Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The sub-genres of historical romance and paranormal romance have always blended well for me, so when I decided I wanted to write about a new kind of paranormal being, I knew the story would involve history. I guess as a history teacher, it was inevitable. From that initial idea of wanting to write a new kind of paranormal came the idea for Aeveren, the characters in my novel, Destiny Redeemed.
Physically just like humans since they've evolved from them, Aeveren possess gifts that together make them different in the world of paranormals. For one, they can have abilities above and beyond what humans possess. Some are able to read minds, while others can see into the future or travel through time. This makes some of them quite powerful compared to other Aeveren whose powers are less advanced, such as the ability to heal, and those who have no powers at all. Another gift they possess is destined ones, other Aeveren they are drawn to across distance and time. However, the most important gift they possess is the ability of reincarnation.
When I chose to give Aeveren fifty lives, reincarnation was a natural next step, but quickly the idea took on a life of its own. With the possibility of any character having forty-nine prior lifetimes of experiences, the stories immediately became more historical in nature. Take one of the main characters in Destiny Redeemed, Amon Kalins, for example. Amon is an ancient Aeveren, born in his first lifetime in first century B.C. Greece. He's also a very powerful being because he was born in that first lifetime with his ability to travel through time, unlike most of his fellow Aeveren who have no powers until after their twentieth lifetime. Because he's lived through so much of the past, I had a plethora of times and places to choose from in the creation of his back story. It was actually an embarrassment of riches until I had to actually choose. Then it became something that took on great importance to characterization.
Amon has lived as a soldier in the late Roman Empire, a Viking around the year 900, a Turkish trader in the Ottoman Empire, a member of the ruling elite of the Aztecs when the Spanish conquered their civilization, and a gentleman of the landed gentry in late 18th century England, among other lifetimes. Some of these are mere mentions in his story, while others, such as his lifetime as an English gentleman, figure prominently. But each of these, along with his abilities, works to create a character who is interesting because of who he's been. In a very real sense, his past makes who he is in the present.
Destiny Redeemed is at its heart a paranormal romance, but the historical undertones are never far away. For Aeveren, the past is as much a part of the story as the present.
Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won't rest until he's safely back imprisoned within Nil's cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn't forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.
Gabrielle Bisset is a college history teacher by day, but by nights and weekends she becomes an erotic romance author. Writing for years, she finally took the publishing plunge in early 2011 with her first book, Stolen Destiny, and she's never looked back. Her novellas in the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy-Vampire Dreams, Love's Master, and Masquerade-have all been Amazon bestsellers since their release in the summer of 2011.
Destiny Redeemed, her newest novel, is currently on sale now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance eBooks.
To find out more about Gabrielle and her books, including excerpts from each book, visit her blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/ and her website at http://www.gabriellebisset.com/
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