Hello everyone – got a real treat this week :) Hekate’s Web Series author, a Muse It Up Publisher sista, and a good friend, Kat Holmes is here sharing and answering questions about her newest release, Seeker – book 2 in the series.
Before we get started with our interview, tell us a little about yourself, Kat…
I’m a dreamer and a lover of words. Books have been my passion since I listened to my mother reading to me as a child. The love she instilled in me has culminated in my desire to write the kind of stories I have always loved to read. I believe books are the single most important invention mankind has ever created. I started writing when I was only fifteen for my own enjoyment. I still write for my own pleasure, but now I get to share that love with my readers.
Okay, Kat…party-time with the questions…shooting them at you and I promise to be gentle *grins* *wiggles eye-brows up and down*
Please tell us how the idea came to you for Seeker, book 2 of Hekate’s Web Series. Please include all the fun details. See…I even asked ‘please’ *smiles*
Well it came out from book one, Hidden. I have always loved vampire stories. I think they are the ultimate in the dark, tragic heroes and always wanted to write my own. Plus, I love Greek myths, so this series was born.
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Atu and Edeline?
Atu is a very old vampire, the very first the King of the vamps turned way back when. Unlike other turned vamps he’s very content with being who and what he is. The only things that drive him are loyalty to his king and a deep desire to war with the evil vampires.
Edeline on the other hand is driven by circumstances she can’t change. All her life her choices have been limited due to physical and personal issues. She comes from a wealthy, powerful family but she hasn’t been treated well. She is desperate to find her own place in the world free of the confines of her family.
Give us some insight into Edeline Comstock. What’s a bit of her back story?
Edeline is the first born child of Phillip Comstock of Boston society. But when his wife dies tragically, he might as well have also. She reminds him too much of his dead wife and he pulls himself away. He remarries but not for love and his new wife knows it. So she sets out to make Edeline’s life a living hell knowing Phillip won’t interfere. And she raises her own two children by Phillip to do the same.
Tell us what Atu first means to Edeline?
Combat. They do not start off liking each other.
Can you tell us about the abilities of Atu? How do they help OR hinder?
Atu is a turned vampire so he has all the vampire abilities plus the need to drink blood. But, as a turned vampire instead of a natural born, like the king, he’s susceptible to holy items like crosses and holy water. He’s also even more flammable than a natural born.
His skills help him to control humans, move quickly, and strike fast and hard. But his weaknesses means he can’t be out in sunlight at all and crosses, silver, holy water hurt like heck. A stake can kill him whereas a natural born can only be killed by beheading or fire. Atu can be killed by all methods.
He doesn’t need to breathe as he’s undead. But he also can’t have children unlike a natural born.
Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
There are several locations. The series for now takes part mostly in Boston. That’s the home base for the good vamps. I chose Boston because I wanted a north-eastern locale that would make hunting in winter for food a bit difficult for the heroine of book one, Hidden. Plus I just like the north-east :-)
Seeker is Book 2 of the Hekate’s Web series. Can you give us titles and a taglines for other books in this series?
Book one is Hidden. Hidden away for decades, can a female vampire overcome her hatred of her own kind?
Can you share anything about the Greek mythology in the story? What’s unique about it?
Certain places famous in Greek mythology, such as the Underworld make appearances here and there, but only one god, or in this case goddess ever shows up. Hekate is the Goddess of the Three Faces, magic, death, and the dark moon. When I decided to write this series it just seemed to me like she’d be the perfect one to play a part in the lives of vampires.
Hekate has a mission, something she’s up to. You don’t know what it is, but you know she’s up to something and she has plans for everyone, plans only she’s aware of. That’s why the series is called Hekate’s Web. She’s laying the groundwork for what’s coming and sucking everyone in. In Seeker, she’s the whole reason Atu and Edeline are thrust together, even though they despise each other at the start.
Tell us about Atu’s world? Does he live by a hierarchy or some other code/laws of their kind? If so, can you give us a few of their rules?
It’s a world just like ours, only many things go bump in the night, not just vampires. There are demons, creatures, and many other paranormal beings lurking around. The vampire world does have rules and laws, but there is a civil war, I guess you’d call it, going on.
