Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Guest Post with Kendare Blake - One Girl In All The World

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Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, and Richard Linklater.

She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.


I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Frankie Rosenberg. She’s the new slayer, she’s Willow’s daughter, she’s a young witch—she’s got all of these aspects of her identity that make her inherently bad ass, but when I met Frankie what I thought first was, whoa, what a dork.

She was raised by Willow, and grew up with Buffy as her aunt, so stepping into the slayer-witch shoes feels less natural and more IMPOSSIBLE. Willow and Buffy cast extremely large shadows. At the start of the series, Frankie has a lot more in common with her mom in season one (though she’s already feisty with her best friend/annoying big brother-type Jake) and she feels a lot of pressure. It’s only when she’s in full slay-mode that you get the sense that, hey, yes, this girl could save the world.

But, as she finds her own group of Scoobies, Frankie really grows. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not Buffy—she’ll never be Buffy, and her style is drastically different, something that Spike is constantly harping about in One Girl In All The World. He’s all, can you be a little more slayer and a little less Three Stooges? And Frankie’s like, who are the Three Stooges? And also, no.

The relationship that grows between Frankie and Spike was one of my favorites to come out of this series. He can be so wise, and noble, a real father figure, and he can also be a huge man baby. So occasionally their Watcher-slayer arguments will devolve to name-calling and stomping feet. For a mental image, remember that scene in the episode Band Candy where Giles has reverted to his youthful self (which was very much like Spike, honestly) and orders Buffy to kick Ethan Raine’s ass? There’s a lot of that energy between Frankie and Spike in these books and I love it. I’m also a fan of the energy between Spike and Frankie’s immortal demon love interest. It’s an intense dislike, and numerous characters have pointed out to Spike that he might be transferring some of his feelings about Angel onto an innocent party.

#1 New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake returns to New Sunnydale in this sequel to In Every Generation, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Into every generation, a slayer is born. One girl in all the world . . . maybe.

Frankie Rosenberg is the world's first slayer-witch, but she doesn't have that slay-life balance figured out just yet. After all, being the newest slayer means that another slayer had to die. Frankie and the Scooby gang are still reeling from the deadly explosion that rocked the annual slayer retreat―and grappling with new evidence that some slayers may have made it out alive. And even though they defeated bloodthirsty vampire the Countess, it doesn't mean Sunnydale is free from the forces of evil.

Something has reawakened the Hellmouth―and is calling old friends home. Someone is performing demon magic in the shadows, opening portals between dimensions. Everyone has demons to contend with―of the metaphorical and the very real (occasionally very hot) variety. And an oracle warns of a new evil on its way: the Darkness.

Could this be what attacked the slayers? And is it coming for Frankie?

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you KENDARE BLAKE for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of One Girl In All The World by Kendare Blake.


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