I’m totally stoked to be one of today’s stops on the Possession series scavenger hunt! I’ve been following along with the event so far and it’s been awesome. There are a lot of super fun posts – excerpts, interviews, guest posts – that give new and existing readers a chance to learn more about the characters, the books and the author. So be sure to check them all out.
And with daily giveaways you won’t want to miss a single stop.
For my stop today, I have a wicked cool guest post by author Elana Johnson in which she talks about some of my favorite characters in fiction – villains. A story just isn’t quite the same without a character to despise. In the Possession series there just so happens to be more than one and the author shares a little bit about each of her villains in her post, which follows below.
But first let me share just a little bit of information about ABANDON, the third and final book in her series, which released last week on June 4th.
Title: ABANDON (Possession #3)
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love…
Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there’s more at stake than a few broken hearts.
But there is a traitor among them…and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.
Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers’ reign. Their success means everything…and their failure means death.
And if you’d like to know a little more about the other books in the series….
In between all the smiling, Elana blogs for the League of Extraordinary Writers and helps to organize WriteOnCon.
She also teaches, watches reality TV, and drives too fast.
Visit elanajohnson.blogspot.com to keep up with book happenings.
And now, without any further ado, let me turn the blog over to Elana Johnson….
Some of the most exciting characters to read about are those we love to hate. The villains. And the Possession series has several… Or does it?
First, Thane Myers. Thane is Violet’s dad, and we spend most of the first book hating him. By the end of Possession, we’re downright livid at what he’s done. But in Surrender, we learn that there’s more to Thane than meets the eye.
I don’t want to give anything away, but Thane is one of my favorite characters for that very fact. I don’t know what he’ll do. As I wrote Surrender and Abandon, he kept surprising me. In the end, I decided if he was going to be a good guy or a bad guy, and I had to have him prove it. But yeah. Thane was a trip to write.
Van Hightower. Van is Raine’s father, and we first get introduced to him in Surrender. There’s no bones about who or what Director Hightower is. He’s a bad guy, through and through, and he proves it over and over in Surrender. He’s no better in ABANDON, so get ready.
General Director Ian Darke. Ian is new to the series in ABANDON, and he’s ruthless. He’ll impersonate who he needs to. He’ll get inside your head and make you see what’s not there. He makes promises he has no intention of keeping. His goal is as singular as Jag’s: Destroy the Resistance by whatever means necessary.
The thing is, most villains have a cause. Something they believe in as strongly as the main characters. And Ian Darke does. He wants his power, sure, but he also wants people to be able to continue living with clean water. Food. Safety. Shelter.
And there’s no one who questions which side is right more than Zenn. He’s not really a villain — depending on who you ask. Ha! He does spend some time in ABANDON wondering if what he’s been fighting for is worth it. And if not, then what should he do? We get to go with Zenn on a lot of missions in ABANDON, one of them to the city of Lakehead, where he questions and struggles with where his energies should be spent.
Zenn was both easy and hard to write. He’s a fully formed person in my head, and who among us doesn’t struggle with decisions? Who doesn’t wrestle over what’s the right thing to do? Are we not all villains then, to someone, somewhere?
That’s what I love about villains, though in the end, I don’t categorize Zenn among them.
Today’s scavenger hunt begins here! Somewhere on this map of the Association is the winning city. Elana mentioned it in her guest post, and you can find references to it in all of today’s posts. (See complete blog tour here.)
When you know today’s scavenger hunt city, enter it in this form for a chance to win one of six Possession series paperback packages and a $50 Amazon gift card!
The scavenger hunt continues at An Avid Reader’s Musings, where JL has an exclusive excerpt from Zenn–and another clue for today’s city!
And if that weren’t enough, there is a daily winner of Possession series swag!
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
If you get lost, stop by Elana’s blog to check out the stops for today’s scavenger hunt.