Thursday, September 19, 2013

Author Guest Post: Amanda Bonilla and GIVEAWAY!

Today I have an insightful post from Amanda Bonilla about her characters in her new book, Vengeance Borne, in a new series - Sentry of Evil.  My review of this wonderful new Urban Fantasy world, Vengeance Borne, is up as well.

Please welcome Amanda Bonilla.

Difficult Heroines and Remembering My Twenties

Thanks so much to Melissa for having me as a guest today!

I have a tendency to write difficult heroines. Sometimes selfish, silly, and stubborn, their attitudes and hard heads often get in the way and cause their roads to be rocky, their journeys tumultuous. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about it and I realized that I tend to write heroines who are also in their twenties. I said to my friend, do think most people remember how they behaved in their twenties?

I remember thinking that I was such an adult. That I had life totally figured out. Things like mortality, the future, stability, didn’t matter quite as much because I had all the time in the world. I still felt invincible. And I made so, so many stupid mistakes. Decisions that I look back on and wonder, What in the hell was I thinking?

A few months back I read an article that stated that the brain isn’t fully developed until after our twenties. That could account for the bad decision making skills. And let’s face it: most twenty year olds would absolutely run head-first into a bad situation because they’re still suffering from that arrogance that comes with youth. Nothing can hurt me! I’m bulletproof!

But our twenties are also the years where we “find ourselves.” It’s through those bad choices and irrationality that we discover who we are, what’s important to us, and how we want to live our lives. Which makes writing a believable character arc with tons of growth really easy for me. Through the course of these bad decisions, the selfishness, the utter irresponsibility, we all grow. My fictional heroines grow as well. They begin to learn that life isn’t quite what they thought it was, that they weren’t quiet the adults they perceived themselves as, and ultimately they grow into more mature, rational, adult characters.

What were/are your twenties like? Were you a silly, irresponsible, bad decision making youth, or maybe a level-headed, mature adult?


Author Bio:
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

Find Amanda:
Site:  Amanda Bonilla Urban Fantasy Author
Blog:  Amanda Bonilla
Facebook:  Amanda Bonilla, Author
Twitter:  @amandabonilla


Amanda has offered up one ebook copy for your winning!

Vengeance Borne 
Fated to Hunt…

As the local hunter, and a ward of the Sentry, a secret organization dedicated to eradicating the forces of evil, Jacquelyn has been protecting the small town of McCall, Idaho for the past five years. The hours are horrible, the pay is nonexistent, she has to work with her jealous ex-boyfriend – and forget about quitting. She’s in for life.

Destined to See…

When a rugged drifter comes through town, Jacquelyn immediately knows what he is – an Empath who can read emotions and sense what others are thinking – even though it’s clear the handsome stranger has no idea what, or how powerful, he is…

A Town in Peril…

When people in McCall start turning up dead, viciously ripped to shreds as if by a wild animal, Jacquelyn knows better. Furies are loose in Idaho and hell-bent on exacting revenge. But against whom? And for what purpose? Jacquelyn has until the full moon to stop the Furies’ killing spree and save the people of McCall, figure out how to work with her ex – oh, and there’s a handsome stranger in town who’s in desperate need of some schooling…

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Mel said...

My twenties were a lot of fun but yes, full of mistakes and 'finding myself' including 6 months travelling on my own round the world! This is a new series to me but it sounds like fun! :-)

Melliane said...

I really liked this one and I can't wait for book 2!

carol said...

I haven't read any of her books, but this one sounds good. I was definitely more adventurous in my 20s than I am now, but I didn't make as bad decisions as others did.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm new to the author but have been wanting to read her work.

In a way I think all times of your life there are aspects of "finding yourself". We are never finished. :)

Tore923 said...

I have never read any of Amanda's books. I would love to though. I really want to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I have a tendency to enjoy difficult heroines so that should work quite nicely. I'm looking forward to this.

Silvia said...

I'm new to this series but I'm intrigued!
To answer your question, I was already a level-headed, mature adult in my twenties, but that doesn't mean I didn't have fun, of course! ;) But nope, I've never been irresponsible. Although, I think it depends on various factors and situations, someone may need to do lots of mistakes to find themselves or just to grow up.

Mary Preston said...

I'm new to her books, but not for long I hope.

I was naive. Fortunately I grew up.

JezzebellJC said...

I'm new to the series, but it looks like something I would enjoy. Love the post! Never really thought about things like that before, but it definitely could be said that's the truth! Thank you so much for sharing :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

Michelle S said...

I've read her Shaede Assassin books and each one just gets better! Excited for this new series!