Friday, May 10, 2013

Guest author Poppy Dennison

An Immortal Soul
By Poppy Dennison

Mind. Body. Soul. There’s something magical in those three words, a yearning for balance that hides deep with us all. Or, if you’re one of my readers, it means that you can finally get your hands on the final book of my Triad trilogy, Soul Magic.

I knew from the get-go that Soul Magic would be the hardest book for me to write. How to really delve into the magic of the soul? I created a world where all three types of magic are pivotal, but Soul Magic…man, I’ve got to tell you I was biting my nails as I told this final story.  This book features Cormac, a centuries old vampire as he comes to terms with his past—a past which has come back to haunt him.

When I first created the Triad world, I looked at other famous vampires as inspiration. What stood out to me the most was the duality of their natures. The romantic hero vampires we all know and love (Angel, Eric Northman, the Salvatore brothers from The Vampire Diaries) all seem to have this good side/bad side that really draws me in as a viewer and a reader.

Will Eric change his wicked ways for Sookie or will he always have his bite first, think later attitude (In Eric’s case, I’m voting for the second…he is a sexy bad guy, don’t you think??) I love watching Damon Salvatore smirk his way through an episode as he watches his brother struggle with his vampirism.

I approached Cormac’s character in a similar way. Much like Eric Northman, Cormac’s been around for a couple centuries. In my world, his immortality is connected to the Soul Magic he receives after being turned into a vampire. But Cormac is different—he started life with the Mind Magic of the mages and the remnants of that magic still reside inside him.

Eric had me thinking though. Is immortality a gift or a curse? Is his disdain for humans inherent or is it a result of being alive so long and seeing so many die? (I might possibly have a slight Eric obsession!) Cormac has watched over his descendants for generations, including Simon, who is the last of his line. Cormac’s mission is to keep Simon safe, and now that his great-great grandson has mated an Alpha werewolf, his challenge has only intensified.

The pack is under attack and only Cormac has the answers. He’s struggling with his own problems, though. The vampire side of him is very much in control. As Cormac struggles to resolve his past and regain mastery of his soul magic, he also has to make sure he’s able to find the answers to the mysterious creature who is coming after those he loves.

So what do you think? Is immortality a curse? Or is there something more to it? Are the vampires we love to read sexier when they’re bad, or is it their redemption we love the most? 

Soul Magic
Triad: Book Three
ISBN-13: 978-1-62380-580-7
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Price: $6.99 eBook $14.99 Print
Pages:  220
Release Date: May 6, 2013
Blood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.

Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.

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About the author
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.
You can find out more about Poppy’s books on her website

1 comment:

  1. Immortality is definitely a curse if you look at it from a psychological stand point, even immortality would have its draw backs on the mind. I guess it would depend on the person that is sired, if the mortal state of mind was weak or depressed, that would carry over to the immortal rebirth (depending from which supernatural universe that immortal would be part of), stronger minded people might make better immortals, then there's the fact of your humanity.
    I think vampires are sadly miss understood creatures as to other immortal being that is born with immortality meaning they "grew up" understanding the fact they would live several life times, where as the fact with vampires it's sort of forced on them. You have to come to terms quickly with the fact your immortal, but I don’t think it gets expressed enough what immortality truly means, watching those you love grow old and die, you make new friends lovers and/or family only to see them age and pass again a endless cycle of madness (don’t you think) of course it's different to those who has loss there humanity they couldn't care less.
    I think most vampires would end their own suffering if there life mate would die and chose not to walk in to path of immortality. Yes, I think stripping away the fantasy of immortality and bringing it to reality it's alone, miserable and cold life one leads, sure the first couple of hundred years might be a part but then things catches up with. And then you're left with to face the true meaning of immortality.


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