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I Belong


Guest Author: Christina Henry (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming Christina Henry here today to Dark Faerie Tales to talk about Black Wings, the first novel in her Madeline Black urban fantasy series.  Black Wings just hit the shelves on November 30, 2010.  You can read the first chapter here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Black Wings.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Christina!

When I first started writing Black Wings, I had only the vague idea that I wanted to write a book about the Grim Reaper. Then I heard Maddy’s voice in my head, and the gigantic, brooding male reaper I’d been envisioning became a short, slightly overweight female with a huge attitude.

I love to write dialogue, so I wanted to have someone around that Maddy could converse with on a regular basis. Thus Beezle, the tiny gargoyle with the mighty appetite, was born.

He loves popcorn, and chocolate and pretty much anything that’s been deep-fried. He acts like a know-it-all, which is fairly justified since Beezle is like an encyclopedia of things that go bump in the night. He knows every creature, every court, and every set of magical laws and spells. His job is to be a home guardian, and make sure that nothing creepy sneaks up on Maddy’s house, but mostly he spends a lot of time eavesdropping on Maddy’s conversations and demanding fat- and sugar-laden pastries.

Once Beezle appeared – sarcastic, crabby, and addicted to sugar – I wondered (like Maddy) how I would have ever gotten along without him.  When you write in first person there’s a danger that you’ll spend too much time in the character’s head. Having another character on hand for Maddy to bounce ideas off keeps the narrative fresh and prevents Maddy from spending too much time brooding over her problems.  Really, how can you brood when you’ve got a hungry gargoyle to feed?

Plus, since Beezle is a home guardian he’s pretty much always around, unlike a roommate or relative who might possibly have a life of one’s own. Beezle’s life is Maddy’s life – he delights in sticking his beak in her business – and everyone else’s business for that matter. This keeps him readily on hand for whatever I might need.

Beezle also gives me a chance to lighten the mood, no matter how dark and scary Maddy’s world becomes.  He’s always ready with a snarky comment or a burning desire for doughnuts that only Maddy can provide (a gargoyle standing in line at the doughnut shop might provoke comment, especially in a world where no one knows that Agents of death and werewolves and so on even exist).  This keeps the story from getting bogged down by danger and distress, and keeps the plot rolling along even when things look pretty bleak.

I never thought I’d want a sidekick for Maddy, but now I can’t imagine her world without Beezle.  Long may he reign over the popcorn bowl.

Author Bio:

CHRISTINA HENRY is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies, and subtitles in her spare time.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

You can visit Christina around the web here: Website | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Black Wings .

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Thursday, December 16th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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16 Responses to “Guest Author: Christina Henry (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Kristen HNo Gravatar
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    This book looks great! It’s on my TBR list

    Kristen
    My Bloody Fairy Tale

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  2. RK CharronNo Gravatar
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    Hi :)
    Thank you for sharing here Christina.
    Beezle (great name!) sounds like a fun character, like Gurgi in Lloyd Alexander’s series.
    All the best,
    RKCharron

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  3. Smash AttackNo Gravatar
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    I really love the name, Madeline Black. Chic and Dark. I can’t wait to meet Beezle. I love snarky sarcasm!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Angela (Library Girl Reads)No Gravatar
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    I’ve seen so many good things about this book lately. It is definitely on my to read list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Nat (Wicked Lil Pixie)No Gravatar
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    I swear I see this book pop up on my google reader at least four times a day!

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  6. Christina HenryNo Gravatar
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    Hello all,

    Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out the interview! I hope that you enjoy reading Black Wings.

    Thanks again to Angela for hosting me today!

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  7. Joyce FierroNo Gravatar
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    I love the concept of this book….very unique.

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  8. elaing8No Gravatar
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    I’ve been reading about this book a lot lately. Sounds really good.

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  9. JoNo Gravatar
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    I can’t wait for this one! Ordered it for our library — should be ready to grab this week! :)

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  10. Tanya1224No Gravatar
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    Aww I like the sound of Beezle =) I loved Jinx Rachel’s sidekick from Hollow’s series. Your right, a sidekick is definitely good in a first person story, lightens it up. Adds a lot of humor when you get all wound up and need a laugh from all the seriousness. Thanks and can’t wait to read this.

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    Can’t wait to check out the book.

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  12. A'linaNo Gravatar
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    This sounds sooo awesome! Really looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Thank you so much what a great giveaway!

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    I want to read this book in a bad way…*crosses fingers* Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Sounds like a really good read.

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    A great sidekick is like a best friend, annoying as hell sometimes but what would we do without them.

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