Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Lockwood Chronicles - Episode 8: Blood Bonds

Madeline & Alexander--One brother revealed 

A tragedy brings them back to Madeline’s hometown in Illinois, where Madeline is shocked to meet Seth, the brother she never knew she had. She wants to get to know him, but Alexander senses something malevolent there. Is Seth what he appears to be? Or does he have secrets and plots of his own? The birth of Madeline and Alexander’s baby just might reveal the truth. 

Lucian & Elisabeth--One brother redeemed 

Elisabeth’s brother, Andrew, comes out of the shadows, rescuing a battered woman while trying to atone for his past. His reemergence brings Lucian and Elisabeth back from France. Elisabeth wants to forgive her brother and forge a future as a family, but Lucian can’t seem to get past what Andrew has done to Elisabeth. Will Andrew have to make the ultimate sacrifice to prove himself?

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I’ve always been a big reader. As a matter of fact, I’m told that I was already reading before I even started kindergarten—little things, of course, not Shakespeare. Over the years, I breezed through any writing assignment given to me, and even began to write on my own some during grade school. It was in high school, though, that I really began to get serious.

From the start I gravitated toward science fiction and fantasy stories. They were pretty tame and very adolescent, but I had a lot of fun writing them. I was reading books like Dune by Frank Herbert at the time, so most of what I wrote centered around outer space. It wasn’t until I started writing about vampires that I began to realistically think that I could write for a living. I read a book called The Initiation that was about vampires. The part I remember best was at the end, when the girl, who’d been turned into a vampire, allowed herself to die in the first rays of dawn rather than feed on the boy she loved. I remember that so vividly because I thought it was the most beautiful depiction of unconditional and unrequited love that I'd ever read (hey, I was a teenager, what did I know?). I immediately looked for more books like it but the selections were limited. All I could usually find were goofy stories for little kids or sappy romances for adults. I wasn’t really interested in any of those, so I thought to myself: Why don’t I write one?

Over the years, my vampires have grown and evolved with me, and now I write those ‘sappy’ romances I used to sneer about. Oh well, I’m a sappy grown-up I guess. I’ve tried writing stories more for teens, but I’ve discovered that if I try to control my characters too much, they rebel and the story becomes stagnant and boring, so I go with the flow.

When my web designer told me I was going to have to write something for her to put on an “about me” page, I cringed, and I will admit I got a little nervous. I’m a pretty solid believer in not putting too much information about yourself online, but then I realized that with any story of mine that anyone reads, they learn a little more about me. Nearly every female character that has ever allowed me to write her story has more than a trait or two borrowed from me (and no, I won’t tell you which characters, or which traits). So, ‘about me’…. Suffice it to say that, I have been in a serious relationship with the same man for more than twenty years, and so far I haven’t found a reason to ruin that with marriage. We have a geriatric dog named Sandy who thinks she’s still a puppy. I work a full-time job because I don’t want to starve to death or live in my car. And I write every chance I get.

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                      My Review:

The Lockwood Chronicles is one of my favorite! These episodes are entertaining and fun to read. Blood Bonds is the best one yet. If you have not read these from the first episode, you need to start from the beginning.

Alexander is a man's man. He is a protector, a lover, and he is loyal.

Though Madeline is going through an emotional time she is still holds herself together. Her new-found brother is not all he appears to be.

In this episode we see more of Lucian and Elizabeth, I look forward to more of these two.

Elizabeth's brother, Andrew, is back and he has a new friend. I am really loving these two. Hopefully we'll get more of them in the future.


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