About the Ancients of Light series
Chosen is the first in the thirteen books of the Ancients of Light series and is only the beginning of a young Witch’s journey toward developing both the strength of character and magic that will be required to fulfill her prophesied role as leader of the Light faction.
Revelations of nuances in the Prophecy - facets that were never fully comprehended by the Ancients - will continue in successive stories. The culmination of its true meaning in the destiny of the supernatural world of the Realm will only be revealed when Kaitriana is adequately prepared to lead the Warriors now being called together to champion the Light’s purpose.
Familiar characters return for each storyline as the focus turns to a new key couple in every book - a pair that significantly factors into the purpose of Light – however, the story of the Chosen does not end with Book #1. Kaitriana and Lorcan, their growth together as partners in leadership and in love as a couple, will thread through the series as Kaitriana assumes the role that was destined as hers since the beginning.
She is Chosen
Kaitriana’s gift of magic is unrivaled. A descendant of the most powerful Ancient in existence, her birth was foretold ages before her time. Destined to lead the Witch faction, she is betrayed by her own kind, destroying her birthright and all hope of delivering the Realm from the sinister shadow of the Ancient Dark.
He is the Key
Lorcan is a mighty warlord in the Vampire species. His animosity towards the magical immortals is personal – his mother was their Queen. Having long since severed all ties with his former kin, his existence remains plagued by the repercussions of her treachery and a secret that threatens to be his downfall.
They are the Prophecy
An arcane prophecy from the time of the Ancients proclaims that only two in all of creation can bring peace to the Realm. When Kaitriana miraculously appears seeking his protection, Lorcan must forsake his duty and disregard the dictates of his breed to shelter the female. Together they must combat the Ancient Dark and surmount the forces within their own factions that would oppose the Prophecy. Their fates have always been entwined and only when joined can they triumph over a blood feud that has shadowed the Light for millennia.
What would you consider a perfect day for you as an author?
My author-perfect days are any day that I get to spend the bulk of the day writing and a lot of time interacting with readers on the Facebook page. Writing is my stress-relief, it energizes me and the more time I get to spend in the Realm, the better. In addition to that, I have made a lot of good friends in the readers that I have met over the past year on Facebook. Having the opportunity to talk about these books and the characters with others that enjoy them is the most rewarding part of writing.
What sort of research (if any) did you do for this novel?
I research all sorts of things in connection with the series. I did a ton of research in finding the names for every character in the series – the meaning behind the names, the era in which they were first used, etc. I have researched ancient languages – to help develop the various “Ancient” words I use in the books. I research fashion trends in connection with the different characters’ styles. Every dress or pair of shoes that I have described in Chosen or Forsaken is actually in existence somewhere in the real world – and usually been made by some high-end designer that I could never afford to buy. The list of crazy things that I research is endless – and that is the reason I adore Google.
What was your inspiration for this story?
I have always been fond of Vampires, Witches…anything paranormal, and I have been reading romance novels since I was a teen. Combining the two was a natural progression for me. Chosen actually developed over the course of about six months as a kind of mini-movie in my head, to pass the time while I was running on the treadmill. The other 12 stories in the series followed the same way.
Is there any character in particular that you enjoyed writing about the most?
I love Kaitriana – she is quirky and outlandish – and flawed…and brave and strong and has a ton of heart. I love that I get to keep writing about her throughout the series and that we all get to see her grow and develop into this awesome figure she is destined to be.
Were any of your characters or events from the book based of real life people or experiences you have had?
No, not yet, but I made my first trip to Europe last fall, so expect to see some Switzerland references soon.
My husband also claims that the dynamic between Kat and Lorcan – particularly when her crazy antics drive him mad – is like a day in his life. To know that, he would have to admit to having read Paranormal Romance though, right? And that would likely cost him his man-card, so he cannot make such claims…not really.
Are there any other projects you are working on that you would like to tell us about?
All of my spare time has been consumed with writing the 4th book in the series – Mistaken. It goes back into the time of the first Ancients, so readers will get to meet the first Witch and Vampire in creation, and learn all sorts of new secrets about the Ancients that are still in existence…like Myrrdyn.
Did any of your characters give you a difficult time while writing this book?
I have not struggled with any character until I wrote Broken (Ancients of Light #3). Kylie has a fascinating story and a great history, but I struggled to write her in a way that would show her vulnerability without making her appear weak. Weakness would definitely not work for the character she was meant to play. Midway into the book, I ended up going back and rewriting every one of her scenes for that reason. I was very pleased with the end result.
Coffee or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee, with lots of cream, on a regular basis. Hot chocolate when I need comfort.
What do you like to do in your down time?
I have a full-time career and my spare time is spent writing, so down time is precious. We have 11-year old twins that keep us hopping as well, so relaxation is a high priority when time is available. I enjoy time with my husband watching movies and sampling new adult beverages. I also like to run and I love to read.
Do you relate to any of your characters?
I relate to all my female characters in some way and each has some tiny part of me worked in. I think it is somewhat natural to write about what you know, and I know me, and all my quirks and flaws, some more serious than others. For instance, Ella’s fear of the dark – that is totally me.
Fire is her Destiny… Ella long ago determined she would not live a life where magic defined her. Feeling no kinship with her Caste, she walked away from the Realm and its conflicts. She found acceptance and fulfillment in her life amongst the mortals and is on the brink of achieving her dreams.
Darkness is His Curse… Nicholas is the most revered warrior in the Darks’ army. His personal animosity towards the Light drives his existence and draws him to the one Witch he is set on controlling. Nicholas knows the reasons that Ella never found acceptance within the Fire Caste of Witch and he will use that knowledge to pursue his Dark agenda.
(Ancients of Light, #3) by Heather Fleener
Darkness Claimed Her Soul The adversity of Kylie’s youth forged an indomitable spirit. A vibrant and strong woman determined to plot the course of her life with room for nothing beyond the next measure of success, Kylie believed in only herself, and most certainly neither destiny nor love. All those tenants were derailed with a single encounter, but the same man that tempted her to live again drew her into the middle of an aged war, the consequence being her own destruction, plummeting her into a hellish existence.
A Warrior Haunted by His Failure Sayer’s mission was only to foil the latest plan of the Darks in the Outer Realm and return a few Vampire to Hell. Finding a perfect mortal that tempted him beyond all reason was unforeseen complication. Just when Sayer realizes that his eternity is meant for one alone, Kylie is destroyed by the Darks, and the loss drives him to the pits of despair, revealing events of the past that would best be long forgotten.
About the Author
Heather Fleener lives in Indiana with her husband, D.A. and their twins, Thomas and Alexandra. Professionally she has spent her career working in the area of Intellectual Property law.
Reading has been a passion of hers since she was young and she has adored romance novels her entire life. The romantic styles of Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood are her inspiration, though she has read and loved the stories of countless other authors. Her fascination with the paranormal began to form at the young age of six, watching late-night ghost and vampire movies with her Grandpa. Unfortunately, as a result, she also remains afraid of the dark to this day.
Combining her love of epic romances and the supernatural was a natural progression for her overactive imagination. When the idea for the Ancients of Light series began, it was an abstract story line rambling around in her head to help kill a few miles on the treadmill. As the stories and plotlines continued to grow, it finally became necessary to put the words to paper and build the characters that had been living in the Realm and having conversations in her head for months.
The series is a testament to many miles on the treadmill and lots of characters that insist on having their stories told.