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Friday, August 05, 2011

Question for You

A newish idea has struck, so I'm asking those of you who read the Heart Series who you think the sneakiest person/Family (NOT FAM!!) is?

Many thanks, and yes, I may mention you in a dedication if the book gets done and bought...

WOOPS -- This can't be the Yews. This is someone sneaking into the Yews....and that may be a spoiler...



Blogger Pat's Blog said...

T'Vinni -- Not in a malicious way. He tries to steer people down certain paths (by stealth) so he doesn't reveal too much of the future and take away choice.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Betty Hanawa said...

Add to Vinni, Avellana Hazel who always wants to know and be included in whatever Vinni's up to. Plus she wants to evade her mother's and her family's over-protectiveness...which is probably worse now that they know what her Flair is.

10:55 AM  
Blogger VinoFonseca said...

Hmmm.... Whom is actually sneaky or who might be good at being sneaky? I'm a librarian, so I like Glyssa.... Librarians tend to be up on ALL the town gossip and know where lots of the hidden bodies lay and they are curious .... Always running down clues to get the right answer. People also tend to discount them ... All those wonderful stereotypes . . . Oh, gee . . . Didn't know I wasn't supposed to be here, but I was reading . . . Or I saw this ???? And did you know it's a ??? A great treasure, curiosity, etc.

Of course, Danith has access to all those FAMS .... So she might make a good spymaster

Or D'THyme? Since she can time travel - in small bursts - through time and 'dance' through time, and maybe that embroidery can be used for an invisibility cloak? She might be fairly good at sneaking around.

Hmmm . . . All my suggestions are women!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'd go with the Willow's. In a horrible way the former D'Willow was a class A sneaky b*tch, lying and arranging wrong matches for her own benefit, hiding Arbusca and Sailles mates & just plain horrid; and to be honest Saille was sneaky too though in a good way, I mean putting your heartgift out there in the world to try & catch your heartmate.... well it takes a devious mind!.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Sneaky thief-wise of course though would be Ruis Elder since he actually was & is conveniently a null (I guess you could spread that to be all Null's would be good at sneaking around places). And Antenn Moss probably could be sneaky about places having grown up a bit rough (likewish T'Ash but I think he wouldn't now 'cos of Danith). What sneaky do we want - sneaky minded or sneaky stealthy?

6:05 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

This has been very fun, especially since not many of you hit on a person that I had in mind for a plot.

So now's the question, do you want a spoiler to see what I'm thinking so we can discuss -- no guarantee when the book will be written or when, or do you want me to wrap up the topic and move on to something else?

9:24 PM  
Blogger pat said...

If I was going to pick a likely person, it would be the little Elecampane girl who was being raised by the Blackthorn family. Her birth family were the ones who came up with scrys, which means they were probably good with communications. Her aunt was a cartographer, so the family probably has a good eye for seeing and recording details - great traits for a spy. Then her adoptive father is THE tracker of Celta - so she's been exposed to that. Plus her cousins, the Hollys are all fighters - except for Tinne's wife - who is a master at bypassing alarms. Then there's her actor uncle - great teacher for learning how to do disguises. So, considering she was raised around all these people, she had to have picked up some of their skills. So my vote is Doolee.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Gina G said...

Maybe Cal because just by putting his hand on the door of the Green Knight Fencing & Fighting Salon the shields fell. It seems he will be able to get into any building. Not forgetting that he also seems to have a talent for acting - that would definitely come in handy when you are sneaking about.
Also Captain Ruis Elder because of his nullness & his past life as a thief.

2:18 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Wow, Pat, what a wonderful idea about Doolee. And Cat...the reason Cal could get into the Green Knight is because of his past....(almost did a spoiler there).


You all have been wonderful

6:09 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

So, it's not Vinni. Hmmm. Perhaps, this character is a teenage now. Thinking, thinking, thinking.

I would like to see a spoiler regarding this character.

By the way, Heart Search arrived a day early at my house. I stayed up until 2a.m. reading it! Yay for Laev and Camillia!

9:29 AM  
Blogger pat said...

