells of gunpowder and magic who has an unhealthy addiction to caffeine.

    One of the most fascinating things about this character is the fact that he isn’t the strongest with alpha male syndrome, or the richest or even the sexiest character vying for Cassie’s attention and saving her ass. He’s the guy, while you weren’t watching, crept into your heart. His vulnerability paired with his badass attitude and skills become heart stopping. One minute your happily reading along, waiting for what’s going to happen next to Cassies and then *BAM* John Pritkin is there and your wondering when did that happen? When will he be on page next? What will he do? What will we learn?

    Have you had a character sneak his way into your heart?

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