We are SO excited to welcome Amy Brock McNew to Lands Uncharted today as part of the blog tour for her upcoming new release, Reconciliation! And since it's Saturday, Amy put together a Top 3s post for us all about her series, the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles. You can find out more about Amy and her books below, but first...here's Amy!
Thanks so much for having me!
So let’s talk Reluctant Warrior Chronicles! I want to tell you about my 3 favorite characters. All authors have their favorite characters, whether they admit it or not. On my list, I’ve deliberately left off Liz, the heroine. Why? Well, since she’s based off of me and part of the story is from my life…yeah. Really didn’t want to be the person saying, “I love me the most!” But I think you’re gonna really like my choices.
Yeah, he’s a demon. It’s not so much that I like him, it’s that he’s intriguing and probably one of the toughest characters I’ve written to date. He may be oh so pretty, but don’t let that fool you. This guy is evil to his core, desperate to make Heaven pay. He believes God drove him to follow Lucifer and fall, and he intends to do everything he can to separate himself from what he once was.
Getting inside his head was an adventure in insanity. He’s one of the most fully developed, three-dimensional characters I’ve ever written. I love trying to think completely differently about things, making choices and having reactions I can hardly imagine and would never, ever have myself. He is an enigma. A master at the evil he works. He takes the story to a whole other level. That’s why he made my list.
Ah, Sid. (He hates that nickname, by the way.) There’s just something about him. You can’t not love him. He is my favorite of all the angels in TRWC. He’s a Seraphim, a warrior to the bone. But there’s more to him than just a fighter. For one, he loves his charge like a father would, as all the guardians do. With him and Nate though, there’s a special relationship. They’ve been through so much more together than most guardian/charge pairs endure. They’ve bonded on a level that is just beautiful to see.
The other thing I really love about Sidriel is his fascination with all things human, especially humor, food, and interpersonal relationships. Even though he doesn’t need to eat, he loves trying different foods, which works out since his charge is a wannabe chef. It’s fun to see what he likes and what he doesn’t, then wait to see what sort of off-the-wall or sarcastic comment he’s going to make. He’s always trying to lighten the mood, when appropriate, and keep morale up in their little circle. You get to see a lot more of him in Reconciliation. I know you’ll love him as much as I do!
1.) Ryland David Vaugn
Of course, Ry is my number one. How could he not be? I’ll confess, it’s got a lot to do with the fact he’s based on my hunky husband (though, Brian is blond). And the other reasons…where do I begin? He’s a fighter, he’s compassionate, he’s loyal, he’s understanding. He does the job no one else wants, the dirty work, risking his life to save others. Plus, let’s just be honest here, he’s hot. Seriously. Tall, dark, built like a Mack truck, and not so handsome he’s pretty but just enough, he’s got that rough edge to him that is just irresistible.
Another thing I love about Ry? He handles Liz in a way that isn’t overbearing or heavy handed. He gets his point across and protects her, while respecting that she is intelligent, capable, and a tough fighter in her own right. Just like my husband is with me. Both Liz and I can be, well, a little much to handle sometimes!
Ryland is not perfect, though. And that’s another thing to love. He may seem like he has it all together and has faith that could move mountains, but he has doubts and fears just like everyone else. Also, he’s not afraid to share those with Liz. He is an open book, literally (You’ll get that if you’ve read Rebirth!), never hiding anything from Liz, and he expects the same from her. Which doesn’t always work out so well.
There you have it. My favorite characters. Though I love all my imaginary people, these are the top of the list. Thanks again for having me. If you want to read about these awesome characters and find out more about TRWC, you can find my books, and me, at the links below. Love and hugs, y’all!
May I just note, there seem to be a lot of good-looking guys in this series... :)
Reconciliation, the second book in the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles (find out all about the first book, Rebirth, here) just released on January 24th, and can be purchased here. Stop by www.pennymindingmom.com tomorrow for the next stop on the blog tour!
Here's the back-cover blurb for Reconciliation:
Some ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead.
Finally. Finally everything is coming together for Liz Brantley. She’s marrying Ryland Vaughn, the man of her dreams. She’s embraced her calling and battles the minions of hell bent on her destruction. And she’s left her dark past far behind her. Or so she thought.
A secret she holds close, stuffed down deep, surfaces at the wrong time for everyone in Liz’s life, leaving a trail of devastation. Left reeling, Liz wonders if she made a mistake, putting her trust in God, her guardian Arie, and Ryland. And the demon Kade capitalizes on her shaken faith. With a vengeance.
Torn between her tortured past and the future she craves, Liz is desperate to defeat every demon that stands in her way. Before all hell breaks loose and swallows her whole.
Sounds intense, right? Believe me, it is! This book takes the amazing romance, demon-fighting, and emotional roller-coaster of Rebirth and kicks it up a notch (possibly two or three...). But I would only recommend Reconciliation for older teens and adults, as it definitely surpasses the usual PG-13 or below rating of most of the books we discuss at Lands Uncharted - younger teens, give it a few years and you'll love this series!
Here's some more information about the author:
Amy Brock McNew doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. Exploring the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird, Amy pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off-limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities. Visit AmyBrockMcNew.com to learn more about this intriguing author.
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Thank you so much for visiting and sharing more about your books, Amy! Congratulations on your new release!