Book Title: Bones of Belief (The Chronicles of Darius, Book 13)
Author: Jess Thomas
Cover Artist: Jess Thomas
Genre/s: M/M Romance
Length: 111,215 words/645 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2018
The Jewel has many protectors and a large family, but it still isn't complete. Trend, a white wizard, is in limbo and can be seen only by Vega, Enif, and Darius. Dorian, one of the newest clan members, can only hear him and none of them are able to tell anyone else about him. Darius knows he needs Trend to help complete the family and fulfill his destiny. He desperately wants to have him home, but there is a major problem, Hippson's timeline. Meanwhile, Trend's mate, Grendolin, has searched everywhere he knows in order to find him, including some very dark places, with no luck, but he never lost hope, never lost his belief that he will be with his true mate one way or another.
Can Darius beat the timeline? Must he follow the wishes of those in power who think they know better?
Darius's quest of self-discovery continues as his talents grow to astounding proportions. Even the mighty Hippson and Bunthar don't know what to make of Darius's abilities or what the dreaded timeline holds for the Jewel, his mate, and the rest of the clan.
Become part of Darius's clan and share his continuing journey in Bones of Belief.
For so long, I’d seen myself looking like a gray and leathery alien. In fact, I’ve seen myself looking like this since I was nineteen when I was part of a distant nightmare simply called The Pits. There, Cold Ones lived alongside dark wizards and all manner of evil things that destroyed planets for their own needs. Cold Ones enjoyed destroying anyone with strength and just for the sake of killing generally.
Although the Eiravian people were more advanced, they had sent me to a time on Earth when we lived and died by the sword, where gladiators and slaves had the misfortune to be simply entertainment. My appearance had drifted away to the point that I didn’t know it anymore. Now I tended to look at my appearance as I walked down the hall, the man who walked in the mirror’s reflection wasn’t someone I knew. It had been a long, long time since I’d seen who I really am. I was skinny, but the muscles and weight were coming back on, and the peach skin of my brothers and sisters had replaced the gray skin. My leathery appearance had disappeared in my reflection. The only thing that seemed the same was my blue eyes that appeared to glow power and a large scruffy beard.
Sometimes as I was walking down the hallway, I’d step backward and then forward, to actually see if my appearance stayed the same in the mirrors. The spell was breaking, and we would soon celebrate Finnal’s birthday. I always asked him what he wanted, and he’d always reply he got what he wanted. Therefore, this year I was going to give him what he asked for…me.
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Author Bio: Jess Thomas was born in the mid-west and she has a natural love for nature and animals. A gentle creature born to loving parents who believed in seeing the world for all its beauty, she learned the imperfections in life were something to be treasured and seen as a learning experience. An artist from an early age, she went to art school where she got a degree in drawing and painting, photography, and in Art Education. In 2009 she laid down her paintbrush and she picked up writing and channeling her creative energy in a fresh direction. A new writer, she pours sensitivity and her love of the world she has created into her emotions and the characters who live there.
Questions for Author Jess Thomas
1. What inspired you to right these Chronicles?
Good question, I stated about three months after I found out I had trigeminal neuralgia. Suddenly I couldn’t paint without dropping my brush and my frustration and the level of pain I was dealing with screamed for me to somehow deal with it creatively. Darius deals with my difficulties, often you can tell when I am not feeling good by how he is doing in my stories. I also wanted to be in a big family hence the clan.
2. If you could demo any artist’s music, who would it be?
That’s hard I love so many types of music.
3. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Purpose and style
4. Is there a character you feel especially connected to in these chronicles? Why?
Darius is like me. At times he’s over sensitive and craves love. He also loves animals and feels a connection with them.
5. What books or authors have most influence your own writing?
I love the Lord of the Ring series and the Harry Potter series.
6.What is the most surprising thing you have discovered since writing your book?
The hunger to write every day.
7. Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I believe the reader should be a active part and I appreciate their feedback. I also created a web page for the Chronicles of Darius Series that lets them see what I have in mind from the music I played to get me in the mood of a scene to the way I think a character would look.
8. Have you got a favourite line you have written? If so what is it?
“A perfect storm is coming, old friend,” Bunthar said, taking a bite, “and its name is Trend. Game, Hippson?”
9. Have you ever given your characters the personality of someone you know?
Yes, Final seems to be like my boyfriend, Trend was a dear friend I lost a few years back, Vega was like my father both work withed the mind.