Posts Tagged ‘fallen angels

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?

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06
Feb
12

Why mythology, archaeology and gangsters?

During my blog tour last October, I was asked Why mythology, archaeology and gangsters?.  Most of my stories tend to have mythology and archeology elements but the Relic Defender series adds a third element — the gangster.

So, here is some background as to the elements and why gangsters.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve devoured mythology. Before I knew better, I thought Greek and Roman mythology with some Viking thrown in was the only mythology that existed. As a teenager, I think I’ve read every story and knew all of the major Gods and Goddesses and a lot of the minor ones. So, when paranormal started to take wing, I knew I’d found a place I could indulge in my love of mythology.

When I first conceived the idea of this story, I knew I wanted to work in some kind of mythology with paranormal elements but I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing (meaning no vampires or werewolves and demons/angels hadn’t taken off by then).

During my research into that elusive “something different”, I discovered the mythology surrounding King Solomon. I was raised on the Bible and knew all about Solomon. Or, I thought I did. I was so intrigued with the notion that he was supposed to be a magic user and had a ring given to him by God that allowed Solomon to control and compel demons. And his temple? The stories say it was built by these same demons. Key of Solomon just took off from there. And I loved writing the scene where he is compelling the demons into the bronze jar.

Archeology was easy as I think I was an archeologist or explorer in another life. I’d always loved history, much more than I love the present. It’s funny, because I like the future too. Or at least, envisioning what the future might look like. For the past, I’m fascinated by what our ancestors accomplished with what they had. The beautiful and magnificent structures. Sure, we build magnificent structures now but there are few I would call beautiful.

I think the past is much more appealing even with the lack of computers and assorted technologies. And since the assorted technologies have allowed me to armchair travel to the past, I get to indulge my love of history and archeology in my stories. In fact, the story I’m shopping now is fully immersed in archeology and Egyptian mythology with a tomb raiding heroine.

As for my shape-shifting wanna-be gangster demon? Well, I wanted a side-kick for one of my characters. This was one of the things I went with the current trend. Seemed like most urban fantasy were beginning to have some quirky character working with the heroine and/or hero. I felt Mikos could really use one to offset his soberness. Rocky came out of my mind and onto the page fully formed as a shape-shifting rock.

Until he spoke, I didn’t know he wanted to be a gangster. Talk about a surprise.  Really, it was Mikos’ fault. After all, he let Rocky watch The Godfather.

01
Feb
12

Re-Launch Blog and Giveaway!

I actually meant to come and post THIS post on this blog but looks like I accidentally signed in on my www.CassielKnight.com site. So, I apologize for the double posting; however, I wanted to run the contest here. If you posted on the other site, please be assured you are still entered to win.

As I said, I’ve been so, so bad at updating this blog but I’m really going to try to post at least two-three times a week. I’m nearly finished book 2 and it’s coming out in August so I want to get some of those excerpts posted and to keep you up-to-date about what’s going on. I’m loving book 2 and really looking forward to diving into Ash and Kat’s story.

To kick-off my re-launch of, shall I say, getting off my rear-end and being a much better blogger about what’s happening with me and my writing, I’m doing a giveaway for the following:

* Digital copy of Key of Solomon

* Printed copy of Key of Solomon (trade paperback, releases on February 7 but I happen to have a copy )

* Digital copy of my upcoming release from Lyrical Press, Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

What do you have to do to be entered for a chance to win? It’s easy. Simply leave a comment telling me what kinds of things you like to read on authors’ blogs and leave your email address. That’s it. Aw, come on, it’s easy. You don’t even have to subscribe (although, that would be lovely – and appreciated).

Questions? Leave them in the comments too.

Oh, and here is a blurb for Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I actually released this in 2007 with another publisher and it did okay; however, I have a wonderful new publisher at Lyrical Press and she helped me make it nice and shiny.

Sidra will do whatever it takes to find her target. Even if it means pairing up with an operative who has more secrets than she does.

Sidra is tough, street-smart and independent. And she’s living a double life. As an agent for Triad, she follows orders and gets the job done. But as Norah Rainwater’s surrogate daughter, she’ll do whatever it takes–even defy Triad–to find Norah’s missing daughter and save Norah’s life.

She plans for every eventuality…except Gideon, who lives a triple life beyond Sidra’s wildest suspicions. Sidra knows him as a charming playboy more intent on conquering women than saving the world. But he’s more than that. Under another identity, he fights to destroy the five men who lead the criminal organization called the Alliance–the same men who murdered his father for trying to leave the group.

With Norah near death, Sidra can’t let anything get in her way. Not even Gideon, who reminds her so much of Ranger, the only man she has ever loved. But Gideon can’t let Sidra reach her goal without crushing any chance he has of reaching his.

03
Oct
11

Key of Solomon is on Tour!

Key of Solomon is on a month-long blog tour with interviews, special articles, giveaways and more! If you haven’t gotten a copy of Key of Solomon, visit any of the blogs and enter to win. All you have to do is leave a comment. It’s that simple.

And each time you visit and comment on one of the tour sites below, you get entered for a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate from my publisher, Samhain Publishing! Just think, $20.00 to spend on whatever books you want. Don’t have a reader? No problem, you can download a pdf.

And keep an eye out here.  I’ll do some special giveaways this entire month to celebrate the tour. And to whet your appetite for book 2 coming out next August, I’ll even post some snippets. But first, check out the revision to the Chapter One in the tabs above.

And no, the picture is not my hero. But isn’t he just delicious? I would imagine Mikos looked liked this in full battle gear. 🙂

Here is the schedule:

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:




Key of Solomon

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