When Chaos Rules How Well Do You Know Those Closest To You? with Elizabeth Noble

September 7, 2015

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Hello and thank you for stopping by today! I’m Elizabeth Noble, author of Shifting Chaos (book 4 of The Sleepless City) which coincidentally released today.

How well do you really know those closest to you? What about how well they know you?

In the series The Sleepless City (co-written with Anne Barwell) vampires and werewolves live and work alongside humans. While humans and werewolves reproduce naturally, and pair bond for love and to create offspring, vampires have mates for a different reason. They live incredibly long lives bordering on immortality. Nature gave vampires the unique ability to bond with one person, their soul mate, for life. Each person in the soul mate bond complements the other. Where one is weak the other is strong.

Vampires can and do soul bond with other vampires, humans and on rare occasions werewolves. Each couple experiences different things and each soul bond is unique. The bonding between two vampires takes place in stages. During that time it’s possible for each party to telepathically see some important, highly emotionally charged memories of the other. Think of it as those Facebook life event highlights for the mind.

Soul mates aren’t the only loves vampires have. Before they meet their soul mate they form friendships and have relationships with other lovers, some for hundreds of years. After a 150 years or so you get to know a person pretty well. You might think you know everything about them. Or do you? Do they really know everything about you?

During the course of The Sleepless City the three oldest vampires of the group, Declan, Forge and Simon meet and bond with their soul mates. One with another vampire, one with a human and one with a werewolf. This gives the relationships they’ve already formed with one another a good, hearty shaking up and dynamics change. Together they are a family and those family ties are challenged to the brink of destruction.

Throughout Shifting Chaos, the final book of the series, all of those individual relationships are strained, tested, and given room to grow. There is the very real threat to one man that the discovery of the deepest, darkest event of his life will leave him rejected by his soul mate and family, an outcast. He’s even managed to hide this event from his soul mate. There is the risk of losing loved ones to death and inner demons.

While writing Shifting Chaos I wanted to show a bit of the past for a few of these men. Two of them have known each other—intimately—since 1821, so there is a lot of history there. Getting ideas for snippets of what they’d lived through and then presenting it into the story was a wonderful challenge for me. I didn’t want to have an overload of flashbacks. In some places I went the route of these two individuals sort of competing to tell the best, most embarrassing, entertaining story about each other to the rest of their family of choice. Doing this allowed me the opportunity to forward the plot and add some humor along the way. Their pasts become very relevant to the conspiracy they face and the disaster they’re trying to prevent in the present.

The fight with demons, inner and otherwise, causes memories and events long buried to resurface. Men who think they know each other so well, find out there is more to be discovered. What they learn is not only surprising, but frightening. How each individual reacts to those revelations is an important aspect of the story. Most importantly they all learn love really does conquer all, and in their case allows for a lot of forgiveness. When you love someone, truly and deeply love them, you take the good with the bad and work it out because that is part of what love is.

What would you do if you discovered some deeply hidden secret about the person you loved most? How do you think they’d react finding out something like that about you?

Everyone commenting will be entered into a drawing to win any ebook off my backlist (Shifting Chaos is excluded from the contest and not eligible for the giveaway).

Thank you for stopping by today and as always, happy reading!

 

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Blurb:

Chaos reigns in The Sleepless City, and it’s really beginning to piss Detective Jonas Forge off. He’s got inner demons to battle and a life to build with his new soul mate, Blair Turner. Nothing is going right, and he already feels the universe is conspiring against him when a turn of events he never saw coming flips his world upside down.

Hallucinations grip the town and everyone in it, threatening to tear their precariously built family apart, and the only way forward is to bare all to each other. This means Declan and Blair need to learn to accept one another. Lucas Coate has to move forward without ties to his werewolf pack and live a monogamous life with Declan.

But while Forge and Declan confront horrors from their shared past, Simon learns a terrible truth about vampires—one he couldn’t have imagined in his worst nightmares.

Excerpt:

Blair had only been a vampire for five years, not nearly time enough to have learned the depths of power he possessed. Or how to really control it. A simple shove to Ben’s shoulder could have shattered bone and sent him flying. Fortunately Simon intervened, catching Ben around the waist and dragging him away at high speed before Blair could
touch him.

