An Early Christmas Present: Back Cover Synopsis of HUNTED (Book 3)

I apologize for being a bit quiet lately. The day job’s been busy, but in whatever spare time I have, I’ve been working hard on new books! I’m trying to spend more time writing than I do on social media 😉 To make up for it, I have a little surprise for you! While HUNTED (Book 3) is off to the editor, I thought I’d share the back cover synopsis with you as an early Christmas gift 🙂 (Fingers crossed for a mid-March release date!) 

Lucy Sullivan finally belongs with the gifted Donovan Circus. Members are finding their rhythm, even the new folks from the Grayson Circus who joined after the last attack. Lucy feels like a trusted leader who can win the gifted battles and prevent humans from discovering their existence.

When tragedy strikes camp, a distraught Sheffield sends Lucy and her gifted team to hunt down the enemy – Alex, a Chameleon with a wicked ability for war. He’s out for blood and won’t stop until Lucy and her friends are dead.

This time, it won’t be Lucy’s gift that is tested – it will be her morality. To save her circus, the price will be greater than she ever expected. This time, she will lose someone she loves. And it will change everything.

Book Trailer: GIFTED, A Donovan Circus Novel

Told you there’d be another book trailer soon! If you have a minute (a minute and eleven seconds to be exact), I’d love for you to check out my new book trailer for the first book in the Donovan Circus Series, GIFTED. Original music by Jason Long (yep, my husband. Badass, right?).

Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Felix)

In case you’ve missed my previous posts, we’re taking a look at my celebrity lookalikes for Donovan Circus characters. It’s been so fun! I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking at food  or nerdy things, but I also like scanning through the celebrity pictures because it helps give me inspiration for characters. You can see the celebrity lookalikes for Lucy Sullivan here, Sheffield Donovan here, or Medved here.

Since I’ve covered the three biggest characters from BURNED, I thought I’d choose a bigger character from BURNED to look at today.

Dr. Felix James Hardy is my first villain from GIFTED. He’s quite the puzzle, as he is a human scientist with incredible knowledge about the gifted world. After an accident in the lab, he becomes obsessed with becoming gifted himself. The real problem, however, is that he tells Lucy the truth about her father, things that Sheffield never really planned to share with her. Felix might be a little crazy, but he’s one of the few willing to tell Lucy exactly how it is and what to expect, leaving her wondering who to trust.

I’ve explained a lot of his backstory in this post in case you want to know what makes him tick, so I won’t go into all the details again, but just know that he didn’t always start out as the bad guy. In fact, he’s the farthest thing from your typical bad guy.

He’s unusual, nonthreatening, a small, wiry nerd. In fact, he was bullied for most of his life, lending to the idea that no one would ever guess him to be as dangerous and evil as he really is. But scary villains don’t need to be super buff all the time. He relies on his brilliant mind, which can sometimes be even more dangerous than muscle.

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is my ideal Felix J. Hardy. He just looks the part; put a pair of wire-rimmed glasses on him and he’s perfect. You’ve seen him play Moriarty in Sherlock, sure, but I think Scott could do an amazing job playing that fine line of villain and victim. One minute he can be soft and unassuming, almost sympathetic, but then a mood swing shows his true psychopathic nature. Plus Scott looks whip-smart, which Felix certainly is, and could play that nerdy looking scientist who wants nothing more than to become gifted by his own hand. 

Steve Carell. Photograph: Eric Charbonneau/Invision

Steve Carell. Photograph: Eric Charbonneau/Invision

Steve Carell also looks very much like how I envision Felix (and he’s at the right age), plus I’d love to see if he could pull off the angry villain. Carell has that soft-spoken personality that fits with Felix’s bullied victim side and I know he could pull off that sly attitude that makes Lucy question everything she knows. 

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg is another one who I’d love to see play a villain, just because I’ve never seen it before. Pegg is the right age and build, a guy that looks a bit of an unassuming, quiet nerd but could easily turn into a rage monster at the wrong word. I think Pegg could really pull off the “is he or isn’t he?” part of the character, leading people to think he might not be as bad as rumors make him out to be. 

So there you have it, my picks for Dr. Felix J. Hardy from GIFTED. Which of the three are your favorite, or do you envision someone else to play the part?

Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Medved)

Because I’m doing this celebrity lookalike feature, I decided to extend it a little farther. Obviously I want to showcase everyone, so I’ll be keeping it up next week with more characters. Since I’ve highlighted two of the main characters – Lucy Sullivan and Sheffield Donovan – I thought I’d list my third VIP character from BURNED. Today I want to give you a better look at Medved.

angry bear

That’s right – Medved, the new Big Bad. As per the synopsis, he’s a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter. His preferred shape is a large, vicious bear. And here’s your fun fact of the day: Medved means “Bear” in Russian. Did I just blow your mind? I hope so.

In any case, Medved is a different villain from the one in GIFTED. He’s an attack first, ask questions later type of guy, flattening obstacles in his path rather than going around them. Medved does not empathize and rather enjoys the destruction of battle. He wants a war of gifted versus humans and fully believes in his superiority.

So now that you have a better idea of the villain from BURNED, let’s see who I’ve picked as celebrity lookalikes.

Gerard Butler in 300

Gerard Butler in 300

I have no idea how I came about it, but when I saw this photo of Gerard Butler, I immediately associated him with my bad guy. Medved is totally buff, thanks to all the hard years of prison, battles, and general mayhem. Butler’s dark hair and beard are important, though Medved’s facial hair is a little unrulier. The battle wounds are also a big plus. 

Rory McCann in Alexander

Rory McCann in Alexander

Rory McCann AKA THE MOTHERFREAKING HOUND on Game of Thrones, is also a contender. He’s a total beast, hulking over everyone with all his muscles. This photo of him from Alexander, however, is a great depiction with that thick beard and hair. Plus I know from GOT that this guy could play crazy and violent. He does is all seasons long in the hit HBO series. 

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Now OBVIOUSLY Joe Manganiello is far too pretty to be Medved as is. He’d need a few more scars and a few less showers, but all the same, I know thanks to True Blood that this guy can play rage. The growling, the hardened body, the wild eyes – I think he’d be a great villain!

So there you go, insight to the new villain of BURNED and some fun celeb matches 🙂 We’ll take another look at some more friends (and maybe another villain) next week! Be sure to see more inspiration on my Donovan Circus Pinterest board!