Publisher: Self-Published on February 19, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?
The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.
But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.
Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life…but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?
What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel
Everlasting came to me right before I finished writing the last novel in the Born in Flames Trilogy, From the Embers. I’ve always had a fascination with Witches and Vampires and Werewolves. Anything paranormal really. Demons. You name it, I love it.
But what came to me first was my heroine Faye. Her pale blond hair and her desperate need to be anything but a stereotype. Maybe it’s because of where I was at that time in my life. Leaving a full-time job that I had been with for five+ years, so I could stay at home and write full-time.
I hated working in an office. I hated conforming to something I didn’t believe in. I hated knowing I had so much more to give, and feeling the fist of the higher ups squashing me down, trying to mold me into someone I never wanted to be.
And that’s sort of what Faye went through … what she felt going into the Culling ceremony. She was suffocated by the notion that she could possibly be a Defect (a vision seen by her mother). She didn’t want to be banished from the world she had never really been able to enter … the world where possibilities are endless and inner-strength is a must. She so desperately wanted to be something more … someone of value and worth to this world.
Again, that is a reflection of myself.
Little by little, I invented this world where a Coven of Witches and Hunters, brought together to fight against the growing paranormal who pose a threat to humanity, struggle to work together under the tight restraints of their government. The characters are forced to be in an affinity bond (one male and one female), one side of which is a Witch (usually female), and the other side a Hunter (usually male).
It was my way of dealing with the sexism, pre-ordainment, and prejudices so many that I know or know of deal with on a day-to-day basis.
From there, everything sort of took on a life of its own. With only a little guidance, the characters pretty much wrote their own story. I’ve always known how I wanted it to end. I always do. It’s just the ‘getting there’ part that always surprises me. I don’t plan every little detail. I don’t think I could, even if I tried.
But any way, that’s it in a nut shell. The ‘real world’, I suppose, inspired me to write Everlasting. The struggles that so many face, and the dire need to feel like your time on this earth is so much more than being chained down by the demands of everyone else.
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