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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

BLOG TOUR! Guest Post with Viola Ryan, author of Mark of Abel

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At the Other End:

Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.



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Author Bio...
A very good friend of Viola Ryan in high school said, “You don’t think outside the box. You blow the thing up.” Sometimes boxes need exploding. That’s why she’s here. She has a whole bag of C4 and isn’t afraid to use it. She’s blessed with people who treasure her eccentricities or at least put up with them.


Sometimes the box can be a cozy place. Without some sort of stability, her two daughters’ and her life would be unmanageable. That stability comes from her husband. He’s the rock holding her family together.

On the flip side, his career is anything but stable. He’s a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. They’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. Fortunately, the moves have all been on the east coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast.

Her oldest daughter (16) was born on Cape Cod, not far from Plymouth. Massachusetts. Her youngest (12) was born in Yorktown, Virginia, down the road from Williamsburg. Viola jokes they’re doing the colonial America tour.


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To Live and Die and Die Again and Again and...


It’s easy to focus on the hero of The Mark of Abel, Lucifer during a Holy Hell Tour, but the name of the tour comes from many things, including the heroine’s past lives and more specifically her deaths.

I finished The Mark of Abel the summer of 2010 but it wasn’t called that. It was called The Fallen. Then like any good writer, I put it aside for awhile before I tackled editing it. The next day I was vegging while watching the History Channel, my favorite way to veg when I need a break from writing. A documentary came on about the Roman extermination of Dacia, in present day Romania. This is depicted in Trajan’s Column. It screamed to be in a vampire novel. Then I thought, “Hey, what about MY vampire novel.”

Lucifer was the hero of the story since he inserted himself during National Novel Writing Month 2007. It was difficult to come up with a heroine as mythic as he is. After watching the documentary, I wanted to talk about the Second Dacian war, which occurred in 106 CE, so that meant a past life. Then I thought, “Why just give her one brutal past? There are all sorts of little known massacres throughout history. I could do a whole bunch of them.” Things evolved from there.

If I was going to include massacres that actually happened, I didn’t want to be debunked like The Da Vinci Code. I spent days researching each one before I started writing them. I looked for primary and secondary sources whenever possible. If I couldn’t find them, I used a different massacre. There are plenty to choose from. I needed a broad variety from different cultures and times.

I’m very happy with how they turned out. I hope you are, too. Here is one of my favorites. I even got to use my high school French.

Excerpt:

“Je ne suis pas une sorcière!” Janie screamed to her empty apartment.
“Arrêtez, s'il vous plaît! Je ne suis pas une sorcière!”

She wasn’t a witch. They needed to stop. Tears streamed down her face, but they couldn’t extinguish the flames existing only in her dream.

Fire laps at her feet. The air above it scorches her inside and out. Sweat pours off her. It quickly evaporates and brings no relief.

She coughed, trying to bring her hand to cover her mouth, but she couldn’t move.

Soon the ropes binding her will burn away. Maybe they’re weak enough.

She squirmed in her bed until she fell on the floor.

“Oww.” Her eyes popped open, and she rubbed her head. That would leave a nasty bump. Her pale pink sheet was twisted around her legs, damp from the sweat pouring off her. She kicked free.

After a few moments of squinting, only silhouettes were visible. She breathed in deeply. Nothing burned, especially no smoldering flesh. She crawled over to the door and hit the light switch.

A quick examination revealed her pale hands shaking. At least they weren’t singed. Another night, another nightmare. Of all the recurring dreams, this was the worst. The most vivid, the most painful, the most terrifying.

It was just a nightmare. If only she could believe that. Nightmares were one thing, but these were in 3D surround sound. Worst of all she felt everything. Every sensation. Every emotion.

~ Viola Ryan


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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me. I'm having a lot of fun on this tour. Writing can be a solitary endeavor and I've a huge extrovert. Feel free to ask me anything.

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  2. Love the excerpt, thank you.

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  3. Thank you for having me. I'm having a lot of fun chatting with fans and potential fans. Feel free to ask me anything.

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