Get Ready for Seditious

As we head into the holiday season, the Scarlet Order vampires are pleased to present author Emily Guido who would like to announce the release of Seditious, the fourth in her Light-Bearer Series. Seditious is the perfect title for this novel as it captures jealousy, deceit, and the restoration of love. Read down to the bottom to learn how to enter a great giveaway!

Seditious Cover

Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until the reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes dissent, revealing an unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities, which humanizes both men.

This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter. Seditious is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri. However, the family works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets.

Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.

Seditious is a heart wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!


Excerpt from SEDITIOUS the Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

Charmeine knew this beautiful woman was a very powerful Blood-Hunter. She felt Baby Hunter kicking and fought to control her anxiety.

“Ah, yes, very good gentlemen. We have her now.” The mysterious woman told the men in a thick, French accent. She gazed with wide spellbinding eyes at Charmeine. She looked like a cat ready to pounce on her prey.

The man who held Charmeine pushed her to go out the terrace doors.

She knew this was a kidnapping and worried for Baby Hunter. Charmeine struggled to gain some kind of fighting advantage.

The Light-Bearers practiced their self-defense skills with her daughter, Sandra, and worked on how to get out these hand-binding holds. After Charmeine’s encounters with Pascal, she never wanted to feel helpless again.

With speed and accuracy, Charmeine used her power to fly up backwards over the head of the Blood-Hunter. She broke out of his grip. Immediately, she leveled him with a powerful and fierce bolt of white electricity which stunned him into a stupor.

Percival took this opportunity to sweep the legs of the man who held him. He stunned his assailant, and made him fall down in pain with a green charge which ran through his body.

“Use your light for Athena!” Charmeine yelled to Percival. Percival threw a green lightning bolt at the man who held Athena.

Within a second, the Blood-Hunter was on the ground. A green current coursed through him.

“Halt!” the Blood-Hunter woman demanded.

Charmeine looked up and a hand gun was aimed at her belly.
The woman widened her indigo eyes with her fangs exposed. She threatened, “You really never know where a bullet will go? Do you?” she laughed.

Her maniacal giggles curdled Charmeine’s blood. She could tell the Blood-Hunter woman was telling the truth.

“Yes, the bullet could just land somewhere very unhealthy for your unborn spawn.” She circled Charmeine like a shark swimming around its prey. “Not that hurting spawn of this Light-Bearer scum would matter,” she quipped in a matter-of-fact way.

Charmeine began to feel waves of nausea and fought the urge to be sick.

“The offspring is just a by-product.” With a sinister laugh the woman scoffed, “Yes, a by-product which should be tossed aside and thrown away like the trash it is … as soon as we cut it out of you!”

She began to laugh with a vicious tone and stuck the gun in Charmeine’s belly ready to pull the trigger.


About Emily Guido

Emily Guido

Emily Guido is Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing The Light-Bearer Series because one day she got an idea of two star-crossed lovers which needed to have their story told.

The Light-Bearer Series is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, with Vampires, Angels, Action and Adventure.

The novels Charmeine, Mactus, Accendo, Seditious, Ransom and Conundrum are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently works for a Fortune 500 Company and has a Master of Business Administration.

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Seditious is available for pre-order from Amazon for $2.99 through December 20!

Emily is giving away:

  • An autographed copy of Seditious to a lucky winner in the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia.
  • An autographed copy of Charmeine, Mactus, and Accendo to a lucky winner in U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia
  • A $25 Amazon Gift Card

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The War in Heaven

This past week, I finished reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost-1667 It turns out the version I downloaded from Project Gutenberg was the 10-book first edition from 1667 rather than the 12-book second edition from 1674. That said, as far as I can tell, Milton didn’t actually add material, he simply changed the division of the books to better group thematic and structural elements of the poem. Milton’s goal in writing Paradise Lost was to create a Christian epic poem on the scale of Greek epics such as The Iliad or The Odyssey.

As I mentioned in my last post about Paradise Lost, I wanted to read Milton’s version of the so-called War in Heaven. This was where Satan rebelled against God’s will and was cast into the fiery pit. According to Milton, the reason for the rebellion was that God had just presented Jesus as his son and announced he was superior to all the angels. The angel Lucifer opposed this and enticed nearly a third of the angels into open rebellion.

