Please welcome Sallie Lundy Frommer to Roller Coaster Suspense. In her guest post, she interviews Sapphira and Malachi from her novel, YESTERDAY’S DAUGHTER. She is also giving away a signed copy of her book, Yesterday’s Daughter, a coffee mug, and a key chain. Please visit the Rafflecopter link below to register.
Sallie: “Welcome to V.A.M.P. For all those listening we have a super treat for you today. We have with us, Malachi and Sapphira from Yesterday’s Daughter. So turn up the volume and lean in to listen. (Directing her comments to Sapphira) It’s been a while since you were last here, Sapphira. And today you have Malachi with you. We’re thrilled. I know it took some convincing to get him here. But the audience is chomping at the bit for news about you and Malachi.”
Malachi: “I was unable to attend Sapphira on her last visit and it is at my life-mate’s insistence that I am here today.”
Sapphira: “Malachi, really, you’d think I asked you to give away our first-born (soft smile). I just thought our fans would enjoy hearing from both of us. We get so much fan mail.” (Sapphira smiles as she rubs her fingers over Malachi’s knuckles.) “Thanks for being here, love.”
Sallie: “Okay love birds, enough with goo goo eyes. Sapphira you said ‘first born,’ does this mean you have happy news to share?”
Sapphira: “Sallie, Sallie, Sallie…I was just teasing Malachi. No, we’re not with child.” (Laughter and smiles).
Malachi: “And when she is with child, it will not be announced on a program or anywhere. Our child will be kept safe. ”
Sallie: “Okay, lighten up, Mr. Serious Guardian Malachi (grin and a wink). Let’s move on. “A lot had gone on when Sapphira last visited. You two have been through so much. Sapphira you’d been injured. You guys barely survived the events by all accounts. Did you take some time off to recover….to get your wits about you?
Sapphira: “In fact, we did enjoy some time away. Malachi took me away to such an amazing place.”
Sallie: “Oh, do tell! Malachi where did you take the Mrs?”
Malachi: “It’s a place known only to our kind that requires certain abilities to gain access.”
Sallie: “Yes, yes!! But what’s it like?”
Malachi: “It is a subterranean cavern with a pool of crystal clear water with fire colored stones in the bottom. The walls are likened to million year old ice with veins of blue running though them. It is…”
Sapphira: “It’s a dream, other worldly…it’s a fantasy, it’s… (Sapphira pauses to admire Malachi.) It’s the most perfect place…the most perfect thing that’s ever happened to me other than the day Malachi came into my life.”
Sallie: “Eureka, do I see a hint of smile, Mr. Malachi? I was beginning to think you couldn’t .”
Malachi: “I smile, but my smiles belong to Sapphira, my life-mate.”
(A soft silence)
Sallie: (Sounds of clearing her throat) “Look at you two; you’re giving me a tooth ache.”
Malachi: “I do not know about your tooth discomfort. But what I can tell you is Sapphira is my life and mate. We share everything. We’re soul mates, bonded in every way…mated in this life and the next and the next. We…”
Sapphira: “We share a destiny. We will confront adversity as one. We’ll rejoice as one and share in each other’s accomplishments. We are mated for all times, always.”
Sallie: (A deep sigh) “Ahh, you two, WOW. Just being with you, seeing how you look at each other. It gives me chills and I do mean the good kind of chills. It’s like your love is a living thing, touchable, in the room with us.” (A pause) “Listen to me. I’ve gone and gotten all mushy. I’ll be leaking any second so let’s move on. Sapphira, you’re a Guardian. Are you the only female Guardian?”
Sapphira: “Lord, No! What made you think that? There are fewer female Guardians, but I’m by no means alone.”
Sallie: “What’s the training like?”
Malachi: “Quite vigorous is all you may know. The details of Sapphira’s training is not in your purview.”
Sallie: “Malachi, I’m only asking…”
Sallie: “Okay, Okay… (Laughter), I get the message. So can we talk about your pet?”
Malachi: “Certainly, Buttercup brings much joy to our lives.”
