Aydan Then And Now

In Book 1, NEVER SAY SPY, what did you identify as Aydan’s key characteristics at the beginning of the book?  Did that change by the end of the series?  How have Aydan’s personality and life experiences shaped the direction of the story both in Book 1 and throughout the series? How has your opinion changed as you read the subsequent books in the series?

Blue Eddy: Man Of Mystery

Blue Eddy shows up in almost every book, and he’s become a trusted friend to Aydan, but…

Just as an amusing thought experiment, I’ve intentionally never given Blue Eddy a physical description other than twinkling eyes.  Did you notice the omission as you were reading?  What does he look like in your mind’s eye?  How old is he?  What made you form the mental image that you did?

How Are We Doing?

Hi All!

We’ve got a few discussions under our belts, so I figured it was time to check in and see how we’re doing:

  • Is this what you had in mind?
  • Are these the kinds of questions/discussions you want to have? (A list of upcoming discussions is here.)
  • Is once a week too often?
  • What would you like to add, subtract, or change?
  • Is there a specific question/comment you’d like to discuss?
  • How can we stimulate more discussion and/or attract more participants?

Please feel free to suggest any and all ideas – I want this club to be the best it can be for you.

Thanks!

Diane

Arnie And John – Friends Or Rivals?

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Some readers have written to say that Hellhound is being a lousy friend to John by continuing his physical relationship with Aydan. What do you think?  Is Arnie a good friend to John?  Is John a good friend to Arnie?

Stemp Then And Now

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In Book 2, THE SPY IS CAST, what did you identify as Stemp’s key characteristics?  Did that change by the end of the book?  How has Stemp’s personality and life experience shaped the direction of the story throughout the series? How has your opinion of him changed as you progressed through the series?

Is John Selfish Or Supportive?

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Is John’s insistence on pursuing Aydan an expression of support and caring and a positive influence to motivate her to resolve her intimacy issues, or is it a selfish desire to bend her to his will with no thought of what’s ultimately best for her?  Or both?  How do his alpha-male tendencies affect Aydan’s emotional progress?

How Important Is Realism In Fiction?

Some readers have written to tell me they deeply identify with my depiction of the mental/emotional toll experienced by survivors of abuse, and the gradual and erratic process of recovery.  Others write to say they’re tired of the slow progress and they demand to know why Aydan and Hellhound don’t just ‘get over it’. 

What do you think?  How does this affect the overall story arc and the character arcs throughout the series?  Is it realistic?  How important is realism in fiction, and how do you define ‘realism’?

Do You Trust Hellhound?

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Some readers have written to say they suspect Hellhound of being a ‘bad guy’ worming his way into Aydan’s heart for some as-yet-undisclosed evil reason. 

Do you trust Hellhound?  Why or why not?  How would you react if you met him for the first time:  In a dark alley?  Coming offstage from a jam session?  In a roadside coffee shop when he was wearing his leathers?  In his Al Hamlin disguise?

Who’s Best For Aydan?

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Judging by the comments in last week’s post, it seems like this is the top question on everyone’s minds.  So let’s go for it:

Which man is the best ‘forever after’ for Aydan:  John, Arnie, or Tom? (Or some combination? Or someone else entirely?) Why?

Is ‘forever after’ even a viable choice for her, or will her ingrained reactions and defense mechanisms ultimately poison any committed relationship she attempts?  Do any of the men have enough patience, empathy, and commitment to weather the storm?

Introductions

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Welcome to my comfy backyard patio, where the temperature is exactly right and there are no bugs (electronic or entomological) to bother us.  Let’s do some introductions!

What city/country are you commenting from?  What’s your ideal virtual patio chair?  What’s your backyard beverage today? And if you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

And…

To kick off the book discussion, which book in the Never Say Spy series is your favourite and why?  Has your favourite changed as the series progressed?

Which character would you choose for:  A best friend?  Partner in crime?  Sworn enemy?  Lover?  Spouse?