Rayven St. Michael- Character Interview

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Rayven St. Michael, the ultimate bad-boy. He most likely shocked you, or will shock you, by the end of Noble Courage. He is one determined little fellow and once he sets his sights on a prize, he never quits.

There is one part in Price of Power that often gains a bit of scrutiny. Of course, it involves the scandalous Rayven St. Michael.

Here is the interview on Rayven St. Michael that I wrote a long while back. Have a super fun time getting to know this bad apple!

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The Earl of Cliffehaven: Thorne Darktower- Character Interview

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I hope you are enjoying day one of Aspen’s Birthday Bash!

My characters are some of my best friends. If that makes me weird, then I’m weird. It’s nothing I didn’t already know and I’m okay with that! I love that J.K. Rowling has the ability to provide back stories and histories on her characters. She is always coming out with little stories to supplement her series and I just love that. I guess that if I like it, other people do also! Because my characters have so much depth and history, I decided to interview the main ones. I love how they all speak to me and their story comes across in their own style.

So here’s a little treat for you… I posted this interview of Thorne a long time ago but it’s the perfect time to revisit and get to know him better!

And don’t forget, the elusive interview with Cappy will happen sometime throughout the tour! Stay tuned!

Please visit my good friend, Lady Jeriann Watkins tomorrow for a post on Price of Power: Book Two of the Aspen Series!

Virtual Birthday Bash: 1st Stop!

 

I love Aspen. Sure, she is very much like me in many ways so I will claim her good qualities, thank you. Lol. I can’t tell you why this year feels different to celebrate her, but it does. Perhaps it stems from learning to love myself more that has caused me to feel so nostalgic. Maybe I’m in awe of her as I work on book 6. I really can’t say for sure.

Hopefully some of you are new readers. But regardless of how involved you are with my Aspen Series, this post should be a lot of fun! I will be introducing you to the cast in this post and welcome your thoughts and comments! Let’s get ready for some reading! It’s the cheapest, most adventurous vacation you will take this summer!

Now, I have written this series as I watched it play like a movie in my mind. Therefore, it’s natural for me to cast it like a movie as well. Keep in mind, I did not pen the characters based on these celebrities, I fit them to the character’s roles.

Meet Aspen!

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This girl, born to a poor family but possessing a certain grace, endures every obstacle that tries to stand in her way. Nothing holds her back from her moral obligations to always do the right thing. Sometimes this poses a challenge for her, but there are times it works in her favor too. She is sweet and loveable with a temper that would rival an angry volcano in her fury.

Meet Thorne!

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Ah, Thorne. Many refer to him as the perfect man who has a chip on his shoulder. He is one with a haunted past who doesn’t know he is looking for a ray of sunshine to disrupt the storm he calls life. He has no idea how one decision early in his life would shape his entire future…

Meet Rayven!

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Such a beautiful boy to fall in love with! Aspen’s heart first pitter-patters for this noble young man. She vows to marry him one day but one should be most careful about what they wish for…

Rayven St. Michael doesn’t disappoint and keeps you guessing and on your guard!

Meet Rothan!

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There is something to be said about a king who acts the spoiled child. Power knows how to control this pathetic man. He may shock you at times, but never underestimate him for he will be the first one to stab you sharply between the shoulder blades!

Meet Cappy!

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Cappy is a fierce leader of Thorne’s military but he also has a soft underbelly that looks upon Thorne like a son. He is jolly and loving, but attacks quickly with his large axe. Cappy is a favorite in Noble Courage. You don’t meet people like him every day.

Meet Vatric!

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Until you really get to know him, Vatric seems like a monster. This is the father of sweet Aspen and there is no love lost between them. Vatric is a fine example of how evil can shape a man’s mind. Poor, poor Vatric. Life has been pretty hard on this guy.

You can get the first installment of Vatric’s story when you join the Lords and Ladies Club!

Meet Lyndsay!

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And there is Lyndsay. We just celebrated her birthday a couple of weeks ago. Here is a woman who lived a hard life, loved deeply, and became a victim of her own grief. She mothered Aspen but found it difficult to protect her and ultimately finds herself living amongst a sea of regrets.

