Genre: Dark Fantasy
Digital ISBN 978-0-9841132-4-8
Print ISBN: 978-0-9818905-8-6
Digital Publication: October 20, 2008
Print Publication: April 6, 2009
Bright Star started as two short stories, one written in 1992, the other in 1997. The first was called alternately "The Light Eaters" and "Jacoblay". The second was titled "Genvieve's Children Are Dying". Both stories swam in dark waters and both featured a lead female. In each she was incredibly powerful, somewhat conflicted about her Talents, and in jeopardy, in need of great help.
"Jacoblay" brings help in the form of a quiet, complicated, introspective, not-quite-human knight. After the woman finds herself trapped in an enchanted blaze, her savior comes with coolness at his back and the answers to who and what she is. In Bright Star, you'll find this image when first Bright Star meets Jacob Rush: "Cradled in his arms, she could see the burning room had dimmed with his presence. Then the darkness followed them out like a great cape that hung from Rush’s shoulders."
"Genvieve's Children Are Dying" finds our Talented lady rescued by pain and loss. She is astonished to have survived a series of horrors then amazed by how strong her survival proves she is. From this discovery, she is, in some ways, thankful for the pain. In it she discovers her nature, her path, her purpose. Much of this character appears in Bright Star. Although, I must admit, in this novel, she may be a bit sweeter, more vulnerable that she was before.
When I found the stories a couple of years ago, I decided to put them together. They were--understandably--not cohesive. Where they were similar, they were easily combined. Where they were dissimilar, well, I left those parts there, and all of a sudden my lovely Bright Star gained depth. She gained an identity as a maternal, creator figure as well as a destroyer. She became the feature character in the novel.
But who could I get to tell this story? Who's voice could I trust to carry you, the reader, through a tale that features magic and science, Earth and space, love and hate? What is darkness without a balance of light? In the novel we are at the elbow of Jackson Rush, a soldier, the strongest Shifter ever recorded. A good man who wants good for those around him, Jackson's discovery of the dark and desire to deliver us from it acts as anchor in this tale.
An excerpt from Bright Star can be found here: http://www.onceuponabookstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_38_55&products_id=114
Grayson Reyes-Cole adores drama, the fantastic, and words. She is intrigued by the relationships people build and what makes them work. Grayson hopes to bring intense and engaging characters to life for her readers along with well-developed, interesting stories.
Splitting her time between Florida and Alabama, Grayson considers herself a quintessential Southerner. She also has a longstanding love affair with travel. She speaks two and a half languages (if you count English, a fair amount of French, and the travel Spanish, German, and Tagalog) and enjoys sharing stories of her adventures across Europe and Asia.
Grayson is very excited to bring the world her first full length dark fantasy novel, Bright Star, through Lyrical press.