They wage a deadly battle over one small relic, an artifact of immense power shaped by the most powerful witch in history. Seeing the artifact in a vision and desperate to find it before his ancient dark enemies, Marcus Croft moves his coven to San Francisco to continue the search.
But the battle follows them there and the whole coven is pulled into the conflict including Marcus’ adopted son Aidan. Born both a witch and a vampire, he is the coven’s most powerful warrior destroying any of the dark witches or their vampire servants he finds. Sworn to protect humans, Aidan is torn between his indifference to them and his guilt over killing his own kind; lost to anything but the thrill of the hunt.
All of this changes when he meets Tess, a young college student. As their relationship grows, Aidan finds that his undeveloped powers of witchcraft begin to manifest. But events spin out of control when Tess is almost killed by an agent of the dark coven. To save her, Aidan must reveal his true nature.
As the attacks increase, he and Tess find themselves caught up in a desperate search across two continents for the elusive artifact. Guided by a spell bound set of clues, they must pass a deadly series of tests to prove they are worthy of the artifact. The two covens collide in a final battle and Aidan discovers he must make a terrible decision that could destroy them both.
Aiden is a rare being, born half vampire, half witch; his supernatural powers were suppressed by means of a complicated spell for his safety and the safety of others when he was just a few days old. When he turns nineteen, the suppression spell finally dissipates, and Aiden discovers that he is a possible lynchpin in an ongoing battle that has raged for eons. Then he meets Tess, a human unlike any he has ever known, and Aiden realizes that no challenge is too great when it comes to protecting Tess and ensuring her safety.
This story began extremely well. It hooked me quickly. Aiden is a fantastically likeable hero who is lucky to have an extended family both supportive and protective of him. I always enjoy the idea of a hidden supernatural society and this story is no exception to that. Read the Entire Review on Night Owl
Tell us about your current release.
Night Glimmer is a supernatural thriller with a strong romantic theme. The book has two main subplots. First it’s a great action story that traces the conflict between two covens each made up of both vampires and witches. They are both searching for an ancient artifact that holds immense power and the secret to their past and future.
The second theme is a romantic relationship between the two main characters, Aidan a vampire/witch hybrid and Tess a young college student. Their relationship explores how the path to self-knowledge is really a journey of self-sacrifice and how love can be a transforming power for understanding. The questions they have about themselves are answered through the sacrifices they make for each other.
So the book has something for everyone.
What’s unique about your novel?
Night Glimmer is not your traditional vampire romance. Witchcraft plays a predominate role in the novel. It also has a thread of mystery running through it, as the characters have to decipher a lot of clues to discover the artifact’s hiding place.
The book also contains a lot of fast paced action as the characters have numerous interactions with the other coven. So between the action and the mysteries you gain a unique perspective on these supernatural characters. So in this respect, it’s not your typical romance.
Tell us about your next release.
The book ends with a few open questions that I will answer in the sequel. In the next book the underpinnings of this conflict between the covens will be explored and a new history of these magical beings will be developed that explains where vampires come from, their relationship to witches and how the conflict between the covens is actually much more ancient and deadly than they think.
All of this however will be developed through the on-going relationship of Aidan and Tess and the other members of their coven. The next book will have even more action than the last. It should be a fast and fun read.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Oh Yes. Beth was my strongest supporter and read multiple iterations of the book. She sacrificed a lot of long evenings and weekends for me to complete the novel. I couldn’t have done it without her.
The book also contains a lot of very strong female characters. Both Beth and my daughter fit that description! So I wove some aspects of them into the main characters.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
It does. Using travel, the writer can place his characters in new and sometimes difficult places. This allows for new elements of their personality to manifest that were not seen before. Travel is a great tool to explore new patterns of behavior. It’s like taking a trip with someone. When you do that, you quickly learn new things about them, both good and bad.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I don’t have a set formula per se. I find that I sort of tell the story to myself and as I do that, new characters or plot twists seem to just jump out. Walking also seems to help me generate new ideas.
Another thing that really helps is music. I find that if I associate a character with a specific song or band, it helps the character seem more alive and they are much easier to relate to. When I am going to write a section where that character plays an important role, I listen to that song a couple of times and it seems to make the work easier.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love being in the moment when the characters seem to come alive. When you lose yourself in the story, it’s like you are transported to a different place. When you are in that moment, that new place is so clear and vibrant. It just makes you feel more alive.
I love fiction especially supernatural fantasy and science fiction. I've been reading these genres for years. I believe the most engaging and innovative work is to be found here.
In my work, I strive to write cutting edge content with believable characters even those with a supernatural slant.
My hope is that you have as much fun reading my stories as I do writing them!
For those interested, my academic training was in philosophy and the classics. I've also spent years designing and writing software but fiction is a lot more fun.
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