by Desiree Williams
As the flames of Varkadon spread, war rips through the Shifter Territory…
With the Aldonnian kingdom celebrating the news of her brother’s soul bonding, Laelynn seizes every opportunity to drive herself to the brink of exhaustion. If her body is worn, then her brain would be too tired to dream. Laelynn knew the men who’d captured her were gone from this world, but that didn’t stop the haunting images from plaguing her mind. Not even the pesky thorn-in-her-side Shifter Prince could keep the dreams at bay. Though Dustan’s commentary through their mental bond had kept a lingering smile on her lips, despite the battles that rage within her.
Yet when Dustan distances himself Laelynn questions the connection between them. Those fears rise when her own talents begin to morph and grow into the unexpected. Torn between love and faith, Laelynn strives to find the purpose behind the evolving gifts. What she discovers is far more than she ever imagined.
As tragedy befalls the Shifter Territory and brother battles against brother, Laelynn knows what must be done. Face her demons and triumph, or she’ll never claim the song of her heart.
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Before we start going into the meaning behind the story, I want to say THANK YOU! Being able to guest post on your blog is truly an honor. =) Not to mention, I get to talk all about my characters. Great, right?
When I set out to create the Heart Song Trilogy, I wanted to deliver a story that had meaning behind it. A story where the reader would not only feel the love, but the hope and encouragement behind the words. A tale where pure, genuine, heart-felt love conquers all. A love that ignites the kind of hope that overcomes the evil pounding at the door. Having that in mind I chose names for the main characters based on the type of feel I wanted them to portray in the story. Granted, not all character names were so well thought-out, but the main players were indeed.
Let’s start with Alanna. Her name means ‘beautiful; peaceful’. Not only is Alanna beautiful on the outside, but, more importantly, she is beautiful on the inside. As she journeys through the path of self-discovery, Alanna learns more about her purpose and her calling, and with that she brings light, hope, and peace to a war ravaged land.
Next up is Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia. Jerric means ‘strong; gifted ruler’. This definition matches Jerric’s gifts/ talents, but also his character. He’s a strong, noble, honorable prince who is gifted to protect his heart song and his people.
Then comes the lovely Laelynn, Jerric’s sister. Her name means ‘flower of hope’. We will see more of Laelynn in Shifter’s Heart, book two of the Heart Song Trilogy. She is destined to bring hope to a divided nation. Her talents over nature—plants and animals—blossom as she opens her heart to love.
Last, but certainly not least, is Dustan, Alanna’s cousin. Even though Dustan is a fun-loving prankster, he is a fighter, as his name implies. He fights for righteousness, he fights to protect his clan, and he will fight to protect the woman who’s claimed his heart.
There are more dynamic characters that will partake in the Heart Song Trilogy, but these are the four you’ll want to keep your eye on.
Many of us, as we trudge through the day to day activities, need little reminders that we can achieve the impossible, and I hope that these characters can do that. Readers dive into books for an array of reasons, but one I see stand out the most is to escape. I tend to do that myself. When I’m stress and about to wig-out, I grab a book.
Each of us have a purpose. We each are strong, gifted, beautiful individuals who bring hope with us as we climb the mountain to achieve our dreams. There might be some challenges and battles along the way, but anything worthwhile is worth fighting for.
Thanks again for having me! I loved being able to give everyone a sneak peek behind the meaning of the book and characters.
Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes. You can find out more about Desiree and her books at desireewilliamsbooks.blogspot.com.
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