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Supernatural Smack Down: Yvonne Navarro’s Brynna Malak

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..

Round 2: Fighting for DFT – Brynna Malak

Brynna Malak vs. Clea

Remember to check out Parajunkee’s View site and choose wisely…tweet #SuperSmack

Name:  Brynna Malak (earthly name); Astarte (Fallen Angel name)

Book Series: The Dark Redemption Series (HIGHBORN and CONCRETE SAVIOR)

Job:  Interpreter/Translator

Height:  6’2″

Weight:  165

Hair Color:  Mahogany with red highlights Eye Color:  Pale brown, always has shadows underneath them; when she’s angry, they will darken to nearly black and flash with scarlet highlights.  In full battle they might turn completely crimson.

From (Location):  Hell

Significant Other:  Romantically involved with Detective Eran Redmond

Signature Move:  Mondo heat and fire!

Kill Highlights: An evil demon named Gavino, two of Lucifer’s insanely dangerous Hunters

Enemies:  Lucifer, Lucifer’s Hunters, Lahash (demon), Jashire (demon)

Favorite Pastime: None.  She is still learning how to live among humans.

Other Facts:  She is always hot, so she has a tendency to under-dress or dress suggestively.  This is something she will learn to curb in public as time goes by, but she will always dress like this in private.  Believes in God, good and evil.

My name is Brynna Malak and I’m a recovering fallen angel.

Sound strange?  It does to me.  If anyone had told me eons ago that I would change my mind about following my lover, Lucifer, into Hell, I would’ve laughed… and then probably fried them where they stood just for the fun of it.

But things change, people, demons, tolerances, dreams.  There was a time I stood in God’s grace, and then I didn’t.  Why?  Because I did what so many others, heavenly and human, have done: I made a really bad choice.  I should have known better, but I was greedy and impulsive and foolish.  Very, very foolish.

And after thousands of years, all I left to remind me of what I had lost was a single feather.  Just that one, so snow white and clean it was painful to look at in the red darkness of Hell, not only because of its brilliance but because it stood for all that was lost and could never be regained.

Still, I’ve always been stubborn.  Too stubborn in the past to see that the wrong path awaited me, I’m too stubborn now to believe that I can’t undo what I’ve done, that I can’t be forgiven.  That I can’t find redemption.

It’s been tough, coming back to Earth in mostly human form.  Empathy for the people here—their feelings, their struggles, the shortness of their human lives– is something I’ve had to learn from scratch.  I’m getting there but it involves learning a lot and making the right choices, as well as patience (something else I’ve never needed).  So far I’ve seen the best and worse humanity has to offer, and my quest to regain my wings has made me glad that a lot of my abilities made it through the transformation from demon to human.  My best weapon, of course, will always be heat, with or without the brilliance of fire.  I once saved a woman from her abusive husband by melting the gun he pulled right into his hand.  I wasn’t sorry later to learn his hand had to be amputated; he’ll never again use it to hit a woman.  I have demon strength and speed and I heal quickly from almost anything.  I can still choose from a number of demonic forms, and if I need to in a fight, I can even still sprout wings.  They might not be the pretty angelic version people always expect, but they make a damned fine shield when something unpleasant is headed toward my head!

I’m not sure why I entered this contest.  Since I’ve been human on earth I’ve killed a demon, a witch doctor, and two of Lucifer’s Hunters, and none of those battles were fun (especially the Hunters—they are vicious!).  I learned the hard way that winning isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and neither is losing.  I think I just want to come in as a prime example of what happens when you don’t think things through.  Yeah, you might be able to keep going, live with your choices, and exist just fine, but existing is a universe away from being truly happy.  Sometimes bad choices can be fixed and sometimes they can’t.  I’m not sure mine is fixed or even if it can be, but maybe my being here, whether or not I win, will call attention to how badly you can screw up a life—supernatural or otherwise—by veering onto a path that looks really tempting at a glance but sours up royally when you examine it more closely.


