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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

AtoZ2017 - C is for Charlie Waterman & Michael Corvin #AtoZChallenge


Welcome to Day 3 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter C. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be making a post about shapeshifters of all kinds. Check back to see my choices and, from time to time some flash fiction too.

C is for 

Charlie Waterman

So this is where I get in a little self promotion :). My shapeshifter of the day is Charlie Waterman, the main protagonist of my series The Chronicles of Charlie Waterman.

Charlie is pretty much your ordinary eighteen year old, just getting ready to go off to university, until he decides to visit the old Magic Shop where he almost worked when he was sixteen. It's not what he was expecting. Rather than tricks and costumes he finds crystals and incense and things other people might thing were actually magical.

Charlie doesn't believe in magic.

When he is attacked by a cat figurine, he thinks he's hallucinating. Unfortunately for him, the next day he wakes up with a tail. Thus start Charlie's adventures as a shapeshifter.

The figurine was the embodiment of the Cat Spirit, one of the seven great spirits that help maintain the balance of existence. It chose Charlie to be its Questor, landing him with magic and the ability to turn into any kind of cat he wants to. Of course he needs to learn to control his new powers, which is easier said than done, example one, the tail, He doesn't really have any other choice than to travel to the magical dimension of Between, where all Questors are trained, and accept the help of his new mentor, Akari.

Along with the other six Questors it is Charlie destiny to travel between worlds, times and universes, in a bid to prevent the forces of Chaos from destroying the Balance.

So far there are three books in the series, all available in eBook form and coming soon in paperback:
  • Cat's Call - Charlie learns about magic and faces his first Task as a Questor.
  • Cat's Creation - Charlie and the other Questors travel to a world run Mafia style where magic is known, sorcerers tend to be very nasty and vampires are just another element in the society.
  • Cat's Confidence - On a world where dragons drive the ecconomy and there is a royal wedding being planned to end centuries of division, the Questors have to figure out what is about to go wrong and stop it before it is too late.



Werewolf of the Day

Michael Corvin (Underworld)

My werewolf today is from the Underworld series of films. I love this series because it has not only werewolves, but vampires as well.

Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) is a doctor in Budapest when the supernatural barges into his life. He is pursued by Lycans (werewolves) because they want to experimant on him, and is rescued by Selene, a vampire and Death Dealer (werewolf hunter). The Lycans and vampires have been at war for centuries.

Selene is more interested in keeping him away from the Lycans than in him to begin with, but begins to have feelings for him as the first film goes on.

Michael is a descendent of Alexander Corvinus, the ancestor of both the vampire and Lycan races. The Lycans want him for a rare genetic trait that may allow them to create a hybrid to give then an advantage in their war against the vampires. Vampires and werewolves are usually fundamentally incompatible and a human infected with by both just dies.

Lucian, the leader of the Lycans bites Michael, thus making him a werewolf, however, he is then infected with enough silver nitrate to kill him in a Death Dealer raid. To save him, Selene bits him, this making him the promised hybrid.

The first and second Underworld films press every button I have as far as werewolf/vampire interactions go, and Selene is definitely the kick ass character, no Michael, which I love. The rest of the franchise is entertaining, but the first two movies are definitely my favourite.

Many thanks for reading.
  • If you could become a cat, which would you choose? A big cat like a leopard? A house cat? A pedigree?
  • Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire? Why?
Happy AtoZing - see you tomorrow :)

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54 comments:

  1. Your books sound like fun! I like the idea of the shape-shifter becoming a cat--and having trouble with his tail. i think if I were a cat I'd be a Maine Coon Cat. And I'd almost certainly be a werewolf rather than a vampire.

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    1. I found the idea of a tail amusing, so of course I inflicted it on my character :)

      Ah, Maine Coon - such a fluffy, lovely cat. Good choice.

      See, it all depends on the parameters of the vampires and werewolves. In some universes I'd choose one, in others the other :).

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  2. Both stories sound good.
    I have never seen the Underworld films, though I have heard about them. Maybe I should have a look ;-)

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    1. They are entertaining films - the first two are the best. :)

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  3. I loved reading about them... But Charlie sure is an interesting character. Fantasy is one of my favorite genre and this one sure sounds interesting
    From A to Z
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    1. Thank you :) Fantasy is one of my favourites too.

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  4. Hi Tasha - loved the idea of Charlie and then his developmental choices via the magic shop - bet he was a little worried re the tail. I don't think I've come across the Underworld films ... one day perhaps ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you :) He freaked out just a little bit ... y'know, as you would ;)
      The Underworld film are a romp - nothing too taxing for the brain, but fun. :)

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  5. Sounds great fun! Cats are indeed an everlasting inspiration.
    Curtis at Curtis Bausse Books, visiting from the A to Z challenge.

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    1. They are indeed :) Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  6. Charlie sounds so interesting. Okay...Team Vampire or Werewolf? I think I find both intriguing concepts.

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    1. Thank you :)
      Me too - it all depends on the universe as to which I would pick, I think :) In Underworld I would have to go with vampire, or hybrid.

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  7. Loved underworld. Haven't seen the last one yet.
    I would want to be something sleek like a panther. Or a beautiful wolf would be cool too. I'm not picky.

