Key of Mystery & Book of Angles nominated for Raven Award

Nominate Key of Mystery for Raven Award

Hello Friends! Thank you to everyone who has believed in my writing and encouraged me along the way. Key of Mystery and Book of Angels have BOTH been nominated for a Raven Award. It sure would mean a lot to me if my followers would go to the link above, scroll down to the second category, New Adult/Young Adult, click on Key of Mystery (I figure it’s best to nominate the first book in the series), then scroll to the bottom of the category and click on “vote.” It takes all of ten seconds, literally. But for me and all the years of working on this series, it means more than you can imagine.

What people are saying about NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES:

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“This is an addictive fantasy series that has ties to historical figures, vampires and politics in L. A.”

“This is a rollicking tale–and a wise and sometimes heartbreaking read.”

“K. H. Mezek’s writing flows easily. Her story is based on ancient history and I loved the way she writes about it.”

“Key of Mystery starts out showing how quickly and radically a person’s life can change…. I like how the author develops the characters, explores the unknown, forbidden, ancient chambers [beneath Los Angeles], and introduces supernatural powers, which add to the suspense of this very well written novel. I found myself getting involved and caught up in the drama of Sera’s life as it was unfolding….. This book exceeded my expectations.”

Understanding the Key of Mystery and the Secrets to the Origins of Life

“So far you have battles shadows. Those forces will grow stronger.
And so shall you.”

~ The Medicine Woman Sevenhawks, speaking to Sera
within the Cave of Secrets

WHAT IS THE KEY OF MYSTERY?

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It is impossible for any finite being to fully comprehend the Key of Mystery. It is sinking deeper and deeper into Sera’s skin, moving ever closer to her heart. Only she will know what to do once it reaches its destination.

Sera found it in the black box called the Object Holder, left to her after her father’s mysterious death. What Sera comes to suspect is that this object, this key, is merely a physical manifestation of a way through, allowing the wearer entrance to all dimensions, and thus access to all knowledge and power.

Access has always existed in the universe, but this is the first time it has given itself to a human: Sera Patterson.

Sera does not remain a human for long. In the first book, Key of Mystery, she tries to save her brother, Salem, in a gang warfare, is shot and almost dies. The Night Angels save her and turn her to a denizen, an evolved vampire. Sera’s enemies save Salem and turn him. Although they love one another, brother and sister must now face each other standing on opposite sides of the battle.

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But Sera alone is growing into the most conscious mortal being ever to exist, all because the key has attached itself to her.

What will Sera do with the key, once she reaches that final door? This is the question plaguing all denizens, angels, demons, and most of all, the Queen and Lucifer. They are all awaiting the right moment to pounce and take what Sera has.

In the book Cave of Secrets, Sera still isn’t sure she even wants this key. She fights against becoming one with it. What if she can never rid herself of this burden. A more terrifying question is what if she comes to the point where she never wants to rid herself of it? Who will she be then? Will she lose herself all-together and become…what?

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As a newly born denizen, just as Sera cannot live without ingesting the blood of the Ancient Ones, which she so hates, she cannot live without the key. How will she find the strength when the time comes to read the Book of Angels and become the Seventh Angel? How can she manage this without the help of her father and the wisdom he holds? In Cave of Secrets the mystery of what happened to her father is answered, and it isn’t at all what Sera expected.

WHAT ARE THE ‘SECRETS TO THE ORIGINS OF LIFE’?

The International Order of Denizens and all inhabitants of the supernatural world agree that the key will lead Sera to the tablet upon which is written the Secrets to the Origins of Life. Whoever can read and understand the tablet will have the power and knowledge of god–the power to create and destroy worlds.

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The legends say the tablet is hidden in a chamber in the Lizard City, built far beneath Los Angeles by the Lizard people five thousand years ago to escape a reign of fire. Sera’s nemesis, the new Los Angeles mayor and most ancient of denizens, Fabian Gore, is searching for the tablet. Sera’s geophysicist father worked for Gore and she is sure he discovered something and was killed. His disappearance is eerily similar to the fate of a man named Schufelt, who almost one hundred years earlier had convinced the LA city council to fund his search for the city. Sera and her friends discover a 1934 Los Angeles Times article corroborating these facts. When Schufelt claimed he had almost reached his destination, he mysteriously disappeared.

