Meet the Characters: Adrian (Apollo’s Priestess)

Adrian - Character IntroMeet Adrian, the wolf shifter hero of my upcoming paranormal romance Apollo’s Priestess! Born to non-shifter parents in Dacia (modern-day Romania), he was abandoned as a pup after his first accidental shift. Fortunately, he was rescued by Lada, the Slavic goddess of love and beauty, and raised as her own.

Once he became of age, Adrian was put to work by his adoptive mother’s godly house. In his wolf form, he marches between all the religious sites within his territory on a daily basis, ensuring they are well-maintained and that the priests are looking after the common people. That all changes, however, when Lada assigns him a new, special quest: rescue a former priestess of Apollo from her Roman masters, and bring her home.

Adrian is a simple, straightforward sort of fellow. He honors the gods, sees to his duties, and is especially protective of those who have been treated unjustly. A skilled tracker, hunter, and survivalist, he can adapt and thrive in just about any setting, and speaks numerous regional dialects, including Greek and some Latin. He tends to think of others before himself, though he does consider himself, a shifter, better than humans.

After years of living as a lone wolf, Adrian wears a hardened exterior until you are fortunate enough to be considered a friend. Friends, and his fated mate, will see that he is kind, outspoken, and playful.

His shifted form is an enormous black wolf; onlookers sometimes confuse him with a bear. When he isn’t serving the gods, he tends to his garden, his livestock, and his beehives.

 

Meet the Characters: Lor (Apollo’s Priestess)

Meet Lor, the intrepid heroine from the upcoming Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars novella Apollo’s Priestess. Lor grew up as the daughter of a village priest. Her entire life revolved around maintaining the temple, tending to the animals, and observing the ancient rites necessary to please her patron god. Unfortunately, once she became the priestess of her village after her father’s death, things went from bad to worse. Lor was kidnapped and illegally sold into slavery by a band of marauders, men taking advantage of the religious strife in ancient Rome and using the dissent as an excuse to rob and plunder what they had hoped was a wealthy pagan temple.

The only real treasure inside, however, was Lor herself.

Before her kidnapping, Lor was naive, sweet, and obedient. After her kidnapping, however, her faith has been pushed the limits. She proves time and time again to be strong-willed, cunning, and intelligent enough to survive two long years at the hands of brutal masters. Her trust in people, in the gods, has been shaken, and it will take a great deal of patience and empathy from her future partner to penetrate her new icy exterior.

As a priestess of Apollo, Lor is extremely adept with a bow — as Apollo is the god of archery — and can construct her own weaponry and arrows. She had a knack for languages, speaking Latin and various Greek dialects fluently before her kidnapping, and after acquiring Dacian, Illyrian, and Thracian. She can also vaguely understand some of the barbarian Gaulish and Germanic languages, but she needs more practice.

More than anything, Lor longs for safety, security, and love again. She wants to feel like a person, not a thing, and awaits the day when her nightmare as an illegal slave will be over.

All she knows is that she no longer prays to the gods — and may never pray again.