Monday, October 24, 2016

Interview wtih KATHRYN M. HEARST (Feast of Mercy)

Today Supernatural Central is bringing to you an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance title, FEAST of MERCY, ORDER of the SINISTRA DEI Book Two by Kathryn M. Hearst. Today is all about immortal love.
The story goes like this:
An ancient feud. A threat from the Vatican. Two lovers caught in the middle.
Nick never wanted to live forever, and he certainly didn’t want to join the Order of the Sinistra Dei. Unfortunately, before he’s able to get used to the idea of immortality, the High Judge from the Vatican arrives in New Orleans to investigate the strange events of Fat Tuesday. If Nick doesn’t play his cards right, his forever could be a whole lot shorter.
Marin, a relatively new immortal, is forced to serve as assistant to the High Judge while he investigates the alleged crimes of those she holds most dear. She’ll do what she has to do to protect her clutch. However, her efforts bring her closer to facing the executioner’s blade.
As their world spins out of control, Marin and Nick struggle to reconcile past hurts and hold onto their budding relationship. New enemies, new abilities, and new desires threaten to tear them apart. It isn’t long before they realize love can’t heal all.
Loving someone means you want the best for them...but what happens when what’s best isn’t you?
Feast of Mercy is the second book of the Order of the Sinistra Dei series, an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance like no other. If you like mysterious supernatural creatures, conflict-ridden romance and a lot of heat, then you’ll love this series.
Kathryn took some time to visit with Supernatural Central. Here's today's talk:

SC: Tell me a little bit about the main characters of this book.
KH: The main characters in “Feast of Mercy” are Nick and Marin. Their story starts in the first book in the Order of the Sinistra Dei series, “Feast of the Epiphany,” where they meet, hook-up, and break-up as told through another character’s eyes. These two are a ton of fun to write. They’re new immortals, but come at things from different angles.
Marin reacts from an emotional level and cares almost too much.  She has a quick temper, quicker mind, and a mouth that gets her into trouble. She lived a difficult life as a human and has struggled to fit in with the immortals in New Orleans. Marin wants a family, a chance to prove herself, and to fall in love.
Nick’s cocky, laidback, attitude complements and frustrates Marin. He loved his mortal life. Who wouldn’t? He was raised by two powerful immortals and had all the money, women, and toys his heart desired. Nick had no desire to become immortal, not when the immortals were slaves to the rules of the Church. He’s fiercely loyal to his family and has a strong moral code—though he chooses to ignore it often. Since his imbuing, Nick finds himself the little fish in a big pond. His confidence is shaken and new responsibilities weigh on him.
“Feast of Mercy” is the story of two people stepping up and doing what they have to do to save the people they love, even if it means losing them in the end.
SC: I think I might know Nick. But I digress. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
KH: I’ve always felt there was more to this world than the physical. People are made of matter and energy. Neither of these can be destroyed, but they can change forms. Who’s to say what form we will take after our physical bodies die?
I also believe in the paranormal because of the commonalities in myths and spiritual beliefs throughout recorded history. If there are no such things as angels, why has every culture since the Sumerians believed in winged beings? Or vampires? Or blood as a sacred life-giving substance? The Order of the Sinistra Dei series includes three of my latest obsessions: Catholic mysticism, ancient “vampire-like” creatures, and the Sumerian Annanuki.
I’ve had several diverse experiences with the paranormal, most  of which fall into the category of intuition, like knowing who’s calling before I answer the phone. One morning, I was drifting in and out of sleep and someone or something spoke to me. I rolled over and told my husband what I’d heard, “You aren’t alone. I’m with you. I’ll get you through this.” I couldn’t shake the feeling that something terrible had happened or would happen. Late that afternoon, I received a call that my father had a heart attack.
SC: Catholic mysticism, that ought to be worth a volume or two. What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
KH: I just finished final edits on “Twelve Spirits of Christmas,” the sequel to my Kindle Scout winning novel,
“The Spirit Tree.” It releases on November 8th.  I’m up to my eyeballs in “Feast of All Souls,” book 3 in the Order of the Sinistra Dei series. This book continues the story of the New Orleans immortals, and features Joliette and Lysander.
My website is the best place to learn more about my books. I’ve included the first chapter of my published novels on my blog.
SC: We'll be sure to do that! We've listed all your contact info in this blog so that people can learn even more about you and your work. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and chat. It always makes things more interesting around here when authors do.

About the Author:
Kathryn M. Hearst is a southern girl with a love of the dark and strange. She has been a storyteller her entire life, as a child, she took people watching to new heights by creating back stories of complete strangers. Besides writing, she has a passion for shoes, vintage clothing, antique British cars, music, musicians and all things musical (including theater). Kate lives in central Florida with her chocolate lab, Jolene; and two rescue pups, Jagger and Roxanne. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, raising a nerdling.
The Order of the Sinistra Dei is her first series and includes titles, Feast of the Epiphany and Feast of Mercy. Kate's novel, The Spirit Tree, won a publishing contract with Kindle Press through the Kindle Scout contest. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies.

Kathryn M. Hearst came to us via Bewitching Book Tours. Supernatural Central was not paid for this post.

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