You can find more of the cast on my Pinterest board!

The Aspen Series was written to be real, but also to be empowering. The message? It doesn’t matter where you come from but how you embrace life. It’s important to be who you really are even in the face of criticism. That’s very hard to do sometimes. This message is not passed on much in our very negative society. Girls grow up feeling fat and ugly, depression runs rampant and suicide is a common solution these days. I was one of those girls and it has taken me my entire adult life to find my self-worth. It is during those young years that dreams should be encouraged and body image should be reinforced. Aspen shows us that all people have value and even when you are born a pauper, you hold the power to better the lives of those around you and become a leader admired by many. Never allow anyone to hold you back. Never allow anyone to make you feel like quitting. You are an amazing gift and you have a purpose.

Feel free to check out the trailer for Noble Courage HERE! Then, head on over to Amazon to download your copy! No Kindle? That’s okay! Grab the FREE Kindle app! Amazon has the sign up right under the cover of Noble Courage on the Kindle Store.

Don’t forget to check out our daily games and fun on Facebook too! You could win prizes for participating!

Tomorrow’s post will be hosted by my good friend, Jeriann. Don’t forget to pay her a visit! And each afternoon, I will be posting interviews with my main characters with a bonus interview with Cappy coming up soon!

Thank you so much for reading and celebrating Aspen along with me throughout her birthday week!

Virtual Birthday Bash Mini Tour!

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

You are hereby invited to Aspen’s Virtual Birthday Bash June 15th-20th!

We just celebrated Lyndsay Tiller’s birthday on May 31st, but this week is the birthday of my main heroine, Aspen. She happens to share my birthday. lol! (I did that so I would always remember her birthday for consistency reasons throughout the series.)

So as we prepare to kick off the festivities, I will lay out the “mini-tour” schedule!

June 15th: Right here with me!   Noble Courage Spotlight: Meet the Cast!

June 16th:  Lady Jeriann Watkins    Price of Power Spotlight!

June 17th: Sir Seumas Gallacher   Tears of Penance Spotlight!

June 18th: Happy Birthday! Right here with me!  Salvation of the Forgotten Spotlight!

June 19th: Lady Cynthia Hepner    The Benevolent Light Spotlight!

June 20th: Right here with me!  Sneak Peek of The Key of the Kingdom!

In addition to the fun of jumping from blog to blog, I will be posting a character interview/background each day right here on my site!

I’m also hosting a Facebook event that will have fun games and prizes! So have a great time checking it all out! Let’s make this the BEST birthday celebration EVER!

And if you are still reading, Noble Courage will be FREE June 18th-20th! Don’t forget to grab it!

Never miss an event, promo, new release or bonus reading material! Join my Lords and Ladies Club, exclusive to my loyal readers! Just for becoming a member, I will send you a FREE short book- The Serpent Strikes: Tales of Elgolan No. 1.

Trivia Time! We’re Having a Party!!

  

It’s been a little while since I’ve divulged any cool trivia about my writing. I thought this little ditty fit great!

My mom’s birthday, as you know from last week’s post, is coming up on the 31st of May. Yes, my books will be on sale that day. But something you may not know is that Lyndsay’s birthday shares that of my mother.

See, when I created Lyndsay, I patterned her after my mom. She was sweet and strong but beaten down by life, illness and loved ones that couldn’t understand how she felt inside.

There was a time when my mom was my best friend. She helped me through every pregnancy, every birth, and every adjustment to life with children. And as I sit back and think about it, a rift between us began to form when she moved away. I mean like across the state kind of moving. We could talk on the phone, but it wasn’t the same. I learned to live life without her.

I suppose there was some jealousy in me that she found a guy that treated her well and that she was head over heels with this sweetheart of hers. I was a single mother of four sons dating one loser after another. I worked late hours and saw little of my children. I grew lonesome and regrets shredded my soul. My mom was not there to pick up the pieces and show me how to repair my life.

