Brick by Brick with J.C. Nelson + Giveaway #StompvsRomp

Posted August 11, 2014 by Carmel in Giveaways, Stomp VS Romp / 74 Comments

Stomp vs Romp

Brick by Brick

I love a good action scene. Nothing gives you more opportunity to show who your characters really are than when someone or something is trying to kill them again. I mean, sure there’s tension when one character is trying to take another’s clothes off, but nothing compared to when someone is trying to take off their skin.

My addiction to action leaves me tasked over and over with blocking out the scenes so I don’t have characters punching each other from across the room (possible only with freakishly long arms) or characters teleporting from place to place.

I have a secret weapon for action: Lego minifigures.

I descend on my son’s Lego sets and act out my scenes meticulously. I have specific minifigures for Marissa Locks (heroine of my Grimm Agency series) and the other major Agency folk.

This lets me build rudimentary sets and test out my action scenes. The only downside? I have on occasion returned from lunch to find a Bionicle attacking Marissa, or that someone swapped out Ari’s legs for the swamp creatures. For the record, Ari was not amused.

The reason I love action scenes is it allows me to showcase each character’s unique problem solving style. In moments of extreme stress and or danger, we’re going to see what each character actually cares about. So I have spell-casters who believe in the brute force approach. I’ve got those who like a little finesse, and then I’ve got characters like Marissa. She can’t throw a lightning bolt, but she can drive a delivery truck.

Even the most skilled sorceresses can’t counter that ancient, arcane spell:“Six tons of Detroit Steel To the Face.”

And cuddling? Cooing? Kissing? Fine, if we have to have that, we can. But we do it standing on a mound of broken bodies and rubble. My heroes don’t wipe a droplet of sweat from the heroine’s cheek. They soak up a river of blood with a towel and stitch up wounds. If they might not have tomorrow, priority one isn’t a roll in the hay, it’s figuring out how the hell to have tomorrow.

There’s nothing sexier than a woman who can handle herself and a man who respects that, so I say, bring on the action.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]
Author Bio

A Texas transplant to the Pacific Northwest, JC Nelson lives with a family and a flock of chickens near rainy Seattle.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads | Pinterest
 [/author_info] [/author]

Free Agent

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To pay off her parents’ debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she’s called on to deal with.

Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm’s turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can’t resist: her heart’s wishes.

Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm—or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit The Book Nympho to read today’s ROMP post by Amanda Carlson & Kristen Painter, then VOTE for your fav!

Owner, designer and main blogger behind Rabid Reads. Avid book reader, snowboard bunny, video gamer and Supernatural fan. I love all things paranormal, werewolves especially. Oh, and I’m Canadian, eh!

Facebook Twitter Google+    

Tags: , ,

74 responses to “Brick by Brick with J.C. Nelson + Giveaway #StompvsRomp

    • Even beauty and the beast is sad. I mean, if you think about it, the old lady cursed the prince at what, nine years old? For doing exactly what we tell kids to do: “Don’t talk to strangers.” Let’s see how this fairy tale would have looked with an old man. “Hey, little boy. You want a rose in return for letting me into your house? I’ve got candy. You want to see a puppy?”

      See? CREEPY. And yet the beast is cursed for being smart. SAD.

  1. Awesome guest post – Brick by Brick kicks it! I love this idea of lego action figures – so cool. LOL, I would have likely tried it with Barbie dolls *looking at some Monster High figures* as well.

    YES! “There’s nothing sexier than a woman who can handle herself and a man who respects that, so I say, bring on the action.”

    Thanks forthe wonderful post 🙂

  2. I think this is my favorite Stomp versus Romp post so far. I’ve always wondered how these fantasy authors write their action scenes whether it’s watching a video or if they have some sort of background. Legos are great models, I wouldn’t be surprised if Barbies or some other action figure gets involved down the line.
    Braine recently posted…Loved It: A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson

    • That’s one of my favorites. That and I have both books of “Politically Correct” fairy tales, and a book that attempts to include most variants of popular tales (the result is you can read Little Red Riding Hood five times in a row, with subtle changes). I should have asked for least favorite or most sympathetic villain.
      JC Nelson recently posted…Stomp vs. Romp

  3. BAHAHAH I just read this one a while ago (and ADORED it) and I am trying to imagine Ari’s legs being swapped out for a swamp creatures. I don’t think she’d be amused. 😛

    And I totalllly agree. There is NOTHING sexier than a woman who can handle herself and a guy who respects that.

    I LOVE me a good action scene and I agree that nothing really showcases a character more than their ability to make quick decisions when someone is out to get them! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, JC (and Carmel!!)!!! 🙂
    Rashika recently posted…ARC Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

  4. It doesn’t really have to be said right? I mean, it is pretty obvious that I’m a Hatter girl 😉 but how about another favorite fairy tale…well I loved The Little Mermaid when I was a girl…but I think that had a lot to do with wanting my own mermaid tale at bath time. Especially since I read the non-Disney version where the ending is quite so happy.

    Oh I know…The Wizard of Oz! Another one where the girl is transported to a very odd world filled with all kinds of different characters. I must have read the book at least a dozen times 🙂
    Traci recently posted…Coffee Shop Talks, #66

  5. HA! So true! Nothing like having your life threatened to see what a character is really made of. And I love that Ms. Nelson uses Lego minifigures to block out her action scenes. That’s awesome!

    Go Team Stomp!

    Hmm, favorite fairy tale…I suppose I’d pick Beauty and the Beast. 🙂

  6. Stephanie F.

    Alice has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. Love the imagination of it and the wide variety of intriguing chaaracter.

  7. Barbara Elness  

    My favorite fairy tale has always been Cinderella. I always loved that though things looked bleak, she had someone looking out for her and got her happily ever after in the end. And got to rub it in her step-sister’s faces. 😀

  8. Jess1

    My favorite fairytale would be Beauty and the Beast. I like the fact that Beauty got to know the Beast in the story.
    Using Legos is a great idea to actually act out the action in physical terms and fun too.

  9. Stéphanie  

    I love Beauty and the Beast. Whether it’s the Disney version or the real version, or a retelling, I love them all.