This Week’s Read: The Walker on the Cape

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A man’s body is found on the Cape in a small fishing community on the East Coast. At first everyone thinks it’s a heart attack or stroke. But then it is discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP along with his trusted side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way they discover that there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way.

Windflower also discovers two more things; a love of living in a small community that is completely different from his up-bringing in a remote Indian reserve and maybe the love of his life. He gets a taste of East Coast food and hospitality as well as a sense of how crime and corruption can linger beneath the surface or hide in the thick blanket of fog that sometimes creeps in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Author Interview: Michaela Debelius , Author of Perpetual

Michaela DebeliusMichaela Debelius graciously took time out of her busy schedule to talk with me about her novel. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Take it away, Michaela!

1) Oh, Mercy. A lonely woman who doesn’t realize she wants to be not lonely, I suspect. She can be quite difficult to put up with for many of the characters. Would you say those barriers are faked as a way to try and push people away? How genuine is her gruffness?

Mercy’s abrasiveness is the byproduct of too much life. As she tells the reader, people weren’t meant to live forever, and living forever produces jadedness. Not only has she spent centuries watching humans exploit one another, she’s realized that corrupt humans make even more despicable immortals. As the story develops, the reader gets deeper insight into why she’s distrustful, especially of immortals. So yes, Mercy’s gruffness is genuine, but so is her compassion, as demonstrated in her obvious concern for animals.

2) I love the contrast of Mercy and Adam. Adam is such a good guy that it’s easy to see why Mercy is fond of him. Is there a dark side to him at all? Through Mercy’s eyes he seems so pure.

I’m so glad you liked them! Comments like that totally make an author’s day, just so you know! =)

Adam himself tells Mercy her opinion of him is skewed, though much of that is actually his own humility speaking. Adam is truly the definition of a good guy. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of making mistakes. After all, he is human!

3) Where did the ideas of everlasting immortality in different forms come from? For that matter, where perpetual_1800_2400_borderdo they originate from? Do we get to find out their origin story?

The idea for Perpetual was formed around Mercy. It started from a night of watching too much 5 o’clocknews wherein I found myself wondering, “Who would want to live forever?” From there Mercy was born. She’s everything everyone feels at some point in their life, only she can’t escape the negativity because she can’t escape life itself. She’s done a good job of boxing herself in, leaving her with only the brutalities of the world and none of the beauty.

As far as the different traits, that concept just sort of grew from my own preference of not wanting the immortals to be vampires. Their origin? That’s still to be determined. Mercy herself doesn’t know that answer, but I imagine she will eventually become curious.

4) There’s a lot of history wound up into these people. Was there any part in particular that was especially fun to learn about?

I loved exploring the 1930’s jargon! It’s a time period my husband and I find intriguing in general, so delving into the slang was a lot of fun. I actually purchased a book specifically for wartime colloquialisms to give Nick more substance. He’s entertaining, even for me. Somewhere in my subconscious his twisted sense of humor hides, reserved only for his character.

5) Any further plans for Mercy in future books?

Absolutely! I’m currently finishing my first series, The Noel Casey Series¸ which follows an Army scientist on her newest assignment set in a military base that is harboring far more than secret government experiments. The first two books of the four book series are currently available, and I’m actively writing book three. Following the completion, I’ll be getting right back into Mercy’s world. I must admitted, I’m eager to travel alongside those characters once again.

Michaela Debelius is an indie author whose novels include elements of science fiction, romance, and horror. Originally from New England, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and two furry children.

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Review: Perpetual

Genre: Fantasy with some horror elements
Rating: Yay!
Mercy Green died in the 1820’s. And then she came back to life, with explanation as to why or how, with only one surety – she cannot die. Her blood is pumping, and she has to eat and sleep, but nothing kills her.
perpetual_1800_2400_borderThere are many takes on immortality, but the interesting twist with this one is that 1) there are different types of immortality, and 2) each set type comes with its own rules. Mercy is odd in that she eats and sleeps. The other types don’t.
And so, after successfully keeping under the radar and living the quiet life for over two hundred years, her life is exposed as she tries to do a good favor for her friend, Adam, whose paintings were stolen by a vindictive girlfriend. And it just keeps going downhill from there.
Written in first person, I really enjoyed getting to know this woman who, for all of her years, was still quite young in other ways. Jaded and brusque, Mercy at the same time has a deep sense of fairness that leaves you wanting her to get some of that fairness in return.
At the same time, for someone whose primary way to slip by unnoticed is to not engage and blend it, I did find her constant use of flowery language jarring at times. Not all of the time, but little spots where it made a real difference in the words used. I would have liked to have seen a smidge more blending. Most of her hang-ups that are part of her are endearing or interesting to watch otherwise.
There are quite a few great twists in the plot that kept me reading. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say poor Mercy gets a rather harsh reality check about her understanding of other immortals and her own creator. She’s forced to confront her own society that she’s never been part of, and given the stories she tells, no one can blame her.
Getting to watch Adam and Mercy’s relationship unfold, and the undeniable attraction between them was more natural and refreshing as compared ot most of the hocked up super bad boy types often seen in fantasy books. Kudos to the author for giving us a realistic nice guy.
Overall, this book is a great debut novel, and one that I’d highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy with some light romance.

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This Week’s Read: Perpetual

“Some people say they don’t care. I actually mean it.”

Mercy Green didn’t become this way overnight. Centuries of monotonous life have left her jaded and detached. Humans weren’t meant to live forever. But then again, she isn’t human. Adam is though, and his purity baffles her. How can he remain unpolluted in a world tarnished by corruption? It doesn’t matter. Her time in Birchwood Creek is coming to an end and she must prepare to relocate. That is, until she inexplicably wakes up in a pool of her own blood. The answer seems simple enough: leave immediately. But when an attempt is made on Adam’s life, a failed murder she inadvertently caused, she feels obligated to stay and protect him.

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But then she’s attacked again.

And Adam begins to ask questions.

Victim to an unseen stalker, Mercy’s forced to seek help from Nick, an immortal teenager whose sudden appearance suspiciously coincides with her plunge into chaos. With her structured life unraveling and revelation of her immortality looming, Mercy must accept the truth: she’s being hunted. But why?

…And she thought immortality was boring.

 

 

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