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About Yvonne:

Yvonne Navarro was born back when black and white photographs were considered normal instead of artsy. As a child she always thought she’d grow up to be an artist and, being a child, was convinced this entailed spending the rest of her days doing line drawings of long, leggy models like the ones that were drawn in the daily newspapers. Life, however, did not cooperate: a foul-up in grammar school resulted in a transfer to a local high school instead of the technical, arts-heavy one she’d planned to attend. Even the best-made plans can go awry.

Following that was a parent-initiated interstate move that really made things start winding around. By the time she returned to Chicago for the second time in 1981 she’d worked as a waitress, a nurse’s aide, a bookkeeper and gift shop cashier, an accounting clerk, and a secretary in everything from office furniture stores to a hotel to a journalism society. She returned to take her old job in a Chicago law firm and settle down in the Windy City for awhile. In 1982 she decided to try writing on the advice of her mother, who read one of the books Yvonne recommended and said “You could do this.” Frankly, she thought her mother was nuts… but the seed had still been planted. While she sold her first story in 1984 to The Horror Show Magazine, and even got paid a whopping $1.50 for it, it wasn’t until 1988 that another story would appear– the second, as time would tell, of many. Since then she’s written over a hundred stories (an early few of which will never see the light of day). Most have been or are scheduled to be published.

Her first novel, AfterAge, was published in 1993 and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. In 1995 her second solo novel, deadrush, was published, and it also was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, this time in the category of Superior Achievement in a novel. Final Impact, her third solo novel, was published in 1997, and won both the Chicago Women In Publishing’s Award for Excellence in Adult Fiction and the “Unreal Worlds” Award for Best Horror Paperback of 1997 from the Rocky Mountain News. Since then she has published several more solo novels, Red Shadows (a follow-up to Final Impact), DeadTimes, and That’s Not My Name, her first suspense novel. That’s Not My NameBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Paleo, andBuffy the Vampire Slayer: The Willow Files, Vol. 2 all won at the Illinois State level of the IWPA 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications contest (two first place and one second place, respectively), plus she swept all three awards of the Short Story category with “Ascension,” “Divine Justice,” and “Santa Alma.” She’s also written a number of media tie-in novels, including several Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels. Her most recent solo novel is the first in the Dark Redemption series, HIGHBORN, which comes out in October 2010 from Pocket/Juno Books. It will be followed in 2011 by a second book, CONCRETE SAVIOR. Full info about all her books can be found on the Book Page.

In 1999 Yvonne ground her teeth and, after selling her house to get rid of the mortgage, quit her law firm job of fourteen years to try her hand at writing full time. She was hammering right along until some changes in the publishing world as well as a marriage and move across country made her reassess the financial wisdom of fulltime writerdom. She started a new career as an Operations Officer for a military contractor at historic Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona. As of 2010, her publication history includes over twenty novels and one non-fiction book, and she still has those never-ending plans for more. She and her husband, author Weston Ochse, share their lives with three Great Danes, Goblin, The Ghost, and Ghoulie, as well as two spoiled and over-sociable parakeets named Poe (as in Edwina Allen) and BirdZilla.

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

Want to read more from Yvonne Navarro?

Highborn Concrete Savior

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This giveaway is provided by Yvonne and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books

Five winners will each receive a copy of Concrete Savior by Yvonne Navarro

One winner will receive a copy of Highborn and Concrete Savior

Available on May 31, 2011 from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books

About the Book:

Once an irresistible, soul-destroying seducer of men and women through the ages, fallen angel Brynna Malak has fled Hell to seek redemption. But is such a thing possible? While dodging the brutal Hunters sent to retrieve her she must also save the life of a teenaged girl fathered by an angel and whose destiny is to complete a preordained task. At her side is a Chicago police officer who fights his undeniable attraction to her. And Brynna has made up her mind: she will die for eternity rather than return to Hell or give up her quest. Yet to continue, she must begin the long and difficult journey of learning to love and appreciate both the joys and the tragedies of being human.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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41 Responses to “Supernatural Smack Down: Yvonne Navarro’s Brynna Malak

  1. JasmynNo Gravatar
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    I love these events. Thank you for hosting them.

