Jul 26 2012 1:00pm

Author Amanda Bonilla: You Sort of Look Like an Assassin

Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda BonillaToday we welcome a long-time friend of Heroes and Heartbreakers as well as a fantastic author. Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series features Darian, who is the titular Shaede Assassin. The second book in Darian’s adventures is Blood Before Sunrise, which was just released. Thanks for joining us, Amanda!

Earlier on my blog tour, I talked about a guy I saw in a Walmart. He was well over six foot-five, he was wearing all black, with a long black trench coat and big, thick-soled combat boots. His head was shaved to show off the tattoo on the back of his head that read Mayhem in this crazy looking script. His ears were gauged and he walked around the store as though he didn’t notice all of the people doing double-takes as he passed. The guy looked like he’d stepped right out of an urban fantasy novel. And I think some people just look like they could be vampires, werewolves, or assassins. I don’t know what it is. They just give off a vibe.

Angelina Jolie as Lara CroftIt’s not hard to imagine Angelina Jolie as an assassin. And not just because she’s Lara Croft, Evelyn Salt, Jane Smith, and countless other badass characters. She just naturally looks like a woman who might know Krav Maga, have mad skills with a katana, and can shoot a 9mm and not even worry about the kick.

Oded FehrOded Fehr is another actor who comes to mind when I’m picturing an assassin. Besides being dead sexy, he has a sort of mysterious-slash-dangerous thing going for him. It’s not a look that he has to work at by any means. Deadly assassin just sort of wafts off of him. Inhale the danger. It smells good.

Paul BettanyIt’s a little known fact that I have mad love for Paul Bettany. I don’t know what it is. I definitely like guys with a lean, swimmer’s build. Or, it could be his gorgeous light eyes, or his lips…God, those LIPS…but I digress. ;) I’ve always thought there was something ethereal about him. Fae-like.

Cate BlanchettI once spent thirty minutes writing a character sketch about a girl I’d coached in volleyball who reminded me of a fairy. Lithe, willowy, with wide brown eyes, and soft features, she stood with her elbows and knees turned in toward her body as if keeping a secret. Completely otherworldly. I could almost picture her standing under a bower with flowers woven into her hair. Cate Blanchett has the same look. Could that preternatural vibe be the reason she was cast in Lord of the Rings?

Adrian GrenierAdrian Grenier. Shifter. I mean, seriously, have you ever seen anyone who looked more like some kind of were? He’s got sexy alpha-male written all over him. Nothing about him comes off as weak or shy. He’s wild. Animalistic. I can totally see him as some sort of shifter. Maybe a sleek, black jaguar. Meee-ow.

Matt BomerI can name one thing right now that countless women have in common with Anne Rice: A deep and abiding love for Matt Bomer. In fact, I started watching White Collar because Anne Rice pimped the show on her Facebook page. She has declared more than once that Matt is her ideal Lestat. I have to agree with her. Matt has the vampire look: beautiful and alluring. The perfect predator. You don’t suspect the danger until it’s too late. Honestly, I wouldn’t put up much of a fight if Matt wanted to sink his fangs into me. But it’s not just celebrities who are rocking the vampire look. My friend Tracey used to work in a building with a guy she dubbed, “Vampire Boy.” Picture Rehvenge from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Floor-length coat and everything. According to Tracey, he totally rocked the vamp vibe. I would have looooved to get a good look at him! 

Have you encountered someone who gave off a particular vibe? Maybe they reminded you of an Army Ranger, or they looked exactly how you picture an alpha werewolf. What celebrities do you think have a preternatural look?


Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading or talking about her favorite books.  

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1. ChelseaMueller
Love this post, Amanda! Aside from my own goals to be come an urban fantasy heroine - heh - I think I see guys with the were vibe all the time. I think that gregarious, alpha tone can automatically generate that connection for me. I think of Jason Momoa with his barbarian vibe and think "that man might be part wolf."
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
Great post, Amanda!
I read somewhere that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is cast to play Dracula in new Bram Stoker adaptation. I look at him and think of vampire:

I can also imagine Henry Cavill in role of some cuddly shifter:
3. ChelseaMueller
Oh, I second the Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a vampire bit, Lege! I'd add this photo as evidence:

PM Kavanaugh
4. PM Kavanaugh
Love the post. I pictured my female character in Die Run Hide (promo alert! to be released by Crimson Romance, Sept. 3) as Angelina Jolie as Salt. But with no bangs and less curves. Paul Bettany was great in Priest! And I agree with your assessment of Matt Bomer--I wouldn't put up ANY resistance if he wanted to sink his #$5@ into me! Ha.
Darlene Marshall
5. DarleneMarshall
I had no idea Anne Rice and I shared a passion for bad boy Matt Bomer! I can totally see him as Lestat. One of my greatest regrets watching Magic Mike was the lack of Matt screentime.

Thanks for the reminder that I need to catch up on the new episode of White Collar I recorded this week.
Amanda Bonilla
6. Amanda Bonilla
OMG you guys! I looooooove Johnathan Rhys Meyers! He can bite me any time. ;) He'll make an excellent vampire. Henry Cavill could totally be a were or a shifter. And what can I say about Matt Bomer... other than I lust after him. YUM!
Darlene Marshall
7. DarleneMarshall
Just as an adjunct to my earlier drooling over Matt Bomer, there's a story today that Entertainment Weekly has Matt on the cover next week because he's going to play Christian in Fifty Shades--The Movie. More on this as it develops.
Marian DeVol
8. ladyengineer
I'd watch anything Matt Bomer was in! I fell for him with the first episode of White Collar. Didn't know until now that Anne Rice loved him, but agree he'd make the perfect Lestat.

Matt Bomer as Christian in Fifty Shades--The Movie - just one more reason added to my growing list of why to go see it! ;->

Joe Knezevich, a local actor here in Atlanta (Georgia), has appeared as a guest in cable shows produced locally - Franklin & Bash, The Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead (?), etc. I have been a fan for a number of years because of his work with Georgia Shakespeare Festival ( I got a chance to meet and talk to him at a GA Shakespeare fund raiser last December. In person, Joe comes across as a cross between Matt Bomer and Orlando Bloom and has a deep, very sexy voice.
9. wsl0612
My shapeshifter list:
Carlo Rota
Jason Isaacs
Chris Hemsworth
Charlie Hunnam

I picture Chris and Charlie as shape-shifting feline brothers in my fantasy casting....drool......
PM Kavanaugh
10. SassyT
I agree that Angelina Jolie looks like the kind of woman who'd have a blade in her boot and be able to kick any guys butt and do it with a smile.

I LOVE (with all caps as you see) Oded Fehr. I have been a fan of his for a long time (since the first Mummy movie). He played a Mossad agent on Covert Affairs and he was perfect.

Paul Bettany has just recently come into my circle of folks who are believable as @sskickers. The first was when he played an avenging angel and second when he played a vampire slaying priest. I'm hoping he'll continue this trend (although he was awesome as Jeffery Chaucer in A Knight's Tale).

Unfortunately, I haven't had the pleasure of running across any real life folks who look like they could kick some major booty (and my parents live near Ft. Bragg home of the Green Berets and the 82nd Airborne). I grew up on military bases around the world and you'd be surprised how regular these guys look (I guess the better to blend in). They can still kick butt but they usually don't look like the folks you suggested.
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