Today K.H. LeMoyne stops by with a unique interview with one of her characters in Destiny's Mark.Read on to learn how you can win a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card as well. You do not want to miss this!
Title: Destiny's Mark
Author: K.H. LeMoyne
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
The only difference between fate and destiny is choice.
Tsu Halan, Guardian defense master, has honed his skills and waited patiently over the centuries for the covenant’s promise of a mate to share his soul and a family to cherish. Close enough to taste fulfillment, the dark echoes of the past threaten with danger and death.
Jai Dashkov harbors her own painful secrets of harsh betrayal and tender loss. Her desperate search to reclaim her life doesn’t allow room in her heart to deviate for love.
Together they are stronger than apart, but the promise of the covenant is a perpetual test. One that Tsu and Jai must conquer in time or suffer an eternity for their failure.
THE GUARDIANS OF EDEN:
A race of beings created in a Sanctum at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls and the promise of eternity—until a virus killed all over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.
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I’m interviewing of one of the major secondary characters in DESTINY’S MARK, Quan Halan. As a Guardian herself and the older sister of the story’s hero, Tsu Halan, Defense Master of the Guardians, I thought she’d offer a unique introduction to him.
To spare her too much back-story I’ll set the back-story: The Guardians are a race of beings created at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls until a virus killed all the Guardians over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum in Eden for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.
Interview by author KH LeMoyne of Guardian, Quan Halan
Quan’s sudden appearance at my side, that Guardian ability to just step out of empty space, is something I never get used to. Dressed in a tailored cream silk blouse and matching slacks that accentuate her sleek blue-black hair, her furtive glance around my kitchen seems oddly out of place. Her action makes me reconsider the wisdom of offering my home for this visit, but she settles quietly into a chair briefly massaging between her brows.
“Long night?” I ask.
“You should know. You wrote us into existence.” Composure regained she sits straighter and offers an almost confrontational smile.
I’m not fooled. She’s still off kilter for some reason. “I may have framed the original circumstances and history for the Guardians, but I’ve noticed that each of you have been very determined to wrestle your stories in your own way by your own rules.”
She shrugs. “A suitable revenge.”
My turn to smile. “Never a dull moment with you guys. So can you give us some insight as to what turned one the youngest Guardians to escape to the Sanctum into the most deadly warrior and an undisputed master and trainer for the rest?”
Her features freeze into a solemn mask then her lashes drift closed with a sigh. “Horrific tragedies make an impact even on the very young. Two hundred years provided much opportunity for my brother to reach the pinnacle of perfection, even in the ways of defense and death.”
“Tsu is hardly a poster boy for violence.” I pour us both tea and wait as she makes a halfhearted attempt at picking apart a muffin.
“No.” She sips slowly. Unable to use that tactic to delay forever, she finally sets the mug down with excruciating exactness. “My brother is as well educated in the ways of the mind and soul as he is in the use of staff, sword, and hand-to-hand combat. Though his first choice would always be logic. However, no amount of skill can protect against the inevitable…or the accidental.”
“Certainly, he can protect himself?”
“That’s not what I meant.” Surprising anger flashes in her dark brown eyes. “It is the rest of the world he seeks to safeguard.”
I ignore the underlying emotion for the time being. It isn’t directed at Tsu. Of that I’m certain. And Quan’s personal demons aren’t the focus of this interview. “His goal is valiant.”
“But not within the realm of anyone’s reality,” she snaps.
“Yet, he persists. He trained all the others. Even those older and initially more advanced. Several dozen Guardian adults now acknowledge supreme respect for him for his efforts.”
Her look eases and her lips turn in a smile. “Our father would have been proud.”
“I imagine two hundred years ago, as a child of the empire, Tsu’s accomplishments would have guided his destiny.”
She nods. “A son with physical prowess and mental fortitude was always a boon.” She rolls her eyes. “And before you bring it up, my father would have been equally proud of me as well. I was not the young child Tsu was when our parents died. I’m aware how much they loved us and how precious we were in their eyes. I’ve tried to give my brother that support as well.”
“In order for him to fulfill his Guardian role?”
Her finger twitches around her mug. “That is who we are, who we should be. We exist to mate, produce our children, and deliver on humanity’s salvation.”
It seems to me a rather cold and gratuitous list, lacking any true conviction. “And if Tsu chooses otherwise?”
She gives me an odd look then slowly stands. “My brother cares little about accomplishment or acclaim. He cares less about what should be. His personal power doesn’t even have anything to do with his defense title or mastery. And as glorious and beautiful as his gift is, he insists on burdening himself with more. So perhaps his self-imposed role as the defender of those who can’t protect themselves will be his fate.”
“But he will still have you, the loyalty of his friends, and perhaps he will find something greater?”
She startles and her eyes widen, but her chin lowers imperceptibly in reluctant agreement. It isn’t a strong agreement by any means, but Quan and I will wrangle with her issues another time.
“Thank you for the tea,” she says before she disappears without even ruffling the breeze.