A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Friday, August 6, 2010

(Day 6) Guest Post: Kristin Stefanos

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Welcome to Day 6 of the Battle of the Sexies!  Today we've got a debut author of a unique vampire story here to discuss alpha males.

"Kristin Stefanos wrote Lost Devil's Throne during her first year of medical school as a way to decompress. She has always been an avid reader who prefers a quiet night at home when away from the hospital. She attributes her ongoing interest in both scientific inquiry and the supernatural to her favorite author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his iconic characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She also credits her close-knit family of supportive parents, sister and two brothers, whom she entertained with ghost stories she created while growing up in a house which is said to be haunted."

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What does it take to create and write about alpha males?
I think the answer to this question is more straightforward than most assume: close observation and careful study of male behavior. It sounds like a no-brainer, but many writers, like myself, in the Vampire genre tend to be female. As a result, the default alpha male tends to be buffed out, sexually preoccupied to the point of promiscuous, and incredibly good looking, but beyond that is as multidimensional as a Ken doll.
Alpha male characters are endowed with plenty of strengths like dashing good looks, sexual prowess and a confidence women can’t help but find appealing. However, I find it makes a more interesting read to see the chinks in the armor. For instance, I thoroughly enjoyed developing the character Damian, a 200-year-old Haitian vampire, in my debut novel, the Lost Devil’s Throne. Though he has many of these positive qualities, he also has a dark side and a sad past that makes him all the more intriguing and lends a depth and richness to his action or, in some cases, inaction.
It’s important to reveal something beyond the bravado: self-doubt, sadness, joy, quiet introspection, jealousy, rage. There are plenty of emotions and reactions most fictional alpha males are missing. Sure we want our hero to swoop in, beat the bad guys to a bloody pulp, and save the day, but a well-contrived alpha male goes beyond that. It is in providing this glimpse into their psyche that the author also reveals the breadth and scope of their relationships. Even for the alpha male, not all other males are rivals just as not all females are sexualized. Depending on the character, they may be friends, lovers, enemies, acquaintances, family and everything in between. Just as women value their relationships with other women, some of the most important relationships in a male’s life are with other males. One of the biggest challenges I had in writing Lost Devil’s Throne was understanding and communicating the relationship between the vampires Damian and Aakarshan. On the surface they appear night and day different, but they spent 100 years together. What would keep two seemingly disparate alpha males friends for over a century? Needless to say, the motives driving both are complex and gradually unfurl as the series progresses.   
In fiction as in life, I like to think it’s the details that count. The interactions that reveal the most about the character are not the heart thumping parts where he is saving the day, but in the way he tackles the everyday.       

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  1. My alpha males have to have more depth than just the saving of the day or they seem like Neanderthals.

  2. Alphas who have some weakness such as self-doubt make for a more interesting character.