Dear readers, tonight with me is a woman with no memories, left in a coma to drift between two distinctly different realities.
Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
~Tilts head to the side and narrows eyes~ Where I grew up? Well, in Veritas or Malum’s horrible world, I awake in a new world. I don’t have a childhood. Later in the book, I find out that there are past lives I have lived and I supposed the most recent childhood I had would belong to Addy. She had a good one; grew up in Ohio, I think? ~shrugging, I smirk a bit~ But, if I look to my true self, as a Fallen Angel, my ‘childhood’ was strict. The Creator isn’t one to allow too much fun in games from someone destined to bear the souls of the newly conceived to their Earthly bodies. I spent much of my time learning to control my powers, travelling with Onyx, the original angel of Death, I encountered many of man’s triumphs and downfalls. I particularly enjoyed watching the Egyptians build their monuments and the burning of the Tower of Alexandria.
What objects or memories from your past lives, or current ones, bring you peace/happiness?
These are odd questions…~snorts and shrugs lean shoulders~ For a long time, weapons were my only solace. A knife I took from one of the pharos’s tombs in the Delta Nile began my collection. I wasn’t supposed to have a weapon. The Creator saw me as a bearer of good tidings, why would I need a weapon? That was Onyx’s department, not mine. But, being curious, I took one. I began to find more and begged Onyx to train me. He gave in. We were lovers, he wanted me happy so…~raises hands in a ‘voila’ gesture~ So, over time, these knives became a sort of stress ball for me.
Now? Well, outside of Malum’s apocalyptic world, I love music. I have a collection of iPods and phones from those I feed from. The music I find there brings me some peace.
As for memories? ~tugs bottom lip in between my teeth~ I have a lot to go through. But off the top of my head? When Onyx was trying to teach me to fly after my awakening in Veritas, he took me to a cliff over looking a river, demanded I release my wings and then pushed me over the side. Onyx is a firm believer in tough love and learning from experience. So, I figure out how to ride the air drafts, land and take my boots off because they were cramping my style. Onyx decides to give me crap and in return, I throw a boot at him. He ducks and there goes my shoe ~whistles to simulate a falling object~ He thought that was hilarious… ~rolls eyes~ but, now? Yeah, it’s funny.
What do you do now?
Hmm well, now? I am trying to help the Rebels and the free people left on the Earth rise above the threat of Aton and Malum’s evil residue he’s left across the planet.
What can you tell us about your latest adventure?
Well, in the last installment, I wake up mentally and find myself helping the Onyx and Andor to fix the crap Malum pulled. Only now we’ve found out there is a bigger picture, one we didn’t see coming. A bigger baddie, Aton, is about to be released by a siren named Loreley. Guess who gets to fight him? ~smirks~ Yep, me. Well, Onyx and Andor are supposed to help, but I wouldn’t count on it. At least I found out what his deal is. As the keeper of hell, well, the realm of the Dead, he tended to keep his soul detached. Well, silly Nik, another God, it gets confusing ~waves hand dismissively~ stole it and now Aton is angry, seeking revenge. This is one scary mother fucker, let me tell you. He looks like a skeleton and his sense of humor makes Onyx’s dry ass comments seem like slap stick comedy. His anger is worse. Former lover to the Creator, he’s one bitter ex and the only thing that will make it better is burning Eden and heaven. No pressure.
What did you first think when you realized Malum wasn’t what he pretended to be?
It was a shock. Jager and Nik laid it all out for me but believing the one person who seemed to have my best interests was a hard pill to swallow. Still, once the shock wore off, I couldn’t ignore the signs any longer: Malum was evil and I was helping him hurt innocent people. I’d become a weapon. I had to find a way to get out and fix the mess I’d help to create.
What was the scariest thing in your adventures?
My fear isn’t from the monsters I face but the idea of failing. If I don’t succeed, the world ends…What is scarier than that?
What is the worst thing about your powers?
Well, feeding I suppose. I either have to drink blood, feed from lust or take a soul in order to keep going. Don’t get me wrong, in the right context it’s amazing but when I hurt an innocent? I hate that.
What is the best thing about it?
The feeling of power that comes from it. When I feed from Onyx especially, take his blood, feed from his lust, not only is there pleasure involved but I can feel my powers growing. It’s like electricity running along my skin. It’s better than any drug you can find and knowing I can take on anyone? That’s a rush on its own.
Tell us a little about your friends.
Friends? ~tilts head to the side~ I don’t have many. Onyx now, but he’s fickle as a woman. One moment he’s on my side, the next he’s pushing my buttons. I guess being the original Reaper makes you a bit of a crank ass. Let’s see…then there is Andor, the liaison between the Rebels and myself. He’s a hoot…~snorts and shakes head~ Well, he thinks he is anyways. I’m not sure I’d consider Nikolai a friend…more of an ally Gods tend to keep their loyalties under wraps. Then there is Jager, ~heavy sigh~, he was my last life, Addy’s, former husband. But he became the Rebel’s leader and warned me, well her…Addy, about Malum. I miss him. He died you see, after we fought Malum and overthrew him. So see? Not many friends…
Any romantic involvement?
HA! Yes, Onyx. But it isn’t the type of romance poets write about or songs are made from. At least not in the traditional sense. He has my back, I have his. But things like that don’t last and sadly, neither will this.
Whom (or what) do you really hate?
Oi…in case you missed it earlier…Malum is right up there. Fucking demon brings about the end of the world by infiltrating Addy’s dreams, killing her unborn baby, and then turning her/me into a weapon of mass destruction. Along the way he nearly kills me when I failed to kill Jager and he killed a lover I’d had in a fit of jealous rage. So, safe to say I really hate him.
But you know what else I hate? Socks. Irritating fuckers.
What’s your favourite drink, colour, and relaxing pastime?
Saying blood would be too cliché, yeah? ~smirks~ No, my favorite drink is ice coffee. I love the color a shade of blue you only find in ice and as far as relaxing pastimes go, I enjoy shooting on a range or playing laser tag.
What does the future hold for you?
The future isn’t a happy time for me. At least, not in the beginning. I have to save Eden from being burned, give Aton his soul back, and make a deal with the devil. It’ll cost me a friend and reset things. Life as I know it will shift to the point of no return and in order to save the one I love, I will have to accept he will never remember our time in Veritas.
Can you share a secret with us, which you’ve never told anyone else?
Well, the truth is, I killed Mufasa….ha! Just kidding. My real secret is while I may not remember it initially, I know and love Aton.
MJ Vieira is originally from Southern Maine. She recently moved to Southwestern Missouri with her husband, Alan, son, AJ, and their fur babies Poopah (Pitbull mix) and Fluffa (Himalayan cat). As a child, she traveled around the state with her parents, seeing the vast history the New England state had to offer as well as touring the nation while showing her American Quarter Horse. While traveling, she read many of the great authors of the time including JRR Tolkien, Stephen King, CS Lewis and Ann Rice. It is these writers combined with power of music, mainly hard rock and folk, MJ draws her inspiration. In between writing, MJ enjoys reading, collecting music and attending concerts.
You can find Jade on the pages of Lux.
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