Posted by Jen in Guest author series on 19-06-2012
Sexy Romance Stories has a special treat today with our very first guest on the blog – award-winning author Kiru Taye. She’s offering an ebook giveaway of her new erotic romance, An Engagement Challenge, to one lucky commenter. Here’s Kiru:
Villains. Oh, villains. How we hate them or love to hate them. Some of the most memorable books I’ve ever read have villains. Think Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, The White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Sauron in Lord of the Rings, Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon and if you think romance, Robert Lovelace from Clarissa Harlowe by Samuel Richardson.
What dastardly fiends they all are. We can certainly agree that they are creepy, calculating, wicked, slimy, evil and cruel. I’ve run out of adjectives but I’m sure you can come up with more. LOL!
But when I think about all the villains I’ve read about or watched in movies, the ones that I dislike the most are the ones who are usually quite close to the protagonist and work against them from within or stab them in the back. Those are usually the worst kind because they hurt the protagonist the most. The protagonist usually trusts them or looks up to them before they realise the villain is actually plotting their downfall.
When fictional villains are well written, they carry the story as much as the protagonists do. In some stories, they make the story by providing the reason for conflict.
As An Engagement Challenge is a romance novel, the main conflicts come from the emotional tension between the hero, Paul and the heroine, Ijay. But I added an extra dimension of conflict and suspense by adding a villain to the story.
When I was writing the story, some of the comments from my beta readers about the villain made me laugh so much. At one point they were holding a collection to hire a hit man and kill the villain off. I had to remind them the villain was fictional. LOL. But what their comments told me was that the villain was bad (in a very good way).
While the villain was working hard to pull Paul and Ijay apart (as if they didn’t have enough to deal with already), the opposite was actually happening. The events around them pulled them together and forced them to acknowledge what they felt for each other at least to themselves. In the end they realised they had a common enemy to fight instead of fighting each other.
So what about you? Do you have any favourite fictional villains or any that you remember vividly? Please share. I’d like to know. I’ll select one lucky commenter to win an ebook of An Engagement Challenge.
If I had to pick at the moment, I’d say my favourite fictional villain is Edmund from King Lear by William Shakespeare. He is almost similar to the villain in An Engagement Challenge.
According to Ceri Radford in The Telegraph’s 50 Greatest Villains in Literature, Edmund is: “The ultimate bastard. Tormented by the injustices of his illegitimate birth, he frames his own brother, plays the love rat to Goneril and Regan and finally orders the execution of Lear and Cordelia.”
What villainous villainy. LOL!
About the Author:
Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure. She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging out with family/friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with her husband and two children.
An Engagement Challenge (Challenge Series, #2)
Publisher: KT Press
Length: 75,000 words
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense (Interracial, Light Bondage)
Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?
When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.
However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.
Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win an ebook copy of An Engagement Challenge!