Bending Angels: Character Interview

BENDING ANGELS

Living Messengers of God’s Love

By Jack H. Emmott

Genre: Memoir / Inspirational / Faith

Publisher: Carpenter's Son Publishing

Date of Publication: January 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 176

Struck by polio at age six, Jack H. Emmott began learning the difficult spiritual lessons embodied in paralysis, shivering loneliness, and dark despair.

Fortunately, Jack had help― people of all ages he calls his “Bending Angels,” those who have spread their wings of love and inspiration to walk the journey of faith as the devastated little boy became one of Houston’s celebrated attorneys, a loyal husband, and a devoted dad. Each chapter of this book will relate the story of a Bending Angel―from Brownie, the pup, to Mr. Ochoa, the baseball coach who understood how much of a heart it takes to win and how much of a soul it takes to lose your most precious dream. This book will inspire and uplift you as Jack H. Emmott, a life-long Christian, shares his spiritual wisdom and lessons learned.

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PRAISE FOR BENDING ANGELS:

“The power of ‘Let go and let God’ is personified in this inspiring story. Also, that we are given guidance in the most unsuspected forms when we but look, and that a flood of grace is behind every surrender. What a joy.”

— Lindsay Wagneractress, author

“With gentle humor and no small amount of faith, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love tells the story of Jack Emmott’s life and of the angels who have appeared in his life, just when he needed them the most. 

Do I believe in angels? Absolutely.

Was Jack himself an angel to me during the darkest period of my life?  Absolutely.”

— Debbie AdamsPast President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston;

Chair, Advisory Council UTHealth School

of NursingTrustee, St. Edward’s University

“Bending Angel is a beautiful inspiring book about faith and prayer and the angels that surround us. Jack shared his life journey of trusting in God and drawing strength that was needed to help him. I learned a great deal from this book and have thought about it over and over again since I read it.” 

— Amazon reviewer

“If only I could get through a chapter without crying…very moving and touching stories.”

— Amazon reviewer

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Author Jack Emmott Interviews Donk, His Four-Hoofed Angel

One afternoon as I rolled my wheelchair on the shell road under the canopy of the live oak trees my grandfather, PawPaw, planted in 1930, I ended up sitting in my wheelchair next to an old cottonwood tree. This was the same tree where Old Donk was buried years ago. Old Donk’s cross was the tree trunk pointing to the sky. Its horizontal branches extended out on all sides just as wide as the mark her life left in my childhood.

I thought that was a good time to say a prayer to thank God for Old Donk. “Dear God, thank You for my four-hoofed Bending Angel. Through her, You taught me so many lessons about human nature, the importance of nurture and Your love. Amen.”

As I ended the prayer, I opened my eyes.  In disbelief, I saw and heard an angelic spirit. “Hello, Bubba. How’ve you been?”

In reply, I said, “Old Donk, is that really you?”

“Yes,” Old Donk replied.

Astonished, I said, “Old Donk, seeing you is unbelievable.”

Old Donk said, “Well, Bubba, God does a lot of unbelievable things.”

“You called me Bubba.  I’ve not heard that in years.”

Old Donk said, “I know you go by Jack now. But, Bubba’s how I think of you as my little cowboy.”

I asked, “Where’ve you been?”

Old Donk answered with certainty, “I’ve been at the Lord’s Table.”

With relief, I said, “I always wondered whether God gave heavenly wings to all His creatures great and small.”

Old Donk stated with confidence, “Bubba, now you know that God loves all His creatures. Each and every kind of creature on His Earth has a special place in His Kingdom. That’s one of the messages God wants me to give you today.”

I asked, “Is that why God sent you to me in prayer today?   To give me messages?   I’ve always believed that’s one of the main purposes God has for angels.”

Old Donk said, “You’re absolutely right.”

‘What other messages do you have for me?” I asked.

“God wants everyone to ask for forgiveness of wrongs.  I need to apologize to you for dumping you off my saddle when you were four years old. That wasn’t very nice of me. You could’ve really gotten hurt badly. When I got to Heaven, I had some serious explaining to do to God. I told God that it was just my nature not to be ridden: that I didn’t like anyone riding my back. God said that sometimes creatures have to overcome their natures to do what they want and think about other people. When we do that, we please God.”

“Did God forgive you?” I asked.

“Yes. I asked for God’s forgiveness and I was forgiven. Forgiveness is something God does very well. Forgiveness helps. But, when you got polio and couldn’t ride me anymore, that made me feel even worse. God helped me deal with that too.”

