Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interviewing KH LeMoyne about her new paranormal romance/adult urban fantasy--Destiny's Mark



I'm so pleased to be able to interview K H LeMoyne about her new release, Destiny's Mark. Be sure to check out the information about this book and also her great contest at the end of this post.





Marsha,

Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I hope 2013 is bringing you and your readers new books to read and wonderful opportunities!

~Kate

In your new release, Destiny’s Mark, in the Guardians of Eden series, defense master Tsu Halan has waited patiently over centuries for the covenant’s promise of a mate to help him create a family. What does the covenant require that he accomplish during that long period before granting him a mate?

Actually, finding one’s mate isn’t like graduating from college and being granted a degree. They’d love to have it be that simple. Each Guardian travels a journey before they are lucky enough to recognize the other half of their soul, but there are no specific hurdles to jump. Their uncertainty conforms to our lives and reality, but perhaps with harsher consequences. If they make the wrong decisions, and are not attuned to life around them, then they lose out on the one opportunity that can bring them joy and harmony.

Jai Dashkov has endured a past of betrayal and loss, leaving her desperately searching to reclaim her life. Now her heart doesn’t have room to deviate for love. Why does the covenant select her as Tsu’s mate when she seems unable to love?

The covenant doesn’t select, but it does provide opportunity. I’d like to think that fate also has a sense of humor in the choices for mating. As the Guardians exist to ensure the salvation of humanity, their mates also have the potential to radically change their lives. But even faced with a heart that calls to them and one they crave, it is up to each Guardian/human pair to determine if they are ready to embrace the trials required to earn that final blessing. Never an easy choice. Jai’s prison of emotional distance is self-imposed, a prison of her own making and one she readily acknowledges. She has an extraordinary need to give but fear has bottled her ability to love. Tsu’s fears have sent him to the opposite extreme of giving everything he is to protect those he loves. Both attitudes can be draining and deny happiness. Fortunately both Jai and Tsu are strong and capable people who can see the issues within the other person more clearly than they can see their own.

Together, Jai and Tsu are stronger than apart. What qualities do each possess that help the other? 

As I mentioned, their strengths compliment. Tsu has the patience of the decades and he will try every avenue and do whatever it takes, even risk the displeasure of his own people, to build Jai’s trust. And while Jai doesn’t want the temptation of affection and love, once she’s hooked she doesn’t let anything stop her from helping those she cares about. And Tsu, for all his skills, needs all she has to offer.

The promise of the covenant is a perpetual test that Tsu and Jai must conquer in time or suffer an eternity for their failure. How might they suffer if they fail?

The Guardians’ link with humanity, their ability to cleanse and release new human souls, is only fulfilled by successful mating. Guardian children bring forth this blessing. And the fact that both Jai and Tsu are determined not to have children is a problem, a conflict in the perceived Guardian path. Humans and integration with other people, other children, hasn’t been tested in the new Guardian order. However, the real crisis in this story evolves with very human problems in Jai’s goal to find her missing daughter. I don’t want to give away the story so I’ll let it go at that. 

Briefly describe the magical systems of your world. How do those who are empowered, the Guardians, gain their abilities?

The Guardians of Eden resemble a microcosm of the people of Earth. They are a melting pot of races without the human allegiances and biases that are embedded in our history. In essence, their allegiances are first to each other. They have no division of religions or other leadership. The Guardians are also each born with a unique magical potential, one that doesn’t evolve until they reach the age of maturity. At that point, they embrace their special gift, one that is shared only once a generation. As an example, Turen in book one controls fire. Briet in book two maintains an ability to view within the body to the DNA level. The human Guardian mates absorb or share some of their mate’s ability once the pair becomes romantically involved, a life altering change that remains whether the couple commit to their bond or not. Aside from the individual gifts, Guardians can fold space to reach other destinations. They also have fortified senses of hearing, smell, and taste. Yes, just imagine being able to smell chocolate a mile away? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Mates also have some ability to heal each other. Additional features of the Guardian powers and history evolve with each book as the small community grows and they learn things secrets that disappeared when their parents died of the plague.

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Title: Destiny’s Mark (Guardians of Eden #3) 
Author: K.H. LeMoyne 
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

The only difference between fate and destiny is choice.

 Tsu Halan, Guardian defense master, has honed his skills and waited patiently over the centuries for the covenant’s promise of a mate to share his soul and a family to cherish. Close enough to taste fulfillment, the dark echoes of the past threaten with danger and death. 

Jai Dashkov harbors her own painful secrets of harsh betrayal and tender loss. Her desperate search to reclaim her life doesn’t allow room in her heart to deviate for love. 

Together they are stronger than apart, but the promise of the covenant is a perpetual test. One that Tsu and Jai must conquer in time or suffer an eternity for their failure.

THE GUARDIANS OF EDEN:
A race of beings created in a Sanctum at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls and the promise of eternity—until a virus killed all over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.

Author Bio:
A former technology specialist, KH LeMoyne now writes romance fulltime with series in urban fantasy, high fantasy, and scifi/futuristic. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and corgi. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper. Visit her website: http://www.khlemoyne.com/  or blog: http://fantasypoweredbylove.com/

Links: 
Website www.khlemoyne.com 
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twitter –  https://twitter.com/#!/khlemoyne  or  @khlemoyne 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Destinys-Mark-Guardians-Eden-ebook/dp/B009Q6ZIX8/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350161197&sr=1-7 
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244809

Contest:
There will be two giveaways during the tour:
One commenter (on any blog hosting the tour) will receive a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Certificate (commenter's choice).
Two other commenters will receive a Guardian of Eden Anthology.

In order to participate, commenters must leave a way to contact them (valid email). Contests are international.

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, and Book Three, LOST VOLUMES. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

5 comments:

Ella Gray said...

Great interview! This series sounds so fascinating. I love the variety of magical abilities the Guardians have, and the racial diversity featured. Will definitely check it out :)

KH LeMoyne said...

Marsha, thank you for hosting me today. Have a great weekend!
~Kate

Tore said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Mary Preston said...

I have not begun this series yet. DESTINY'S MARK does look fantastic.

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bn100 said...

Nice interview and information about the characters.

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