Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Binding: Excerpt #2

“It’s only a scratch, why did she collapse?” asks Tolan.  I look over at my brother thankful for once that he disobeyed my wishes to be alone with Lily.  I shake my head unsure.
“I don’t know for certain,” I reply.  “She passed out more at the sight of you, than from any wound that I can see.”
“Well, that’s not very flattering, especially when I’m better looking than you are,” Tolan says searching her face, “She is beautiful.  She doesn’t seem to have the height, but she has her mother’s coloring.  There’s no mistake that she’s Senestra’s daughter.  Her brother being here further confirms it.”
“Thanks to you he didn’t succeed in killing her.  I suppose Velesi owes you a debt, brother.”  I continue to look at the girl and the feeling of having a connection with her slowly nags at me.  This pisses me off.  I don’t want any connection to her. 
“And you, you also owe me a debt.” says Tolan, breaking into my thoughts.  After a moment he adds quietly, “You know that Kalis was never meant to be in your future.”

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lily Michaels

At first blush, there is not much to Lily when she is first introduced.  She has turned eighteen two days earlier, recently graduated from high school and has not given much thought to her future.  

I will be honest, if any of the characters are difficult to write about, it would be Lily.  She is complicated in so many ways, that a sense of connection with her is problematic.  Gradually, layer by layer, she is exposed through the life changing events that occurred before she learned to walk and through her present life that is dictated by a past she does not recognize as her own. 

There are times when the layers peel off on their own accord, at other times they are controlled by the situation at hand.  Examples are her excitement and fear over her newly found abilities; unfamiliar and confusing emotions for the mysterious Sidhe prince; a fierce commitment and love for her brother Lucas and her subconscious determination to stay emotionally detached from her unknown parents.  The wall she has built around herself is slowly chipped away revealing a frightened and lonely girl who only wants to be able to connect...with anyone.

Can Lily rule by Tharin's side as queen of the Thirteen Clans of Velesi?  She has her doubts.  And why shouldn't she?  She not only has to learn their ways, but she will have to fight off "an evil older than time", keep a protective eye out for her best friend Julia, learn how to command her newly attained ability to drift, stay a step ahead of an assassin group call the Ange, and all the while try not to look like a fool in Tharin's eyes.  And, in the end, she will face a new dangerous player who takes her from Tharin's side.

Oh, and then there's Cessa, Tharin's cat.  Briefly introduced in THE BINDING Cessa will have a major role to play in Lily's life in the followup book.

Meet Lily Michaels.  An halfling elf who everyone wants, but not always with good intentions.

Until next time, good reading to all!
L. Filloon

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Excerpt from The Binding

Here is the first excerpt from The Binding.  Enjoy!

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            “Okay, Lily,” says Tolan quietly.  “Are you sure you want to know?”
“Yes.” I reply without hesitation.
Tolan reaches for his beanie and removes it slowly.  He reaches up and ruffles his hair, but it is not his hair that I am staring at, it is his ears.  They look like ordinary ears with the exception of the gentle upward slope that ends in a soft point at the tip. 
Without thinking, my shock translates into words, “You’re a Vulcan?”
Tharin sits up, disgusted, “We’re Sidhe!  For crying out loud, Lily we’re Elves!  Vulcan?   Seriously?”
He tears his beanie off as well showing his own ears.  The roughness with which he pulls his beanie off ruffles his hair even more than Tolan’s, and all I can think of is how beautiful he is.  I want to reach up and smooth his hair into place.  I shut my eyes shaking my head trying to get my thoughts together.  The guy is such an intimidating distraction.

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