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Monday, May 14, 2012

Guest Post/Giveaway - Rest For The Wicked by Cate Dean, Bewitching Book Tours


Rest for the Wicked 
Book One The Claire Wiche Chronicles  
By Cate Dean 

Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop, The Wiche’s Broom, in an ordinary California beach town.


But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.


A past that is about to explode into her present.


When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past – and become what she left behind in order to save them.
Below is a fabulous guest post by the author of Rest For The Wicked,  Cate Dean.  She's got something to say to us about heroines, the perfect and the flawed.  I am so thrilled that she "gets it".  A lot of us agree with her, I know.  We don't want some perfect image of a heroine, but rather someone we can identify with.  And also - Cate is having a fabulous giveaway!!  This is really neat!  So be sure to read through and then enter with your comment.  Readers, thank you for stopping by.  Cate, thank you for a wonderful post and giveaway - and good luck with the rest of your tour!!

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Looking for Redemption – the appeal of a flawed heroine 


I don’t know about you, but I hate perfect people. They’re just so – bland. And when I pick up a book, I don’t want to read bland. I want adventure, escapism, a character I can relate to – a character who is real, a character with flaws, quirks, nervous tics.

And if that character is trying to overcome her flaws, or manages to triumph in spite of them, I am right there, cheering her on, wanting her to win. Perfect people simply don’t inspire that kind of emotion. Ever.

I love flaws in my heroines. It makes them approachable, appealing, real. Add some inner demons that must be wrestled with, and I am hooked.

If they have some deep, ugly secret in their past, and are looking for redemption – sign me up! Those are my favorite heroines, ever. Because they are interesting, unique, and often compassionate because of that secret. Compassionate gets me every time.

Books that take me on a journey, put my heart through a wringer, and leave me wanting more – those are the stories I search out, and the stories I do my best to write.

A word of warning for those of you taking notes – I want my heroines to have flaws that are part of them. Not a laundry list of quirks and tic piled on to make them look unique, but a real history, a back story that helped shape the character I meet on page one. And don’t haul out every flaw by the end of page one. Peel back, layer by layer. Give me time to get to know her, to fall for her, to care about her. Then, when she is sucked into whatever danger is coming at her, I will be ready to root for her.

As a reader, that’s all I ask for. As a writer, that’s a monumental task, but one I shoot for with every story I tell.

What are you favorite heroines? I am always on the lookout for a new favorite, so please feel free to share yours.

And as a thank you for hanging out with me today, I am going to share something from my own flawed heroine, Claire – one lucky person will become the proud owner of an amethyst pendant. Simply comment on your favorite heroine, and you will have a chance to win it for your very own.

Until next time – read on.

~Cate

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Giveaway is International, Ends at the End of Day on 5-16-12
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About The Author:
Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

Website: Cate Dean

Twitter: @catedeanwrites

Facebook Page: Cate Dean Writes


35 comments:

  1. Your book sounds right up my alley. I am on the hunt for it. As for other characters- Joanne Walker (C.E.Murphy), Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews), Sophie Garou (Karen MacInerney), Allie Beckstrom (Devon Monk) and my all time favorite, Anita Blake (Laurell Hamilton.I fell in love with Anita when the first book was published so many years ago and have watched her growth as a character as I have watched Laurell grow as an author. I may not always agree with what Anita does, but I can't put her books down. I have been reading this genre since it's inception and am always looking for new books that have characters I can get into to as a person. Like you, I want to root for them.

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    1. Hi Laura,
      thank you!It's wonderful to find characters you can watch grow and change with every crisis thrown at them. You have a great list, especially Anita - what a powerhouse character! Thanks for stopping by, and taking the time to comment.:)
      ~Cate

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  2. Hi Liz - thank you so much for having me here today!
    ~Cate

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    1. Hi Cate! Thank you for the awesome giveaway and the guest post!

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  3. I can't but help cheering for the "flawed" heroine. I fully agree with the "perfect person" is boring..
    I'd have to say one of my favorite flawed chars is Eon/Eona from the Eon/Eona series by Alison Goodman

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    1. Hi Danielle,
      I feel the same way - who wants to read about perfect people? I will have to check that series out - sounds great, and I'm always looking for something new to read.:) Thanks for stopping by, and leaving your thoughts!
      ~Cate

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  4. Great advice! You're right. It's so hard to relate to a character that's too perfect. They need to seem human, have flaws and be vulnerable but not too vulnerable. As for favorite heroines, my newest favorite is Perry Palomino from Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series. She definitely has flaws, but is endearing and even though scared of facing whatever supernatural entity Karina throws at her, she does. Her thoughts sound a lot like what I might say to myself.

