Every hero needs a weapon and Jessa takes the subject seriously with today's guest post, which I have entitled "Loving Arms". Jessa walks us through the armaments featured in the series. We have a terrific goody bag of items to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment telling us about your favorite weapons, real or imagined (please fill out the entry form at the end to make it easier to contact you.
Jessa also has an instant giveaway (free download) of her science fiction romance novella "Enslaved by Starlight" (details below).
by Jessa Slade
I am a huge fan of multi-stage explosions. Many a mediocre movie has been improved -- to my mind anyway -- with additional pretend napalm. While I haven’t been super impressed with the superhero movies lately, I cheered at the Avengers trailer when we got to the explosions-within-explosions part. (Plus, Joss Whedon; need I say more? I thought not.)
I wanted some destructo-fun in my stories too. But I didn’t want to destroy too much of Chicago (it’s my hometown, after all) so I kept my mayhem lower key. In the first three Marked Souls novels, I stuck with weapons that stick: all pointy, edged weapons. My heroes are all immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons. They keep to the shadows in a world that doesn’t know they exist, so they need silent, hand-to-hand weapons to fight the demons that have no intention of repenting.
I gave the cover artist a break and got a little more realistic with the second two books. In FORGED OF SHADOWS, the Chinese-American heroine Jilly chooses for herself deer horn knives, also known as crescent moon knives that were geared for Asian martial arts. Although the hero, Liam, is a former blacksmith and fights with a hammer, he is holding Jilly’s knife on the cover. Aw, isn’t that sweet?
But in the fourth Marked Souls book, DARKNESS UNDONE, I have a hero who ISN’T a moody broody bad boy demonically possessed alpha male. Sidney Westerbrook is basically a bookworm, so handing him a sword-and-a-half wasn’t going to do him much good. And, since DARKNESS UNDONE starts a new trilogy within the world of the Marked Souls, with a new villain, I wanted to go off with a bang.
(Of course, no weapon in the world is going to save Sid from his heroine, Alyce, but we won’t tell him that.)
Just as the title convention of the stories is changing -- from “Shadows” to “Darkness” -- so is the gun a symbol of change in the Marked Souls’ battle against evil. The fight is coming out of the shadows, and it’s time to start making some noise.
I’d love to hear from you about your favorite weapons, real or imagined. I have a few more heroes who need some loving arms around them!
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Thank you for reading!
and as a powerful new enemy ascends,the Marked Souls are pushed to the ragged edge…Sidney Westerbrook has always studied darkness and damnation from a sensible distance. Now, to earn his place as a league Bookkeeper, he must discover why Chicago is such a battleground of soul-linked warriors. But the research becomes personal when he finds himself over his head and under attack — and at the mercy of a waif with demon-lit eyes and a deep yearning in her heart.Alyce Carver has been alone longer than she can remember, battered by the living nightmares that haunt her city. Cornered by yet another gang of demons, she unwittingly joins forces with a handsome scholar who can salvage her past, and she in turn may be the key to his investigations. But she won’t let him go until he shows her everything she’s been missing.What begins as an experiment in possession becomes a trial by desire so powerful it threatens both their lives, even as it binds their souls.
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/6/2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: MARKED SOULS #4
“Slade’s plot packs plenty of action…in a group of forceful personalities.”
– Publishers Weekly
“[A] fish-out-of-water story that keeps a rapid pace, delivering a strong plot,
enjoyable characters and a stunning world.”
–RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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