CHARACTER NAME- Desdemona, Virtue Angel, Captain of the Royal Guards for the Court of Light leader of the Illuminasqua
- How did you end up in the situation you’re currently in? I fought Lucifer and saved Archangel Gabriel
- Do you have any regrets? None.
- Is your life now as you envisioned it? If not – then why? No, but it’s ok I am protecting Queen Aurora, a job that is an honour. I never thought I would be a Virtue Angel, but I am happy to have kept my Elestial blade.
- Do you believe in monsters? Yes I have fought them
- Do you have a moral code? “Loyalty to the kin not to the crown.”
- Would you kill for those you love? Yes
- Would you die for those you love? Yes
- How do you think others see you? My enemies fear me and I like that.
- Who is your greatest enemy? I have none, but I despise King Jarvok.
- What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell)? I have no weakness, I was the greatest of the Power Brigade members and the only one to ever exalt to Virtue Angel, and now I am the leader of the Illuminasqua. Jarvok thinks he is the best but one day we will meet and I will face him and finish the scar on his right cheek I gave him.
- How do you think others see you? Like a deadly weapon.
- Do you believe in god(s)? Not anymore.
- What do you think of your author/creator? a total badass because she made me.
For the author
Books in which this character appears: Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven, Birth of the Fae: Thine Eyes of Mercy
IG: @birthof thefae_novel
Danielle M. Orsino was working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distraction during long I.V. treatment sessions. So, Orsino decided to tell a story. Little did she know the seed would grow into a fantastically epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Drawing from her passion for comic books, Cosplay and fantasy along with her expert martial arts expertise, Orsino brings forth an electric and hopeful debut.
Danielle is taking on her biggest challenge to date: taking the story born from the long treatment sessions with a patient into a fantasy book series-Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing, comics and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective.
Author name: Danielle M. Orsino
Please tell us about your publications/work.
A fantasy epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. The book was born from my time working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distraction during long I.V. treatment sessions. I jump into the realm of angels, fairies, dragons and mermaids retelling their origins from a new perspective .
How did you become involved with bundles? (For Bundle Authors)
Stephanie Rabell my PR rep.
Do you think the written word (or art) bring power and freedom? Yes it levels the playing field and gives people a voice.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? so much, there are scammers just waiting to pounce, don’t doubt yourself. The whole “if you write it they will come.” line doesn’t work. YOU have to work at it. The publishing world is a game like anything else and you need to learn it.
What’s your greatest networking tip? Book clubs, and the bookstagram community are phenomenal be appreciative of them.
If you could have dinner with any literary character or author who would you choose, and what would you eat. Shannon Mayer or Laurel K. Hamilton. I have to know how Laurel writes her sex scenes and how Shannon can write so many different characters and tie her universe together she is truly prolific. A food old fashion Italian family style dinner.
How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at? I have done a lot of religious text research and looked at tons of conspiracy theories for book four. So probably the shadow government stuff dealing with the supernatural was pretty weird.
How influential is storytelling to our culture? It’s ingrained in our culture when you think about it, storytelling was our first real source of verbal entertainment.
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Be yourself.
What’s the worst piece best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Change for your audience.
If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why? A Fae.
Which authors have influenced you the most? Ann Rice, Laurel K. Hamilton, for their fearlessness. Jim Henson and Walt Disney for their ways of showing how to craft a story.
What is your writing space like? I handwrite all my books first so my space is anywhere.
Tell us about your latest piece? I am editing book four, but we are getting ready to release Book two in which the Fae will see what happens when you can’t remember why you started a war and how it has affected their kin and their human worshippers. We will see the Fae in the end of Tudor England and the beginnings of Queen Mary the first.
What’s your next writing adventure? In book Four the Fae will be in the 21st century and I am currently editing book four and about 25 chapters into book five.
What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? NO I think the more people who read the better, price and money should never be an obstacle, reading is not a privilege it is a right that everyone has.
What are your views on authors commenting on reviews? Depends. if the review is inaccurate and coming from a nasty place and the author feels they are being demeaned it is up to them same if it’s a touching review and they want to say thank you they should.
