Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Social Outcasts: Epic, or Odd?

A HUGE awesome thanks to Sarah Foster for inviting me along on the

Meet My Character Blog Tour

On to the fun...

1) What is the name of your character?  Is he fictional or a historic person? 

I'd like to introduce a side character who will shortly take the lead in a serial story titled BELLEZZA. Meet Miles. Some of you know (and love) him. For everyone else, he's a fictional friend/sidekick to the leader of the Passionate.

2) When and where is the story set?

Miles's story starts in 1768 when he's a ripe old sixteen years of age, and takes place all over the world, but primarily in England.

3) What should we know about him?

Miles has a gift to "see through other's eyes." Because of that, he's been feared and avoided by most the Passionate. His parents became Soulless when he was 4 (enemies to the Passionate who hunt them on moonless nights) and he hears them calling for him every new moon. Loyal to the death, he is a timid soul who truly and deeply desires to do what's right, willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Bellezza. She's unlike anything or anyone he's ever met, and while her thoughts/emotions are disturbing and volatile, he's drawn to her. She single handedly destroys the tentative balance he's found in life without doing more than merely existing, and now he's torn between doing what's right and following his heart.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To restore balance by helping Bellezza avenge herself of her enemies, and then get as far away from her as he can...without falling in love. (Since she'd probably kill him if she had any idea he cared.)

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Again, the title is BELLEZZA, and if you'd like to meet the characters, you will find them in MOONLESS, SOULLESS, and a short story titled THROUGH THE PORTAL in Heroes of Phenomena (get your copy free BELOW.)

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Life is going to be different around the baby, but the first episode should be available early 2015.

Ready to learn the lie and get an amazing FREE book? 

Last week, Ian S. Bott shared GHOSTS OF INNOCENCE with us. (Which I recently finished reading and HIGHLY suggest adding to your TBR list--check out my review!) Ian also shared two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win his eBook 

Ian's game:

1. For five consecutive years at school, Ian won the art prize despite not taking art lessons. Looking back, he feels guilty because there were some very good artists who were probably royally peeved.
2. At University, he managed to instigate a riot that hit national headlines.
3. He built a pirate ship in the back yard, complete with masts, flags, and crows nest.

And the lie is:

#2. The riot happened, and it made national headlines (which you can still read about today if you know where to look) but Ian didn't actually instigate it. It was going to happen anyway as part of inter-college rivalry. He spilled out of the pub mixed up with a crowd of students who were going to invade a rival college. He ran down the street to find a vantage point to watch from, and the crowd behind him took that as a signal to charge. Merry havoc ensued.

Way to guess those of you who got it right! And the winner is:


Congrats Lynda! 
And today we're taking a little break from the norm. I wanted to take a second and highlight HEROES OF PHENOMENA, an anthology about super heroes including short stories from

Susan Kaye Quinn
M. Pax
Jessica Bell
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Crystal Collier (ME!)
C. Lee McKenzie
Ruth Long
Darynda Jones
Amy Michele

You can get your copy FREE and enjoy these incredible author's great stories from KOBOSmashwords, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes, or get it for $0.99 at AMAZON

A plug for my short story, JOURNEY THROUGH THE PORTAL: Bellezza has just begun her quest to destroy the Collectors, a fraternity of noblemen who kidnap and abuse gifted children. The only problem is that they know she’s coming.

Do you have a favorite character from literature? One of your own?


  1. Gosh, I just want to give Miles a big hug.

  2. It's always a woman, isn't it?
    Thanks for plugging Heroes! It was fun to write the story I contributed.

  3. Hi Crystal!! Miles sounds like quite a fascinating character indeed :-)

  4. Taking on a serial, huh? Awesome! And challenging! Good luck with it!

  5. I love it when secondary characters in a novel get their own story. You are a busy woman.

  6. Congratulations Lynda, and thanks so much Crystal for featuring Ghosts last week. It was fun.

    Speaking of fun, Bellezza sounds quite the gal! Fun, but dangerous.

