I tried to write a blog about character flaws, and failed. LOLOL!! Okay I didn’t fail, but I didn’t give myself enough time to flesh it out and I deleted it. Instead I’ll tell you this: I’m reading a series (recommended by Silver James!) Shelly Laurenston’s Honey Badger Shifter Romance Series. I’m on book 2. It’s a fun series. But aside from humor, Shelly writes excellent flawed characters. She transforms the flaws into powerful traits that makes the characters lovable and has readers rooting for them.
If you enjoy funny paranormal romances and want to see a skilled author create flaws characters whose flaws are part of what makes them lovable, check out this series!
So what are you reading?
June 21st, 2022 at 9:02 pm · Link
June 21st, 2022 at 9:11 pm · Link
Laurenston is one of my favs! That entire shifter world she created was amazing. If you haven’t check out the other series from the same world.
June 22nd, 2022 at 5:47 am · Link
I love Shelly. I haven’t read all her books, but every one I have read was awesome. Did you know she also writes as G.A. Aiken? (Not sure which, if either, is her real name.) Her DRAGON KIN series is the bomb.
June 22nd, 2022 at 6:06 am · Link
I love her Dragon Kin series too!! Her characters make me laugh out loud to the point of crying. Thanks for adding her other name, I always forget she writes under that too.
June 22nd, 2022 at 7:19 am · Link
For those who haven’t read Shelley’s shifters series, I highly recommend starting with her Pride series. So many of the characters in the Honey Badgers came from that original series and they are just as entertaining. She is so adept at building the animal traits into her “human” characters and that’s one of the many things I enjoy about her books.
And Jen, I’m glad you gave the series a try. I not only LOL, I’ve been known to sniffle a little too. Happy reading!
June 22nd, 2022 at 8:32 am · Link
Just the fact that the series is Honey badger shifters has me figuring out how to add it to my growing TBR pile. All I could think when I first read this was Honey Badgers don’t give a F… and thought how fun these reads must be.
As for flawed characters, I really like well defined screw ups. The perfect hero always drives me nuts.
Sure hope you have a great day!
June 22nd, 2022 at 3:57 pm · Link
Marianne, hope you enjoy the books!
June 22nd, 2022 at 4:03 pm · Link
Carrie, I’ve always enjoyed her books But for some reason, I haven’t read her in a long time, so finding this series has been really cool. And yep, I knew she wrote under her other name. I’ve read a few of those too.
So glad she’s one of your faves! She deserves amazing readers!
June 22nd, 2022 at 4:08 pm · Link
B.E., Yes I knew about her other name Shelly and i wrote for the same house and editor for awhile. I know I read some of her dragon books under her Aiken but can’t remember which ones or what I thought of them. I’m just drawing a blank. I’ll dig those books up and reread them once I’m done with these books. Then I’ll remember what I thought of them, LOL.
June 22nd, 2022 at 4:12 pm · Link
Silver, I’m glad you mentioned the books! I’m not really in the know of what’s good and what’s not these days. So it’s great when you tell me! But I’ve always thought Shelly has an amazing writer’s voice, as well as the ability to make her characters self aware enough to handle major flaws.
In a total aside, I am not a fan of one little tiny tiny stupid flaw that’s supposing to make a character interesting but just makes her boring. Shelly writes characters that are anything but boring!
June 22nd, 2022 at 4:16 pm · Link
Viki, you pretty much summed it up, LOL! The honey badger part of them don’t care, but the human part does (sometimes!) and it’s pretty funny. Readers definitely need a sense of humor and some fluency in sarcasm to enjoy these, I think.
Well defined screw ups it a great way to put it! I’m going to remember that!
I don’t like reading perfect heroes or heroines either. but as a writer, I’m always trying to tame my screwed up characters. It’s a little bit crazy-making