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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Villians & A GIVEAWAY with Sarah Cass...

Sometimes A Villain is just a Villain

My Dominion Falls Series is a historical western romance, but anyone that’s read it will tell you – there is action, adventure, and some mystery/suspense wrapped into it.

In order to have suspense you have to have a villain or two. I have two, one that doesn’t start out quite as one, but develops into one.  The other – well, he’s the one that takes the cake.

Johnny (aka “I have no name”) is a villain without a conscience.  He’s brilliant, genius, can change his appearance faster than you can blink—but he has no conscience at all. 

I created this dark, desperately insane, evil creature out of a single conversation with my husband.

My hubby is a movie buff to the extreme.  He watches them over and over and in crazy circles.  One night after we’d watched a movie (or he’d watched & I’d sat next to him writing, maybe…), he was frowning.  His comment was along the lines of, “Why is it that every villain has to have this sympathetic backstory? Why can’t they just be bad?”

And there and then Johnny “I have no name”- was born.  So far as I know, he wasn’t beat as a child. He did live through the Civil War, but he was already cruelly evil already.  There is no sympathetic backstory to soften the reader to him.

His insanity shows through when I write scenes from his POV. The sentences are short, clipped, the direction of his thoughts sometimes manic. He feels he’s better than everyone, more intelligent, more guile.  In many ways, he’s right.

After all, he’s lived a life of deceit, fraud, murder – without getting caught – for more years than my heroine and those around her can even guess. 

It’s up to my heroine and my hero to try to outwit him…the question is, will they manage to?  By the end of Derailed you may be wondering…

So how do you like your villain? Do you want the sympathetic sob story in their background? Or do you just want a villain for a villain’s sake?


Derailed (Dominion Falls Book 2)



The sins of a past she can’t remember could destroy a present she’ll never forget.

The crimes of her forgotten past threaten the very life Jane Doe has learned to cherish.

Jane is out of time. With a warrant on her head, a maniac out for her blood, and a secret baby on the way, something has to give.

Without Cole Mitchell's help to find the answers, there may be no hope left.

Cole has nowhere left to hide. He unwittingly let Jane into his heart, and is ready to share the secret of his dark past.

Fate has a way of playing its hand, and tragedy strikes. With the world crumbling around them, it's easy to lose faith. If they can't forgive past sins, they have no hope for the future.

Because the noose waits for no man or woman.

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Sarah Cass’s world is regularly turned upside down by her three special-needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers, dabbling in horror, straight fiction, and urban fantasy. An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer. She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible and though she may emerge scarred, she’s also stronger. While busy creating worlds and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which gives a real and sometimes raw glimpses into her life and art.

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This lot of men and women, like all of them, completely obtuse.

Once again he’d managed to insinuate himself in the mining town of Dominion Falls. All he’d had to do to avoid detection was stay clear of Clara and her brother.

Even now as he sat in the saloon of her lover, right in front of the man, he wasn’t recognized. He’d had to place black wax on some teeth, lose every bit of extra weight, and adopt a vernacular of the crudest form.

Child’s play, really.

Cole looked right at him, served him beer—and nothing.

So very easy.

Of course he knew Clara and the idiot behind the bar had parted ways. No one in the town balked at gossip. They thrived on it, and he was all too happy to listen.

To his great luck, Clara appeared to be highly distracted and ill. The woman that had challenged him on the train, and tricked him in Frisco, now couldn’t be bothered to notice the new miner in town. Most of the time, she holed up in the library.

An easy target.

All he had to do was complete his perfect revenge. Make her suffer.

Until she begged him to take his money back just to leave her alone. Not that he would ever leave her be. No, Constance needed to be where she belonged, where she could no longer haunt him.

She needed a reminder.

One that left no mistake he hadn’t forgotten her. He’d never forget, and she shouldn’t either.

He’d taunt her for a while, then set the law on her.

Once he did that, she’d cave. Run for the hills, right into his waiting trap.
I'd like to thank Sarah for joining us. Derailed sounds like an intriguing read and today Sarah has offered a free copy to one lucky commenter. So, please leave a comment with your email address' for a chance to win it. Oh, and I'd love for you to follow this blog of course.
Sarah will announce her winner on Monday July 22.
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~



  1. I would love to read this awesome book. IT sounds really good. Plase enter me in contest.

  2. The book sounds great! Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the chance to win a copy!

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  3. I like my villain to wear the 'black hat' with no apologies to anyone. He doesn't always need to have a reason. He can just be bad, for bads sake.



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