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A STANDALONE BONNIE BENNETT BOOK IN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / THE ORIGINALS UNIVERSE.

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic. New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground, and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

*Originally published as part of the Bennett Witch Chronicles series in the Amazon Vampire Diaries Kindle Worlds. With the dissolution of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, I’m making the story available on Wattpad for free.

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING…

“The storyline was so well written and captivating that I did not put my tablet down until I turned the last page.”

– 5 Stars, YA/NA Book Divas


“I absolutely love this addition to The Vampire Diaries, The Bennett Witch Chronicles. There are some fabulous authors included in this series with some outstanding reads. Jena Gregoire’s Nightshade happens to be one of them. This book is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, magic, action, and humor and includes appearances from two of the original vampires residing in New Orleans, Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, as well as Bonnie’s Mystic Fall’s friends. Ms. Gregoire does a wonderful job of world building to capture your attention from the start to the end of this story. Bonnie and her friends are well written characters with a great storyline that includes lots of excitement, mystery and magic. This is a compelling book you do not want to miss out on.”

– 5 Stars, Dmchtx72, Amazon Reader


“Full of adventure, magic, friendship, family, witty banter, and loyalty.”

– 5 Stars, Suzanne P., Amazon Reader


“I can’t say enough about this book. I truly loved it. I love all the characters from The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie has always been one of my favorites. And who doesn’t love to hate the Mikaelsons? The book was written very well and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future.”

– 5 Stars, Steamy Book Mama, Amazon Reader


“I loved this new book and new to me author Jena Gregoire! It was great from the start and pulls you right in!!! I can’t wait to read more!!!”

– 5 Stars, CEB, Amazon Reader


“This was a joy to read and if you enjoyed the vampire diaries and originals you will love this too. I couldn’t put it down.”

– 5 Stars, Tracy Marrs, Amazon Reader


“I loved the characters, the lines, the humor when needed. Overall, I can’t wait to see what she writes next to top this book. This is a new Author for me and I’m a huge fan.”

– 5 Stars, Lizzy001, Amazon Reader


“I didn’t just read this, I devoured it!! Jena Gregoire, please tell me there’s more, pretty please!!”

– 5 Stars, Natalie @ BookLoversLife Blog


“Jena Gregoire did an amazing job. This book is a must read!”

– 5 Stars, Anna Lynn Portwood, Amazon Reader

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Five standalone tales following Caroline Forbes,
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JUNE 5, 2018

 

When Caroline Forbes awoke this morning, in modern-day Mystic Falls, she had no clue that an ancient sorceress would lay claim to her twin girls. With the help of Bonnie, of the powerful Bennett witch order, they discover the only way to sever the sorceresses’ hold is to travel back in time.

With no other choice, Caroline travels to nineteenth-century Mystic Falls – an era where vampires are savagely hunted and witches must hide. This dangerous quest leads her on a path for a second-chance romance with the notorious vampire Niklaus Mikaelson, an Original. She must deny her feelings in order to ventures into perilous terrain, not only to save her daughters but to survive.

 

About Dormaine G.

Dormaine was born in Long Island, New York where she lived most of her life. As an adult she liked to travel out of the country though her favorite places to explore were her fantasy worlds as an author. She may be a nurse by profession but her heart has always belonged to writing. As a young child she spent many Saturdays in the library nurturing her love for books. There she discovered her fascination for the science fiction genre, through books, movies and graphic novels.

Now she resides in Colorado with her husband and two feisty dogs. After many years of working in hospitals and travel nursing she took time off to pursue a career in writing. Her first novel “Connor” is in one of her favorite genres, young adult urban fantasy. Her second love is for horror of which she created the “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess” series. This is just the start of her exploration as she stays locked up her office in Colorado spinning more tales.

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While all of Caroline Forbes’s friends have moved on with their lives, she has remained frozen in her seventeen-year old body. No longer free to roam around Mystic Falls because of her unchanging looks, she starts to feel bound by her thoughts and emotions.

