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Friday, March 23, 2012


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Edenmary Black, author of Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1. It takes place in a fictitious area of Pennsylvania where two supernatural havens—the Sanctum and the Demesne—
are located near a medium-sized city.

"The geography alone makes it almost a guarantee that the supernatural world and the world of humanity will run into each other from time to time," Edenmary explains. "The story opens with the Prologue, which happens in the Demesne, a very powerful supernatural haven. A young, male vampire, a member of the Demesne’s aristocracy, is struggling with a mysterious illness, as his mother tries desperately to save him. The events in the Prologue have a critical impact on events that take place four years later, which is where the first chapter begins, with Priana Grey being taken hostage in a bizarre bank robbery. Priana is half angel, half vampire, but moves easily among humans. Joe Cafaris is the cop who walks in to free her and the others trapped in the bank. It’s this volatile situation where their paths cross and it leads to several conflicts. Priana and Joe are attracted to each other, but Priana is warned by her supernatural family members that being with Joe is not a great idea. Joe is a loner really and knows better than to become involved with a woman connected to his job, but following the voice of logic isn’t something he’s able to do. Unfortunately, the bank robbery draws attention from the human world and the supernatural world to Pria and creates certain risks for those who live at her home, the Sanctum. The Sanctum and the Demesne are both havens for vampires, weres, daemons, but they are very different from each other. The Demesne is ruled by Sebastien Galaurus, a brutal vampire, while the Sanctum was founded and is led by fallen death angels, who value compassion for humans. As the story continues, readers meet Keircnan Grey, Priana’s stepbrother, and his lover, Iridea, who is Sebastien’s daughter. While Keirc warns Pria about her attraction for Joe, his deep love for Iridea puts both of them in a very risky position. Without spoiling the plot, I can promise that readers will start to see the perilous nature of these relationships and how the events of the Prologue impact the story very quickly. Readers who visit my website at can read the Prologue and Chapter One by clicking, ‘Excerpt.’ It’s a good way to see if they might enjoy the ebook."

Edenmary is currently working on the next book in the series, Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2. It’s a slightly darker read, as the havens come into direct conflict in the world of humanity. She told me that it's the worst possible situation for either. Not only are there the external conflicts, there are also internal conflicts within the havens and a serious power struggle within the Demesne.

"Several characters, introduced in the first book, become principal actors in the second book through their love relationships and threats to the lives of others. Of course, several well-known characters return, but the second book is where the warriors come out to show their stuff and several characters evolve a great deal," she said. "Readers may have opinions about the characters from Sanctum Angels Shadow Havens Book 1, but may change their minds by the conclusion of Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2."

As a special bonus, there is an excerpt from the beginning of Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2 at the conclusion of Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1, with the action beginning on the same night the first books ends.

Edenmary has been a writer all her life, in one way or another. She was a big fan of reading as a child, and she still reads voraciously, loving nothing better than being transported to new places and characters. Over time, that love for reading transformed itself into the desire to create the same kind of experience for others. She'd written fiction for strictly personal enjoyment, but about a year ago she started envisioning specific characters and their relationships.

"At one point, I was on a very long drive with my family and spotted a group of unusual-looking buildings some distance from the highway. I only saw them for a moment, but I started thinking about what they might be," she told me. "That’s when some of my characters found a home. A haven for supernaturals."

And thus, the Shadow Havens series was born. Edenmary wanted a title that would convey a sense of what the books would be about and would tell a reader something about the plot.

"Remember, Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1 evolves around two supernatural havens that happen to be near a medium-sized city and the Sanctum was founded by two fallen death angels," she said. "Depending on whether you’re human or supernatural, the havens are in the shadow of the city or the city is in the shadow of havens. So, that’s where the title originated."

One thing that surprised Edenmary was that the characters would emerge, full blown, to interact with her before she even wrote about them.

"That surprised me because I went into writing the first book with the idea that I had to have it planned and organized. I thought plot should emerge first. When I tried to do it that way, I found that my efforts to organize were strangling the plot and characters that were struggling to emerge so I tossed that. I tossed more than one rule along the way, but that was the first to go," she admitted. "Instead, I threw my family out of the house for a day and sat down with markers and a tablet. I told myself that I’d write the book if I could develop a plot that way, by the time they returned. It worked but it was messy. I ended up with pages of colored diagrams, yet I had the seeds of the plot that I needed."

When she first "met" Sebastien Galaurus, the leader of the Demesne, she was struck by his beauty.

"He’s gorgeous! Very well built. Long blond hair. You’re getting the picture, right?" she said. "The thing is that his eyes are hard, a little cruel, and that prevents him from having real warmth. He’s very unapproachable really. Andrieu Grey, a founder of the Sanctum is as gorgeous, yet his persona made me feel like I could tell him anything. Makes sense, right? Readers meet him first as a healer. Pria appears to readers first when she is a hostage and her hands are tied. The first thing readers know about her is that her hands and feet are freezing and her arms feel like wood. So, the thing that stands out when I first encounter a character is probably what hits the page first."

About the Author: Edenmary Black has been writing since she could clutch a pencil. She has always been fascinated with the mysteries of the paranormal and loves the question all writers answer when they pen fiction. For her, it's all about that magical, "What if?” When not working her keyboard, she enjoys long walks with her golden retriever, reading and spending time with her family, all of whom are male. She spends far too much on lingerie and is very, very weak for chocolate.

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When Priana Grey walks into a bank, she isn’t expecting to be taken hostage by a violent thief; nor, is she expecting Detective Joe Cafaris to offer his life for hers. The stepdaughter of fallen angels of the Sanctum, she has concealed her true nature to move among humans for years, but Joe’s courage astounds her. Although she knows that falling in love with a human is a disaster, she just can’t ignore what she feels.

Joe is a tough loner, cool in the most dangerous situations, but he’s not ready for the scorching desire he feels for Priana. He has a million logical reasons to walk away, but his heart wants something else.

Priana’s stepbrother, Keirc, warns that she’ll find only misery with Joe, yet he guards a perilous secret of his own. His lover, Iridea, is the daughter of Sebastien Galaurus, a ruthless vampire who leads the Demesne, a powerful supernatural haven quite unlike the Sanctum.

When a stunning crisis forces Priana into the heart of the Demesne, a maelstrom explodes in the shadow of supernatural havens on the brink of war, where fallen angels, vampires, weres and daemons call the shots and humans are viewed as critically frail - a place where men and supernaturals can die. This ebook contains an excerpt from Chapter One of Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2, which has not been published yet.


Edenmary Black said...

Thanks for having me on the site today!

Debby said...

I enjoyed reading your comments on the characters. Very interesting.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Edenmary Black said...

Thanks, Debby! They're an intriguing crew!