Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time Out Thursday -- Villainous Conundrums

Today Pink Heart Society editor Jeannie Watt discusses the tough choice between hero and villain.


I recently watched both Thor movies and The Avengers in one marathon session (so much fun!) and afterward, I called my daughter to confess that as much as I love Chris Hemsworth, I liked Tom Hiddleston’s Loki even more. There was a heavy silence on the other end of the line, followed by the sound of computer keys and I knew she was looking up Google images to see for herself who was hotter. Shortly thereafter she said in a weary voice, “Mom. Really?”

Yep. Really. I love me a good villainous bad boy. You know… those guys who you wish would stop being bad because they have the potential to be good. But it’s like they just can’t help themselves, thus they play the villain.

Another conundrum---Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder on Justified. Now granted, Timothy Olyphant, who plays Raylan, is near the top of my must-watch-no-matter-what list, but Boyd...that hair. That voice. The top button of his shirt so securely fastened--a nice metaphor for the iron control he needs to keep control of his wild side. If push comes to shove, I have to go with Raylan, but Boyd will always be one of my favorite villains. 

 I confess--I love it when it's hard to decide who to root for. Cardboard villains, like cardboard heroes are no fun. Give me a guy with a nice 3-D personality, realistic motivations, some pain to overcome and a decent sense of humor and I'm one happy woman, regardless of whether the character is the good guy or the bad guy.

How about you? Do you have a favorite bad guy?

She’s not running anymore… 

After a decade away, Jacie Rose has returned with her daughter to Cherry Lake to renovate a historic hotel…and to lay some ghosts to rest. She knows she’ll have to confront mistakes she made in the past, but she didn’t expect to be living right next door to the guy she once asked to be her husband. 

When Brett Jackson was approached ten years ago by Jacie Rose with the wild scheme of marrying her to help her out of a jam, his white knight instincts kicked in and he agreed to be her emergency groom. The only problem was that the bride didn’t show up for the wedding. How’s he supposed to get used to seeing the woman he’s never forgotten every day now that she’s his neighbor? 

Determined to provide the secure home life for her daughter that she never had, Jacie is not about to bring a man into her life—even one that she sometimes thinks should have been there all along. But Brett and Jacie soon discover the spark between them is even stronger than before… Now that their paths have crossed again, will they lead them back to the wedding that almost was? 

Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes fast-paced, character driven stories set in the western United States.   To find out more about Jeannie and her books, please visit her website, her Facebook page or her retro sewing blog.

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