I’d like to welcome Jana onto my blog today. She’s here to talk about her new novel, Soldiers of the Sun.
Thanks to Meagan for having me on her blog to talk about my novel Soldiers of the Sun. While technically it’s the third in a series, all of the stories are stand-alone starting with the novella The Darkest Midnight in December and the short story, Snowbound. The series is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in an alternate 1930s where people are aware demons stalk the earth. The soldiers of the sun are demon hunters.
Being a Soldier of the Sun is a high stress job for obvious reasons. There’s nothing easy about hunting demons. Most soldiers can see not only the demons who are visible to everyone but also the ones who can take human form.
Not all demons have the same weaknesses. Some can be shot; others require edged weapons, fire, holy oils and so on. This means Temple, Caleb and Agni have to train in a variety of fighting styles. Temple is not fond of the close combat training. His father took the drill sergeant approach to training which was the wrong style for Temple. It’s one of the reasons he left the Knights Templar for whom he was named. Physical training is part of their daily life.
The teams are made up of a mix of styles when it comes to close quarters vs. long range weapons. Caleb is the expert at the close up fighting style, using a sword. Agni takes up the middle position. His chakram could be used in close quarters as well as thrown. Temple prefers to use his Tommy gun which allows him to attack at a distance. Sometimes this can be a problem, like in the Carnegie museum when gun spray threatened Temple’s favorite exhibit, Dippy the Diplodocus.
At the opening of the novel, the trio are still waiting to find out what their new partner’s fighting style is. They are not ready emotionally to have a new partner and when Caleb, Agni and Temple meet the fourth member of their team, it’s not like anything they could have expected.
Researching is another huge part of their lives, perusing histories and demon lexicons. Agni especially enjoys this. All three of them can speak and read more than one language so they can be more efficient researchers.
They do have time to relax and do the things they enjoy. Agni is a reader. Caleb loves the movies and Temple is a dancer from the word go.
So if you have any questions on how the gentlemen live their daily lives this is the time!
Preparing to leave his little apartment within the walls of the Order of the Sun, Temple nearly slammed into his teammates Caleb and Agni. Caleb had his hand raised, presumably to knock. Temple eyed them sourly. “What are you two doing?”
“Taglioferro asked us along to meet your new partner,” Caleb replied, running his sword-calloused hand over his slicked-back blond hair. The gesture made Temple a little dry mouthed. Shaking the dirty thoughts out, Temple realized it made sense his teammates had joined him. Caleb was the team leader, after all. Surely he needed to be there.
“And since you’d be late to your own funeral, we’re here to hurry you up.” Agni made hurry-along motions exaggerated by the newspaper he had in hand—Temple’s paper, which he’d forgotten to pick up. Agni handed it to him. Temple set it on the door-side table, but not before he saw the headline about a couple of deaths of desperate men who’d died after drinking radiator fluid down at the Mon wharf. They had pulled out the potato they were using to detoxify the alcohol a little too soon. Under that was an article about another demon attack on a speakeasy. Hadn’t he and Caleb just cleared a speakeasy the other night?
“You’ll notice I am on time,” Temple grumbled, trying to lock his door. After a few moments of fussing with the key, a metallic clank echoed down the hall, telling him he was doomed. “Damn it, it broke again. Why do we have to live in such falling-down housing?”
“The building has been here a century. It’s bound to have problems.” Caleb shrugged. “Come on. I’m excited to meet our new teammate.”
“I’m nervous,” Temple said, walking down the old stone corridors. The Soldiers of the Sun’s complex had been built with castles in mind, well fortified but dark and cold. “How do I explain what happened to my last partner?”
Caleb shot him a look. “It’s not your fault Li died.”
Did Caleb think Temple blamed himself? Of course he did. Temple had said it more than once. Li had been the love of his life, and Temple watched him bleed to death. Caleb probably worried Temple wasn’t dealing with his guilt. His partners knew him pretty well, but he wished they were easier to hoodwink. He wasn’t well. The closeness he’d felt since all of them had become lovers was good, but it never lasted.
“We were outnumbered,” Caleb said as he opened the exterior door. The wind caught them in its maw, blasting through the open door. The sulfurous stench of the steel mills rode the frigid air.
“Then why does it feel like it is?” As Temple’s shoulders slumped, Caleb favored him with a sharp look. Agni’s face was inscrutable as always. After a brief silence broken only by the whistle of the wind through the buildings, Temple said, “Taglioferro is an understanding guy. He knows what we get up to, but it’s not always easy to find someone with our talents who wouldn’t want to beat us for being shirt lifters.”
“Mostly it means we have to be discreet,” Agni said, turning his cool gaze on Temple. After a second his nose wrinkled. “You’re right. You have a problem.”
Temple made a face. “Go to hell.”
Buy Links: Soldiers of the Sun – eBook http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6759
Soldiers of the Sun- paperback – http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6760
Jana is Queen of the Geeks (her students voted her in) and her home and office are shrines to any number of comic book and manga heroes along with SF shows and movies too numerous to count. There is no coincidence the love of all things geeky has made its way into many of her stories. To this day, she’s still disappointed she hasn’t found a wardrobe to another realm, a superhero to take her flying among the clouds or a roguish star ship captain to run off to the stars with her.
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