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    These books sound fantastic. I can’t believe I was not familiar with this series, or author, before this post. Thanks for introducing me to another set of books I’m sure to love!!

    mandy(at)fuse(dot)net

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    Sounds like a good series.

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  4. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I have not had a chance to start this series yet, but I have read an excerpt. They sound fantastic! Count me in please! Thanks for the contest!

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  5. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    This does sound great! Thanks for the contests – I love learning about new books/series this way!

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    I wanted to vote for both as they both sound like great series.

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    Can’t wait to see who wins overall :).

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    I’m curious about these books! they sound uber interesting :D

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  9. Valerie LongNo Gravatar
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    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to enter!!

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
    moc.liamgnull@4791.lav.tsuj
    https://www.facebook.com/just.val.1974

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  10. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    So, I feel kinda bad that I haven’t read many of these novels being featured in the Supernatural Smackdown, but the characters/stories definitely sound interesting.

    And still my TBR pile grows…. 8O

    Smiles!
    Lori

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    I’m new to this series, but it sounds promising.

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  12. Jen B.No Gravatar
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    Still no working Rafflecopter!!!! I voted for Cleo because I love the covers!
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    It’s a coincidence that Highborn has just made it to the top of Mount TBR. I got it because it sounded so interesting. Now I’ll have to hurry and get to the first book so that I’m ready to read Concrete Savior.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  14. SharonSNo Gravatar
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    this is the first I have heard of this series and it looks great! Loving the smack down and the contests. This is one of my favorite blog features :)

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  15. EllaNo Gravatar
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    I don’t know these books but sound reaaaaally good (:
    I also love all the many giveaways that you have! It is a great chance for people to win… I owe you mi first win ever! Lol!

    Anywaways, there is so many good books one doesn’t hear about!

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    It’s growing, and growing, and growing (my to be read pile of course). Thank you for bringing these series to my attention and for the awesome giveaways!!!:D ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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  17. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    Is Yvonne Navarro your real name? It’s just so pretty it sounds made up!

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

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    Awesome giveaway! Love the cover!

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    Would love to win!..Book/s sound great…Thanks Yvonne!

    moc.liamgnull@lhukjb

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    Would love to read this series! I’ve heard many good things about Yvonne’s books. I voted for Bryanna.

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    I voted for Brynna. These books look amazing. And I have got to say I’m all about the covers lately! I know the old adage, but the book covers are stunning!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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    Sounds like a great series. I love the premise of the recovering fallen angel, very unique.

    urbangirlreader AT gmail DOT com

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    hard to choose they both sound so good.

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    I voted for Cleo, but both of these books/series sound great. I’m definitely going to have to check them both out.

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  25. SharonSNo Gravatar
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    haven’t heard of this series and can’t wait to check it out! Thanks :)

    I think this is my favorite blog feature out there . Great job guys

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  26. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I voted for Brynna because she sounds like she can really hold her own in a fight.

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    Oh yeah go Brynna!

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  28. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a really good series. Thanks for the giveaway

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  29. Valerie RusnakNo Gravatar
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    Great giveaway, and they seem like great books! Thanks a lot for the chance to enter.

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  30. Patricia's ParticularityNo Gravatar
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    I love Yvonne’s works! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!

    moc.limatohnull@LJnaicleP

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    I haven’t heard of this author, i am defiantly going to have to check ’em out cause the book looks exciting.

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    Wow, must start this series, sounds amazing

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    i LOVE the fire effect on the hands!!!!

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    I love your reasoning for scantily cladding your heroine! “She is always hot, so she has a tendency to under-dress or dress suggestively. ” Way too funny.

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  35. LadyVampireNo Gravatar
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    Wow, can I just say that I love the covers of these books! A new author and book series to me but one I am going to have to definitely check out. Thanks for the chance to win one of these great books!

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    Thanks for the chance to win! Another great looking series,

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    These books sound great. Love the covers.

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    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading more.

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  39. AmyNo Gravatar
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    This is one series that I have been wanting to read but never have and this was just the push I needed to finally check it out.

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    I’ve never saw this series before but it sounds great. I love the covers.

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  41. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Another new series! Thanks so much for adding to my wishlist.

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