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message 1: by Charlotte, Cheesy Cakes (new)

Charlotte (charkro) | 1786 comments So, I'm opening up this thread for comments and discussion concerning the upcoming Deadman's Cross trilogy. =)


message 2: by Charlotte, Cheesy Cakes (new)

Charlotte (charkro) | 1786 comments An exclusive excerpt has recently been released on the Entertainment Weekly site, and I gotta say, it looks fascinating. =)

You can find the link in the Word On the Street thread; in addition to the excerpt, you can also see the cover.

The article, which was written by Isabella Biedenharn, also contains the following info:
"This initial installment follows Devyl Bane, an ancient dark warlord who has returned to the human realm as an infamous pirate. He makes a pact with an immortal called Thorn — who’s tasked with keeping the very worst of the ancient gods’ former creations at bay. But the enchanted gates he’s kept them behind are breaking, and it’s up to Bane and his crew of Deadmen to keep these evil creatures from getting out."

Did I mention that this book sounds fascinating? XD

So, here is the excerpt:
Devyl staggered back as he saw the sparkling veil fall over the ship and every member of his crew. It even covered Kalder in the water. A gossamer shimmer rained down like a Spring shower. Only instead of leaving them wet, it cast their skin in a light, ethereal glow, like that of coal that held fire inside its darkness.

William and Bart stared at each other with slack-jaws. Then they turned toward him for an explanation he couldn’t even begin to give them.

“Captain?” Belle asked as she shimmied from the rigging and moved to stand beside him.

He had no answer for her, either. Not for this.

And definitely not for whatever caused the beast and its compatriots in the water to splinter into a fine shimmering mist that settled over the waves only to vanish in the blink of an eye.

What the hell?

If that wasn’t shocking enough, a huge wave lifted Kalder from the sea and set him down on the deck near the prow, as if to make sure he was safe, along with the rest of them.

His own jaw agape, Devyl handed his sword off to Belle before he made his way toward the only source for this he could imagine.

Cameron Jack.

He found her in his cabin, on her knees, clutching at the medallion her brother had sent her. Her eyes had lost all color to them. Her lips as pale as her body as she whispered a barely audible prayer. Even her hair had turned stark white.

The stark red, bleeding cuts caused by the shattered windows provided the only color anywhere on her body. Yet the strangest part?

Glass hovered in the air around her, forming the illusion of glittering wings jutting out from her back.

William drew up short behind him and cursed. “What manner of creature is she?”

When Bart stepped around them with a raised sword to attack her, Devyl stopped and disarmed him. “She’s not our enemy, Mr. Meers.” He returned the sword.

“What is she?” he repeated William’s question.

“Something that would piss down the leg of those what don’t think much of us if they knew she was among our crew. And it explains much about what happened to her brother and why the Plate Fleet be sunk as it was.”

William scowled. “You’ve lost me, Captain.”

Devyl carefully closed the distance between them before he took the medallion from Cameron’s hand. The moment he had it pried loose from her fierce grip, her hair returned to its natural chestnut shade and the blue-green color to her eyes.

The glass fell to the floor where it struck and let out a small, tinkling sound reminiscent of jester bells.

Cameron blinked twice as if waking from a deep slumber. With a fierce grimace, she glanced between them. “Is the fighting over?”

Bitterly amused, Devyl released a tired breath as he rubbed his thumb against the searing medallion. The ancient power and the soul of the warrior it contained thrummed from the metal, similar to a heartbeat. No wonder Menyara had sent her to them.

Damn that interfering bitch for it.

“Aye.” He glanced to his men over his shoulder. “It appears we needs amend our earlier answer to the lass, Mr. Death.”

“Deeth … and what answer be that, Captain?”

“There are no humans aboard this ship, at all.”

Cameron gaped at him. “P-p-pardon?”

He held the medallion up in front of her face so that she could see the remnants of the faint glow it contained from having been activated by the evil that had come up against them. “Do you remember anything from the last few minutes?”

Her scowl deepened as she cast her gaze around as if seeking an answer before she shook her head.

Handing the medallion back to her, he closed her fingers over it. “You are born of a Seraph’s bloodline, lass. And this trinket of your brother’s is the proof of it. I’d been hoping I was wrong with my earlier assessment. Sadly, I wasn’t.” He stepped back as he contemplated what it all meant. “The good news is, since you had no idea of your family’s origins … unless you have a sibling your parents failed to speak of, your brother’s still alive somewhere— you were right about that. They didn’t kill him, after all.”

