Today I would like to welcome Carly Fall to Delighted Reader. Carly is our guest poster today and she answers the question…
Do the characters talk to you and what do they say?
I suppose I should be a little hesitant to talk about the voices in my head, but what the heck!
Do my characters talk to me? Absolutely. I hear them all the time. While writing they are usually whispering at me over my shoulder, and they will sometimes visit while I’m asleep. That does not make for a good rest!
They remind me of things in their backstory that need to be included in the book in order to make it complete. They give me ideas for drama and tension. They tell me what they look like and how to best describe them. They each have their own voices, quirks and stories to tell.
They let me know their opinions on different scenes in the story. Sometimes they will flat out tell me that they will not participate in a scene, other times they tell me how to make it better.
My characters become very real to me. When Finding My Faith was completed, I felt very happy about it, but also a little sad. I will miss Rayner and Faith, and hope that they will decide to make appearances in future series of the Six Saviors.
Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot’s life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed.
Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet.
When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home.
As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.
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I see you, Faith. He didn’t say the words out loud, but instead projected them at her. Stopping in her tracks, he watched as she turned slowly, carefully looking at the people around her until her eyes settled on his. When their eyes met, he felt like he had been hit in the solar plexus with a two-by-four. Jesus, she was incredibly beautiful. He was certain that she was like no woman he had ever seen. He wondered how in the world a woman with Native American skin and features could have such fiery red hair. He had only seen hair like that on women with skin so pale it was almost translucent. He broke eye contact when some guy in a suit walked right through her. Literally.
“You can see me?” she asked, giving the guy who had just busted through her a dirty look.
“How do you know my name?”
He took a second to think about an answer, and then she did something he had never encountered with a spirit.
She turned around and ran.
Rayner sat stunned for a moment, and then he was up after her, his heavy boots pounding on the pavement, his newspaper forgotten on the bench. He couldn’t imagine what he looked like to all the skirts and suits making their way to work. He wasn’t chasing anyone, and he wasn’t being chased. Just some nutjob hauling ass down the sidewalk.
Faith had an edge—she didn’t need to dodge things like people and cars; she just ghosted through them.
She ran for three blocks, then took a right up 1st Avenue. He kept projecting his thoughts to her, a mantra that started to get on his nerves. I’m not going to hurt you, Faith. I’m here to help.
Finding My Faith is the second book in the series and I have unfortunately not had a chance to read book one. But in reality, you don’t need to read book one to understand the concept and what this particular story is about. It stands on its own with some deep heart felt emotions.
I won’t recap (too much) of the story since you have the blurb above. Faith Cloudfoot is an Native American young lady in her 20s who wants to experience life away from her over protective parents. She is part of a prophesy her tribe believes in, having been born with flaming red hair. When she is kidnapped suddenly while walking home after work, she spirit leaves her body. Not dead, but not doing so good on the living part, no one can see her. Except for Rayner.
Rayner Johnson (Johnson is a not really his last name since his planet doesn’t do last names) is from the planet SR44. When a group of Colonist break free of their prison, Rayner and five warriors are sent to earth to hunt them. Now 200 years later, they are still on the hunt with the worst people in human history as descendants of the Colonists. When a Colonist performs a bad action, he leaves behind what is called ash which the SR44 warriors can pick up and trail.
The warriors track serial type crimes and when a bunch of young ladies with red hair disappear, they send in three warriors to investigate. While out doing investigation work, Rayner sees Faith, but pretends not too. He can only reunite people with their bodies if they know where the body is and they need to have someone they love and who loves them back when he performs the ritual. Later he finds out Faith is one of the kidnapped women and goes in search of her.
The story kind of moves slowly from there. They meet up to try and figure out things, but seem to waste time. Once they watch TV at her apartment for hours. This is how they fall in love, but as a few days go by, Faith almost dies because they are almost too late. The big drama of Rayner falling in love is that he reverts to his human form for the rest of his short life as the people from his planet live for 1000 years. All Rayner wants to do is finish finding all the Colonist and go home. So he tries over and over not to fall in love with a human, which would end his chances of going home forever.
There were some other things that were kind of silly but not enough to ruin the story. On SR44, the people do not have a really physical form, but are made up of “smoke” like substance in various colors. So when the warriors come to earth, they are using a human form to blend in, but at night their eyes glow with colors. At one point the author says it looks like Easter Egg colors. Rayner’s is red, but he uses painful contacts at some points to hide it.
Overall, it was a decently solid sci-fi/fantasy story with a love story angle. The warriors were fierce, but also had soft sides to themselves. The humans were human as you would expect. It was just decent book for a fun afternoon of reading.
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