Friday, December 5, 2008

Being Bad…

Happy Friday! Today we're welcoming Cynthia Eden, the uber talented author of Midnight Sins. And wouldn't you know it? She's giving away a copy right here. Today. You can think of it as an early Christmas present. So without further ado, here's Cynthia.

Hi, everyone! It’s great to be back here with the wicked authors. Angie—thank you very much for the invite.

I love the tagline for this blog…Something Wicked…

You see, lately, I’ve started to really enjoy wicked characters. Heroes who aren’t 100% heroic. Those guys who’ve got more than a touch of the bad. I like those guys. Call them anti-heroes, call them bad boys. I just like the men who dance a bit with the dark side.

And you know what? I like for my heroines to dance with the darkness, too. I like a woman who isn’t perfect. A woman who has a past, who has her own inner demons (or, um, is a demon). And I like for her to be strong.

After all, a wilting flower couldn’t really put up with the bad boys of today’s romance novels.
I’ve got a heroine with a dark side in bookstores right now. Cara Maloan, the heroine of my very recently released MIDNIGHT SINS, isn’t your average girl-next door. She’s a succubus—one with a very shady history. You know that thin line between good and evil? Well, she has jumped that line once or twice.

But Cara’s character wants more than just darkness. She also wants light—and a chance at love. Funny thing about love…in the fairy tales, you never hear about the handsome prince running off with the wicked step-mother. The wicked witch never gets her happily ever after. And I wonder—why not? Villains (and certainly villainesses) need love, too.

But what about you? How do you feel about “bad” characters? Do you like your heroes and heroines to be a bit wicked? Or do you prefer for your characters to have never tangled with the dark?

Leave me a comment and you could win an autographed copy of MIDNIGHT SINS. And thanks for checking out my post!

36 comments:

Cynthia Eden said...

Angie, you're awesome. Thanks for inviting me over today! I hope you're gearing up for a great holiday season!

Zed-Aitch said...

Anti-hero/heroines are my faves. There's nothing worse than some good guy who's SO good he won't step in to stop a bad situation because (a) it's against the law, or (b) it's against his moral code. Get thee to a monastery, good guy, and leave the world-saving to those willing to get their hands dirty :-)

ZH

sarabelle said...

Hiya Cynthia. Thanks for this interview I would love a copy of this book. It sounds great. I love my heros dark and dangerous. Makes things more interesting.

azteclady said...

*waving* Hi, Cynthia!

I enjoy characters who are flawed, who struggle with their own nature, both with the good and the bad.

Remember the tv show Forever Knight? I loved Nick's struggle with his vamp nature vs his human conscience, for example.

BethRe said...

I agree I like to read about characters that walk the edge. I'm not perfec so why so the characters that I read be. It makes the story more realistic

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, ZH! LOL, love your "get thee to a monastery" line. Actually, I have a brother-in-law who did get himself to a monastery once, but that's a different story. :-)

Sarabelle, I love those dark and dangerous heroes, too--always more interesting to me!

Hey, azteclady! Ah, Forever Knight! Yes, I remember that one--loved it! Why do all the shows I love have such a limited TV life?

BethRe, you've brought up a good point. I know I'm not perfect and it's nice to read about imperfect characters, too!

Thanks for the comments!

Marnie Colette a.k.a marniebelle said...

I love dark characters... as long as they don't break my cardinal rules - I don't like infidelity and I don't like hero/heroine to have had a previous relationships with siblings or best friends of their HEA, its just a little quirk I have. :P

Other than that walk, leap or jump into the dark it makes it so much more intersting - when they find love.

Angie Fox said...

You're right, Cynthia. There's just something about a bad boy... Excuse me while I enjoy that thought. :)

Glad to see you here and I can't wait to dig into Midnight Sins.

danie88 said...

Hi Cynthia!

Great interview! I would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds great! :)

Lea said...

Hi Cynthia!

I love conflicted heros and heroines - a little "bad" makes the "naughty", even better. I guess thats why I enjoy paranormal so much, vampires, demons etc., there is just something inherently a little "evil" that makes them more exciting. lol

Thank you,
Great post and quetion!
All the best
Lea

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, Marnie! I like to think it makes it more interesting when they find love, too.

LOL, enjoy away, Angie! I sure love to enjoy thoughts of bad boys!

Thanks, Danie! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!

Lea, I love your comment. I do think you're right on the inherent evil in certain paranormal characters--or, at least, the expectation of evil to a certain extent. And I sure do like that darkness!

Cheryl M. said...

Hi Cynthia!

I love characters that are a little bit bad and like to push the limits, they are much more interesting to read about. That being said, I do prefer that by the end of the book, they have changed their wicked ways and end up happy and content with the person who made them want to be good!

Ellory said...

