Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chantel's Sensational Secondary Characters ~ The Girly Book Blog Hop

This blog hop organized by Libby Mercer (thanks, Libby) has prizes associated with each hop, so don't forget to check out my giveaway below and then hop to all the other blogs to read about their characters and enter their individual giveaways!

Ah, secondary characters. What can I say about them? They are fabulous. I have so many secondary characters that love to steal scenes and the hearts of my readers. I'm going to highlight the most popular ladies.

Zach and Lilly are the heroes of my recently released romantic suspense, Always & Forever, but I span generations with my scene-stealing secondary characters (now, say that sentence five times fast - LOL).

First, we'll start of with Margaret Woodbridge.  Margaret is Zach's grandmother. She is the matriarch of this wealthy family, but she and her husband didn't come from money; rather, they built their company from the ground up. Because of this, Margaret has a unique perspective on life different from the rest of her family. She doesn't tolerate nonsense, ignores gossip, and she's quite the matchmaker. I've had several people tell me she's their favorite character in the entire book. I must confess, I absolutely love her!

Next up, Sarah Smith, Zach's sister.  Sarah is tough and tell things like they are, but she also has a soft side and tries to be polite. She's always there for Zach when he needs some timely advice - or a kick in the rear end to get him moving the right direction.  I think she may be tied so far with votes for favorite secondary character from my readers who have expressed a preference.

Finally, I'd like to highlight little Savannah Smith, Zach's niece.  Savannah is six years old and very opinionated. She's not afraid to tell someone they are being rude, especially if they've hurt someone she cares about. Savannah stole every scene she appeared in, and a couple people asked if I couldn't just squeeze her into a few more!

The secondary woman I'm loving in my new work in progress, Crime & Passion, is a bit different in nature from my prior supporting ladies.

Suzie Stone thinks she is in love with my hero, Donovan. Unfortunately for Donovan, Suzie is more than a little unstable. So far, she is playing a much larger role than I expected her to when I first thought her up, but her brand of crazy has been all sorts of fun to write!

Who is your favorite secondary character? Who stayed with you long after you finished the book they appeared in?


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Don't forget to hop to the other blogs and read about their amazing secondaries! Happy reading everyone!





Also, my blog tour is very busy today! I have two things - a great interview with J.A. Beard and a guest post about my writing journey at Dariel Raye's Place 

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27 comments:

  1. I LOVE secondary characters. They are the spice that makes the story fun. Always & Forever had some sweet ones that supported both of the protagonists. I think the ones I liked the best in my stories were the ones who provide some comic relief - Ittai in Michal's Window and Melissa in Broken Build.

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  2. You're right! The secondary characters in A&F are so fun! I love Sarah and Savannah!

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  3. Thank you for the giveaway! Sometimes the secondary characters are the best and if we are lucky, they have their own book at some point so we can enjoy them more!

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Secondary characters make up the books just as much as the main characters do.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I sometimes love Secondary characters even more the main characters.

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  6. Thanks for this giveaway. :)

    I often find my secondary characters are easier and more fun to write, because they do not have the same burdens as the protagonists (that is, to be the hero/heroine or make life-changing decisions.) There's a great deal of freedom in that and I enjoy it.

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  7. Thanks for being part of the blog hop. All those characters sound interesting.
    Sue B

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  8. The more I visit the stops on this blog hop, the more other secondary characters I love come to mind. Things would certainly be dull without them. I love Life in Cecelia Ahern's The Time of My Life. Good luck with the blog hop. Love the sound of all the characters you mentioned above - would make me want to read! Sooz

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  9. I love the eternal life of a secondary character that keeps the lifeforce of that book alive & breathing!! The movement must pick U UP & keep U engaging..Whether on a rollercoaster,down the amazon river or at Carnival in Brazil..((yayyy)) but the focus must be on about LOVE& happbeee ever afters.((sigh))thanQQQ!
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  10. Aw, thanks so much for taking part in the hop, Chantel! I've mentioned a few favorite secondary characters today, but now I feel like I'm coming full circle and would like to name Sadie, the ghost from Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella as my favorite secondary character. She's so fabulously sassy. Your secondary characters sound really great and I love that you're spanning the generations with them!

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  11. Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting! This hop is so fun, reading about everyone's characters. Thanks again, Libby, for organizing this. I've never done one before, but I'll definitely do more in the future!

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  12. Secondary characters make the story move along.

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  13. Sometimes, when I don't like the main character, the secondary characters make it worth reading the book.

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  14. I love Suze from Confessions of a Shopaholic. She's a great secondary character! :)

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  15. Thanks for being on the hop! I love getting new books to read an finding authors new to me.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  16. Jenks from The Hallows series by Kim Harrison. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  17. Oh, my. Just about every secondary from the Harry Potter series stole my heart, from Hedwig to Hagrid. And I do adore Suze from the Shopaholic series! Yours sound wonderfully developed!

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  18. Thanks for sharing about the characters.

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  19. Secondary characters are just as important as main characters! Yours soumd like a great read! Enjoy your weekend!

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  20. Thanks for the awesome hop and for the chance to win!

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  21. Comment! :p

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Thank you all for reading and entering the giveaway! Good luck to you all. This has been pretty fun. I'll be looking for more blog hops to do in the future!

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  23. I love your stop! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Secondary characters are often one of my favorite things about a book. A couple of my favorites are Jenks from Kim Harrison's Hallows series and Grandma Mazur from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  26. Congratulations to Elizabeth on wining the giveaway! Thank you all for visiting and your great comments! Happy reading!

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