All through the years, she tried not to think of Stefan Salvatore and the future she could have had with him. A chance confrontation with a gang of teens in the cemetery changes that.

A boy with Stefan’s face emerges from the shadows. Caroline knows it is not really him but can’t stop her heart from feeling every emotion he brought out within her. To make matters worse, he brought an old foe with him.

Will Caroline finally get her happily ever after or will fate snatch it away yet again?

Read the story that takes place twenty years after the events of the hit TV series finale of The Vampire Diaries.

 

About Ginny Clyde

Ginny Clyde is an Electrical engineer by profession and has worked in the renewable energy sector. She started writing fanfiction in her spare time and after a whole year of writing; she decided that she would start writing an original series with her own characters.

She has spent a considerable amount time in Scotland which led her to develop a love for folklore, dark faerie tales and an interest in Celtic mythology. Her stories portray this love affair with the supernatural.

Although, work and tight deadlines often have her drinking coffee, she is a tea-lover at heart and spends her free time concocting floral blends. Needless to say that she enjoys her afternoon tea with all the accompaniments of sandwiches, cakes and good company.

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Hell hath no fury like a shadow from the underworld.

Caroline Forbes prides herself on being the quirky vampire always prepared with a plan. Now that she’s running the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted, she’s starting to think she might be in over her head. Still grieving the loss of her husband Stefan, Caroline is slowly slipping into the darkness hidden behind her radiant smile. Against her better judgement, she seeks comfort in all the wrong places, in all the wrong people—one in particular.

Niklaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid and notorious bad boy doesn’t hesitate to answer Caroline’s cry for help. Old feelings are stirred and the temptation is impossible to ignore. Klaus and Caroline give in, losing themselves in a heated romance that could burn a thousand forests.

Enraptured by their world of passion, they ignore everyone around them. The neglect leads Caroline’s twin girls to do the unthinkable—they perform a spell, unleashing the shadows from the underworld. These shadows are malevolent, angry, and seeking revenge, leaving the townspeople in grave danger.

Can Caroline and Klaus fall back down to reality in time to save Mystic Falls from the shadows? Or will their whirlwind romance cost them everything?

 

About J.P. Uvalle

J. P. Uvalle is a beautifully twisted soul who has a passion for writing paranormal romance and has the divine ability to make the unbelievable, believable. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, went to Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and Technology. JP works part-time as an ICU technician in Highlands Ranch, Colorado at an emergency/specialty hospital.

Aside from being a technician and a writer, she runs two businesses in her spare time— Beautifully Twisted Publishing, and Mary Kay. On top of that, she also contributes her time to the Beneath the Ashes Blog as a Promotions Manager.

When she’s not saving lives, coming up with her next plot twist or making women feel pretty and pampered, she’s spending time with family and friends.

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 When the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted received an urgent message from Siberia, I jumped at the chance to go check it out. Sure I was going to miss my twin daughters with every fiber of my being but I was dying, no pun intended, to get out of Mystic Falls. Even if it was only for a surveillance mission. A romantic interlude was the last thing on my mind when I said goodbye to my family but that’s exactly what I found.

Had I known Klaus Mikaelson was going to be in Russia, I never would have offered to go investigate the string of mysterious deaths. But leave it to me, Caroline Forbes, to find the silver lining.  Maybe having an Original vampire on my side could help me solve the mystery and return home that much faster. The only thing standing in my way is my attraction to a man I should never have been attracted to in the first place.

 

About DJ Shaw

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1977, DJ Shaw was 17 before she was able to see most of the United States. When she was 17, she decided to join the fair, traveling with them to Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Once the fair arrived in Lake Charles, DJ had decided it was time to go home, that she had had enough of traveling with the fair. She much rather preferred to sit around writing, or even telling, the lives of the people who lived in her head. She had been good at story-telling from the time she was about ten, when she scared herself so bad with her story of the Boogey-man that she couldn’t move off her bed. Her siblings would come to her for their scare fix, because they knew she could come up with something on the spot.

