Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Character Interview from Black Apocalypse, Book 4 of the Vulcan Legacies series by @SashaHibbs

Thanks for visiting with us today!  
We're thrilled to have an appearance from Sasha Hibbs as she interviews 
her character Laurel, the Angel of Faith from the Vulcan Legacies series.

Q: (Me) It’s my understanding that you’ve been, um, dead throughout this whole ordeal. How does it feel to finally be heard? *I watch the blonde-haired Seraph take on a knowing look. I’ve been forewarned that she has the gift of foresight*

A: (Laurel) It’s been a long road. You can only imagine what it was like to see into the future and know if I didn’t somehow alter the course of things, my daughter, Ally, would ultimately lead to the destruction of the world. 

Q: (Me) Yeah… I honestly couldn’t imagine. So, it’s my understanding that you had to
sacrifice-- *she cuts me off*

A: (Laurel) Sacrifice? What have I given up that any other mother wouldn’t for the opportunity to see their child live? My soul mate? My life? My chance to reenter the Gates? You forget, that I am also the Seraph of Faith. And faith is something I’ve never had to sacrifice. It’s the one thing that I’ve always had. I knew everything would work out in the end, I was only powerless to be there physically to see it done. 

Q: (Me) So you really had your work cut out for you prior to your, um, death? *I cough nervously. Who wants to point out that someone is dead?* 

A: (Laurel) In a way, but the Apocalypse is something that I knew was coming for a millennia so I honestly had plenty of time to lay the groundwork to save all those I loved. 

Q: (Me) It must’ve been hard to know those you loved doubted you, thought you were a traitor. How did you cope with it? You know… seeing all but being powerless to defend yourself? 

A: (Laurel) It was hard, but I had time to brace myself for the hard times. You know, the times when those you loved most doubted you. It was hard to watch my daughter go through her trials and tribulations. One of the hardest parts was knowing that Michael Blackwell had to die in order to restore the balance. 

Q: (Me) Yes, I heard about that. Wow… so before we go, I want to thank you for your time. I know it’s borrowed now only through the courtesy of the Authority. But I wanted to ask you… Now that the Apocalypse is over, what does the future hold? *Laurel smiles at me, and it’s warm and genuine. She knows (of course) that I am aware of her ability to see into the future.*

A: (Laurel) The Apocalypse is over, but there were so many aftermaths. People lost their lives, families were left to grieve. Some of us had to say goodbye knowing that it would be a lifetime before we would rejoin those we loved and lost. But for those that remain, let’s say someone like Vulcan, the journey isn’t over. It’s just beginning. 

*I watch her in a flash of what looks like lightening simply disappear*

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Black Apocalypse
The Vulcan Legacies, 4
Sasha Hibbs
51,000 words
YA Paranormal Romance
Evernight Teen Publishing

Resurrected from the dead, Michael Blackwell is enraged and heartbroken to find Ally—the girl he loved—in the arms of the very man that killed him as a human. In Michael’s eyes, Ally’s betrayal is absolute. But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the man who killed Michael, and even more with the girl he thought he knew. 

Black Apocalypse is a journey full of heartache and redemption where the past weaves an uncertain future. Can Michael forgive Ally for her betrayal? Can Ally finally embrace who she is destined to become to save them both? 

Who is the elusive Seraph, Laurel? Who was the Devourer before his colossal fall from grace? What decisions did they make together that altered the course of history? Shocking revelations, prophecies fulfilled, a war where not everyone will make it out alive...the final installment in the Vulcan Legacies will leave you breathless. 
14+ due to adult situations

