Friday, June 12, 2015

A Peek into My Mind - Rosemar the Lust Demon

There are lots of things you aren't privvy to as a reader when you pick up a book. What's going on inside the mind of the writer, for one. Lots of things. Especially when the plot is wrapped around three half demon brothers, their love interests and the assorted chaotic secondary characters. Today, I'm giving you a look what one of my favorite controversial characters, Rosemar.

Rosemar is the lust demon who shares head space with Beryl Brookshier. In a way, they're both love interests for Eban. She was granted use of Beryl's body by her liege lord, Seere, to use it in times of battle when the Heckmasters required allies. Unfortunately, dragging a demon around takes its toll on the human body. Eban's mission becomes to rid Beryl of Rosemar.

For the sake of The Heckmasters series, Rosemar has a name suitable for human tongues, but like many of the demonic/angelic characters, she also has one that isn't. I won't even go there. She's not ashamed of being ancient. What she is ashamed of is how she was trapped in Hell for ages and only released when she became of use--that is, once Seere bound her to him before his big break from Hell. Her original purpose on Earth? To oversee the relationships of men and women. To help them rise and fall, to bring great love and serious tragedy to the world. To quote her:

"This is my task. I make men and women fall in and out of love all the time. My first master gave me special privilege. I saw to the population of Earth when it was young, I saw to the tragic death of lovers, to women straying from their husbands’ beds. I’ve created and broken some of the most powerful couples in the world. Antony and Cleopatra. Paris and Helen of Troy. Cupid and Persephone. Albert and Victoria. Poor Mr. Lincoln and Mary Todd."

Yeah, she's a bit of a beyotch.

Here's what you didn't know about her and this never fully formed as a plot in Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2):

Eban attempts to invoke the power of Heaven to get Rosemar out of Beryl's head. He does call down an angel, Eliakim, who clearly has no interest in banishing Rosemar. He claims his intent is to watch and wait, and see what Seere is up to. He willingly hangs out with Rosemar as he studies Earth in a way that was never possible for him before.

Why hang out with Rosemar?

My original plan was to turn Rosemar away from the dark side and give her another body. She still has the capacity to manipulate love--i.e. she's the reason Wystan and Rhia are together and she tries to bind Eban to herself rather than Beryl. 

However, because I'm a romantic at heart and hopeful that even total jackasses can be reformed (thus the premise for Berner, New Mexico Territory), I half intended for Rosemar to fall in love with Eliakim. Together they would defeat the evil coming to town and help the Heckmasters before they rose off into the sunset or whatever.

That plot string never made it anywhere close to being in the first draft because I came up with something even better. Something I hope will surprise you, because I was a little shocked when I wrote it.

She's complicated, cruel, and unusual. I hope you enjoy the nastiness that is Rosemar. I'd be lying if I didn't say allowing her to occupy space with a woman who found her tastes and habits repulsive was really interesting.

You can read all about her and the nastiness she pulls in Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2).

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood...and offer it as a sacrifice.

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