Guardians – Released and Rated

As the book tour ends for Guardians release, I’ve become contemplative about the journey thus far. I’ve had to answer why I came up with this story, and what the Light and darkness really mean to me. I’m not sure I will ever be able to answer the why other than I had a dream that brushed the surface of what Guardians became. My dream inspired this story, and I’ve enjoyed developing it, but why is a very heavy question.

A question I know I can answer is what the Light and darkness mean to me. That’s easy. Light is the goodness of the world, the strength to overcome any fear or temptation. Light is perfection that we all wish to achieve, and what I love most about it is Light is life, so it is within us all.

Darkness, or Midnight, is the evil of the world. It consumes people until they are controlled by it. It closely resembles someone who has succumbed to a battle of one of the deadly sins. They may deny it, but their greed, gluttony, or pride controls their every decision.

I’ve known many people who have fallen to their vices, specifically drugs, but there have been too few that have come back from their stint in darkness to a life better than before. Those with survival stories talk about being saved from their battles by finding something or someone that brought them back to the light of life. These stories have also amazed me. Thus, Light and darkness, and the basis of the why.

I’m really not this deep, but this story really speaks to the testament of human will. Riley faces darkness in ways most people never have to, but she keeps fighting to stay in the Light. Every day people battle with pain and afflictions, but we can overcome them and live a life greater we ever imagined.

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Guardians – What is Light and Midnight?

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You know that moment in the final hours of darkness in the early morning hours, just before the sun’s first light paints the sky and reveals what the dark kept hidden? That is the Light and Midnight. The Light is like the sun as it stretches over the world and warms everything it touches, chasing away your worries of what may be haunting you in the dark. Midnight is like the darkness of night, casting everything into shadows, concealing the world and creating secrets to tempt wary souls. Here’s an excerpt from Guardians explaining the foes in Riley and Reymend’s world:

The Light had been created by everything bright and good in this realm while the dark had consumed and tore at the universes edges, threatening oblivion. The Light was said to have Touched, or blessed, twelve mortals with immortality to fight against the darkness that had begun to accumulate into an organized immortal shadow and attack this realm.

Midnight wasn’t a tangible being like its shadows, minions, demons, or wielders that crossed on to the plane of mortals and divvied out Midnight’s wrath. The shadows and minions followed Riley as if they were her own personal entourage, coiling themselves around her throughout her entire life. Demons and wielders rarely invaded the mortal realm, but there were plenty still around from Midnight’s reign over the world. Midnight itself hadn’t crossed the plane in over two thousand years, but its bidders wreaked its havoc all the same.

The Light lives within our souls, composing an essence of life within all of us. Some of us shine a little brighter, are blessed with a stronger Light, and can become Guardians (see What is a Guardian?). Midnight creeps in the night, an essence of darkness and  hopelessness. Shadows, minions, demons, and wielders all were once mortals, but their souls were consumed by the dark temptations of Midnight. Even though they carry out Midnight’s biddings, the moment they are no longer useful, they cease to exist.

Riley is no stranger to Midnight’s shadows and minions. Rey is a Guardian full of Light. And their journey is just the beginning.

Guardians – What is a Guardian?

Guardians Proof twoWelcome to the Touched by Light series and the first book, Guardians! Here you will find a quick look into the world Reymend lives as a Guardian. It’s hidden within Riley’s mortal day-to-day, but of all other mortals, she has glimpsed it the most. So, what is a Guardian?

Guardians are immortal beings who have been fated to join the Guardianship. The Council of the Wise is made up of twelve of the oldest Birthright Guardians, meaning they were not born from mortals, but from previous Wise Council members. A Touched soul means the Light within someone is brighter, stronger, more likely to withstand the temptations of Midnight. The Wise determines a Touched soul’s fate at age nineteen. If you are meant to be a Guardian, you are granted immortal life and given Charges (Touched souls, typically mortals) to protect against Midnight’s bidders. If you’re destined for anything else, you are left as a mortal to live out your life.

We’ll get to “What is Light and Midnight?” in my next post. Hang in there! For now, enjoy this excerpt of Reymend’s inner dialogue over the course of a chapter explaining from his memories what it is to be a Guardian, and why having Riley as his next Charge is the most defining Guardship he has ever had.

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Rey hadn’t thought that far back in years to when he and Phelix had been young men, barely over nineteen years old. Two of the twelve members of the Wise Council of the Light had offered them immortal life as Guardians. If they accepted, their lives were to be dedicated to protecting those Touched by Light from the darkness of Midnight. Even though the significance of it all flew over their teenage heads, after living their entire lives as vagrants on the streets of a New York ghetto, it had been an easy decision.

He hadn’t flat out lied to Riley when he said he was an orphan. He and Phelix had been when they were kids, but having been in the system was pushing it. They had lived off what others threw out in the streets or what they could beg for, but back then, that was the system for parentless children. Castaways, left to fend for themselves.

They had met Amber, Phelix’s girlfriend, in their early years of immortality during training, but her life had been completely opposite to theirs. She had known the ways of the Light at an early age before her fate had even been determined. Her entire bloodline could be traced back to Guardians and the Wise Council. As a Birthright Guardian, her conception was a carefully mastered plan to keep purity on the Council. Although, some would argue that plan was failing or had failed already.

