January 9th, 2008

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Frost, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE

My airplane book when I went away recently was Jeaniene Frost's Halfway to the Grave, a paranormal romance of the variety that will follow the same couple through several books. It was fun, and good airplane reading.

I was turned off by the cover copy, which informed me that Cat Crawfield was half-human, half-vampire. Do not let this turn you off! Cat is no superwoman. She has flaws that relate to actual aspects of her character, which should be a given, but often isn't. In particular, I liked that she was prejudiced against vampires without knowing much about them, logical given the circumstances of her birth.

The male vampire character, Bones, reminded me inextricably of Spike from Buffy: the Vampire Slayer in description and his British accent. His character and backstory is somewhat different, however, and I liked him. If he was a little too perfect, this is usual for vampire heroes. His dialogue was good, and he didn't annoy me, two major points in his favor.

I thought the main couple fell in love too fast, but that's my complaint about many, many romances. I liked the progress of the story, and the action plot, and the various problems that will provide plot for future novels in the series. I'll give the next book in the series a try.
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book 2, as yet untitled

I haven't begun writing yet, but I am working on book #2 on my contract, which is due the end of August [mad laughter]. Werewolves in World War I is the shorthand.

After my vacation, I decided I didn't want to use the characters I already had created for a werewolf book; I didn't want to bend their story to make it suitable for the contract book. I still want to write them as I originally planned, as a fantasy/romance. So the obvious solution was to come up with new characters.

This isn't as wacky an idea as it sounds. I know what sort of novel I must produce, within certain bounds, so I have an idea of what characters I'll require. I started with a list of character types, such as "amusing rake," to which I've slowly been adding. I also made a list of first names. After deciding one character was likely Belgian, and coming up with some background for her at lunch with L. yesterday, I made a list of Belgian names. Today I also bookmarked some useful sites for British surnames and the history of various minorities in the British army during WWI, and found an exciting book about women in espionage in WWI, by Tammy Proctor, which I can check out from the library tomorrow.

I need to start writing soon. Wordcount must happen if this is going to be finished. I am fast approaching the stage of minimum assimilated information that's necessary for the writing stage.
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character types, wwi werewolf

Poll #1118482 I'd pick up a book if it had a character like that.

Which characters would you want to find in an erotic romance set in World War I, that also happens to have werewolves?

[male] A British officer who's an amusing rake, possibly with Secret Pain.
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[male] An American journalist who isn't fond of danger but is a nice guy.
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[female] A spy who is Slightly Mad and whose actions resulted in the death of her husband.
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[female] A young soldier who's pretending to be male.
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[female] A world-weary nurse who might shoot someone if they interfered with her patients.
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[male] A British officer who's a poet (what a stretch!); also possibly Jewish.
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[male] A British officer who's in love with another officer, probably the poet.
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[male] A cranky French soldier who is an expert in something useful.
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[male] Mysterious Guy from Mysterious Agency that investigates werewolves.
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[female] Mysterious Chick from Mysterious Agency that investigates werewolves.
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[male] A pacifist Red Cross volunteer who is dragged into things against his will.
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[female] A pacifist Red Cross volunteer who is dragged into things against her will.
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[male] A soldier/werewolf who's gone feral.
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[male] A Science geek named McGuffin.
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Lieutenant Ticky Box.
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You forgot this one!



[edited to add, answering comments]

The nurse could easily be a werewolf, given my Grand Theory of the Werewolves in This Book.

Ooh, Russians! Ooh, French artistocrats! Ooh, prisoners!

The Amusing Rake could either start out shell-shocked or gets that way. Also the officer-in-love-with-the-poet, particular if young and pretty.