Publication date: November 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives – and human history – forever.
Will they be ready?
My Top 10 Favorite Male Leads in Books, TV and Films
By Maria Alexander
When you read Snowed, my supernatural YA Christmas mystery, you might wonder what influenced the creation of Aidan MacNichol, the unique love interest of teen protagonist, Charity Jones. Aidan is a mysterious teen runaway that Charity’s mother brings home to foster for the holidays. An engineering prodigy, Charity doesn’t need AP Calculus to see that Aidan doesn’t add up. But my favorite male romantic leads might help you see all the variables in his equation…
- Colonel Brandon — Sense and Sensibility
While I certainly see Mr. Darcy’s charms, when it comes to Jane Austen, I feel the unfailingly sweet and patient colonel gets overlooked. It doesn’t hurt that Alan Rickman played him in one of my favorite film adaptations. I found Rickman’s depiction of his quiet, steadfast love absolutely picture perfect.
- Legolas — Lord of the Rings
Since I was a teen, I’ve loved Legolas. Maybe it was because I played too many half-elves in Dungeons & Dragons. Or maybe because I read Wendy Pini’s Elfquest during puberty. Who knows? Thanks greatly to Peter Jackson for eventually giving us the hunky Orlando Bloom for the visuals.
- Scott McCall — MTV’s Teen Wolf
He’s a wee bit young for me, but don’t think I haven’t noticed the incredibly hot Scott McCall played by Tyler Posey on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Loyal, smart, romantic…and a werewolf, sure, but, as far as I’m concerned, Scott’s got hair in all the right places.
- Lloyd Dobler — Say Anything
Let’s go old school for a minute. Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe’s classic film is pretty much the gold standard in male romantic leads. Played by the adorable John Cusack, he’s a pure dreamboat. Plus, boom box. Or should I say BOOM! box?
- Wolverine — X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I don’t know a woman who hasn’t fantasized about Hugh Jackman, but I’ve been gaga for Logan since I first picked up an X-men comic book. He’s passionate (to put it mildly) and sensitive yet tough as Adamantium. There’s also something about his tempestuous relationship with Jean Grey that I love. Also? Super hot fan art.
- Westley — The Princess Bride
How could a woman not love a man who says, “As you wish”? Seriously. Those are the magic words! Even more so, a man who then goes off to become the world’s greatest pirate? I read the book long before I saw the movie. It was like a swoon come true to see Cary Elwes in that role.
- Jon Snow — A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Oh, Jon Snow. He may know nothing, but him and his “lord’s kiss” for Ygritte steamed up an otherwise relentlessly horrifying book series (which I love). I can’t be the only fan who thought this character’s innocence and devotion were dreamy.
- Sir Thomas Sharpe — Crimson Peak
Sometimes I think Guillermo del Toro made Crimson Peak just for me. He said, “Maria loves Tom Hiddleston. She also loves pale, brooding Englishmen with complicated love lives wearing cravats in Gothic mansions. I’ll give her all of that, plus gorgeous dresses. And ghosts.” Guillermo, te amo!
- DCI John Luther — Luther
Two words: Idris Elba. Who should also be The Doctor, James Bond, and really every hot male lead out there. Elba aside, Luther the character has this intense sexuality paired with extraordinary intelligence and moral conscience that make him altogether irresistible.
- Gomez Addams — The Addams Family/Addams Family Values
The ultimate lover, husband, father and tango dancer, Gomez Addams is The Ideal Man. And the way he looks at Morticia? Smokin’! In fact, when I was a kid watching the TV series, I thought they were the perfect couple. I didn’t read the comics until I was an adult, and they didn’t change my mind about him one bit.
Want to know more about Snowed? Here’s a synopsis:
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives — and human history — forever.
Will they be ready?
Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications and acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.
When she’s not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog.