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Interview with Nicole Hill, author of The Avalon Legacies

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Ever heard of Camelot? What about Avalon? Do you believe they were real?  What if I told you that King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Morgan Le fey and the lady of the lake were nothing more than a very powerful, very dysfunctional family?

Forget everything you think you know right now. I’m serious. Whatever you have seen, heard or read is probably way off base. The Avalon Legacies is the story of one infamously powerful family that made one devastating mistake after another. A family that fell so especially from grace with The Goddess that she cursed their entire race, cast them out of their magical home in Avalon and slammed it’s gates closed to earth until the day that they are able to redeem themselves.

With no one left to continue the Fey teachings, mankind’s ability to wield magic on this planet slowly disappeared. The histories of a once great King, noble family and wondrously magical race were slowly reduced to nothing more than legends and fairy tales. So much so, that most of the descendants of this great family don’t even know who they are or that they are supposed to be redeeming themselves and the ones who do know have either hidden it, faked their death or have been on this fruitless quest for so long that they have lost the ability to think rationally.

We’re already caught up in your web. Tell us more about this series.
The Avalon Legacies is not your everyday tale of good and evil. There is no straight black and white but instead, an everlasting gray area. Those you think are evil, may not be. Those you think are good, may not be and those who started off good may change due to their experience and vice versa.

There are five legacies. Each one follows this family as they are tasked with each step toward redemption. With every step forward, they see only more steps. Behind every door, there always seems to be another and don’t think that this path to redemption only leads back to Arthur and his family. Each legacy goes deeper and deeper into the past. Every creation was the direct result of something that happened to the creator. ( God or Goddess)  Whatever creator that may be.

The events that lead up to earth’s first and forgotten Apocalypse, were set into motion long before God ever created earth. This family discovers that not only are they tasked with fixing the mistakes of their forefathers that lead to the death of magic on this planet but that some of those mistakes may have been manipulated by other creators. They discover that the creation of their race was directly related to a many century old feud between two of what the family finds out are many, many, many creators. The secrets that this family unearths during their quest will one day re write all that ever was and all that ever will be. If they can survive standing up to even the most stubborn and pigheaded creators in existence. That is.

What genre is it?
Paranormal Romance, mid-evil fantasy and Greek mythology all rolled into one (well it will be five) book. I used to always just say it was Paranormal Romance but there are so many different aspects of this series that it is very tough to classify into one genre.

Fair enough. What kind of readers will it appeal to?
At first, I thought it would be women mostly and only those who likes steamy romance but to my surprise, I have found that just as many men of all ages have read and enjoyed as the women. Maybe because the story is more focused on the struggle and less on the steamy parts. They are there, they just don’t overwhelm the story line.

I am also working on taking out all the really adult bits to release a YA version as I have had tons of inquiries into whether or not I would. I should have guessed that so many YA readers would be interested after the Twilight series but I started writing this book before any of those came out.

Tell us about some of the characters in the series.
Ailis is a kick ass homicide detective when she finds out that she is the long awaited heir to the throne of Avalon and it is now her responsibility to protect her people and  to end a war that has spanned thousands of years.

Ailis has spent her life pretending she didn’t have powers and that things did not go bump in the night. She is very good at her job and she’s pretty sure the serial murders her unit is investigating aren’t being committed by a human. In walks the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. What’s wrong with that? Ailis not only knows he’s a vampire. she also knows he’s the one draining child molesters and murderers and leaving an empty carcass for her to find…

Kenneth has been a Vampire long enough to know that he is what he is. Plain and Simple. He doesn’t make excuses. He likes what he is. He is tough as nails with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. He does what he wants when he wants and revels in the fact that he does not answer to anyone. Especially some nosy Mortal cop that won’t mind her own damn business…

Anyone else we need to know about?
Monolo is evil, ruthless and on a mission. He has been trying to combine the two races for over 1,000 years and has just about driven himself mad with the need to be ” The One” to lift the curse placed upon their species by the goddess in 537 A.D. He cares not what methods he must use or who he hurts in the process. He is fighting for a greater cause than any human or witch life is worth. He’s found the one Witch who he is sure is the key and he’ll stop at nothing to get her to join him.

Carmelita was the daughter of a wealthy Spanish conquistador. Her mother was a Scottish beauty that he  met on his travels and brought home to Madrid to marry. She has known all her life that the Avalon Legacies have been chasing their family. She just never dreamed, her granddaughter would be the one chosen to start them off.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
I have also written a short story called A Gentleman’s Luck. It took me three days and it was just stuck in my head so I wrote it down. If you want a quick read, that one is good.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from a small town where everyone pretty much knew everyone. My childhood was less than ideal like so many others and I used books as an escape. At the age of  23, I read my first paranormal romance and knew I had finally found what I wanted to write about. I had also always been very interested in the tales of King Arthur and Morgan Le Fay. I loved the way magic was so alive in the legends and always lost myself entirely in the world of Merlin but always hated the way the legends ended. I was always left wondering why they were never given a chance to redeem themselves. So six years ago, when I was working at a call center and had loads of time between calls, I decided I wanted to finish their story. My way. So here I am. Legacy Forgotten is the first in The Avalon Legacies. My way of fixing what I considered to be a great injustice.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
http://nicolefaithhill.blogspot.com

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
Twitter: @nicolehill17
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolehillauthor.

What’s next?
I am working on the final draft of Legacy Foretold and it should be out withing the next two months. I don’t do strict deadlines as I am extremely busy with my blog and all of the Indie spotlights that I do, my kids and my job so I get them done when I can.

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