Sallie: “Buttercup (more laughter, spluttering), Buttercup….”
Sapphira: “(Joining in the laughter), That’s on me. I named our tiger, Buttercup.”
Malachi: “(A smile in his voice) Yes, you did.”
Sapphira: “She has the sweetest disposition, our Buttercup, and loves her dad.”
(Said by Sapphira as she drops a pert kiss on Malachi’s jaw.)
Malachi: (Gives Sapphira a brilliant smile, eyes glowing.) “She is our baby.”
Sallie: “A tiger is an unusual pet. What gives?”
Sapphira: “Nothing …gives. She chose us.” (Said with a twinkle in her eyes)
Malachi: That is a long story which belongs only to us.”
Sallie: “Well do you have any stories or secrets you can share with the listeners’?”
Malachi: “No…(a pause as listening to someone), we must go now.”
Sapphira: “Sorry we have to leave so soon. Thanks for having us today. And many thanks to our fans and listeners for championing our story, the story of Malachi and Sapphira.
Sallie: “Wait, wait, I have several more questions…”
Malachi: “They will keep for another time. Come Sapphira, we are summoned.”
Sapphira: “Yes, we have to go now, but we’ll be back.” (Said as Malachi gives Sapphira a half playful, half annoyed l scowl)
Sallie: (Rushing to get in a few more words before they leave.) “ Your fans have bombarded me with questions about you. When can we expect more?”
Malachi: “Humans have an expression, ‘patience is a virtue.’ They will have to wait.”
Sallie: “Well can’t you at least….” (puff). “Well dang! They’ve made their exit. Oh well, that’s it for now. Thanks for listening to V.A.M.P, the number one station for all things paranormal.”
Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.
I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. In fact, my family is huge. Some might call it a clan…:-) I’m the youngest of 10 children. Yup, I have six brothers and three sisters. And yes, holidays are a zoo….
Anyway, at an early age, my family moved to the urban Northeast. No more running in the cotton fields for me….:-)
I now live in the suburban Northeast with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I don’t have any children but as you can well imagine, I have tons of nieces and nephews.
As for my education, I was the first in my family to go to college. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management. But I have nieces and nephews working on PhDs. Way to go kinfolks!!!!
I guess that’s enough for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into my world.
Excerpt from Yesterday’s Daughter:
Malachi had gone very still as cold panic ran through his veins like a locomotive. Trigon started to speak when he noticed that Malachi had paled and was holding his breath. “Malachi, what is it?” he asked. The Guardians stared at him and then he let out a howl, in so much anguish that it burst all the glass in the room, exploding the windows as he fell to his knees. The Guardians spun around believing they were under some new kind of attack but saw nothing to explain Malachi’s condition. Stunned silence then filled the room, no one breathed unsure of what was happening or what to do.
The nerves of the Guardians were drawn tight like bows about to be launched. Their eyes were glowing, sweeping the room, searching the shadows, listening with focused intensity, searching for threats. Maybe the Harvesters had a new weapon.
Trigon carefully stepped closer to Malachi and tentatively placed one hand on his shoulder. He whispered the question quietly; afraid of what he might hear to bring such a reaction from Malachi. “What is it, friend?”
Malachi looked up and Trigon recoiled at the grief and horror in his eyes. He said one word, “Sapphira.” They all looked at each other, their unease growing. They all knew his life mate had been killed in the maturing chambers long ago. Why was he calling her name now? Why this murderous rage? Had he lost his mind?
“What about Sapphira?” Trigon asked unsure of what Malachi was trying to say. Malachi’s breathing had returned but he sounded like a wounded animal, his breath ragged and uneven. Unable to find the words, he thrust his mind out to share information with Trigon. Trigon stilled and the Guardians knew that Malachi was giving him information directly. Trigon’s face tightened in concentration from the onslaught of information. As the seconds passed, the Guardians grew tenser.
Sallie, thank you so much for guest posting on Roller Coaster Suspense today. Yesterday’s Daughter sounds like a thrilling read!
Junglee (Kindle – India)
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