I have always been an avid reader, and romance is by far my favorite fiction genre. I just can’t get enough of those happily-ever-after endings and never cease to be entertained by the changes wrought in characters when they fall in love. As both a reader and a writer, I love character growth. I think that’s why I’m such a fan of book series and tend to prefer them to solitary releases that feature a hero and a heroine we never see again. Don’t get me wrong. There is character growth aplenty in these. But series allow us to revisit the hero and heroine and see what happens next.
Sometimes the changes a character undergoes can take place in the span of a single book. In DARKNESS DAWNS, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series, both Roland and Sarah (the hero and heroine) undergo pretty substantial transformations. Roland is notoriously antisocial. But when Sarah bounds into his life, bringing light and laughter, his surly demeanor slips and he learns to trust again, to love again. Sarah never expects to land herself in the middle of a war that erupts between immortals and vampires. Nor does she expect to fall in love with an immortal warrior nine hundred years her senior. But, in doing so, she undergoes a transformation as well and discovers within herself a courage she didn’t even known she possessed.
In NIGHT REIGNS, the second book in the series, Marcus and Ami (who were both seen first in DARKNESS DAWNS) undergo transformations of their own. Grieving deeply after the loss of a woman he loved for eight centuries, Marcus wants to be left alone and balks when he is assigned a new Second, or mortal guard. But that grief diminishes beneath the onslaught of Ami’s teasing determination, tempting him to risk his heart again. Ami undergoes ample changes herself. Loving and laughing with Marcus weakens the grip her torturous past has held on her. Though some fears will continue to plague her, she comes into her own as a Second and will soon become renowned as the fiercest mortal warrior in the Immortal Guardians’ arsenal.
All four of these characters will appear again in PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series, which will be released on October 2nd. These characters will continue to grow, yet the character who has changed the most in the first three books, is one I haven’t mentioned yet: Sebastien Newcombe.
Bastien is a perfect example of why I love series so much. When Bastien burst onto the Immortal Guardians’ scene in DARKNESS DAWNS, he did so as their enemy. Sebastien was the villain and accomplished the unthinkable. He successfully raised, maintained, and guided an army of violent, maddened vampires with the intention of destroying the Immortal Guardians. And he was willing to do just about anything to accomplish that goal. But all was not as it seemed.
For Bastien, the seeds of change were planted in DARKNESS DAWNS, but didn’t begin to grow until NIGHT REIGNS. In NIGHT REIGNS, his world—everything he knew to be true about his existence—had been turned upside down. Dark secrets from his past surfaced, and calls for his execution became a clamor. Even Bastien knew that something was going to have to change.
That change takes place in PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series. But it isn’t at all what Bastien expected. For two years, Dr. Melanie Lipton has worked closely with three former members of Bastien’s vampire army, searching for a cure for the virus that infects them. Through their eyes, Melanie has seen in Bastien what others can’t: that some villains can be redeemed, that there is more to him than the dark deeds that have earned him the hatred of immortals, vampires, and humans alike. Perhaps, by the end of their tale, she can convince him of the same.
Had DARKNESS DAWNS not been part of a series, Bastien would have forever remained a villain. I’m so glad he had a chance to find happiness, too. :-) I hope you’ll enjoy PHANTOM SHADOWS when it is released on October 2nd!
The third book, Phantom Shadows, will be released on October 2, 2012, and will feature Bastien as hero. Bastien's dark past has earned him the hatred of immortals, vampires, and humans alike. In fact, most would like nothing more than to see him destroyed . . . except for Dr. Melanie Lipton. She alone sees something in him the others don't and makes Bastien long for an impossible future.
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