Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FIREWALKER Countdown Giveaway--NASH

I have a winner for Day 2--barbi-b who posted on jennifersromances.blogspot.com--Day 3--keep 'em coming!

Day 3 of the countdown to FIREWALKER continues!


“Jones,” he said. Dark, biting, laconic.
“Hey, Nash. It’s Janet.”
There was a long silence.
“F*ck,” Nash Jones said, and he hung up on me.

Nash is a complicated guy. He’s a tortured ex-special forces officer, now sheriff of Hopi County, a stickler for the rules and fights PTSD. He grew up a staunch Unbeliever (one who doesn't buy into the "woo-woo" tourism of his little town), but now knows that he houses incredible magic.

Nash is a “null,” a person who can absorb and negate magic, even magic of the gods. No one knows how he got that way or what he can do.

He’s fiercely protective of his territory (which would be the whole county), and doesn’t trust crazy people like Janet and Coyote. But sometimes he’s their greatest asset, and he also knows that sometimes, he needs their help.

“So, educate me,” Nash said. “There are Stormwalkers like you; Nightwalkers, which are vampires; and then skinwalkers, those creatures I fought out at the vortexes. What are werewolves—dogwalkers?”

I had conflicting opinions about Nash--some people really liked him; others didn't. I like him because he has many layers, which I peel away as the series goes. How do you feel about characters that you might not like at first? Do they grow on you? Or do you want to fall in love right away?

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At 5:39 AM, Blogger cait045 said...

Nash can be a pain in the ass but once I got his whole story in Stormwalker I started to like him even when he continued to arrest Janet. He deserves the fiesty woman he gets.


At 7:35 AM, Blogger Robin K said...

I love when I start by hating a character and then come to love them. I love when authors broach this challenge. Jennifer Armintrout's character Cyrus is a great example of on of my character a hate love relationships.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Meljprincess said...

I might have to smack, Nash. But he'd probably like it. *g*

Some characters that I do not like at first can grow on me. A couple of good examples would be Shane from WEEDS and Masuka from DEXTER.

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At 8:22 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Sometimes I am drawn to that type of characters!! Trying to find out where their roughness comes from. Nash sounds like a character I could to like.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Kirsten C. said...

I don't mind starting off by disliking a character, typically strong emotions equals vivid characters...but there have been a few characters that I have loved and then really hated-those I don't like so much!:0) It's hard for me to truly hate a character but a few of them just really gave me no reason to like them even a little. I'd say starting off disliking a character is ok in my book, but those you grow to dislike-I don't get over as easily!

At 12:20 PM, Blogger mbreakfield said...

I like both ways. Sometimes it is fun to start off disliking a character and slowly grow to love him.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Cathy M said...

I don't mind a slow introduction to a character, peeling back those layers can make for a very intriguing story. I don't think Nash and I are going to have any problems at all, since I love his snarkiness.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

Usually the characters I don't like at fist are the one's I fall in love with at the end. Which is fine with me. I like to be suprised :-)

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Most of the time I have to like a character right away -- that is what draws me into a series more than anything. But I must admit that some of my favorite characters are those who have started out awful and changed throughout series -- I'm talking several books here, not just a really quick change in one book, which for some reason I don't really find believable. I have a feeling I'm going to really love Nash.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I liked Nash! It depends on what type of character it is, but mostly, I love them from the start


At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Izzy B. said...

if the author tries TOO hard to make the character likable, i will mostly likely end up not liking them. No one really likes a perfect-perfect person. there should always be some sort of conflict!

thanks for the contest!
IzzyB (footfootballpsu@yahoo.com)

At 2:23 PM, Blogger ❤Stephanie! said...

Thanks for the new character post, Allyson! Still intrigued :)

I am generally really loving of all and any characters -- I even try to find a small space in my heart for the villains! But I find some characters just bring pity among themselves, and I just can't find to like. Eventually, I try to find the best in everyone though, so I can say most characters are to my agreement!

Have a fantastic day! :)

At 2:51 PM, Blogger  said...

i really like it when I find myself liking a character more and more as the book progresses. usually at the beginning, I might not love them, but by the end, I will be able to relate to them a lot and like them very much

Emily: fantasizesgam@gmail.com

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Calliope said...

I like Nash, but there were times where I just wanted to grab him by the throat and strangle him. Like when Janet gets possessed, literally goes to Hell and back, nearly becomes dragon chow and then he arrests her. It's not like he didn't know where she lived. He couldn't have come back the next morning?! Sheesh.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Julie said...

I don't mind either process, really. You can't love everyone you meet from the get-go; having people slowly grow on you is much more realistic. I like seeing exactly why a certain character is the way they are, and often that's enough to soften our stances against them. And then they become the hero/heroine in the next story in the series!

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Marie said...

I love it when I get to know a character little by little, and when we sometimes discover that there was a lot more to a person than we'd thought from the beginning.
When the main character sees them from a different side, and slowly falls in love with them, and we do to.

I definitely have a soft spot for Nash. In the end he's a sympathetic character, and he's very funny to read about.

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At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Casey H said...

I love characters with layers - they seem more human.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Jonell said...

I love when they r difficult & frustrating! And then u fall in love with them by the time the book ends:)

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Seo said...

Yeah, it's always best when the you like the character by the END of the book! :)


At 4:05 AM, Blogger Shari C said...

I love strong characters even those that I start out hating and then grow to love as they reveal more about themselves and their personalities.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

Gotta love a character that starts out annoying the heck out of you, then they redeem themselves and make you love them.

When they invoke such a strong emotion then you know you did good!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger dawn said...

Hey, Jennifer - I love your book as you know and hope to get into the new series of Stormwalker and the other ones.


At 5:43 PM, Blogger JoAnna said...

I like the underdog/under-liked. I like to see them open up and learn to love them. I can't wait to see what Nash is up to in the next book.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Jenelle said...

I didnt actually like Janet at first, but grew to like her. I like Nash. He's got spunk. Its especially great when men can be proven wrong, isn't? He's a great character; gruff, no gray area for right and wrong, and hates being wrong! Im very excited for this next book! Im first on the list at the library (because I work there, lol)!

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Lori T said...

I like it when I start off hating the main character and end up loving them in the end. I like finding out why they seem to be so jaded or hurt and how they seem whole by the end of the book.


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