It's Freaky Friday! And you know what that means....
The Purple Fantasy Den has once again been taken hostage by a fellow author to have their way with. And today's kidnapper is none other than LM Brown who is here to talk about the end of her Heavenly Sins trilogy: Between Life & Death.
So here she is... LM!
-backs up, hands raised- Okay, okay. I'm going.
Hello everyone. First of all, thank you for having me here today to talk about the final book in my Heavenly Sins trilogy. It has been a long time in coming, but it is finally available for those who want to read the conclusion of Tristan, Mac and Alastor’s story.
First of all, I have to warn that this blog post contains spoilers for the previous two books in the series. I’m sorry, I do try to avoid putting spoilers in my blog posts, but for this book there is very little I can say about it that won’t reveal at least one spoiler. It won’t reveal any major spoilers for the final instalment of the trilogy however.
Today I am going to talk a little about some of the research I did when creating my world of angels and demons and give you a few little facts that you may not have known about my characters and world that never made it into the books.
First of all, the angels. Although they are not all shown, I decided to go the traditional route when it came to the archangels and that is why there are fifteen of them. Now, I was going to include a link to the main angels site I used for a lot of my research, but when I went there today it was sadly gone. I will link to some others below.
First of all Raphael. Did you know he was the archangel of healing? This is why he was chosen to be Mac’s mentor since Mac is, as those who have read the series so far will know, a healer himself. It was Mac’s vocation in life and he continues to heal after becoming an angel.
Raphael is also the patron of Guardian Angels, something which comes into play in Between Life & Death.
He is also, in my series at least, an angel who makes mistakes, and who proves that even angels sometimes get things wrong.
The other archangel who plays a pivotal role in the series is Michael. The sometimes disputed leader of the archangels, in my series he is very much the leader, although he does not tend to throw his weight around too much. He presides of patience, mercy, motivation and repentance – amongst other things – which as readers will discover, is again, rather fitting for him.
Finally there is Machidiel (Mac) himself. Machidiel was the angel of courage – and no one who has read the first book in my series can surely doubt my Mac’s courage. The original Machidiel’s main task was to help people who lack the necessary courage to express their love to others. Hmm, Alastor perhaps?
The angels weren’t the only ones I went to some lengths to research when it came to the names and personalities of the characters in my stories.
First some of the secondary characters.
Nybbas – whose name I can never spell – my fingers always want to type Nybaas for some reason – is a demon who is said to manage visions and dreams. This obviously plays a huge part in the second instalment of the Heavenly Sins series. That is where the similarities between my Nybbas and the original end though.
Alastor’s maker had a name change when the series was re-released. He is now Aka Manah. The reason behind this was because when I began the series I did not see him playing such a large role in the series. He was merely going to be mentioned. Unfortunately, pushy characters are the bane of my life and he insisted on a larger role. The meaning of his new name has various translations, most of which are similar to “evil mind”, “evil thinking” etc. As a master manipulator of the mind, it seemed quite fitting.
Lawrence is not a demonic name. He is the lowest of the low and not one of the original demons. Like Tristan he was made into a demon by another incubus. He takes any name that will let him fit into the place where he is preying on his victims. He would no doubt find it amusing that he has taken a Saint’s name – albeit with a modern spelling.
Irdu Lili and Ardat Lili were the names of an Incubus and Succubus, and are often portrayed as part of a trio of demons. For the purposes of my series I stuck to just the two of them. I did take liberty with their descriptions and personalities for the purpose of the story.
The parade of demons who come to pay homage to Tristan at the start of Between Life & Death are all demons I ran across while online. When it comes to descriptions I have tried to stick to the research when it comes to these, though, like the angels, I might have taken a few liberties when it came to personalities.
Lucifer – better not forget him – should be fairly obviously the most famous demon of all. For the purposes of my story I have stuck with the classic history for him, in that he was a fallen angel. Whether a third of the angels fell with him to become the rest of the demon army, is left open for the readers to decide, or not, since it isn’t really important to this particular story.
Finally, there is Alastor himself. The demon Alastor has its origins in both Roman and Greek mythology. I took a small amount of the myths from each to create my Alastor. My Alastor, like the Greek version was once mortal. In the Roman mythology Alastor was the evil genius of the household and incited people to commit sins including murder.
Of all the characters in the trilogy, Mac and Alastor are definitely the two who I have taken the most liberties with when it comes to their characters compared to those they are based upon.
I hope you enjoy my take on the world of angels and demons, and that you have enjoyed reading a little (or a lot since this got quite long) about the research that went into creating the Heavenly Sins trilogy.
And – of course – Wikipedia which is sometimes my second home.
With one of his lovers imprisoned in the Underworld, Mac has no choice except to go where most angels fear to tread.
With Tristan imprisoned in the Underworld, the ménage is broken. Angels are forbidden to enter the demonic domain and while Mac has been breaking rules in recent months, he doesn’t have the power to enter the Underworld.
Alastor is still unsure about his position in the relationship following recent revelations, but he cannot walk away when he is the only real link between his two lovers. Splitting his time between Mac and Tristan, he hopes they can soon find a way to reunite the two men in his life.
As time moves on, Alastor realizes he is struggling to satisfy Tristan’s thirst for sex. His lover needs more than he can give him and craves Mac in his bed.
Mac still believes he can complete his mission to save his two lovers, but with one of them out of his reach, it is going to be far from easy.
During their time together they have made plenty of enemies, including one who would seek to separate them forever, even if it means biding his time until Alastor and Tristan are at their most vulnerable, when even the love of an angel can’t save them.
Lucifer continued to poke around the room while Tristan did his best to ignore him. Eventually he stepped into the path of the demon and glared at him. “Are you done?”
“You really shouldn’t be so rude to me,” Lucifer chided. “I’m here to help you.”
“Help me?” Tristan shook his head and rolled his eyes. “Help me, he says.”
“Who else is suitably qualified to guide you through your first days as our new king?”
“What makes you think I need your help?”
Lucifer smiled, clearly unfazed by Tristan’s attitude. “Even now the throne room is filling up with the leaders of each of the factions of demons, all here to bow down before you and swear their loyalty.”
“Well, most of them will probably want to kill you and take your place, if truth be told, but they generally wait until after the banquet is over.”
Tristan dropped into one of the soft leather chairs. “This is going to be a disaster.”
“Not if you let me guide you.”
“Why are you so keen to help me? What difference does it make to you who’s king?”
“I don’t care who sits on the throne, but I do like to ensure our new kings are settled in as soon as possible. That way I can turn my attention back to more pleasurable activities.”
Tristan cast a glance toward the wall where the entrance to his rooms had been. “How do I even get out into the throne room again?”
“Just walk toward the entrance and imagine the doorway opening for you.”
Tristan took a step forward and the entrance began to form. The most powerful demons in the Underworld congregated just on the other side of the wall. Shit!
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