My Little Pocketbooks: Guest Post: Witches, Angels & Vampires by Devin O'Branagan   

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Guest Post: Witches, Angels & Vampires by Devin O'Branagan

Today the author of PRETTY SACRIFICES, Devin O'Branagan is taking over My Little Pocketbooks as part of her book tour.  What is Pretty Sacrifices all about?  And who is Devin?  I'm glad you asked.  
Book Description
In the post-apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory's small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah. Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love. The legend of Glory continues!
The second book in the Legend of Glory trilogy!
Glory was nominated for the 2011 Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association.
Author Bio
Image of Devin O'BranaganBestselling author Devin O'Branagan writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal thrillers, and comic mysteries. She also writes a humor column for TAILS Magazine, is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. All of her books are available in both print and eBook formats. Visit her website at www.DevinWrites.com
Now that you all are in the know, I am turning it over to Devin.


  WITCHES, ANGELS & VAMPIRES
When I sat down to write The Legend of Glory series, I wanted to create Supernaturals who were not stereotypical. I was tired of the cliché characters emerging from popular trends. I needed my witches, angels, and vampires to be multi-dimensional beings with dreams, struggles, fears, and passion. Above all, I wanted them to have souls.
I created them as teenagers, not to appeal to any particular audience, but to incorporate the angst that accompanies the journey of finding oneself. As a result, my Supernaturals come alive in a manner that has greatly excited the imaginations of readers.
Kaia Moonstone is a seventeen-year-old witch from a family of witches whose magical heritage spans many generations. The Moonstone Coven clings to the old ways in a rural setting, devoted to serving the Mother Goddess and fighting the good fight against evil. Orphaned at a young age, Kaia’s supernatural talents are many. She is a psychic, an animal communicator, can control the weather, and is a demon-fighter. Incredibly powerful, her challenge has been to come to terms with her many gifts while dealing with the tragedy of her parents’ deaths. Her extreme sense of duty supersedes the enjoyment of life that should be the right of any teenage girl. Complicating matters, is an attempt by leaders of her coven and its sister coven to arrange a marriage for her in order to bind the two covens and mingle their bloodlines. It’s a medieval concept against which she passionately rebels. Kaia’s fierce independence and subtle vulnerabilities take her on an extraordinary journey that in Pretty Sacrifices may result in her death.
Zane Dillon was a young cowboy when forcibly turned into a vampire in 1876. Married, with a child on the way, his only choice was to allow his bride to believe him dead, and watch his family live out their lives from a distance. A passionate man, he mourns the loss of his family. A deeply religious man, he mourns what he believes is the loss of his soul. An honorable man, he refuses to drink human blood, and he struggles to live as noble a life as possible. Consumed by his many losses, he is afraid to truly love again. Then he meets a seventeen-year-old human named Glory Templeton, who appears to have an impossible connection with the woman once his wife—a connection that defies all known laws of time and space. Can he love again? Will she convince him that God has not forsaken him? And what happens when a rift in time reunites them in the 19th Century?
Dominic is a young angel assigned to be Glory’s guardian angel during the horrendous pandemic that kills over a billion human beings—a plague for which Glory’s blood contains the only known cure. Dominic’s struggle is that he doesn’t like human beings and doesn’t believe that they should survive. From what he has witnessed of man’s inhumanity to man, and humanity’s disrespect for God and His creation, he can find nothing to convince him that the human race should continue. Will Glory’s selfless courage change his opinion? And what happens when he and Glory develop feelings for one another that constitute a forbidden love? The results of their love affair carry over into the second novel of the trilogy, Pretty Sacrifices, with startling consequences.
In the first novel of the trilogy, Glory herself sums up the overall dilemma quite well:

I glanced around the car at my strange traveling companions. In their infinite wisdom, the Caretakers of creation had assigned an angel, a vampire, and a witch to be my bodyguards. And they weren’t wise, mature examples of those three life forms either. No, they were rebellious, confused, questioning, and filled with the angst of youth. What were the Caretakers thinking when they came up with this brilliant idea? Had they gotten loopy on sacramental wine and decided it would be grand entertainment to throw together an unlikely group of heroes comprised of the unborn, the undead, the unearthly, and me, the unwilling? Did they decide to use teenagers because it was the adults who had gotten humanity into this huge mess in the first place? Was the continuation of all our respective species really resting on our youthful shoulders? Did the Caretakers think this plan through? We were all in a whole lot of trouble.

In Glory, this intrepid group of teenagers are thrown together to save the world from a pandemic. In Pretty Sacrifices, an angelic war threatens the souls of Glory’s loved ones. In the forthcoming Genesis, this group is once again brought together to fight evil—but this time the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine.
Did the Caretakers of creation really think this plan through? Only time will tell.
Copyright © 2012 - Devin O'Branagan 

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