I happy to have author L.J. Kentowski here to do a guest post and talk about her new book "Guardian of Fate". You can scroll down to the next post to read Ava's review. L.J. has also donated a ebook copy of Guardian of Fate to giveaway to one lucky commenter.
Thanks so much for having me today on the blog! I’m so happy to be here with all of you today!
The story of Guardian Of Fate began with Cassandra Cosgrove and her visions. At the time, I had no idea where these visions would lead her or why, but as I got further into them, I realized how deep-rooted these visions were to her. As I started to flesh out who she was as a Guardian Of Fate, more characters started to take shape, bringing conflict to her world. Before long, I had a whole crew of supernatural characters with powers that came from nowhere. Let me say that again, they came from nowhere. You see the problem with this, right? So did I, and that is why I needed to start building my supernatural world.
What you’re about to see has never been seen before by the naked eye…well, except for mine…and maybe one other person…or two. Anyway, this is my creation of Sheol, or Hell, as most of us would refer to it. Please keep in mind, that this was the Hell built for GOF, and bears no affiliation to any religions, beliefs, politics, or personal demons. It is raw, and probably has a few grammatical errors, but it will give you a great picture of how Cassandra’s world came to be in Guardian Of Fate.
Enter at your own risk…
Creation of Sheol
Hadraniel, an angel in charge of protecting humanity fell in love with another angel, Anael. She was said to have powers of unimaginable beauty that no one could deny. Hadraniel was sent away for a time and Nergal, another angel, saw Anael and fell so in love with her that he tricked her into thinking Hadraniel would be gone forever so he could be with her. She gave in him andWhen Hadraniel found out what Nergal had done he was so upset that he declared war over Nergal and banded together with several other angels to force Nergal and Anael far out of their world.
Nergal soon realized that Anael was not the same woman that she had been when she was part of humanity. Without her soul, she was not longer a tempting beauty, but a cold, lifeless being. Nergal became resentful to Hadraniel for forcing him out to live the rest of eternity with Anael as she was. He vowed to avenge himself by taking human souls that were meant for Heaven before their time of death. These souls were forced to live as slaves and workers to build the city that he eventually claimed to be king over, Sheol. Nergal eventually tired of having to steal all of these souls himself so he started using some of the souls he’d gained in his kingdom to do his dirty work. These souls became Core Demons, sent out to steal the souls, or cores, of righteous humans. Nergal’s ultimate plan was to take over all of humanity and force the angels of Heaven that had ousted him into submission. He planned to be King over all of the worlds: Heaven, Sheol, and human existence.
Hadraniel soon realized that Nergal was creating an army of demons to steal souls meant for Heaven. He got together with the Heavenly Council that resided over the angels and they decided to find exceptional humans that they would give powers to humans that would allow them to detect these core demons in order to prevent the soul-stealing. They named these selected humans, the Guardians of Fate. Only the angels were able to detect these supernatural humans.
Nergal’s Core Demons were eventually brought to a halt and what the Heavenly Council didn’t account for was that Nergal was still an Angel and he was able to detect these Guardians. Nergal found one of them and forced him to drink the blood of one of his Core Demons. With the blood of a demon, the Guardian became a new kind of demon for Sheol. With the blood of a demon and the blood of a Guardian, these demons were able to detect the Guardians made from the Heavenly Council. Nergal sent more and more of these demons out to give their blood to unsuspecting Guardians to be turned. Eventually Nergal had an army of what he called Seekers within Sheol as well.
These forces continue to battle for the souls of humanity, each hoping to win the war of the worlds with their armies.
So, what do you think? Pretty creepy stuff, hey? I really had a lot of fun creating Sheol, and even thought that one day I might end up with a prequel to GOF from it if I got really motivated. Maybe someday. But first, we need to find out how Cassandra survives being center stage in all of that mess!
Thanks so much for having me everyone! Hope you enjoyed today’s stop on the tour! See you soon!
Guardian Of Fate
Fate Series, Book #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 78,483
Fear of death is all too common. Visions of it chill the bones and skip heartbeats. Seeing it coming and knowing only you can rescue the soul of the victim from the fiery bowels of hell…that’s downright life-altering.
Cassandra Cosgrove’s life was altered at the age of sixteen when she found out that it was her responsibility to save the lives, and ultimately the souls, of innocent victims targeted by Hell’s demons. As impossible as it seemed at first, she was able to live a fairly normal life, while secretly fulfilling her obligation as a Guardian of Fate.
But years later Fate has its own plan when her visions begin drastically changing at the same time two mysterious men appear in her life. Cassandra suddenly finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil, with her own soul on the line. When it seems everyone in her life has a secret they’ve been hiding from her, who can she trust to be the Guardian of her Fate?
L.J. Kentowski is living in disguise as the author of her debut novel, Guardian Of Fate, working diligently on the subsequent novels in the Fate series. Her true identity as Supermom and Superwife, living in the Midwest with SuperDog must never be revealed without security clearance. Every day, after tucking in her 6yr old talking prodigy, she rips off her cape and delves into the world of angels, demons, and the in-betweens.
Author website: http://www.LJKentowski.com
L.J. has donated a ebook copy of "Guardian of Fate" to giveaway to one lucky commenter. All you have to do to enter is follow me in some way then leave a comment telling me how you follow and under what name. Don't forget your email address so I can contact the winner. This giveaway is International.