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Guest Blogger: Jenna Bayley-Burke
Friday, March 29th, 2013

Character Perspective

Caribbean CasanovaSometimes, when you finish a story, there is a character just begging to have their story told too. Harm, the overbearing big brother from Caribbean Christmas, really deserved to have someone turn his world upside down. It wasn’t his romance, so the best I could give him was an oh-so satisfying slap across the face.

But telling Caribbean Casanova from Harm’s point of view meant an interesting dilemma. Harm sees Saskia, the heroine (and slapper) from Caribbean Christmas, as an annoying spoiled brat. This time around we see her through his lens, instead of from her own perspective. So from this angle, he’s right. I didn’t tie up their issues with a pretty bow because a lifetime of dislike doesn’t go away because someone is dating your brother or best friend.

There is a real power struggle going on between his controlling big brother tendencies and her free-spirited new adulthood. They managed to call a truce in Caribbean Crush (Under the Caribbean Sun 3), but I’d bet they bicker whenever in the same room. We’ll have to wait and see if it carries into any more stories.

Do you like seeing characters from different angles?

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5 comments to “Guest Blogger: Jenna Bayley-Burke”

  1. Teresa Hughes
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      · March 29th, 2013 at 7:32 am · Link

    Seeing characters from different angles enhances the story for me. Also, it helps characters more memoriable. Thanks for sharing :)



  2. Jenna Bayley-Burke
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      · March 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    Thanks for having me blog :)



  3. Gwendolyn Petrarch
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      · March 29th, 2013 at 12:10 pm · Link

    The old adage, ‘it takes two to tango’ also applies to a story and being privvy to both sides is not only a great marketing ploy (which I’m sure pubs are eating up with a spoon) but also a wonderful experience for the reader. I’ve read a lot of Bayley-Burke’s work (although I’ve yet to get to the Caribbean series). My all time favorite is ‘Compromising Positions’. Although the POV in that one was well balanced I find myself wondering as I’ve read others what the opposing characters would be thinking and how they would tell the story from their POV. Well done Jenna! Gwen Petrarch :-D



  4. Melissa Porter
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      · March 29th, 2013 at 8:53 pm · Link

    I like to get the different angles.
    New author for me. I am going to have to check this series out. :-)

    Thanks for sharing.



  5. Evelyn
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      · March 30th, 2013 at 12:43 am · Link

    Yes, I like to see characters from different angles. I feels re connected with them.