Hi all! Today I'd like to welcome Brooklyn Ann, author to the Brides of Prophecy series ! Brooklyn is here to tell us more about Xochitl, the star of Conjuring Destiny.
The most difficult heroine I've ever written.
Xochitl Leonine, (Whose name is pronounced So-She) is probably the most challenging character I've ever written.
Quick description: she is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the heavy metal band, Rage of Angels, she possesses supernatural abilities, mainly communicating with cats and manifesting fire. She is biologically incapable of fear and for some reason (explained at the end of the story) her back aches when she gets angry.
So, clearly she's not human. But she doesn't know what she is.
Her life has also been touched by pain and tragedy. She spent most of her childhood alone and bullied because others around her sensed she was different. Because of this, guys treated her like the plague while all the other girls her age were experiencing first love.
Even worse, her mother died when she was seventeen.
Despite so much strife, she remains unrelentingly cheerful … and curious about everything.
She lives and breathes music, something that not only brings her joy, but was also the key to making her first real friends. All she wants is for her and her band, Rage of Angels, to succeed enough that she can play music full time for a living.
But fate has more in store for her than that...
One of the hardest things to keep in mind was writing a character who is incapable of fear. When a scary bad guy approaches, instead of going "Eeek!" like a normal person, Xochitl will either charge headlong into fighting him, or if she thinks she won't win the fight, she'll run, though to avoid unpleasantness, not due to terror.
She is also a frustrating combination of knowledge and naivety. She's well read, and an accomplished linguist, but she's extremely ignorant of her own abilities and how the world works. This bites her in the butt in this book.
And maybe the worst thing of all, she insisted in speaking to me in the First Person POV. Since it's my first time writing that style, I had to go through major revisions to get it right. Ugh.
Despite all of the frustrating challenges with Xochitl, she was also a lot of fun to write, and I do hope you enjoy her story.
And now more about the book :
Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally... and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.
Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl’s heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn’t care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world’s vanished sun.
Xochitl’s compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?
As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical. As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.
But if Zareth’s evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world?
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Meet the author:
Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed "Scandals with Bite" series and urban fantasy in her "Brides of Prophecy" novels, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music-- a difficult world to find love in.