Having found what she loved to do at an early age, she continued to write down her stories and any poetry that came into her head. She had stacks upon stacks of notebooks filled with her work. Her love of horror movies made her stories that much more chilling.

When she’s not writing, she’s listening to music, supporting her favorite adopted brother and his band “Traveler in Pain”, playing with her five children, spending time with her husband of seven years or watching horror movies in the middle of the night just for the scare factor.

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*Blurb Coming Soon*

 

About Dylan Keefer

Dylan Keefer is a web designer / developer by day and a writer by night. He’s basically a modern day superhero, using code and words to breathe creativity into reality. On a more serious note, he has been writing from a very young age and has always been pursuing the dream of writing professionally. Everything he does is in pursuit of that dream. He writes light-hearted as well as dark themed stories across multiple genres. His stories involve psychological struggles or moral dilemmas of the human condition. If you like those themes and the idea of questioning what it means to be human, then it won’t matter what genre the story is; he will make you a believer.

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Book Nerds! Vampire Diaries Nerds! Check out the BENNETT WITCH CHRONICLES series!

With her magic restored, her best friends living happily ever after together as humans, and the love of her life waiting patiently for her on the other side, Bonnie Bennett is not going to just sit around and let her life pass her by. She’s off to see the world! Join Bonnie as she journeys around the globe, encountering supernaturals in the most unexpected of places.

SIXTEEN STANDALONE BOOKS.

SIXTEEN BONNIE BENNETT STORIES.

ONE SERIES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.

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CHRYSALIS LIGHTS by Lori Titus

Unexpected news reaches Bonnie Bennett in the form of one last gift from her grandmother; a lake house in the small town of Chrysalis, South Carolina. Eager to see her new property, she decides to go see the place where Grams once lived. Chrysalis has its own secrets, a heady magic, and with the coming of the northern lights, the veil between dimensions is growing thin.

Bonnie faces secrets from a past she knows little about. Why hadn’t Grams ever spoken about this town or the time that she spent there? An evil from the past has resurfaced, and it’s up to Bonnie to figure out the connection and save the life of a young witch that hangs in the balance.

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EGYPTIAN CAT EYE by DJ Shaw

When I traveled to Egypt on a mission to rescue a young witch, I thought it would be nothing more than a simple snatch and grab. Instead, what I found was a vengeful god determined to get the attention of the entire world and a girl who was much more than merely a witch. Add a magical cat’s eye gemstone choker to the mix, and things seem pretty dire. But I didn’t volunteer for this mission just to back down when things look like they’re going to be difficult.

Pulling myself up by my boot straps, I follow my locator spell to the Pyramids of Giza, and that’s when things get dicey. I know I need to get this witch back to Mystic Falls and the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, but that’s going to prove to be more tricky than any of us were planning on.

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GHOST TOWN by J.P. Uvalle

For as long as Bonnie Bennett could remember her life had never been normal. With the troubling past of Mystic Falls behind her, she plans to live life to the fullest. A road trip around the world seems like the perfect idea until Bonnie comes across a small town in Georgia. A town which has a dark and troubling past of its own; secrets lay where the eyes cannot see.

A girl.

A ghost.

She won’t let Bonnie leave.

Plagued by the memories of this ghost, Bonnie decides, the only way to free herself from the place of impending doom is to solve its mystery.

Her mystery.

Why do spirits inhabit Westbrook? What does this girl want Bonnie to find?

Damon Salvatore is no stranger to slipping off the deep end, especially after the loss of his brother Stefan Salvatore, and his immortality, he struggles to live life as a human.

When he discovers Bonnie is in danger, and he is the only one who can save her, will he continue to be held back by the demons that haunt him or will Damon become the hero he was always meant to be?

With time running out to save themselves, can Bonnie and Damon work together to escape Westbrook before they become permanent residents?

