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Damned by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication Date: October 03, 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.
Guest Post: How to Make Characters Believable
I continually strive to make my sure my characters resonate with readers. After all, that is what makes any story memorable. Whether a movie, television show, or novel, the characters propel the story along.
But putting people on paper can be difficult. You have to relay idiosyncrasies readers can understand. Ticks, personal gestures, the way someone walks or talks, or identifying scars, hair color, or features all add to a character’s believability. Just like meeting an interesting person in life, there is always something that stands out, making you remember the encounter. A character in a story should be the same way. Strive to make them real—the more you can see someone in your head, the more likely they will be to walk out of the pages of a story and greet you on the street.
For the reader, make it someone they would want to meet. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter. To become so ingrained in a character, so invested in their circumstances, only happens when the reader believes in the character.
They must be multi-faceted. Go beyond physical descriptions to incorporate favorite clothes, food, music, plays, books, movies, etc. Likes and dislikes give a character dimension. What type of car they drive, how they drive, and where they drive can help define them.
The inflection of the voice, the quality of their tone. If their voice is deep or shrill, the types of words they use, whether endearments or nicknames. These things can also help solidify a character. Voice is important to us. When speaking to a person, how they say something is just as important as what they say. Remember that when putting a character down. An aristocratic man may dress and act a certain way, but without the condescending inflection of his nasally voice, or his sharp, barking orders to his staff, you can’t impart the entirety of what he represents.
Another aspect is how a character lives. Where they live, the presentation of their home, their neighborhood, even the type of furniture they select says a great deal. If you walked into the home of a wealthy man who puts on airs, is well-spoken, and yet very secretive about his past, living in a mansion on the side of a cliff and discovered he had no furniture, no personal items. Only a suitcase filled with clothes and a collection of books. What would you make of him? In that presentation, you have whetted the appetite.
A character is very much like a painting. You begin with an outline drawn in pencil, fill in the colors of skin, hair, and eyes, and move to the details of the clothes and the setting. When you are done, you have a complete portrait and depending on the details presented, a story.
Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ~Winner of the gold medal from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)