One faction of vampires, the faction Atu belongs to believes in using only willing donors for their blood supply and protecting people. The other half has come to feel they should rule the world, enslave humanity and use them as nothing but sheep.
Therefore the laws Atu lives by are constantly changing as each group tries to get the overall power. And we mere humans are right in the middle of their battles.
Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
Oh a scene at an ancient forgotten temple that takes place in a room of fire on a teeny tiny bridge. I can’t say anything else without giving away the best part.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on book three in the Hekate’s Web series.
Where can we find you? List all of your links.
Getting to know Kat Holmes…
2 Things you do to relax: Read, listen to audio books, watch movies and tv, play with my cats.
Favorite movie: Spaceballs
Cat or Dog or other: Cat of course. I have 2. J
Favorite places to write: At my computer desk.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: Greece, Canada, Scotland.
Breakfast drink: Orange juice but can’t have it anymore. L
Favorite season ~ why: Winter…NO BUGS! J
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing): Reading, audio books, computer games.
Car OR Plane: Car. I get airsick.
Favorite Writing tool: Computer
Favorite Novel: Woven Dreams by N.J. Walters
Favorite Author: N.J. Walters
Beverage: Pepsi and Peach NiHi’s are tied together as favorite.
Time of Day/Night: Night. I should have been a vampire.
Fantasy/Paranormal Character: (ghost, witch, mermaid, shifter, vampire, etc.) Vampires of course.
Lace, Denim, or Leather: None. I like comfy cotton.
Beach or Mountain hike: Mountain
Picnic or 5 star restaurant: Doesn’t matter so long as I don’t have to cook :-)
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Lilith never expected when she attended her brother’s wedding that the night would end in her own death at the hands of a vicious vampire. Nor was she prepared when the Goddess Hekate took a personal interest in her plight. For decades she’s been hidden away from the rest of the world and her fellow vampires. But with one act of violence, her undead life changes forever.
War is raging in the vampire world between two factions. Female vampires are scarce, so when Benjamin Fortescu comes across an unknown female, he’s not only intrigued but drawn to the secretive creature.
But she bears news that shocks him to his core. And before everything is over, she will be betray him to the enemy. Can love overcome both betrayal and insanity?
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Atu is an ancient warrior and vampire long in the service of his king. He has no desire for home or family. But when the Goddess Hekate tasks him with finding an ancient artifact before his enemies do, he is forced to enlist the aid of a woman who drives him crazy.
Edeline Comstock has the sight and has been cursed and reviled for it by her family. When she finds herself under attack from a monster, a dark and dangerous man is her only salvation, or he might be her destruction.
Forced to aid Atu, time is running out to uncover the secrets of the past. But a far greater danger stalks Edeline, one from which there may be no return.
Book Review – Seeker
Book 2 Hekate’s Web Series
Author – Kat Holmes
Genre – Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
First Sentence: The face that stared back at her was wan and haggard.
Atu, an ancient warrior and vampire in the service of the king, is dispatched to find the “seer” who will lead them to a powerful talisman.
Edeline Comstock, a human, has “the sight” and because of it is shunned by her family pretty much her whole twenty-three years of life.
There’s war between the Enclave, vampires sworn to protect humanity, and Montague’s army of True Ones, natural born vampires that love to kill and prey on humans.
Atu captures Edeline for her gift of sight, but Edeline hates being used, until a purpose develops for both of them.
Ms. Holmes creates a world between worlds with an intricate ‘search and find’ puzzle/riddle that must be solved in order to keep the True Ones from actually taking over humanity. It’s a great well-developed plot and the evolving relationship between Atu and Edeline held my attention through their story.
I haven’t read book 1 in the Hekate’s Web Series, Hidden, and it was not an issue for following along in this story (although now that I’ve read this book, I’d like to read the first in the series because of Hekate and her Goddess web of control :) Compelling.
There’s a definite unexpected twist at the end, which is a reason to read the next book in Ms. Holmes series. It opens up a whole new world of creatures/beings, and I look forward to getting to know them all better.