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N is for Nephilim

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Nephilim are half angel and half human, born to women from the fallen Grigori in the Beyond the Brothel Walls series.

But they’re apart of Biblical lore as well. They were called giants and according to the Books of Enoch, the great flood killed them all. For those who aren’t familiar with Enoch, these are in the later books, which aren’t cannon.

In my world, the Nephilim are mostly evil. But I still believe we have the choice, and if the angels fell for the same rights, why couldn’t their children also have the choice to be good rather than evil, even if they’ll never ascend to Heaven. Isn’t that what makes a good person truly good? Performing acts with no thought to reward but because we want to?

To me, however, it merely represents a race, a bloodline, which after diluted becomes something few have heard about, but that’s another letter.

Do you believe in Nephilim? How about Angels? Do you think they watch over us, guide, and protect us?

 

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J is for Jamison

Jamison “Jamie” Mc Douglass

Attractive young man sitting on old door's thresholdFrom the Loki’s Chosen series.

  • Phoenix Elementarist—Maelstrom Mage
  • Mother—Murdered. Stolen and raised by Draugr.
  • Brown hair
  • Gray eyes
  • 6’2″
  • Various tribal tattoos
  • Bisexual
  • Mated to Nicolai Fenrir since 18
  • Best Friend is his brother, Liam.
  • Age—25—Mortal

 

In Phoenix, within the secret supernatural community, there are two major laws which carry the death sentence: no hybrids or homosexuality.  So you can imagine what happens when the Council President’s son mates with another man.

It’s deeper than this with Jamie, though it’s a story I’m currently writing. Jamie isn’t your normal rebellious adult. He’s the opposite and always seeks to please his father, even if that means hiding his truth and living with his past deeds—killing the man he loved.

Or so he’d thought… Jamie receives a rare gift: a second chance.

You can read more about Jamie in Phoenix.

 

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H is for Hybrid

I love combining creatures as much as I love reinventing them. Hybrids can develop unique abilities or they can take from their respective parts. The possibilities are endless and no two hybrids are the same.

In the Nine Realms there are different ways someone can become a hybrid.

  • Race hybrid: elf, human, giant
  • Magical hybrid: elementarist, druid, lower mage, etc.
  • Creature hybrid: lycan, vargr, draugr, valkyrie, guardian, etc.
  • Any mix of the above

The most notable hybrids are those created by the Norns. These are creatures born from pure sources who the Norns mark for greatness. They are always hybrids in Loki’s Chosen, and each has a unique purpose when Ragnarok arrives.

 

If you could be a hybrid of any supernatural or mythological creature what would you choose?

I would be an Guardian Draugr—an undead creature in Norse Mythology.

 

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F is for Fear

Fear.

I wanted to stop and shy away from my worlds or books and talk about fear. Many who are reading this are bloggers, writers, and readers.

 

Fear is stifling and it rears its head around every corner. I feared signing up to the challenge. I fear every time I write something new, dark, or twisted. Every time I write a review the fear creeps in. But I’ve learned not to let it stop me from writing, sharing, or creating something new for the world.

 

I don’t have any deep secrets to share, but if you have fear in your life, too, even if it’s occasionally, just know you’re not alone.

 

With that out of the way, I tend to turn fears on my characters and force them to face what frightens them the most. Everyone has something they’re afraid of, so I’ll tell you mine.

Clowns… In a deathly, panic inducing way, a single clown can bring me to my knees.

 

What about you? What do you fear?

 

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D is for Delphia

post sundering map ebookDelphia is in remnants after the Sundering in the Beyond the Brothel Walls Saga. Only 1/4 of the world survives. This is what the world looks like now.

While it’s a series of islands, you’ll see that the majority of the United States is gone. Those islands are all that remain, and this area is considered neutral. They have no real government, no real laws like Arcadia to the north and Garland to the south.

They do have trains and steam powered boats, but food and goods are scarce, and flesh holds the most value.  While there is no set leader it’s believed a brothel owner by the name of Jules runs most of the eastern portion, and his deadly reach spans into Garland.