Cameron gasped as hope finally filled her. “You’re sure about that?”

Bane nodded before he dipped his chin toward her fisted hand. “As we’ve all just seen, the medallion reacts to your blood when you’re under demonic threat. Had Captain Jack died, you’d have been approached about replacing him in this fight by those he serves. Since no one’s come for you, he’s alive without a doubt. And that medallion is from his own sword that I’m sure he inherited from one of your parents.”

Cameron’s breath caught as she opened her hand to study the emblem more closely. Never had she seen it in her parents’ possession. “Me mother had a sword that belonged to her father before he died, but we were never allowed near the locked chest where she kept it. She always said that it would pass to Paden on her death.” She bit her lip as she remembered something she hadn’t thought about in years. “After her death, he never let me see it, either. I never thought anything about that, until now. Like her, he guards it with the strictest care.”

“Because of the power it contains, a vile beacon it be. One that draws evil to it like a flame summons moths. Unless it’s kept shielded and enclosed, it would be a threat to any nearby innocent unaware of what it actually is.” Devyl crossed his arms over his chest. “Your brother must have sent the Seraph medallion to you to keep his enemies from using his sword or destroying the soul of your ancestor. And to keep you safe in his absence.”

“What is this Seraph you keep mentioning?” William asked.

Before Devyl could speak, a pale shimmering women appeared in the center of the cabin.

Gasping, Cameron shrank away from her. The men, however, didn’t blink. They acted as if her ghostly presence among them was normal and expected.

More beautiful than a fairy queen, she stood eye-to-eye with Devyl and had hair unlike anything Cameron had ever seen before. Pale golden-brown, it was laced with strands of ice white— not gray or any facsimile of gray. It was a silvery, gleaming white … like fey-locks that fell in unadorned waves to her waist. Her black and white striped silk gown was plain, yet richly cut and elegant. A white lace kerchief encircled her neck, and as with her hair, it had shimmery silver threads laced through it— the same lace decorated the edges of her sleeves and hem.

Yet the most peculiar bit was that she stood barefoot even while she held the bearing of some grand empress. Obviously, she didn’t fear splinters from the ship boards.

And her eyes …

Almond-shaped, they were a deep amber brown. She turned to face Cameron and offered her a kind smile. “No need to fear me, child. I mean you no harm.”

Devyl stepped forward. “Cameron Jack, may I present you to our lady ship, Marcelina?”

Cameron bowed to the noblewoman. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, my lady.”

Marcelina smiled. “I’m not a lady, child. You misunderstood Du’s words, as was no doubt his intention.” She passed a chiding grimace toward Captain Bane.

Confused by that, Cameron waited for an explanation. William laughed while Bart bit back a smile.

Devyl gave each of the men a chilling glare before he explained the lady’s comment. “Mara is this ship we sail upon, Miss Jack. Our warden— in all senses of that word— for this grand misadventure.”

“Pardon?”

“Perhaps this will help?” Marcelina posed herself like the ship’s figurehead. Before Cameron’s eyes, she turned into the wooden piece from head to toe.

“Holy mother of God!” Cameron crossed herself.

Marcelina returned to flesh. “No need to panic, child. As Du said, I’m the guardian for all who reside here. So long as you fall under my protection, I will do anything to keep you safe.”

“And ensure you have no fun whatsoever,” Bart mumbled under his breath.

The captain elbowed him in the stomach hard enough that he doubled over.

Shaking her head, Cameron did her best to absorb all of this, but … “How is this possible? How can she be the boat?”

The smile returned to Marcelina’s face. “I come from an ancient race. We are the wood and the wood is us.”

“They were the gods and guardians of the forest,” Devyl said. “Ever lurking among humanity and causing problems for us.”