“Old Donk, can I ask you a personal question?  When you threw me off the saddle you ran to the barn. Why did you always race back to the barn after you received your daily bread from the kitchens of my aunts in the neighborhood or when you threw someone off the saddle?”

“Well, Bubba you’re the first person to ask that question of me. I thought no one cared.  When my prior owner gave up on me being useful to him on his farm, PawPaw, took me in.  Soon after I came to Emmottville, I unexpectedly gave birth to two little donkeys.   I named them Softy and Sweetie after the bread I ate in the neighborhood.  Like your mom loved you, I loved my babies. One day I left them alone in the barn to go beg for bread. When I returned, my babies were gone.   I was devastated.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

Old Donk said, “Just as you prayed to God to be cured from polio, I prayed to God to bring back to me my babies, Softy and Sweetie.  Right after they disappeared, I repeatedly raced back to the barn as fast as I could to see if my babies were there.  I guess doing that became kind of a habit.”

I said, “But you never get them back.”

With tears in her eyes, Old Donk said, “Sadly, never in Emmottville.   But guess what.  My prayers really were answered in God’s time, not mine.  My babies were there to greet me at the Gates of Heaven. Now we eat at the same Table with God.  Another of God’s messages for you today is that in His time, all your prayers will be answered too. Your prayers for a cure will be answered. In Heaven, you will be as perfect, healthy and whole as the day you were born and held in your mother’s arms.”

“What a blessing!” I said in reply.

Old Donk proclaimed, “What you lost with polio is like what I lost with my two babies. In God’s time, all wrongs are righted. All losses are restored.”

As Old Donk realized the end of her time with me was near, she said, “Before I go, I want to tell you that I see your mom in Heaven. She had two messages for me to give to you.”

“First, she knows of your regret that when she was ill you could not bathe, clean, feed or clothe her like she did for you for after polio. She said for you not to worry about that. You did all you could. That is all that God expects from His children. Sitting next to her, being with her, and praying with her was pleasing to her and to God. As there was less and less of her due to repeated strokes, there was more and more of you. In your presence, there was more and more of God’s light and love in her ever-increasing darkness and despair.”

“The second message is that she loves you and wants you to keep writing about angels. People need to know that angels really exist.”

“Well, Bubba, I must go now. I hear my Father calling me back to His Table. Before I go, I want you to know that although I thought the bread I ate at your mother’s kitchen door was tasty, the bread at the Lord’s Table is truly Divine and Heavenly.”

“Goodbye, my little cowboy. See you one day at our Father’s Table.”

Author Jack H. Emmott contracted polio at the age of six.  Before polio, he knelt at his bedside with his mother Lucile and said evening prayers.  With paralysis, Jack could no longer kneel.  But he could still pray to God for guidance, comfort and healing.  The grace and love of God transformed all the bad from polio and paralysis into good.  Jack is a life-long Christian and successful family lawyer in Houston, Texas.  He is married to his wife of over forty years, Dorothy, who works alongside him in his calling.  Jack is father to two children and grandfather to three grandchildren.

Jack is the author of Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love by (Carpenter’s Son Publishing, 2016) a memoir of the living angels that touched his life.  He wrote Prayerful Passages:  Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation and Divorce (Outskirts Press, 2016) to help couples in struggling marriages ask God’s help through prayer for the same guidance, comfort and healing he has received from our Almighty Father for over sixty years following polio.

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Our Book Boyfriends of 2015

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As the year wraps up we decided to compile a list of our favorite book boyfriends over the past year!

Magnus from Frozen Tides
Jacin from Winter
Rowan from Queen of Shadows
Rafe from The Heart of Betrayal
Garret from Rogue
Tamlin from A Court of Thornes and Roses
Guy from Salt and Stone
Ethan from Iron Warrior
Gryphon from Nameless
Evan from The 5th Wave
Mal from The Grisha Trilogy
Stephen from The Shadow Cabinet
Rowan from Reflection Pond
Aelyx from Invaded
Nicholas from Relentless
Riece from Sacrificed
Kale from Descendant
Urlick from Lumiere

Becca’s #1 Book Boyfriend: Magnus  from Forzen Tides

I have absolutely loved seeing Magnus transform into what he became in this book. Magnus started off as the dark, cold, sulking prince and has become probably my all time favorite character. I can’t wait to see what his future holds in the rest of the Falling Kingdoms Series!

