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Resistance is the first book of a new adult, Christian fantasy series, which will have six books total. It mostly centers around two main characters—Jace, a half-blooded former slave/gladiator who struggles with his mixed blood and whether or not he has a soul, and then Kyrin, a young woman who has a perfect memory and struggles with the demands of society. Though it’s fantasy, parts of it have an almost dystopian feel. Here is one brief review from one of my pre-readers.
“A stunning story…even after the last page, the impact remains. With fantasy concepts, Christian allegories, Ancient Rome-like times, and a futuristic touch all rolled into one, Resistance tells a powerful story of young men and women staying faithful to their God, despite the evil raging against them, and Him. I am captivated, and long to read more!” – Shantelle H.
What inspired this story?
It all started with Jace. I was reading DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul and came to a scene where my favorite character was discovered to be half-blooded, which was not well accepted in that fantasy world. Though I’ve written about half-bloods in some of my previous stories, it was always an accepted fact. DragonQuest made me ask myself what it would be like to write about a half-blood who wasn’t accepted, especially if he was part of a race who society despised and looked on as no better than animals. That’s how Jace came to be and the rest of the story just grew around him.
What is the story behind the story?
One of the biggest things I wanted to tell through this story was how much God loves even the most flawed and unlikely people. It doesn’t matter how damaged or worthless you think you are. He still has a plan for your life. That was at the forefront of my mind when I set out to write Resistance and the rest of the series. Along the way, God has given me many other great topics to cover from—bullying, standing up for your faith no matter what, and abortion just to name a couple. I’ve never written a story that has had so many different elements to it.
Why do you write romance (or other genre)?
Fantasy is the genre I keep going to over and over. I love the freedom it gives me with a story. I can let my imagination flow wherever it wants to without worrying whether or not something will fit historically. Plus, I love world building. I love creating different societies and peoples. And even though I write fantasy adventure novels, romance is always a part of it. I’m a hopeless romantic, and I love exploring the development of feelings between two characters. I don’t think I could write a story that didn’t include some romance. Even characters I don’t originally plan to develop a relationship sometimes end up together.
What inspires you? What motivates you?
For me, inspiration can come from anywhere. Movies and TV shows are probably my biggest source of inspiration, but I get a lot from reading and music as well. And, of course, there’s Pinterest. I follow a lot of writing boards on there that always have an abundance of images that could spark my imagination. What motivates me is just the satisfaction of seeing a story come together and then being able to share it with people I’ve never even met before. God can use stories in amazing ways, and it is always my hope that He will use mine to encourage or help someone in some way.
Please tell us about your other books.
When I was eighteen, I published the first book of a historical pirate series called Pirates & Faith under the pen name Molly Evangeline. It has four books total and was my first experience with publishing. It more or less follows members of the same family over a span of about ten years. After that I published my fantasy trilogy, Makilien. It was the first fantasy story I ever seriously worked on after I discovered The Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen and is how I discovered how much I love writing fantasy. They are both young adult series and fun adventures, though not quite as serious as what I write now.
Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
“Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.
Available for purchase on Amazon May 20th!
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About the Author
JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope.
Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.
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