On the brink of civil war, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his council, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son William on a mission to restore honor to his family name.
William seeks to complete his assignment, the elimination of a Star-child named Sydney on planet Earth, but when the assassination is delayed he begins to realize an emotional connection with his target.
With conspiracy threatening his home planet, and a hidden menace on Earth seeking to secure a vested interest, William finds himself torn between irrevocable duty and sacrificing everything he stands for to defend Sydney.
As William and Sydney struggle to overcome their impossible circumstances, they start to wonder if the connection of two Star-Crossed lovers will be enough to save them from certain doom.
~ Bewitching BT
” Seventeen Years Ago . . .
Sarah stood atop the mountainside looking out into the sky. The expanse of rich darkness and scattered stars reminded her of home. She desired to return there someday, but knew that she couldn’t. Things had been set in motion. There was no way to turn back now, even if she tried.
Still, something within her body felt wrong.
Is this the right place, right time? she thought.
Maybe the details got skewed, blended together, lost amongst all the immaculate planning. Even they were known to be wrong sometimes. She hoped against all hope that they weren’t. But stars never lie. She gazed into the sky. Their configuration—constellation after constellation, linked like a chain, with the Star of David perched in the center—was picture perfect. This had to be it. All she had to do now . . . was wait.
And wait she did.
Hours passed as the moon slid by. Just as her mind began to fill with doubt, it finally happened. The ground underneath her shifted, rocking her from side to side, up and down, as the stars burned brightly. She braced herself, running down from the mountain the best she could. Her old bony legs wobbled, struggling to keep her upright as she negotiated the uneven layers of rock and grass. A loud crashing noise like the banging of cymbals lit her ears on fire as the sky parted, sending a tiny bright shard screaming across the black canvas, growing larger as it drew near.
Her eyes snapped to the road—the projected point of impact. But one detail had been missed.
Someone else was there.
A vehicle sped down the dusty road, on a straight collision course with the object, which continued to grow larger and larger as time ticked on. Sarah waved her hands as wildly as she could screaming, “Hey, you have to stop!”
But her screams went unnoticed. She gasped as the object crashed to the earth, tearing the car into pieces. She squinted, filtering the heat from the explosion as she moved in closer to examine the wreckage.
A gaping hole where the roof used to be greeted her, revealing the charred remains of the female passenger. She scanned the rest of the vehicle for survivors, finding only the shell of the driver white-knuckled to the steering wheel.
Her heart dropped.
The muffled sound of a baby crying tickled her ears, urging her to examine the object in the passenger seat more closely. It resembled a meteor, covered in craters and black ash that sent her into a coughing panic. A small crack in the outer shell provided just enough space for her to look inside. Reaching out for the door handle, she grabbed it with both hands—wrinkled fingers trembling as she ripped the car door free—tossing it by the wayside. With a sigh of relief, she peeled back the shell. Black smoke stung her eyes as her hands burned from the heat. But Sarah ignored them both, pressing forward with her mission. Nothing would stop her now. With wet eyes she smiled, finally finding what she was so desperately looking for—a baby girl. ”
Character Interview ~ Character Interview for the forthcoming Young Adult Sci-fi, Romance Mash-Up: ProtoStar: Book 1 of the Star-Crossed Saga: William Derry
by Braxton A. Cosby
So, tell everyone your name.
My name is Prince William Derry of The Torrian Alliance. I also share a role as a Bounty Hunter and ship’s captain of the Daedallus.
Welcome to Earth, and thank you for participating in this interview. Can you please tell the readers a little something about yourself?
Well, I am on a mission to kill a Star-child on Earth named Sydney. My people have been hunting down Star-children for hundreds of years because these humanoid beings are offspring of the Stars themselves. When they come to the fruition of their powers, they possess powers of the stars. It is said that a Star-child can destroy a small galaxy if given the chance. My people have made it their duty to cut them down before they realize their power and harm other life forms.
That’s excellent. Now, your role in Protostar; do you consider yourself a villain or a hero?
I know that I will be viewed as a villain because of the nature of my mission. But that is just not the case. Star-children, although not inherently evil, must be dealt with. They are uncontrollable forces of nature that cannot be trusted. I have a duty to protect my people as well as those of the universe.
Interesting. What do you love most about your character?
I think possess a ‘matter of fact’ quality that has taken me to this point. Life is very black and white, with little to no room for shades of grey or areas of compromise. My people, the Torrian Alliance understand this to be true. When beings are allowed to factor in emotion over logic, most times bad decisions are made because their judgment is clouded and they allow bias to sway the, There is right and wrong, and nothing else in between.
And what do you hate most?
Sometime, not always, I do have a desire to let go of my emotional side and experience what is it to be set free; to lose myself in the moment rather than constantly pondering the consequences of my decisions. One can get lost inside the box you erect that is full of rules and rigidity. Still, I understand why it must be done.
What do you like most about the story in Protostar?
There is so much focus on the interaction of the characters. Sure, there is plenty of action and plot twists, along with a fair share of world building, but the natural flow of conversation and dialogue between the characters makes for a seamless and interesting read. The story is so unique and fresh. The author promised to deliver a new spin on an old tale of ‘star-crossed lovers’ and I feel he did an amazing job of it. I can’t wait for readers to see how the story evolves.
This story is to be told over three expansive novels, all told from the deep third person perspective. The author tried to capture a lot of detail and switches back and forth between characters to capture the ‘big picture’ of what is going on in The Star-Crossed Universe. With that being said, the scope of the project is very big. Do you ever feel lost?
No, and yes. I never feel lost because I know I needed to stay grounded in the moment. The times when I did feel a bit confused were when I was around Sydney. Something about her challenges me. I know I am supposed to kill her, but I feel conflicted at times. Her warmth, her glow, and her smile send tingling sensations in my heart, different from anything I’ve ever felt before.
What is the one thing you would change about your character’s story if you could change anything at all?
Looking back, I think I should have taken Arrion up on his offer to accompany me on this mission. I had no idea what I was up against. But knowing how everything develops, there is no way I would ever change a thing.
That’s it for now. And thank you again for stopping by.
About the Author & Links:
Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience.
His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty?
Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.