Thanks for allowing me to share a little about my story, IMMORTAL, part of the Timeless Desire Collection with Noble Romance.
A small group of Noble Romance authors got together and decided on a theme for a collection of novellas. The theme chosen for this tour was "Timeless Desire."
As with the last themed stories/blog tour at Noble, I was asked to edit them. When I saw the theme and heard some of the ideas batted around, I thought, "Wow," I want to write a story for this one too. I inquired in the group, and the other authors were like, "Hell yeah!"
So, I was thinking... timeless desire-- First thing that comes to my mind is unrequited love. The thought that followed was of a vampire who just cannot find love no matter how he tries. My next thoughts, which were sort of personal brainstorming, led me to at first think that was a pretty flat plot, next, I decided that it would have to be unrequited from both directions to make it "timeless", then I wondered who would be the "right" character opposite my vampire. That guy turned out to be a water spirit... Well, as with most of my creative streaks, my brain comes up with these grandiose ideas and then I'm forced to research my ass off to catch up. This time was no different.
"Water spirit?" WTF? So, I began my research.
Low and behold, I found water spirits, sprites, and gods, and a certain spirit called a bannick from whence my ancestors come (Slavic paganism). Bannick-Bath house spirit. Like the house and barn, bath houses (saunas, really) had their own particular domestic spirit residing there. Bath houses were a traditional berthing place, and in IE tradition spirits had to attend this event. It was customary in some places to offer every third or fourth firing of the sauna to the Bannik. The Bannick could also be propitiated with offerings of soap, fir branches, and water. If he became annoyed, he might throw hot water on his tormentors or even use his sharp claws to flay his victim alive. If he makes himself visible, the Bannik usually appears as a family member or friend. (circe-argent.com/slavic_paganism.htm) Interesting...
When all was said and done, I had a vampire who needs this bannick's power to maintain his youthful glow and a bannick who needs this vampire's bite to remain in human form. A kind of self-inflicted curse on this romance where if either loses the other, they both suffer, much like in Lady Hawke, where they were forever together but forever apart but with one of my famous twists, which you can find out about when you read the book. There you have my story behind IMMORTAL.
Found abandoned as a child and taken in by the Nevsky clan, the man Ivis now feels the call of the water, the sea, but Sefton and his family, one of the most influential vampire bloodlines in Russia, isn't about to let Ivis go. As Ivis's powers grow stronger—powers unknown to him—Sefton's instructed to detain Ivis at all costs to tilt in his clan's favor the balance of power in an endless struggle between the Bogdanov water gods and Nevsky vampires. Sefton's left with a choice: power or love. Which is the greater desire?
Link to excerpt: http://bryltyne.com/excerpt-immortal-by-bryl-r-tyne
Link to buy: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books?author=59
CONTEST: Leave a comment to win a Bryl R. Tyne Swag-pack! One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Bryl's novella, COIN OPERATED BOY, so be sure to leave your contact emails!
Continue the tour by clicking the Noble Tour button
Bio and Links:
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.