05 June 2010

Guest Blog: Bizarre Love Triangle ~ Yolanda Sfetsos

Please welcome fellow "Damnation Books" author, Yolanda Sfetsos as she guest blogs here today. One thing about this astonishing lady; she has a unique way with words.
Over to you, Yolanda!

Bizarre Love Triangle

I love that song! And as I write this, I happen to be listening to it. :) But I'm not going to talk about New Order's cool song today. Instead I'm going to talk about the very strange and twisted love triangles that managed to make their way into the Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy.

Since the third installment is now available from my awesome publisher, Damnation Books:

Boundless: Book 3 of the Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy

Alyce remains estranged from her celebrity status as a Faith Healer and is holed up inside a motel room with the mysterious Sebastian. Her soul might no longer belong to Buer, but the fight is far from over. The price for her freedom was devastating.

Ross made a deal with a demonologist in order to save Alyce, and is now at the mercy of the crazy woman and the demon Buer. There is no escape from the basement in which the three are trapped in, and he has to bear the torture.

When Sebastian finds a way to save Ross, Alyce must engage in an ancient, carnal ritual that complicates her life further. But for Ross, she’s willing to put both her heart and soul on the line… even if it means losing him.

I have to admit that it wasn't intentional. I mean, Alyce's story is filled with complications, as she tries to find her way out of the very dark place she's managed to corner herself into. It also focuses on how she reconnects with her ex-fiance, Ross. After a horrible misunderstanding between them, several years ago, she walked away. Even got a restraining order against him because she was convinced he'd tried to kill her.

Fast forward to now, and she's lost total control of her life. The demon, Buer, gave her the power to become a celebrity Faith Healer, but the cost is now outweighing the benefits. So when Ross appears and tries to help her, she finds herself being swept up in old feelings. Of course, at the time that I was writing this, I didn't realise that Buer doesn't just enjoy sipping at Alyce's soul, he actually wants her in every sense of the word. I'm not sure I would call this a romantic notion, but he wants her, regardless.

That's when the first love triangle popped up. Throw a cunning demonologist into the mix, and suddenly it's quite obvious that she's got her eye on Ross. It doesn't matter that she wants him for her own selfish reasons. Once again, she wants him. Oh, and let's not forget the very mysterious and alluring Sebastian. He's one of those characters that intrigued me as soon as he made an appearance in the trilogy. I found myself wanting to know more and more about him, which happens in Boundless.

Unfortunately, teaming up with Alyce to help Ross out of the demonologist's trap, also puts him in the middle of... you guessed it, another love triangle. Emphasis on bizarre.

And you know what? As unintentional as they were, each added a new struggle for the characters to overcome, and also a degree of depth that challenges all of them. Strange, but true. Sometimes a few (odd) entanglements can do wonders for your characters. :)

Thanks for having me here today, Su! It's been fun to share a little more about the dark world that Alyce lives in.

Oh, and because I couldn't help myself... here's that song:
Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy
Now available from Damnation Books.
Or visit my website for information about the print versions.

Yolanda Sfetsos

Yolanda Sfetsos lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and cat. She loves to spend most of her days writing stories. Her muse doesn't like genre restrictions and is always happy to toe the dark edge of storytelling. When she’s not writing she spends as much time as possible with her small family. She also enjoys watching movies, TV shows and reading.