In the poem, the angel Raphael describes the war in heaven to the first human, Adam. He explains that his description of the war is metaphorical so that Adam (i.e. the reader) has a chance of knowing what Raphael is talking about. Another element that makes this war interesting is that it’s fought between immortals who cannot die. It opens with the rebellious angels charging in with swords. They’re beaten back and the Angel Michael even splits Satan nearly in half!

    But the ethereal substance closed,
    Not long divisible; and from the gash

    A stream of necturous humour issuing flowed
    Sanguine, such as celestial Spirits may bleed,
    And all his armour stained, ere while so bright.

Satan and his angels fall back and forge a giant cannon. When the rebels fire it, the good angels are knocked back like so many bowling pins. The good angels regroup and bury Satan and his rebels under mountains and boulders. Finally, when the rebels dig their way out, Jesus climbs on a chariot and casts them into the fiery pit.

Because this battle is meant to be metaphorical, I have to admit I amused myself by imagining a modern version with machine guns, rocket launchers and even tactical nukes!

That noted, let’s return to the story. God decides to create the world we know and tops it off with his finest creation, man—oh yeah, and woman, too. Yeah, I know Paradise Lost was written in the seventeenth century, but I have to admit the hardest part about reading the book was Milton’s attitude toward women. Poor Eve is just so befuddled by those angels that she prefers to go elsewhere and have Adam explain what they said later. Satan sees this as his opportunity to get revenge by corrupting God’s favorite creatures.

Satan possesses a poor, innocent snake who stands more or less upright and confuses Eve by throwing a lot of ideas at her all once. Not the least of which is telling Eve that he’s a talking snake because he ate from the Tree of Knowledge and it didn’t do him no harm no how. From this point on, you probably know the story. Eve eats the fruit, then tempts Adam to eat the fruit and they are cast out of Paradise, hence the title of the poem.

It was a pleasure to delve into into this early experiment in English-language epic poetry. Yeah, the sexism is cringe-worthy and some of the battles are almost humorous, but I get the feeling Milton liked poking fun at Satan and his minions. I did enjoy seeing Milton’s theology, which although similar to what I was raised with had some fascinating differences.

Over the years, I’ve come to view two categories of angels: Biblical angels and mythic angels. The terms are imperfect and not meant to imply any particular belief or disbelief. It’s simply that Biblical angels are like those described in the Bible. They tend to be scary with multiple faces and eyes on their wings. Some are even large, sentient wheels. These are not creatures you mess with! “Mythic” angels are those from the broader angel lore, such as Paradise Lost where angels are more like super humans. In fact, Milton includes mythological figures such as the Greek gods among the angelic ranks.

These Vampires Don't Sparkle

Every now and then, my Scarlet Order vampires meet angelic creatures. Although I imply they’re highly advanced aliens, I do keep their origins somewhat mysterious. I’ve always seen these creatures as being kin with the mythic angels. One of my favorite Scarlet Order stories includes an encounter with such a creature aboard the Hindenburg. It was reprinted earlier this year in the anthology These Vampires Don’t Sparkle. Check it out at Amazon or Smashwords.

Paradise Lost

I was first intrigued by John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost when I heard it quoted in the Star Trek episode “Space Seed.” This is the episode where the crew of the Enterprise finds the genetically enhanced superman Khan Noonien Singh aboard a derelict spacecraft. Khan attempts to take over the Enterprise, but Captain Kirk defeats him and sentences him to exile on a remote planet. At this point Khan asks Kirk whether he’s familiar with Milton. After Khan is escorted out, Scotty asks Kirk to clarify. Kirk quotes a line from Satan near the beginning of the poem: ” Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.” (Note the archaic use of “then” meaning “than”.)

Gustave Doré's depiction of Satan from Paradise Lost

Gustave Doré’s depiction of Satan from Paradise Lost

I became further intrigued by the poem later in life when I learned that it’s one of the classical depictions of the so-called “War in Heaven.” The War in Heaven is a non-Biblical event which apparently goes back to early Jewish tradition. It says that Satan and his demons were angels who rebelled against God and were cast out of Heaven. Because I was raised in the Evangelical Christian tradition and War in Heaven didn’t appear in the Bible, I knew little about it. There’s an excellent, detailed article about this topic at The Straight Dope.

