(This week I’m delighted to hand the blog over to author Amy Brock McNew and her newest release, Reconciliation!)
Thanks so much for having me today, Janeen! I’m excited to share some insider stuff from The Reluctant Warrior Chronicles!
To kick things off…Monsters.
In TRWC, I’ve got plenty of those. Angels (let’s face it, they can be downright scary sometimes!), demons, and the kind of monsters that can be even more frightening, humans with a broken conscience, blackened soul, and an agenda. And boy, do I have a plethora of each!
Angels. Yeah, in my stories, they’re not so much the sitting on fluffy clouds, playing harps, occasionally rescuing people kind of creatures. After tons of research, I decided to go a different direction with my angels than I’ve seen before. My Heavenly crew are all warriors. Seraphim, angels full of divine fire, soldiers and guardians who put to shame any fighters you’ve ever encountered and then some. Here’s the thing, though, they are each different, totally unique in their own, sometimes crazy, ways. I like turning old legends and mythos upside down and inside out. These angels gave me the perfect opportunity.
The demons of TRWC aren’t typical either. I decided to give them mortal forms they can assume, just like my angels. And these forms are usually quite attractive. I’ve often said, if evil wasn’t tempting, what would be the point?
Even more tempting? The humans in my tales who are monsters in their own right. The demons tend to have a foreboding about them, an aura if you will, you could sense. At the least, you would know something is off. The humans? Not so much. Sometimes, it’s much harder to see the evil in them, even when it’s staring you in the face. This is what gives a lot of tension and intensity to my stories, often even more so than the demons.
I have a motley crew in TRWC. The main one being my heroine, Liz. Her story is hard, ugly, and painful, but oh so beautiful. As she begins to come to terms with her gifts, her mission, her purpose, she grows so much! Watching her grow and change and become this amazing warrior is just fascinating. She, and I, have been through so much. All the agony, fear, and rage can sometimes feel like it’s directing the show, and we’re just bit players, following along as we’re told. But as this story continues, you see there is redemption. No matter how far someone has gone down that dark tunnel, there is always light. And that’s just beautiful.
Now, I don’t do the overly mushy stuff. I’m not a flowers and rainbows kind of writer. All endings are not happy. Or at least, not perfect. Life is messy, love is messy, and so are my characters and their relationships. That being said, there are some intense emotional moments, some precious and some agonizing, especially in Reconciliation. Things aren’t always pretty. And just because Liz and Ry have a supernatural bond in addition to their ironclad love for each other, it doesn’t mean everything is gonna be hunky dory.
It may even end up not being remotely okay.
You’ll just have to read it to find out. 😉
Thanks again for having me. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into TRWC!
Amy Brock McNew doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. Exploring the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird, Amy pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off-limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities. Visit AmyBrockMcNew.com to learn more about this intriguing author.
Some ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead.
Finally. Finally everything is coming together for Liz Brantley.
She’s marrying Ryland Vaughn, the man of her dreams. She’s embraced her calling and battles the minions of hell bent on her destruction. And she’s left her dark past far behind her.
Or so she thought.
A secret she holds close, stuffed down deep, surfaces at the wrong time for everyone in Liz’s life, leaving a trail of devastation. Left reeling, Liz wonders if she made a mistake, putting her trust in God, her guardian Arie, and Ryland.
And the demon Kade capitalizes on her shaken faith. With a vengeance.
Torn between her tortured past and the future she craves, Liz is desperate to defeat every demon that stands in her way.
Before all hell breaks loose and swallows her whole.