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Can the Founder of the Community stand against his Ancient Gods?
Warning! Spoiler Alert!- If you haven't read Twilight Destiny and The Darker Path, please don't read the next two paragraphs.
I first learned of Jason while writing Twilight Destiny. Because Joshua was so focused on his own trials, I only learned that Jason was the oldest (known at the time) of the Community vampires, having lived more than three millenia; some call him "King" (though not within his hearing), and he'd been attacked by a hunter with some kind of poison that appears to be killing him from the inside out. He lives, but is in the vampire equivilent of a coma.
Jason surfaced again in The Darker Path, when Ki'ara was taken to the Council to be examined under the suspicion she might be their hunter. After proving she was not their enemy, Trey (a member of the Council) took her to look at Jason, in hopes that she could use her extraordinary skills to aid him. She was able to relieve the worst of his symptoms, and learned that his spirit had fled from his physical pain, but clung desperately to life for the sake of his love. Ki'ara's close communion with Trey and Antonia (also a Council member) left them with some interesting gifts, which are seen in Dragon Lord and again in Haven's King.
So, to tell this story from the beginning, I needed to step backward about four years, back to the time when Joshua and Catherine were learning to trust each other. I closed my eyes and focused my energy on contacting Jason. Imagine my surprise when I discovered his true identity! I already knew he was three thousand years old. What I didn't know was that he began his life in what is considered Thessaly, Greece; was once the man who traveled with the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece. Jason - the one-time King of Iolcus!
When we catch up with Jason, we find him in sitting in a dive in Carrington, nursing a glass of Jack Daniels while he searches the bar's occupants for his evening meal. A woman enters who draws his attention, and before she leaves his sight that evening, he knows who she is to him - his next prey, not for sustenance, but for her heart. He immediately sets about the preparations and plans to infiltrate her life, befriend her, and finally, to seduce her into his arms - a game he likes to call a "love hunt". There's just one problem - she is Protected by a Guardian Angel.
Mirissa Wellston is a rookie cop. She's been riding with her partner, Max, for two years; long enough for him to understand the strange premenitions she sometimes gets while on patrol. So when she expresses vague misgivings about Dr. Jason Thessalydis, an instructor and observer for Carrington's new Special Victims Unit, Max goes on the alert as well.
Jason overcomes his first obstacle, gaining permission from Mirissa's Guardian, but that is only the beginning of his troubles, for Hera is still out for revenge and engages the help of Ares in a supernatural attack against the citizens of Carrington. While things heat up in Carrington, bringing wave after wave of Rogues and engaging more and more Enforcement Augmentees in a desperate effort to control the situation, a new threat immurges. Dead Rogues are found killed by an unknown person - a Hunter! Of course, by now, if you've read Twilight Destiny, you know how that part of the story turns out - with Devon (a well respected member of the Council) slain and Jason in a coma.
The rest of the story, dear readers, you'll have to read for yourself. The trials this couple faces both before and after Jason's coma will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will keep you enthralled even after the last page is turned!
I had a lot of fun writing this story. Jason, unlike my other dark lovers, has a quirky sense of humor and takes himself much more lightly than do the other members of the Community. I got to delve into Greek Mythology, a subject I've enjoyed all my life, and to combine that culture with Christianity. The blending of the two was tricky, I'll admit, but makes for some interesting reading.
And so, my friends, I respectfully submit my fourth novel, confident that you will love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
~ Tamara Monteau
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