Guest Post: Villains, antagonists and more— oh my! by CB Lee

 

In my novel Not Your Villain, Bells’ alter-ego Chameleon is the country’s most wanted villain. While he’s been framed, it’s interesting from a writing perspective to think about what people think about villains and how the people in power in this series direct attention to what they believe is good and bad.

Writing the antagonist in your story one of the most important ways to keep your novel engaging and move the plot forward. Memorable villains often capture the imagination of readers and their dynamics with your heroes will help build your conflict. Depending on what you’re going for, having your antagonist have a compelling backstory and motivation helps them from being over-the-top. Unless, that’s what you’re going for— my antagonist Captain Orion takes a lot of cues from classic cheesy comic book villains, which is part of the fun of the Sidekick Squad series, but we meet a new antagonist in the second book, Lowell Kingston, who is cool and calculating.

The difference between Orion and Kingston is that while Orion is all physical strength and power, Kingston’s shrewdness makes him dangerous  and you don’t know what he’s planning or what to expect, and he has a vast number of resources.

Motivation

A good way to think about your antagonist is what their driving force is. What are their ambitions and reasonings for what they want? What are they willing to do to get it? Are they relatable? I think what makes a truly scary antagonist is that fear too, for readers to examine themselves and think how this person got to where they are and where they crossed the line.

Power

There are different types of power and different ways you can give your antagonist resources. Captain Orion can summon lightning and can fly, making her a formidable opponent, while Kingston is a central figure in a corrupt government. What kind of background do you want to give your antagonist? Do they have vast knowledge and expertise in a certain area? Are they only ones who know an important secret? Do they have the command of admirers or a military? Do they hold sway over the press? These are all great things to think about when crafting your antagonist.

Opposition

The most important thing about your antagonist is that they oppose your protagonist in some way. It doesn’t have to be a clear cut hero-villain route, and it isn’t always a person. Is it an institution, or a system that your main character is striving to change? Is the antagonist themselves? The forces of opposition are what really come into play; your antagonist can even be a close friend or family member and care about your protagonist, but doesn’t see eye-to-eye on what your conflict is.

Villains are so much fun to write, and I hope these ideas help you move forward in your writing! Thank you for having me here on the blog, and I hope you have a chance to check out Not Your Villain, the second in a series where LGBTQ+ teenagers  take on corrupt government agencies and uncover the truth about the hero-villain dichotomy in their superpowered world.

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Thank you again!


C.B. Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer based in Los Angeles, California.

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

CB has been featured at literary events such as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Lambda Litfest’s Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience at the Chinese American Museum, YALLWEST and Pasadena Litfest as well as a guest at  popular panels and discussions such as DragonCon’s “LGBTQIA in YA” , “BiScifi: Queer Heroes in Science Fiction and More”, “The Craft of Dystopia”,  “Magic and Worldbuilding,”, WonderCon’s “Sisterhood of the Self-Sufficient,” Emerald City Comic Con’s “Diversity in Publishing,” and San Diego Comic Con’s “Super Asian America” and “Into the Fanzone!”


NOT YOUR VILLAIN: SIDEKICK SQUAD, BOOK TWO—

Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. 

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.

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Spotlight on New Adult: Abroad, book 1 by Liz Jacobs

Want a book that will blow you away with its rich characterization and fun, quirky cast of characters? A coming of age story that is honest and cringe-worthy, uber sexy and delightfully naive, and all gorgeously told by a fresh new voice in queer fiction?

I HAVE THE BOOK FOR YOU!

Debut author, Liz Jacobs, is set to take the book world by storm. Her first book is a lushly told coming of age story featuring a queer Jewish immigrant who moves to the UK to spend a semester abroad. What happens there changes him forever. So sit back…relax…and get ready to one click… Read More

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Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan: Spotlight and Excerpt

Heidi Cullinan is ready to revisit the fantastic world she created in Carry the Ocean with its sequel, Shelter the Sea, out tomorrow! I ADORED Carry the Ocean (did you read my glowing review of it? No? READ IT NOW, I’LL WAIT!). It’s a wonderful, nuanced contemporary NA featuring an austic man named Emmet as he deals with the ups and downs of his first relationship. It’s tender, sweet, sexy, and filled with the sort of gorgeous writing we expect from Heidi.

To celebrate the long anticipated release of this sequel, we have a first chapter excerpt to get you as excited as we are! So here you have it: Shelter the Sea, Chapter 1…

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Spotlight Post: The Starving Years by Jordan C Price

Psst! Today’s Spotlight features one of my most favorite Urban Fantasy Authors doing what she does best: giving you awesome books…for free! That’s right FOR FREE. But let me break it down for you:

Who: macabre Queen of Urban Fantasy, Jordan C Price!

What: The Starving Years, her MMM Dystopian Romance:

starving yearsImagine a world without hunger.

In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.

Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist—according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.

In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.

One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.

When: now through April 8th

Where: Amazon

How: Do you read in Mobi? Or are you a Kindle Unlimited user? Yes? No? Get on it…now! For a limited time, JCP’s groundbreaking book, The Starving Years, will be free for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Get it, devour it, and then go on to read all of her amazing urban fantasy reads and then demand why you never did it before!

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How We Began Anthology Giveaway Extravaganza!

How We Began AnthologyHow We Began by Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, Geonn Cannon

Available on: Amazon

Release Day Extravaganza Organized by: Liz

I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this anthology a few weeks back, and after I finished it, I felt like I was in a bit of a daze and also floating on the happiest bubble into a rainbow. This collection of stories, the proceeds from which are all going to benefit The Trevor Project, felt almost monumental to me. Some stories are bigger in scope than others, but all are so human and touching and every single one of them is affirming in a way I wish I could have had when I was in high school.

