“You know a great book when you can easily be captivated by the characters and setting alone and fall in love with it before the plot even really kicks in, and Darwin’s Children is definitely that book. Super powers and super humans done in an incredibly different way, Natasha Larry combines the best of all the paranormal and supernatural world coupling it with a characters whose stories will pull at your heart strings, Darwin’s Children is a book that I know will be stuck on my mind for a very long time,” Black and Blue Ink
Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts! Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Her family’s special – in more ways that one. Her mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And her godfather John can literally convince anyone to do anything. But, as far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love her pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of… Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie and her family, until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!
PROLOGUEFrom the other side of the glass, Mason watched Haylee circle the monster like an aerial hunter while Sasha Gray stood like a statue, waiting. The revulsion Haylee felt was visible in the air around her. Mason had to stop himself from going in there and killing the man himself – his perverted and cowardly thoughts were sickening. Mason watched Haylee’s mouth move. Her eyes were cold and unforgiving. She leaned over the man who’d stolen her very soul and whispered something that filled his face and thoughts with terror. Then silence filled the room. Mason could tell that Haylee had said everything she needed to say. He stuck his head in and met her eyes. There was something there he couldn’t place … something that worried him. “Haylee,” he entreated, trying to keep the emotion out of his voice. “I don’t think…” Haylee glared him to silence. He already knew she wanted to be there in the room when it happened. He hesitated until he saw the need in her mind. She had to do this her way. It was her battle to fight. He nodded to Sasha Gray and retreated from the room, closing the door behind her. He watched her move with an unsettling grace, like an undead ballerina preparing for the hunt. Her alien blue eyes flashed with thirst. Sasha gave Haylee one last questioning look. Haylee nodded, and Sasha went to her victim. It looked as if the vampire was simply giving him an intimate kiss, but Mason could hear her razor-sharp teeth ripping the flesh away from his neck. Mason had deliberately shut himself off from the man’s mind, but he could still see the utter agony in his eyes. Being burned alive by his own daughter would have been a serene death compared to this. Mason knew the pain accompanying a vampire’s bite was so incomprehensible that the living world held no equivalent to it. No one had even given voice to it. It was the physical equivalent to Haylee’s internal pain. Possibly even worse. The man’s face twisted in agony and, despite his psychic defense, Mason still heard a whisper of the scream inside his head that never escaped his lips. His body offered no relief. The pain was trapped inside. He couldn’t go into shock or pass out. He felt every ounce of his blood being sucked out of him. His organs gave out, one by one, and he quickly went mad from the pain. The dying man looked up at Haylee smiling down at him sadistically. As his body fell to the floor with a dull thud, he finally understood Haylee’s pain. His body was drained, and his life was over.
The writing is fast paced, easy to read and witty as hell. The characters are lovable and their interactions are some of the best I’ve read. The heat between Matt and Jaycie is scorching hot-My Neurotic Book Affair
Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie. As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away. Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them allHaylee sat with her best friend and watched the four most powerful supernatural beings in the world approach Mason and John. Lucy’s face glowed under the dull street lamp, her delicate fairy features savage and unforgiving. Haylee couldn’t see all the others, but she knew their unnatural and extraordinarily powerful enemies surrounded them on all sides, aiming weapons soaked in their own blood. I guess being attacked by a bunch of dead guys didn’t help our case, she thought to herself bitterly. “What is Allison Young’s decision?” a male voice boomed. Haylee resisted the urge to look around, knowing Allison was somewhere hidden from their view, fighting with every inch of her strength to protect him. All of this because of love. To defend a relationship that threatened to halt evolution in its tracks. Haylee heard Mason tell Landon of the Inner Circle that Allison was on her way. She knew he was stalling in the vain hope this would not come to a fight. She thought of all the supernatural creatures that could kill her – a vampire or even a vampire slayer – and grew angry at the idea that a fairy might end her life tonight. She could feel the fire from Jaycie itching to break lose. Hopefully Mason could get through to the Inner Circle and make them all see the truth. It was a futile hope. Suddenly the scene in Big Spring Park changed right before Haylee’s eyes. Allison was loose. The Second Tier screamed for her blood. Chaos erupted all around them, and Haylee couldn’t focus her eyes on any one thing. Her family was surrounded by anarchy. They might be dying. The last image Haylee saw before that final flash of red was Lucy grabbing Jaycie by the neck. If no one got there fast enough, the being created to protect her was going to snap her neck.
Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check—too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to relearn her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon unleash the supernatural world on the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges. Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who gets her tips from the voices in her head. Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and they aren’t even the most dangerous threat. Jaycie and her family face their darkest hour when an innocent young girl serves as a pawn to form a deadly Alliance. The perfect vampire, Lilith Bradshaw, becomes an eye-opening example of how far the Alliance will go to serve their own destructive ends. The world around Jaycie steeps into darkness, and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.“Jaycie Lerner,” a girl’s high, singsong voice called out. “I don’t want you to die tonight.” When the girl laughed, it sounded like silver bells. Jaycie spun around, seeing the petite vampire’s blonde hair even in the darkness. She knew she was going to have to kill this girl. She let an energy blast rip from her body. Her power knocked Lilith backward. The ground quaked. An alien panic dug into Jaycie’s head. She gritted her teeth. Focus! she ordered, trying to fight the emotion. Cut off her brain waves! She flew across the clearing after Lilith, willing herself not to unleash another energy blast on the vampire – she’d only absorb it and gain more power. The trees in the clearing crashed to the ground all around them as Jaycie tried to shake off the terror assaulting her mind. She cornered the vampire. Another wave of terror hit her. Strong arms grasped her from behind. A sharp pain dug into her neck. Something icy from the injection stilled her blood. Her body went limp and lifeless, suspended in the arms of the man who attacked her. As her vision tunneled, she fell unconscious.
Love at first sight.It’s a given that people who are looking to fall in love will look at the first one that comes along, hoping he or she is the one. Why? Because then there’s no need to look further. No need to make choices. No need to second-guess. Some folks end up with the first person they meet – the high school sweetheart, the teen crush. Sometimes those matches work out. But a lot of times they don’t. And when they don’t, it’s hard to look back with regret at years spent with what turns out to have been the wrong person and judge that investment of time – of life – as a wrong turn, a waste. Authors face a similar situation when they are tempted to take the first idea that pops into their head and flesh it into a story without first testing it to see if they have the right fit for plot and characters and theme. If they don’t think about it, they will dive in and invest a lot of time and work to develop what oftentimes turns out to be a bad idea. Bad because it’s hard to make believable. Bad because it just doesn’t make sense. Bad because it turns what could otherwise be good writing into a book that stalls or doesn’t gel – a book readers won’t want to read. How can authors avoid this writing heartache?
Try a little story speed-dating.Set up the room and invite your participants. First, prepare the setup for your story speed-dating convention. Invite all your ideas and whispers of unique characters to come together in one room – a brainstorming computer file or a notepad page reserved for writing down random ideas. Got a multitude of ideas, maybe some of them with similar themes? Great, you’re ahead of the game. Authors who don’t have any story ideas will be staring at a blank screen/page, so they’ll have to do a little more background work before holding their story speed-dating convention. But in any case, type some makeshift headers on your word-processing document page or write them on your notebook page, leaving enough area below each header to add some detail lines. Headers should be whatever you fancy, but to start out should be something like… Plot Lines / Story Ideas … etc. People / Characters / Players … etc. Setting / Situation / Place … etc. Book Titles / Title Words The last heading, ‘Book Titles’ may be a little ahead of the game, but it will come into play once you start finding potential match-ups among your various other idea categories. Start writing down appropriate entries under each header. Or, to get some random ideas that appeal to your interests, peruse news stories. Ideas will pop out as likely suspects. People who want to write about animals in their stories will grab ideas from stories that feature stuff like ‘mule saves rider by killing mountain lion,’ or ‘housecat makes alligator back down,’ or ‘dog rescues owner by dialing 9-1-1,’ or ‘parrot foils home-invasion by imitating police siren.’ Other storylines about movie stars, serial killers, people involved in oddball situations like ghost-hunting, or long-lost love reunited will appeal to authors based on what their innate interests are. So take a little time and jot down typical ideas that you find of interest to you in particular. If characters start popping into your head, write a few sentences to describe their background or key elements that made you think of them in the first place. It may be as simple as a clever or weird name. But write it down.
Let the speed-dating begin.Once you have all your story and character and incidental ideas together in one ‘room,’ reserve a separate ‘room’ (another page) to detail each potential match-up of your various story components categorized under the headings above. Now you are ready to guide the interaction of all these story components you’ve assembled. Try copying two or three different elements together in a mix-and match style to see how they fit. OK! You’ve got your first speed-dating participants together… Plot – Man meets woman who claims her dog is psychic. Character – Joe Evermore is a man unlucky in love. He’s dated many seemingly wonderful women over the years, but none of those relationships lasted, and he hasn’t figured out exactly why. Setting – Saint-Tropez, French Riviera The first thing to do is to look at how the various aspects of your story components fit together. The first listing, a plotline where a man meets a woman who claims her dog is psychic has a lot of potential for humor and psychological twists. You like it. (Of course you do, because you want to write romantic comedy and love dogs – what better combination could you come up with?) Next you look at your potential character ‘Joe Evermore.’ You think his name could somehow be worked into the title of a book, like ‘Looking for Love Evermore’ or something like that. This is an encouraging development, especially since Joe is unlucky in love. You write down the title under your ‘Titles’ heading, and jot it down for this story combo too. You haven’t yet worked out the details of why Joe is unlucky in love, but given the fact that he’s just met a woman who claims her dog is psychic, you’ve got a pretty good idea now. He gravitates toward women who possess some kind of weird quirk that makes a real relationship impossible to maintain. If you stick with Joe as a main character in this romantic/psychotic romp, you will have to work out some reason why he always gravitates toward woman with whom he can’t stay in a romantic relationship. Maybe he’s got commitment problems because his mother was a bit ‘off’ and drove his father away when Joe was young. But that remains to be seen. Remember, you’re just trying out these various ideas together to see if they have potential. Last, you take a look at the setting you’ve chosen at random to match up with your plot and character. You chose the scenic seaside resort town Saint-Tropez for this first speed-dating match because you’ve always wanted to visit the celebrity playground of the French Riviera. Plus it has rich historical significance as the first in the coastal area to be liberated from German occupation in World War II. And it’s where 60s sex-symbol actress Bridgette Bardot was discovered. But then you start thinking about the logistics of a woman with a supposedly psychic dog, and a man unlucky in love visiting the jet-setter French Riviera – plus the fact that you’ve never been there, and you don’t know much about it. So you scrap it for this potential match-up. However, you do like all the rest of what you’ve come up with for a potential story, and so you copy that part of the scenario to another page so you can save it for further consideration as a viable story. Keep going. Mix and match all the rest of your various component stories. Don’t worry about whether or not they appear to be good matches. Sometimes the most unlikely match creates the most inventive story that’s so unique, it could break into the market and become a winner. Once you’ve looked at everything you’ve got and have eliminated the obvious non-workable scenarios, you’ll find yourself rich with ideas for stories. So rich, in fact, you’ll be wondering which one to start on first. Just don’t make the mistake of trying to write them all at the same time. Choose one and focus on developing it to its full potential, then move on to the next. Step by step, story by story, you’ll build a body of work that hopefully will be well thought out and well developed so your readers will be flocking to buy your books.
He has rules.Okay, only two rules. No killing and no guns. Sure, he’ll break eighty-six bones and destroy your property, but he won’t kill you. A vigilante breaks bones because he can. Batman breaks rules because he has to. There is a higher purpose behind every person he lands in the hospital, and as such not anti-hero behavior.
He doesn’t avenge his parents.The only reason Batman fights crime is because he hates crime. Crime isn’t a person; it’s an ideal. Sure, his parents getting gun downed in front of him was a motivator, but he set down his desire to avenge them and took on a higher calling.
Superpowers aren’t all that.Oh, please. I hate this argument. Some think superpowers is a superhero requirement. Batman can master any skill he sets out to learn. A superpower simply gives someone the ability to do something no one else can. Batman does things not even the rest of the JLA (Justice League of America) can do, such as think of everything. Good enough for me.
He is a symbol.All superheroes share in common the ability to become something more. More than a man, in Batman’s case. He is an idea. That idea is that anyone can fight against corruption. Batman inspires. Often, Commissioner Gordon would turn on the bat signal for no other reason than to remind everyone that Batman exists. Narcissist and jackass are better words for Batman than vigilante and anti-hero. He is in fact, the textbook definition of a superhero. He always does what is right over what is best. Yes, he might punch a woman in the face but he’ll only do it to serve the greater good. ————- Twitter: Paul Wetzig Why is you article titled 5 reasons? You seem to be implying that Vigilante and Anti-hero are the same. Why not also define Anti-Hero? An Anti-Hero will fight for what’s right as long as it can coincide with there own convictions. Unless you only know the adam west batman from the 60’s, how can you say that batman isn’t a vigilante? He does not work with the law. Sure occasionally Jim Gordon has asked him for help, and are you really using the bat signal as an argument? There have been many times batman has refused to help when the police have called for him. Jim Gordon protects Batman not because they are really friends(though they do have mutual respect for each other), but Gordon would rather keep him close because of how dangerous he could be. All Cops are ordered to arrest Batman on sight for taking the law into his won hands, or in other words he’s a vigilante. Batman is an Anti-hero because he does this to try to achieve his own idea of what Gotham should be, so he is always trying to achieve his ideals. Also to avoid working with cops he started up his own team of other caped crime fighter. Yes he is a symbol, but he is trying to inspire the people to take control of the city. He understands that people need something strong to believe in to get strength. So batman is wanted by the law and does not work for it or with it, but sometimes their paths do cross and at that point Gordon will keep the law away. Facebook: Charles O’Keefe Hi Tasha I agree with you, I love Batman dearly as well. I submit though in several issues of “Legends of the Dark Knight” he does uses guns, though they are loaded with rubber bullets so they don’t kill. He is an ideal and a symbol of hope. His hatred of crime and corruption defines him and I enjoy comics the most when it’s just him, Alfred and Gordon. Newer ones with many Batmen (Batman Inc) just don’t have the same appeal to me, though I did enjoy for the most part a graphic novel I just read called “Battle for the Cowl”. I think Frank Miller and Grant Morrison have done some of the very best Batman stories but I’m rambling. I really enjoyed your post, I hope Batman is in the JL movie (if it ever comes out!) great post, talk to you soon! natashalarry I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I l like your point about the rubber bullets in the gun. For me, that’s the same thing as no guns. We can amend it to, no guns that kill people. I hope he’s in the new movie as well, I’ve been waiting for that for quite some time. Thanks for your comment!
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