The poem Paradise Lost is comprised of twelve “books.” At this point, I’ve read the first five. So far, what I’ve actually found most engaging is Milton’s use of language. Paradise Lost includes the first use of the word “Pandemonium.” Milton coins the word as the capital city of Hell. Paradise Lost also includes perhaps the first use of “space” referring to “that place beyond the Earth.”

    Space may produce new Worlds; whereof so rife
    There went a fame in Heav’n that he ere long
    Intended to create, and therein plant
    A generation, whom his choice regard
    Should favour equal to the Sons of Heaven:

Another thing I find fascinating in Paradise Lost is the insight into John Milton’s Puritan beliefs. Of particular note, he makes it quite clear that Adam and Eve are intimate before they eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Although we tend to view the Puritans of the seventeenth century as possessing an almost prudish morality, the fact is they had no problem at all with romantic love.

What’s more, I thought it was interesting to see that Milton makes a point of incorporating gods from Greek and Egyptian mythology into the ranks of the angels and demons.

Paradise Lost starts in media res, with the expulsion of Satan and his demons from Heaven. At the end of Book 5, we’re just beginning Milton’s version of the story of the War in Heaven, so from my point of view, I’m just getting to the good part!

Finally, going back to Star Trek for a moment, when Scotty first asks about Milton and Paradise Lost, he prefaces his question with the line, “It’s a shame for a good Scotsman to admit it, but I’m not up on Milton.” For the life of me, the more I learn, the less that line makes sense. Milton was a patriotic Englishman with no particular love for the Scots. So I’m not certain why Scotty felt any particular devotion to Milton. Now, if Scotty were unfamiliar with the works of Robbie Burns, that would be a different story, laddie!

Charmeine

I have been following Emily Guido’s blog for some time and I’ve enjoyed the snippets she’s shared from her novels as well as her thoughts about her personal life journey and the writing process. So, I decided it was about time I read the first novel in her Light-Bearer series, Charmeine.

Charmeine

Charmeine opens in heaven, where we learn about two angels who are deeply in love. One is Tabbruis, Angel of Self-Determination. The other is Charmeine, Angel of Harmony. In chapter two, something has happened. Tabbruis and Charmeine have been separated by time and space. Tabbruis wakes up in the land of Canaan and befriends a shepherd boy named Joseph, wearing a colorful coat. When marauders break into the camp, Tabbruis tries to stop them. In the process, he discovers that he’s a fanged creature with a craving for blood. The centuries pass and Tabbruis doesn’t age. Eventually he meets another immortal named Dmitri, who tells him he’s a Blood-Hunter and the mortal enemy of the Blood-Hunters are the Light-Bearers, who can shoot lightning from their hands. After witnessing the ritual execution of a Light-Bearer, Tabbruis finds he has little taste for his own kind or the indiscriminate killing of the Light-Bearers. He becomes a loner.

The story progresses rapidly to the modern day, where Tabbruis feels drawn to New York City. On Long Island, a substitute teacher named Charleen is getting ready to attend a Billy Joel concert. Circumstances bring Tabbruis and Charleen together at the concert. There, Charleen is attacked by a Blood-Hunter who plans to take her to Athens for execution. It turns out Charleen is a Light-Bearer, who didn’t know about her powers until the attack. Tabbruis stops the attack and finds himself strangely attracted to Charleen. He takes her in to keep her safe from the Blood-Hunters, but he soon learns they have an even stronger connection.

On its surface, Charmeine is a sweet romance story and I felt Emily did a fine job with those aspects of the tale. If you like sweet romance, this will certainly fit the bill. Much as I’m happy to read the occasional well done romance novel, what really captured my attention here were the action elements, plus the sprinkling of Biblical history and angel lore. Those elements helped to take this well beyond the usual contemporary romance and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Although Emily never calls the “Blood-Hunters” vampires, that’s clearly what they are and many of them are deliciously chilling, while others such as Tabbruis and Dmitri have clearly eschewed the more violent aspects of Blood-Hunter life. The Light-Bearers add an interesting element to this vampire lore. Unlike other vampire hunter stories, we don’t really have a lone, mortal crusader, but a whole race well equipped to keep the vampires at bay. It’ll be interesting to see where Emily goes with the series.

Charmeine is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.