CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…
Evie Longfellow wants a husband and a family to call her own, but all that’s going to have to wait. She’s paying dues as a hot New York City author until trouble comes to call in the form of a blind date that changes everything sane in her life.
Drugged, kidnapped, and horrified Evie escapes with her life and evidence the FBI needs to nail one of their most wanted.
Dr. Nick Franklin is a fan with an unexpected obsession for Evie’s books. When he finds her on the run from a sadistic mafia kingpin who wants Evie for a trophy on his wall, Nick forsakes everything to get her to safety.
Thrown into a world where he assumes the role of Evie’s Knight In Shining Armor Nick steps up to the task with strength and determination.
While Evie and Nick make their way from the city to the breathtaking beauty of rural Vermont in the fall their attraction blooms.
The harrowing consequences of going up against the mob threaten to tear them apart, but the surprises that wait for them in small-town America bring justice to the forefront in a showdown of epic proportions.
ALL YOUR WISHES…
A Christmas Story to warm your heart
Dr. Nick Franklin finds himself falling hard for the love of his life, Evie Longfellow. Hunted by a mafia princess, Evie’s terrified something’s wrong, and revenge won’t let her rest.
Tia Marino figures the person who killed her father is his last victim - Evie Longfellow - the one that got away. Tia plans to kill Evie in front of her grandmother just before she takes Miss Aida’s place as the new queen of Marino Industries. Hostile-takeovers have never seen the like of Tia.
Nick’s not gonna have it.
He’ll do anything to protect Evie, even if it means aligning himself with Miss Aida’s hit-man.
Follow Nick and Evie from their simple home in the winter wonderland of Vermont down to New York City in their race to stay alive, and out of the hands of a new generation of criminals intent on tearing them apart.
Christmas has never been so hot.
Hero ~VS~Anti-hero in Romantic Suspense
In her excellent writing book, Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches: How to Write The Bad Guys of Fiction, Jessica Page Morrell sums up Anti-heroes like this: “If you dare to write about less-than-charming characters, you don’t need to redeem them with an ending in which they see the error of their ways, mend their faults, and allow their flinty hearts to be transformed into a choir loft of goodness.”
I LOVE that quote, because it gives me tons of ammunition to write Anti-heroes: The Bad-asses of fiction. This series has both a Hero, and an Anti-hero.
A hero is an idealist / An anti-hero is a realist
hero: Conventional moral code / Anti-hero: Quirky, individual moral code
hero: Extraordinary / Anti-hero: Can be ordinary, motivated by self-interest
hero: Proactive / Anti-hero: Often passive, until pushed into action
hero: Knight in Shining Armor / Anti-heroo: Knight in Tarnished Armor
hero: Good guys readers cheer for / Anti-hero: Bad guys readers are suspicious of
hero: Makes character arc / Anti-hero: Stead-fast, unchanging, challenges readers to think
In my Wishes Chronicles stories Dr. Nick Franklin stands in for the role of the Hero, and Hit Man Tony Aiello plays the Anti-hero
Nick: Conventional good guy / Tony: Mafia Hit Man for Marino Industries
Nick: Motivated by love, and principle / Tony: Motivated by reputation – he always finds his Marks
Nick: Wants to save the girl / Tony: Wants to catch the girl
Nick: Hates the criminals / Tony: Works for the criminals, and is one himself
Nick: Assumes the armor of the Knight / Tony: Gets his armor filthy dirty in a surprising way
Tony’s morality cannot easily be defined. He has a code he lives by: Spare Marino Industries and Miss Aida from their greatest threat. Period. Tony’s instincts are dead-on from the first page on which he appears. He’s loyal only to Miss Aida. What gets in her way must be silenced. Even if that barrier is her own flesh and blood.
Sure, he’s torn about duty inside his head. He has a family – children he imagines being caught up in Paulie Marino’s sick and twisted noose. When the time comes to make that final call in Careful…, Tony Aiello has Miss Aida’s blessing, he knows it, and he acts on it.
According to Page, Tony is the ultimate Anti-hero. He acts in unorthodox ways, flaunts laws and acts in a way contrary to society’s standards. He reflects society’s confusion and ambivalence about morality, and thus he is a voice for social comment.
Tony gains the reader’s sympathy because he shows everything that’s wrong with the Marino Family through his reflections and actions.
Tony easily identifies The Wishes Chronicles world’s imperfections, and is made understandable by story events – the reader clearly understands his motivations and through the use of multiple POVs I give the reader privy to Tony’s inner demons.
Tony certainly maintains a starring role in the story.
I picked Javier Bardem as my ultimate Dream Cast actor for Tony Aiello because of the roles the man has chosen for his career on film. Always a character that to me embodies the Anti-hero, he slipped into Tony Aiello’s shoes as if they were made for him. My greatest hope is that Mr. Bardem would be honored by this simple observation if he were ever to extend me the honor of reading my story.
Page says an Anti-hero is often a bad ass, a maverick, or a screw-up. Tony is all that and more. His future in the Wishes Chronicles details just that. He takes chances. He stands up for what he knows is right, and while society views jobs like his as dangerous, there’s no one more sinister I’d want in my corner than Tony Aiello.
To further show Nick and Tony’s match-up in the books, here’s a deep cut from All Your Wishes…
SPECIAL EXCERPT for the GUEST POST
I hope your readers enjoyed this excerpt, and I hope these characters paint the perfect picture of Hero ~VS~Anti-hero in Romantic Suspense.
Happy New Year, Everyone
About the author:
Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Writers specialty chapter, and the KOD Mystery and Suspense Writer’s specialty chapter. She achieved the opportunity to become a member of the distinguished RWA designation of PRO after submitting her first full-length romance novel for publication in 2013.
In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters. She writes fantasy romance and romantic suspense.
She lives with her hero, her husband of twenty-five years at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.