Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Blogger Donna Grant - Winner Announced

We’ve randomly picked the winner using

AND THE WINNER IS... Julia Barrett!
Please e-mail us your address at by Tuesday. We will pick another winner if the prize is not claimed by then.

Thank you Donna for the contest and to everyone for commenting. Congratulations, Julia!

Thank you to Sarah for inviting me to Castles and Guns!

The recurring theme of good versus evil shows up in movies and books more often than not.  There’s a reason for that, I believe.  It begins with the choices we make and the circumstances we find ourselves in daily.  Every decision, every path we take could take us to good or evil ends. 

In WICKED HIGHLANDER, the third in my Dark Sword series, it’s about good versus evil.  Evil has many forms.  To some it could be the co-worker who never shuts up, or plays their music to loud in the next cubicle.  It could be the neighbor who won’t mow their grass.  A “friend” who sabotages everything we do.  Or it could be the person out to do you physical harm.

I wanted the “evil” part of my series to be truly wicked, a person who didn't think twice about doing whatever needed to be done to get what they wanted.  There’s something about knowing someone has aligned themselves with the devil that gives me the willies.  And it fit with what I needed in my series.

So just how evil is my villain in WICKED HIGHLANDER?  As a Druid she’s given a choice to continue on the path of true magic or undergo a ceremony where her soul is given to the devil.  Of course, she chooses the evil path, and she’s then able to control black magic making her a formidable foe that is nearly unstoppable.  Her goal? To rule the world and have all men bow before her.

She knows just how to put people in circumstances that will leave them no choice but to align themselves with her or risk those they love.  Her black magic combined with her ever growing number of allies puts her in a position to attain everything she wants and more.  There’s just one thing in her way – a small group of men and women who will do anything to stop her.  No matter the costs.

By the same token, I also have Druids who use their magic for good.  The heroine in WICKED HIGHLANDER has the spell to bind the gods inside the Warriors once more.  But  its locked deep in her mind.  While she's trying to find the spell, she uses her magic to take the pain away from those around her.  Other heroines have special magic as well like healing, talking to trees, helping plants to grow, or seeing the future.  But always they use their magic to help people and fight evil.

What's your favorite good vs evil movie, TV show, or book?

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER to a commenter.   

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  1. I agree. Every choice we make has it's consequences - and we may not even realize those consequences until we get further on down the road. I'm glad you've decided to make your very evil villain female - some of my favorite villains have been female. Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty (the Disney version) gets the best lines and she is truly the devil.
    I'm going to pick up your series!

  2. I agree with Julia! I love female villains. Great post, Donna!

  3. Hi, Julia! Thank you! I hope you enjoy the books. :)

  4. In add odd way...I think House at his worst is one of the most clever villains out there. I had to stop watching the show for awhile because the purely pessimistic and jaded view he has of everyone was winning me over... While Wilson would be a force for good...

    I know, it's a bit twisted, but fits!

  5. I think one of my favorite good vs evil books is still Stephen King's The Stand, where a pandemic reduces the population to very small numbers who ultimately divide up between good and evil leaders. Your books sound great!

  6. I've not watched House, Maureen, but its on my list of series to catch up on.

  7. Suzanne, my husband loves The Stand. He's read the book so many times I've lost count, and we've watched the movie at least a dozen times. :)