About the Author:
A college history teacher by day, Gabrielle Bisset is a romance author by night. Her first book, Stolen Destiny, was released by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she’s released the novellas of The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy–Vampire Dreams, Love’s Master, and Masquerade–, Destiny Redeemed, and the first novel in her Sons of Navarus series, Blood Avenged. She lives in Pennsylvania with her son and a herd of pets, and when she’s not writing or teaching, she loves to read, relax with a good movie or her favorite tv show (Spartacus), and try out new recipes on her family and friends.
I began writing the world of the Aeveren after a dream. Clichéd, right? Well, it’s true. I had a vivid dream of a race of beings that lived many lives through reincarnation one night—a Monday night, to be exact. I had finished a book that still remains hidden away in a drawer to this day, and I was mulling over what to begin before bed that night. My subconscious must have been working overtime as I slept because when I woke up, I had all the basic ideas of the Aeveren world already in my head. Dreams are weird like that, I guess.
Aeveren are descended from humans. They look just like humans, and their physiology is exactly like them. Many centuries ago, when mankind was young, there were people who studied alchemy and mysticism in the belief that these could bring them closer to their gods. Because of this, they were persecuted by the religious leaders of that time, who sought to have the power to speak to the gods all to themselves. The persecution became so brutal that these men and women began to be put to death.
The gods had watched in sadness as their true followers were tried and convicted, but their deaths stirred them to action. The Archangel Raziel came down to Earth to rescue the people and bestowed upon them gifts that changed them from humans to Aeveren. To reward them for their suffering, he blessed them with fifty lives, and as he is the archangel associated with the wisdom of other lifetimes, he ensured all Aeveren would remember each of their lifetimes, knowing their behavior would determine whether this would be a curse or a blessing. To ensure they could defend themselves, he gave them powers above what humans possess, such as telepathy, precognition, and time travel.
And to ensure they didn’t travel through their lifetimes alone, he gave them the greatest gift of them all: love. Each Aeveren was given a destined one to share their lifetimes and when that person moved on after fifty lifetimes, they could be assured that when their heart was once again ready, they would receive the gift of another destined one.
Pleased by his work, he provided them with one last gift to remind them of his love for them and to help them find one another wherever they traveled. He dipped his fingers into the golden aura surrounding him and gently touched each of those first Aeveren to give them an aura that surrounded them entirely. Invisible to humans, this aura showed them they were protected by the archangel.
Since then, Aeveren have lived side-by-side with humans, usually seen only to themselves and a few others on Earth, such as the Sidhe. Some are quite powerful, such as Amon Kalins, the main character of Destiny Redeemed, while others have very minute powers, such as the ability to sense when others are unhappy. As they’ve grown as a people, their gifts from the Archangel Raziel have changed, especially the powers they’re granted. Now Aeveren usually don’t receive their powers until after their twentieth lifetime. It is only the rarest of them who possess powers from their first lifetime.
I’ve enjoyed creating the world of the Aeveren. In truth, they live in the same world we humans do. It’s just that they have a different history than us. That’s probably the most satisfying aspect of creating a different world for me. I get to create a history too.
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