Hello Folks! Today we have a guest post from Kat Mayor, the author of the new novel Spirit Chaser. Kat is here to talk about one of the key elements that drives a great story.
(Warning some Harry Potter & Alliegent, Spoilers 😉 )
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Love and Friendship in the Darkest Moments
Being a good friend comes easy when things are going great. However, what happens when your life is shaken by tragedy? What happens when you have to make the difficult decision to save yourself, or someone you love?
These themes are popular in so many well-loved books. There are many reasons for this, but for me, I like to see how my favorite characters react in tough situations. I am a firm believer that these dark times are the moments that truly define us.
When I think of this subject, the Harry Potter books immediately spring to mind. In Lily Potter, we are given the perfect example of a selfless mother’s love. It is so strong that it can conquer death and evil. In the final battle with Voldemort, strengthened by his mother’s love, Harry prepares to give up his own life for the lives of his friends.
And then there’s Professor Snape.
He is my favorite Harry Potter character. He spends the entire series “working” for Voldemort. Harry mistakenly believes that Snape hates him without cause. It is not until Harry gets a glimpse of Snape’s memories in the Pensieve that he learns the depth of Snape’s love for his mother. Every action he took, even when it didn’t seem so at the time, was for Harry’s benefit.
In The Fault in Our Stars, we encounter two teens battling cancer. Hazel resists Augustus because she knows her prognosis is dismal and doesn’t want to hurt him. Augustus assures her he can handle it, and that he considers it an honor for Hazel to be the one to break his heart. In the end, it is Hazel who remains with Augustus to the bitter end.
In Allegiant, we see an example of a person’s sacrifice and love for a person who doesn’t deserve it. Tris’s brother Caleb has betrayed her repeatedly. Yet, in the end, it is Tris who takes his place. While I would have preferred a different ending, I thought her actions were consistent with her selfless love for her family and her character.
From Star Wars to classic literature, we see countless instances of love and friendship in dark times. It is an enduring theme, and one that I will always want to read more of.
What is your favorite example of a friendship or love put to the test?
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About the Book
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Ghosts
Publisher: Kat Mayor
Date of Publication: November 13, 2015
Book Description: Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone. Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable. Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed? He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen. Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.
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About the Author
Kat Mayor is a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, she has written a young adult series, The Circle. She’s a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when she’s not kicking a story around in her head, she loves to read and review books on Goodreads.