How do you deal with bad reviews? I am working on dealing with the reviews. I negate the best and the worst, together. Each review has merit. The ones that bother me are when its clear the person has a bias because I am a female author. An example is the subject of romance; I have had reviews about people wanting more romance. I have said book one has no romance. But because I am a female author they feel I should have romance. The reviews are bad because it is someone else’s opinion about me as a female author and their assumption. The book does not really get a fair shot. I have also had a few people have issues with the religious subject matter so I have warned people of the religious undertones some are offended by that and the violence which once again coming from a woman colours their view and the book. The reviews usually say something like “the religious stuff doesn’t bother me but…” and they go one to pan the book. It is clear the religious subject matter was an issue or “The violence is not appropriate for YA readers.” but my book is not listed for YA, I had someone write “for a woman she is angry and violent.” I am a world-class martial artist of course I write great fight scenes! Those are the types of reviews which bother me but, I am learning to deal with them. Everyone in entitled to their opinion and I respect it.
Sort these into order of importance:
With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling? I hope so, I think the big publishing machine has controlled and limited the voices long enough it is time for a change.
Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline? no I don’t think physical books are in decline but the way we shop is changing, the versatility of e-books can’t be denied. I think to each their own, I love the way a book feels in my hand and the magic of opening it.
Are indie/self published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this? I believe there is still a stigma and lack of validation that a big publisher did not “chose” you to publish so readers are still unsure to spend their hard earned money on you as an author which is unfair, many indie publishers have educated themselves on the ins and outs of the publishing world and do not want to be anchored to the contracts and want control of their works.
What is your greatest success? Sitting down to write and having the guts to introduce my version of the Fae to the world.
How important is writing/art to you? it has become like air.
What are your hopes for the coming year? To have more readers enter into the Veil and perhaps forget their reality for a little while. The greatest joy for an author is to be someone’s tour guide into the world they have created.
Tell us a silly fact about yourself. I dressed up as Wonder Woman every year for the first 10 years of my life every Halloween. Then I went to see Lynda Carter perform a few years ago in concert and I dressed up as Wonder Woman because it was a few days before Halloween. Guess what I was the only one dressed up.
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? Wonder Woman I wrote essays about it
Links to book
Title: Missing in France (Book #4 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series)
Author: Rita Lee Chapman
Genre: Crime mystery
Main character description (short).
Anna Davies is the protagonist of this series. She is curious, persevering and tenacious.
When Mike accepts a two-year contract in France, Anna is delighted at the prospect of spending time in Paris and Marseille. She doesn’t anticipate being drawn into yet another mystery, one which puts her own life in danger.
Brief Excerpt 250 words:
I could hear footsteps behind me as I ran down the cobblestone street. It was narrow and dark and I knew I had to get to where there were some people. My chasers were closer now, their footsteps echoing off the walls and I didn’t know if I could keep going for much longer. My breathing was coming in heavy gasps and my chest was burning. At my age, I was not used to running. Surely there were people around somewhere, it wasn’t very late. I had to find help, or somewhere I could hide.
Everything was closed; there didn’t seem to be anyone around. I turned a corner and flew up a flight of steps to the next street, where I could see street lights throwing their welcoming light. The men were not far behind. I had no idea who these men were or why they were chasing me. Did they want to kill me, or only to frighten me? I didn’t know – but I wasn’t slowing down to find out. I felt real fear enveloping me. In fact, I was terrified. I had to keep running.
I saw people lying in the street up ahead. Why were they lying in the street? Were they dead? As I came closer, a few heads popped up, but nobody moved to stand up or to help me. Why was no-one trying to help me? They stared at me with eyes that didn’t see and turned away. I ran past them, they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, help me. I kept running; down another cobbled alleyway, around another corner. I had a stitch in my side now and I was gasping for breath. How much longer could I outrun them?
Why should readers buy this book (50 words max)?
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy mysteries combined with travel and a touch of romance. As a stand-alone book, it is not necessary to have read the previous three books in the series.
