Friday, December 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, #1) by Annabell Cadiz

Hey everyone! It's Annabell and the time has FINALLY come for the BIG revelation to the cover for my debut novel! I'm SUPER excited about sharing it with the world =) I'm also sharing an excerpt from the book and a fun interview I did with Bridget *hehe* 

Without further ado, here is the GORGEOUS cover!

Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom. 

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls. 

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.

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“Care to dance?” Bryan asked, already leading Zahara to the dance floor.

She pulled him back and shook her head. “I’m the worst dancer! My feet, hips, and body don’t know how to coordinate well together, so I wind up looking like an ostrich trying to bust a move.”

Bryan laughed and pulled her onto the dance floor. “Whether you look like an ostrich or a ballerina dancer, you’re still the best lookin’ one here.”

He spun her around and placed his hands on her hips, attempting slowly to move her in the same rhythm as his own. At first Zahara’s body moved stiffly, even under Bryan’s warm and smooth hands, which were sending shivers creeping up her spine and around her midsection; she couldn’t stop looking around the club. Stuck in between a group of scantily clad teenage girls who kept dropping to their knees and bouncing back up, a giggling mass of hysteria, and a Spanish couple pressed so tightly together their dancing came off as borderline sex, Zahara felt like an alien. Even the hyena-sounding girls–who Zahara was pretty sure, were all buzzed and quickly heading to being drunk—moved with more skill than she possessed.

But Bryan pressed her closer against him and placed her arms to circle his neck from behind. He moved a little faster and Zahara fell into step, laying her head against his shoulder and closing her eyes to drown out the crowd. She focused on the hard muscles of Bryan’s chest, his heated breath against her hair, and his fingers gripping her waist. She absently wondered if it was wrong that an angel was dancing inside of a club full of youth, and if this was as weird and exhilarating for him as it was for her. Bryan spun her around to face him and kissed her. He wasn’t as gentle as he usually was, digging his hand into her hair and nibbling on her bottom lip. Zahara whimpered and moved her fingers underneath his shirt, digging her fingers into his back.

Bryan pulled back and laid his forehead against Zahara’s, his breath ragged and intense enough to set her on fire. “You’re making this difficult.”

“Making what difficult?” Zahara huffed.

“Leaving you.” Bryan closed his eyes and kissed her again.

Fun Quotes

Enough with the games, I know what you are, Nephilim and if you make one move, I promise I will carve you open.~Zahara

You caught me, I was definitely dreaming of you. If I remember correctly, you were frolicking on a beach, wearing a pretty skimpy red bikini and some kind of flower in your hair. Gotta say that was the best dream I’ve ever had.” ~Bryan

Time is endless for a being such as I. Power is the only master I trust.~Lucifer
 “All those night long phone calls! All those secret visits to my house! All those secret walks! And you’re fond of me! You think I’m being over dramatic! How about I break your face open for over dramatics!” ~Becca

Solomon, you will remember that although I agreed to ally myself and my coven with yours, that does not mean you have any semblance of authority over me. We have a truce, and I conduct my own actions as I see fit, whether that involves Becca or not.’

And you remember I will take your coven down the moment you step over the line,” Solomon hissed.~Solomon and Rekesh

Interview with Bridget

Bridget: Tell us about the cover.

Annabell Cadiz: The cover for LUCIFER was designed by the awesome Kim Killion from Hot Damn Designs. When deciding on the concept for the cover, I already knew I wanted Zahara to be featured since she is the main lead of the book. I wanted the back drop to relate to the book somehow and create the mood of what a reader can be expected to feel when reading the story.

The cover features a look-alike of Zahara if she were real with the back drop of iron gates of a cemetery which coincided with a scene from LUCIFER where Solomon and Mia head out to Hallowed Hill Cemetery to help rescue Zahara. Kim, to my surprise and delight, added on the snake with wings which embodies the symbol of those who follow and serve Lucifer.

Bridget: What inspired you to write a story like Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, #1)?

Annabell Cadiz: LUCIFER was written after I had written the first two drafts to the first novel in the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES which comes after the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY. I had wanted to take a step back from working on FA (after having written a partial draft to the second novel and a third partial draft to the third novel in the series) and wanted to figure out how I could change the series.

I had watched a bunch of pieces about angels on different networks and I had learned that some believe there is a bible that belongs to Satan and the bible tells he will have a son. That started getting the wheels in my head spinning (which can be a scary thing for those around me once I get going *wink*) and thought: “What if Lucifer really did fall in love with a human? Is that possible? And what happened if he DID have a child? How powerful would that kid be with angel blood running through him or her? Powerful enough to take over Heaven?,” which essentially was the premise for FALLEN ANGELS except SONS OF OLD TRILOGY would tell the story of what led to the big raging war in FAS.

Bridget: Who was the most interesting character to get into?

