I am very happy to welcome best-selling author, LJ DeLeon, over who is visiting us on her blog tour for the Warriors of Light series!
It’s a pleasure to be here today. Instead of talking about me today, I’ve decided to interview a beloved character of the Warriors for Light series. Fritz is a gargoyle with a mysterious and regal past. He brings insights to the major characters and circumstance of the first book, WARROR’S RISE also in DRAGON CHILD and ABSOLUTION.
LJ: Mr. Fritz, you’ve known the current Cáidh Arm, Holy Weapon of the Goddess, Deva Morgan, personally for some time now. Can you tell how that first meeting came about and what you think of Deva’s progress?
Fritz: Come on LJ, you’ve known me your entire life. Call me Fritz. Mister makes me feel so old.
LJ: Fritz, you are old, older than dirt.
Fritz: (He rolls his eyes.) Not nice, LJ. I met Deva twelve years ago on her eighteenth birthday. She was all legs. (He shakes his head and chuckles.) Sometimes, she looked more like a windmill than a black belt in Aikido. Reserved and self-conscious, she had insecurities about being a half-breed—Fae and human—when around supernaturals. Most humans and supes aren’t nice to people who are different.
While her protection team loved her and nurtured her like a little sister, losing her father when she was twelve left a large hole in her life. I like to think I stepped into that role. She saw the real me beneath the gargoyle façade, and I saw a tough, little warrior desperate for acceptance. Over the past year or so, she’s grown into quite a leader, one capable of making the heartbreaking choices her role requires. Her mate, Padraig, is the perfect balance for her, with unconditional love yet willing to tell her the truth. He also forces her to face what’s before her, before all of us.
LJ: You were also around for the rule of Grace, the first Cáidh Arm. Why do you think her reign failed and how can Deva, a half-breed, succeed in her place? Come on, Fritz, just because you’re a gargoyle doesn’t mean you have to go all stony-faced on me.
Fritz: Grace talked the talk of the Light, but never walked the walk. She was born to the role. Yes, she grew up with the Fae, but she was hIfreann born, a child of angelic privilege. Her beauty hid a selfish core and she was loyal to only one being—herself. Nine other Seraphim and I were her bodyguards. Behind the power and austere beauty, Grace was a racist. To that end, she created Otherworld, separating the supe from the human norms, or monkeys as she called them. That was the beginning of her downfall and ended with a grab for total power and overthrow the Goddess.
(Fritz’s grim expression clears and a small smile plays at the corner of his lips.) Now Deva, she’s special. Unlike Grace’s exterior beauty, Deva is quick to laugh, and shines from deep in inside her with the Light. She glows. Her aura is love with a core of steel. I knew the moment I met her she was born to be the next Cáidh Arm.
LJ: Your role in Warrior’s Rise indicates you have a darker history in the battle of Dark against Light. How do you see this war as different and what are the key strategies the new Holy Weapon and her mate have to achieve to win the war?
Fritz: I fear this war is about more than the Dark Lord and his minions. Raziel, King of the Seraphim, seeks retribution for acts of betrayal Grace committed. Human norms and supes have evolved in the last ten millennia, perhaps not for the better. Back then, everyone recognized evil and understood magick. Much has been lost in this age of technology. Yet, I see hope. With Deva as the Cáidh Arm, the Light has a chance to beat back the Abyss and forge a new and brighter path. As with everything in life, it won’t be without cost.
LJ: In your ‘objective observer’ role, do you find Deva and Padraig to be well suited to each other? What does she offer him that he’s never experienced? And what does Deva bring to Padraig’s life that makes her special—aside being soul-mates, because honestly, just because fate decided two people should be together doesn’t mean they’ll actually are good for each other!
Fritz: Deva accepts Padraig as he is, draws him out of his self-contained shell, and melts the ice he’s erected around his heart. At first, I thought they would kill one another. Fate may have decided they belonged together, but neither one would deviate from their mission. Like every supe or Fae, Padraig was raised on the myth that the Cáidh Arm’s was pure, virginal, and untouchable—I knew better, but wasn’t free to say so. The last thing Deva’s agenda was a mate at her side. She was focused on saving Earth from the Dark Lord, with her team at her side. Those two went through their own hell figuring out the Goddess’ true purpose. Praise the Goddess it all worked out.
LJ: What do you feel is the most important key to winning the war?
Fritz: Prepare for the worst. As long as Grace is imprisoned by the Goddess, her threat is contained. Should she escape, all are at risk and no one born in hIfreann, the Goddess’ realm, can harm her. For now, the army must prevent the Dark Lord from escaping from the Abyss.
Bio: Bestselling author, LJ DeLeon is an Army brat and a world-traveled former CIA Intelligence Analyst who has seen enough of this world to appreciate other worlds. Working for the CIA was great training for writing fantasy, paranormal, and futuristic romance--and understanding the warrior mentality--amazing how real life and fiction overlap. Honor: the ultimate seduction.
Warrior for Light series
Warrior’s for Light Book 1
By LJ DeLeon
For Fae-human half-breed Deva Morgan, life as she knows it changes on her thirtieth birthday. One moment she’s a barkeep, the next she is a warrior fated to save Earth from the Dark Lord and his demon horde. Shunned by both her races, she faces a danger-filled quest with few allies. Too bad her powers haven’t fully emerged or stabilized.
For Deva it is life or death, on-the-job training with her companion, Padraig O’Neal, a Fae warrior with a shadowed past. Can he quiet the storm raging inside her, help her harness the growing power within her, and provide a barrier between Deva and a fatal outcome?
Will their love be enough to save Deva and stop the Dark Lord’s demons from entering Earth?
Warrior’s for Light Book 2
By LJ DeLeon
A fire-breathing dragon, Moira O'Neal, was exchanged at birth for a Fae princess. Discovering the truth, she escapes the cage of the royal court and joins forces with the sexiest wereleopard on Earthworld. She fights the urge to mate and the trap that comes with it as they race against time to find the missing princess and a master of the black arts who covets her power.
Major Steve Taylor, a wereleopard in the Army For Light, partners with the impetuous Moira in the middle a dangerous mission where failure means all their deaths. Worse, his leopard decides Moira is his mate, leaving the man at war with his cat.
Warrior’s for Light Book 3
By LJ DeLeon
He did the unforgivable. Druid Lucan Woods killed his surrogate father and best friend for the greater good. Wracked with guilt, he infiltrates a brotherhood of evil, hoping the mission is one way. Absolution may come from a missing Fae Princess, if he will accept it. Or will he reject her love and use her as a pawn in his drive to destroy the leader of the brotherhood?
Fae Princess Alanna has just learned her twin daughters are alive. She leaves hIfreann to search Earth for them. Only she can touch Luc’s heart. But will he let her? Will he open his stained soul and allow her to enter in time to save them both?
Tour-wide giveaway hosted by LJ DeLeon:
A $25.00 Gift Card to Amazon, ARe or B&N will be given to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out this FORM. Leave a comment on this post for a bonus entry, and the blogger with the most comments during the tour will also receive a GC - so show your RBtWBC love and leave a comment! XOXO