TeamNerd Reviews Presents: Lucifer Blog Tour
February 11-March 1, 2013
A Different Type of Supernatural
Author Annabell Cadiz discusses why she created her own supernatural creatures for the Sons of Old Trilogy.
When I had first approached writing LUCIFER, the first book in the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, I had filled the book with vampires. Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of vampires. I like the way Anne Rice approached writing vampires and Stephen King. But vampires have never fully made sense to me. They are basically walking corpses. The only element that separates them from zombies is that they can talk coherently and don’t eat human brains (as far as I have read any way).
Since I needed a supernatural creature for my book and werewolves weren’t really going to work for what I was doing with the plot, I decided to use vampires. But I wanted to find a way to change the vampires from how they are usually written. With the vampires in SONS OF OLD I gave them a heartbeat, blood circulation, all human like qualities except for the incredible strength, speed, ability to suck out a human’s soul and a hobby of drinking blood. Where the usual vampire cannot survive without killing humans, my vampires were very much alive, just enjoyed committing evil acts.
After I had written the first two drafts, I was still contemplating what I wanted to do with my supernatural creatures in the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY. All the way through writing the first two drafts, I kept having the nagging thought in the back of mind of needing to figure out a way to change the type of supernatural creatures I had, I just didn’t know HOW to go about doing that.
When I had finished the third draft to LUCIFER and had gone into editing, I finally decided it’s time to figure out a way to change the supernatural creatures, so I started looking up words and meanings for the type of power my supernaturals have and words that fit what they are. I spent about four hours pitching possible names back and forth with my best friend Eve until I finally settled on the names I wanted to use.
I-ma-go /iˈmāgō/: Image or Reflection. I chose the word Imago because of the symbolic meaning it holds with the skin an Imago possesses. During the day, an Imago looks as normal as any human being, except they can move ten times faster than a human and have ten times more strength. At night their skin turns to silver due to their connection to the moon. Since the moon controls the tides of the ocean I had put two and two together and figured the skin of an Imago could reflect that power, especially because an Imago has the power to control the element of water since this particular supernatural creature was born from a fallen angel and a mermaid who had fallen in love.
In LUCIFER readers will meet rogue Imagoes. A rogue Imago has earned the title by being exiled from the Celeste Kingdom—the kingdom Imagoes call home—through committing an act against the kingdom. Or a rogue Imago was born in the human world but does not want to live in the Celeste Kingdom. Rogue Imagoes are cut off from the magic of the kingdom, so they can no longer control the element of water. They are still able to possess incredible strength and power as well as speed and use glamour to hide the color of their skin.
(Picture of Actor Bryton James who would be a great fit for the role of Rekesh)
There are a few Imagoes the reader will meet in LUCIFER and one of the more important ones is Rekesh Saint-Louis. He is the most powerful Imago leader in South Florida. He stands at six feet two inches in height with long limbs that glow silver when touched by the moonlight. He has a head full of thick dark brown hair and chocolate colored eyes set a diamond shaped face with angular cheekbones and full lips. He is always polished, definitely lethal, and way too sexy for his own good!
I also had placed werewolves in LUCIFER but not as a major role. I decided if the vampires were going to change then I might as well change the werewolves, too. In the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, werewolves weren’t really ever going to play a big role. Their role would come in the follow-up series, the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES. I chose the name Cadtellus (/kad/tel-uh s/).The first part of the name—Cad—is simply the first three letters in my last name. It was an idea given to me by Eve .*wink* The second part of the name is the latin word tellus which means earth or soil.
Cadtellus have the ability to not only control the element of earth but also merge with the wolf who causes them to change, being able to essentially become a wolf. They have ridiculous speed, sense of smell, hearing, and strength. Every Cadtellus has a wolf counterpart.
These supernatural creatures were created from the fallen angel Cathetel. He married a human girl who was bitten by a wolf when she was pregnant and the wolf’s DNA merged with the child. Cathetel became so angry he cursed the existence of wolves and poisoned any wolf he could find with his power. It backfired though because any human one of the wolves bit would be turned into a Cadtellus. Cathetel was ordered by the Seraphim Council—the angels in charge— to locate every wolf who contained his power and return them to the Angel Kingdom.
In LUCIFER readers will meet Dustin, a rogue Cadtellus. A rogue Cadtellus, much like the Imagoes, have been exiled from their kingdom—the Solum Kingdom—or have been born in the human world but choose not to live within the kingdom or have chosen to leave the kingdom.
(Picture of Actor Jesse Williams who would be great as the role of Dustin)
Dustin Michaels stands at five feet ten inches with mocha-colored brown eyes, a head full of thick light-brown hair and well-built body. He has such a sweet bond with his wolf, Bandit, who has a huge personality all his own. Dustin is hell on wheels in fight! I would totally love to have him as a teammate in a battle because he can kick some major butt. He’s got a good heart, mean set of fists, and a quick tongue. He’s a lot of fun ;)
I had a lot of fun creating my own supernatural creatures for the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY and I think readers will have a great time with them, too!
About the Author
Annabell Cadiz was born in the sweltering heat of South Florida. She was raised surrounded by Puerto Rican chefs and band of siblings that weren’t all related to her. A self-proclaimed nerd and book-a-holic (her room does hold much evidence to prove her claims are justifiable), she created TeamNerd Reviews to showcase her EXTREME love for novels where, along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, she hosts book reviews, interviews, giveaways, Indie Shoutouts and much more. She also blog tour services for authors. She also had the pleasure of being published in three separate issue of Suspense Magazine. She also adores Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, has an addiction to Minute Maid Orange juice, and is a proud Jesus Freak. Lucifer is Annabell’s debut novel and the first book in the Sons of Old Trilogy.
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About the Book
(Sons of Old Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Annabell Cadiz
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
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