Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Falling for #SpecFic: A Date with the Lady from Christine Rains' Of Blood and Sorrow / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 21

THE LADY
“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” C. Day Lewis


You'll wake in the morning to the wonderful smell of waffles and coffee. The Lady will greet you with smiles as she sings along with the radio and serve you a breakfast fit for royalty. She's a lovely young woman with a love of life and a 1950s fashion sense.

But don't linger in the kitchen, no matter your appetite. Just before noon, you might notice she has aged ten to twenty years. Run now. You don't want to see The Lady in her midday form. She's at once beautiful and terrifying, radiating golden light. This is when she's most powerful and the least tolerant of those who vex her.

Before the sun sets, she takes on her final form: a white-haired old woman that doesn't always make sense when she speaks. There is wisdom hidden in her words, and maybe you'll spy a plate of brownies left on the kitchen counter. She'll shuffle off to retire for the night and sleep as if she does not exist.

Favorite line from The Lady: “I do like that demon. It’s a pity he won’t come into my house. It’s not like I bite the heads off my mates anymore.”

Tidbit from the author: The Lady was inspired by the Slavic myth of Pscipolnitsa, the Lady Midday. She could be a young girl, a beautiful woman in white, or an old hag. She would bring heatstroke at noon to workers in the field and sometimes madness.

Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate.

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About the author:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. Of Blood and Sorrow series is her first urban fantasy novel.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Read Chapter Twenty-One here or click here to start from the beginning.


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33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She ages a lifetime every day? Now that's a freaky twist.

Nick Wilford said...

The Lady sounds like someone not to be messed with.

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Cherie. :)

The Lady is a bit freaky, Alex! Hehehe!

Christine Rains said...

Nick, not at all!

emaginette said...

I liked the cover, but the blurb did its job. I need to read this book :-)

Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Christine Rains said...

Anna, thank you so much!

Chrys Fey said...

The Lady sound fascinating...and a bit creepy, a good combination. I love tour favorite lines!

Shelley Sly said...

Wow, that premise sounds awesome, Christine! Definitely keeping this book in mind for when I have more time!

Also, Cherie, I'll be checking out your story on Wattpad, too!

Patricia Lynne said...

I would probably miss the lady every morning because I don't like getting up early and would have to deal with her other forms. But I guess if there's brownies... LOL

M Pax said...

The 'anymore' at the end of Lady's line made me laugh. I love Christine's stories. I'll definitely be reading this one.

Clare said...

I loved the Lady, so it's great learning more about her, and the mythology that inspired her. Fascinating character! :D

Christine Rains said...

Chrys, thanks! She can be a bit scary. Hehehe!

Shelley, thank you!

Patricia, I'm definitely not a morning person either, but I might be if I had someone cooking and cleaning for me!

Mary and Clare, thanks so much!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

"a 1950s fashion sense" this made me giggle!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

In other words, don't mess with her.

Heather Holden said...

Ooh, I'm so intrigued by the Lady already. And how cool that she was inspired by a being from Slavic myth! It's always fun to see folklore incorporated in books somehow like that...

DMS said...

Awesome cover! So eye-catching! The synopsis sounds intriguing and I am definitely interested in reading this one. Thanks for sharing!
~Jess

Christine Rains said...

Holly, it's just as hilarious to imagine it! :)

Diane, exactly!

Heather, I love learning about new folktales and how weird some foreign ones are.

DMS, thank you!

Cathy Keaton said...

That's a really interesting
premise! I like that this "lady" is the personification of the problems people face in their everyday lives. And, vampires, too? Tips it over the top.

Misha Gericke said...

The Lady sounds pretty dang awesome. :-)

Christine Rains said...

Cathy and Misha, thank you!

Catherine Stine said...

Ooh, love Christine's excerpt. Very spooky.

Sherry Ellis said...

What a cool character! Definitely will have to read this book!

Romance Reader said...

From the cover and blurb it surely sounds intriguing.

Julie Flanders said...

What a great and super creepy post! I'm totally freaked out by the Lady and also can't wait to read the book. Congratulations, Christine!!

Jack said...

While The Lady isn't the kind of genre I am usually interested in, I really would consider it. That bit got my interest!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! That was a great intro for the Lady!

Jocelyn Rish said...

The Lady sounds very scary - in the best possible way! Congrats Christine!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Ooh! That sound fascinating! Great twist!

Medeia Sharif said...

The Lady sounds intriguing and intense. Congrats to Christine.

Nas said...

Congratulations Christine!

Of Blood and Sorrow sounds chilling but thrilling!

Jay Noel said...

I'm a sucker for myths! Christine's book sounds/looks amazing!

cleemckenzie said...

I age a lifetime everyday! I thought everyone did. Just kidding. Love the idea as long as it's fiction. Would hate to think about it in real life.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Sounds like such a fun book. Congratulations to Christine.