Well, I guess another reason I went for Doolee, is because I remember everyone commenting on her looks. As a grown-up, I can just see people brushing her off and saying, "Now don't you worry your pretty little head over it!" Especially - if I recall corectly - she was a pretty little blonde. A lot of people tend to think blondes are airheads.
Besides, an heir to one of the houses would be too well known, whereas a younger child might be overlooked.
And, since she would have been brought up overhearing stories of how the Yews had treated Lahsin, she'd have a reason to give them a little payback. Plus, Tinne's wife could give her a scoop on the layout of the Yew Residence, having lived there. Anyway, that's why I picked her.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I like Pat's thinking! Also a little itsy bitsy hint of a spoiler would be lovely - though not as nice as a great big whopping one!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruis Elder or his daugher? He is a reformed thief after all.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please a spoiler!...pretty please!

Just finished Heart Search, loved it, and can't wait for more stories about Celta.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please a spoiler!...pretty please!

Just finished Heart Search, loved it, and can't wait for more stories about Celta.

Really curious about the deceptive with a chip on his shoulder!

What about more about the Turquoise Residence?

4:09 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Back to the original question of sneaky families. Could it be someone from the Willow or Holly family. T'Willow didn't like the Yews. Lahsin Holly is a viable candidate. She has the skills and a good motive, but I'm not sure she's sneaky.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the sneakiest family is the Sunflower family.

12:42 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

All right, I've been immersed in the copy edits for the Luna book (and have a cover I will post this week).

BUT...First, Primross, the detective with a chip on his shoulder, is my next hero.

I was thinking of doing an old, old romantic trope (theme/plot), heroine falls in love with a stableboy/gardner's son who isn't who she thinks he is. Thus the females not working in this. And this could be a spoiler for one of the little subplots in the STORIES in December.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, let's think about this. Robin has said it would be a man or a young man. It wouldn't be Vinni, he has a heartmate. And it can't be one of the first family sons because they would be too well known in Druida. So I'm thinking it needs to be Clover or a relative from the country. I would vote for a Willow as well.


9:44 PM  
Blogger pat said...

Since it is a male, I would suggest one of the Blackthorn cousins. They are noble enough - assuming you want this person to be a member of a noble house - and, living out on a country estate, they wouldn't be well known. (Plus, one of them must have inherited the Blackthorn abilities - or even some of the Holly flair - considering how everyone is related in a round-about way to one another.)
Also, a member of one of the First Family houses - or even one of the lesser houses - who lived and grew up, in the city proper, would be too well known to pass himself off as a stable hand or gardener. All those people move in the same circles - from the time they're a child on - so the heroine in the story would recognize him if he grew up in the city.
Not sure I would use a Null. Just being in their presence is irritating for most Flaired people. Would be hard for the hero to sneak around, if people could pick up on him being there, just by the lack of their own Flair. Not to mention, Nulls are not exactly welcome in most Residences, since they mess up the spells used to maintain a Residence. So the odds of a Null being hired to live on an estate are slim. And in the Yew Residence? Never happen! That Residence was too snotty to tolerate one.
Anyway, this has been interesting. And whatever you decide, we all know that it will be a good read. So thanks for letting all of us participate in the process - if only in a tiny way!

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about T'Winterberry's newphew's son? He showed great flair promise at birth, but the family has no known "family" flair. Another possibility is an unknown child of Camellia Darjeeling's uncle who could go anywhere.

6:21 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Well, the Yews have pretty much cut themselves off from the rest of the world...


8:23 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Ohhhh! A heroine who falls in love with a stableboy/gardner's son would to be fun and fresh in the world of Celta.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Tannun said...

Shame on you for being sexist, why couldn't the stableboy be a girl? Doolee working as a stableboy is workable, she would definately be hiding she's rich, along with her identity.

3:48 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Well, in one of the novellas I set up that the child of D'Yew is female and I really liked the idea of a spy infiltrating the estate and the girl falling in love with the spy.

I am not that good at writing lesbian sex. ;)

7:54 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Tannun, I've given it some thought, and may make 2 spies...and the young man will take over from a female. I'm thinking that the Yews have cut themselves off from the rest of the folk for years.


3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote the librarian as well!! Glyssa is a win,.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps introduce a young man from the Birch family.

Anyone growing up under the reign of nasty D'Birch would learn to be sneaky just to avoid the woman. She was a bit of a drama queen & a liar in HeartThief, so the person would have grown up around a person who used deception to get what she wanted.

~Bmorrell (formerly Bbasney)

11:51 AM  

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