Sunday, November 6, 2011

Story Behind the Story, DIVINITY by Bryl R. Tyne

Hello, Jadette! Thanks for allowing me to share a little about my story, DIVINITY with Riptide Publishing.

DIVINITY started as a fanciful "what if" a vampire was addicted to candy idea. Well, that just sounded lame to me, and I was about to give up on the muse when suddenly I wondered... "What if" the vampire was ONLY addicted because he'd been cursed. Woe to the bastard who dared do that to him, right?

Well, that one spark of creativity led to a succession of triggers, more sparks, and soon, lightning. "Lightning...?" I wondered. Then I heard my mother chastising me as a child for speaking whenever it thundered. "Do not utter a sound while God's speaking to the earth!" Oh, she had her ways, many of which I inherited by rite.

 Yes, I used that in the story, once it dawned on me that I could make the vampire's antagonist a gypsy, a card carrying wiccan, a witch from a past life who'd fallen hopelessly for this vampire BEFORE he was turned, and now, two lifetimes later, the witch is back, and he's located his lost love... I'm pretty sure you can guess that he's plotting on the vampire and there's a curse involved and lots of cat and mouse and dubious coercion/consent, and spells, and threats, and office sex, and stairwell encounters, and... and.... Yep. And my vampire's not happy, no, not happy at all, to suddenly be addicted to orange suckers!

Yeah. Orange suckers.

Where in all hells that aspect came from, I haven't a clue, but yeah. It worked in the story, and from your lovely comments on my cover over the past month, it appears to work for the cover too! I can't wait to share this one with you!

That's my story behind DIVINITY with Riptide Publishing.

Martin Hayes has found the perfect job for a 200-year-old vampire. As the late-shift security guard for Spire, he works and hunts by night and sleeps by day, hidden away in the unused cellar. Life is all so easy—nights bleeding away, weeks and months passing . . . until a new janitor disturbs the peace. Martin finds himself obsessed with memories (or are they?) of red hair, freckled skin, and men on their knees.

Dylan Mesmer isn’t just a hot, freckled, red-haired janitor. He’s altogether too composed around Martin and never surprised by Martin’s supernatural abilities. In fact, he seems to have a few of his own. And why does he keep feeding Martin orange lollipops?

A healthy vampire has no use for candy, yet Martin cannot resist the lure. He’s being baited and knows it, but for what end? And what about those visions that assail him whenever he thinks of Dylan? Their story is centuries old, but this time around, Dylan’s playing for nothing less than immortality. Eternal life—and eternal love—is within his reach, but can he convince Martin to change his ways and commit? If not, he’ll remain trapped in time beside his lover, always together but forever apart.

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BRYL R. TYNE is a wrangler by nature and a writer by choice. Balancing as many pronouns as hats, somewhere between the evil day job, editing, and helping a benevolent Sugar Daddy raise the last of seven kids, Bryl writes. Homoerotic romance is a favorite, but many of Bryl’s stories cross genres. Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi, even Westerns, Bryl writes them all.



Jadette Paige said...

Hi Bryl!! Thanks so much for guesting!

Ali Katz said...

Hi, Bryl. Fascinating peek into the way your muse works. I don't usually read vampires, but a cursed vampire is hard to resist. I'm intrigued.

Damn-it-all, will you guys please stop tempting me? It's November. How am I ever going to finish my Nano?

DA Kentner said...

Okay. You got me with the orange suckers. That's just too different to ignore. I'm gonna have to read the book.

Amber Green said...

I love orange suckers. Can't wait to read this.

S.D. Grady said...

Hi Bryl! A tangled web you weave. Cursed vampires...that's a twist that hooks even me, one who has resisted the lure of the fang. Makes me wonder what other devious ideas are brewing in that brain...

Bryl R. Tyne said...

Yes, I understand all y'all's plight. I too am guilty (happily so) of not reading vampires. But Martin grabbed me and I had to go with it. I've gotta say, I'm mega impressed with Riptide's editing. This story rocks anything I've written yet. Unbelievable all I've learned in a couple months.

Thanks for letting me take over today, Jadette!

Carol L. said...

I enjoy reading about Vampires and their story. Thank you for sharing with us here This Blog Tour is going to be great. Nice meeting you Bryl.
Carol L
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