April’s #1 Book Boyfriend: Rowan from Queen of Shadows

Rowan has such a pure heart! He is strong, reliable, intelligent, trustworthy, and extremely good looking. He is a loyal, faithful, warrior, and would do anything for his Queen that holds his heart!

Haley’s #1 Book Boyfriend: Gryphon from Nameless

Gryphon doesn’t see in black and white, he sees everything in gray.  He is true to himself and believes in doing what is right no matter the cost.

Keri’s #1 Book Boyfriend: Riece from Sacrificed

Riece is a sexy, mysterious warrior they call The Commander. He is complex, but there’s so much more to him! He is very protective and dreamy!

Who is your favorite book boyfriend of 2015?

Mayan Blood Character Interview and Giveaway

 Mayan Blood (Stone Legacy #1)
by Theresa DaLayne
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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Character interview with Thresa DaLayne

Character Name: Arwan

Character Bio:

Orphan and gifted Riyata, Arwan grew up at Renato’s estate in Belize after his mother was murdered by an underworld enemy. For years he has denied his Mayan ancestry and shunned his bloodline. Now that Zanya—the Stone Guardian—is back and bonded with her stone, he must face the darkest part of his soul in order to find the revenge he continues to seek.

I don’t have a photo of Arwan, nor do I want to assign one. He is a unique looking twenty-something year old with tan skin, dark eyes, sharp cheekbones, long-ish dark hair, and a keen talent for martial arts. He also has a very rare ability called timebending, which he does not often use in fear of changing the course of history and affecting the future in negative ways that he cannot undo.

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Me: Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?

Arwan:

Focus. Normally that would be a good quality, but I tend to be overly focused on a goal and do not stop perusing it until I’ve accomplished it.  Maybe that’s how I earned Zanya’s affections. Once I knew I wanted her, I couldn’t stop until I made my best effort to earn her trust.

Me: Have you?

Arwan: It’s a work in process.

Me: Do you think you deserve her trust?

Arwan: No. Not in the least.

Me: Why?

Arwan: Can we move to the next question please?

Me: Why?

Arwan: Because I’m not entirely comfortable telling you something I haven’t told her first.

Me: Fair enough. What about your best quality?

Arwan: I would say patience. I need patience while training—especially with Peter due to is lack of practice. He spends far too much time with Tara and not enough time in the dojo.

Me: It sounds like you’re angry with him.

Arwan: Angry? No, I’m not angry. Just…concerned. I don’t want him to fall behind. But knowing Zanya now, I can’t blame him for being hesitant to leave Tara. It’s hard to be away from the person you care about.

Me: What are you most afraid of?

Arwan: Failure. I’ve worked my entire life to prepare for the moment I can finally avenge my mother’s death. Plus, now I have more than just myself to protect. There’s no one else to lead the rest of the group, and I have to be there. It’s my job, and I can’t fail.

Me: What do you want more than anything?

Arwan. Peace.

Me: What kind? There are a lot of kinds of peace.

Arwan: All kinds. For too many years I’ve struggled to achieve inner peace, but that’s not possible because of who…what, I am. Maybe someday I can find a balance. That’s about the best I can hope for.

Me: What is your relationship status?

Arwan: It’s…complicated.

Me: You’re not going to improvise, are you?

Arwan: No, I’m not.

Me: Okay then. How much of a rebel are you?

Arwan: I think that’s more of a question for Jayden. Me? I prefer structure. Though I suppose Renato wouldn’t completely agree with the current events.

Me: What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?

Arwan: Taking control of my darker side. Commanding it. That is by far my greatest achievement to date.

Me: What is your current state of mind?

Arwan: I’m nervous.

Me: Why?

Arwan: Because I’m not used to people probing into my personal life. Into my head. Marzena, the young dreamwalker, gives me space. She doesn’t intrude into my thoughts. This interview feels a lot like when she reaches into my head.

Me: What is your most treasured possession?

Arwan: Does it have to be an object?

Me: Yes.

Arwan: My glaive.

Me: What’s that?

Arwan: It’s a weapon I use in both training and fighting—a spear with a long, curved blade at the end.

Me: You don’t have anything more personal you cherish?

Arwan: I don’t have many personal items. I’ve never needed them. I live with Renato, have the dojo at my disposal, and the jungle as my refuge.

Me: Which living person do you, most despise?

Arwan: I suppose it would be wrong to say Jayden. *grins *

Me: I don’t think Zanya would be thrilled to hear you say that.

Arwan: No, she wouldn’t. And in reality it’s not the truth.

Me: So who is it?

