Lucius Speaks! Tara Wood’s Characters Stop By for a Chat!

Tara Wood and Lorecia Goings have brought us Lucius (The Fallen)

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Now, as a super fantastic treat, Tara shares her characters with the Blog today! You can’t miss this one…

Tara, you know I love your work. Thank you for sharing the world of Lucius with us today. Now you sit back and relax, grab a coffee, put your feet up, and let me do the rest of the work. Mwah!

Give me just a second to rearrange my furniture a bit so everyone fits *glances nervously at all the hawt men sitting in the living room – draped across the sofas and chairs like throw blankets* – Domniel, Jude, Mordecai, Elijah…Lucius – everyone ready? *All smiles and nods from the men*

 

Let’s just jump into the questions, shall we? I know Tara and Lorecia have you all on a busy schedule these days. *laughter* So, every character on the page and off needs flaws – that’s what makes them stand out from the rest. But most of the characters in Lucius are physically flawed in some unique ways. Who would you consider to be the most flawed – emotionally?

L: *wry smirk* Anybody care to put out there how you’re screwed in the head?

*soft murmurs and furtive glances to the floor*

L: Okaaay… *laughs* I guess I’ll start. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the fall wreaked havoc on us emotionally as well as physically. I came out the least unscathed, I suppose, since there’s nothing really physically wrong with me. But what I feel goes so deep, sometimes that turmoil is physically painful. I had a hard time relaxing. I always felt that I had to fight, that I had to do something. The sense of urgency was crippling.

*nods from the rest of the angels*

J: I don’t like to be touched.

D: *ugly snort* Understatement of the century, dude.

J: *shrugs it off* It fucking hurts. Pain is the only way my body reacts to touch. It’s okay, though. I’m dealing.

D: *snorts again* If you say so.

*awkward silence*

L: I don’t know that one of us is more broken than the other. We all had our part to play in how we got here, and the physical punishments are manifestations of the consequences of those actions. There is an emotional tie to the physical. They’re connected. And it’s something we’ve never really discussed amongst ourselves. *goes quiet* It’s sort of like living it all over again.  Losing Heaven wrecked us in different ways. All of them painful.

 

If the pain between you is equal, surely who you see as a leader isn’t? Is there anyone of the group that stands out as the ‘leader’?

J, D, M, E: *in unison* Lucius.

E: *signing* It’s always been Lucius.

 

I’ve got to say I figured as much. There’s a certain air of…respect…around Lucius. So, at the end of the day (or night) when things calms down for you all…how do you like to relax?

D: Wild Turkey and hookers.

M: *rolls eyes* Lige and  I read a lot.

D: That’s all you do. You’re boring as shit.

E: *flips Domniel his middle finger* *group laughs*

J: *smiles* I’ll take the Turkey. No hookers.

L: I’m beginning to enjoy quiet evenings in with Persephone.

*loud, agonizing groan from group*

L: What? There’s more to life than drinking and getting laid.

J: That’s real nice, boss. When you find out what that is, you let us know.

 

Awwww, Lucius just won points with his love, that’s for sure! Who has the kinkiest sex fantasy of the group? Yes, you must share it with us.

D: I might have imagined my own harem once. All those nubile female bodies so eager to please. Then again, maybe that’s Tuesday.

L: Dom….

D: What? Hey, I kept it clean. You’ll notice the big guy over there hasn’t piped up. *points to Jude* That motherfucker over there’s probably into whips and chains and shit. And the Wonder Twins are a set. Nobody seems to want to talk about that. *jerks head toward Mordecai and Elijah* How many chicks have you seen come between them?

L: Dom…

D: *flashes bright grin* I mean, compared to you guys, I’m the only normal one in the bunch. I just happen to indulge a lot more often than the rest of you. I can’t help it the ladies find me exotic and hot. It’s the hair. Chicks dig my hair.

 

*Eyes Jude, Mordecai and Elijah with interest but moves on after being ignored* Gentlemen, if any of you could reverse your roles in Lucius (The Fallen), who would want a change – and why?

J: *eyes downcast* I would rather be any one of you than myself. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.

M: I think I would trade with Lige. *pats Elijah on the shoulder* So I would know what’s it’s like to be the other part of me.

E: *smiles at Mordecai* *signs for Lucius to translate* Agreed. I would love to switch with Cai. At least then I wouldn’t have to listen to all the shit that falls out of Dom’s mouth.

*laughter*

 

*Laughs* Jude, I’m hugging you in my mind, love. Staying on topic (sorta) – Can you tell us what your meaning of ‘Love’ is, and have you ever been in love?

D: A soft, warm, willing female body. I love that.

*Elijah and Mordecai snort loudly* *Jude and Lucius roll eyes*

L: I think love is different for all of us. I found Persephone. She has a good heart and a beautiful smile. And I love the way she makes me feel. She makes me a better man. That’s love.

If love really does conquer all, what challenges have you overcome in the name of love?

L: *grins* Killed some demons, got my wings back.

