So, first off, Diana Peterfreund is giving away two signed copies of Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore over on her blog today! The little minx had the opportunity to attend the last stop on Ms. Cashore's Fire book tour and snagged these lovely copies while there. Why, no, I'm not jealous at all...
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on her post telling her what your Grace would be (if you had one) or what color hair you'd have if you were a human-shaped monster like Fire.
But she adds one additional way to enter that made me laugh out loud. She states that if you are Angie you can publicly admit that Po is the very nicest of nice guys and yet you love him madly...apparently my reputation for crushing on the bad boys precedes me! At first I thought she was referring to Poe-with-an-e and I was like, noooooo! I can't! I WON'T! My beloved Poe is not and will never be a Nice Guy. Bad Boy to the core. Though certainly the "good" kind of Bad Boy. The kind with an undeniable darkness but a good heart buried under all that hostility. Then I realized she was, of course, referring to Po-without-an-e from Graceling and I settled right down.
Now Diana and I may differ on Bad Boys vs. Nice Guys. Gale vs. Peeta comes to mind (though we agree neither of them are actually bad), Spike vs. Riley, etc. But we are one on Po. And Brigan--I think...am I right, Diana? Kristin Cashore writes such wonderful characters (male and female), that I cannot help but fall in love with them. None of her guys are Bad Boys and yet they do have a certain edge, a certain bleakness or ruthlessness that echoes what I generally love so much about my Bad Boys. But they combine this with an incredibly endearing affability and innate goodness--the best of both worlds, if you will. And so I love them--Brigan possibly more than Po!
So here it is, Diana, and I hope you enjoy it: Po (and Brigan to an even larger degree) is the very nicest of Nice Guys and yet it's absolutely true--I do love him madly.