Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sidekick Saturday [17] LOYAL!!

Sidekick Saturday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type
• Share a picture and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment

I'm so excited about this week's challenge because I can finally cast Marshal from E.J. Wesley's Moonsongs series. A few months ago I won Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocture in a giveway. I fell in love with the novelettes and quickly bought Dark Prelude, book 3 when it came out in April. Jenny is the star of the show, but she's nothing without her best friend Marshal. He's amazing, annoying, outspoken, funny, and of course LOYAL. Jenny's life takes a dramatic turn for the bizarre in book one, and Marshal is right there by her side. Here's a tidbit of a character interview I did with Jenny and Marshal last month when I reviewed Dark Prelude (which I gave 4.5 STARS).

Marshal, if Jenny gave you carte blanche with her style, what would you change?

Marshal: *claps hands together and turns to Jenny* First is the hair—the purple faux-hawk was cool on Joan Jett in like 1984 or something.

Jenny: Hey, I thought you said it was alternative chic? And Pink’s look isn’t that far off, so don’t act like I’m the first—

Marshal: *clears throat* My question! As I was saying, ditch the hair, the cargo pants, the tacky videogame t-shirt that I totally don’t get, the—well, everything. We’d give her a shoulder length bob with angles sharp enough to cut tomatoes, a skirt to show off those long legs, and maybe something sleeveless to accentuate her shoulders.

Jenny: *glares*

Marshal: What? You have pretty shoulders. If you didn’t dress like an angry tarp, people might actually notice. When you aren’t running around the house in your underwear that is.

Jenny: See the sharp, pointy tool in my hand? That’s what I think you should notice.

I'm pretty sure without Marshal to argue with Jenny would start attacking random people in her Texas town, not with her scary tomahawk, but with that brazen mouth of hers.

Now for my own sidekicks. My wonderful mother chose Jared from Soul Walker (which I wrote). Jared is amazingly loyal. Sheesh, the guy will even damn himself seeking revenge if you get yourself murdered, he's that loyal. He might fall for your girl, but don't quit on him for that because he never quits on anyone.

Sister time. I was all prepared to give Shannon snark. I called last night so she had time to think about it, but I heard her eager voice while I talked to our mom. I knew something was up immediately. Then she hopped on the phone. "I have a pen, Shan. Go on with your Kelly Meding selection." She laughed, but I grew up with that laugh. "I choose Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley." Shit. She knows Harry Potter is book blogging gold. She knows you never get the wrong answer if you tap into that treasure chest. Sneaky. I had nothing...for all of twenty seconds. "Okay, I'm ready for your quotes." "You are such a shit, Robyn." I'm nodding, but still on the phone and laughing. I almost never contribute quotes to the posts because I'm a library girl and don't have immediate access to the books. I tell her it was a low blow going with Harry Potter. She agreed, but told me I deserved it.


  1. What a fantastic choice!! We both had those books on the brain today. When you check your inbox you will see a sample cover I created based on Blood Fugue. It's easier for me to create sample covers with a book I read in mind.

    I love Marshal :D He's an excellent sidekick always right there getting into trouble with her.

    I also must say that I adore your mom and sister's choices as well. Great picks this week all the way around!! Those are all fantastic characters.

    By the way, you can always explore Goodreads quotes and just search the character and book if you want to include some.

    Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of doing that! That's a great idea. Plan to have some quotes coming up. I've been waiting for the right sidekick challenge to do Marshal justice. I can't wait to check out the sample covers you did.

      It's so fun doing these sidekicks with my mom and sister. I think it's one of the few things that really bring my world of blogging into their world.

    2. Jaclyn, I'd love to see your sample cover if you ever cared to share it. Sounds like 'fan art' to me, which would definitely be a first! :D

      Seriously, would enjoy seeing what you came up with (and obviously wouldn't share it, etc. without your permission). Robyn can put you in touch with me, or you can eMail me at EJWesleyAuthor (AT) gmail (DOT) com

      Appreciate your support and kind words about the story/Marshal, too. :)

  2. This is so cool, Robyn! Marshal would be flattered--and of course Jenny would accuse him of having his already inflated sense of self-worth inflated to room-filling size. LOL

    I'm honored you thought my stories as well. :)

    1. Ha! So true. Dangerous ground giving one of your characters attention and not the other one. You have to let me know when you have a collection put together so I can gift it to my sister. Happy writing, busy man!

  3. I remember you reviewing the first two books, Robyn. But I missed your review of the 3rd...I'm gonna look it up so I can read the rest of that interview!! ;) I put E.J's books on my TBR - thanks!

    As for your mother's choice - Jared ROCKS!! I totally agree with her on that choice. :) And your sister - how would you have reacted if she had a quote ready for you?!? LOL!!

    Thanks for sharing your loyal sidekicks. So fun!!

    1. If my sister had a quote ready I would have stuttered until something snarky came to mind. She picked Harry Potter! I wasn't a reader as a kid, so I missed all those years of bickering with her about books.

      The double character interview is hilarious. You have to check it out.

  4. I did get you good with my choices that Saturday. Ha!

    1. You totally did! But don't forget that for two days after you kept wanting to add to your choices. You were too clever. So there.

      When E.J. has this series put together as a collection, I'm buying it for you because you will love Jenny and Marshal.