Large Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08X63F2BN
CHARACTER NAME: Clyde
- Tell us a little about yourself:
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. I’m a vampire. Not the kind you’re thinking of, but a species called a Dawn Fang. In fact, I’m the first one due to this thing called the Great Cataclysm. It washed over the world and turned my execution into a rebirth type of thing. Now, I’m faster, stronger, and immune to the sun. A few accidents later and I realized I could make more of my kind, which resulted in me creating a kingdom called Nytefall. I’ve been leading the Dawn Fangs for a few decades now and it doesn’t get any easier. Running a gang of vampiric thieves is one thing. Now, I have to run a kingdom in the face of a civil war, sun-worshipping priests, hunters, usurpers, and all manner of enemies. The worst part is that I can’t kill all of them if I want to prove to mortals that Dawn Fangs aren’t monsters. Not that I haven’t considered it.
- How did you end up in the situation you’re currently in?
The mess I’m in is rather complicated. As far as I know, I haven’t done anything to anger this vampire hunter. He calls himself Alastyre and keeps ripping the heads off vampires. Swears he’s the one who’s going to kill. Scary part is that he might not be wrong since he’s the strongest enemy I’ve ever faced. Nobody else has managed to match my power and primal brutality like this guy. So, I’m going to have to do something I haven’t done in over one hundred years. I have to train and get stronger in order to stop this maniac from killing my people and destroying my kingdom.
- Do you believe in monsters?
Of course. I am one. Don’t go thinking all monsters are heartless beasts that can only destroy. Sure, that’s basically the definition, but that way of thinking is why Dawn Fangs are having trouble. We are vampires, which makes us monsters. Yet, we’re able to live like mortals, so we’re in the middle. Personally, I think any species can be seen as a monster in certain situations.
- Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be?
I guess you could say that I do. Hard to tell since I use illusions to trick people, especially in battle or when I’m stealing. Guess you could say that my moral code depends on who I’m dealing with. If I’m facing an honourable person then I’ll act the same. Pit me against a jerk and I’ll do whatever it takes to either kill them or knock them down a few thousand pegs. One constant rule I have is that you don’t draw children into your fights. They can join when they grow up, but let them be kids before that time.
- Would you kill for those you love?
I’ve proven that I would on several occasions. Not only for the woman I love, but my friends too. They’re my family and I’m going to protect them with this great power I’ve been given. In return, they watch my back and make sure I don’t surrender to the monster in my soul. Guess that desire to retain my humanity makes the whole killing for loved ones rather strange. It makes sense if you’re a vampire.
- Would you die for those you love?
Tough one here because you can only do this once. It would have to be a very specific situation. My sacrifice would need to result in my family being safe for the rest of their existence. Otherwise, I’d get myself killed and they’d still be in danger, which means I made a mistake.
- How do you define ‘heroism?’
Heroism is the ability to stand by your convictions and defend others. It’s very easy to change your mind or abandon people to save your own skin. In fact, I’d say most people do this once they’re challenged. Those with heroism ignore their own survival instinct to make the world a better place. Although, to be honest, I don’t have that much use for the mortal version of heroism. For a vampire, it’s closer to having the ability to control your destructive tendencies for the good of your people.
- What is your greatest skill/asset?
I would have to go with my illusions, which work off my cunning. Sure, I can shatter mountains with my fists. My Lord’s Rage allows me to get even stronger at the cost of my self-control. Those work for slaughtering enemies and physical obstacles, but they can be undermined. My illusions are much more difficult to get around and they create opportunities for my strength to be used. I can create decoys, false attacks, or mask my true form to confuse my enemies. That and it’s simply fun to mess with people.
- What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell)?
This is the big question. In fact, it’s the reason I’m on this ridiculous training quest while my friends are trapped with Alastyre. I need to figure out my greatest weakness in order to overcome it. After decades of never feeling threatened, I can’t imagine what it would be. Could be overconfidence, but I’m trying really hard to stay humble while I rule a kingdom. I really wonder why people can’t just show up and tell me the answer here.
- Do you believe in god(s)?
Definitely. I come from Windemere, which has active gods. There’s a whole pantheon that lives on an island and watches the rest of us. They have this rule against physically interfering in events because of past mistakes. Actually, I recently had my first god encounter. The guy was a jerk and I’d have punched his face in if I didn’t think he’d smite me.
- Do you believe you will be successful in your quest?
Yes to both quests. I believe I will find a way to become stronger and defeat Alastyre. There’s no reason it wouldn’t happen since I always find a way to win. I need to be patient and think hard about the problem. That or beat up whatever’s in my path until they give me what I need.