*group applauds*

 

*Claps wildly, then composes self* So, describe your definition of ‘true love’ for us…

L: Persephone.

J: Something that is all-encompassing, that stops your heart, that makes you feel like you can’t breathe. Something that lasts forever.

E: *nods in agreement* *gives a thumbs up*

M: The sound of laughter. *Elijah smiles and nudges his shoulder*

D: *sniffs* Doesn’t exist. It’s a fairytale for chicks.

*group shoots Domniel a sad look*

 

*Jots down notes to ask Dom more about this at a later time* On the flip-side of love is hate. Tell us more about your relationship with Lucifer.

L: *glares* Next question.

 

Ok. If you could spend five minutes alone in a room with Lucifer, but you could not touch each other, what would you say to him?

D: *lowers voice to menacing* I believe the man said next question. Let’s move on, shall we?

 

Point taken. Moving on. *wiggles uncomfortably in chair* Tell us more about what’s in store for all of you.

L: *with conviction* Doesn’t matter. It’s in His hands. Whatever path he puts forth, we will follow. We serve Him.

*group nods with sober expressions*

 

 

I think I hear Tara calling for your return. She’s done sharing you, I’m afraid. Thank you all for joining us today and sharing a little bit more about you. I know I don’t speak only for myself when I say that I can’t WAIT to see what happens to you next! Much love to you all! *Stands and hugs the men one by one, except for Jude*

 

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Lucius; The Fallen Rises!

Welcome to the release tour of Lucius; The Fallen!

The first in a hotly-anticipated series, it follows the leader of a band of hard-living, hard-drinking angels after their fall to earth. The series will span six books, each one more enticing than the last! Keep reading to find out more, and check out our giveaway at the end……AND a special surprise if you’ve ever wanted to ask the authors a question!

“Relish this moment in My favor. It is your last.”

Six angels once sat at the right hand of The Almighty, but an ill- fated decision cast them out of Heaven.

Now they serve Him on Earth, slaying demons for their redemption. They are…The Fallen.

 

 

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Lucius, once revered at the side of God, fell to Earth with his brothers to pay penance and atone for his lapse in leadership. Wingless and forsaken, they have all paid a price for their complicity. Lucius’ hubris is now a curse, and he cannot rest until they carry out the last of The Almighty’s orders…and stop a war that has been millennia in the making.

Persephone Roberts is always in the right place at the right time, the serendipity allowing her to help people on her travels. When it leads her to cross paths with the band of hard-living fallen angels, she sets her sights on their leader, and is determined to restore Lucius’ faith in their quest. And in himself.

But the ancient evil the angels strive to fight has put Persephone in its crosshairs. It will be up to Lucius and his brothers to save her and destroy the minions of the dark. Can the amber-eyed beauty with her accepting heart heal wounds that cut soul deep, and force him to reclaim a glory he once tossed aside? Is he strong enough to realize the path back to Heaven begins with her, or will he be forever…fallen?

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Excerpt (18+)

The subtle whoosh of air from the doorway ahead made all five angels turn as one.

“Is there another one?” Lucius muttered. Turning to Domniel, he said, “Can you smell another one?”

Domniel lifted his head and walked toward the doorway. “Hard to tell. That smell’s everywhere. I’ll follow it and see what I find.”

“Good. Elijah, go with him,” Lucius said as he bent toward the pool of goo to begin purifying the remains. From the corner of his eye, Lucius watched Elijah nod and jog off to catch up with Domniel.

Task finished, he placed the vial of holy water in his pocket, and called after the blind angel. “Dom?”

“Yeah, man, out here.”

He motioned to Jude and Mordecai, and they ran across the street to another parking lot. He paused as he realized Domniel and Elijah weren’t alone.

A woman stared at them from across the lot. She looked calm. A dark halo of thick curls was pulled back tight, emphasizing an oval face and high cheekbones. The assassin-chic ensemble she sported could not detract from the feminine perfection she represented.

She laid smoldering eyes on them and growled, her voice smoky and rich, “Figures I would find pigeons here. It is the gutter, after all.”

Domniel’s head tilted and Lucius knew he was trying to locate her. He caught a whiff of sand and something exotic and ancient. He knew the blind angel had found her when he turned, putting his shades on her.

“Where the fuck did you come from?” Domniel snarled.

She laughed, the sultry sound designed to stir men’s loins. “A higher plane of existence, you useless bird.”

His dark sunglasses looked her up and down. “No shit, you a Jersey girl? That explains a lot.”

She glared at him before bringing her arm forward to reveal a flaming scimitar. “You pigeons always have to crap on somebody else’s sidewalk, don’t you?”

Lucius stepped forward and laid a hand on Domniel’s shoulder, urging him to stand down. Apprehension collided with recognition like a shot to his gut, and he gave the deposed goddess a slow, tight smile, hoping that this encounter would leave them with all their limbs.

“Hello, Khemrhy.”

“Do you have any idea what you just screwed up?” Khemrhy laid the scimitar across her back, the fire dying and sword disappearing before she leaned against an old Chevy pickup, one foot planted squarely on the front bumper.

