Welcome everyone! Susannah Sandlin is here with us today, showcasing her new series. Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18. These books look fantastic, by the way. So get comfy, give her a warm welcome, and become fascinated like I was!
Book One Penton Legacy series
The Penton Legacy, Book 2
This is not so much a story about vampires in kilts as it is vampires out of control. Vampires gone wild. (Uncooperative characters, more like.)
When I set out to create the vampires who would be the leaders of the community of Penton, Alabama, I decided to make them Irish. Aidan, the hero of the first book in the series, Redemption, was an early 17th-century Irish farmer turned vampire during the Siege of Kinsale. His hands remain calloused from manual labor, he keeps a greenhouse of night-blooming plants so he can still smell the sunlight on the earth and leaves, and he is known to occasionally mutter in Gaelic.
His second-in-command, Mirren Kincaid—the hero of Absolution—wanted none of that crap. I tried to make Mirren Irish, but he’d have none of it. He was a Scotsman, he informed me, of Norse descent. He did not till fields. He did not wield a scythe. And he sure as heck didn’t milk cows (he also didn’t use the word “heck”). And despite the name of this blog post, Mirren didn’t wear a kilt, although he’d look really hot in one. He’s kinda grouchy, so don’t tell him I said that.
Mirren was a Gallowglass warrior: heavily armored, aristocratic, highly trained mercenaries. He wore chain mail, heavy leather tunics, and iron helmet, and wielded a battle-axe. He still carries faolain, his beloved sword, in a worn leather scabbard. Um, did I mention he’s six-eight and weighs almost three-hundred pounds and can use faolain to behead a man in one stroke? And all that big alpha-ness happened before he was turned vampire.
Take monster warrior, add fangs, and stir.
Mirren’s got a problem, though. After he was turned more than four centuries ago, he became a mercenary of a different kind—the executioner for the bureaucratic Vampire Tribunal. He became legendary among his kind, known with fear as the Slayer. Until the Slayer was paid to do something that finally made him stop and question who and what he’d become. He faked his death, wandered alone, considered suicide-by-sunlight...until he met Aidan, who showed him another way to live.
Now, the Tribunal wants the Slayer back and is using an innocent human woman as bait.
Mirren is not a happy vampire. He’s sharpening his sword again. This is not going to be pretty.
Absolution is Mirren’s story. Next up: Omega (coming February 5), the story of Will, another of Aidan’s lieutenants. I tried to make Will Irish, but he laughed at me. I offered to make him a Scotsman, but he taunted me with a fake brogue. I bribed him with his choice of kilt and complimented his legs (which are really good).
But no. Will informs me he was turned vampire in 1969 and still has a penchant for listening to Jimi Hendrix. Off to buy some bell-bottoms now….
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