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Christine & Ethan Rose – Guest Blog & Contest

C & E Rose Today I have Christine & Ethan Rose, authors of the Rowan Of The Wood YA Fantasy series here guest blogging to celebrate the release of the second novel, Witch On The Water. There’s also a contest for some pretty awesome prizes (she says enviously ;)), so be sure to read through till the end and I’ll pass the keyboard over to Ethan…

The Lonely Hero (by Ethan Rose)

It is no accident that most of my central characters are solitary figures. The lonely soul adrift in a world that defies understanding is one of the most pervasive archetypal characters in human storytelling. It is a character easy to identify with since we all feel that way to some degree.

I believe that one of the strongest longings for humans is companionship, not to feel alone in a hostile and confusing world. This longing can be well employed to create an undercurrent to any adventure.

The classic hero’s quest is primarily a quest for the hero to find himself and how he or she fits into his or her world. It is a right of passage that begins alone and ends with a community.

The corollary characters to the lonely hero are the wise teacher and the lover. The wise teacher is typically grand-parental in aspect though not a real relative. They are often imbued with mystical type of knowledge. Merlin to Arthur and Obi Wan to Luke Skywalker are both good examples. They are there to help and guide the hero.

The lover is someone on the hero’s basic level, searching for their own answers and joining forces with the hero for mutual benefit. Taran and Princess Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles are great examples of this kind of partnership.

I admit that I am heavily influenced by my own life. I grew up without any real community or even a family. As a result I have always been a solitary person myself. But I have spent a good deal of my life searching for both a community and answers. This is why I can identify with my characters so well. There is a little bit of me in all of them.


Thanks Ethan! I can relate to the solitary figure myself, seeing as I’m somewhat of a hermit as well. I’m always fascinated by an authors insight into the inner workings of their character motivations and characteristics. Now on to the contest… 

CONTEST Details:

Christine & Ethan have generously offered one lucky commenter signed copies of both books as well as an absolutely gorgeous handmade Green Man Journal or you can choose a pewter book mark along with your signed books!

Rowan OTW  WOWcover  GMJournal5  OR  PewterBM2&Books

Contest open to USA only. (Sorry to my international readers)

How To Enter

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite kind of hero is. Do you love the reluctant hero? The reformed bad-boy/girl hero? The totally alpha hero? The unintentional hero?  

For An Extra Entry: 

-Subscribe to my blog and be sure to verify the subscription through your email. Leave a comment to let me know you’ve subscribed. If you’re already subscribed and you enter, you’ll have an extra entry.

The contest will run until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 25th and the winner will be posted at some point on the 26th. Please leave an email address in your comment if you’d like an email to let you know if you’ve won. If I can’t contact the winner and I don’t hear back from the posted winner after 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

Thanks again to Christine & Ethan Rose and good luck! 🙂


Send Witch to the top on October 15th!




October 14, 2009 - Posted by | Contest, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , ,


  1. Thanks for hosting us on your blog today! I’ll be in and out over the next few days to respond to comments and answer questions, so please ask away!

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • It’s wonderful to have you here Christine and my pleasure to celebrate the release of Witch On The Water with you! 🙂

      I’m so looking forward to more great comments.

      Comment by sidhevicious | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. My favorite hero? Hmm Well it depends on the type of book. If it is a YA mostly I like the reluctant hero. If it is an Adult contemp- the bad boy turned hero, if it is a para then Alpha all the way. So I suppose it really depends on the book!

    I subscribed! Those are AWESOME prizes! I love the Green Man Journal! They look GREAT!

    *crossing fingers and toes! Does hair count?*

    Comment by nicholandria | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] 10/14: Sidhe Vicious Review, Guest Post: The Lonely Hero Prizes: Signed Books & Pewter Bookmark from Oberon […]

    Pingback by Authors Christine & Ethan Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. Yeay — the buzz about Witch on the Water is so loud! I can’t wait to read it. Amazon. My visa. Tomorrow.

    My favorite hero? Oh, bad boy reformed. I always did have a soft spot for the bad boy, ask my mum. Yup, I’ve had my share.

    OMG, the Green Man Journal is gorgeous! Also crossing body parts! Sweet idea, Nicole. I’ll plait my hair.

    hayleyjoanne at gmail dot com

    Comment by Jo K | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Opps, forgot to mention! I subscribed, too. See, that’s how excited I am about the release of Witch on the Water.

    hayleyjoanne at gmail dot com

    Comment by Jo K | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks hayleyjoanne and nicholandria for your support! I can’t wait until tomorrow myself! It’s almost here!!

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  7. Yes! Bad boy reformed… like Spike!

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Oooohhh Spike…. he’s a classic bad boy reformed, but absolutely delish!

      Comment by sidhevicious | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Oh Spike- yummy!

      Comment by nicholandria | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  8. I saw you guys at Renfest Monday!Was depressed I didn’t have any money, i know going to ‘renfest broke what are you thinkin’ right? i was there for my sister her choir for school was there performing. anywho I would have to say that the reluctant hero, maybe reluctant bad boy hero is my fave heart throb. and i subscribed to your blog on your website so hopefully that was the the one your talking about. if not, stupid me.

    here’s to hoping! ^_^

    ❤ u guys,
    Whit Wonderland

    Comment by Whitney Wonderland | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Whit!

