For Deva it is life or death, on-the-job training with her companion, Padraig O’Neal, a Fae warrior with a shadowed past. Can he quiet the storm raging inside her, help her harness the growing power within her, and provide a barrier between Deva and a fatal outcome? Will their love be enough to save Deva and stop the Dark Lord’s demons from entering Earth?
What a Home run this book was! Wow! This book was one of those books once you get it, reality does not exist any longer. Action, Romance, Witty humor, and lets not forget the gorgeous men and warrior women! That is just a taste of what you would find in this awesome read. You can also find Were’s, Shifters, demons, Fae, magic… and that’s just the beginning. The characters are so well developed, that they will send you through a whirl wind of emotions as you move through this well formed plot and beautifully sculpted world. I yearn to read the next book. Yes I did say yearn.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
I’m an army brat and have lived all over the US, Europe, and Japan. By the time I entered ninth grade, I was in my thirteenth school. You’d think I’d had enough moving around, but no, I married a career army officer who then left the military for the CIA. That’s when I started working for the agency in the tech field and as an intelligence analyst. I’ve also taught high school US History, Civics, and comparative government.
I’m a reader, a voracious reader. When living overseas I lived at the library and the Stars and Stripes Bookstore. Then I read one-too-many wall-bangers. You know the kind, where logic goes out the window, the names are not kept straight, eye color changes, a heroine who stamped her foot every time she got angry, and decided I can do better than that. A year later, I had my first completed novel and plenty of paper for lining the two litter boxes.
One, how difficult it is to get readers willing to take a chance on an unknown. Two, no matter how much I loved a story, that between the rewrites and edits I could get sick of looking at it. Three, it is impossible to correct every error, no matter how many times and how pairs of eyes read it.
Yes and no. I rely on the three-act screenplay structure and use it as a map to tell me where things need to happen. These are called plot points and no matter what genre you write, they always fall at the same point in the story. I also write first person autobiographies of each character in the story—from birth to age 25, or in the case of Fae and demons, age 100. Then I write what they’ve done for the six months before the start of the story to when they enter it. This saves me time in learning my characters voice and helps with the plot.
Story, story, story. Character, character, character. It’s easier to fix the mechanics/technical aspect of writing if you have something to correct. However, you do need to know spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If you don’t, make a commitment to learn it, because your editor shouldn’t have to spend her time grinding through commas and semicolons.
I’ve just finished Absolution, which is Luc’s story. This week, I start Sophie’s Challenge, which is Sophie and Jamie’s story. That’s followed by Kate and Mark’s story in Kate’s Army. You learn of both these women in Dragon Child and meet Sophie in the book.
Warrior’s Rise: A warrior woman & Fae prince w/ a team of supernaturals must save world from the forces of darkness. Is she ready? Which will triumph—good or evil? Stay tuned.
I’d wanted to write an interdimensional fantasy adventure for many years, but market wasn’t there. By the time I sat down to write it, it was all there in my mind. I follow Captain Kirk’s motto: “Good can triumph over evil, but it must be very, very careful.”
Warrior’s Rise seemed to flow out of me in a gush. While I can sometimes be stumped how to start a scene or chapter—I’m a perfectionist and need the opening line—this book was different. I had thought it just came to me, but when looking back through notes, I discovered I’d been thinking about Warrior’s Rise and Dragon Child, in fact the entire series for more than a decade. I saw the entire series arc and how each book fed into it, including their titles. That said, the third book, Absolution, gave me fits.
Warrior’s Rise is the first in a series. Right now, I have twelve long and short novels and eight shorts planned. By shorts, I mean fewer than 15,000 words. This year, the following Warriors For Light books will be published: Warrior’s Rise and Dragon Child are available now. Absolution will be released May 15. Sophie’s Challenge and Kate’s Army will come out in late November. In between, there will be at least one short.
I wanted a heroine who had the cards stacked against her. She is half Fae and half human, living in the human world. Neither side, if they knew of her, would accept her. She’s been raised to be a warrior, has the skills, yet just hearing the word Harpies strikes terror in her heart. (Harpies killed her father. You can read the free short story, Deva’s Promise, on my website.) She runs a bar and has little to no idea what kind of magick she commands. As the magick begins to evolve, she has to learn control. Along the way, she learns not everything is as it seems, and the line between friends and enemies is very thin.
Padraig is easy. I would choose Sam Worthington. Sigh. He starred in Avatar and Clash of the Titans. He’s tall and has the hardened look of a warrior carrying a lot of baggage. Deva is harder because she could be one of three actresses: Maggie Q from Nikita on CW, she’s athletic and exotic looking; Jennifer Garner, whom I loved in Alias; Anna Paquin, who’s in True Blood and was in the X-Men series.
Strangely, it was filtering in the romance. I wrote the book first, setting the world, battles, and friendships. Then I went back and filtered in the touches, glances, and internal thoughts of growing attraction. It was always there, but not enough to qualify as a romance. While each book in the series will deal with other characters, Deva will appear in some capacity because as the Goddess’ Holy Weapon—the Cáidh Arm—most of the characters have a position within her Army For Light and report to her.
I was blown away. It was stunning and captured Deva perfectly—sword drawn, ready to take on anyone who threatens the Light. I was also very lucky with my cover artist. She believes in working with the author, making it a team effort.
I would love for you, the readers, to visit me at my website or blog. I look forward to hearing your comments about which characters you love or want to read more about.
Warrior’s Rise is available at Amazon, B&N Nook, Smashwords
Dragon Child is available at Amazon, B&N Nook, Smashwords
1 Copy each of in one of the following in formats: Kindle, ePub, PDF, Mobi, or PDB.
Warrior's Rise, Warriors for Light, Book 1
Dragon Child, Warriors for Light, Book 2
The Ultimate Game, Turner Chronicles, Vol. 1