  7. I'm so impressed that you're working on a serial AND a baby.Hard, rewarding work on both counts!!

  8. To get far away without falling in love sounds like someone is going to be falling in love to me. :)

  9. Miles sounds awesome. And yeah, babies can change plans. Enjoy every minute of it!

  10. Can I just say I can't wait for Soulless to come out?? Looking forward to meeting up with your characters again!

  11. The character of Miles sound great...

    Babies do change things... usually for the good. At least I think so ;-)

  12. Bellezza always intrigued me. She's going to have her own serial story? That's cool. Are you publishing them through your blog or selling them?

  13. I loved learning more about Miles! Can't wait to read this story as well. :)

  14. Bellezza sounds really interesting - especially Miles. I'd say - get it done! (so I can read it.) But enjoy your time with the family first ;)

  15. King Lear was such a tragic character, Shakespeare made him well. I love Miles! No not Bellezza! She's frankly a crazy bitch in my opinion. Why couldn't he have fallen for someone else. Will be watching out for 2015 with bated breath Crystal.

  16. Interesting to meet Miles and discover his unique ability. Also interesting that you have a character named Bellezza. I do, too. Only I spell it Belleza (Spanish for beauty.)

  17. What a cool gift Miles has. Really neat.

  18. Miles is very cool. :)
    I do love my short story anthologies. ^_^

  19. Really unique gift for Miles! How cool and nice learning about Bellezza :)

    S.K. Anthony: So You Wanna Be a Writer?

  20. Miles is interesting and intriguing. Would love to read more about him!

  21. Miles sounds like quite the character!
    Crystal you're working on a serial PLUS there's the baby------ double the fun and double the rewards!

  22. But can he speak in an English accent, that;s what I want to know.

  23. Congrats on the anthology! Your character sounds awesome.

  24. Kind of wish I'd known about the blog tour, sounds like fun. ^_^ And I'm definitely going to have to steal that accidental instigation of a riot for a story someday - such a great way to escalate things and get characters into even more trouble. Bwa ha ha.

  25. My favorite character would be one of my own, Abbn Ehr, He is a philosopher during an age when most people are worried that they'll be indentured into the royal army, or the nobles army. He is an Abbn whose job it is to read lectures out loud in the royal study halls, and to scribe in the archives. He spends his free time working as a beggar who earns food by putting on one manned satirical plays in the streets.

  26. My favorite character are Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Scrooge, Charlie Bucket, Percy Jackson, Augustus Waters, and Tobias Eaton. I can't pick a fav character from my own books . . . that feels like picking a favorite child :-) Congrats on being in such an awesome anthology!!!

  27. A definitely conflicted character...waiting to see more in early 2015:)

  28. I remember Bellezza from the first book. Can't wait to read more of her story.

  29. Busy lady- sounds really good - take care crystal :)

  30. Poor Miles! The plotline is really cool.

  31. Oh my word I love your idea behind Bellezza. Let me know if you're in need of my critting abilities. ;-)

  32. Ooh, a serial? How exciting! Poor, poor Miles, though...

  33. Looking forward to getting to know Miles a little more! And congrats on the anthology!

  34. I'm so excited that I won something! Thank you! And I can't wait to read the anthology. Sounds like a list of superhero authors as well as characters.

    I have a hard time choosing favorite characters, since I read such a variety of genres, but I have a spot in my heart for Jamie Fraser from the Outlander books.

  35. Hi Crystal - you've drafted in some characters to change up their lives - interesting twist with your series ... good luck with the new book - more so with the upcoming little one - so pleased for you both .. cheers Hilary

  36. Sounds great. I've been intrigued and just picked a copy.

  37. Good luck with your new characters and book! I do love the characters I create:) They start to feel real after awhile.

  38. Your blog is getting better and better!

  39. So many favorite characters! I love Snape :) And Benjamin Linus from LOST.

    Sarah Allen
    (Writing Blog)

  40. Love the Q and A. It is fun to meet new characters.

  41. So impressed with all you're doing with the baby coming. Loving meeting the new characters.


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