Tara West

YA paranormal/fantasy and New Adult author

We Love Villains! Young adult paranormal giveaway hop!


yaparanormalhopGiveaway time!!! Curse of the Ice Dragon is part of the YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by [YA] Between the Lines. The giveaway runs from February 21st to February 27th and features Young Adult books with Paranormal elements. Some of the authors featured in the giveaway are: Alexia Purdy, Lizzy Ford, Cameo Renae, J. Anne Huss, Alivia Anders, Brina Courtney, and Angela Orlowski-Peart . Click HERE to see all of the blogs and authors participating in the hop.

Back to villains.

Why do I love them?

Because without villains, the hero would have no reason to save the damsel, himself, or maybe even the fate of humanity. Or else, the damsel would have no reason to kick the villain’s butt angollumfaced assert herself as an independent woman.

Without villains, there wouldn’t be much of a story. Harry Potter would have nothing to overcome without Voldemort. He would simply be another troublemaker at Hogwarts. Who knows? Maybe he would have been chummy with Malfoy and his goons at the Slytherin House.

So despite all of Voldemort’s nefarious deeds, we readers love him for making the story memorable, just like we love Darth Vader, The Grinch, Cruella De Vil, and all those evil step-mothers and step-sisters.

Out of all the movie and book villains, my favorite would have to be Gollum from Lord of the Rings. I think it’s because of the many emotions he inspires; from pity, to disgust to hatred.  With his multiple personalities, he really is a mixed bag of villains, and my family just can’t seem to tire of ‘MY PRECIOUS!’ jokes.  


And now a scene from Curse of the Ice Dragon with the cruel and selfish villain Madhea, Goddess of the Sky.


CurseoftheIceDragon_webUnder the mystic glow of pale lights, Madhea sat on her ornate ice throne, looking down into the swirling mists. Try as she might, she could not summon forth an image of her dragon. Lydra was lost for now, trapped under the crush of heavy snow. The foolish beast had failed her.

Cursing, she slapped the vortex of spinning vapor, scattering wisps of clouds across the stones. Madhea was tired this night and her magic was draining, but she needed to know what had become of the boy. With one final attempt, she spun her hand around the circle of stones beneath her, calling forth her vision spell until a faint image of the boy hunter appeared.

He looked too much like his father, with coarse midnight hair and a thick, square jaw. Her wingtips twitched and hummed as her mind conjured up images of the one night she’d spent in the cradle of Rowlen’s strong arms.

Rowlen, why did you leave me?

“Lydra is trapped, My Deity.” Her servant, Jae, a beautiful girl with long coppery curls that fell just below her waist, stood at the threshold of the throne room, her feet obscured by a soft fog rising from the floor.

“Yes, I know about the dragon,” Madhea answered flatly, as her wings drooped at her sides. Unable to mask her annoyance, Madhea waved away the servant with a flick of her wrist.

Jae stood grounded to the spot while she leveled Madhea with the direct gaze of her tapered amber eyes. The girl was bold. Her insolence would have to be dealt with — soon.

Madhea knew it was her beauty that made the servant so. She too had been that way once, when the allure of her ivory hair and vivid green eyes were matched by no woman. Madhea had been a youth then, though it seemed only a few winters ago. But, once her heart had been shattered into a thousand splintering ice crystals, her beauty died with it. Her death from within, from the plague that ate at her soul, crept outward, gnawing at her flesh until naught was left but the wrinkled skin of an old woman.

But Madhea had had her revenge — the curse she put upon Rowlen’s heart before he descended. His young bride and sickly son did not know he would return a monster. Now that he was dead, the last remnants of Madhea’s heart had withered to dust. But she would mourn silently. The Elementals need not gain another reason to doubt her powers.

“Do you wish me to release the pixies?” asked Jae, waving a hand toward the dark, deep void in the wall behind Madhea’s throne. Upon hearing their names, an eruption of squeals began. Thousands of pixies, each no bigger than a child’s fist, screamed from behind an iron grate for their release.

“No, girl.” Madhea leered at her servant from beneath pale lashes and silenced the pixies with a wave of her hand.

