Thursday, October 25, 2012

#WickedAfterDark with the Guardian Daniel from The Island

Welcome back to the second day of the Wicked After Dark Halloween Blog Hop. As promised I'm going to turn over the reigns of the blog to one of my favorite characters. Even though he didn't have a large part of the story in For the Love of Quinn, I had to bring him back in The Island. Daniel Quartermarsh is Quinn's "little" brother. It's his death that sends her in the downward spiral leading her to want to give up on ever being happy again. Just a short month later, he's by her side once again, helping her to find herself and the love she's searched for through each and every lifetime.

I guess I'm not what most people would expect to see when asked to picture an angel let alone a Guardian Angel. I didn't believe it at first myself. One moment I was riding my motorcycle home after a gig at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor and the next I was watching my own funeral next to the Goddess Fate.  Talk about a wake up call.

Fate asked me right then and there if I wanted to watch over my family and friends. You know, to be sure they all followed their destined paths in life. My very first charge would be my sister, Quinn. Right from the get go I knew I was going to be fighting an uphill battle with her. Not only was she the most stubborn person I knew(and still is!), she was pulling  herself away from the things she'd always held close to her heart.  She had devoted so many years of her life to become the best orthopedic veterinary surgeon in the country, and yet a month after my death she was just going through the motions. She had lost her faith in everyone and everything. More importantly, she'd lost her faith in herself and it damn near killed me all over again.

Growing up, Quinn and I along with our cousin Brigid were drawn to the Wiccan faith and everything magical. For all three of us, the dragon and dragonfly were our spirit guides. As we grew up, Brigid answered the call to become a Wiccan Priestess and I continued my studies in the Celtic and Native American traditions. Both of us excelled at dream walking and wished to have Quinn join us exploring that talent. 

Unfortunately, before we could get her to actually start practicing the meditation needed to dream walk, I left this world by way of a head on collision with a drunk driver. Major bummer. 

I was given special permission to start "nudging" Quinn in the right direction. Flooding her mind with memories of our last trip together to explore a store near Frankenmuth that specialized in all things Pagan. This was where she found the book on dream walking Brigid had recommended. It was this book I kept pulling off the shelf and leaving on her nightstand. It took her a bit, but she finally picked it up and leafed through it a little.  For all her years of studying, you would think Quinn would grab the book and devour it in one sitting, but NOOOO, not my sister. I had to step in and haul her ass to the Island myself.

Of course once I got her there, I had more than I could handle to convince her she couldn't just forget life in the Earth Realm and stay there on the Island. It broke my heart to hear her say she wasn't the same without me in her world. How could I convince her that I would ALWAYS be with her in her world? Thanks to The Three, I didn't have to figure that out on my own. They paired me up with Michael Hartley...Sarge...and I couldn't have asked for a better partner.

But Sarge had a big "project" of his own. His eldest son, Jacob was on Death's door in a hospital in Los Angeles.  After catching the woman he thought was the love of his life in bed with another man, Jake had tore down the rain slick I-5 heading toward San Diego. A piece of wood and the back of a semi derailed his travel plans. Now instead of spending Christmas with his family, Jake woke up on the Island and was given a choice. Stay or go back and be with his soul mate.

Have you guessed who that soul mate just happens to be? If given the opportunity to spend time with your one true love even before you actually meet in the real world, would you do it? Could you then leave that person who completes you heart and soul knowing one day you will find each other again, or would you just stay with the short lived sure thing of the moment?  Those are the questions both Quinn and Jacob had to answer before even their indecision would cause them to live out another life path away from each other yet again.

Watch the video that summarizes the choices laid out before them and you tell me what you would do if you had to make the same choice. 

Thank you for stopping in today, Daniel. We'll look forward to your next post this week. I'd like to know what you think of your other charges in this book and in the rest of the series.

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  1. Enjoyed reading this post.
    Look forward to reading more
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  2. Interesting take on the meant to be love story. I love the idea of having to choose to be with your soulmate!

  3. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!