Guest Post: Courage and Other Demons by Jill Daugherty
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The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels.
In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters hat belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?
Abandoned Courage (Book 2) Synopsis:
Maggie O’Neill had a rough junior year…
She fell in love with Simon. She found out Simon was a faery. She spent some time with her dead ancestors. An evil faery with control issues came after her and brought his groupies to kill her. …but that was nothing compared to what’s in store for senior year.
She’s the new girl at faery boarding school and is subjected to something she never thought she’d have to deal with in her entire life—mean girls. To make matters worse, she’s seeing less and less of Simon, her faery guard is smothering her in their efforts to protect her, and the evil faery is still stalking her, determined to kill her before she can kill him.
She starts to wonder if she’ll make it to graduation. Then the unthinkable happens and she wonders if she’ll be able to survive even one more day.
Eighteen-year-old Maggie O’Neill is a high school dropout. If her parents knew, they’d probably kill her, but that’s the least of her worries. Balor—the evil faery from hell—is still stalking her, someone is still betraying her, and the mean girl at school is still mean.
The worst part of her life, however, is figuring out how to live it without Simon. Will Maggie discover a way to defeat Balor? Will she ever be able to out-snark the mean girl? Will she find Simon? Tune in next week—uh, read the book—to find out.
A few years ago, I was reading a book of Irish folklore (West Irish Folk tales and Romances). This book was published in the 1800’s and is a compilation of stories that had been passed on for many generations – so they’re super old. One of the stories (Simon and Margaret) is about a girl who saves a boy from the evil giant. We don’t have enough stories NOW that have the girl saving the boy, but it was almost unheard of a few hundred years ago and I knew I wanted to do something with it. I decided to integrate a lot of different Irish folklore and mythology, and set it in modern Denver.
And now a guest post from Author Jill Daugherty!
A couple of months ago, my mom called to tell me she’d found a book with Irish mythology at a yard sale. She was shocked after reading it because she thought I’d just made up all of the characters.
Because of the focus on characters, I wanted to share my “Cast List” if The Courage Series were made into a movie. I hope you enjoy, and would love to hear your thoughts upon reading the book who you think would be a good fit, as well!
Simon - Chase Crawford
Maggie – Annie Thurman (she had a small part in The Hunger Games)
Caitrin - Kate Winslet
Ronan - Justin Bartha
Abbey - Emily Browning
And some others. I apologize, I don’t know all of the actors/actresses’ names, but I really saw them in the following parts. Maybe you can help me identify them! (Edit by Saleana - I found a few of the actors - I hope they're right! The last one seems to just be a model and not an actress - who knows?)
Brandon (Logan Lerman)
Willow (Meaghan Martin)
Will (Jeremy Northam)
Ian (Michael Steger)
Jessie (Marion Cotillard)
About the Author
By day, she works with gifted children and their teachers. By night, she writes. A lot.
She is the author of the Courage series,
which has received glowing reviews.
At the insistence of her readers, she has started work on a spin-off series.