Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Claire Banschbach Splotlight on the Villain from Adela's Curse and a Cover Reveal for Miss Jack's Brothers-in-Arms

Marek is one of the human characters in Adela’s Curse and fulfills the role of villain. He is a noble and holds a significant tract of land. He has dark hair, deep brown eyes, and a narrow face. His sister Malvina has become a practitioner of black magic and lives under his protection.
Marek has a certain well-deserved enmity towards faeries. When he was a young man, he and a young faery girl fell in love. Her brother found out and may have overreacted slightly. He forbade his sister from seeing Marek ever again and placed a curse on Marek that would kill him if he ever stepped foot outside the borders of his land, effectively separating them forever. This changed Marek considerably and he has sought revenge on the faery kind since. It is thought that Malvina, in seeking a way to undo this curse, found black magic and became a powerful sorceress.
At the time of this story, Marek is seeking a way to expand his land. He does this by targeting a certain Count Stefan, his neighbor to the south.
Fun Fact: Marek’s rather tragic back story was not present until one of the final re-writes when he was kind enough to share.




A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?


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Author Bio
Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing. 

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COVER REVEAL
Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany?

Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. 

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Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.
When Jack isn't writing, which doesn't happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn't quite equal to Prince Adam's but will be given enough time and a secret doorway.

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25 comments:

S.A. Larsenッ said...

What an intriguing villain Marek sounds to be. Hmm... So interesting, and then there's his sister, which just ups the ante.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Marek is an interesting character. He sounds bad, yet he has a soft spot for his sister.

Love the cover!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Forgot to add- Jack's cover definitely catches the eye. I love WWII history. It' a very intriguing time in history.

Natalie Aguirre said...

It's great that Marek has a soft side as well as being a villain. Makes him much more interesting as a character.

Claire Banschbach said...

I liked writing him. :) His sister was fun since she kind of enjoys being bad.

Claire Banschbach said...

Thanks!! :)

Claire Banschbach said...

I was happy he decided to share that bit with me. It really helped me round him out. :)

Claire Banschbach said...

Thanks for hosting the villain, Tyrean!! :)

I can't wait for Jack's book!!!!

Chemist Ken said...

I bet the sister is going to get Marek in trouble. Black magic sorceress's always seem to do that.

John and Tyrean Martinson said...

I think it's interesting to have related characters in a novel!

John and Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, I love that Marek has a soft spot, too.

Shelley Sly said...

These look great! And I love a good villain backstory!

Thank you for featuring my cover in your last post, Tyrean! Sorry I didn't get around to visiting until today.

Rawls E. said...

What a surprise there was more to Marek! I was wondering why I didn't remember that bit about him. ;) Glad he finally shared his past. :D

Claire Banschbach said...

Haha! Yep, he must have decided he wanted to withhold that info from the beta readers. ;)

Jack said...

Glad to hear it is eye catching! That's always an added plus 8-D

Jack said...

8-D *Waves excitedly*
I'm excited for your book too so we can be excited together.

Jack said...

Thank you for joining in, Tyrean and helping me out with the cover!

Heather R. Holden said...

Marek sounds like such a fascinating character! I love it when villains have shades of gray like that...

Claire Banschbach said...

Woohoo!! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Excited for both!

Tyrean Martinson said...

They do, don't they? :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

You're welcome, Shelley! I have a hard time getting around to visit, too.

Tyrean Martinson said...

You're welcome, Jack! It's always fun! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Me, too. :)

Cherie Reich said...

I have characters like that who throw in surprises/backstory toward the final rewrites. Heh. Congrats, Claire! Congrats to Jack too!