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GRIMOIRES & LIP GLOSS by Kitten K. Jackson

After Bonnie Bennett prevents the annihilation of Mystic Falls by Hellfire, she’s packed her bags and bought her plane tickets, and she’s off to see the world!

In Milan, Italy, she meets a man who needs assistance… from a witch. Believing that she’s going to rescue his sister from a vampire who is hoarding women, using them as human blood bags, she performs a locator spell and races off with him to find her. When things go awry, will Bonnie’s magic be enough to save her from the fangs of a centuries-old vampire and his cohorts?

Meanwhile, back in Mystic Falls, everything seems more peaceful than usual. That’s never a good sign, as something sinister is always afoot. With Damon and Elena’s wedding and the Halloween party at the Salvatore School for the Young & Gifted approaching, could this be the calm before the storm?

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GROTESQUE by Debbie Cassidy

Leaving Mystic Falls and my friends behind was no easy choice, but I was done looking back. It was time to look forward, to see the world and give magic a rest. There is so much to see in London.

It’s true what they say, the city never sleeps, but I’m about to discover how awake it really is. One wrong turn and I’m right back in the hot seat. An unexpected attack from an unknown creature, an Order of Witches who hide in the London Underground, an Archangel determined to shadow my every move, and suddenly it’s up to me to fix what’s broken.

So much for a magic free vacation.

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HEXE by Brandy Dorsch

Bonnie Bennett never breaks a promise, and she gave Enzo her word that she’d live her life. Rather than staying in Mystic Falls to wallow in her grief over losing the love of her life, she decides on a trip to Germany, the epicenter of the seventeenth century witch hunts. Excited to explore the depths of her magic in a country rich with witch history, she embarks on her journey, able to breathe just a little easier.

From the moment she arrives in Berlin, Bonnie knows something is wrong. Her magic is weakened, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t access her full power. Desperate to figure out what’s wrong, Bonnie reaches out to a local coven, only to find their powers have been dampened as well.

Resolved to help her new friends and recover her own magic, Bonnie makes it her mission to figure out what’s affecting their powers. As she digs deeper, Bonnie discovers a centuries-old secret threatening an entire line of witches. Together, they must find a way to restore their magic or risk losing it forever.

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NIGHTSHADE by Jena Gregoire

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic. New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground, and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

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PHOENIX GATE by Dylan Keefer

Bonnie Bennett is a witch for hire as she sleuths her way around the world helping those who find themselves in compromised paranormal situations.

While traveling, she is hired to help a couple find their missing son. After infiltrating a secret society, her investigation brings her to Japan where she uncovers a long-hidden family secret.

Imbued with an ancient power carried by Bennett witches for generations, Bonnie must stop the magically enhanced men from summoning the Phoenix Gate or suffer a cruel fate.

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SCHOOLED BY MAGIC by Marissa Farrar

When Bonnie Bennett is invited to London to teach magic at a prestigious London University, she decides it’s the perfect opportunity to see the city, and discover who she is outside of Mystic Falls.

But she soon learns of mysterious events surrounding the departure of the teacher whose job she is filling, and no matter who she asks, no one seems to have any answers.

Bonnie starts to catch shadowy beings out of the corner of her eye… waiting, watching her… and a discovery in her room makes her question if all is not as it seems.

Was Bonnie brought to London just to teach young witches, or is something far more sinister underway?

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SOMETHING WICKED by Sue Harmeling

For Bonnie Bennett, life has been nothing short of chaotic.  It seemed like someone or something was always trying to kill her and her friends, and too many times, she was forced to push her own desires to the back burner so those around her could be safe and happy.

But things were finally looking up for the witch, and the years of bad luck she and her friends had suffered through was coming to an end.

Things are blissfully quiet until a mysterious book is brought into the St. John Armory.

And it didn’t come alone.

Will Bonnie have to once more sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her friends? Or will something wicked overcome them all?