Heroes who aren't perfect are a great read. Fun interview.

Brandy said...

NO ONE is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, or chooses badly at one time or another. Everyone has a past, if that past happens to be a bit dark and could be used to help the heroine or vice versa, go for it! *G*

Eshani said...

Hi Cynthia,
I have to say that I like my heroes/and heroines a little on the dark side. For me, it makes it that much more appealing and compelling when they are finally able to feel love and tenderness.
I can't wait to read Midnight Sins..I'm definitely curious to read about Cara *grin*
Have a good weekend everyone!

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, Cheryl! I agree--I like to see the heroes redeemd at the end. Although, I do like for them to still be a bit bad...

Thanks, Ellory! Glad you like the less-than-perfect ones, too.

LOL, Brandy, you are so right! We do all have pasts, and moments we'd prefer to um, forget.

Hello, Eshani! I'm happy to hear you're looking forward to Midnight Sins--and I hope you have a great weekend!

Jane said...

Hi Cynthia,
I definitely think it's more interesting when the hero or heroine crosses the line into the dark side. You get to see the character's internal conflict, trying to fight the evil inside.

Estella said...

I love heroes wh walk close to the dark side.

Cathy said...

I love a bit of wicked in my romance stories. Too good or too bad just doesn't work for me as well as a bit of both. Makes for such interesting characters, some good humor and a some great sexual chemistry.

Susan said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love characters that walk the fine line between good and bad and occasionally cross it. That always makes for a much more interesting story!

Cynthia Eden said...

Jane, I do like the idea of fighting the evil inside! What a great comment! Thanks for sharing that!

Hi, Estella! Ah, the dark side can be fun.

Cathy, the heroes that are too bad--those that I just can't see redeemed, they tend not to work for me, either.

Susan, when that line blurs sometimes, I believe it can make for the best characters!

tetewa said...

I enjoy reading about bad boys they are so much more interesting!

Karin said...

I like characters who have a little 'bad' in them because they seem more real. Characters who are never bad in any way just seem too good to be true and I don't really enjoy them.

bamabelle said...

Hi Cynthia!

I like all kinds of heroes and heroines. Still, sometimes a character with a darker past is easier to relate to than one that is cookie cutter perfect. If the character has had to struggle, it makes it that much sweeter when they find love. You want them to get their HEA. :)

Congratulations on the book release, Cynthia! Happy Holidays!

Pamk said...

Love heroines that are a little bit bad or maybe a lot bad lol. Your books rock.

Cynthia Eden said...

-)

Hi, Karin! I do worry about those "too good to be true" men.

Thank you, Bama Belle! I really enjoy the character's growth when he/she has to overcome a darker past. I hope you have a great holiday season, too!

Thank you, Pamk! And I'm glad you enjoy the bad characters, too.

Edie said...

Cindy, what a fun post! Love the heroines who dance with darkness. Sleeping with darkness can be fun too. :)

I read MIDNIGHT SINS, and it's terrific! Great characters, great plot and great writing!

Cynthia Eden said...

Tetewa, I'm sorry--I meant to respond to your comment in my last post! I'm so glad you enjoy the bad boys, too!

Hi, Edie! Thank you! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed Midnight Sins. :-)

Amy S. said...

Midnight Sins sounds great! I do love bad boy heroes. lol

LadyVampire2u said...

I am definitely with you in that I like a little darkness in my hero and heroine. I think the thrill of walking on the edge of danger makes for a great read. It's not a safe book which makes it more enticing and there's more mystery behind what the hero and heroine will do next.

Pam P said...

Hi Cynthia. I love those darker anti-heroes, the ultimate bad boy. So intriguing to watch them struggle with that dark side, or even, embrace it along with the goodness that tries to surface.

Lori T said...

Hi Cynthia!

I do like my hero/herione to have a bit of a wicked past. I enjoy watching them struggle not only with the relationship, but their own personal demons.

Have a great weekend.

Cynthia Eden said...

Thanks, Amy! I love those guys, too!

Hi, LadyVampire! I'm with you--I like books that aren't necessarily "safe."

PamP, I blame my current anti-hero love on Spike. I really fell for his character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thanks for your comment, Lori! I hope you're having a great weekend, too!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Cynthia! I think I like heroes and heroines who've stepped into the dark, but I do prefer that they've got a strong code they stick to and sometimes wrestle with. It makes them much more interestingly complex.

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, flchen1! Oh, I like your point! I think those characters do need to have an internal code they live by! Thanks for bringing that up!

Just another SAHM said...

Keep the goodies two shoes. One word for them: boring!
Real people have to get down & dirty at times...so should fictional characters. Especially since they don't always face the same restrictions we do...like mortality, etc.... ;)

Besides, bad girls/boys need love, too!

Your book sounds like a fun read!