Sunday, August 23, 2020

#WeWriWa: It’s All About the Villain . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT #NewRelease


Any story is only as good as its villain, that dark threat that stands in the way of a HEA. I adore a good bad guy for the depth and immediacy they bring to the mix. The greater the obstacle, the more that’s demanded of those who must stand against him/her. How those heroes rise or fall when confronted by evil is the heart of my latest release, RISE BY MOONLIGHT, and none face a greater trial than those who stand against Bram the Beast.


The sons who’d rescued him were terrified in his presence, as they should be. They’d expected reward and position within the world he’d remake upon the ashes of Cale’s ruin but where were these sons when the pretender had him imprisoned? 

He paced the confinement of the strange hotel room while his son Stephen struggled to hide his fear. The old king could smell it, stronger now that Lee, his accomplice, weak link that he was, had been compromised and killed in some sleazy Vegas casino. His life wasn’t as big a loss as the funds he’d been funneling. 

After Cale proclaimed himself their king, they’d waited in spineless trepidation until outsiders—one a coward of no consequence and one a human policeman—approached to make that first overture. He’d listened to their plots and ambitions and waited to learn of his place within them, a king reduced to blunt instrument to be wielded at their will. They expected him to be grateful for his freedom, for their token favors, a compliant pawn in schemes for their betterment, not his. He smiled, baring sharp teeth. 

They didn’t know him. 

(and the rest of the scene . . .)

Their plans weren’t his plans. His began with freedom and now turned to vengeance that would end in his total control.

Of everything.

The deposed king of the House of Terriot clan is one of my favorite villains. Powerful, imposing, ruthless with both enemies and supporters, he ruled his kingdom the way he controlled his twelve sons – with fear and violent demonstration. After the brothers revolt against him and believe they’d locked him away forever, the return of Bram the Beast brings a whole new layer of danger to the “By Moonlight” world. He’s a true shiver-worthy antagonist and I can’t wait to showcase the others who blacken RISE BY MOONLIGHT.


Thanks to all who’ve given shout outs and endorsements for newly released RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the final book in my “By Moonlight” series!! It’s a jungle out there when it comes to getting a new work noticed and with your help, RISE BY MOONLIGHT has collected some pretty awesome reviews.



Looking forward to sharing more from the dark side of the “By Moonlight” world next week and to finding out what you’ve been working on, fellow Warriors! Write On!!



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21 comments:

  1. It'll be interesting to see how he turns the situation back to his advantage.

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  2. He definitely is determined. I wouldn't want to stand in his way.

    Congratulations on your new release! If you want a spotlight on my blog, let me know.

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  3. We need the movie. Just sayin'. :-) !

    Isn't there some petition we could sign to get it done?

    OK OK We'll settle for a TV series. ;-)

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    1. From your lips to ANYONE's ears!! And, yes, I'd "settle"!

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  4. I love a great villain, and Bram radiates evil. I'll sign the TV series petition!

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    1. He's my favorite villain! Not a speck of decency anywhere! LOL on the petition. Cable or Netflix!!

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  5. Sounds like they've unleashed more than they bargained for!

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  6. So VERY scary! The snippet did a terrific job of conveying how awful Cale is and can be and will be again...and obviously no one suspects the depths to which he'll go. A very effective, shivery excerpt indeed!

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    1. Cale's the good guy in this. His father Bram is the nightmare!

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  7. He doesn't sound like anyone you'd care to cross. I don't think there's much he wouldn't do.

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  8. Now this guy Bram seems to be someone who, if you see him on the street, you cross the continent to get out of his way. I'll sign that petition too!

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  9. I love a ruthless, determined villain who can't be reasoned with. I hope our heroes can outmatch him.

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