Monday, September 30, 2013

What's Your Fantasy--Book Bangin' Fantasy

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Welcome to another fabulous month of swoony boys!! This month it's all about fantasy! It's all about epic battles, sword fights, and honor with these fantastic fictional men that not only live in the fantasy of our minds but also the fabulous fantasy of the worlds these authors create. In addition to the video, 2 of my featured authors have contributed to this month's post! Alex also turned the tables on me and interviewed ME about my own personal swooning! NOT ONLY THAT but one of my favorite book boyfriends also makes a guest appearance! Watch and scroll down for more!! 

Hope you enjoyed the video!!! Can't wait to see who YOU chose for this month!

Now I would like to extend a SUPER EXCITED warm welcome to Leigh Bardugo, author of the acclaimed Grisha series, and Alex Lidell, the author of the amazing book The Cadet of Tildor! And a huge, huge, HUGE welcome to SAVOY!!! He stops by for a few sassy words ;)

Leigh Bardugo on her inspiration for Sturmhond, why she loves him, and who HER favorite book boyfriend is...

"Sturmhond was inspired by Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond, but mostly by someone too spoilery to mention for those who haven't read the book. 

Sturmhond practically writes himself. Whereas most of my characters struggle with their motives and themselves, Sturmhond is pure confidence. He knows exactly who he is and exactly what he wants. It's a pleasure to write that kind of clarity of intent.

I don't usually get crushes on characters, but I fell hard for Sean Kendrick in Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races." 

I love Han Solo...and Sean Kendrick!!! Great pick!! :)

Alex Lidell Interview

Kelly: Welcome to Belle of the Literati Alex! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and say a few words about one of MY FAVORITE characters in fantasy! Eager readers want to know...who/what was your inspiration for writing Savoy?
Alex: Savoy started out as a character I developed for a role playing game.  He evolved A LOT from there, but that's where his roots began.

K: In a movie version of The Cadet of Tildor, who you be cast as your perfect Savoy?
A: Easy!  Brad Pitt, the way he looked in TROY.

K: OMG I love that answer and can TOTALLY see that! He is sexy in that movie!...rawr! 
If Savoy had a theme song, what would it be?
A: Oh no!  I am really not much of a music person, so I have no idea.  Something march like?  Eye of the Tiger?  I really don't know many songs.

K: Oh, good pick! I can totally see him fist pumping after victory. 
Finally and most importantly...will we get more Savoy? :)
A: I hope so!

My Interview with Savoy...*swoon*

Kelly: Welcome to Belle of the Literati! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time away from the Seventh and saving the world. Here are a few burning questions the readers would love to know about yourself...

First things first--Describe yourself in 3 words.
Savoy: Why?

K: ...Moving on...If you didn't lead The Seventh (because you've successfully rid the world of all evil with your superb military talents) what would you be doing?
S: More likely than not, getting myself arrested.

K: Probably. Next question. Your brawn and strength is never who would win in a fight? You... or a bear?
S: Why in the bloody hell would I fight a bear? 

K: To prove your supremacy? Anways. I hope this isn't too personal, but readers want to know...what do you look for in a woman?
S: I don't.  You want to talk women? - speak with Cory.

K: I will definitely be doing that. It's always a good idea to get on the good side of the friend. He'll give me insider info. Now for the most important question...Can I get a hug? ;)
S: I am certain you can.  Not from me.

Thank you so, so much for gracing Belle of the Literati with you sexiness *ahem* I mean presence. And I am going to work on wearing you down for that hug...

Alex Lidell Interviews Me!...

Alex: What three key events inspired your swoon?
Kelly: Easy. The three events are as follows...1. The time Renee has to stay and do 200 push-ups and he stays and does them with her according to her pace (sigh). 2. Any and every moment where he interacts with his brother. And 3. My FAVORITE moment of swoon, when he opens his bedroom door to Renee and Diam...shirtless...sweating...and breathless...I died a little. 

A: Poof!  You are a citizen of Tildor, destined to run into Savoy.  Who are you and under what circumstances do you meet him?  (i.e. "I am a female swords fighter trying out for the Seventh)
K: Ooh, lemme see, this question took some thought. I am a simple maiden running errands for my family shop when I am jumped in an alleyway by some thugs. Savoy comes upon the situation and while I am holding my own in this fight (I'm quite good with the dagger I always keep with me, I've grown up with the dangers of the street), Savoy still comes in, saves the day, rescues me, sees how feisty and strong I am and immediately falls head over heels in love with me. We live happily ever after, by the way ;) *sigh* 

A: If you could have half hour with Savoy at any ONE point in the story, what point would you appear at and what would you do/say?
K: This was so hard!! If I'm being serious it would be when he's shirtless and sweating opening his door to me. I'm content to stare slack-jawed for 30 minutes but if I'm being practical and reminding myself this is a YA book then I would like to spend my 30 minutes with him on the first day of lessons. I would LOVE to have a private lesson on how to fight with a sword and kick major ass. My first words to him? Teach me how to be a force to be reckoned with. *wink* 

Thank you all for stopping by and/or participating this month!! Can't wait to see all your choices and thoughts on this month's Book Bangin!!


  1. I've had throne of glass sitting on my bookshelf since June! Eeeek, I love fantasy, I'm not sure why I haven't read it yet!! Sturmhond! yessss, something about the cockiness -- love it!

  2. I just read Throne of Glass and was introduced to Chaol. In love. Omg. I fangirl so hard over him. Crown of Midnight is sitting on my dining room table waiting to be read. I can't believe that you didn't put Hector on your list!!! I thought for sure he would make an appearance! I'll have my video up on Wednesday!

    Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    And Chaol... So many feelings!
    As for fantasy recs: you REALLY need to read the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, starting with The Demon King, it is SO GOOD! I seriously dropped everything to read the last book when it came out. And it was so worth it.
    Also: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley (which sadly still doesn't have a sequel, but was AMAZING), Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, and there should be more, but I can't think of them right now...

  4. I don't read a lot of fantasy, so I'm sad to say that I don't know any of these sexy boys! haha. which one do you think I would like the most?

    I'll have to come back and watch your video when I get off work!


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