Arwan: Sarian—and my father. Both of them equally and as fiercely. The end.

Me: What is your greatest regret?

Arwan: Existing.

Me: Why?

Arwan: I’d rather not elaborate. Are we almost finished?

Me: Yes, we are. Lets change things up. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Arwan: Stubbornness and self-confidence.

Me: Most men dislike a stubborn woman.

 Arwan: Not me. It tells me she knows what she wants. I like that.

Me: Which living person do you most admire?

Arwan: My mentor, Renato. He is like my father, and I have great respect for him.

Me: What is your motto?

Arwan: You always have a choice.

Me: We’re all finished up. Once again, Arwan, thank you for the interview.

Arwan: Great. Thank you.

About the Author


Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Ethan Chase

Friday’s Figure Feature:

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Ethan Chase:
The Reluctant Hero,
The Mighty Warrior

We first meet him as a boy in The Iron King. A four year old taken away from his world and into the land of Faerie. After Megan sets the world of Faerie right, Ethan grows up without his sister. He has the gift of Sight and can see the Fey, but he does his best to ignore him. As a teenager, Ethan grows into a moody, brooding, bad boy seventeen year old. He’s rude to people and keeps everyone at a distance in order to keep people from being hurt by the Fey that taunt him. Until one day he is thrown again into the world of Faerie when he meets his Uncle Kiernan that appears to be the same age as he.

What makes Ethan Chase such an awesome character? Continue reading “Ethan Chase”

The Violet Hour Book Promo

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This is our stop on the blog tour for The Violet Hour. You can find the blog tour schedule here!

Summary from Goodreads:

Secrets.

Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.

Secrets.

Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.

And more secrets.

Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored…to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.

She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Friend or Foe?

A shrill shrieking erupts from the barn, thickening my blood with fear. Animals screaming for mercy.

In his haste, Jonesy has left the barn door open, allowing the noise to escape onto the night air. Brighton steps in the doorway, slamming it shut, muting the sound of their pain.

I slide the cats from my lap, fighting to control my rapid breath as I slink toward the window. Was Marietta right? I don’t want to know. I don’t want to know.

“You must.”

I move slowly toward the barn, and the world seems to slow as I swallow hard.

I drag my hands up the bumpy fieldstone to grasp the windowsill and stand on tip-toes to peer inside. Two large balls, attached to rods, sit on a wooden table, ridiculously reminding me of metallic dandelions.

However to blow on one of these might mean an electrified-death. Bolts of light leap between the two heads, dancing back and forth, green and red, green and red, as if Brighton somehow captured the lightning from the night sky.

-Brynn Chapman, The Violet Hour (Kindle Locations 788-797).

After that excerpt I can’t help but ask what you think about Brighton. Is Brighton a good guy? Or is he a villain?

 About the Author:

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 Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life,  the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters.  She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism. Author Links: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook GIVEAWAY: a Rafflecopter giveaway   Blog Tour Hosted by: YA Bounk Tour Button

Lilith: Talon

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Scary Talon Lady

Scary Talon Lady leaned back in her chair and crossed her long legs, still continuing to watch me with the unblinking stare of a predator.

“Well, here we are,” she said at last. “And I bet you’re wondering why, aren’t you?” She raised an eyebrow at my continued silence. “Don’t be afraid to talk to me, hatchling. At least, not today. Talon’s senior vice president himself asked me to take over your training, but right now this is just an introduction. Student to teacher.” The faint smile vanished then, and her voice went hard. “Make no mistake about it-after today, things will become much more difficult. You are going to struggle, and you are going to get hurt. It is not going to be easy for you. SO, if you ahve any questions, hatchling, now is the time to ask them.”

My stomach twisted. “What am I being trained for?” I almost whispered. 

“Survival.”

-Talon, Julie Kagawa

Book Summary (Goodreads):

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Lilith AKA “Scary Talon Lady”

Lilith is Scary Talon Lady from Talon by Julie Kagawa. She is the lead protagonist’s (Ember’s) trainer. She teachers Ember all of what it means to be a dragon and what it is to be a part of the Talon organization. She also rocks when it comes to fighting and teachers Ember how to fight. She’s very tough on Ember and is constantly pushing Ember to the limits. She is cold, heartless, and to me, seems pretty empty and hollow inside. Her allegiance is with Talon and she will do whatever it takes to keep Talon safe.  But I can’t help but wonder, does she have ulterior motives?

What makes Lilith a great villain?