Annabell Cadiz: Oh! That’s a little tough because all my characters tend to crack me up! I’d have to go with a tossup between Lucifer and Zahara. Lucifer because he’s an angel in a human body but not everything is at it seems and Zahara because she kicks-butt from the first chapter. She was a lot of fun to write!

Bridget: If you could meet any of your characters who would it be and why?

Annabell Cadiz: HA! I would for sure love to hang out with Rekesh, Leanian and Charles. Rekesh is an Imago (a supernatural creature that can suck out human souls and runs the most powerful Imago coven in Florida). He’s so eerily clam and suave. Leanian is Rekesh’s right hand and he is so hard to read. He never shows an ounce of real emotion or facial expression. He can definitely spook you out. Charles is a fallen angel who has this old world charm about him that’s just hard to resist.

Bridget: The world building in Lucifer is fresh and exciting. Tell your readers a little of what they can expect.

Annabell: Well, Lucifer has crossed over to the human plane in the quest for revenge. His end goal is to destroy Heaven and take over but first he’ll need a powerful weapon. Enter Zahara. Lucifer has a score to settle with Zahara’s family from long ago and he plans on using Zahara to not only gain his revenge against her ancestors but also from Heaven. Zahara holds no power but that doesn’t mean Lucifer doesn’t have something up his sleeve to get her powers ;) There are the hawt romantic interests, flirt fighting, sassy heroines, narcotic parents, deadly supernaturals, and betrayal.

Does that get you interested? ;)

Bridget: What was the writing process like for you? Were there any parts of the story that you enjoyed writing more than others?

Annabell: Before I write a book, I like to outline the basics of what will go in every chapter so I can remember the progression of the story and make sure the twists and turns go in the right place. When sitting down to write, I usually have the TV on the background and will constantly be interrupted by my needy family =P I strive to write at least ten pages a day, most of the time it works out, but not always because life can get pretty hectic with my family as big as mine is and running TeamNerd Reviews.

I had a lot of fun writing the scene where Zahara and Becca sneak over to Rekesh’s house since Becca has a score to settle with him. I liked writing both Becca’s confrontation with Rekesh, her little self against a powerful Imago, and the big battle that breaks out in the house. I also really enjoyed writing the scene where Catalina (Zahara’s aunt) and Eric (member of the Light Witch coven) fight with a few Nephilim and Ashadeus (fallen angel and one of Lucifer’s followers). The women in Zahara’s family can definitely stand their ground without any help from their male counterparts.

Pretty much had a lot of fun writing the battle scenes ;)

Bridget: What do you want your readers to take away from reading LUCIFER?

Annabell: Outside of being entertained and connecting with the characters, I want readers to understand the underlying message of this crazy, whacky world of an angel determined to get revenge. Beauty can be deceptive. The old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” fits well with LUCIFER because he’s packaged differently than you would expect the angel of all evil to look. And that love, trust and loyalty are what make a person worth keeping around.

Fun Facts

Who is your favorite author? Are you kidding me with this question, Bridget?! Do you know how many books I’ve read?! lol I LOVE Kami Garcia and Margaret Sthol. Rick Riordan is pretty awesome. Lisa Mantchev is really great. She managed to make me like Shakespeare MORE with her Theatre Illuminata Trilogy. Meg Cabot’s books can be pretty fun to read and Stephen King is a given. That man can still weave a tale that will freak the hell outta me even during daylight hours.

What is your favorite book series? Oye! Another toughie. Harry Potter series is an obvious choice because that series ROCKED and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is a MUST read. Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sthol I just LOVE. Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot is HILRAIOUS. Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill is light and fun and has a bunch of loveable characters.

What is your favorite part about writing? Watching the details as they fall into place. When I create an outline, it’s just basic stuff –this character gets introduced in the story in this scene, this character declares he’s madly in love in this chapter, etc.—and the details start falling into place as I’m writing. It feels like I’m watching a movie as I write the book.

Favorite color? It’s between three colors: purple, orange and pink.

Do you have a hidden talent? Ummm . . . Not that I can think of.

Three random facts about you:

I really don’t like odd numbers. I like a few of them but most of the time I stick with even numbers. Odd numbers aren’t trusting.

I LOVE collecting pens, paper, and notebooks. Really anything to do with office supplies. It’s just one of my obsessions. I have way too many pens but I love them all equally (in reality, I REALLY love my blue, ballpoint pen that has Google written on the side. I got it from a Google Seminar I attended—yes, I’m that much of a nerd—and writing with it makes me feel smarter, don’t tell the other pens that! It’ll hurt their self-esteem).

I am incredibly shy, it may not seem that way, but I am, especially around hawt guys. I turn into a teenie bopper, giggle hysterics, mess *hehe* I mean, come on! There’s only so much beautifulness you can stick in a girl’s face before her brain overloads ;) Once I get comfortable around a person, my sarcastic, nerdy, book-a-holic self will come out =) Until then, you’ll find me stuttering and blushing a lot.

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