V is for Villain
Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde
Releasing April 7, 2015
Silver Bastard, the first book in Joanna Wylde’s new Silver Valley series, is releasing Tuesday and today we have a guest post from Joanna Wylde. It’s part of the Spell Out – S.I.L.V.E.R Blog Tour and we have V is for Villain. Check out Joanna Wylde’s guest post and comment to tell us what you think about villains in romance novels. You can follow the blog tour and check out the other unique posts at the other blogs participating. I’m including links to each below. Also be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom. I loved this book and we have a review post scheduled for 4/10. Add #SilverBastard to your TBR and/ or pre-order. You’re not going to want to miss this one. – Cori
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward–full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her–the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…
V is for villain: this is the first villain(s) who really hurts our heroine. JW will discuss what it was it like to write something that dark. And if it was difficult to get in that mindset as well as discuss Becca’s mom. We held out hope for her until that ONE scene, was that planned? Find out!
Silver Bastard is the first book I’ve written that explores the darker side of growing up in a motorcycle club. What’s I’ve really learned is that the MC world is incredibly layered, and there are so many different experiences people have in it. In some ways, Silver Bastard is a companion book to Devil’s Game, which was about an MC princess who grew up surrounded by love and support in a club. The heroine of Silver Bastard, Becca, is the opposite — she grows up in the MC world under the worst of conditions. As a writer, I wanted to explore that dynamic without going completely negative. There are good clubs and bad clubs, and I wanted to look at life from both sides.
The villain in Silver Bastard is Becca’s stepfather, Teeny, and his actions while she’s a young woman had the potential to destroy her life. Fortunately she escapes and rebuilds her life. She definitely isn’t a broken heroine. Becca is strong, maybe one of the strongest women I’ve written so far. Most of the women in clubs I’ve met and talked to are strong like that — they haven’t always had the best of lives, but they keep moving forward and work with what they have.
Writing Teeny’s character wasn’t a stretch for me at all, unfortunately. My husband and I have been foster parents, and we’ve worked with children who have suffered far more than any of the characters in my books. Writing about Teeny was cathartic for me — he may be the darkest villain I’ve written so far, but he’s not the only one, and I always enjoy making them pay for their actions. Perhaps that sounds dark, but there’s evil in the world, and sometimes it’s satisfying to have things end the way they should.
As for Becca’s mom, she was a far more nuanced character for me, unlike Teeny. He was just pure evil. Her mother isn’t a good woman and she’s done terrible things, but she also has feelings for her daughter, however messed up they might be. Once again, I drew on my experiences with the foster care system to write her. She’s like several of the mothers of abused children I knew — weak, selfish and terribly flawed — but the love for her child is still there, however twisted. That excuses nothing, of course. Standing by and allowing your child to be abused is beyond explanation. Life is complicated, though, and even terrible people are capable of the occasional kindness. As for “that one scene,” yes, it was planned. Sort of. I actually wrote Silver Bastard twice, but the first time it sucked. I threw it all out and started over, which is when the plot twists really developed into their final form.
One final thought — even though there are villains in Silver Bastard, the overall message of the book is that women who have been abused don’t need to be broken. People can not only survive terrible things, they can thrive and have happy, healthy lives afterward. I don’t think Becca is defined as a person by her abuse. Abusers don’t deserve that kind of power. She’s more than a survivor, she’s a happy, healthy woman with a strong future ahead of her. That’s what I hope people will take away from the book.
3 sets of Joanna Wylde’s Reapers Motorcycle Club series + the all new SILVER BASTARD! 3 winners, 4 books each. U.S. residents only.
FOLLOW THE TOUR
April 1st – S is for Silver Valley: Love Between the Sheets
April 2nd – I is for interview: Shameless Book Club
April 3rd – L is for lust: Smexy Books
April 4th – V is for villain: Reading In Pajamas
April 5th – E is for exclusive excerpt: The Book Bellas
April 6th – R is for Reaper’s tease: Book Binge
✿Reapers Motorcycle Club Series by Joanna Wylde✿
✦#1: Reaper’s Property
✦#4: Reaper’s Stand
✦#5: Reaper’s Fall (Coming Nov. 2015)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.