on July 25, 2017
Roxanne Bland was born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended the Duke Ellington High School of the Performing Arts. After graduating from high school, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she majored in Government. From Smith, she headed to New York City, where she took a series of jobs as a paralegal. She lived in New York for over two years, then moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School. After law school, she returned to Washington, D.C. where she worked for trade and government organizations. She now works for a trade magazine, where she is a regular columnist.
Roxanne Bland has been a fugitive from reality since forever. As a child, she constantly made up stories--some would call them lies--about her family, friends, neighbors and even strangers on the street. She had friends that only she could see. Learning to read was a revelation. Words fascinated her. Whole new worlds opened up, and since her parents forbade nothing. She discovered horror, a little science fiction and fantasy and really got into high fantasy, like Lord of the Rings. She was making up stories, but not writing them down. They were private. Besides, her family maintained she should be concentrating on her musical studies, and later, her college studies - she went to law school and after she graduated and entered the workforce, she finally started writing down her stories. Then she started writing a piece of fan fiction, though she didn't know that's what it was at the time. That piece of fan fiction fell by the wayside, but in its place came a manuscript that would eventually become her first book, The Underground. Slipping into that alternate reality for hours on end, there was a time in her life when it was called daydreaming and she got into trouble.
Now Bland announced her latest fiction novel, 'The Underground: Second Edition', a spellbinding paranormal urban fantasy fiction novel set in Seattle. The characters in in the new novel include vampires, shapeshifters, elves, witches, demons and aliens. In her writing Roxanne is a builder of worlds. She takes readers on fantastic journeys that are extraordinarily different, yet somehow completely familiar. She blends topics such as forbidden love, political intrigue and bigotry into compelling storylines that allow readers to view their own culture and customs through the eyes of alien and paranormal races.
In this story, Kurt, the vampire Master, reigns over the exotics of Seattle, controlling the urban communities of shapeshifters, elves, vampires, and witches through cruelty, terror, and intimidation. Of all his enslaved "zots," no one hates the sadistic, insatiable vampire more than Parker Berenson, the alpha of the city's werewolf pack. Garrett Larkin, the beautiful mage of the Balthus Coven, was Parker's beloved freyja before the bloodsucker decided to claim her for himself--and now the wolf wants revenge. But he dares not upset the uneasy alliance Kurt maintains over Seattle's various factions of preternatural beings, because he knows the ensuing war would most certainly unleash the murderous rage of the humans who share their city.
Now, however, a stunning stranger threatens the fragile balance--an elite warrior from a distant galaxy on her own mission of vengeance. From the moment he first encounters the breathtaking interstellar assassin, Melera Shen'zae, Parker knows he must have her and that nothing else could possibly matter more. But the wolf's erotic hunger is blinding him to an all-devouring evil that waits in the shadows--for, in the name of revolution, a demon has been loosend upon the world.
Some strange scenes:
"Parker couldn’t take anymore. His wolf erupted. A lava flow of were-strength blasted through his arms, then through the rest of him. His human eyes glowed his werewolf’s green. He heard and felt his clothes rip. He was morphing."
Melera paced a circle around the planet’s image, inspecting the large landmasses hovering on the blue seas. Every so often, her body rippled and morphed into another being. Her czado enabled her to do this. Without much thought, Melera could morph into anything she wished, and she often did it simply because she could. “I want to go someplace temperate,” she said, scrutinizing the largest landmass. She morphed into a tyraticin, a two-legged beast of burden from the planet Mylatha. Then she morphed into a wakul, a winged monster inhabiting a nameless planet on the fringes of Maqu.
Rituals, spells, meditative trances, strange powers bending wills and elemental forces:
The main difference between a witch and a mage is that mages have greater powers to summon all of the elemental forces and bend them to our wills. Otherwise, witches and mages are pretty much the same.
Knowledge of ancient times relating to gods and goddesses and mythology is prevalent:
Does the cover image of The book relate to the following description? Excerpt:
"The warehouse’s wretched appearance was deceiving. Underneath the decayed siding, sturdy creosote-coated wooden planks an inch thick had been fitted together and nailed to the studs. The minute spaces between the planking had been caulked with sealing compound and then covered with tar, and the whole building, from inside the walls to underneath the raised floor, had been packed with dense fiberglass insulation. Far from being abandoned, the property was owned, as it had been for decades, by W.B.C., Inc. The letters stood for “Witches of the Balthus Coven,” although that name didn’t appear on any corporate documents. The coven had christened and dedicated the warehouse “Temple of Balthus,” a sea-god and principle deity of the Llachlan, an ancient seafaring people. Naming the Temple for the old god didn’t mean they were his followers. “Balthus” had been chosen because of Seattle’s proximity to the ocean."
A cinquet of five witches arrived to fetch Garrett for the first of her many ritual baths. Garrett’s astral body floated in and out of the magick being worked, getting lost in the sensations, smells, and sights of the ritual and the power in the room. Her synesthetic state made her dizzy. She felt/smelled/saw/tasted and heard the air pressure inside the circle growing denser, as was the pressure inside her head and deep within her womb.
Colonies of demons and interstellar travel, alien life, half -humans disembodied voices......, and the reader is welcomed to another dimension:
“Welcome to the third dimension, demon,” a disembodied entity says.
Where am I, Janice?
You’re in the third dimension. Inside my body.
In the author's own words:
"Writing is a like a drug. Stumbling across whole new worlds lying dormant in my head and bringing them to life is an incredible high. I'm definitely an addict. I can't imagine not writing."'The Underground: Second Edition' is Bland's third novel. Her second novel, 'The Moreva Astoreth' was praised by readers and reviewers alike. Very few authors have the special gift of creating strangeness. A challenge to read but no challenge to write, as all comes so natural to her.
18 July 2017