Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz
Just when Braedyn Murphy thought she understood the danger descending on her little town of Puerto Escondido, a new threat arrives. A cult devoted to Lilith has taken up residence in town, led by a charismatic old woman with more than one secret. When Cassie gets tangled up in the mystery, Braedyn realizes her two worlds are colliding. But if she’s going to stop Lilith and her Daughters from reclaiming this earth, Braedyn might not be able to protect her friends.
As her duties to the Guard become more difficult, Braedyn turns to Lucas for solace. They begin to wonder if now is the time to claim their one night together—knowing that one night is all they may ever have.
Darker forces have their own plans for Braedyn and the Guard. No one ever told Braedyn this battle would be easy—but how much can one girl be asked to sacrifice in order to save the world?
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How did you get the idea for the story?
I love incorporating mythology into a contemporary setting, and the myths of Lilith and her offspring are incredibly interesting. I was always very leery of “succubae” – they always seem to be portrayed as flat-out sex-objects. So this story is – in part – an attempt to turn that idea on its head, and explore what exactly it would mean for a normal girl to discover that she’s a descendent of Lilith, and now saddled with all that that implies. She blossoms, yes, but it’s a lethal beauty, and it means she may never be able to be with the boy she loves. Can she hang onto her humanity as a predator? I thought there were some fascinating questions to explore with the series.
Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I just released “Sacrifice” which is the third book in this series. The next is tentatively entitled “Guardian” and I hope it will be out later this year. Beyond that – yes! I also write for TV, and I’m working on a new pilot right now... details kind of under wraps, but I’m very excited about it!
What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
“Silver Metal Lover” by Tanith Lee is one of my all time favorites, as is “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card (though I’ve still not seen the movie! That happens when you’ve got a baby in the house... sigh.) I love reading. I try to read as much as I can, but it’s been tough these last few months. I’ve got so many books to catch up on. I just got “Divergent” for my kindle, though – so that’s next!
If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Oooooo – “Silver Metal Lover,” I think. I’d love to see Silver in person, hear him play, talk with him. Or... okay, if the world didn’t depend on me being a super-warrior, I’d love to hang out in the zero-gravity of the Battle School for a while.
Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
Coffee! Good ear plugs and/or white-noise if there’s any audio in the background. I love music, and many songs inspire me when I’m thinking of ideas (especially the music of Red Delicious, Morcheeba, Cardigans...) but I can’t have it playing while I’m writing... it just derails my brain. Sigh.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flight. I know, I know. But HOW AMAZING would it be to fly?!
Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Wow, I’m about to out myself as a huge(er) nerd. I love to sew Elizabethan costumes, illustrate kids books, play video games, use my Gocco for printmaking, read, play Settlers Of Catan, watch Sherlock, John Stewart, Supernatural (I’m catching up – I’ve watched 5 seasons in 2 months... yikes), Almost Human, and nap. I love naps.
What is one thing you would tell your 15-year old self?
It’s not a race – don’t compare yourself to others, just do what you love doing. And finish things! Start stories and finish them. Every finished story makes you a better writer. Also, it’s okay to not major in physics.
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla
Video or Board Games? Video Games
Summer or Winter? Summer
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Ebook
Salty or sweet? Salty
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Early Bird
Dog or cat? Cat
Messy or neat? Neat
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates
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