Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Into Nostra by Brantwijn Serrah

Into Nostra
The Pact
Book 2
Brantwijn Serrah

Genre: Supernatural Adventure

Publisher: Champagne Books

Date of Publication: January 8th, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-947128-24-8

Number of pages: 225
Word Count: 84,000

Cover Artist: Brantwijn Serrah

Tagline: They have opened the door to the apex predator, and now it is hunting them down.

Book Description:

Deals with the devil always have their price. Problem is, the devil collects with interest.

Serenity Walker thought she had the upper hand when it came to her partnership with a demon. D’aej is dangerous, but he was always on her side. Then an old friend lifts the scales from her eyes, and Serenity sees her contract for what it truly is: imprisonment, bloodshed, evil. All done by her own hands.

Now Serenity must pay for her ignorance and work harder than ever to fight a demon who can use her body, fool her senses, even twist every thought in her head. Only one sorceress has the power to teach Serenity what she really needs to know…a sorceress possessed by a fiend even bigger and badder than any Serenity has seen before.

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A woman
flickered into existence. As if stepping out of some eternal veil, she appeared
without warning and made straight for Serenity in quick, purposeful strides.
The wide, swooping brim of a black cowboy hat hid her eyes; long silver hair
streamed out behind her like a pale, gossamer banner. The lithe curves of a
predator couldn’t be hidden underneath her black corset and boiled leather
leggings—sleek animal fur lined the tops of her boots, tribal moccasins dyed
with deep ink and painted with runic markings along the seams.

Serenity managed
to identify the symbols as the marks of a killer, but she had no time to move.
All along this fighter’s arms danced a swirling dark energy, a kind of magic
Serenity had never seen before: the shadowy swarm of a hundred darkling faces,
crackling and howling like flames. Her mind flashed in panic back to the fehu
tapestry in Eclipse, guarding the weaver’s blackest arts, and just as the woman
raised both fists over her head to bring them crashing down on Serenity, D’aej
seized control and ducked the body out of the way.

Don’t stare at
her like a cow on the train tracks, he shouted across their bond, his anger
echoing off the walls of her skull. Get moving!

About the Author:

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and playing with graphic design. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours on end sketching characters and scenes in her secret notebooks.



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Interview with Brantwijn Serrah

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Most of my work is originally inspired by music somehow. I walk my dog late at night, with my iPod on random, and let my imagination follow the paths the melodies and lyrics set out. Ideas for scenes, the first glimmers of character, and tempting plotlines come about for me this way. The books of my supernatural adventure series, The Pact and Into Nostra, were first inspired by Mike Oldfield's Moonlight Shadow. The character of Eliza Rose, from Into Nostra, takes strong inspiration from Meatloaf's Original Sin.
How did you do research for your book?
For this series, a good deal of the research began with study of the Norse runes. In the beginning, I had intended my arcane practitioners in The Pact to use a magic system based on the art of Tarot, but in my search for a Tarot deck that called out to me, I instead stumbled upon a deck of Norse rune cards and became interested in the history and nature of them. In addition to Norse mythology and runes, I did a lot of research into the American west, circa 1865, which is the frontier time period I wanted to base these books on.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I do have a day job, working as a clerical administrator in public relations. It's good, steady work, but the best thing is that it allows me the luxury to pursue my passion of writing very easily, while still paying the bills.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I'd like to visit Wales at the time of Celts, and observe the rites of Druids and festivals of pagan worship. I'd also love to visit the Scandinavian countryside at the time of the Vikings. My family descends on one side from Vikings and the other side from Druids... so there's so much I'd love to witness and experience from both of those cultures.
What is your next project?

I've got a couple irons in the fire right now, as I always do.  I tend to juggle four or five writing projects at a time. Right now my main focus is Winter Hearts, the third book in my Blood and Fire series, a collection of erotic paranormal romance featuring my vampire heroine Rhiannon Donovan, a lover of women. I'm also stopping in from time to time with a little more to add to Lady in Chains, my medieval fantasy romance which I'm calling "Conan the Barbarian meets 50 Shades of Gray" project. And there's always short stories and novellas calling for my attention. I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have at least three major projects fighting for space on my writing desk at any given time!

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