Saturday, December 10, 2011

Top Ten Lizzy Ford Characters


  Welcome Author Lizzie Ford as she speaks about her favorite characters and her book Damian's Oracle!!


 
Top Ten Lizzy Ford Characters

I hear often from my readers about my characters – both why they love some and why they loathe some!  The most common feedback I receive is that my readers love: how flawed my characters are and how believable their motivations and struggles are.  I am a fan of a character that earns his/her happy ending, and readers seem to connect emotionally with the characters as they are challenged and rewarded.  

I reviewed a lot of reviews and feedback and compiled the list below of my readers’ favorite characters.

1. Rhyn (Rhyn Trilogy – “Katie’s Hellion,” “Katie’s Hope,” “Rhyn’s Redemption”)

Who he is: A half-demon with no control over his powers, a long list of enemies, and a family that’s disowned him.  His only friend is Death’s favorite assassin. He’s never had a reason to prove everyone around him wrong – until he meets the human meant to be his mate.  

Why people love him: He’s unapologetic about who and what he is.  He tries – and fails – but he tries again, even knowing no one around him will accept him.  

2. Katie (Rhyn Trilogy)

Who she is: A human whose otherworldly gift is immunity to the powers of Immortals.  She’s Rhyn’s intended mate.  Her adjustment to the Immortal world turns her into a borderline alcoholic who has no concept of how to raise the baby angel that’s been assigned as her child to raise.

Why people love her: She’s a walking disaster with a sharp wit.  She’s the only person willing to stand up to the Immortals that think they’re superior to humans.  She’s an imperfect mother who doesn’t know how to juggle the Immortal world and the angel she must care for, so she makes a lot of mistakes! 

3. Sofia (War of Gods series – “Damian’s Oracle,” “Damian’s Assassin,” “Damian’s Immortal”, “The Grey God”)

Who she is: A human-turned-Oracle pursued by both good and evil actors for her ability to see the future.  She is the mate of Damian.

Why people love her: Her courage.  She risks everything to rescue Damian and his brother, even though she doesn’t fully understand her own role as Damian’s mate or Oracle.  

4. Kiera (Kiera’s Moon)

Who she is: A poor artist living with her best friend, who takes her to another planet.  Kiera is then kidnapped by the man she’s meant to be with.

Why people love her: She’s not afraid to cry or admit she’s scared, and she’s smart enough that she ends up impressing a culture that views women as subservient.

5. Gabriel (Rhyn Trilogy)

Who he is: Death’s top assassin, also known as a death-dealer, who befriended Rhyn as a child and has watched over him.

Why people love him: He’s the only Immortal with a sense of loyalty to Rhyn.  His sense of humor is also noted by readers for being dark and dry.

6. Yully (War of Gods)

Who she is: A Natural (woman with extraordinary powers) who was adopted hidden away by an evil immortal set on destroying the world.  She’s beaten and fed lies, until she meets her mate. (One of my readers named her, too!)

Why people love her: She trusts her instincts and chooses to help her mate, Jule, turn the tables on someone who would use her to destroy humanity.

7. Darian (War of Gods)

Who he is: The White God, Damian’s, brother, whose mind was erased while he was a slave of the Black God for thousands of years.  He progressively regains his mind throughout the series.
Why people love him: Readers have loved seeing him develop and grow throughout the series, from a catatonic gargoyle to a teenage crisis stage to the thoughtful, brooding Grey God.  

8. A’Ran (Kiera’s Moon)

Who he is: The exiled warrior-prince who has been hardened by betrayal and the death of his people and planet.

Why people love him: He’s a tough warrior whose heart is gold, and who is able to recognize how special Kiera is and defies tradition to treat her as his partner.

9. Jonny (War of Gods)

Who he is: The new Black God, whose descent from a troubled teen into the leader of evil is witnessed in books 2-4 of the War of Gods series.  He became the Black God to save his sister’s life.  

Why people love him: They pity him and hope he has a chance of redemption. (He doesn’t, but I still get emails asking me to spare him!)

10. Tristan (“A Demon’s Desire”)

Who he is: A half-human, possibly half-demon who has fought his dark side and won. He offers occult consultations and agrees to help Emma save her dying niece from a black witch’s curse.

Why people love him: He’s a dark angel.  He controls the shadows and darkness, but uses them to help innocent people.

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Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damian’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts – from the Black God, who would kill or convert them.

Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.

While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns.

Damian’s Oracle links:


About the Author:

Lizzy Ford is the hyper-prolific author of the "Rhyn Trilogy" and "War of Gods" series, both launched in 2011, as well as multiple single title young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. Lizzy's books have reached into the bestseller lists on both Amazon US and Amazon UK in multiple categories. Through her unconventional online marketing strategies, Lizzy has gone from selling 20 books in January 2011 to around 5000 books in September 2011 and from over 7,000 free downloads of her work in January 2011 to over 40,000 downloads in September 2011.

The Lizzy Ford team consists of: Matt, IT and search engine optimization expert; Christine LePorte, freelance book editor; Dafeenah, graphics artist; and Toni, English-Spanish translator.

Lizzy is considered by most to be the ultimate writing freak of nature for her ability to write and epublish a new book every 30-45 days. She is also a regular contributor for the Curiosity Quills website and is an active member of a small guild of nine passionate, talented writers, the Indie Eclective.  Lizzy's books are available from Amazon, BN, Smashwords, iBooks/iTunes, and all other eReader libraries.

Lizzy’s links:

·        Website: http://www.guerrillawordfare.com/
·        Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/LizzyFord2010

8 comments:

Na said...

Hi Lizy your characters are just the type I fall for and want to root for. Characters are pretty important to me and I want to being to connect with them on an emotional level. They have to be able to evoke emotions from me, whether it is love or not. I like Rhyn because he is so true to his characters and keeps trying and trying. I would also like Gabriel. A sence of humor is always good :)
Cambonified[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lizzy Ford said...

Thanks, Na! I'm a fan of deeply flawed characters. I wanted Rhyn to be flawed but not emotionally torn - he knows the world is against him, but he is who he is - and he's not perfect. He's slowly growing in the books to realize he can make a difference. Gabe is one of my own all time faves as well!

Lizzy :-)

hotcha12 said...

HI LIZZY! BOY DO THESE BOOKS SOUND GOOD, I'N ADDING TO MY LIST!

linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I am adding this to my TBR wishlist. Looks fantastic.
Patricia
panthers.ravens@yahoo.com

booklover0226 said...

An interesting and entertaining post; I enjoyed reading it.

I need to check out these characters and the books they are in; all sounds great.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Lizzy Ford said...

Thanks for your comments, Linda, Patricia, and Tracey! "Damian's Oracle" is currently free on Amazon US and Amazon UK, so it's a good way to test out the series!

Lizzy :-)

Mila Ramos said...

Lizzy, I would love to interview you further to know how you can make such book in 45 days. It is honestly amazing! I'm just sitting in awe here and think its that's definitively a tip future authors, and even experienced authors can learn.

Wow...I mean just wow!

Lizzy said...

Hi Mila!

First, thank you so much for hosting me! :-)

Second – of course, I’d be happy to do an interview or blog post on being a freak of nature. Haha! My email: LizzyFord2010@gmail.com. :-)

Lizzy