My mom, bless her, started to struggle. So much, that I grew agitated that I couldn’t help her. After years of coaxing, we finally moved her back nearby. Just as Aspen felt she had saved her mother, so did I. I had a lot of anger inside at those who had hurt her so badly and left her damaged.

The moral of this story? Even though I wrote Noble Courage a long time before most of this happened, my mom’s journey has been eerily similar to Lyndsay’s. I created a mother for Aspen inspired by the mother I love so much. One who is strong but submissive, loving yet hardened. Sometimes I look at her and those pretty blue eyes scream at me that she is so tired and worn out. Both mothers are people to celebrate as we approach May 31st!

If you read Noble Courage and want to hear more about Lyndsay’s life, read The Tales of Elgolan. It will only be available in one book for a short time longer! In this book, you are entertained by the back story to Aspen’s parents in five short stories, each connected with the next. Get it on Kindle today and get ready for the big sale on the rest of The Aspen Series on May 31st!!

From the Record Book of Aspen Darktower: A Mother’s Love

  

Having just spent Mother’s Day with my sons, I felt the need to express the joys of motherhood and reflect on the sacrifices made by mothers all the time. I hope you enjoy this little piece of Aspen’s. When you finish, tell your mother you love her.

A mother’s love is God’s gift to a woman because He loves her so. A love unique to her that only she will know.
~ Aspen Darktower


“I take pause as I watch my little ones play at my feet. Our quarters are close here in Foxglove, so we see the children often. My heart fills with joy each moment I spend with them and it makes me wonder…Did my own mother feel this same sense of happiness as she watched me play?

There were so many things I never got to tell my mother and so few things we ever spoke about.

As my sons talk to each other in a language all their own, my mind wanders to the day my mother passed away. She finally appeared to have found peace despite the fact that her life was taken from her. Still, it was heartbreaking to say goodbye. It was unbearable to return her body to the earth.

There are days that I miss her smile. There was comfort there. There was love. I would give anything to sit with her again and have her brush my hair. I want to wrap her in my arms and offer her the safety within that circle. I wish I could kiss her cheek and feel the warmth of life.

I thought I’d have my whole life to share my love with her. I thought she would enjoy her grandsons. I never thought she would go so soon.

For my mother so loved me that she shielded me from the world. She could not shield me from my Da, so she protected me from everyone else. She loved me enough to insist that I better myself- that I learned from every experience, for she knew of my destiny. I can still hear her haunting words in my mind as I was whisked away from her so young, “Make me proud.”

I threw down upon my mother my feelings of hatred and anger. I lashed out at her with a forked tongue. Every drop of hurt in every tear I cried was wrongfully directed at my mother and Da. I was selfish; she was selfless.

I look at my little boys and I know if I had to endure that much hatred from them, I would be utterly destroyed. It is this realization that floods my soul with unimaginable guilt and plagues me with regret. Once that loved one is gone, there is no reconciliation. There is only the guilt.

And so I find myself in a position of motherhood. The love I feel for my children is overwhelmingly powerful and grows stronger each day. I marvel at my sweet creations and celebrate all that my mother did for me…and continues to do for me, even from the grave. A mother’s love knows no bounds, yet it binds a woman with a power no one else will ever experience. That is God’s gift to a woman because He loves her so. A love unique to her that only she will know.”

In light of the love between a mother and child, I will be having a sale on my books to celebrate my own mother’s birthday! Mark your calendar for May 31st! Noble Courage will be free and the rest of the series will be a steal at .99 each on Kindle! Happy birthday, mom!

 

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Happy New Year! Read For Free!!

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So thinking towards a bright and sparkling new year that is right around the corner, I decided to just put all my books on sale…for #FREE!

The only catch is that Noble Courage can’t be free because I had it on sale five days in December. But everything else I have solely put out there is going to be free until Friday, January 2nd.

This is your perfect opportunity to pick up the vast majority of my series for nothing out of your pocket. If you would just kindly leave your thoughts when you are finished, I would be most grateful.

And if you feel so inclined, I would love some Indie suggestions from you on the best books you’ve read this year!! Help a girl out here!

I hope you all have the best New Year’s celebrations. See you again in 2015!