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    1. Feline or canine, as long as it's cool ;)

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  8. I remember when Underworld came out in Hungary, everyone thought it was hilarious. Mostly because Corvinus is the name given to one of our most famous and beloved kings in the 15th century... :D Also, they actually shot parts of it in Budapest, so we could spot places we knew. :D

    The cat novels sound fun!!

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    1. I wonder if they were going for the reference or they just picked the name out of a history book?
      Thank you :D

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  9. If I were a cat, I'd definitely be a wild cat. But I don't think it would be possible, 'coz I'm clumsy as hell! Cats are graceful! As for werewolves and vampires... I don't know. Probably a vampire.
    Happy AtoZing!
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    1. LOL - you have not met my cat Ruby - graceful she is not half the time ;) She has a tendency to fall off things!
      It's a hard choice between vamp and werewolf isn't it :)

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  10. I watched the first two Underworld movies and they just didn't do it for me. It's not that I have discerning tastes - I like the Resident Evil movies - but Underworld just fell flat for me. It was just good-looking people in leather shooting each other in the dark, like a poorly-lit Matrix.

    Your books sound much better.

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    1. I think there is a lot to be said for good-looking people in leather shooting at each other ;), but I do like the characters too, and I have certain loves, one of which is hybrids, so, yeah, the movies tick many boxes :D

      Thank you :D

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  11. Can't wait to read more about Charlie (so yay for a little self-promotion!). I think I'd like to be a lynx - I've fallen in love with those tufted ears. And I think I'd lean into werewolve world.

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    1. Tufted ears are adorable. :D In underworld I think I'd rather be a vamp, but in other universes, I could go werewolf :).

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  12. I'd go with a house cat. They are usually well taken care of. It might be a bit boring, but at least I'd catch up on sleep.

    Hmm werewolf or vampire... I'd have to go with vampire. The whole body distorting to wolf form doesn't look comfortable at all.

    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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    1. House cat definitely has some pluses :) As I often say to my cats when they meow at me because the food bowl is half empty - it's such a hard life being a cat! ;)

      I think you might be right - you'd have to be a bit of a masochist to enjoy the shapeshifting part of being a werewolf.

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  13. I would be a tiger, living free.

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  14. House cats in my house have a pretty good life: plenty of food and comfy blankets to sleep on. Of course, using the litter box would take some getting used to.

    Vampire or werewolf. I guess I'd go with vampire because they are immortal, so I could read everything, and the sun gives me migraines anyway, so I'm used to staying out of it's direct rays.

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    1. I think a litter box has to be preferable to behind a bush though ;)

      You make very good points about the vampire :)

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  15. I'm sitting on sidelines for this year's A to Z, but am stopping in occasionally to see what some of my favorite AtoZers are doing! As to my kind of cat. . .it would be a very pampered house cat with a cat tree and lots of attention.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by :D
      House cat definitely seems an attractive option. :)

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  16. I love the Underworld movies, I need to go back and watch them again. And your books sound great!

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    1. I have this urge to go watch them again too. Must resist - have too much to do ;)
      Thank you.

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  17. I saw the first 2 Underworld movies, but never got around to seeing the rest. If they pop up on Netflix one day, I'll watch.

    Love your book series. it sounds interesting.

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    1. The first two are definitely the best. :)
      Thank you.

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  18. I think I'd most like to be some kind of larger cat like a serval, margay, or ocelot, or perhaps a hybrid like a liger or tiliger.

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    1. Our kitties are part serval - they're F2 Savannahs and they are very beautiful. :)

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  19. I think I'd rather be a spoiled house cat. Not your typical domestic, but one that is long-haired and treated like royalty.

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    1. Ah, so a pedigree who is gently brushed each day? I think I could put up with that too :)

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  20. I wish Michael had shown up more in the other underworld movies!

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    1. Me too - he's my favourite character. Probably why I love the first too and just like the others.

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  21. My favourite of the Underworld series is actually Rise of the Lycans; I just love Lucian's backstory.

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    1. Lucian is a great character, but my fav is Michael, so I'm all about the first two :)

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  22. A jaguar - splendid looking cat with super strong jaws.
    Probably a vampire - better dress sense.
    Your books look intriguing.

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    1. Better dress sense is definitely a plus :)

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  23. I'd be a house cat. Easy life. :) Hope Charlie learns to embrace his powers. Your series sounds fun!

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    1. Thank you :) and Charlie is getting there...

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  24. I have always said that I am coming back as a female tiger.

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  25. I am more of a cat person so this cat stuff seems interesting!
    Feel like have been missing out a lot on fictions.:/
    I will catch up by the end of A to Z, Thanks to you!
    Cheers!

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    1. I love cats, I love dogs too, but there is just something about cats :)

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  26. I can foresee many amusing problems for Charlie as he tries to hide his tail. Very fun! (BTW, I'm trying to contact my techie to fix my commenting problem.)

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    1. Oh, he finds many awkward situations, it's Charlie's lot in life :)

      Good luck with the commenting issue - meanwhile I shall keep making up email addies to comment :)

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  27. Cat shape shifting sounds pretty cool. I'd like to be a house cat so I can sit in a sun patch all day and then complain to my attendants (humans). Or a cheetah, so I could run really fast. :)

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    1. LOL - yep, house cat does look like a great life :)

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