I’ll admit when I first starting writing The Warring Hearts Trilogy, namely book 1 Bedeviled, I wasn’t as in love with it or the characters as I was with my previous two series.
My wolf boy Alec of The Beast Within Trilogy felt as if he was my own, he breathed, he laughed, he cried. He felt pain, loss and fear. I could hear him, see him, and his problems were my problems. The more I wrote about Alec the more I fell in love with him. When he found true love I was thrilled, when he defeated evil, I cheered him on and still, I wanted to tell more tales about Alec and his close group of friends.
It was very much the same for Julian and Chris in The Boys of Raven Cove Series. Sure, Julian had his faults and he made many mistakes but this made him human. He was a witch and had the power to do almost anything but he still didn’t always do the right thing and his love for Chris was unconditional and unrelenting.
Chris too was not without his faults, he trusted too much, he was innocent and inexperienced but he never forgot his true love even when he was under the power of the most evil witch in the world, he still broke the spell and returned home where he belonged. Julian and Chris were not perfect but their love was real. Their circle of friends was like a dysfunctional family and that’s what made them feel real and what gave them the room to grow over the series. It really worked for me.
In the Warring Heart Trilogy, Caleb the demon, a fallen angel, wants nothing more than to make amends for all of the wrongs he’s caused over the centuries. He escapes Hell and sets out to help mankind while trying to show Heaven that he is reformed and ready to return home….but as he makes his way on Earth he falls in love with the kindest human he’s ever known… Micah.
At first this story didn’t seem as exciting as the others, I wondered if Caleb and Micah were deserving of their own series and if they were as strong as the other characters. I pondered them, leaving them to their lives at the end of Bedeviled for a while. Then I returned to their world, connected in many ways to the two other worlds I had created and found a renewed interest. I started working on Book 2: Infernal and during that time I rediscovered Caleb and Micah. Their love for each other is pretty darn strong and what struck me with them is how they looked past what was on the surface and dug deeper. Micah didn’t see the ugly, damned soul that Caleb was, he saw past that to the angel deep, down inside Caleb, the compassion and love he had in his heart not only for Micah but for all of mankind.
While writing Infernal I relived their adventure in Book 1: Bedeviled and saw them in a new light. Micah and Caleb are strongest when they are together and doing what is right. As I worked on book 2, more of their personalities came out, their plight deepened and I got excited to learn more about them.
I am so glad I stuck with them. I have just finished book 2: Infernal and now have it going through its editing phase. I’m very excited to bring this book to you all. I think you will feel exactly the same as I do. This story has so much more to tell, and it is richer and more fascinating than I had ever imagined. Don’t look past this series… there is true love here, true compassion, true friendship. It’s about coming apart, coming together, and facing the challenges of this life and beyond.
I am proud to bring their story to you. Look for it soon, very soon! As soon as edits are done, Book 2 of the Warring Hearts Trilogy: Infernal will go live. Don’t miss it!!