Jae’s eyes bulged. “My Goddess, please do not tell me you will waste your magic.”

“Do you dare tell me what to do?” Rising, Madhea slammed her fists against the stones.

The girl worried for nothing, brainwashed by the Elementals of the ice coven. Madhea knew her magic was not waning. The ice was not melting. Her towering pillars of frozen crystallites had withstood over ten thousand winters and they would protect them for thousands more to come.

“Forgive me, My Goddess.” Casting her gaze downward, Jae bit her lower lip.

Sighing, Madhea sank into the furs lining her throne. She was tired and needed rest. By morning, her magic would be revived. “Why should I release the pixies or use my magic?”

Narrowing her eyes, she looked down at the circle of stones as the boy’s image faded away. “I give him no more than another day. The boy hunter will not survive my mountain.”

*** So who’s your favorite movie or novel villain? Leave an answer and your reason below for a chance to win one of three free downloads of Curse of the Ice Dragon, the first in my epic paranormal fantasy Keepers of the Stones saga. ***


Author: tarawestauthor

A former Texas high school teacher, Tara enjoyed coaching her writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise her baby girl, Tara now works from home as a cover artist. In her spare time, Tara loves to read, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. She contributes the cover art for her own novels and has designed covers for over 500 other books. She’d love for you to visit her at www.tarawest.com where you can check out her Whispers series and sample her artwork.

22 thoughts on “We Love Villains! Young adult paranormal giveaway hop!

  1. Great excerpt, Tara. It makes me want to read more about Madhea 🙂

    I don’t think I have just one favorite villain, but one of them is Cat Woman from Batman. That girl can kick some serious a**!

  2. Valentine from ‘City of Bones’ is pretty epic!
    I love YA Paranormal books. Thinking back on my favorites, I would have to go with “Poison Study” and “Cinder.” In “Poison Study,” there is an unexpected romance with real, deep character development. I love the character of Valek. He appears to be inhuman only to be one of the very human characters in the story. In “Cinder,” I appreciate how closely the author followed the fairytale of ‘Cinderella’ without being confined by it. There was still a lot of freedom in Marissa Meyer’s universe and I kept find myself wondering how is she going to fit that into this story?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I loved Tilda Swinton as the angel Gabriel inn the movie Constantine. She rocked it! 🙂

  4. My favorite villain is… can I pick two?

    Flauvic Merindar from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. He’s just so sneaky and smart and you can tell that there’s a bit of torment in his past.

    And, the Darkling in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. For… pretty much the same reasons.

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  5. How about a villain from a game. LOL, Malistaire from the KingsIsle computer game Wizard101 was the first villain to come to mind. I love his backstory, and the plot that KI developed for him, as well as how it finally ends for him. He deviates from the normal “world domination” villain that you usually see.

  6. YAY!!! Love Villain!!
    Without villain, hero will never exist. LOL!!
    Sometimes, i have a villain i want know story why he doing that, like Pestilence from Larissa Ione books. He was very bad, but before that, he playboy.

  7. I love Al in the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. He is a baddie, but can be so funny 🙂 Thank you for your generous participation in this fun hop.

  8. Doctor Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
    Professor James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)

    Both very intelligent people, far from the stereotype of the typical villain.

  9. the Joker from Batman

  10. It’s hard to choose between the Lords of the Dark from Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising and Arawn from Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain. When I read them as a nine or ten year old, they were particularly scary villains.

    As for movie villains, though, I have to agree with Alfie and say Hannibal Lector.

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  11. I totally agree with you on Gollum. He’s adorable and bad and you just cant not love him! I also totally love Hannibal Lector. Any time I see Anthony Hopkins I shudder.

  12. Thanks for participating in the blog hop, everyone. It was just too hard to pick a winner, so I’m giving away copies of my fantasy Curse of the Ice Dragon to all who participated. Just go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/238248 and type in the coupon code: JZ29N Coupon expires in one week, so use it now. 🙂

    As always, I appreciate honest feedback on my fantasy in the form of Amazon and/or GoodReads reviews. Thanks!

  13. Pingback: Heroes and Villains blog hop | tarawestauthor

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