Welcome to Book Madness 2017, a fun series where BookTubers, Bookstagramers, and Book Bloggers pick their favourite fictional character and make a post about why they’re so awesome! Even more exciting, book lovers everywhere get to vote for their favourite of the characters in each round of the competition and have the chance to win wicked cool prizes along the way!
My Character: CHARLESTON SMITH
I chose the main character from Anne Jolin’s Hell on Heels, an amazing indie novel about Charleston Smith, a successful, young businesswoman who despite her deep rooted issues, emerged strong and quickly became one of my favourite female characters ever. Charleston is genuine, courageous, and relatable.
A little bit about Hell on Heels:
I use people. Not in a malicious way, but in the way an addict abuses their substance of choice. People are my vice—men specifically. I crave the emotional high they give me with a unique and reckless disregard for my own well-being—eagerly floating into an unsustainable euphoria, knowing full well that after every high comes an equal, if not more powerful, plummet into a devastating abyss. But like every junkie, I crawl willingly back into the arms of my demons.
Oh, the price we pay to feel loved. We’d all sell our souls to the devil himself for that. Perhaps I have already.
They say that acknowledging that you have a problem is one of the first steps to recovery. Well, in that case, my name is Charleston Smith and I have a fucking problem.
Check out Hell on Heels on Goodreads here!
I chose Charleston for many reasons. She wasn’t one of those main characters who had faux flaws or a perfect life. She was successful, but she worked for and earned every single bit of that success. Her downfalls were raw and honest and real. I loved that about her story.
“But when the shadow of suffering climbs into my soul and each of its brutally sharp talons grips my heart, the wetness never fails to stain my pillow. I guess that’s the funny thing about pain. It has a consistency in the doling out of surprises that makes your knees buckle and your chest ache.”
When it came to the romantic relationships in her life, she didn’t want a serious relationship. After getting burned by a previous boyfriend, she was more interested in her work and personal life. She met a man through work and was casually seeing him when she ran into a former flame-the very one who hurt her and who now wanted her forgiveness. Throw in a high-handed, sexy as hell bodyguard, and you’ve got trouble.
Charleston didn’t know what she wanted, so she had it all. She didn’t tie herself to any of the three men and that was okay. Because of her past, she refused to let the men in her life define her. She defined her. And that made her the strongest, most admirable female character I’ve read.
“Its a difficult thing being queen of the king, and even if you make it to the crown, bet your ass you’ll have to fight dirty day in and day out to stay there.”
- Round 1 of voting opens March 1 and closes March 15 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time
- You can vote for up to 5 characters each round!
“Let me remind you, great men aren’t always easy to love, and even fewer have the capacity to love you back.”
Don’t forget to share with your book loving friends and cast your votes for round 1 before March 15th!