***End of excerpt***


message 3: by K-Gorgeous (new)

K-Gorgeous | 163 comments Yeah I saw it. It's pretty awesome:D. When scrolling through the characters I saw that Adarian was in the list. I wonder if he will make an actual appearance or just will be mentioned.


message 4: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Cooper (joshuacooper) | 6 comments I can't contain my excitement anymore I'm about to read (Deadmen Walking) I promise there will be no spoilers before it's released and everyone has a chance to read it


message 5: by Cindi (new)

Cindi (ourtrumpcard) | 534 comments Sorta "dang it" then...I have no patience!!!


message 6: by BookPusher D (new)

BookPusher D (bookpusherd) | 130 comments Joshua how did you get an ARC???? So awesome!


message 7: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Cooper (joshuacooper) | 6 comments believe it or not I got an autographed editors copy sent to me from Sherrilyn Kenyon. personally. she found out I am a disabled veteran that started reading her books while in recovery from several surgeries and so she sent me 4 autographed books including Deadmen Walking.


message 8: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Cooper (joshuacooper) | 6 comments not only is sherrilyn Kenyon the best author she is also the kindest heart in person you could ever imagine it warms my heart to know there are people in the world like her that truly care about her fans and people in general


message 9: by Shari-amor, Doll Cake (new)

Shari-amor | 5271 comments That is very, very cool and beautiful that she reached out to you. Thank you much for your service, Joshua! I hope you'll share thoughts with us when the rest of us can get our hands on the books.


message 10: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Cooper (joshuacooper) | 6 comments I absolutely will but out of respect for all other readers I will not be saying a word until after it's released and other people start commenting on it


message 11: by Shari-amor, Doll Cake (new)

Shari-amor | 5271 comments Sweet!


message 12: by BookPusher D (new)

BookPusher D (bookpusherd) | 130 comments That is so awesome! Her kindness is amazing to witness.
Thank you very much for your service Joshua :)


message 13: by Myst (new)

Myst | 734 comments Joshua wrote: "I absolutely will but out of respect for all other readers I will not be saying a word until after it's released and other people start commenting on it"

Ah come on, give us a basic Loved it or Liked it review. That doesn't actually give anything away! Just 2 words..."Loved it" or "Liked it".


message 14: by Shari-amor, Doll Cake (new)

Shari-amor | 5271 comments Hehehe sneaky Myst


message 15: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Cooper (joshuacooper) | 6 comments Myst I will give you that much but nothing else lol I just got through the first 3 chapters.


message 16: by Marie (last edited May 14, 2017 08:00PM) (new)

Marie | 1447 comments I just read Deadmen Walking and saw some post on facebook about how, by reading it, I just met the Sea Wolves' parents (?) and next year I'll learn something about a Dupree woman...

I have no idea what any of this means. I didn't read the Sea Wolves' stories or remember any Dupree woman in other books, so can anyone give me just some basic context information? I feel like I should be a lot more excited by that Facebook post than I am right now.


message 17: by Charlotte, Cheesy Cakes (last edited May 15, 2017 08:44AM) (new)

Charlotte (charkro) | 1786 comments Ugh, and the Sea Wolves books can't be accessed through the site anymore. I'm presuming that it's due to spoilers.

With that in mind, I'm gonna put a spoiler tag here, since the Sea Wolves series (A Pirate of Her Own and Master of Seduction) take place over sixty years after Deadman's Cross.
(Sea Wolves takes place in 1780.)

(view spoiler)

Now, I haven't found any connection yet between Deadmen Walking and the first Sea Wolves book, A Pirate of Her Own. Key word here, yet. Hopefully, I'll have some ideas as I comb through Sea Wolves and the DC series. =) (Supposedly, Devyl Bane is either present or mentioned in Sea Wolves.)


message 18: by Marie (new)

Marie | 1447 comments Thanks Charlotte! :)


message 19: by Charlotte, Cheesy Cakes (new)

Charlotte (charkro) | 1786 comments No problem! =)

Oh yeah ... and it's just been confirmed on FB that Kalder and Cameron will be the hero and heroine of the next DC book. =)


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Charlotte wrote: "No problem! =)

Oh yeah ... and it's just been confirmed on FB that Kalder and Cameron will be the hero and heroine of the next DC book. =)"


I'm not done with Deadmen walking but I love Kalder and Cameron!!! they're so cute!


message 21: by Myst (new)

Myst | 734 comments I'm picking up my copy in 3 or so hours. But I need to finish my current book before I get to it :(

Although I *will* push back Kitty Norville for Deadmen Walking (although I enjoy Kitty for being the fluff it is).


message 22: by Marie (new)

Marie | 1447 comments Oh Kitty! *sigh* What fond memories...


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