Friday, June 15, 2012

Guest Blogger - Anthea Sharp

An author friend of mine was scheduled to blog with us today but unfortunately had to cancel.  She introduced me to her friend Athena whom I've invited to blog with me today.  I'm excited to get to know her a little better.  Welcome Athena.

Making her home in the rainy Pacific Northwest, Anthea is a RITA-nominated author of Victorian-set historical romance, writing as Anthea Lawson (www.anthealawson.com). She’s also returning to her geek-girl roots and writing young adult urban fantasy, as Anthea Sharp (www.antheasharp.com). Her books are available in print and digital formats from all online retailers.

The Underdog Hero

Who doesn’t love rooting for the underdog? The guy who’s up against impossible odds, the one from the wrong side of the tracks, the one who doesn’t trust in love, but ultimately realizes in the end that it makes him stronger.

I’ve recently branched out from writing Historical Romance and started a Young Adult fantasy series—but one thing has stayed the same. My heroes. I love writing about guys who have it rough, and the strong and sympathetic women who believe in them. Whether the setting is a Victorian botanical expedition, or a futuristic fantasy game world, I’m drawn to heroes who have to overcome long odds.

In my most recent release, Feyland: The Bright Court, my teenage male protagonist, Tam, is a reluctant hero. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks, and has had a rough upbringing. But behind his shell, he’s a remarkably chivalrous guy. Tam does the right thing, every time, no matter how hard. Even though he may not gain from it—in fact, even if he thinks he’s pushing the girl he loves into some other guy’s path—he’ll man up and do what’s necessary for the greater good.

The best thing about putting my heroes through the wringer is, finally, giving them the happy ending they’ve fought so hard for.  It’s always been my favorite kind of story.

Who is your favorite underdog hero, and why? 

Feyland: The Bright Court   
~ Book 2 in the Feyland trilogy ~


What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

INSIDE THE GAME...

Jennet Carter escaped the dark faeries of Feyland once. Now, fey magic is seeping out of the prototype game, beguiling the unwary and threatening everyone she cares about.

MAGIC...

Tam Linn may be a hero in-game, but his real life is severely complicated. Still, he'll do whatever it takes to stop the creatures of Feyland, even if it means pushing Jennet toward the new guy in school—the one with an inside connection to sim-gaming... and the uncanny ability to charm everyone he meets.

ALWAYS WINS...

Despite the danger, Jennet and Tam must return to Feyland to face the magic of the Bright Court—and a powerful new enemy who won't stop until the human world is at the mercy of the Realm of Faerie.

8 comments:

marybelle said...

Everyone loves the underdog. Anthea Sharp is an author new to me. The FEYLAND TRILOGY does look wonderful.

Gail Harkins said...

It's great to see real heroes -- guys with the courage to do the right thing consistently, no matter the personal consequences -- particularly in young adult fiction. AND, the computer gaming aspect is an awesome hook!

Gail Harkins said...

It's great to see real heroes -- guys with the courage to do the right thing consistently, no matter the personal consequences -- particularly in young adult fiction. AND, the computer gaming aspect is an awesome hook!

Laurie Ryan said...

I loved Tam in the first Feyland novel, so I can hardly wait to dive into this one.

Chantilly White said...

I love a good underdog hero, too, and very much enjoyed Tam's story in Feyland 1 & 2. Now I can't wait for the third installment! Congratulations on such a fabulous series. :)

Serena Zane said...

My favorite type of hero is the all time Alpha male who faces what seems to be insurmountable odds and wins in the end by doing right and sticking to his sense of honor. I love Anthea's style of writing though, and her characters pull at your heartstrings and definitely get one to root for the underdog.

Lavada Dee said...

I love Anthea's regency books she weaves a story with great characters and plot.

Jami Davenport said...

Hi, Anthea, It's great to see you at Lucy's blog. I love your books!!!