Thomas talks about his story “Amethyst Eyes” by Debbie Brown

Please welcome character 
Dthau-Mahsz “Thomas” Commander of the Phoenix and Tommy’s father
to our blog today!
He is the star of the book Amethyst Eyes
Created by Debbie Brown

As Thomas joins me, I can’t help but stare into a strong face and a pair of amazing Amethyst Eyes. There is no doubt where the name of the book came from! 
Thank you Thomas for joining me today! Tell me about your story. 

Amethyst Eyes starts off with a horrible tragedy in which my wife dies, leaving my son alone and injured in the hospital. 
What a way to start a story, I’m so sorry!
As you soon find out, I am not from Earth, and as soon as I get the emergency signal I make arrangements to go to my family, but the reality of the situation hits me hard when I sense the loss of my wife through the link.
Wait… you’re not from earth?
The story is about my son, who after losing his mother leaves the only life he?s ever known to come live with me. I am the commander of a Crisis Intervention Vessel and live onboard my ship. 
I assume that is a spaceship…
Unfortunately, due to the injuries sustained in the accident and the poor care he?d received, I was forced to have him undergo treatment in medical bay upon his arrival?I?m sure it didn?t help ease his apprehension of us. I found myself in a similar situation on Earth, having to trust someone I didn?t know in a world I knew even less about.
Trust is a hard thing.
Tommy?s adaptation was difficult since he was not prepared to deal with my world?something his mother neglected to include in his education. I had enlisted the help of the doctor?s daughter, Jayden. She is a few months younger than my son, and ahead in her studies, but she made it clear from the beginning that she was not pleased with the arrangement. She made a serious mistake that almost cost my son his life, but was able to follow the list I had given her after the incident without any more trouble.
Well that is good. 
My son seemed to struggle with every aspect of his new life. Much of our existence is thought directed and this was quite a shock to him. I believe he feared some kind of mind control in the beginning. 
I’m sure he did. 
Tommy had to learn how everything worked, had to catch up in school (which was quite an endeavor) and had to accept our philosophy and our ways?all very different from what he knew. Both he and I have amethyst eyes?rare, even amongst my people. This made him the target of the Binari and their quest for power. When he was abducted by the Binari I was afraid I would lose my son?when I felt his life force slipping away?
The thought of losing your son so soon after your wife must have been dreadful!
Our adventure brought us back to Earth, giving Jayden a glimpse of Tommy?s life and all the differences. I believe this helped her adjust her attitude towards my son.
 I am afraid I might have given away too much information here?well, If you want to know more you will have to read the book.
LOL… I think you gave us enough to make us want to know more!
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
I wish there would have been a way for me to remain with my family. I did not want to have to leave my wife and only son behind because of my duty. Most of all, I did not want to suffer the loss of my wife in order to be reunited with my son.
Of course you didn’t! 
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
You mean aside from not losing or being separated from my wife and child? I would have to say protecting my son from the Binari attacks. I almost lost him there, and I would have liked to keep him safe. Our sense of duty, especially to family is beyond what you seem to understand?but I could not just force my wife to follow.
I bet you wish you did now. 
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
I have many responsibilities. In my job as commander of the Crisis Intervention Vessel, I have been part of many rescue missions and seen hopeless situations turned around so that these people could be given another chance at life. I also love the bond I have formed with my son. I believe I am a fair commander, and that I am respected and appreciated by my crew.
That is always good.
What I dislike would have to be the fact that my job forced me to leave my wife and son behind. I did not get to see him grow and I lost my soul mate when my wife died. I know you cannot understand, but our position is determined through a series of tests and trials, placing us in the best and often only position suited for us. There was no other to take my place, which is why I had to leave my wife and child. I had hoped they would follow, but my wife preferred to stay behind on Earth to raise our son.
I know that must have been hard on everyone.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
Seeing my son suffer and struggle through the changes in his life. He lost his mother, had to leave his home, friends and planet behind to come live with me?and his mother had not prepared him. Tommy did not know anything about me or my world and this only complicated things. 
I bet!
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
There is a prequel coming out around August that tells the story of my time on Earth, from my crash landing to my departure, and my life with Emma (my wife) in between. The story is told through my wife?s eyes.
Very cool!
The sequel is under way, told three years after Tommy?s arrival on board. Tommy has started his specific training, and he is now a cadet. His friendship with Jayden has evolved, possibly into something more. There are also changes he may not be prepared to deal with that have to do with the prophecy?the legend about Amethyst Eyes. And there is the increasing danger of disaster on Earth?so much to deal with.
Sounds very exciting!  Thank you Thomas for coming to visit with us today and for sharing the information about your book!  
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Eulogy Foster joins us from Eulogy’s Secret today!

