Friday’s Podcast – Halfway to the Grave

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost where we’ll take a look at supernatural racism.

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Connect with Jeaniene on her webpage or on Twitter!

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Friday’s Podcast – The Raven Boys

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater where we’ll take a look at when the quest/journey turns characters evil.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

You can connect with Maggie Stiefvater on her webpage or on Twitter.

Friday’s Podcast – The Screaming Staircase

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud where we’ll take a look at absent parent tropes.

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Find Jonathan Stroud online or on Twitter.

Friday’s Podcast – Alpha & Omega

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs where we’ll take a look at how the path to evil is sometimes paved with good intentions.

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she’s learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha’s head to ask for help. Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate.

Connect with Patricia Briggs on her website or Twitter.

Friday’s Podcast: Six of Crows

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo where we’ll take a look at the villains and talk about antiheroes.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.

Connect with Leigh Bardugo on her webpage or on Twitter.

Friday’s Podcast – The False Prince

Join us this Friday on the Bad Buys Booze & BS Podcast as we discuss The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen where we’ll take a look at the villains and talk about villains who are present from the first page.

In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes. Choose to lie…or choose to die. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Connect with Jennifer Nielsen on her webpage and on Twitter.

Pantster v. Plotter Villains

If you’re a writer you know them as plotters and pantsters. Those scribes who painstakingly plot out each and every twist and turn their novel will take before pen even touches the page. Versus the ones who have no idea what’s they’re going to have for dinner let alone where their hero will end up at the beginning of chapter 3.

In forensic psychology we refer to them as disorganized versus organized: the killers that have a plan, and who follow it meticulously – even if the plan only makes sense to themselves. Completely unlike the killers who act at the spur of the moment or because the voices in their head told them to.

Gamers have lawful versus chaotic. Sets of rules versus a swirling mess of morals.

No matter what background you come from you have words for it: guidelines that separate people and characters into columns based on their actions. Because at one time or another, we have all asked ourselves: Is there a method for their madness?

Our podcast last week dealt with this exclusively. Are villains more diabolical if they’re predictable – those who have a plan and plan for every contingency – or if they are reactionary?

What do you think?