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Is This Gregar?

Since Gregar’s been haunting me again, I went on another search for an image I could use for his freebie/short (I haven’t decided if it’ll be FREE or .99 but it for sure won’t be more than that–depends on length, etc.).  I looked on at least 10 sites.  Bare chests and abs blended together.  Either I found someone with the right body type — but not the right face — or vice versa.  Of course nobody has the right hair.  I decided to just get body type and face close, and then hope Deena can work some magic on the hair.

Do you know what I finally used for searches?  Shadow Man.  Seriously.  Duh.  Why didn’t I think of that before?  Which led me to the following.  What do you think?

Face (my favorite I think) or face2 (lots of shadow)

Or I can just do body shots of abs and more abs.

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Is This Gregar?

A few more links to share with you!

My Beloved Sis sent me several links, including this one, because “he could definitely win an arse competition!”  Unfortunately, it’s not a royalty-free image.  I think she may have also found Sal, but again, sadly, we can’t use it in the final cards because it’s unlikely I’d be able to track down the rights (and probably couldn’t afford them either).

Again, a nice link from Bethanie but not royalty free:  Til Lindermann

Molly’s friend, Pesh, found a man who definitely has Gregar’s sense of humor.  Can’t you see this guy flipping up his memsha and shouting “kiss my arse?”  However, he’s a bit too pretty and of course has too many clothes for us to use him for a Sha’Kae al’Dan warrior.

Sherri found this guy, but egads, the pricing on this site is a killer!  I just guessed on the parameters, and it priced the image at over $1500!

This guy has the bod and a bit of attitude, but I don’t know if he’s right in the face.  Can Deena add hair and darken him up enough to give him Gregar’s dusky caffe skin with just a bit of cream?

So what do you think – are any of these Gregar?

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Find Gregar: Initial Winner

While I regret that we haven’t found Gregar yet, I did promise an initial winner, selected from everyone who sent me a link by Dec. 31st.  That winner is:  Charlene.

Charlene, please contact me joelysueburkhart AT gmail DOT com and let me know which online book retailer you’d like to use for your $20 gift certificate.

Thank you for the links you’ve sent me so far and PLEASE, keep them coming!  I really want to find him!

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Find Gregar Contest: Update

Wow, the end of the year is just around the corner.  It slipped up on me with all the holiday preparations.  Have you been looking for Gregar?  So far, I’ve only had a few people send me ideas, so your chances of winning the $20 gift certificate are very very good!

Here are a few of the ideas I’ve received.  What do you think?  Do you see Gregar in any of these?


Photo2 (I don’t know that I’ll be able to use this one, but like the kilt!)

Stefan Schwarze (see him on a Christine Feehan cover)

Personally, I don’t think these are him, but if one calls to you, let me know in comments!

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Giveaway: Find Gregar!

I’ve had the idea for a very long time to create character cards for the cast of the Shanhasson series.  Since Rose (book 1) is releasing in print Dec/Jan, I thought it would be the perfect time to get a really nice trio:  Rhaekhar, Shannari, and Gregar, the three main characters of the entire series.

They’re the heart and soul of the Shanhasson trilogy, and to be honest, the heart and soul of my writing, but I’ll come back to that in a minute.

So the challenge then becomes the models for these characters.  Shannari is easy — she’s on the cover of Rose.


Rhaekhar is also easy.  Back when we were first working on the cover for Rose, Deena found Rhaekhar.  I looked at him and I recognized him.  I mean, I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if this man walked up and introduced himself as Rhaekhar.  The look of smug warrior arrogance on his face is perfect.  He’s Khul of the Nine Camps of the Sha’Kae al’Dan and carries the most honor on the Plains.  This man’s physique makes me believe he could challenge any warrior and win, hands down.

Of course, the hair isn’t right.  The Sha’Kae al’Dan warriors all wear their hair long, braided at the temples rather like Mel in Braveheart, but the rest is perfect.

So now, the question becomes:  who is Gregar?

Let me give you a little background.  To date, Gregar is my favorite character ever.  Yes, he beats out Conn and Victor, but to be honest, a little bit of him is in every male character I’ve written post Rose and Beautiful Death.  Why?

Gregar is my Muse.  He’s the one who drags me into the Well, the dark, watery place of inspiration from which all (my) stories flow.  Don’t get me wrong:  Conn is his own person.  Victor is his own person.  They’re not carbon copies of Gregar by any means.

No one lives up to Gregar’s sheer wickedness and danger, because the man has NO LIMITS.

Every time something a little bit politically incorrect pops up in a character, it’s Gregar’s fault.

Every time a character begins to walk on the Dark Side, it’s Gregar.

Every time the emotion is so raw and painful it feels like I’m going to rip your heart to shreds… Yep.  That’s Gregar.

So you can see why his image for this character card is so important to me.  I’ve looked off and on for years, but I can’t find him.  This is where I hope you can help me.  As much as I’d love to peruse the royalty-free photo sites looking at six-packs and bare chests…I don’t have the time.  Not if I’m going to get Victor whipped (haha) into shape for January submission.

I beg you.  Help me!  Help me find Gregar.  Look high and low.  He’s there, waiting, snickering in the shadows, but hidden from me.  I must find him.

I’ll be posting hints of who Gregar is off and on all month, little snippets from Rose, Road, and if you’re very lucky, perhaps even Return.  To give you the first hint:  if I could cast Gregar with any actor, I’d chose Adrian Paul, hands down.  There’s an episode of the Highlander television series where Duncan has his hair longer, loose down his back and he’s wearing a kilt.  YUM.  That is Gregar, except he’s wearing a red memsha about his hips in place of the kilt.

The Rules:

  • The photo has to be something I can purchase the right to use for promotional material, not a fan picture of Adrian Paul as much as I love them!
  • That means a royalty-free site like
  • The fewer clothes the better.  Get your minds out of the gutter!  It’s easier for Deena to manipulate the image to the Sha’Kae al’Dan style if he’s not wearing a shirt.

To suggest a model, e-mail the link to me at joelysueburkhart AT gmail DOT com.  I’ll gather the links and consolidate them in a post for voting and comments later.  Everyone who sends me a link with a suggestion will be entered to win the following prizes:

  • A $20 gift certificate to any online book retailer of your choice.
  • A set of the three character cards once we have the finished product.

The person who truly does find Gregar for me will receive the Grand Prize:

  • A $30 gift certificate to any online book retailer of your choice.
  • A set of the three character cards once we have the finished product.
  • As I add character cards, I’ll send you the new ones (e.g. I’d really like to have Dharman, Sal, and Mykal before all is said and done).
  • A signed print copy of Rose.
  • A copy of The Road to Shanhasson and Return to Shanhasson (once it’s released) in any electronic format.
  • And since this is soooo important to me, a signed print copy of Road and Return when they’re released (but this may be years away).

I’ll mail these prizes anywhere on the planet because who knows exactly where Gregar may be?

I’m deliberately not specifying a deadline for this giveaway because I really, really want to find the right Gregar, no matter how long it takes.  However, I’ll at least pick a winner for the $20 gift certificate by Dec. 31, 2009, even if we haven’t found Gregar yet.  The grand prize will not have a deadline on it.