Sidekick Showcase, previously known as Sidekick Saturday, is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here 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! I will post my Sidekicks on Saturday, then whichever day during the week that you would like to post yours, you can put your link in on my page. 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 fit's in the week's topic
• Share a picture (if you can) 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
• The day of your post, put your link in below and grab the code for your post so you can see the others that post their's throughout the week as well
For the month of December we're choosing holiday/Christmas spirit themed sidekicks! There's wiggle room, so don't fret if one doesn't come to you right away.
This week I'm choosing Finn Duncan from Debbie Macomber's latest Christmas novel. In Starry Night you have a recluse bestselling author and a society page reporter. No one has a lead on Finn Duncan, but if Carrie Slayton can find him in nowhere Alaska and convince him to give her an interview her career path will be pure gold. Finn is the biggest Grinch. The moment Carrie falls into his life, he can't wait to throw her back, and he doesn't keep those feelings to himself. Does he put great effort into making Carrie feel unwelcome? Yes. Does he scorn all women everywhere? Yes. Does he ever put up a Christmas tree and decorate it? NO. And yet I love Duncan. I wanted to smack him a few times, or at least kick him in the shin. He's stronger than strong. He's one of those uber-burly men and has the beard to prove it. Even though Finn isn't traditionally handsome, I couldn't help envisioning Jo Manganiello (Alcide) from HBO's True Blood series.
"What are you doing here?" he demanded a second time.
"A ... well, my name is ..."
"I don't care what your name is." Finn Duncan (Starry Night, pg 39)
"Is there someplace you'd like me to put my suitcase?" she asked.
"You mean like in a guest bedroom?" he asked with more than a hint of sarcasm.
He snickered. "There's only one bedroom, and only one bed, and I'm telling you right now I'm not sleeping on the sofa." Finn Duncan (Starry Night, pg. 52)
"He really has mother issues, doesn't he?" she told the dog, lowering her voice to a whisper.
"I heard that." Carrie Slayton to the giant dog (Starry Night, pg. 61)
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