guest author Tameri Etherton
Today on Jessica Aspen Writes I’m excited to fantasy romance author Tameri Etherton. Tameri is one of those people I’ve met through the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal online chapter of Romance Writers of America, and I also had the opportunity to work with her on the RWA PRO Steering Committee, so it was very exciting to finally meet her face to face this year in San Antonio, where I found her to be just the kind of person I’d thought she’d be: warm, funny, and very into paranormal romance. Please welcome…Tameri Etherton!
I want to thank Jessica for having me here today! It’s been great fun getting to know Jessica online, and then meeting her in person at the RWA National Conference in San Antonio was a special treat. And now I’m here, at her place!
As a special thanks to Jessica’s readers, I’d like to offer either a $10 Starbucks gift card, a $10 Amazon gift card, or a secret surprise, and some cool swag for one lucky commenter. On Sunday, September 28th, I’ll choose one random commenter to win. So please leave your email if you’d like to be included in the drawing!
Hope: The Final Frontier
Hope. Such a simple word filled with immense power.
There are all manner of things we as writers can do to our characters. Kill them, hang them from the edge of a cliff (either physical or mental), seduce them, maim them, give them a loving partner, we can create whatever scenarios we like. They are, after all, our creations.
But no matter what we do to them, they still need to have hope. For without that one little thing, all is lost. Think about it, if the characters don’t have hope, then why keep trying? And if they don’t have hope, why should I? What’s keeping me reading?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to throw a book against the wall in frustration because the characters do or say something so ridiculous that I want to hate them. Then, five minutes or five hours later, I’ll pick up the book and start reading. Why? Because I have hope that whatever crazy thing the writer is going to throw at the characters next, they will prevail.
At least, I hope so.
It’s the books that leave me with a satisfied smile that stay with me the longest. The books that took me to the edge of the universe and back, made me laugh, cry, and cringe, but always left me with a sense of hope that everything would be okay in the end, those are on my favorite bookshelf.
It’s the books that leave me hanging that I loathe the most. The ones that toy with my emotions, mess with me mentally, then end without any resolution. The bad guy doesn’t get punished, the heroine doesn’t get what she needs. The hero is left for dead. It’s those books I never recommend to friends and quietly shuttle off to the land of Books Without Hope.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a hopeful romantic.
I need my hero and heroine to prevail in the end. I crave the adventure and all the shenanigans that lead up to the climactic ending, but there absolutely must be a happy ending or I’m left wanting.
Is this unrealistic? Perhaps. But that’s why I read and write. To escape the real world and enter a place where wrongs are righted and villains are punished.
If their heads explode in a shower of gore, all the better!
What about you? Do you prefer grittier, real life stories that may or may not end happily, or are you like me and want a happily ever after? Or, at the very least, a happy for now?
Thank you again to Jessica for hosting me today! Be sure to comment to win some groovy stuff. I hope to see you around, be sure to find me on social media where we can chat about hope and all sorts of crazy stuff.
The first book in my Song of the Swords series is out now. It’s available at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and other fine retailers. Here’s a little peek at The Stones of Kaldaar:
that she’ll bring balance to the world.
Others say she’s the destroyer,
meant to bring an end to Aelinae.
They’re both right.
Everything Taryn knew was a lie. Her life on Earth, the man she thought was her grandfather, even her age, were all fabrications meant to protect her, to keep her hidden until she could return to her home world. Once on Aelinae, Taryn realizes she has more to fear than the creeping darkness that threatens to suffocate her.
Unwilling to become a pawn in the machinations of her scheming family and the world she now calls home, Taryn sets out to learn about her mysterious powers. Reluctantly, she accepts the help of Rhoane, a man who promises to protect her, but whom she’s not sure she can trust.
As tensions mount and her loved ones are threatened, Taryn must confront an ancient enemy and stop a sinister plan to bring back a banished god.
On Aelinae they say there can be no Light without Dark and no darkness without light. If Taryn fails, there will be only Blackness. Absolute. Binding. Without end.
Failure is simply not an option.
Tameri Etherton Bio:
Rocker of sparkly tiaras, friend of dragons, and lover of all things sexy, Tameri Etherton leaves a trail of glitter in her wake as she creates and conquers new worlds and the villains who inhabit them. When not masquerading as a mom and writer, rumor has it she travels to far off places, drinking tea and finding inspiration for her kickass heroines—and the rogues who steal their hearts—with her own Prince Charming by her side.
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