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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Interview, Excerpt, Character Spotlight: Fallen by Laury Falter



Are you a parent?

Yes, I am a parent, although not the conventional kind. I have two dogs, who I call “my kids”, an American Eskimo named Charlie (who I keep trimmed because I’m allergic to dogs) and a Labrador Retriever named Kaya. Charlie’s claim to fame was being kicked out of dog obedience school for barking incessantly during class - yeah that was a good day - and Kaya’s known for leaping entirely off the floor at meal time – looks a little like she’s clapping her hands and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was her intention.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I don’t handle the same rigmarole as a typical parent, so I’ve gotten off easy there. However, when the two responsibilities meet, I try to blend them. So, for example, when the dogs need to go for their daily walk, I spend that time thinking of plot twists. It works surprisingly well.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not a fan of social media. Of course, if they’ve looked at the number and frequency of posts I’ve made to Facebook, Twitter, etc. this won’t be a surprise. It’s not so much the fear of saying the wrong thing, I’d just much rather be writing a novel than writing about writing.


Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oh, the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Who would pass up a chance to make millions and perform in a cameo in your own movie?

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Yes, Fallen is part of the Guardian Trilogy (now a saga), and part of my first bestselling series. Eternity, Reckoning, and Messenger follow it, elaborating on the story of how the Maggie and Eran fell in love despite impossible odds.

What is in your to read pile?


The rest of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. I’m a young adult novelist, I never read that genre, and I gotta tell you that I’m addicted. Good stuff. I’ve already thanked him (sarcastically) in another interview for being the reason behind the delay in starting my next book, but when I’m done you can bet that the first novel I pick up will be the next one in his series.



Fallen
Guardian Trilogy
Book 1
Laury Falter

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Audeamus LLC

Date of Publication: April 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9855110-3-6
 ASIN: B00280MFEY

Number of pages: 274 pages

Book Description:

Fallen - the first book in the Guardian Trilogy...

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

Available at Amazon  Audible

Eran's account of the first time he met Magdalene

 "It was explosive. She fought me, hard...and well," he paused to chuckle while shaking his head in amazement at the memory. "I'd watched her fight before, but I wasn't ready for her strength. That part of her originates from her stubbornness. One of my favorite characteristics and it happens to be the core of her personality. It's what drives her to help others, to put her life on the line for strangers. That's Magdalene…my Magdalene."

He smirked.

"I heard about this girl training others like her to survive our enemies. That was impressive. We have powerful enemies." His gaze fell to the floor in deep reflection. "So when I found her training," he laughed through his nose, "of course, I was enthralled, completely and absolutely void of any reasonable thought after laying eyes on her. The way her brown hair swung around, catching the wind from her speed, the blaze in her eyes, and those wings. I'd never, and haven't to this day, seen whiter appendages. She was stunning. So much fury and love was wrapped up in that little frame of hers that I was completely taken from that very second on."

Slowly, he nodded with certainty. "At that point, I knew. I knew that at some point I'd be her guardian. That beauty, that innocence needed protection, and I was going to see that she got it. Nothing," he insisted, "would stop me from it. What I didn't count on was her rejection. I-" One side of his lips lifted in a confident grin. "I'm fairly capable of influencing women. But not her. Magdalene took time, several centuries, in fact. It took countless arguments, coddling of her sensitive ego - don't tell her I said that - and an incredible amount of patience. The fight, I tell you, is in her blood."

He drew in a deep breath, as if to let the feeling of her settle over him, while a smile played across his lips.


"I sensed all this on that first sighting. So I kept my distance, looking for a way in to dissolve that stubbornness." He shrugged. "That was pointless. When we finally did meet, I had a good understanding of who she was, so again I wasn't surprised by the fight she gave me. What surprised me…," his eyes turned warm, remembering. "What I'll never forget, what will stay with me forever, was the passion in her eyes…because it was aimed directly at me." 

EXCERPT 2

“So you’re warning me away from you?” I was appalled. “Then why are you doing this…
guarding me at all? Why the torment? Why watch over me when you know that…that we should be more?” I felt on the verge of tears, which amazed me. How could pain be so sharp in the afterlife? “Answer me, Eran. Why?”

He sighed. “Because it is my job.”

I gasped, more offended than I’d ever been. “I’m a job to you?” I stared at him and waited for his head to rise but he refused to look at me.

“Yes,” he said weakly, defeated. His beautiful, rugged voice released as a whimper and the pain inside me grew. “You are just a job.”

I didn’t think it was possible but the emptiness I’d felt with Eran being gone those many weeks held no comparison to the magnitude of what I was experiencing right now.
I felt as if I had been gutted.

“No…” I shook my head. “I don’t believe you because you see, Eran, I can feel your emotions run through me. Whether you want to admit them or not, I know how you feel about me.”
Stunned, his head jerked up, his brilliant blue-green eyes drilling into mine. “You feel me too? How can that be?”

“I don’t know. But I do know that I feel in you the same emotions I have.”

He groaned and turned away. “That’s not possible…” he muttered, pausing. When he spoke again his voice was strained, determined. I drew in a breath as the intensity of these emotions ran through me. “It doesn’t matter. I won’t let this happen. This will not happen…I will not let us be together.”

“Because you are my guardian? Then let me make it easy on us…You’re fired.”

“It doesn’t work that way, Magdalene,” he said, quieter but still resolute.

“I didn’t want you to watch over me, Eran. I never asked for it.”

As if he’d become an entirely new person, his reply was flat and detached. “You’re a messenger. You require a guardian. It’s as simple as that.”

“Then we’ve just solved the issue, didn’t we?” I said causing him to finally look up. “This will be my last message. It’s from me to you…goodbye Eran.”


Turning swiftly, I walked away just before the tears came.

About the Author:

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.




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