So, we thought about how best to showcase this wonderful anthology, and decided that hey, a giveaway is a beautiful thing. A TRIPLE giveaway? Even better. All money goes to charity? Sound the trumpets!

It’s time for an Extravaganza!

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Author Spotlight: Ginn Hale reading an excerpt of Servant of Shadow

Hello, all! So if you haven’t realized (or haven’t read my post on the subject, FOR SHAME) October is Queer Romance Month! Hooray! Queer Romance Month is a celebration of love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. There are over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies with essays, flash-fiction and much, much more. If you haven’t gone to check it out, I highly suggest you do so now: www.queerromancemonth.com

Now, many of your favorite blogs are hosting exclusive content from Queer Romance Month contributors as part of this celebration. And do I have a treat for you. Today on Binge on Books, we have one of my personal favorites with us: Ginn Hale! Yes, Ginn Hale, the amazing author of the Rifter Series and contributor to the Charmed and Dangerous anthology is here reading from her current Work-In-Progress, Servant of Shadows (the third set of books in the Cadeleonian series)!

Read all about Servant of Shadows here: Elezar Grunito has fled his homeland—a hunted man intent on carrying out the vital diplomatic mission that will redeem him. But in Labara he faces creatures of myth and magic far more dangerous than anything he’s faced in Cadeleon. Complicating matters further is the wily street witch, Skellan, whose courage and passion threaten to unravel all of Elezar’s ambitions.

And now listen to this exclusive excerpt:

 

Sounds so very enticing, no? Now, go follow Ginn everywhere and fall in love with her and her gorgeous writing:

tiny-ginnGinn Hale lives with her lovely wife and indolent cats in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many rainy days tinkering with devices and words. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf and The Rifter trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road and His Sacred Bones. Her novella Things Unseen and Deadly appears in the Irregulars Anthology, while Swift and the Black Dog appears in Charmed and Dangerous.

Find Ginn in all the places: Website | Twitter | Facebook

This exciting, honest-to-goodness piece of multi-media content is brought to you in support of Queer Romance Month. 

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90s Playlist Anthology: Review, Q&A, and killer playlist from all the authors!

Tomorrow is the release day of a truly nostalgia-inducing new book, the ’90s Playlist: A Romance Rewind AnthologyThis ’90s Playlist features stories from: Brighton Walsh, Lorelie Brown, Amy Jo Cousins, Audra North, Rebecca Grace Allen, and Jennifer Blackwood and with so many amazing contributors? It is sure to wow you from page one. To celebrate the release, we’ve got a review, a cool Q&A with Erin and ALL of the contributors as well as a 90s playlist featuring songs picked by the authors themselves. So sit back, relax, and get ready to head back…to the 90s!

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New Author Spotlight: Allan Jay

Bare StudsNew Author Spotlight!

Allan Jay is a newly-published author whose short “The Last Snow Globe Repairman” is among the ten stories featured in Dreamspinner Press’s upcoming anthology Bare Studs, out today, September 14th. You may have also previously encountered Allan on Tea Time with Alexis Hall & Friends here, here, and here. Allan is a fresh, new voice in the M/M genre and he’s at Binge on Books today discussing his inspirations, his upcoming projects, and how it feels to now be a published author. There’s also a brief excerpt at the very end to whet your appetites for Allan and the Bare Studs anthology.

Let’s all give a very warm, very hearty welcome to Allan Jay!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Today, we’re very happy to be a part of the blog tour for L.M. Augustine’s new release, Two Roads. If you don’t know anything about this NA read about coming to terms with who you are and who you love, you are in for a wild ride! Plus a giveaway!

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Author Spotlight: Historical Romance writer, Tamara Allen

Guys, you know me: I will never lead you astray and I’m going to prove it with today’s Author Spotlight! Meet Tamara Allen. She’s this amazing writer from Houston, Texas whom I had never heard of before last week. But let me tell you, everything she’s written is so enchanting and well, plain good that I had to share her with you. Let’s be honest: great writing and good stories? That’s a rarity these days!

Now I’m pretty easy when on the hunt for a new book. Requirements? A little romance, some action, preferably a solid plot. And lo and behold, here’s Tamara Allen, waiting patiently to be discovered. She has written four delicious novels:

The Only Gold – Jonah Woolner’s life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It’s a satisfying life until he’s passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who’s convinced Reid’s progressive ideas will be the bank’s ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there’s more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid’s charms—but unlocking the vault to all of Reid’s secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.

Losing his promotion—and perhaps his heart—is the least of Jonah’s difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their

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If It Ain’t Love – In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

Whistling in the DarkNew York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless

and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

DowntimeOn assignment in London, FBI Agent Morgan Nash finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart when the case he’s working goes awry. But fate has other plans, he discovers when he wakes in a world far removed from his own.

At work cataloguing ancient manuscripts in the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie inadvertently creates the magic that pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century and into the nineteenth. It’s an impromptu vacation which may become permanent when the spellbook goes missing.

Further upsetting Morgan’s search for a way home is the irresistible temptation to investigate the most notorious crime of the nineteenth century. But it’s the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.

The Only Gold was a fantastically written bank caper story and Whistling in the Dark is a stark and moving portrayal of life right before the prohibition-era in NYC. I’ve lived in NYC for 14 years and Tamara’s depictions of old world Manhattan are riveting and lush. I’ve only read two of her books so far but they have been meticulously plotted, gorgeously written, and engaging in a way that I haven’t seen in a long time. Delve in and enjoy yourself!

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