Monday, August 25, 2014

Blood Gate - Meet the Characters - Parker!

I was tagged for this meme by the talented and wonderful Sonya Clark. I’m a little late posting this, but shh, we won’t tell! 

I’ve just this month released the second novel in The Circle series. These novels are very close to my heart and my vampires are like family by this point after years and years of writing and obsessing over them.

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the two heroes of the book – Parker. Although Greek God gorgeous, he’s certainly not perfect. He’s conflicted, sarcastic, and has emotionally walled himself away from all of his Circle mates – especially his apprentice, Claire.

While it deals with other darker themes, tearing down Parker’s wall is one of the main plots.

      1What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Parker is vampire who is a master in the London Circle.  He was Turned approximately seventy years ago just after World War II. He was an American in London where he met the enigmatic and charismatic Master of London, Oliver, who Turned him.  Although Parker can’t see it, he’s always been a favorite of Oliver’s.

2) When and where is the story set?

Blood Gate is set in modern day England. It starts and finishes at a country estate called Edgewood which Oliver owns, but a good chunk of the story also takes place in London.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Parker’s outwardly a very confident, sarcastic guy who takes charge and holds no prisoners, but inside he’s not quite as sardonically amused as he would like everyone to think.

He’s also intensely loyal and honorable. He would give up his life for his apprentice, and the worst thing that ever happened to him was the death of his first apprentice by sunlight. He’s never gotten over the fact he let her down, and it has colored everything he’s done in the forty years since she died.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Parker had successfully alienated the entire Circle, including convincing Oliver to take Claire away and give her to his arch rival, Andre.  The story starts with him preparing to commit suicide by sunlight. Only Claire is Enhanced and can read minds, so she foils his plans when she overhears his thoughts.  She is given back to him as his apprentice in a sort of last ditch effort to save him. He, Claire, her Trigger (the vampire who has a connection with Claire and guides her psychic powers) are sent to Edgewood to work out their differences.  The only problems are Claire’s Trigger is, Andre, and once at Edgewood Claire and Andre enter into a dark game of bondage gone wrong that Parker has to somehow try to fix.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To make sure Claire is safe.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The title, Blood Gate, refers to the transition point between life on the London/real world side of the Circle, and what happens after vampiric death.  The book is out and you can find it:


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