      I know what it’s like to be short on cash, but LUCKY YOU! Now you can participate in tomorrow’s SEND WITCH TO THE TOP of AMAZON day! 😀 … or at least, keep following along the blog tour and entering contests. I’m giving away two books nearly every, single day!

      😀 Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Christine Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  9. I like the bad boy reformed! ….hmmmmm….he doesnt have to totaly reformed right? Wheew! Wipes sweat from brow….good thing! 🙂 Anyways…Love the books Christine and Ethan! They are wonderful! Can’t wait for more! Squuueeelll!

    Comment by Jen Allen | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  10. I guess I like the reluctant hero—or really, any kind of unexpected hero. Let’s face it, the world is full of people who are idolized for their physical strength, their beauty, or their wealth. . . I want to read about somebody who’s average or just slightly on either side of it, but who has that one special quality that makes them heroic.
    This sounds like a really great series! I’d like to read it myself and share it with younger readers!
    I’m also a subscriber!

    Comment by Kimberly B. | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • I like the very, very tragic heroes… please do read the series & let us know what you think!

      Comment by Christine Rose | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  11. sid i subscrib eto your newsletter and follow your blog awesome post ethan

    my favorite kind of hero r the ones who dont realize they r heros at all they r badboys and lovers friends fathers brothers i want a hero that seems real and not forced ironicly i dont wnat a hero that knows hes a hero becuase that isnt what heroisam is about I love this series so far would love to win a copy of the second book and how cool is that journal

    Comment by Beverly G | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey Beverly! Thanks for your comment. Those journals are pretty cool, if I do say so myself 😀

      Thanks for entering to win the prize, and remember that today (10/15) is SEND WITCH TO THE TOP of AMAZON day!

      Great way to both get the sequel and help other readers find the book(s) by boosting it on the Amazon charts!

      Comment by Christine Rose | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hey Christine & Ethan Rose
    I can’t wait to read Witch On The Water. I’m sure there will be a battle between my son and I to get see who gets to read it first.

    As far as what type of hero’s I like I would have to say the reformed bad-boy type.

    Comment by Carmen R | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • 😀 You’ll just have to get two! 😀

      Ethan and I would get two books whenever a new Harry Potter would come out, so we didn’t have to wait for the other to finish.


      Comment by Christine Rose | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  13. I do believe I am subscribed to everything you do (newsletter, this blog, your facebook…do you feel stalked yet?).

    Leave a comment telling us what your favorite kind of hero is. Do you love the reluctant hero? The reformed bad-boy/girl hero? The totally alpha hero? The unintentional hero?

    My favorite type of hero is the kind that does right not because it is popular or to become a hero or anything. He/she does it because it is THE RIGHT THING to do. Usually these types don’t always fall into the “hero” category, but they are just as vital as the do-gooder alpha heroes. I especially love the misunderstood, but don’t care what others think of him/her heroes who are more than able and willing to fight what they think is right. They are of more interest to me because there are more layers to their characters than the standard “hero trope”. This is why I preferred “bad guy/reformed” heroes or the anti-hero or moral gray characters as lead heroes.

    Comment by Shartyrant | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  14. My favorite heroes are those that are physically flawed. I like when they have a physical issue they have to overcome. It makes them more real and you can’t help but want to take care of them.

    And I’m already signed up for your blog.

    gogi1_2 AT yahoo DOT com

    Comment by Joder | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  15. Thanks for your comments & entries, Shartyrant & Joder!

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  16. I have this first one of these in ebook waiting to be read as soon as time allows. My favorite type ofhero is the reformed bad boys. love them. and I suscribe to your blog via google reader

    Comment by Pamk | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  17. Hi Christine,

    you’re a new author to me, but I’m interested in your books.

    My heros vary, I usually like the ones who don’t know they are heros, so the unintentional hero.

    also just subscribed to your newletter.


    Comment by Dina | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  18. Thanks Dina & PamK – Let me know what you think when you read them!

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  19. i like the reluctant alpha male.

    Comment by jennifer mathis | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  20. for me, it’s definitely an alpha hero that does it… as long as he’s not a jerk 🙂

    Comment by Ali | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  21. I think I love the reluctant hero… My first ‘hero’ that comes to mind is Revhenge from JR Ward’s Lover Avenged. He is a bad guy and does lots of bad things, but he does them the ‘right’ way… and he does the right thing a lot of the time. I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone who hasn’t read the book. Haha, I don’t have a way with words =)

    I subscribed to your blog!

    Comment by Julia S. | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  22. I’m a fan of the reluctant hero.It’s nice to root for the underdog. I do still love the alpha though 😀

    Comment by Danette | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  23. Wow, great contest and I loved your post. I really just like a great hero of any kind, but if I were too choose it would probably be the reformed bad boy hero for me. I really enjoy seeing the hero turn himself around to do the right thing.

    Comment by Lori T | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  24. My favourite hero is that bad ass girl who just kicks ass and takes names. Like, the girl that’s all “i’m too cool for help” kinda gal. =]

    I already am subscribbed! =]
    and I follow you on Twitter. fer shiz. =]

    Comment by Meghan S. | October 19, 2009 | Reply

  25. Congrats to the Winner! Pam Kinsey!
    Thanks to everyone else who entered to win. I hope you decide to give our series a try. They’re only $0.99 on the Kindle and discounted on Amazon as well.

    Thanks again to everyone who entered and to Sidhe Vicious for hosting us! 😀

    Comment by Christine Rose | October 28, 2009 | Reply

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