Guest Post: Why I admire Stormy by Gabi Stevens + Giveaway

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Today we are happy to welcome Gabi Stevens to Book Lovers Inc! Gabi is celebrating the release of the third and last novel in her Time of Transition series a light contemporary/paranormal romance series about three young women becoming the next fairy godmothers (and of course finding love along the road 😉 ) Read on, share with us which fictional characters you admire and why and you could win one of Gabi’s books!

Why I admire Stormy

Stormy Jones-Smythe is the heroine of my latest novel, Wishful Thinking. She came to me as a complete character, but she wasn’t easy to write because so many of her personality traits are not mine. She embodies many of the qualities I hope I possess or will someday. So while she was difficult to write, I also learned a lot from her.

Stormy has a lust for life that I want. She follows her dreams, embraces her quirks, and loves her life. That’s where the conflict comes in—what happens when life has a plan for her? The Arcani (that’s my magical world) try to impose their boundaries and rules on her, and she has to decide if she can live that kind of life. She isn’t afraid of her feelings and passions and takes joy wherever she can. That’s a life lesson we can all learn.

Here’s another aspect I admire in Stormy—she doesn’t eat sugar. I’m not trying to preach here, but I find myself thinking a lot about healthy eating. Notice I said thinking, not actually doing. While I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, I do have a bread and butter complex—I’ll choose good bread and butter over cake any day—and I can really admire someone who has made such a choice.

There’s another part of Stormy I can admire: she takes on her duties even knowing they may require action. When Stormy is chosen as the third godmother (the stories of the first appear in The Wish List and As You Wish), the magical world is facing a crisis. I’d like to think I’d be brave faced with a situation like Stormy’s, but I’ve never been tested. And hopefully never will be. Excitement is overrated, at least outside of books or movies. Think about it; a lot of exciting events aren’t pleasant, at least not in the full sense of the word. An earthquake is exciting; so is a car chase. I have experienced the former and have no desire to experience the latter. I prefer my excitement in fiction.

So I admire Stormy…and Hunter and the three old godmothers, the two new ones, and so many more of my characters. And while I don’t admire my villains, I sure do enjoy the delicious thrill of disliking them. I hope you will too.

So let me know. Which fictional characters do you admire? And while I’m at it, I’ll add Atticus Finch to my list.


Free-spirited artist Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented Wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. Which is why she’s totally surprised when three famous fairy godmothers show up at her door to tell her she’s one of them.

Surprised, and none too happy. The godmothers are fugitives, framed for treason, and the last thing the magical Council wants is another fairy godmother going rogue. Hence Stormy’s new full-time Guard, Hunter Merrick.

Stormy quickly realizes she’s not going to escape Hunter’s watch…and before long, she’s not sure she wants to. But her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council—and duty-bound to keep Stormy from doing either of those things.

But he didn’t count on Stormy’s irrepressible exuberance and passion for life. Before long, even Hunter isn’t sure which side he’s on, and he can’t contain Stormy either way.

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About the author:

Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.

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Gabi has generously offered winner’s choice of book from her Time of Transition series!

All you have to do is answer Gabi’s question: Which fictional characters do you admire? and why?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • erinf1 May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I’m super excited cuz I got the previous books (thanks Gabi!!!!) and I’m going to be reading them on my vacation in June 🙂

    I admire Gin Blanco from Jenifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. She’s smart, patient and literally a killer assassin (bad pun I know)…

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

      I hope you love them, Erin.

  • miki May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks you a lot for this discovery

    i admire Mercy from the Mercu Thompson series by Patricia Briggs because she is strong independant and courageous but also she has empathy and compassion

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

      I’ll have to check her out.

  • Maria pronounced Mariah May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I admire Cat from Night Huntress! She has been through a lot between her youth to now and has only come out stronger for it!

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I’ve read Cat. She’s awesome.

  • Melanie S. May 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Kate Daniels is one of my most favorite heroines and I can’t get enough of her.
    Congrats on your newest release – I’ve the first book of your series on my wishlist for quite a time now, but never had the chance to read it. I will definitively change that some time soon, because I’ve heard fantastic things about the series and I’m really curious!

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks, Melanie. I hope you love it.

  • Estella May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Eve Dallas—–she overcame personal adversity to become a cop and stand up for justice.

    I read and enjoyed the first book in this series.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Eve is a wonderful character. And I’m thrilled you enjoyed The Wish List.

  • blodeuedd May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I admire, oh so many! But Mercy Thompson has gone through so much and for that I admire her

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Ooo, that’s the second mention of Mercy. Now I really do have to check out the series.

  • Diane May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    One character who fascinates me is Raphael for the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh; he is an Archangel, strong, powerful, in charge and even sometimes cruel yet when it comes to Elena he is….there.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Nalini writes a powerful book.

