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Guest Author: Sable Grace (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is paranormal romance authors Sable Grace.  The first book in their new Dark Breed series, Ascension,  hits bookshelves tomorrow.  Please join me in welcoming Sable here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  You can read the first chapter of the book here.

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

Author Bio:

Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of “I’ll write the first sentence, you write the next.” It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.

Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there’s enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.

You can visit Sable around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Welcome Sable!

Good Girls Don’t Always Wear White

by Sable Grace

What is it about creatures that go bump-in-the-night that have readers everywhere running to the bookstores? Is the vampire all dark and broody? Or the witch pulling off the impossible? Maybe it’s the angst-filled souls or the super-human strength that allows them to fight on the side of good—or evil?

For a writer, finding the balance of just enough of all of the above without going overboard is often a challenge. Do you have your Vamps drinking human blood or will that turn off readers? Should they be remorseful for the human lives they’ve taken so they’re filled with regret? Can a werewolf shift to wolf form and still be attractive to the reader? Can a Witch be squeamish, but still able to hold her own in a fight? And what about gods/demigods or Shapeshifters or even zombies? Can creatures who’ve shown up everywhere from books to movies to television be written in such a way that they break the mold, but not the readers hold on the book?

In Ascension, book one of the Dark Breed Novels, the struggle was there each time a new creature was introduced. There’s a Vampyre/werewolf (Lychen in our series) half-breed who makes no excuses for who she is. She loves the strengths and abilities her mixed breeds give her. She uses these to her advantage without making excuses for herself, even if it makes her an outcast among her own kind.

You’ll find a Witch who doesn’t fit the norm because she is squeamish, but if there’s a fight, she’s the one you want watching your back. That she’s handy with spells and magic is a plus, too. And Shapeshifters that are scary in their looks and abilities to go for the kill. And let’s not forget about the Vampyre that break the mold of today—of sexy and alluring—and fall in the downright freak you out category. Writing about the gods was fun, too. Their temperaments and attitudes aren’t what you’d expect in most cases either. Okay, so the Leeches—or zombies as most call them—are about the only ones in the Dark Breed series that fit their stereotype. We hope. Half the fun of writing the series is trying to find a new way to envision the creatures painting the pages.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

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

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Can you remember the first time you saw/read about a character that completely swayed away from their stereotype?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, May 9th at 11:59 PM EST.

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


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25 Responses to “Guest Author: Sable Grace (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Mocha ? LatteNo Gravatar
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    Answer to the question: Yes, I can. I’ve recently been introduced to the Strange Angels series by Lili St.Crow and Dru Anderson, the protagonist, completely surpassed my expections. I assumed she’d be a weak female lead but she turned out to be a very angry and controlling individual. A breath of fresh air.

    I am an old follower

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  2. MariaNo Gravatar
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    Great post! This book looks really interesting.

    +1 entry =I guess the first time that I read about a character that swayed from their stereotype was in the Sookie Stackhouse series- the vampires drink synthetic blood and have learned to drink from humans without having to kill them. Plus the blood bond is different in this series.

    +2 entries = -I am a follower of this blog via both GFC and Twitter(crazymidwestgal)

    +3 entries = tweeted the contest (http://twitter.com/#!/crazymidwestgal/status/62535391630209024)

    Thanks for the conest!

    maria63303(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I’m struggling here trying to remember the first time a deviation from stereotype occurred in my reading. I guess it would be in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series since the werewolves do not actively go after humans. +1
    I am a follower +2
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/62540395191607297 +3

    Congratulations on this new series.
    Thanks for the contest.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Ohh I think that Shiver gave a new light to the werewolf genre in a way in her YA series. Of all the the different turnings and survival of weres this was a great interpretation.
    +2 GFC

    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  5. Kaya HNo Gravatar
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    I think that Laurell K Hamilton gave us a new fierce lusty kick arse heroine. There are a lot of great female characters but Anita tows the line and creates this amazingly strong lady who can take care of business.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  6. Ruth T. USANo Gravatar
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    Jaye Wells’ Red Head Stepchild Meeting Sabina for the 1st time assassin who cleans up her own messes and strength of voice was refreshing change of pace over someone owes me money.

    glitterbeamsunsheen(AT)gmail(d0t)com

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  7. Sable GraceNo Gravatar
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    Wow, you guys picked some great heroines! Have to add those not already waiting to my growing TBR mountain. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  8. VivienNo Gravatar
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    You know, I just read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I did think that Mac started off really weak and exactly what I expected from her. But by the end of the series, she really grows into a much stronger woman. It was wonderful to see.
    +1 comment
    +3 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/116783-guest-author-sable-grace-guest-post-giveaway
    just a blog follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  9. Van P.No Gravatar
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    Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels and Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco, they’re both independent, totally kick @ss, strong and know exactly what they want. Some of the other heroines in UF, are either annoying, childish, or can’t make up their mind on what guy they want.