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STONE COLD MAGIC by Rachel Medhurst

Would she betray the coven to see her love?

After losing Enzo, the love of her life, Bonnie Bennett travels to Stonehenge in England, hoping to discover a magic that will allow her to see him again.

The power of the prehistoric monument, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is guarded by the English coven. When someone murders half of that coven, the protection spell is broken, allowing the magic of the stones to bind with Bonnie’s.

If the witches were killed in order to release the power, their assassin would stop at nothing to take it for themselves. Bonnie is the only one strong enough to stand in their way. Will she be their next victim?

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TEMPLE OF THE FORGOTTEN by Alex H. Singh

Unsure of what is drawing her there, Bonnie Bennett’s travel plans take an unexpected turn when she finds herself booking a ticket to India, a land full of mysticism, supernatural creatures, and ancient secrets.

On her journey to the small village of Simla, she meets Manu, a young, powerful witch just beginning to explore her magical abilities. Without anyone to guide her, she fears the girl may have fallen under the influence of something dark.

Bonnie soon learns the legend of a terrible evil believed to be locked away in a nearby temple. Will Bonnie be strong enough to keep the creature confined to its prison? Or will she surrender to the darkness threatening to overpower them all?

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THE CRESCENT CITY by Lexi Ostrow

Bonnie Bennett has finally finished her trip around the world to “find herself”, only to realize that where she’s always belonged is Mystic Falls – and returning home was as eventful as ever. Immediately thrown into the search for Caroline’s girls, the pair find themselves in the Crescent City with none other than the Mikaelsons.

While there a witch offers her everything she’s ever wanted – Enzo. All Bonnie has to do is a small bit of magic that she’s promised won’t unleash hell, sirens or anything else her past self has already extinguished. There is a cost, but the witch won’t share until Bonnie agrees to help the Big Easy with its current debacle.

Nothing is ever without a cost, but life with Enzo is more than Bonnie can walk away from. Bonnie faces her hardest decision yet, and her choice could be New Orleans’ undoing.

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THE STORM by Nicole Zoltack

After losing the love of her life, Bonnie Bennett is trying to move on and get away from all the painful reminders of the past. She’s traveled to several different countries, and after a pit stop in Mystic Falls, she’s off to Hawaii.

There, she discovers ominous apparitions searching for a portal to the next world. When Bonnie makes eye contact with one of them, she inadvertently puts a friend’s life in danger.

It’s up to Bonnie to end their deadly curse, but the storm heralding their approach is growing stronger by the day. Will Bonnie be able to save her friend, or will Maleko become a member of the mysterious Night Marchers for all time?

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THE DREAD OF DUBLIN by A.J. Matthews

Dublin is rife with magic, mystery… and murder.

When Bonnie Bennett stumbles across a dead body with a ghostly form hovering over it, she must discover if the killer is a witch back from the dead—or a monster more vicious than any she’s ever faced.

After more bodies begin to surface, Bonnie finds the murders coincide with the execution of suspected serial killer Doreen Kealy, a madam who was brutally executed centuries ago for crimes too ghastly to speak of.

Teaming up with her friend Matt Donovan, Bonnie searches dark tunnels beneath Dublin Castle and uncovers hidden secrets within the legendary Book of Kells to find out who is committing these heinous murders. But time is against her, and spirits seek vengeance as Bonnie finds herself plummeting further and further into danger.

Who is the real dread of Dublin? Is Doreen Kealy killing again? Or is a creature of the night intent on leading Bonnie to a bloody fate?

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BONE ORCHARD by Kaiden Klein

Small towns keep secrets well, but restless souls never sleep.

Bayou Lafitte was supposed to be just another stop along the way until Bonnie decided to take a popular swamp tour. Before long, she’s pulled into a decade old missing persons case, haunted by the ghost of a girl she now knows is dead.

With all paths leading to nowhere, Bonnie finds herself trapped. The only way to move on is to find out where the girl’s remains are and put them to rest. But first, she must uncover the truth and doing so won’t be easy.

