Josaleene started out as a poor girl raised by her mother. Never having anything of her own growing up, she dreamed of one day meeting a rich Noble to take care of her. Desperate to change her ill-fated future, she carefully planned a way to get into one of their lavish parties with the hopes to meet one.
A Noble wasn’t just some rich human. A Noble was much different. They were a race of human creatures who were broodingly dark, beautiful and powerful. They all lived within an enormous palace under the peaceful rule of their leader, The Patriarch. To become a Noble, you had to be chosen and turned magically. And then leave all thoughts of a human existence behind.
Josaleene just wanted to be Chosen and turned, to live in the palace and never want for anything again. She did not expect to fall in love, to be loved in return, or to be thrown in the middle of an ages old war that threatened to wipe out all life.
Learning that Josaleene may have to sacrifice herself to save all life spurs her Noble lover, Dartein, into action, sending him racing across the land for answers to save her. Will he find what he needs to save their love? Or will they end up paying the ultimate Blood Price?
Targeted Age Group:: 18 +
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My kids, my family. I want my kids to see that no matter how hard we struggle in everyday life, we should still make the time to do the things we dream of. And I also want them to see that hard work pays off, builds character and enriches our lives.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main characters created themselves. They came to me in a dream, and danced their way into a storyline that demanded to be written. They just needed a way onto paper.
1100 years earlier, Dukes year 216
The war had been raging on for 82 years. The human armies were small, tiny even. The fighters that were left were too young or too old, the villages depleted of sturdy fighting men and the folk were afraid of reproducing. Afraid of having to care for children in times of famine, starvation and fear. Afraid that when their children grew up they would have to take up arms in their parent’s war.
If the war didn’t end soon, humans would die off on their own.
The warlocks of the time had grown desperate, and out of desperation came their plan.
After recent battles the numbers of freshly slain humans were incredible. What if they could bring them back, animate them in a way to fight without feeling pain, remorse or mercy? They had to try, there was nowhere else to find an army.
But to do this some of the warlocks found they would have to sacrifice themselves to darker arts than they had ever considered. The ones who volunteered themselves knew that they had to do this, as this was their last hope. If it failed, their world would be overtaken.
Their enemies were primal and had sheer numbers on their side. Vast hordes of goblinoid creatures had surfaced from their underground homes. They had just recently ran out of space in their cramped hovels, the creatures producing offspring at alarming rates. And since their youngest were the best fighters it seemed as though they would never run out of warriors for their armies.
The small group of warlocks consisted of 4 people. Mortul had been the first to volunteer as he was the youngest and the most ambitious of his magic wielding counterparts. He had no family and nothing else to lose, and was the most powerful warlock they had.
His three teammates, all powerful enough in their own right, had already been part of the research that led them to this possible conclusion. In order to amplify their powers beyond anything imagined they had to give themselves over to the powers of Necromancy, dying and being reborn as nothing ever seen before. The spells they prepared would give them immortality, unnatural strength, and would turn them into emotionless war machines. And would amplify their magic to be powerful enough to decimate entire populations.
They created 4 chambers. These chambers had the spells inscribed along the interior walls. The trick was, they could not sleep in these chambers. No matter how hard the magic tried to, they could not let it lull them to sleep. The only way to make the magic theirs was to stay awake and let it be absorbed into their conscious minds. The 4 of them laid in their chambers and thought of all the things they needed the power to fight for to help them stay awake.
Three of them survived the chambers. The fourth team member went crazy inside his and the chambers’ walls melted down upon him. It was later discovered that there had been a flaw in the inscriptions in that chamber.
Mortul, Yosan and Hudreia survived the transition within their chambers. They had been completely changed. They were dark and beautiful. And they were Powerful!
Dartein watched his father’s face as he listened to the origin story of his kind. He had never known that their entire race was created magically. He especially hadn’t know his father possessed the kind of power that he was describing.
Josaleene gently placed her finger tips on the back of Mortul’s hand. She spoke to him in a reverent tone, “Master, you saved our lands from complete annihilation. The sacrifice you made was out of love and the need to preserve the human kind and the world. Why is this history not known commonly?”
The Patriarch answered her. “My dear, there are some things the world at large cannot handle knowing. Even if the history books were available to the humans, they would be deemed fantastical and out of fear of the past no one would believe it. There were things we had to do in that war that the human mind today could never accept.”
“But here we are, the Noble race exists. Is that not proof enough for them?” She replied.
“Better for them to think we were an original race of beings, than a race created that can one day be undone. I keep our Court strong in the hopes that I never need to fight another war like the one before. But I do not believe that peace can ever truly last, and I will always be ready.”
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