Greetings! A big thanks to Jennifer for hosting me on her blog again. Thanks so much, Jen!
So it’s time for the annual STOMP vs. ROMP smackdown. What side are you on?
Fight scenes are one of my favorite things to write, so I am Team STOMP all the way. Whether I’m writing it or reading it or watching it, there’s just something about a good fight scene that really pulls me into the story and makes me root for the heroine to kick some bad-guy butt.
Whenever I sit down to write one of my Elemental Assassin books, one of the first things I think about is the big fight scene at the end and how my assassin heroine Gin Blanco can use her wits and magic to defeat the villain. Coming up with and then writing that scene usually ends up being one of my favorite parts of the book.
So here are some of my favorite fights scenes from my Elemental Assassin series:
Gin vs. Elliot Slater in Venom, book #3: This was the first time that I had a giant as the main villain, instead of someone with magic, so it was interesting for me to write someone who was physically much, much stronger than Gin.
Gin vs. Mab Monroe in Spider’s Revenge, book #5: This was the big story arc and showdown of the first five books, and I spent a lot of time on this scene, trying to make it as interesting, entertaining, and dynamic as possible. I really wanted to give readers a great showdown in this scene.
Gin vs. Clementine Barker in Deadly Sting, book #8: Another giant villain and an instance where Gin has to figure out how to be smarter (and not necessarily stronger) than her enemy.
Gin vs. Madeline Monroe in Black Widow, book #12: Gin is very strong in her Ice and Stone magic, but she can be sneaky too, as in this fight when Gin suckers Madeline into using up all her acid magic.
Gin vs. the bad guy in Spider’s Trap, book #13: This book came out last week so I’m not going to name the villain and spoil that for folks who haven’t read it yet, but I had a lot of fun writing this scene because it’s set in a location that I hadn’t used before in Ashland.
BONUS – ACTION MOVIES:
As much as I love writing fight scenes, I also really enjoy watching them. Here are some of my favorite action movies:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Lots of good action and fight scenes in this one. Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie are very easy on the eyes, and Scarlett Johansson is awesome as Black Widow.
Skyfall and the rest of the James Bond movies: From car chases to hand-to-hand combat, nobody does action better than Bond, James Bond. I love how Bond takes on a whole legion of bad guys at the end of Skyfall just using the few supplies that he has on hand.
The Princess Bride: You killed my father … so prepare for an epic sword fight and lots of quotable lines. Inconceivable!
The Thomas Crown Affair: I love a good heist movie, especially the scene at the end of this one where Pierce Brosnan is robbing the museum while the cops are watching and trying to catch him.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: I also love a good pirate/swashbuckling movie, and this one has lots of action, fight scenes, and daring escapes.
What about you guys? What are some of your favorite action scenes in books or your favorite action movies? And go Team STOMP!
Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.
One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.
My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…
Jennifer Estep is giving away a print copy of Spider’s Trap to one US winner.
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