I'm celebrating the release of book 2 in the Blood and Silver series. Warrior of Fire can be read as a stand alone, but there is an over arching thread regarding the creation of albanex (vampires) and also the threat the Guardians of Adam pose to the remaining Albah (my dying out magical people).
This series combines my love of lost civilizations with magic and vampires. The idea that human civilization has risen before (and modern humans have been around for about one hundred thousand years) and fallen is very appealing. It's also very vain for us to assume that this incarnation is the only one to have ever occurred. As for archeological evidence, well it doesn't take long for nature to reclaim abandoned cities (The World Without Us is a great book) and coastlines have changed dramatically over those centuries and the ocean could've swallowed up the evidence. As an author the what ifs are where the stories are to be found.
The book delves into the what ifs of family expectation, what if the villain wasn't sure she wanted to be an assassin (the family trade) as expected by her mother? What if she fell for her mark, but he hadn't fallen for her? How powerful is jealousy?
For the heroine I wanted to know where the line between free will and seeing the future was. What if you knew who your life partner was, but when you met him you weren't sure?
The hero has his own family obligations, his father is king and he is expected to step up and help out. He doesn't need or want the obligation of helping the heroine with her magic, but at the same time he is curious. And the more curious he gets the more destructive his ex becomes...
Is theirs a love match?
For Leira Venn, her future is a given foretold by the oracle of the Albah, the ancient people she was born to. Which is why she knows from the moment she meets Dr. Julian Ryder that he is fated to be hers. But nothing else about the prophecy feels right. For the handsome doctor is shrouded by darkness, and intimately involved with a woman who seems intent on killing Leira . . .
Or a death wish?
Sorrow has shadowed Julian Ryder for as long as he can remember. But from the moment he meets lovely Leira, his heart is filled with hope for the future—a future that is as combustible as the powerful attraction between them. For Leira is marked for death by the very forces who killed his mother. The very darkness that stole everything he held most dear. Only this time, Julian is stronger, more in control of his powers than ever. But will it be enough to save Leira from those who would destroy her?
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