by Barb Jones
When the darkness was compelling and the heart knew no bounds, was there really a right choice? With Michael’s life hanging in the balance, Amber had a choice: save her star-fated love or keep on the crusade to unite the magical community. For Amber, her fate was sealed even before her birth and it was her destiny to fight the great battle ahead of her. But, when it came to her heart — her friends, her great love — Amber’s torn. Not only was she the Queen, but she was a human in every sense of the word. She was vulnerable. And so the very people — Chloe and Michael — that gave her strength, quickly became her weakness. It wasn’t her fault she loved too much, was it?
Nevertheless, the Tall Dark Man had set a plan in motion that could threaten the very existence of the Blood Prophecy. Would he gather his dark forces and succeed in destroying Amber once and for all? Or, would she assemble her powerful friends and save the world?
Malakai, Seattle, Present Day
With the betterment of both Michael and Rae, Malakai was glad that they were well and fine; nevertheless, he needed some time to decompress. All the magical commotions that had occurred were too overwhelming for him. He needed some sort of release.
He enjoyed the brisk jog in the park, as he cut through the sharp wind of the cold night. But this did nothing to lift his spirits. He was happy that Amber’s smile finally met her eyes. That was all he’d ever wanted for her: happiness, that’s it. There was nothing more he could ask for—she was his priority. Yet, in the back of his mind, as in his heart, he couldn’t help but believe the ancient legend that he’d heard so long ago was the certifiable truth, as it was written in Eschmun’s scroll.
…her fate is tied to the true alpha of the wolves. A blood drinker will stand formidable, but it is the nature of the child to call upon the true alpha and bring him to the queen’s inner heart.
Could this be the truth? he often wondered as he traveled the world collecting artifacts and evidence supporting this notion. Yes, he’d crafted a reliquary, quite accidentally, and people assumed it was to keep the magic insulated, away from the humans. But that wasn’t the case, at least not for him. He so wanted to believe, just from the sheer fact that it was said in the scroll. But Malakai was a man of logic, driven by cold hard data. Although wanting to romanticize that his destiny was tied with Amber’s, he needed confirmation. He wanted validation for the strong emotions he was feeling.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in Hawaii but moved to Seattle as a teenager. Eventually I ended up in Florida and have been here ever since. I love Seattle so much that I guess that’s why I wanted to start the series in Seattle but now, they are moving to Hawaii! I tend to call myself a gym rat because the gym is like my second home. I love lifting, running, and yes, squats and burpees are among my favorites. Burpees wasn’t before but I definitely grew to love them. In addition to all that, I am a history nut! I will always be studying something!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
The storyline came from a dream and once I started writing, it just grew and evolved into The Blood Prophecy series. This recent release, Queen’s Ascension, is the third book in the series and puts a climactic finish on the long-awaited battle that the world has been waiting for. But throughout the series, Amber is discovering her destiny, learning her purpose and preparing for the battle. Queen’s Ascension is the final piece to her achieving her goal – to unite the races but I have recently announced that the series is not ending and there will be a Book Four: Rise of the Hunter.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I’ve always loved telling stories as a kid. In fact, I would tell stories during camping trips with the Girl Scouts and the other kids always wanted more. My parents told me after a while that I should write down these stories onto paper and I’ve just been writing ever since. I write a lot of poetry too.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write anywhere I can. I don’t have a set place. I’ve been known to write while on a date, in the middle of a workout, you name it. Once I get an idea, I have to get it down and put my heart in it. I think it varies on where I am writing. For example, if I’m in my office, I am listening to Nickelback. If I am out and about, I will just start recording. I have some recordings that I made while running where I am out of breath, but I still write!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Mostly from dreams or letting my mind just wander and create. I love telling stories so it just comes naturally to me to write. I’ve been writing since I was 9.
What do you like to read?
I will read just about anything but I prefer history, historical fiction, action, thrillers and paranormal/horror. I have my favorite authors though that are my “go to” reads.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Just a huge thank you to my team – Jessica is my assistant and Social Media guru! Steven is the artist who brings my covers to life. They are a huge part of helping me create the world and bringing the characters to life. And I love being part of World Castle Publishing!
I was born in Hawaii, a place rich with culture and storytellers. As a little girl, scary tales about vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and witches were my favorite kind — much to my mother’s dismay.
The scarier, the better.
My love for the supernatural never went away, even after moving to Seattle, far from Hawaii’s majestic beaches with unusual colors. Nothing compares to the landscapes of Maui, Lanai, or Oahu. But somehow, Seattle stole my heart anyway. It became the place where my love for stories took on a new form, in a book of my own: The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent. This book is for kids who love stories, just like I did.
Then I had an idea while sleeping.
One night, my mind began to work overtime. In a dream, I saw a unique storyline involving all the races and an epic battle of good versus evil. It was a modern day plot with a three thousand year old prophecy, The Blood Prophecy. I finished the first book in 2014, The Queen’s Destiny. Two years later, I released The Queen’s Enemy. The last book in the series, The Queen’s Ascension, released on August 17, 2020.
Today, I live in Florida with its beaches and sunshine. But I’m still a Seattle girl at heart. And so all my stories take place in the Northwest.
I always keep to my roots when I write.
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