The idea behind splintered islands arise from probable destruction and my need for a neutral staging area in the future. I required a total disruption, although foretold, and a reason to suspend Korrigan’s view point as she believes she is a human and that others are human, too.

What would you do if the world suddenly splintered?

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C is for Corset

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C is for Corset

 

korrigan_quote2In Constricted, the corset plays as both the confinement and liberation for Korrigan. During her enslavement she’s forced to use the garment as part of the mandatory slave uniform. After liberation she wears it by choice to remember where she came from.

The corset, while used in various ways, plays a larger theme in the series among the females who are tossing their binds aside and seeking freedom from the demons who enslave them.

The catch, however, is this is a world where humans no longer exist. It’s post-apocalypse, and the demons and angels are in a war for control over Earth.

This story is an erotic dystopian and won’t be suitable for all audiences. 25% of all sales are always donated to the Polaris Project to end human trafficking and bring awareness to modern day slavery.

If you lived in a dystopian world, what three items would you want/miss most?

 

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B is for Bethany Ann McCallister

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B is for Bethany Ann McCallister

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Bethany Ann McCallister is a nineteen year old Creek Indian Spirit Walker in Thundered Hearts and her blood heals. The story itself is a romantic suspense with paranormal and fantasy elements. I based her in a world rich with Creek myth and lore, and the book itself is rich with Alabamian history.

I loved her banter with Lucien and her sense of family and self-sacrifice. This isn’t a simple paranormal romance, though. Beth is tough, but the world weaved around her plays with themes of kidnapping, slavery, murder, and extortion. From magical powers to talking cats to hardboiled mystery and a curvy heroine this story has a little bit of everything.

A little known fact is that the Creek Indians gave birth to a famous saying. “God be willing and the Creek don’t rise.” This is actually in reference to the Creek Indian tribe and not an actual creek. Benjamin Hawkins wrote it in a letter to Thomas Jefferson and the original letter is in Savannah, Georgia.

 

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A is for Alfheim

by Rae Ryans
Series: Loki's Chosen # .5
on 2012
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 88
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Alfheim is the land of the light elves from Norse mythology and one of the nine realms according to the legends. It’s also the setting of Chivalry and Malevolence.

In the story an Unseelie elf and a human knight meet and embark on a journey. But there isn’t a lot of information on Alfheim with the exception of the God Freyr ruling over the elves. According to the lore, although not the story, Odin gifted the world to Freyr because he was fond of them.

When I decided to set my story here I knew the world required more depth. I played on themes of light and dark, winter and summer, and brought in shape-shifting dragons as homage to my favorite fantasy writer, Richard A Knaak.

 

If you could live in any fantasy world which would you choose and why?

 

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November—New Release Update

Once again I realize I’ve grown silent. It’s not you. It’s me keeping busy with writing the next book and editing, rewriting, and all that fun stuff.

However, I have news to share.

thundered_heartsThundered Hearts will release on November 30th. Preorder is available on Amazon, or you can add it to your lists on Goodreads. This is a standalone NA paranormal romance. Heat rating is sensual, but there is sex.

Everyone knows the truth except her. Nineteen-year-old Beth lives in a world of Creek Indian myth, magic, and lies created by her family to keep her Power weakened.

Spirit Walkers harness the elements. Storms brew spewing her electrical energy over her hometown. Weaved into her spiritual journey is her birthright, but her family and the Native American Mandate bars her from fulfilling the destiny set by The One Above.

She saved his life once before. Three years ago, her best friend stormed from her life, ridiculing her and leaving invisible gashes sliced into her heart. Persevering on the surface, she dreams of fighting the terror haunting her town and the man who stole and broke her heart.

Her chance arises in the wake of The Green Corn Festival. Lucien arrives sick on her doorstep, but she isn’t a medicine woman. Despite the pain he causes her, she cannot let him die. Faced with the truth of her world, Beth must decide. Save the man she hates or fulfill her birthright.

 

Want a free copy in exchange for your honest opinion? Just ask. You can ask directly on Facebook or e-mail me raezryans @ gmail . com —remove the spaces. The same goes for all of my books. All I ask is that you share your honest opinion on Amazon once you’re finished.

 

Thank you,

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