As the Redemption series continues, in Revisited everyone's path leads into one.
Lily Edwards, the last remaining female vampire, is facing a daunting task. She has to find Liam Caldwell, the vampire she was forced to create, and change him back to his human state.
But Lily's task will not be an easy one as fellow remaining vampires, Filipp and Debir, have been secretly plotting her demise for decades and were the ones responsible for Liam being turned.
While Liam is grateful for Filipp and Debir's guidance during his transformation into the vampire he felt destined to be, he's having second thoughts as he learns their whole plan is not what it seems. A hand-picked army of humans waits for Liam to change them into vampires at Filipp's instruction. Adding to the mix is Valentina Pavel, the last member of a coven Romanian witches, who brings forth new challenges of her own. Together, they all have Liam doing the unthinkable, pleading for a way out.
Lily's adopted daughter, Becca, is also preoccupied with a few dilemmas of her own. Discovering that the angel, Sam Fleming, is her biological father presents her with a choice to accept the powers of her birthright, or continue her human existence. She must find the answer while continuing to fight the feelings she has for fellow angel, Abe North, and her missing new love, Ian Holt.
Ian's world has been turned upside down now that the body-stealing demon, Gideon, is controlling him. Ian struggles as Gideon's decisions cause them both mental and physical pain. The only thing they agree on is their insatiable need to be with Becca at all costs.
Friends-now-turned-enemies struggle for their eternity, while enemies-turned-friends fight side by side.Will Lily's past give her the answers she needs to reach the future?
he disheveled young man awoke with a start, realizing he was in his bedroom of his New York mansion. Sweat dripped from his temples as his heart pounded against his breastbone and his lungs attempted to expand. He tore the sheets back before setting his bare feet down on the cold hardwood floor.
He neglected to grab his robe and raced down the hall toward his study, gooseflesh rising across the expanse of his skin. Clad in just his boxer shorts, he entered his sanctuary and dove for the book he needed.
“Come on. Where is it?” he muttered, flipping through the pages while searching for the confirmation he desperately needed.
He settled at his desk as his eyes roamed over each page. His nightmare had brought visions of demons in their truest form. He seldom had visions while dreaming, but when he did, he knew they were the most important ones. This particular demon was one who taunted him for years, yet evaded him at every turn. If he could find the demon, it might very well force him back into the ranks several were so desperate for him to rejoin.
“Finally.” He settled on the entry he had read several times before. Gideon: the destroyer. Source of power embedded in his forearm.
He sat back in his leather desk chair and expelled a shaky breath. He’d just experienced a vision of Gideon with Becca and another man. Then he saw Gideon transferring his essence into another body, his hand and forearm melding into the new body. Watching and unable to stop the scene had been terrifying.
“Fuck!” He swept the papers violently from his desk.
It had been years since Gideon placed a black mark on Nathaniel’s soul and determined to make his life a living hell. Day after day, night after night, he lived just that—a never ending cycle of pain and suffering.
“If I could just . . .” He grasped at the remaining traces of the visions.
In his mind, he saw Gideon walking with a dark haired man into a cave. He saw their flesh and bone become one as the molten lava vibrated its blistering light off the cave walls. He saw the body he had feared for a decade thrown into the fire, but could not make out the new vessel’s face.
He knew who he needed to call, the one man who might make sense of it all, and the only one in authority who might listen. He took the receiver from the cradle before dialing the number he knew by heart. After three rings, he heard a click on the line.
“Yes?” a strong female voice answered.
“Give me Eli Manchester now, please.”
Another soft click and then a faint whirring sound followed. “Voice identified. Nathaniel Archer. Your call will now be completed as directed.”
He released the breath he had held. He hadn’t used the number in the last three years and was fearful he might not attain access to the only man who could help him.
“Eli Manchester. Go,” the stern voice of his mentor answered.
“Boy, what are you calling me for at this hour? It’s three in the morning where you are.” The edge of concern dripped from each word.
“I’ve had visions of Becca and . . .” Nathaniel took a deep, shaky breath. “Of Becca and Gideon. Gideon has moved on to a new vessel. I’m not sure of the new identity other than some physical features like his build and hair color, but I am positive it was Gideon.” He gulped and waited for a reply.
“Get to JFK as fast as you can. I’ll have a jet fueled and waiting.” The tremor in Eli’s voice was well hidden, but not well enough from his own flesh and blood.