Simon whirled around, putting himself in front of Ben and Blair and shielding them from Forge. For a split second, his eyes were deep, dark brown with no whites or iris visible.

Declan stood at the bottom of the steps, fists clenched. He didn’t say a word, but he didn’t have to. It sucked knowing someone that well. Forge could still tell what Declan was thinking. Yet the memory that surfaced surrounding those killings so long ago were events Forge had never told Declan, or anyone, about. It had been hidden even from Blair,
it was so deeply buried in Forge’s subconscious. So how did Declan know? How could he possibly know?
It was Declan who finally ushered them up the steps—Simon, Ben, and Blair first—muttering, “I go out for twenty minutes to pick up pizza, and everyone goes nuts.”

When Declan glanced over his shoulder and nodded at Lucas, he reached down and took Forge’s arm to help him up.

“What happened? What did I do?” Forge asked.

Lucas pulled him into a hug. “Nothing. You yelled. Knocked some furniture over and scared the crap out of Blair and Moose. And me.”

When Lucas leaned back, holding Forge by the shoulders, Forge noticed for the first time Lucas’s clothes were ripped and his jeans had split, but not enough that they fell off him. He must have mostly transformed to get control of Forge.

“Where’s Moose?” Forge looked around. Moose moved slowly out from under Blair’s desk. He whimpered and wagged his tail, then ran to Forge.

Lucas put his arm around Forge’s shoulders and steered him toward the stairs, clicking his fingers for Moose, who followed. “You’re colder than usual.”

As soon as they were up the stairs in the living room, Forge saw Blair on the couch, knees tucked under his chin, arms around his legs. Lucas sat him next to Blair, and Forge immediately gathered Blair in his arms and pulled him close. He was ridiculously relieved when Blair grabbed on, and bent his head to press his face against Forge’s shoulder. Never letting Blair out of his sight and never letting him go again was what Forge wanted; however, that was impractical. Blair couldn’t enlighten the young minds he taught with two hundred pounds of irritable vampire attached to him.

Lucas wrapped a blanket around the two of them and sat on the arm of the couch nearest Blair. Simon showed up with two cups of steaming liquid. He moved the coffee table back and crouched in front of them, holding one cup out to Forge. After he took it, Simon tapped Blair’s arm and said, “Blair, here, drink this. It fixes everything. I promise.”

Declan sat on Forge’s other side and rubbed his hand over Forge’s head before dropping his hands to his lap. He chuckled, and Forge relaxed. Tea was Simon’s cure for all disasters.

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My website, Emotion in Motion has information on Shifting Chaos, and all my books. There are excerpts, reviews and links as well a sign up for my newsletter (I promise to never get spammy). Please feel free to look around.

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7 Responses to “When Chaos Rules How Well Do You Know Those Closest To You? with Elizabeth Noble”

  1. Laura says:

    I love the name Declan! But Forge always makes me think of Fred and George Weasley, I can’t help it.

    I haven’t read anything in this series, but it sounds really good, so I will!

    Congratulations on the release!

  2. Thank you, Laura! The name Declan was Anne Barwell’s (my series co-author) idea. I honestly can’t remember where I came up with the name of Forge, but it suits him.

  3. Chris says:

    Congrats on the new release.

    With their lives being so long, I would think that vampires would only bond with other vampires. It can’t be easy to watch your soul mate grow old and die. This is assuming that you don’t find a new soul mate when one dies.

  4. Trix says:

    I tend to play things rather close to the vest (even when I don’t necessarily need to), so I probably would be worried about reactions if someone found out a secret. On the other hand, sometimes I appreciate getting a fuller picture of people by learning theirs…

  5. Thanks, Chris,

    That’s one of the conundrums vampires face, who they bond with. In this universe werewolves have the average lifespan of 250 years, so not so much of an issue. However bonding with a human means definitely having a time limit and the prospect of watching that person grow old and die. Anne and I never did decide if another soul mate would then be possible. In Shifting Chaos there are hints of what happens to a vampire when his/her soul mate dies, but the fact is none of the characters really know for sure. At least with a human there is the opportunity for the human to chose to become a vampire.

  6. Hi, Trix, thank you stopping by today!

  7. Congratulations to Chris who is the winner of any eBook off my backlist. I’ll send you an email shortly.

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