My vampire lead in this trilogy is Rachel de Grosnez and she’s no weak minded female. She’s a kick ass lean mean fighting machine who is stopped in her tracks by Daniel Moore. Her family were the guardians of a very special vampire artefact called the Book of Cain and one day it’s stolen from the vampire Elysium (their safe haven) by Max, who entered the Elysium in a near fanfare, targeting the young Rachel to the point of seduction. And then he’s gone. Obviously she’s heartbroken by his actions, especially as her parents have been banished and she promises to find the book and restore them back in their rightful places. But by now, three hundred years have passed and she’s hit a dead end. Until Max returns, kills Daniel’s best friend and now they are all involved in the search. All this while Daniel’s friends try to find something that will convince Daniel to dump Rachel, and Rachel’s vampire friend Arun, tries to convince her to dump Daniel!
JUDGEMENT OF SOULS 3: Kiss at Dawn
I love to write paranormal stories. I started to write Judgement of Souls because I was already tired of the same old vampire stories that produced weak female leads and I wanted to read something that hadn’t been done before. My novel is a different kind of vampire story; it’s not about vampires attacking humans for blood. In a way, it’s the history of two families eventually connected to each other through the centuries, one mortal and one vampire. The story begins in the time of the Crusades and ends in modern times. I decided to make this trilogy slightly different. Instead of starting at the beginning, I started on the third part and I’m working my way back. My aim is to have three books that can be read in any order and still make sense, so it’s quite a task.
When we meet Rachel in this third story, she is already a strong vampire, but she has her vulnerable side. She is 300 years old and over the centuries has taken lots of lovers, but she’s never been in love, and with everything else that’s happened to her, she’s still looking for that one person who will make her forget her troubles and be willing to share his life with hers – forever.
When Rachel was 16 years old, a dashing vampire called Max arrived to the Elysium, (that’s the vampire colony on the island of Santorini that is hidden from the mortal world). He pays a lot of attention to the young and naïve 16 year old and soon he has her head filled with all the adventures he’s had and all the places he’s seen around the world, and Rachel is hooked. But Max is at the Elysium for a reason, he wants to steal the vampires’ most sacred book, the Book of Cain.
The book is the most important item to the vampire community. It’s their bible and it was used when Rachel’s parents wanted a child – their reward for being its guardians and the teachers of the chants and verses contained inside – and so Rachel was born to them, two pureblood vampires. It also protects the Elysium from the outside world. Sixteen is an important age for a vampire; it is the age when they will be made into a vampire and Rachel has to go through a ceremony that will take her away from everyone for a whole month. This is when Max takes the opportunity to steal the book, he causing chaos at the Elysium – and then he’s gone. When Rachel returns, she witnesses her parents’ punishment and then their banishment from the community, and she swears revenge on Max and promises that she will return her parents to their proper status within the Elysium.
But now 300 years have passed and Rachel is thinking that she will never accomplish what she promised her parents she’d do. And then on one Halloween night, she meets Daniel, a nightclub owner.
And it’s almost as if it was meant to be, the pull between them is so strong. Rachel and Daniel feel a deep connection with each other, but it goes further, something they can’t explain is pulling them together.
Writing this story has been so much fun. I never thought I’d be involved in such an adventure and the research I’ve had to do has proved to be very interesting. One of the characters I haven’t mentioned is Arun, he’s Rachel’s best friend and in book two, he teaches her everything she needs to know about being a vampire after she leaves the Elysium – and she needs the help!
He features quite a bit in JOS2 – he even falls in love with a mortal!
But it’s not been all plain sailing for my human and vampire characters. Judgement of Souls is not just a story about love and the search for the Book of Cain – there’s the Righteous too.
If you’ve heard of the Knights Templar, then get ready for the Righteous. They’ve been around since the times of the Crusades and when the Templars became just a little too hard to handle, the Righteous were sanctioned by the Pope to do his bidding. The honour of membership passes to the eldest son of each member of the Righteous, once the place had been surrendered because of death or old age, so the Knights have always remained active over the centuries. The Knights became notorious for hunting down every mortal and immortal associated with vampires, witches and anything else they deemed supernatural. Watch out for more on them in the second book, Judgement of Souls 2: The Call of the Righteous. This is where the connection between Daniel and his family are revealed.
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