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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

01 Bookish Snob Promotions: a tale of two goblins - guest post + giveaway by H.P. Mallory

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Dulcie O'Neil, Crime Fighting Fairy Extraordinaire

So, where did Dulcie O'Neil come from? Why did I decide to make her such a kick-butt type character that readers seem to either love or not like in the least? LOL

Dulcie O'Neil is the kicking ass and taking names fairy in the To Kill A Warlock series. I wanted Dulcie to be very different from Jolie, the heroine in my Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble series. While Jolie is a softer, sweeter person, Dulcie kicks butts and asks questions later. Before everyone starts thinking Dulcie is uncaring, she isn't. Especially in A Tale of Two Goblins, we really see a softer side of Dulcie--a side of her where she would risk her own life for that of her best friend, Sam's. Dulcie is loyal, strong and very caring. She also happens to have major trust issues when it comes to men.

And these trust issues are Dulcie's Achilles heel. While I wanted to create a heroine who was strong to her very core, I also don't like perfection in my characters. Why? Because perfection doesn't exist and more so, it's boring! Who wants to read about Little Ms. Perfect? Not me. And Dulcie is far from perfect. She has to learn to love again, to drop her walls and trust. After a very bad breakup, she is less than thrilled with the idea of trusting another man.

Physically, I wanted Dulcie to be beautiful but not necessarily aware of her beauty. Granted, she doesn't like her pointy ears but that really is the only indication (aside from a few comments regarding her hair) that we get of her even being aware of her physical attributes. I definitely did not want her to be vain at all. And I think the fact that Dulcie isn't really cognizant of her physical beauty makes it even funnier that she has three otherworldly men competing for her attentions.

That male attention comes from Bram, a vampire, Quill, an elf, and of course, Knight, a Loki. I loved the idea of Dulcie, who is so withdrawn and doesn't trust anyone, having to constantly battle the fact that these three men clearly have the hots for her and aren't shy about it!

I hope you all enjoy Dulcie's story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Excerpt from A Tale of Two Goblins:

A Tale of Two Goblins
I had to beat down another feeling of happiness. Was I really buying this crap? Was I, Dulcie O’Neil, known for being tough as nails, really succumbing to this trite shit? What the hell was wrong with me? “Oh, so you aren’t looking for a relationship in general, but you want one with me?” Good, my voice had sounded angry and laced with sarcasm.
He shrugged casually before offering me the sexiest smile I’d ever seen. “I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”
I dropped my eyes, trying to wipe away the visual of his smile and how it lit his entire face. “This whole conversation is stupid.”
“You brought it up,” he started, and there was something in his tone—something reserved and angry. “I was just defending myself against your accusation of me being a player. Regardless of what you think, I’m honest and I always have been.”
 “This is becoming way too personal for me. Let’s shelve it and move on.”
Knight’s jaw was tight. “Let’s not. How about you tell me why you were with Bram last night?”
If his jaw was tight, mine was suddenly tighter. Who the hell did he think he was, questioning me? Granted I’d just questioned him but…so what? “That’s none of your business.”
“You made it your business to snoop into my affairs with Angela so I’m making it my business.”
I took two steps closer to him until we were nose to nose. I was fuming, irate. “You chose to answer my questions. That doesn’t mean I have to answer yours.”
 “It doesn’t work that way, Dulcie.” He eradicated any distance between us until we were so close, I could feel his breath against my neck. A tremor started deep down in my belly and worked its way up into my gut.
“What is Bram to you?” Knight whispered, and I could feel hardness emanating between his legs and brushing against my thigh.
I didn’t drop my gaze but glared at him full bore. “He’s my lover,” I lied.
Knight laughed but it was an ugly sound. He grabbed the back of my neck, holding me immobile and returned my glare. “Liar.”
I narrowed my eyes. “Let go of me.”
“Tell me Bram is not your lover.”
“Why, are you jealous?” I asked.
“Yes,” he growled, and his eyes warned me not to play with him, not to incite him when he was this close to the edge. I was quiet as I watched him, watched that bizarre glow overtake his eyes and this time he didn’t avert his gaze to hide it. No, he wanted me to see what I was doing to him, that there was something in him he couldn’t control. I’d never been so turned on in my life.
“Bram isn’t my lover,” I said in a soft voice and nearly fell over when Knight released me. He grabbed my arm to stabilize me and immediately let go as if I’d burned him. Suddenly the smell of cheese was thick in my nose. “Smells like your lasagna is burning.” 

H.P. Mallory
author H. P Mallory grew up in California and has lived in both England and Scotland. she has written two series: the first is about a fairy in law enforcement (To Kill A Warlock and A Tale of Two Goblins) and the second is about a witch who can bring back the dead (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and Toil and Trouble). she says, "I'm a mongo fan of anything that goes bump in the night and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! (Quick tangent--the best costume I've ever worn was last year when I went as the Headless Horseman and my baby was my Jack-O-Lantern head!) I've always loved the Twilight Zone Marathons and if I ever saw a ghost, I think I'd wet myself."
"If you are all about fairies and witches and vampires (oh my!), you love a good alpha warlock and you like men who get a little hairy during a full moon, I got the goods." H.P. categorizes her writing as " a blend of suspense, humor, light horror, and romance with a sprinkle of fantasy to tie everything together!"

*A Tale of Two Goblins is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in multiple formats at Smashwords. for more information about H.P. Mallory and her work, please visit website http://www.hpmallory.com/ or blog http://www.urbanfantasyauthor.blogspot.com/
you can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.  

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i would like to say thank you to H. P. Mallory for guest posting today and to you as well for stopping by. 

H.P. has special treats for you. she is giving away two ebook copies of her book A Tale of Two Goblins and a chance to appear in her upcoming short story at the end of the tour. 

you don't have to be a follower to enter the ebook giveaway but if you decide to, a HUGE thanks and virtual hug! just leave a comment and a valid email address. contest ends Saturday May 7, 2011 11:59pm EST. winners will be drawn through random.org and announced on Monday May 9, 2011.

for a chance to appear in H.P. Mallory's upcoming short story, make sure to visit each blog participating in the tour. check out the schedule HERE

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