Please welcome character 
Eulogy Foster
to our blog today!
She is the star of the book Eulogy’s Secret
Created by Grace Elliot
I’m sitting here waiting for Eulogy to come sit down with me, she enters wearing a beautiful regency day gown with a sweet spring of apple blossom pins to her gown. 
Welcome Eulogy, Please make yourself comfortable and tell us about your story. 

After the death of my guardians I came to London seeking answers to secrets surrounding my birth. 
There are secrets of your birth, intriguing…
However, my estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin, turned me away and I was attacked in the street. Had it not been for the help of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley, I would now be dead. 
Thank god for Mr. Huntley!

           

Mr Huntley, although curt and arrogant, helped me trace my mother’s dearest friend, the artist Tristan Farrell – not that Mr Huntley was happy about me boarding with Farrell. Indeed, despite his brusque manner Mr Huntley became quite protective, I think because he knew Farrell of old had previously had a falling out.
Ah.. that makes sense. 
             
Anyhow, my appearance reminded Mr Farrell of my mother, which inspired him to paint again, with me as his model. And his paintings are a huge success, in fact, Mr Huntley, arranged an exhibition of his work to re-launch Mr. Farrell in the ton. 
How exciting!
             
However, although life is good, I cant shake the need to find out why I was given away at birth. And just when I’m getting answers, some tries to kill me! Twice! And now, I’m falling in love with Jack, but he doesn?t trust me because I’m keeping a secret, but for him to know the truth, could destroy everything between us?.
Oh… suspense and mystery!  Love it! Eulogy, please answer a few questions for me.
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
Actually, I consider myself fortunate. I started out as a penniless stray to discover a new life posing for artist, Tristan Farrell. Prints of my paintings now adorn the walls of homes countrywide, from milk maids to royalty and I’m greeted warmly wherever I go.  Added to that I also met the love of my life in Jack Huntley, and cleared the stain of dishonour from my mother’s name, all in all, I’m satisfied. 
Very good.
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
The way I look on things is that you learn from life’s events and they shape you into the person you are. My story is fraught with misunderstandings, and if I was a weaker personality, I might suggest sparing me a lot of heartache and danger, such as the when Mrs Featherstone’s cat died, or the carriage horses bolted, but all of the unpleasant events were key to drawing Jack and me closer and so, even with hindsight, I wouldn?t change a thing. 
That is good to hear. 
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
This is a difficult question because I’m a modest person, and so not best placed to answer. I know what frustrates some people is that I’m a stickler for loyalty and integrity. Life would be easier if I did break my promises, and it annoys those close to me that I am inflexible at times, but that’s the way I am – take it or leave it!
On the plus side, it’s a great comfort to me that I’m said resemble the mother I never knew, (some say I’m beautiful but that’s not for me to judge) and pleased that this similarity inspired a great artist to return to his craft. I’m also kind, patient and willing to work hard. 
Those are all great qualities.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
I’m very much a ‘glass-half-full’ person, but since my guardians’ death, life has been hard, especially emotionally. I’ve met with extraordinary kindness, but also terrible cruelty from people who should know better.
 If I had to pick one particular moment, it would have to be at the beginning of my story, when my brother, Lord Lucien Devlin, threw me onto the streets and two vagabonds attacked me. It wasn?t so much the physical distress, although it hadn?t been for Jack I shudder to think of the consequences?but they robbed me of everything I treasure in this world; money, letters and documents. Without those papers I was a nobody, with no name, stripped of the proof to prove who I really am. Yes, that was a big low point in my life. 
Sounds horrible!
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
My story is the first of three about the Huntley brothers. Book two, “Hope’s Betrayal” is due out June 2012 and tells the story of my dear Jack’s elder brother, Captain George Huntley. Between you and me, it’s about time he found romance, he’s been too long at sea and used to men’s ways, he could do with a woman’s touch. It’s just a shame the path wasn?t smoother for him.  After all, what could be worse for a Naval Officer hunting out smuggling activity, than to fall in love with a smuggler? Tricky, to say the least, especially since protecting Hope Tyler could mean court marshal for George, and Hope has no intention of betraying her own kind.  
Oh, that sounds very interesting!  Eulogy, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope my readers that the time to check out your story! 
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