    +1 comment
    +2 gfc follower and twitter follower @vanpham88

    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Cathy MNo Gravatar
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    Laurell K Hamilton did it for me with her Merry Gentry series. A faery princess that holds her own, dares to defend those she loves, and is definitely not one to be locked away in any castle.

    gfc follower

    +2

    moc.oohaynull@kcam_ytiac

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  11. hotcha1No Gravatar
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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOHH I JUST JOINED AND LOVE PARANORMALS, PLEASE ENTER ME!

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  12. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    No I can’t. However, I will tell you I have always looked for stories like that. I love that theme.

    I’m a gfc and
    twitter follower (@BooksThings)
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 The first? The first one that popped into my head was Count von Count from Sesame Street. I tried to think of another but he’s just so adorable.
    +2 blog and twitter follower
    +3 Tweeted here:
    http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/62617807153659904

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    d.septer at insightbb.com

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  14. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Sable! Well, I’m coming up with a big nothing in answer to your question. It’s been a rough day, but I hope you’ll enter me anyway. The book sounds fantastic. +1 comment, +2 follower. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  15. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I think Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco is very different from the stereotypical heroine, in that she’s an assassin who kills people for money. But the author makes her a sympathetic character that I love and can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  16. AmyNo Gravatar
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    When I first read the Sookie Stackhouse series, I thought she would fit the ditzy blonde stereotype. But she turned out to be pretty interesting and not that ditzy. She’s not super smart, but she does figure things out.

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  17. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    Vicki Pettersson’s Joanna Archer comes to mind. Well, after assuming her sister’s fluffy Barbie exterior.

    gfc follower and twitter follower bcardoo79 +2

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    Tough question, for me it has to be the vamps from Twilight. Up to that point, I had always seen vampires more on the evil or kick-ass side of things. These are very tame vamps.

    +1 comment
    +2 gfc & twitter follower (@heatwave316)
    +3 tweeted – http://twitter.com/#!/Heatwave316/status/62696557186789376

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  19. donnasNo Gravatar
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    I really cant think of who the first one was. But as to what it was, was the first time I read a vampire character that really wasnt evil. Found out they can be funny, sexy, nice and caring just like anyone else.

    +1 comment
    +2 follower of both
    +3 tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/62726845686222848

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  20. Karen WapinskiNo Gravatar
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    Kelley Armstrong’s Paige, a feminine but buisnesslike little computer geek who’s also sexy and ACTUALLY goes for the guy with the personality and thinks with her head not her hormones.

    +1comment
    +2twitter follow (@Parakiss25)

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

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  21. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I would say the first break out characters I think of are the Cullen’s from twilight. Non human blood drinkers, plus they survive the sun and don’t need coffins. There where just so many differences compared to the average vampire.
    +1 comment
    +3 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/116953-guest-author-sable-grace-guest-post-giveaway
    gfc follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  22. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    In reading most books/series wrap up most things into happily ever after. Which I am fine with but in Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves it leaves things undone, messy, and not in the least softening the crazy & violence. It has made me look for more books like it you know the not so neat, the not so happily ever after.
    ten.ttanull@htyms.adnama

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  23. PamkNo Gravatar
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    Anna from Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega. I thought she’d be weak but the more this series developes the stronger she gets.
    +1 for answering the question
    +2 for following you on twitter and facebook Pamk258
    +3 I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Pamk258/status/66325605691564032

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  24. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    When I was reading KMM’s Fever series I thought Mackayla was a weak ditzy blonde but as I read she became one bad a** momma. I loved her by the end and of course the other characters as well. I would love to win Sable’s book. Please count me in.
    +1 comment
    +2 gfc follow as Tanyaw1224 and twitter follow as Tanya1224
    +3 twittered at http://twitter.com/Tanya1224/status/67684122331586560
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. jmspettoliNo Gravatar
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    I don’t remember the first but i was definitely surprised by Simon from the Mortal Instruments series. I thought he was going to be a typical sidekick character but he became more his own character as the series progresses.

    I follow the blog via GFC and on Twitter (@whitewolfreads).

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/whitewolfreads/status/67792220882866177

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

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