Our guest today is urban fantasy author Jenn Bennett. The second book in Jenn’s highly entertaining Arcadia Bell series, Summoning the Night, is already available. Please join us in welcoming Jenn here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read an excerpt from the latest book here. Want to know our thoughts on Summoning the Night? You can read Sheila’s review here. We are also featuring this series in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
Thanks to Jenn, you also have a chance to win a copy of Summoning the Night. As always, details are listed at the end of the post. Make sure you follow the rules to be entered into the contest!
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist-turned-urban fantasy author. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured more demons than you’ve had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She currently lives near Atlanta with her film-geek husband and two very bad pugs.
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Beta is Better
by Jenn Bennett
Paranormal fantasy is filled with alpha heroes: men who take charge, growl out commands, deliver punishing kisses, and aggressively insert themselves into their heroines’ lives. As a writer and a reader, I enjoy a well-written alpha in my fiction. But there’s a fine line between an alpha hero and an asshole. I often find myself picturing fictional alpha heroes transported to the real world and realize that no way in a gazillion years would I actually want someone who acts like an overgrown bully in my life. I know I’m not the only one.
Sure, I like a confident male who’s not afraid to step up to the plate and do some proverbial damage when it’s required. I just could do without the growling and the out-of-control stalker-like jealousy. Enter the beta hero.
When I say beta, I’m not talking about a sensitive Nice Guy who reads poetry and enjoys long walks on the beach. I’m talking about a hero who doesn’t need to control every single aspect of the heroine’s life.
Lon Butler is the hero of my Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series. He’s a man of few words—a strong, silent type who plays his cards close to his chest. He tends to observe what’s going on, then walks in at the right moment to shove a shotgun in the villain’s face. Because, in my mind, being beta doesn’t equate to weakness or uncertainty. A beta is strong and capable. He’s just willing to listen to others—including the heroine—and considers things reasonably before charging off half-cocked.
This is important to my heroine, Cady. She’s quite a bit younger than Lon, but she’s independent: she owns a bar, wields a very unusual magical talent, and is smart enough to make her own decisions. Lon respects this. He’s there when she needs him (each and every time), and he doesn’t hesitate to use any resource he has to help her. But he’s also not questioning her every move, swooping in to pick a fight with every guy who walks in her bar and flirts with her. He trusts her. He’s confident in their relationship.
And please don’t think beta isn’t sexy. Lon is tall, lean, and muscular. He has a rakish pirate mustache—a la Captain Jack Sparrow—and shoulder-length light brown hair. Think Sawyer from Lost meets Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood. Lon’s also an Earthbound demon, and has the ability to amp up into a fiery, spiraling horns, don’t-screw-with-me hybrid.
But the best part about Lon is that he’s utterly loyal to people he loves. Because, to me, nothing is sexier that a man who goes to any length to take care of his family.
This giveaway is provided by Jenn Bennett
One winner will receive a copy of Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
Available on April 24, 2012 from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books
About the Book:
MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community.
The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
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