When I first read Talon, I was immediately captured by Scary Talon Lady, as Ember calls her throughout most the book. She’s cold, rough, tough, and one of my favorite villains. Not only is she a dragon and part of Talon’s elite warriors, but she’s also a Viper. Throughout the entire story we aren’t necessarily sure of what a Viper is until towards the end. I think even the Vipers all on their own are pretty bad ass. Their purpose is to hunt down and assassinate the rogue dragons that have separated themselves from Talon. And they want Ember to become a Viper. Lilith is ruthless, with blonde hair. She reminds me of an uptight business woman. But holy cow can she fight! Something I always look for in a villain is how evil and sinister they can be, but at the same time how likable they can be. I like her because of how cold and ruthless she is.

It’s also interesting because Lilith wants Ember to be a part of the Vipers and gives her several chances to prove herself. I think Lilith is fascinated by Ember’s abilities and knows she has alot to offer.

One of the best parts in the book is when Lilith turns into a dragon and has the most epic battle scene I have ever read. Dragons fight dragons off the coast of California. Can it get any cooler than that? Not to mention when one of those dragons is a Viper, and one of the meanest, coldest, evilest villains you will ever encounter.

I think Lilith’s villain character type is THE EVIL GENIUS: “the malevolent mastermind, he/she loves to show off their superior intelligence. Intellectual inferiors are contemptible to him/her and that includes just about everyone. Elaborate puzzles and experiments are their trademark. Don’t let them pull your strings – the game is always rigged in their favor.” But that is definitely up for debate. What villain type do you think she is? Check out more villain types here! Leave your opinions in the comments below!

What do you think of Lilith as a villain?

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Rogue is out next Tuesday (the sequel to Talon) and I cannot wait to see Lilith and the Vipers again. I hope she will at least make an appearance, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’s in it the majority of the time!

Book Summary (Goodreads): 

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

 

ANYONE ELSE AS EXCITED AS ME?! Tuesday can’t come faster!

Rowan: Friend or Foe?

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Rowan is a character from the book Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr.  He is described as being tall with wavy jet black hair that hangs to his shoulders, and light blue eyes.  The fae are beautiful and Rowan is no exception.  He is, intelligent, sarcastic, serious, rude, conceited, and an excellent fighter with both weapons and his hands.  His weapon of choice is the quarterstaff.  There is a darkness inside of him that he tries to keep contained.  One of his friends accused him of acting like an ass and he replied, “I’m not acting.  I am an ass.”  But there is another side to Rowan that he rarely lets others see.  He has put up walls to protect himself from getting hurt.  He can be selfless, loyal, protective and even kind to those that he has come to trust and love.  He does not trust or love easily, but when he does it is with his whole heart.  Each fae has their own power.  Every ones is different.  Rowan is a healer, which is ironic considering he is also a fighter.

Rowan grew up in the human world.  Without family, he was raised in the foster care system and it wasn’t a pleasant experience for him.  One of his foster fathers tried to kill him when he was a teenager.  The faerie trackers found him and he was brought through a portal to the faerie city of Eirensae.  He has been in the city for almost 2 years.  All the young fae, who come here, have an amulet hidden for them to find.  Once they find it they become bound to the city. They must find it by the time they have been in the city for 2 years or they are stripped of their power and sent back to live as a human.  Rowan has yet to find his and time is running out.  He is beginning to believe that he belongs in another fae city, Fraeburdh, the city of war.  He has never felt like he belongs in Eirensae, but he has made a few friends here and is reluctant to leave, especially after Callie arrives.  At first he doesn’t trust her, but she soon wheedles her way into his heart.  It soon becomes clear that Callie is in great danger and Rowan is the only one who can protect her.

Is Rowan a friend or foe?

Here are a few questions to help us find out.

Does the character intend to make good or bad consequences?

Rowan seems dark and angry, but he doesn’t intend to do things that have bad consequences.  A lot of his personality is a front to keep people away.  He is very good at pushing people away.  He is a healer and he enjoys helping people.  If he can’t find his amulet and has to live in the human world, he wants to be a doctor.

Do they perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

Rowan can be selfish, especially with those he doesn’t trust, but it is in his nature to help others.  He would never do anything to hurt the people of Eirensae even though he feels like an outsider.

Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?

Rowan is a mixture of personality traits.  He has some very annoying traits like being rude, conceited, and obnoxious.  These traits have been cultivated to keep people from seeing the real Rowan.  He has some very noble traits.  He can be selfless, loyal, and kind to those he cares about.  He will protect those he loves with his last breath if necessary.

