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07
Mar
12

Update – What Have I Been Doing?

I know, it’s been a week, I think, since I’ve posted. And it might be another simply because I’m getting a new site!

I’ve wanted a new site for a long time. The two I have are okay but they don’t really illustrate what I write.

For a while now, I’ve been on the waiting list for this amazing designed, Rachel, her handle is Parajunkee and you can find her here. Go check her out; her work is spectacular and by the fact I’ve waited many months for her, I’m not the only one who thinks so. And her prices are so reasonable for what she does.

Anyway, she emailed me last week and it’s my turn! I feel like it’s Christmas in March. Or at least, an early birthday gift to myself. So, that’s the first bit of news and why I’m not posting too much right now. I want to leap into my new site which will combine this site and my Cassiel Knight site. Yes, I’m getting exhausted trying to think about posting to three sites (this one, Cassiel Knight and See Jane Publish – this last one which I share with Nancy Brophy and Susan Lute. Haven’t seen it? Hmphf. Take a look. I’m far more prolific there. Besides Susan is inspirational and Nancy is just freaking funny.).

In other news, I just sold my fourth book, Blood on the Moon, a paranormal action romance that is Tomb Raider meets The Librarian, to Champagne Book Group. Even better, it comes out this October!

So, at the end of this year, I have two books coming out: The Death Skull, book 2 to Relic Defender series and Blood on the Moon, book 1 in the Children of Egypt series. All I can say is wow! Life is good, and I couldn’t be happier. And that is almost scary.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on right now. When my gorgeous new site is up, I’ll be back to posting.

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15
Feb
12

The Heroes of the Relic Defender Series

Let’s talk about the heroes of my Relic Defender series.

Mikos – Key of Solomon, Book 1

I love Mikos. Actually, I love all my heroes and most of them really come out pretty well-formed. And I don’t mean just their bodies. 😀

Mikos was a bit different. He was always a fallen angel. Besides changing his name several times (Sigh. Nothing just seemed right), I struggled with his redemption. Oh, not the fact that he wanted it. That was the easy part. I struggled with getting him what he really needed and how to make that work with everything that was stacked against him. He’s not a whiny hero. He knows he made bad choices in the past and regrets the decisions that led him to Fall. He could have easily gone the route of blaming Lucifer, but he didn’t. He realized no one forced him to Fall; he did that himself because he thought he wanted something. Throughout the story, Mikos learns that sometimes what we want and what we need are two different things. One of my favorite movies is Legion and in it, the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany–lovely man [pictured]) says to fellow Archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand–yummy as Gabriel), “You gave him what he asked for..I gave him what he needed.” That’s exactly at the core of this story-giving Mikos what he needed.

I really enjoyed writing him and discovering what makes him tick. And with this being a series, despite each story having a new hero/heroine, I will get to revisit with Mikos again and again. I hope you enjoy his story, too.

Jackson McKay – The Death Skull, Book 2

In book 2, which comes out in August, I got to write about another delicious hero. He was introduced in Key of Solomon but gets his own happily ever after in this book. Irreverant and charming, Texan, Jackson McKay, started out as a mercenary but changed his ways in book 1. For Jackson, imagine a light-hearted, takes nothing serious playboy in a relationship with Marisol, a demon warrior angel. Sparks will fly and that’s not just the ones from her fingertips.

Jackson has been fun to write. Coming after the fairly serious, Mikos, Jackson’s lightheartedness was a change of pace. I’m not a humorous writer (maybe a little witty?), but I wanted to show Jackson with a light side in contrast not only to Mikos but also to Marisol. But, make no mistake, Jackson is one tough dude and more than capable of standing up for what he believes in and kicking ass right alongside Mari. Good thing because in book 2, there’s a lot of ass-kicking that needs to be done.

Asher Dakeni – Ring of Addu, Book 3

Ah,  Ash. He’s my favorite so I saved him for last. Ash is my dark, tortured hero, and I love to write tortured heroes. Ash Fell with Mikos and quickly became Lucifer’s right hand man, an assassin. Known as The Slayer, Ash is the one Lucifer sends to educate and discipline rebellious demons. That type of lifestyle is bound to do something to a guy, wouldn’t you say? But, being an assassin is not the worst of Ash’s failings. You see, he did something really bad to someone he loved. He killed her.

 Yes, that’s right. My hero killed his heroine. Oh, there’s a reason, and I’ll leave it to you all to decide if his reasoning was strong enough. Book 3 is his and Kat’s story. Will Ash find his redemption and get a second chance at love? Well, you’ll just have to wait and find out. I don’t have a release date for this one but am shooting for early 2013.

So, those are the heroes of the Relic Defender series. I hope you enjoyed reading about them. Next time, I’ll talk about the women that tame them.

What about you? Who are some of your favorite heroes and what makes them a favorite?




Key of Solomon

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