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The truth of the soul.

Lysander Condellarie never understood why he had telepathic and telekinetic powers until the night his Praetorian father tortured him and left him for dead. Now, the half-angelic, half-demonic face he sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden or face expulsion from the order of assassins know as the Sicari. But his dreams of Ancient Rome hint at a destiny he finds hard to accept, especially when it involves the woman he loves, but can never have.

The consequences of desire.

A gifted healer in the Order, Phaedra DeLuca witnessed her mother’s murder when she was just a little girl. The haunting memory makes her loathe everything Praetorian. When she travels to Rome in search of an ancient artifact, she must work alongside a man who once cruelly rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide–with the one man she is destined to love.


When I think about scientific principle that energy never dies, it merely changes form, I always question whether I’m mortal or immortal. Interesting question don’t you think? Or at the worst, just a little bit provocative. Think about it, what happens when we die? Some of us might have strong beliefs as to what happens, but no one’s been able to prove exactly what’s beyond the veil.

I think that’s why immortals in paranormal romance are such popular characters. Death isn’t an easy topic for most people, and with immortal characters, we’re able to cathartically enjoy the notion that we can cheat death. Immortal characters usually come with special powers too. They can use those powers to promote good or evil depending on the character. Immortal heroes with special powers are indestructible. They can’t die, they can’t get hurt (well maybe just a little), they make us feel safe when they’re fighting for their woman. So what about a mortal paranormal hero?

What, you gasp? How can there possibly be a mortal paranormal hero? Well, my Sicari are mortal. Of course, I didn’t realize this was such an unusual premise until readers reviewed the first book in my Order of the Sicari series, Assassin’s Honor. I kept scratching my head thinking, so mortals with special powers aren’t prolific in the subgenre. Who knew?

While my heroes and villains aren’t immortal, they do have strong paranormal abilities that make it difficult for one side or the other to gain the upper hand. My Praetorian villains, who are telepathic, aren’t just evil. They’re down right terrifying. They torture people for the sheer joy of it. They kidnap Sicari women to breed them. They care for nothing except their fanatical wish to destroy my heroes. They are everything that is evil and scary. Okay, maybe there are one or two who are redeemable, but they’ve not shown up in the series yet. *grin*

I’m a firm believer that reading about characters who defend the innocent and helpless gives us an outlet for our sense of frustration and helplessness we face in our present lives. Whether it’s the economy, the violence in the world, or the fear of whatever we see around us, I think readers need to see that the good guy can, and does, win. It why we all cheer when Darth Vather or the Emperor in Star Wars buys the farm. And it’s that goodness mixed with the dark that I love the most about my Sicari warriors who are telekinetic. They’re the opposite side of the coin when compared to the Praetorians, but they’ve got some darkness there too.

The Sicari are not only about protecting themselves, but the innocent too. They take out drug dealers, child molesters, rapists, murderers and any other type of bad guy that escapes the justice system through technicalities or illegal means. Writing my Sicari and how they protect the innocent, I’m able to cathartically destroy the sick people I see in the news everyday who’ve tortured, killed or maimed people and animals. It gives me an outlet for my anger at the senseless violence. But more importantly for me, my heroes aren’t immortal. They can die just like anyone else, but they’re harder to kill because they have special abilities that help keep them alive.

When I was developing the series, it never occurred to me to make my heroes anything but mortal. I imagine I was thinking that I wanted to BE a Sicari, and therefore immortality never entered the picture since I’m mortal. LOL So, that’s a roundabout way of stating that my Sicari are mortal because it just happened that way. No devious motives, just my desire to do some cathartic kick-butt while writing, and entertain readers at the same time.

So why do you think immortals are so popular in romances these days? What do you think about a mortal being a “superhero.”

Read excerpts of Assassin’s Honor and Assassin’s Heart.

Critical Acclaim for Assassin’s Heart

“If I had to compare Lysander and Phaedra to another couple from the world of paranormal romance, it would be to Bella and Zsadist. Yeah, I went there!”

— Blog With Bite by Emily @ What Book Is That

“This is a definite reread. The series is on line with the Black Dagger Brotherhood…give this series a try, it won’t disappoint.”

— Parajunkee’s View 4.5 Stars

“I read [Assassin’s Heart] from cover to cover in one sitting and kept thinking that THIS is the reason why I love reading.”

— Kerin Hanson, Reviewer

“A uniquely smart, erotically sexy stand-out read!”

— Sue at Fresh Fiction Reviews
Recommended Read
“..Assassin’s Heart earned a spot on my Keeper Shelf, Lysander has stolen a piece of my heart…I wouldn’t trust his heart to anyone other than Phae…”

— Two Lips Reviews


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