Is the character dishonest?

The fae must tell the truth, but they can twist it a little bit or omit some things.  Rowan is basically honest, but he does try to hide who he really is from others and he will keep things from someone in order to protect them.

Does the character permit selfless acts?

Rowan is a healer and I think you have to be somewhat selfless in order to do that well.  There were a couple of times in the book where Rowan almost died saving Callie’s life.  He holds the life of those he loves more dear than his own life.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

Rowan was responsible for the death of one person and it weighs heavily on his mind.  It happened when he was a teenager and just getting his power to heal.  His foster father tried to kill him and his foster mother was stabbed when she interfered.  She crawled over to check on him and he used her to heal himself.  He can only heal himself by channeling his power into someone else and then drawing it back into himself.  He was on deaths door and he took too much energy.  His Foster mother died and he blames himself.

Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions?

Rowan tries to protect those that he loves and sometimes bad things still happen.  When he can’t protect them, it makes him feel like he has let them down.  He is very hard on himself and feels a lot of guilt, especially about the death of his foster mother.

If the character did something bad, where they acting out of a past injury?

It is more likely that if Rowan does something bad it is an accident.  He feels like an outsider in the city, but he holds no ill will against the people.  He blames himself and thinks that there is something wrong with him.

Does the character do things out of revenge?

He hasn’t up to this point, but he is very protective of those he loves and I think if something happened to one of them, he could act out of revenge.

Does the character strive to get what they want by any means necessary?

Rowan does strive to get what he wants, but not by any means necessary.  He doesn’t purposely set out to hurt others, except maybe with his tongue.  There is a darkness inside of him and he tries to keep it under control.  It stems from his fae power.   He is very afraid of becoming a monster and hurting others.

I really enjoyed reading Reflection Pond and I must confess that I have read the sequel, Poison Tree.  It was just as good as the first book.  I absolutely love Rowan.  He is a wonderful character.  If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them.

Lucia Damora

Lucia Eva Damora

The child she held in her arms, this small, beautiful baby with sky-blue eyes and a fuzz of hair that would one day be black as a raven’s wing, was the one prophesied to possess the magic necessary to find the Kindred–four objects that contained the source of all elementia, elemental magic. Earth and water, fire and air.  – Morgan Rhodes, Falling Kingdoms.

“Her father owned this city now. This entire kingdom, in fact. And everyone in it. They should learn to be more respectful.”—  Lucia Damora, Gathering Darkness

“I am my magic, and my magic is as old as the stars.”—  Lucia Damora, Gathering Darkness

Lucia Damora is the adopted daughter of King Gaius Damora (the Blood King) and Queen Althea Damora. She has long raven-black hair and bright blue eyes with pale skin. Lucia is the adopted sister of Prince Magnus Damora, whom in Falling Kingdoms had romantic feelings for her. She is princess of Limeros. Lucia was originally born in Paelsia but was stolen from her mother because of a prophecy that foretold a sorceress with insurmountable power. Lucia is a calm and intelligent person. She’s loyal to her family to a fault. She loves and respects her adopted father, and has complicated and mixed feelings towards her adoptive mother. She appears to be kind and friendly. She constantly though keeps up a front in order to keep others from knowing the true Lucia. There is a darkness in Lucia that seems to grow over time. She’s indifferent to publicized executions and isn’t opposed to other’s being hurt if she believes its for a greater purpose, such as ensuring her father remains on the throne. She is cunning, smart, beautiful, and deadly. So who really is Lucia Damora?

Is Lucia a good sorceress or a bad one?

Is the character dishonest?

Yes. Lucia doesn’t always speak her mind and is often hesitant of others. The only one she absolutely trusts at first is her brother Magnus, but over time a wedge is placed between them and Lucia starts lying more.

Does the character only consider only their own interests?

I honestly do think Lucia is slightly selfish to the point where she often doesn’t consider or think of others. Lucia can be kind, however she is very good at hiding her emotions.

Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions?

Lucia rarely feels guilty for anything, however in the beginning there are a few instances where she does something accidentally and feels terrible about it. However over time the guilt seems to go away and she starts to justify her actions.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

Not at first. Over time she is less bothered by this.

Does the character strive to get what they want by any means necessary?

Lucia is blind when it comes to the things she wants and often she loses sight of what’s going on around her. However I do believe there are limits to what she is willing to do to get what she wants. It also depends on what she does want. When it comes to love however I think she’d do anything to be with the person she loves.

Does the character appear to be evil?