The three of them had been through hell and back more than their fair share, facing demons of Midnight when no one else could. They weren’t the strongest singular Guardians by any means, but together, their Light always shone brightest against the darkness. Together, they were undefeated, but in their line of work, defeat wasn’t an option.

The three Guardians had left Baltimore two years ago after their Charges had reached the age to be fated. It had been the first time in their almost two hundred years together that they had been separated. Phelix had gone to Richmond for a Charge until she reached nineteen years old, and the Wise fated her for the Guardianship. Amber had two Charges turn nineteen, one in Atlanta and the other in Columbus, but both of the guys destinies were decided to remain mortal, leaving their Light dormant within their souls. Rey hadn’t had a Charge since Baltimore, so he moved to Bradford for the hub of darkness found at the small town’s edge. There was always something to do in the quiet town for a Guardian.

Phelix and Amber showed up over the summer since the Wise hadn’t designated new Charges for them either. The Wise had always seemed to find them individual Charges within the same vicinity as each other, clearly understanding the strength they shared between them, but after their two year stretch apart, Rey knew things were changing.

They posed as students at the University to keep up appearance and be poised in case their new Charges were students in town. There was also a bit of competition amongst them to keep their minds sharp and see who could have the highest grades, but it all boiled down to being ready when a Charge was granted.

Rules.

Light.

Dark.

They had been Rey’s world for so long. Now he bent and outright broke so many, using his Light in ways he shouldn’t to beat out the dark invading his Charge’s life.

The number one rule of the Guardianship was to never become involved in the Charge’s life. Protect them at all cost, but never be seen. A Guardian was to use their Light in the fight against the shadows of Midnight, but never shine it in the direction of the Charge. After years of servicing mortals, Guardians had earned the nickname of Guardian Angels, but Rey knew he was far from angelic, especially now.

Number two: never, ever touch a Charge. Those Touched by Light could transfer energies, memories, and even thoughts through their Light just by brushing up against each other. It took a Guardian years of training to harness their Light and learn to channel it through the transference of randomness and into a true Connection. It was the very thing that had kept him, Phelix, and Amber alive for so long through all of their battles over the centuries. Their Connection to each other flowed easily, allowing them to communicate and act as one seamlessly in battle.

And, number three: without exception, do not sway a Charge’s fate by Connecting with their Light before the Council so determines the Charge’s destiny. After a Charge turned nineteen, the Wise would determine whether the Touched soul would be given the choice to become a Guardian or remain a mortal, or if their fate was meant for the darkness. No one in the long history of the Light had ever Connected with a Charge outside of the realm of the Council of the Wise.

It was the simplest of rules to follow. Rules Rey had never had issues with in over two hundred years, but now, with Riley as his designated Charge, he had broken all but one so far.

When had his immortal life become so filled with gray?

The first twelve Touched souls composed what is now known as the Council of the Wise. They gathered as many more Guardians they could, Connecting with mortals who held stronger Light, and pushed what they began to call Midnight and its darkness as far from this universe as possible.

As millennia have passed, the Wise Council’s duty had become to determine a Touched soul’s fate, to Connect with those souls and keep the balance between Light and dark, and to keep the rules of the Light by sending Guardians to enforce them on any darkness that made its way onto the plane. The Guardians had become the first defense in the never ending war to keep the world from slipping into Midnight’s grasp while the Wise continued to reign on high.

It was Rey, Phelix, and Amber’s job to keep their Charges safe until the time the Wise determined their fate. They were to keep Midnight as far from their Charges as possible and defend the dormant Light within them. That was what Rey was doing.

Guardians – Meet Reymend!

rey1Reymend may be able to blend in with the students at Bradford University, but he is nothing like an average mortal. He’s an immortal teen, a warrior for the Light, a Guardian against the darkness of Midnight. He protects mortals until they reach Guardian age, and his next Charge is Riley.

She doesn’t know it yet, but her Light, the essence within every living being’s soul, is stronger than most. Keeping her safe should be easy, but Rey’s never seen the shadows of Midnight so attracted to a mortal before. It’s never a dull moment with her as his Charge, fighting off the darkness. Midnight’s minions find her irresistible, but Rey is like a moth to the flame.

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In the everlasting life of an immortal Guardian, three things always ring true. Never become involved in your Charge’s every day life. Never touch your Charge. And never allow a Connection to manifest. Rey broke the first rule, bent the second, and has tried desperately not to allow the third to happen, but Riley’s Light calls to him. A Guardian isn’t supposed to know anything other than honor and valor, but now that Riley is in his life, regardless of his Guardianship, he’s willing to do anything to keep her.

You can save her. Follow your Light.

A whisper on the wind Rey has heard in his mind as if it were his own thoughts more times than he can count since she became his charge. He knows Riley is in danger. He knows he’s the only one who can protect her from Midnight’s bidders, but who was going to protect her from him?

Guardians, A Touched By Light Series, Book 1 of 3 – Available for Pre-order on all major distributors! Publish date October 31, 2018 – Halloween!