Whether this is an actual tablet upon which words are written or it is something more nebulous is not known. But considering the world is made up almost entirely of dark matter, humans and denizens know very little about any of it beyond the simplest explanations. What is this dark matter? What exists in the rest of the universe that we can’t see?

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The closer Sera comes to reaching her goal, the more dangerous her world becomes. Demons run free. Pain, destruction, death, are taking over the once idyllic suburb of Oak Haven. Or perhaps Sera is finally seeing the world for what it really is–a place where it all boils down to survival of the fittest.

Surely, whoever the current god is, they haven’t done a very good job, have they? Perhaps a new god is needed.

The Seventh Angel.

The Seventh Angel would enter all dimensions, be a part of all matter, and absorb all dark matter into itself–even the old god. Out of that it could rearrange all matter and create a new possibility of life.

Even if a human or a denizen was presented with this power and knowledge, they would be obliterated and turned into stardust before they could ever even get close to it. No mortal can comprehend the immortal. No finite being can become infinite. The Knowledge of Good and Evil….

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But the melding of humans and angels into vampires and then denizens meant that one could arise who could cross that bridge from mortal to immortal; from finite to infinite; from flesh and blood to god.

Not only the demons but now the angels are in rebellion against the current god. They don’t like how things are going. They created the Book of Angels, but they are not able to read and understand the Secrets to the Origins of Life any more than humans or denizens can.

The angels’ hope in making their deal with the denizens is that one will arise who can.

This the angels and denizens are now sure is none other than Sera Patterson.

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Who Are the Night Angels? Marek Tells His Story

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In Book of Angels, readers find out more about who the Night Angels really are…and their terrible histories.

Here Marek tells his story to Sera, after a lesson in sword-fighting. It isn’t a pretty tale, be prepared…. The images it brings to mind are horrific. But the stories need to be told…the truth must be revealed.

MAREK’S TALE:

Marek drew close to me, so that I saw the fine sheen of sweat on his brow, still fresh from our practice. As usual, his expression was neutral but his eyes were cold and hard, the look I had seen in Peter’s eyes so many times when he remembered his past and the humans who had inhabited it.

“One night I overheard my master’s drunken conversation with his wife. The next morning he was going to send me to the Coptic priests at Abu Gerbe to be castrated.”

I shook my head and took a step back. This was something I had not seen in my Turning. What I had seen was bad enough. I didn’t want to find out more.

But Marek stepped forward, almost daring me to try and escape. I was against the wall and he was in front of me. I didn’t try to get away. What would be the point?

“His plan was to sell me to the Ottomans. It was against the Ottoman’s faith to make eunuchs. But the Christians had no such qualms. Do you know how they would do it?”

I shook my head.

“The priests chained the boy to a table and sliced off his penis and testicles. Then, for the healing process, they stuck bamboo catheters into the genital area, dug a hole in the sand, and buried the child up to his neck. The survival rate was ten percent. Naturally those who survived fetched a large price.”

I was revolted. I had heard of female genital mutilation. But this was something I did not know. And why should I? It wasn’t necessary to know every horrible detail of what had happened down through history!

“So…the Ottomans wouldn’t make eunuchs but they had no problem buying them?” I asked.

Marek still didn’t look angry. Only amused, and always in complete control. I wondered what it took to make Marek truly angry. I never wanted to find out.

“Humans are nothing if not hypocritical. They can justify the most horrific and obscene behavior by telling themselves lies over and over until they believe them.”

I had to admit that this was true. I’d discovered it the hard way, after my dad’s death, when the carefully preserved façade of lies hiding the true nature of Oak Haven was torn away.

“I slit the throat of my master while he slept in a drunken stupor.  It was my first killing. I ran away. I was quickly captured by a group of traders and brought to the Sultan’s court anyway. But at least I had escape castration. The Sultan was far crueler than my first master but he was of a superior intelligence. He took a liking to me and made sure I was taught history, art, poetry and philosophy. For that I am grateful.”

Marek now took a step back and I breathed easier, feeling my muscles relax slightly. When would I ever really relax, every again, I wondered?

I was too stunned by his story to say anything. We picked up our swords and walked toward the small door in the courtyard. Marek grinned sideways at me. “I see how kids in your culture pierce and tattoo themselves. Some put rings through their noses–willingly! It’s very funny to me.”