    Rest for the Wicked is next on my TBR list and is already waiting for me on the Kindle Cloud. Claire Wiche sounds like an intriguing character.

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    1. Hi Rhonda! That sounds like a great series, too. My TBR list just keeps getting longer . . .
      Thanks - and I hope you enjoy it. I love writing about Claire - and there are a few surprises for her in book 2. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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    1. oops - computer acting wonky! I just wanted to thank everyone who has commented so far - this was a fun post, and I love all the recommendations for favorite heroines. Keep 'em coming!
      ~Cate

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  6. Cate, I've been waiting for this book ever since reading When Walls Can Talk! I wish you much success and also have to say I totally agree about your heroine post.

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    1. Hi Stacey! Thank you so much - and I have Halli from Lost in Italy on my list of favorite heroines. Love her! Thanks for coming by.:)
      ~Cate

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    2. Always nice to hear about a fan of Halli's. :) I just got my BN copy of Rest For The Wicked.

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    3. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.:)
      ~Cate

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  7. Rest for the wicked sounds very interesting! I too love flawed heroines - some of my favorites are Anita Blake from LKH's series, Mercy Thompson from Patricia Brigg's series, Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews series, Meredith Gentry from the LKH series. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    1. Hi Maria,
      oh, boy - more to add to my list.:) Thanks for sharing your favorites, and for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  8. I enjoyed your post. I like reading about flawed characters. They're much more interesting.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi! Glad you joined me over here! And I completely agree. Thanks for stopping by.:)
      ~Cate

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  9. Rachel Morgan from the Hollows is my favorite.She is strong and quick thinking, but some of her decision send up getting her in hot water. She is not afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. She is not perfect, but she does the best she can.
    helldog3 at aol.com

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    1. Hi Helen,
      oooh, sounds like another great one! *adding to my ever-expanding list* Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  10. Hi cate!!
    Mine is eve dallas from jd robb's in death series. She has a troublesome past, but her present is enviable.

    smile_1773@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Sienny,
      I adore Eve Dallas! What a powerful woman - and I really want a Roarke. That would be nice.:)Thanks for sharing!
      ~Cate

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    2. Oh yeah...Eve is awesome! And I want a Rourke too. If you find one that's a twin, Cate -- let me know! ;-)

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  11. Hi Cate,
    I have a new favorite heroine, Amelia Gray, from Amanda Stevens "Graveyard Queen" series. She has been an outcast since being a small child when she discovered she could see ghosts. She becomes a graveyard restorer because she is drawn to the peace in the deserted spaces. She has a set of rules her Dad, with the same gift, has taught he so she never acknowledges the ghosts to prevent them from becoming parasites to her life force. Then she meets a deliciously haunted man who is irresistible and breaks all the rules. Chaos and horror and things she could never imagine enter her life and three brilliant books are born!

    Poppy Fields

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    1. Hi Poppy,
      oh, that sounds so good! Adding it to my list. Thank you so much for sharing Amelia - she sounds like just my type of heroine. And thanks for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  12. Enjoyed the post. I like characters that are flawed, makes them genuine.

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I agree, absolutely - and they are much more interesting as well. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  13. Great post! My favorite heroine is probably Meg Murray from A Wrinkle In Time.

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    1. Hi happygrape,
      A Wrinkle in Time was the book that introduced me to fantasy/sci fi. Ahhhh, I love that book - I read it so often I had sections memorized. Thank you for bringing back many lovely memories.:)
      ~Cate

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  14. I love flaws in my heroes and heroines as well. The appeal is seeing them overcome obstacles in their lives and become a better person for it. I can say many of my favorite characters are flawed and that is what makes them real to me. Plus, flaws can be redeemed and are interesting. I like Alaina from Ashes in the Wind. She grew up so much!

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Na,
      you summed up my post in a few well-chosen words. I will have to check out Ashes in the Wind - it sounds great. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  15. I enjoy reading Cate's books. I love seeing "real" people who have problems and aren't perfect. Let's face it there are no perfect people and I have a hard time relating to people who are that removed from my reality.
    Love the amethyst tie to the heroines.

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    1. Hi Mindy! I'm so glad you enjoy my books - and what a perfect description of perfect people.:) I thought the amethyst would be a nice touch, since it's an important part of Claire's magic. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Cate

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  16. Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I have too many favorite heroines.... I liked Amber for her strong mind in Becoming by Raine Thomas, Yara for her temper in Tangled Ties by Karen Amanda Hooper and Mackayla Lane for everything (LOL)in The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning!

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    1. Hi Proserpine,
      all of those sound great - especially Mackayla.:) Definitely going on my list. Thanks for sharing your favorites!
      ~Cate

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