  • Barbara Elness May 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I admire Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco because although she’s had an extremely hard life, she’ll do anything in her power to help and protect those she loves, and any innocent who seeks her help as well.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

      You have to love characters who put aside their own struggles and care for others.

  • JenM May 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

    My favorite heroines are Mercy Thompson and Anna Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ werewolf series. I admire them both for the same reason. They are never the strongest person in the room, but they are both utterly determined to protect their loved ones and they never give up, no matter how bad the odds against them.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

      That’s three for Mercy. How have I not read her yet?

  • Ren Puspita May 23, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Roarke from In Death series by J.D.Robb. Not admire, but love him too, LOL! What I admire from him is his protectiveness toward his wife, Eve, and see her as his equal =)

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Roarke. Sigh.

  • aurian May 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Great guestpost, thank you! And yes, thinking about eating healthier is a lot easier than actually doing it! I admire most of the kick ass heroines in my paranormal books. They don’t wait for a guy to rescue them, they do the rescuing themselves.
    But one of my favourite heroines of late is Diane Benchley from Suzanne Enoch’s book A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes (title and cover are ridiculous, the book is awesome!).

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I love historicals. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Tamsyn May 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I really enjoyed the post. Thank you for sharing. My favorite would be Sherlock Holmes. I have all his books and I really enjoyed his adventures!

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Hahaha. I love the classic characters. There’s a reason they’re classic. Holmes is awesome. I have a whole theory about classic detectives, starting with Poe’s Dupin. I think Dupin, Holmes, and Poirot are wonderful characters because they are overbearing arrogant people made palatable by their sidekicks. We can identify with their normal human sidekicks and if the sidekicks love these irascible characters, we can too. (Did that make sense?)

  • Joye May 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I like a lot of the characters I read but would especially like to meet Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s books. he seems so mysterious

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Ah, yes, the Ranger and Morelli showdown. I haven’t made up my mind yet.

  • Filia Oktarina May 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I admire Eve Dallas, she strong character and stand up for justice, even sometimes justice to disappoint, but she still stand up.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

      JD Robb has created an amazing series with amazing characters in her In Death books.

  • Victoria Zumbrum May 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I admire Carlisle from Twilight. He is a favorite character of mine. I am impressed with him being a doctor and a vampire and to be able to treat people without the blook bothering him because he wants to help people. For him to be able to teach himself to do that is pretty amazing.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Nice thought. I hadn’t considered him from that angle.

  • bn100 May 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I admire Harry Potter because he’s very smart and cares about his friends and family.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Love, love, love Harry, but my favorites are Snape and Neville (I have a thing for secondary characters). And I have a dog names Tonks.

  • Natalia J May 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    There are so many but my favorite character would be Abby Cooper form the Physic eye series from Victoria Laurie. She never quits and always follows her heart no matter what. 🙂

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Another good one to check out…

  • Diane Sallans May 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I admire characters that are morally strong and compassionate, caring and have a good sense of humor.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Humor is the deal maker for me.

  • Amanda T. May 24, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I admire Katherine “Kitty” Katt from Gini Koch’s Aliens/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series [Touched By An Alien; Alien Tango; Alien In The Family; Alien Proliferation; Alien Diplomacy; (forthcoming) Alien Vs. Alien]. She’s a nerd, funny and quirky. She has a passion for what she [now] does and is not afraid to love her friends and TELL them that she loves them. She has very real flaws that she embraces and that she doesn’t let get in her way. She has an amazing ability to adapt to any situation and think on her feet – this, I think is the trait I MOST admire about her and wish to/work to nurture in myself.

    • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Sounds great.

  • Gabi Stevens May 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I knew I would get the names of good books to read if I posted this question. Thanks for all the responses!

  • ladymilano May 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I love Harry Rutledge in Tempt Me At Twilight – Lisa Kleypas. He’s really something. I love a hero who is changed after he met his woman. He became softer, understanding, more lovely, after he knows what love is. It’s okay with more jealous, which is a side-effect. 😀

    • Gabi Stevens May 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I think I’ve read this one.

  • Julie Witt May 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I admire Clare Fraser from the Outlander series! She was thrown back in time and instead of curling up in a ball and panicking, she used her knowledge of herbs and medicines to help people until she could figure out how to get back home. I would love to be that strong!! Thanks so much for the awesome guest post and giveaway:)

    • Gabi Stevens May 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Ah yes, I waiting for a mention of Claire or Jamie. 🙂

  • Yadira A. May 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I know I’m adding this series to my wishlist! One of the characters I admire the most is Cat from the Night Huntress series… she is so brave and yet she fell hard for Bones… me too:)

  • eli yanti June 3, 2012 at 1:56 am

    i admired with reyes from first grave to the right by darynda jones

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