“Uncle, what am I missing?”
“The girls need you now. Pack for a long stay and don’t forget your umbrella. It’s been raining for days.”
“I won’t forget.” Nathaniel chuckled at the idea of an umbrella being of any real importance. “Are they okay?”
“They’ll be better once you’re here. Safe travels, my boy.”
The line went dead.
Nathaniel Archer sat in his late father’s chair in his ancestral home. He hadn’t left it in over three years. He knew the mess he was about to get involved with might never bring him home again, but for them, he would do it. Lily and Becca had risked their existence for him. It was time for him to return the favor.
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1. What about vampires fascinates you?
I’ve always been intrigued by the supernatural. When I was young, I watched “The Wizard of Oz”. Being a young girl from Kansas, the movie scared the hell out of me. I had nightmares for weeks about flying monkeys and houses getting dropped on me. I think that fear turned into me wanting to understand the supernatural. Vampires seem to be publicized the most in books and movies so I grasped on to the idea of them. When I began writing The Redemption Series, I knew I wanted to do something different. My first thought was fewer vampires, less fear, but as the series continues, you will learn there is not always strength in numbers.
2. Do you have a playlist for the Redemption series?
Lily’s Song “Feel” by Robbie Williams
Ian’s Song “Long Time Coming” by Oliver James
Abe’s Song “When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne
Sam’s Song “Smile” the Robert Downey Jr. version
Liam’s Song “E.T.” by Katy Perry
Ryan’s Song “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
Peter’s Song “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
“Love Remains the Same” by Gavin Rossdale
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash
“Female of the Species” by Space
“99 Problems” by Hugo
“Broken Hearted Soul” by Ra
“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
3. What are some of your favorite vampire movies and TV series?
I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, so obviously “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. The “Twilight” Saga films. “Van Helsing” with Hugh Jackman. Campy films such as “Love at First Bite” with George Hamilton and “The Monster Squad” with Duncan Regher as Dracula.
4. When you are writing, what is the most challenging thing for you?
Oddly enough, finding the time to do it. Once I get going it usually flows well. Since I have two kids, a husband, and an additional full-time job, I have to get creative finding time to write.
5. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the third book of The Redemption Series and the first book in a new series that I hope to release by 2014.
6. Do you write in any other genres?
My first novel was a Romance/Thriller. When I tried putting another of that type together, it didn’t work so well. I believe the Paranormal is my strong suite so I’m sticking with it for the foreseeable future.
7. If you could tell someone who is just starting out as a writer anything, what would it be?
If writing is something you are passionate about, don’t give up. Find out what works for you and get comfortable. There are thousands of resources out to help improve your writing. Take advantage of them.
8. True Blood or Dark Shadows?
Hands down, True Blood.
9. What are some of your favorite witchy reads or movies?
Movies: “Practical Magic”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Hocus Pocus”, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”, “Teen Witch”, “Stardust”, and “Sleepy Hollow”.
Books: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling and The Darkest Powers Series by Kelly Anderson
What I Liked:
This book slides right in after Redemption and carries the story well. The journal entry makes a good recap if you haven't read the first book and that is a plus. Moving into the story, the plot is a good one, the characters ones you will grow to love and the dialogue and character action flows well. I love a good story that has angels, vampires, witches and demons and this is one e-book that I am really enjoying.
What I Didn't:
At first, I thought the journal entry was a slow way to start the novel, but as it moved into the story, I was happy for the recap so I could get in pace with the book.
If you are a fan of Discovery of Witches or True Blood, you will like this series. Lily is a character you will grow to love. The other characters are also addictive and each of the subplots are potent and keep you turning the pages without fail. One of the things that either wins me over or has me cringing is the use of dialogue and how natural it feels. Lindsey does a great job. Her use of action is spot on and you really feel what is going on in the story. The complexities of vampire and human relationships are explored, as are a host of other paranormal beings. Angels, demons, witches....what more can a girl ask for.
About the author:
I dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held my attention like putting pen to paper and creating my own world through words. Those words led me to The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House and the rest, as they say, is history. Revisited, my third full-length novel due out in summer 2012, is the second in The Redemption Series, and I have no plans to slow my creations down any time soon.
A mid-west native, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, reading on my new e-reader, and making life interesting at each and every turn.
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