Brace yourself, I am inviting literary couples for dinner. I imagine chaos will ensue!
Hawke and Sienna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. I think I have mentioned a few times that Kiss of Snow is one of my all time favourite books. I would love to have the two over for dinner and just hang out.
Kate Daniels and the Beast Lord Curran. I love the Magic series by Ilona Andrews. Not sure if you’ve read Magic Breaks, the latest book in the series, yet, but OMG! Things Happen! I would love to chat with Kate and Curran and find out what they plan next.
Next on my guest list would be Eve Dallas and Roarke. The In Death series by J.D. Robb is just incredible. I would love to sit beside Roarke and listen to his Irish brogue. Watching Eve hang out with Sienna or Curran would be indescribable.
My last two couples would be Mercy Thompson and her mate Adam from Patricia Briggs’ series and Lily and Rule from Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series.
What would I serve, you ask? I would not. Believe me, it is much healthier for anyone involved. I am not what can be described as a good cook. Secondly, I am a vegetarian, so me attempting to cook for a bunch of shifters would be a complete and utter disaster. I would either do a pot luck with everyone bringing something or I would order take-out.
BBQ and other meats for the shifters, pizza for Eve, Chinese for Lily, vegetables for me, and a selection of cakes and sweets for everyone. The majority of guests prefer a casual environment, so it will be buffet style. Everyone can help themselves as and how they like. I prefer being able to move around to sitting at a table. I have a feeling Roarke will probably bring a fabulous bottle of wine (or two) we can all enjoy.
I think my literary party will be pretty amazing. Imagining my favourite characters interacting with each other is a blast.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you invite?
When we decided on the theme “Dark Heroines” the first one that came to my mind was Kate Daniels. She is a creation of writer team Ilona Andrews and her husband.
Kate lives in Atlanta, but not the Atlanta we know, but one in a world after a magical apocalypse. One moment the world is normal, electricity works and cars drive, the next magic flares up and everything stops. If you want to get somewhere you have to get a horse or a mule. Kate always carries a sword and likes her crossbow. They don’t stop working when magic comes;). Vampires, controlled by navigators, roam the streets. As do shifters, ruled by the Beast Master.
Kate has a rather interesting heritage, which results in some very interesting visitors (and battles, but I don’t want to spoil these amazing stories). Her world is filled with danger. Her upbringing was by no means puppies and cookies. She had to fight for her life from a very early age and her guardian told her all her formative years to never have friends. To never trust. To never love. If she did she would grow weak.
She has morals, but they are tested and tried at every turn. Kate constantly has to fight, either to protect or to find a way to overcome the bad that comes at her every five minutes. Then she has to deal with her emotions. Having kept them frozen most of her life, meeting people who could be friends or even mean more than that result in her having to face her past, in her having to think further than the next battle.
Kate Daniels is an amazing, multi-dimensional character with the strength to do the unimaginable and the same weaknesses of a woman falling in love. She makes mistakes and has to deal with the consequences.
I love the series and have re-read them multiple times. Ilona Andrews has created an unforgettable world with phenomenal inhabitants. If you’re looking a sexy strong heroine with a very, very dark side check out the Kate Daniels series.