Long and Short Reviews welcomes Elizabeth Noble with the release of Ringed Love.
Hello, I’m Elizabeth Noble. Thank you so much to everyone at Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today.
The final installment of my Sentries series, Ringed Love was released yesterday by Dreamspinner Press on the five-year anniversary of the first installment, Marked Yours!
One of the constants during the Sentries series is the supernatural foes the main characters, Todd and Nick Ruger, face and battle. There are your traditional paranormal creatures, spirits, Wendigoes and demons. Then there are the unconventional creatures, those supernatural beings completely unique to Sentries. Creating not simply one, but several preternatural entities and integrating them into the entire series was an interesting task.
While writing these creatures, who became important characters in their own right, was a project in a sort of reverse engineering. My first step was to decide how big a part each sort of being would play in the overall series. Next I made a list of the types of powers and characteristics they’d need. Then, armed with my list, I developed my creatures.
This was world building of another sort. All worlds, and the beings that inhabit them need rules. Inventing a new group of related species took a considerable amount of research and record keeping.
Now keep in mind I’m not what someone would call organized, not by any sense of the imagination. However, while writing the Sentries series I discovered something about myself, a few things actually. I actually can keep notes in some sort of reasonable and useful order and I love detailed research!
At first glance you might inquire, ‘but you’re writing about beings you invented, how do you research that? Why do you even need to?’
Well, let’s go back to that whole world building/reverse engineering thing. Readers of the previous books in Sentries will likely recognize the entities I’m talking about. I created for my series a whole class of shifters. Yes, in this series the shifters aren’t the sexy heroes we see in other books. They’re the deadly, frightening, mysterious creatures only spoken of in hushed tones and with the shades drawn. In Sentries shifters are the really bad guys!
A couple hours of poking around in various myths and studying existing animals offered me some interesting characteristics for my made up class of shifters. There are three in all. The kelbit, the true shifter of the bunch, is a seriously creepy being we meet very early on in the series. The kelbit is a sexual predator using fear to stalk and trap its prey. Next is my reoccurring criminal masterminds the pyrahni. I took the name from the Piranha fish which strips the flesh off its victims skeleton. The pyrahni look human, but aren’t and use psychic abilities to strip their victims of free will. The final being, the syrane, we meet in Ringed Love.
All three of these creatures hunts its victims and exploits their emotions in some fashion. They’re tied together because each species surfaces and inhabits the human world because of some natural disaster.
Sometimes I wonder about myself for being able to come up with these ideas and invent such entities. This from the person who can’t watch scary movies after dark!
I loved writing the Sentries series and winding various threads throughout each book to come together in Ringed Love! Telling the story of Todd and Nick as well as the preternatural beings they face has been a pleasure. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I’ve loved learning about it and telling it.
New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.
Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.
Enjoy an Excerpt:
“That could have been a real disaster if we were still on the bridge,” Todd said. They walked the entire inside length of the train. Once getting to the engine car and introducing themselves to the conductor, they offered assistance. The conductor asked that they help check for wounded passengers. As far as she knew, there were no criminals being transported on this trip, so there was no concern about someone leaving the train who shouldn’t. More than half the train’s crew was outside inspecting for damage to the tracks and train. The next hour or so was spent going from car to car and making sure everyone had what they needed.
“Was there something in the lake?” Todd asked when they were making their way back to their cabin.
“I don’t know,” Nick said. “For a second it seemed as if there was, but I couldn’t really tell if it was an illusion caused by the water moving or if something was coming out of the water.” He crossed the small room and peered out of the window. “It looks like they’re getting all of the crew back onto the train. I hope we get moving soon.”
Todd stood behind him and rubbed his shoulders, then pulled Nick against him and kissed his cheek. “You have plenty of time before you need to check in, so stop worrying.”
“Something doesn’t feel right.” Nick turned away from the window and slipped both arms around Todd.
Todd nodded. “I know.” He looked beyond Nick to the window. The train lurched forward and they were on their way again. “Things come out during natural disasters,” he muttered.
Nick settled more firmly against him and tightened his grip. “That wasn’t a very big quake and certainly not a major disaster, but we should check out the people on this train and the area.”
About the Author: Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fanfiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and her sidekick, tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.