The story behind the story:
When writing the Fate's Endeavor Series, an image came to my mind. It was a mixture of all of the things that I've learned throughout the years about religious mythology, and I thought; what would it be like, if humans were just a tad askew about their beliefs of the netherworld?
You see, throughout the years I did a lot of research and studying in regards to religious mythology, angels, demons and the like as the subject always had a certain attraction--I was, without a doubt, curious about it. In so being, I read a lot, and learned a lot.
Then I thought, what would it be like, if we had it all wrong? In that instant an idea popped into my head. That is how the supernatural aspect of the Fate's Endeavor Series was born. Following I'll introduce you to this wonderful "amazing cluster world of souls" that was born from my imagination.
Azriel (Also spelled Azrael, per mythology):
Azriel is the actual name of the Angel of Death. It derives from Hebrew and means "help of God". This name was given to him because it was believed that he helped God collect passing souls, and then ushered them into the after life. Unlike us, the ancients believed that the Angel of Death was a good being. A benevolent one--and his job was something of a virtuous nature, as he carried the spirits of the departed to God.
It wasn't until much later in history that people because afraid of this being. This fear was born from the fear of death. Instantly Azriel was painted as dark being. Although this was not his true nature.
In my series, I play with the idea that Azriel was, at one time in his life, human. In having been human, he also had a history. In If Death Should Love Me, I paint a clear portrait of what Azriel's history would have been like, had he been born human, from African descent and in the early hundreds.
Gabriel is believed to be an Archangel, and has always been depicted as an angel of light. A good being, full of love, but also a warrior that would slay God's enemies. His name means "strong man of God" because of his righteous nature.
In If Death Should Love Me, I use his righteous nature as the catalyst to his rebellion. As humans we know that righteousness can be both a gift, and a curse. In Gabriel's case, it has proved to be am enormous curse, transforming what was once a being of great love and power, into a being of great power, but loveless.
The Higher Sources:
With the Higher Sources, I play with the concept of multiple gods--reflective of Greek/Roman/Egyptian mythology--but give it a Western Christian spin. the Higher Sources are God--male and female. Their individual names are Alpha and Omega. They are two in one and one in two. One God in two bodies. Two entities that complete each other.
Their portal to humanity is an object called "The Thin Glass of Life". Everyone knows that story of Snow White and her evil step-mother's magic mirror. The idea of the Thin Glass of Life is sort of the same, only it a window to humanity which the Higher Sources use to see all of the things occurring on earth. More specifically, with Azriel, Gabriel and Sophia.
Sophia is a young woman, in her mid-twenties, who has had a fairly average life. As the matter of fact, her life is so average that is bores her out of her mind. So, in the attempt to add a little spice to her life, so turns to horror movies. She is of Puerto Rican descent and her culture defines her life in many ways. Her parents raised her in the traditional Hispanic way and instilled all of their values in her. Sophia is very close to her family, especially her grandmother Lourdes. She adores her "Abuela".
However Sophia's life spins out of control when she meets Azriel.
"If Death Should Love Me" is the story of how Sophia and Azriel crossed paths and eventually fell in love. More than that, it's the story of the battle that they must confront in order to be happy.
There are so many more elements to If Death Should Love Me--too many to point out in a single sitting--but all of them pertinent to the story. You'll find a netherworld divided, archangels and angels in the form of people you wouldn't have expected, and so much more.
Azriel once said, "Fate, what a bleak and meaningless word to describe something that nobody understands."
If Death Should Love Me is a romance, a fantasy and an adventure.
A dull roar, that's all I could hear. Souls, that's all I could see... So many people. Some good. Some bad. Some breathing. Some barely breathing. All souls. It was funny what you could see when you stood in the middle of the Emergency Room. Who survived. Who didn’t. All of them, every one, a soul. A soul for the taking.
So begins your introduction to the floating, clustered world of souls that will have such influence on Sophia, the young Puerto Rican-American girl who has just lost her closest ally, her grandmother, "Abuela". It is just after the funeral, at the cemetery, where Sophia meets the tall, almost angelic man who will play the most unexpected role in her life.
A love story. A fantasy. An adventure. If Death Should Love Me tells a tale of “fate” far beyond the normal meaning of that little four letter word. How else would you explain why Sophia wonders what would happen If Death Should Love Me?
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