My other quest is the big one. I want to prove that Dawn Fangs can live amongst mortals without posing a danger. This is possible since we can eat regular food and drink blood without killing. The biggest hurdle is that we’re still vampires, so people see us as monsters. Doesn’t help that we have a civil war going on between Nytefall and those who wish to stay in the shadows. Once I get that cleared up, the big quest will be nothing more than a simple test of patience.
- What do you think of your author/creator?
He’s got a pretty good imagination, but I have a major grievance. It took the moron about 15 years to get to my series. He pretended to be me in this imagination game for about a year, but then shelved me for nearly half of his life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy that he’s given me the spotlight, but I waited so long and I can see that my time isn’t going to be as long as that of his previous heroes. We’re definitely going to have to chat once he goes to bed.
For the author:
Books in which this character appears:
War of Nytefall Series– https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KBFS2LK
Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After spending many years fiddling with his thoughts and notebooks, he decided that it was time to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house with only pizza and seltzer to sustain him, Charles brings you tales from the world of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and drawing you into a world of magic.
Lauren has money, a hot man in her life, friends, a nice apartment, but all is not well. She’s from a line of witches and her Spirit Raven keeps appearing, warning of danger. Accidents and misfortune surround her and eventually even her life is at risk.
There’s the raven again….
This is a great short listen for those who enjoy fantasy. Well crafted, it keeps the listening engaged as the suspense builds. Who is it trying to destroy Lauren, and her dream life? Who is she it she cannot trust? The ending was a surprise 🙂
The narrator is pleasant and easy to listen to, and the pace of the story engaging.
4 stars for the narrator, 5 for the story.
Title: War of Nytefall: Savagery
Author: Charles E. Yallowitz
Genre: Fantasy, Vampires, Action Adventure
Main character description (short):
In the magical world of Windemere, Clyde was your average vampire thief who ran a gang of criminals. Then, the Great Cataclysm struck in the middle of his execution and transformed him into a new breed of monster. Able to retain his strength in the sun and possessing a heartbeat, Clyde realized he could pass as mortal. He also learned that he could turn old-world vampires into what would come to be known as Dawn Fangs. For years, he has defended the hidden kingdom of Nytefall as he waits for the day vampires and mortals can coexist. It doesn’t help that he really enjoys fighting and keeps looking for trouble.
After years of defending Nytefall and the Dawn Fangs from all enemies, Clyde may have met his ultimate challenge. Matching the destructive vampire in power and ferocity, Alastyre the hunter is the first to make him feel fear. Before he knows what is happening, Clyde has been driven from his home while his friends remain trapped with this new threat. His only hope is to find a way to become stronger and return to reclaim his kingdom. Yet, how can a monster who splits mountains with a single blow become more powerful?
The instant the longbow clatters on the floor, Clyde and Alastyre vanish for a moment and reappear on opposite sides of the courtyard. The force from their failed strikes create matching blasts of air and they whirl around in unison to face each other once more. Another charge results in the combatants crashing together, the shockwave sending a circular wall of sand billowing away from them. Palms pressing against each other, they appear to be evenly matched until Clyde is struck by a swift headbutt. Having been caught by surprise, his back-leg bends and he loses the leverage that was preventing him from being forced away. With his knee on the ground, he is bent backwards and left open for another shot to the face. It is only by increasing his Lord’s Rage that he avoids falling and musters the strength to shove Alastyre to the side. He dislocates his wrists to free his hands from the hunter’s grip and creates four illusions of himself to gain time to heal. With his own body masked to blend into the nearest boulder, the Dawn Fang crouches in order to pounce on the first opportunity. Instead, he has to leap away when his enemy ignores the decoys and punches exactly where he is lurking.
“I’ve studied your tactics, so your tricks are pointless,” Alastyre says as he throws the cracked boulder over his shoulder.
“Guess I’ll have to take you seriously then,” the Dawn Fang retorts with a grin.
Why should readers buy this book?
The only reason to buy this book is because it’s a fun adventure. I write to entertain with humour, exciting action scenes, and colourful characters. Like my other books, War of Nytefall: Savagery is pure, relaxing escapism.
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