No. Lucia is beautiful, kind, and serene.

What makes this character most likable?

I really enjoy Lucia’s bold personality. Though she often hides her emotions, she is still confident and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

What is something unlikable about the character?

Her lack of compassion for those that she deems worthless or isn’t important to her.

What could make her a possible hero?

I believe the love and kindness within her could make her a great hero.

What could make her a potential villain?

Her magic. There’s a darkness in Lucia. She’s also has a streak of vengeance that I believe could push her over the edge.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has been officially announced to be a six book series. So far there’s only three released in the series. There’s several middle ground characters that are filled with good and bad qualities that could switch sides at any minute. Overtime Lucia’s character has grown darker and darker and I believe Lucia will be a dark sorceress by the end of the series. Her and her brother Magnus have been some of my favorite, complex characters. It’s so neat to see these characters change and evolve into something more whether it be greatness or darkness. Lucia is a very complex character and I could be entirely wrong and she could end up being a noble hero by the end of the series. But my gut is telling me she’s going to be evil.

What do you think?


Evan Walker

The part of Evan Walker will be played by Alex Roe

In The Fifth Wave Movie.

“I have the heart to do what I have to do”

— Evan Walker

Evan Walker is one of the main characters in The Fifth Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey.  He is described as having deep set brown eyes, thick brown hair, strong hands, and nice arms.  Cassie later says that he looks like a younger version of the Brawny paper towel guy. He is 18 or 19 years old, quiet and soft spoken, yet alert and very observant.  He takes care of himself and keeps up with his personal hygiene.  He shows more emotion than the rest of the Others.  He took care of his host body’s family and even mourned their deaths.  He is a silencer which is basically a sniper.  He kills any humans that come into his territory and he is very good at it.

  “I am a shark, Cassie,” he says slowly, drawing the words out, as if he might be speaking to me for the last time. Looking into my eyes with tears in his, as if he’s seeing me for the last time. “A shark who dreamed he was a man.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Everything changes when he finds Cassie Sullivan in the woods by herself.  He doesn’t alert her to his presence, but he watches her.  When she goes out for supplies, he goes through her things and even reads her diary.  Cassie is all alone.  Her father was killed by the Others and her brother was taken.  She is determined to find her brother and get him back.  Evan is fascinated by her.  On a lonely highway, he can’t bring himself to kill her, so he shoots her in the knee.  He runs away, but comes back for her and takes her to his farm, where he nurses her back to health.

Now we ask the question: Friend or Foe?

Does the character do things that have good consequences?

The answer to that would be yes.  When his body’s host family got sick, he stayed and took care of them.   He saves Cassie’s life several times.

Does the character do things that have bad consequences?

The answer to that question would also be yes.  Evan follows the orders of the Others, even when he doesn’t agree with them.  We don’t know how many humans he has killed.

Does the character intend to make good or bad consequences?

When Evan is working for the Others, he is trying to do what his people want him to do.  Unfortunately that leads to bad consequences for the humans.  After meeting Cassie, he does anything he can to help her, including going against the Others.  He realizes that he has been helping the wrong side.

Do they perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

No Evan couldn’t care less about personal gain.  He was killing humans, because it was his job.  When he realizes how wrong he was, he is willing to do anything to help Cassie and her friends.

Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?

Yes, Evan puts himself at risk many times for Cassie and her friends.  He is very loyal to those that he loves.  He can be very kind and selfless.

Is the character dishonest?

At first he was, but eventually he confesses everything to Cassie.

Does the character consider only their own interests?

No, Evan was helping the Others, even though he disagreed with them.  They were his people, so he gave them his loyalty.  Once he switches his loyalty to Cassie, he always puts her best interests first.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

The answer to that would be no.  Evan killed humans because it was his job.  He was ordered to do it.

If the character did something bad, were they acting out of a past injury?

No, Evan just chose the wrong side to be on.  Once he realized his mistake, he fixed it.  He stayed and helped his family even after he became aware of what he was.  He didn’t have to, but he stayed and even mourned their deaths.

Does the character stand by while others perform horrendous acts?

At first, yes.  He had lost the only family he had ever had.  All he had left were the Others, who were bent on destroying the human race.  The leader of the Others is extremely ruthless.  After meeting and falling in love with Cassie, he feels more human than he ever did before.  He would even give up his life to save her.

