Monday, June 02, 2014

Of the Protected

Lars Landre, Of the Persecuted  
Lars, as hero of this story tell us about yourself.
As the Maker’s servant,. He has called me to defend His people, no matter the personal sacrifice. While I’ve been reluctant to accept a leadership role in the crusade against the Rendow Clan, who aim to slaughter the Faithful of the Woodlands Region, I now recognize my relevance. I’m destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution. And as I reflect on my early years when I was orphaned as a young one, I also now recognize the many ways in which the Maker prepared me to lead His people.
What is it that you in service of the Maker?
I am a warrior in the Mighty Army, leading the Faithful to defeat Vatten Rendow. I am also the founder of Tuveil, a magical village in the Woodlands Region.

How did you and Laila, the heroine meet?
I met Laila Pennedy in Drysdon, a village in the Woodlands Region, as we faced death by hanging.

Now that must have been an interesting meeting. What was your first impression of her?
Though forthcoming death loomed, her green eyes remained resolute and her demeanor defiant. Yet her vulnerability wrenched my heart. In all of my nineteen years, I had never gazed upon such beauty. While I had planned escape all along, the task suddenly became about preserving her life and not my own.

Did you think right away this was a woman you could love?
Without a doubt. It’s difficult for me to explain, but her combined demonstration of confidence and vulnerability both strengthened and weakened me. Though we had not yet spoken to one another, I felt stronger with her by my side. Until then, I’d longed to cross paths with a woman whom the Maker graced with humility, for such a lady is destined to glorify Him.

What are your expectations for a loving relationship?
I have only one expectation—that she devotes her life to the Maker. For then, she’ll value His blessings as much as me.

What causes you the most fear about this relationship?
Because the Faithful endeavor to defeat the Rendow Clan, to assure freedom to openly worship the Maker…I fear the chances of both of us surviving are slim.

I can see how devoted you are to your work. What makes it so important to you?
My devotion to the Maker and my unwavering faith in His promise of victory make my endeavors very important. My one true match, Laila and my family, whether by blood or commitment are also important in my life.

What do you want the heroine to see in you that she may not see now?
That, though I didn’t realize it until I locked gazes with her at the gallows in Drysdon, I’d waited for her. She is the fulfillment of a promise I never knew the Maker had made.

What are your hopes for the future?
I have only one hope—freedom to worship the Maker with those I love most.  
Thank you, Lars for sharing some of your life with us this week.
Of the Persecuted Back Cover Blurb:
Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.

Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her
kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children.

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Melanie Backus said...

Count me in on this one. Thank you, Martha.

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Angie Brashear said...

Hi Melanie! So glad your interested in Lars and Laila's story!