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Angeline! How awesome to have you here at The Book Faery! I am so very honored to have you here! I adored your book, Descended in Blood! What a generous giveaway! To everyone who ENTERS THE GIVEAWAY, LEAVE A POST WITH YOUR EMAIL! I'll be choosing by random.org! I'm so excited to find out about 'What's in a Name' and how you chose the names throughout the book-they're all unique, sexy and fun! Please, tell us your process!
When I started writing Descended by Blood, I figured out the three main characters that I was going to write, and then I named them: Brooke, Jaren, and Mirko. I choose Brooke for the main character because I thought it sounded like a name a tough chick would have. That's really what it came down to. I have a thing for the "K" sound. I think it sounds hard core. And since I'm inclined to the sound of the letter "K", I really tried to minimize that as I was naming other characters in the story. And going into the story, you never realize how many names you're going to need. You could start writing a scene, and then all of a sudden a person you didn't know becomes a part of the story, and they now need a name.
I started plotting the story with werewolves as an opposing race to the vampires. And Mirko started out as a werewolf named Kimber. Do you see the whole "K" thing I have going on here? Well, when I took out the werewolves--of course I had to, I was already writing a book about vampires and the endless Twilight comparisons were already guaranteed-- Kimber no longer fit for who would now be a Vampire. I originally choose Kimber because it sounds all woodsy and wolfy. Well, when I figured out that a lesser race of vampires would work better for my story, Kimber was all wrong.
I ended up chosing the name Mirko for the hot, protector vampire because I had already figured out at this point that my vampires would originate from Croatia. Then I had to figure out the back story of some of these characters. Mikro's over 300 years old, and was born before the vampires migrated to the US from Croatia, so he'd have to have a Croatian name. I already had some Croatian names that would already sound really foreign to most of my readers, Jelena, Lijepa, Zladislov, ect, so I needed a name that still fit the Croatian region, but was a little less foreign.
The hubs and I are pretty big fans of the UFC, and one fighter from Croatia is named Mirko. UFC has really gotten popular lately, so I figured the name Mirko had become more mainstream. And thus, it became Mirko's name.
Jaren's a character that I really like. Yeah, he can be a stupid teenage boy sometimes, but I really like him, so I named Jaren as an honor to hubs. Hubs' middle name is Jared, but I just couldn't handle naming my character Jared because I knew one throughout junior high that just ruined that name for me. So, I had to switch it up, and Jaren was what I came up with.
And this brings me full circle to the problem with repetitive letters for names. In my effort to keep "K"s to a minimum, I ended up running rampid with letter "J" names. I had Jelena and Jaren, but then other "J' names snuck in. Zack was originally J.D. Holly Ann was Jaylee, and even the bridal shop lady was Judy before I changed her to Betty, and then final settled on Mary.
Names for characters is something that, for me, ended up taking a lot more thought than I would have anticipated. As the writer, you are writing those names tons of times, and then as a reader, those names get read over and over again, so you need to get it right. Oh, and I mustn't forget Kaitlynn! BFF of the century. So, in the tradition of Sesame Street, this post was brought to you by the letter "K". ;)
Thanks for much for hosting me, Kristi! You have been such a fun blogger to work with!
Again, thank you so much for hosting me Kristi! You have been such a sweet and optimistic person to get to know! I wish you nothing but the best! ♥
Same Right back atcha, Angeline!
Here's my review of Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace-Go Team Mirko!
Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace is captivating! Beautifully written, it enthralls the reader in non-stop suspense, intrigue, chills and thrills. Combine this with a smoldering love triangle and you’ve got a book that isn’t easy to put down!
Brooke is finally comfortable, living the life of a normal teen instead of moving around where ever the wind blows her mom. She finally has a bestie, Kaitlynn, and is dating the boy she’s been drooling over for over a year-one hunka burnin’ love named Jaren. Just as she’s settling down and getting quite comfy with her new found love, everything changes. Brooke finds out that all isn’t as it seems, she is more than she seems and because of this, she’s in grave danger as are her friends and mom.
Brooke is sent away to a compound along with Kaitlynn and Jaren with the aid of Mirko-Now there’s another hunka burnin’ love for ya! Mirko’s charged with training Brooke and there’s undeniable heat there. Thus the love triangle that is smokin’ hot! Two hot guys after Brooke along with some seriously bad butt vamps can do a lot to blow a girls mind; things start happening at a dizzying pace. Brooke starts to gain some confidence and the more she does, the stronger she becomes. Brooke is a heroine that I really related to, she has this great sense of inner morality; she’s strong and cares more for others than herself. There’s so much going on in her life that she has to deal with and when the truth comes out, it’s shocking and scary as heck.
The only thing I disliked about this book was the cliffie at the end! It was fantastic yet made me yearn for Angeline’s next book in the series ‘Enemy Within’ like I yearn for chocolate and coffee! It just can’t come soon enough!