The Fifth Wave trilogy consists of two books so far.  The Fifth Wave and The Infinite Sea.  The Fifth Wave is being made into a movie, scheduled to be released in 2016.  I loved these books and I highly recommend them.  Evan Walker is one of my favorite characters.  He started out on the wrong side of the war, but he has definitely turned into a hero, at least in my opinion.  What do you think?  Is Evan Walker a friend or a foe?


Keirran

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Keirran

 

Keirran is the son of Ashallyn’ darkmyr Tallyn (Ash) and Megan Chase from the Iron Fey series. Keirran is described as having white/silver hair and icy blue eyes. He is tall, handsome, and lean. Keirran has a sharp, angular face and pointed ears. As a child, Keirran was very troublesome and always got into trouble.  He is also humorous and mischievous. If Keirran is told not to do something, he tends to find a way to do it anyway. But he is still very loyal to his father and family, and even his uncle Ethan Chase whom appears as the same age as him. Keirran is part human but is also immortal and stopped aging at the age of 17. He also grew quicker due to the way time moves in Faerie as compared to the mortal world and that is why he appears to be the same age as Ethan. At first Keirran and Ethan don’t really seem to like each other and are always arguing. But over time they have a very endearing brother like relationship and it’s obvious they care and love each other like family. There’s just one slight problem with Keirran and Ethan being friends… it was prophesied that Keirran would kill Ethan and be the downfall for all that is Faery. For years Megan tried to keep these two apart, but fate of course brought them together. Keirran is a great, loyal and honorable character. And even though Keirran likes to play pranks and tease, he does it out of love. The only thing about Keirran though is that he has a soft spot for the Forgotten Faeries. He understands their predicament, and feels sympathetic towards them even though they are killing other faeries to survive. The Forgotten Faeries are those whom are exiled. After so many ears of being exiled they become forgotten and begin to fade. Keirran understands the Forgotten because the one he loves is an exiled Summer Faery named Annwyl and Keirran will do ANYTHING to save her from fading from existence.

Excerpt from The Iron Traitor:

I’d yelled at Keirran to help me out, and… he hadn’t. He’d just stood their besides the Forgotten Queen, watching me get my ass kicked. Watching as they almost killed me. I remembered the look on his face as I’d fought for my life–cold, blank, impassive–and it made me very nervous. I’d seen that same look tonight, in Mr. Dust’s back room. That dark, icy stranger hadn’t gone away; he was still here. 

The Iron Traitor, Julie Kagawa

So is Keirran a good, noble character? Or is Keirran being consumed by a darkness so strong he can’t overcome all in the hopes to save the person he loves?

Does the character do things that have good consequences? or bad consequences?

Keirran does both. He definitely will help those he loves or cares about, even if sometimes it doesn’t appear that way and sometimes they have good consequences, but sometimes when he tries to help things go bad. He’s also very mischievous and those tend to have bad outcomes as well.  I would say that more bad consequences have happened because of Keirran than good.

Does the character do anything out of revenge or spite?

Keirran isn’t exactly a revengeful person. He’s mischievous yes, but he doesn’t really do anything in order to spite someone else.

Is the character’s personality noble and with good intent?

Keirran is very noble and his intentions are good. But he is a little misguided.

What makes this character most likable?

Keirran is very charismatic and witty. He jokes, he seems a little stiff at first but over time he loosens up. He’s noble and most importantly he does things out of the love in his heart.

What is something unlikable about the character?

Keirran often acts first and thinks later. He does not take consequences into consideration but merely acts on impulse.

Does the character feel guilty about their poor actions?

I think Keirran does feel guilty and just tries not to show it. He has a hard core poker face. But I think underneath it all he does feel guilty and he just keeps reminding himself why he does what he does and shuts off those other emotions that would disagree with him.

Does the character fight for the opposing side?

Keirran is an interesting character. He tends to be on both sides. I’m eager to find out which side he will indefinitely end up on.

What does the character believe in? Does he strive to make a difference that helps others?

He believes in saving those you love and care about. He believes in helping others in need by any means necessary. He believes in being true to himself and isn’t swayed by others beliefs.

What has the character done that could make him a potential villain?

He loves so deeply that it has made him blind. That blindness to the catastrophies that could happen could very well destroy everything.

What has the character done that could make him a possible hero?

Keirran loves his family and has been raised to be honorable and just. I would hope that Keirran would be smart enough to try to find a way that would be the best for everyone. And if he can’t, that he would in the end do the right thing because of his love for his family and that it’s the right thing to do.

I’m curious to know… do you think Keirran will end up being a villain that destroys all of Faery? Or will Keirran be the hero and save everyone he loves?