Secrets kept by the residents of this small, bayou town, will make this endeavor one she’ll likely never forget.

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With her magic restored, her best friends living happily ever after together as humans,
and the love of her life waiting patiently for her on the other side,
Bonnie Bennett is not going to just sit around and let her life pass her by.

She’s off to see the world!

Join Bonnie as she journeys around the globe,
encountering supernaturals in the most unexpected of places.

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Julie Plec Accidentally Lets Huge #TheOriginals / #VampireDiaries #Spoiler Slip

In case it wasn’t obvious from the title of this post…

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[Spoilers for The Originals follow. Read at your own risk!]

Sometimes you have to dig deep for spoilers on your favorite show, but sometimes they’re accidentally dropped right in your lap, which was the case today for fans of The Originals.

While talking about the end of The Vampire Diaries with Entertainment Weekly at the ATX Television Festival, Julie Plec let it slip that Hope Mikaelson (Summer Fontana) might be Mystic Falls-bound. “Alaric (Matt Davis) and Caroline (Candice King) are running the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted where Hope Mikael– sh** never mind. Keep watching…”

It’s no surprise that Hope might end up at the Salvatore magic school, given that The Originalshas made a point multiple times this season that Hope is lonely without other children around and doesn’t have a great handle on her powers yet. Alaric pretty much gave her an engraved invitation to become a student during his crossover earlier this year.

Stomping all over the fine line between a Bad Good Guy and a Good Bad Guy.

I have a tendency to lean towards being a big cheerleader for the villain in a story. Always have. When I was younger, my favorite character in The Lion King was Scar, not Simba.  Simba can go suck it.  Scar had a way better sense of humor.  Nightmare Before Christmas? Easy. Oogie Boogie.   He had the best music.  When I was thirteen years old, I read The Vampire Diaries (yes, kids, they were books loooooooong before the TV series) and I instantly fell in love with Damon. Not the severely dumbed down version of Damon you see on the TV series, but the cold, ruthless, walking nightmare that was Damon in the books. We’ll get into that later in this post.

This has been an ongoing trend for me in all venues of fiction, from books to television to the big screen. But it’s not just any villains, and it’s not exclusively “villains” per se. I realized when I was writing my first book, The Devil You Know, that my affinity is for characters who walk the sometimes very blurry line between being a good bad guy and a bad good guy.

And more than anything, I love it when it’s difficult to tell which side a particular character falls on. I think not being able to figure it out is a sign of genuinely good writing.

In this post, we are going to take a look at a small handful of my favorite fictional baddies and see where they fall.

Let’s start by looking at the terms I presented. A Good Bad Guy and a Bad Good Guy. Regardless of what side of the fence the character falls on, the biggest point to remember is that fence is most likely very grey. A Bad Good Guy is a good guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his or her goal. Usually, the goal is in the name of the greater good, but the road to meeting that goal may be very well be soaked in the blood of innocents and baddies alike (think Raylan Givens in Justified).

In all honesty, I don’t think I see this one a lot. Usually, the good guy has a moral compass that almost always points north. Sure, they may have a hiccup or two, but for the most part, the good guy can be counted on to lay their own life on the line for innocent lives.

However, when you DO run into one, OH……MY…….GOD…….. They’re amazing.

The other guys is a Good Bad Guy.  The GBG is a villain you cant help but fall in love with a little bit.  They’re charming, they’re clever, and once in a while, they slip up and reveal they still have a heart.  This is the bad guy with a conscience.  A quiet conscience most of the time, but a conscience nonetheless.  Every now and then, when they think no one is looking, the jump the fence and try on a white hat.  However, don’t count them off the black hat roster just yet because they will almost always hop right back over if the situation suits them.

Here are a few examples of characters who fall into these categories.

Continue reading “Stomping all over the fine line between a Bad Good Guy and a Good Bad Guy.”