Before anyone could slap a hand over his mouth, Domniel spouted, “Could it be your hot date for this century?”

Khemrhy smiled and stood back up. “No, you fool. You messed with my hunt. He was leading me back to something important. Not that you could ever understand that.”

Always cautious in his dealings with Khemrhy, Lucius put a hand over Domniel’s mouth and said, “We think there’s a second one. Did you see anything?”

“Of course. The other one went that way,” she said, jerking a thumb over her shoulder to indicate the alley behind her. Something about it seemed too simple, but a gust of wind brought the stench of brimstone strong enough that they could all smell it.

As Lucius, Jude, and Mordecai began to head past Khemrhy, they instinctively gave her a wide berth. From behind them, Domniel said, “I’ll stay here and keep an eye on her. I still don’t trust the bitch.”

“Little hard to keep an eye on someone when you’re blind, pigeon,” she quipped. “Maybe you should get a dog.”

Lucius heard Domniel mouthing off in the distance and rolled his eyes, hoping she didn’t remove any limbs. This time.

“A dog, huh? You’ll do. Let me see if I can find a leash and a muzzle,” Domniel snapped back. “Though you might be a little front end heavy to be running around on hands and knees, fetching shit for me.”

As the wind picked up, Lucius could see Domniel’s head swivel as he struggled to locate Khemrhy’s dissipating scent. Elijah signed to him in a panic, the fluttering of his fingers reaching through to the blind angel.

“Shit! Shit! Shit! I lost her! Where is she? I don’t speak finger-fuck!”

Lucius whirled in a circle, hoping that even he could get a quick scent to target the goddess.

Ten feet in front of his sightless brother, Khemrhy growled, “I’ve got a front end for you.” And then the truck came crashing down on Domniel.

From his viewpoint behind Domniel, Lucius watched as Khemrhy planted her boot on the truck’s bumper and pushed down hard to lever it upward. When she started pushing down with her foot, Elijah began frantically signing the word, “Chevy” to no avail. As the truck stood on end, she reached down, grabbed the bumper, and swung the entire vehicle over her head.

The pickup came down in a barrage of creaking steel, slamming Domniel hard into the pavement. He gave a loud, anguished grunt as Elijah ran to his side. Twisted metal groaned as Elijah tried to maneuver chunks of the vehicle up off him.

“Get…off me… fucking bitch!” he gurgled. Khemrhy laughed as she made her way to a Triumph motorbike parked beneath one of the street lights.

Lucius and Jude ran to assist. “What the fuck happened? Dom?”

“Chevy half-ton pickup,” Elijah signed to Lucius.

Lucius winced, reaching for parts of the vehicle. “Ouch.”

The sound of the Triumph’s throttle rumbling got their attention and they turned. Khemrhy smiled back, flipping them her middle finger before roaring off down the street.

Domniel lay on his back, his chest caved in, laboring for enough breath to groan.

Lucius shook his head. “You know better than to piss her off. She could’ve killed you, dumbass.”

Domniel wheezed, turned his head and spat out two bloody teeth. “Get ‘Magic Fingers’ over here – good to go.”

Elijah tapped Lucius on the shoulder and gestured to Domniel.

“Yeah,” Lucius nodded. “Do your thing. And get him to walk. I’m not fucking carrying his wiseass back.”

They came forward and closed ranks, making a circle around him. Elijah knelt down next to the blind angel, stretched out his hands and cracked his knuckles.

“Just fucking get to it, mute. My balls are wedged up in my ribcage.” Domniel’s eyes fluttered closed in between gasps.

Jude snorted. “Why can’t you be the mute?”

Lucius held a hand up, silencing them.

Elijah rubbed his hands together and closed his eyes. The silent angel’s hands trembled for a moment and then glowed with a soft, white light. He placed both of them, palms down, on what was left of Domniel’s chest and took a deep breath.

Domniel lit up, his chest echoing the glow from Elijah’s hands, and he let out a deep, relaxing sigh. “Fuck, yeah. I bet the chicks love that shit.”

“Shut up,” Lucius warned.

Domniel sighed again and gave into the healing.

 

 

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Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

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Lorecia is a native Houstonian who did not escape in her adulthood. So she camps out in NW Houston concocting her own special variety of chaos but rarely finishes it without the continual prodding of best friend Tara. She loves to laugh, bead, write, eat and hug kitties. She also loves to have fun and can usually be found on any given Friday night off chatting her head off at Denny’s with her bestie.

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LIVE Question-and-Answer session with the authors!

And now for the giveaway—and that special surprise! As part of the tour, the author will be answering your questions about Lucius and writing LIVE on April 29th, via Google+ Hangouts! To take part, all you need to do is go to the event page here and post the question that you would like to be answered. The best ones will be chosen, and as many as possible answered within a 30 minute session. The address to watch and take part in the Hangout will be posted a week before, and you must follow Moon Rose Publishing on Google+ Have fun!

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