The handsome troublemaker. Why do we love them so much? Why not the equally handsome, always good, reliable guy?
Maybe it’s because those good guys don’t offer up the same adventure their bad boy counterparts often do. Of course, we still want the bad boy to have some redeeming qualities – especially when it comes to their one true love interest.
And we can’t talk bad boys without everyone thinking about Damon, right? What do we know of him? At first glance, he’s selfish, self-centered, and unpredictable. Deliciously so. On the inside? He’s hurting. He doesn’t trust anyone, not even himself. He’s a mystery in dark hair and blue eyes just waiting for Elena to unravel. Maybe that’s it, too. Bad boys are mysterious packages dressed in good looks.
In two of my novels, I’ve realized that I’ve included bad boys with a soft underbelly beneath their close-fitting T-shirts—especially when it comes to the story’s heroine. I didn’t set out to make them that way. I guess I’m every bit as drawn to reading about them as you are.
Take Nick Marcelli, the devilishly charming and oh so handsome bad boy in The Book of Lost Souls. Nick has a penchant for defying rules and a reputation for breaking hearts. And when Ivy comes across a black magic spell book, Nick makes it clear he wants it. Can Ivy trust a demon? Is he interested in helping her, or just the book? Nick is certainly the kind of guy who has all the right moves and knows all the right words.
Yeah. It’s probably the mystery. It’s like a mystery novel that we’ve got to figure out. It’s like that saying about curiosity killing the cat and satisfaction bringing her back—we can’t help ourselves, can we? We want to live that adventure, unravel that mystery through the eyes of the Elena’s and Ivy’s of the fictional world. After all, we’ll soon be returned to our own lives along with the dishes and the laundry. We know about reality. Don’t mess with the fantasy.
Here’s a scene with my resident bad boy Nick:
No matter how she tried, she couldn’t get the thought of what it’d be like to kiss Nick Marcelli out of her head. It was a dangerous thought. Ivy bent forward.
“Look, Ivy. I may not be who you end up with. I’m not even who you think you want,” Nick said in a low whisper and she drew nearer to hear him better. He lightly stroked her face and an unexpected warm thrill passed through her.
“But Ives,” he said softly, “We both know that right now, I’m just what you need.”
* Official Blurb *
When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before - that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic. Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history's most nefarious killers. Ivy's got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.
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Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor. As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling. Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.
You can find Michelle here : blog: http://michellemuto.wordpress.com/