Buy Links:   Evernight Teen    Amazon   

He glanced at her silhouette. She stood beside him quietly, a tear streaking her pale face, one silver line visible against the cold wintery night.
“Will you dance with me?” Abaddon said, turning her back to face him.
Ally spoke with her body. She shivered as she turned to him, reaching out and lacing her fingers through his.
Abaddon responded by pulling her close against him, removing his hands from hers so he could wrap them around her, holding her tight and praying for the courage to see his task through.
The Seraph told him, told him what he must do. In his broken mind, the pieces lay jagged and strewn, but he was putting them together, regaining the memories he’d lost through the blinding rage of his illusion.
But Ally was real. He was holding her in his arms, and she came to him with trust, with patience, while he tried to regain the memories from his human life, ones that would guide him on the path he was supposed to be on now.
But as he held her in his arms, she felt so fragile, so breakable. He could hear the soft thrumming of her heart. The beat was uneven, a rhythm that reminded him of the last remnants of life.
Ally was dying. She was his soulmate and the beat of her heart gave him all the courage he needed. He wasn’t going to kill her. He was going to save her.
Abaddon slowly broke away from her, keeping her at arm’s length. Her light was dimming, but there was the faintest glimmer in her eyes that held hope for him. She would be strong enough to endure what he was getting ready to do to her. She had to be.  
Abaddon brought his wrist up to his mouth, extended his canines and pierced his flesh. As blood rushed up to the surface, he gazed into her eyes.
He parted his lips, ready to speak, to tell her it would be okay, but was silenced by Ally resting a single finger against his lips.
“Shh,” Ally whispered.
Her gaze told him that she knew what was happening. She wouldn’t fight him. He could see that she would trust him, blindly put all her faith in him, was truly ready to walk down an unknown path with him.
He watched in awe as she circled her cold fingers around his wrist and brought it up to her lips. She locked gazes with him and he could feel her taking his essence into him. She ended by gently kissing his wrist where the wound was. She swept her hair to one side, exposing her neck up at him.
Abaddon felt a warm tear run down his cheek.
“It’s okay, Michael,” Ally said, her voice so little. “I’m ready.”
He unfurled his wings, pulled her against him tightly, lowered his lips to hers, and in his mind he whispered the words from a song, a song from a long time ago that meant so much to him then and even more to him now.
“I've waited such a long time for you,” he said. He softly caressed her lips with his, savoring the feel of her against him, the kiss he’d waited a lifetime and beyond for.
He raised his gaze back to hers, brushing a wisp of hair away from her eyes, cupping her face. “A lifetime,” he said, as he brushed soft kisses along her temple, her cheek, her jawline, back to her trembling lips. Thinking back to that night long ago, he lived the words of that song, held nothing back for what he felt for her.
Abaddon could see the tears standing in her eyes. He kissed them away, their salt lingering on his lips. He drew her closer into him so that he could feel she was real, she was in his arms, her life in his hands.
And through her tears, he could see the relief, he could see the hope, he could see her love staring back at him. His heart hammered in his chest, that muscle giving way to a new life, a life that only love could give.
He brushed his lips against hers again and again, whispering those lyrics so appropriate for them, for their life, their death, their love against a world that, like her essence, was fading fast. “You’ll always be mine.”
With shaky hands, Abaddon pulled her down to the ground with him. Cradling her in his lap, he grazed his canines against her throat. “I need you,” Abaddon whispered, as Ally laced her fingers through his hair, pulling him down to her vein. She arched her back, pressed up against him, encouraged him to drink from her, to take her to where he’d been.
Abaddon exhaled against her skin. With one hand holding her head and the other pressed firmly into the small of her back, he pierced her, sunk his teeth into the soft flesh at her neck. He took her into him, her blood coursing through him, sating a hunger for far more than sustenance. In her blood was the story of their life, the answers he sought, the lyrics to their own song.
Abaddon could feel the life slowly fade from her, could hear her heartbeat slow. Removing his canines, he drew back from her. Her head lolled to the side, her pupils beginning to fix. He brought her lips back to his, kissed her gently.
As Ally’s last breath escaped her body, Abaddon clutched her tightly to his chest, a crimson tear falling against her, he whispered into her ear, “Hurry back to me.”

About the Author:
By age 5, Sasha Hibbs' favorite movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr. Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her.  
With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.
When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.  
Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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