I felt grateful he didn’t expect some response from me about his terrible story. What response could I possibly give? It was all so horrible.

 

 

BOOK OF ANGELS COVER DETAIL

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Sharing this beautiful cover detail from Book of Angels. As an artist myself, I have great respect and awe for the artist, Jay Aheer. She puts her soul into her work! She definitely has captures my vision for Key of Mystery and Book of Angels.

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WHO ARE THE NIGHT ANGELS? Marianne tells her Story

In Book of Angels, readers get more insight into who the Night Angels are, from learning about their past lives. I thought I would do five posts, in the words of each of the Night Angels, telling their stories. The first is Marianne. After Sera’s Turning, in Strejan’s castle overlooking Lake Roza, Marianne sits with Sera in her room, at the top of a tower in the castle, and recounts her past….

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“I was twenty-six years old when I was turned into a vampire. On the edge of old age for those times. Before my Turning, I lived in a village by the sea, in the wild lands of Northern Ireland. My family were Druids. I was married to the gods and no man had ever touched me. We worshiped many gods and practiced human sacrifice. For you, in these days, it’s hard to understand. But for us, it was our life, we didn’t know any different. Everyone had a purpose, to toil or to serve the gods, one or the other. Life was hard, but easier for me than most. Then, the Vikings came to our village and hell descended on earth. A horde of them swept through like devouring insects. They threw my father from the cliffs. My younger sister, they raped and ran her through with a sword. My mother, they crushed her head with an anvil when she tried to protect my sister. They were dragging me by the hair to do the same when a great warrior on a white horse swept down like an angel, his brilliant eyes fixed on me in a stern and noble face.”

Marianne paused in her story, overcome with the memory. Then, she continued. “He lifted me onto his horse. You must understand it was the first time in all my life that a man had ever held me. I fought, clawed, bit and kicked. But he was an unbreakable tower of steel and only held me tighter until, finally I gave up my stuggle. We traveled back across Europe, his warriors torching the land, destroying everything before them. He kept me safe, caring for me. Anything I needed or desired, he gave to me. He became my world and I worshiped him as my new god. He brought me back to Constantinople, to that beautiful city, to his palace. He washed and perfumed me, dressed me in the finest clothes and presented me at the Sultan’s court.”

“You loved him so much!”

“Love?” said Marianne, as if trying to remember what the word meant. “Oh, yes, I loved him. But he didn’t love me. When the Sultan demanded me for his own, my lord gave me up. As a gift. Without a second thought. And then, after I had been taught and trained to obey my new master, the Sultan Turned me.”

“What happened when the Viking died?” I asked. “Did you cry, or was it sweet revenge to watch him grow old and wither away while you stayed young and beautiful?”

A dark fire smoldered in Marianne’s eyes. I dropped my gaze, out of the horror of what I already knew, not wanting to hear what she was going to tell me. “He isn’t dead, Sera. The Viking who saved me and brought me to Mehmet is Fabian Gore.”

I gasped and doubled over in agony. Every evil that existed, every cry of pain, every struggle against the darkness seemed to point back to Gore.

Marianne got up from the bed, walked a few paces, and then turned back to me. “So you see? I have no explanations for you. I now fight against the denizen that once I loved. How can I understand anything of this world, or we creatures that inhabit it?”

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An Illuminated Manuscript; an ancient city beneath Los Angeles, built 5,000 years ago by the Lizard People; a Queen imprisoned in the Life Box in St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Desert; a castle in Slovenia; a medieval church hiding a dangerous mystery. Find out what happens to Sera in BOOK OF ANGELS, volume two of the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES, as she continues her quest to find the tablet upon which is written the SECRETS TO THE ORIGINS OF LIFE.

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My Guest Post for Author Christine Potter!

My Guest Post for Author Christine Potter

Thank you to Christine Potter for hosting me today! this was my first experience writing a post in exchange with another author and it was fun! Check out the post about how my childhood travels inspired Book of Angels and NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES, with photos and everything.  The photo featured here is the 17th century Swiss castle I lived in as a child.

Book of Angels Released Today!

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Join Sera and the Night Angels as they continue their search for the Secrets to the Origins of Life.

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Do Artists have a Responsibility to Society?

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View from my balcony right now as I write! Lake Arenal, Costa Rica.

Here is an article I just published on my other blog, which I would also like to share here.

Do Artists have a Responsibility to Society?