Guest Author with a New Book – Vashti Quiroz-Vega – The Fall of Lilith

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Guest Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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Today’s guest author featured here is Vashti Quiroz-Vega.

 

Vashti has recentlly published her latest book, The Fall of Lilith, and it’s already receiving rave reviews.

 

Vashti blogs at The Writer Next Door where you will find her posting beautiful Haiku and other colorful posts as well as guest authors, artists, and poets she features on her blog. She writes in fantasy genre, as well as short story horror fiction. Vashti is a prolific writer and her bubbly and warm personality has many bloggers visiting her blog. Vashti explains why she named her blog The Writer Next Door:

 

“Why is my blog called ‘The Writer Next Door‘? I consider myself a people person and someone who’s very approachable. I try to see the good in people. I’m not easily influenced and I hate malicious gossip. I believe in ‘girl power’ and sisterhood between women, but I also respect and admire men. I’m not scary, although I can be a little weird at times. I’m a kid at heart and love to have fun, but I also take my responsibilities very seriously and work hard to achieve my goals.”

 

Vashti Vega

 

About Vashti:

 

Since I was a kid I’ve always had a passion for writing. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until later. It has always been easier for me to express my thoughts on paper.

I love to read almost as much as I love to write. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

I enjoy making people feel an array of emotions with my writing. I like my audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

 

 

 

The Fall of Lilith- Vashti Vega

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Blurb:

 

The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are: obedience and celibacy. Breaking either of these oaths can bring about dire consequences.

The angels are happy in their celestial home. Each day is filled with new things to learn and new places to explore. They interact together, help each other, and follow the rules. As time goes on, though, those rules start to seem arbitrary and stifling. Chafing at what she sees as unfair restrictions, Lilith starts to question the status quo, causing disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing grows, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith tells a tale both epic and dark of seduction, betrayal, and revenge. A story that doesn’t shy away from difficult questions and hard choices, and the sometimes painful consequences of making those choices.

Free will means deciding who you are and how you will live your life. If power is what you desire it requires strength and sacrifice. It can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

It can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

“The Fall of Lilith is a compelling narrative that provides background on several well-known, supernatural figures. Though obviously religious in nature, Quiroz-Vega’s book strays far from traditional biblical text. Sea monsters, mermaids, and vampires share the stage with angels and demons. And illicit (and explicit) affairs, violent battles, and graphic injuries abound. Quiroz-Vega’s prose is incredibly descriptive.

A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”–– Kirkus Reviews

 

Now, let’s get to know more about Vashti and her new book, The Fall of Lilith.

 

I find it fascinating that at your day job you are a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Do you enjoy doing that and are you hoping to become a full-time writer eventually?

 

I did enjoy working in the medical field although it was very stressful and demanding at times. I recently left the medical field and I am now working from home as a full-time writer among other things.

 

Besides your writing talents, I hear you’re a wonderful cook and baker. Do you have any secret recipes you want to share with us?

 

Ha, ha! I do enjoy cooking and baking. I’ll share some recipes at another time.

 

You say you can predict a movie’s ending by the end of the first quarter. I remember when we first met, I told you I had that same ability. What is it that prompts this ability with you?

 

I can see the story unfold in my mind. I’m good at reading between the lines and guessing people’s reactions. I’m also good at reading facial expressions and body language, which movies make abundantly clear. I guess these things help me figure out what’s going to happen next.

 

You have a beautiful writing style, and I especially love your Haiku posts. How do you jump from writing beautiful, heartfelt prose and come up with ideas to write in horror?

 

There are different types of Horror. Not all horror is gory and gritty although gore and grit have their place and there’s a huge fan base for it. There’s psychological horror, which can be the most terrifying. I see beauty in almost all things and a well-written horror is a beautiful thing.

 

Now, please do tell us a little about how you came up with the idea for your new book, The Fall of Lilith.

 

I’ve always been fascinated by angels and other supernatural beings. I’ve read many books about angels as well as mythology and fairytales. There’s very little written about the origin of angels and other mystical creatures. I began The Fall of Lilith at the very beginning when the angels were first created and as the story unfolds readers will see how the angels came to be what they became.

 

How exciting for your book to receive a Kirkus review. Can you share with us how that came about?

 

What’s really exciting is that the Kirkus review for The Fall of Lilith was great! I’ve been told a great review from Kirkus is hard to come by.

 

Can you please share an excerpt with us and set the scene for the excerpt?

 

The Fall of Lilith Structurally, The Fall of Lilith is divided internally into two books, BOOK I – Heaven and BOOK II – Earth in one volume, just like The Lord of the Rings. This excerpt is taken from BOOK I – Heaven. The angels reside in Heaven’s lowest level called Floraison. There are three forests forbidden to them. Lilith broke the rules by influencing several angels to enter the forbidden East Forest. She too entered but when she sensed danger she fled leaving her friends behind and in trouble. As punishment for her disobedience God ordered Lilith to spend several days in the same forest she had abandoned her friends. In this scene the angels Michael and Cam were chosen to make sure God’s punishment was carried out. This was a huge burden for Michael since he harbored secret feelings for Lilith.

 

“Release me.” Her tone was brusque. “I shall walk in of my own accord.” She wrested her arm from Michael and glared at him. Cam stepped aside. They would not perceive her as weak. She would do this and prove that she was strong and brave. She did not believe God would destroy her. He simply required punishment for those who break his laws.

She glanced over her shoulder at the others and then looked to the forest again. Trembling she took another deep breath and inched her way inside the trees until she was enshrouded in darkness, and the others could no longer see her.

When she was out of sight Michael fell to one knee and pressed his face to his hands. He appeared inconsolable and the other angels surrounded him and tried to comfort him.

Once inside the forest, Lilith began to pant in fear. Her eyes flickered in every direction, searching for a safe place. She must remain calm.

A beam of light entered through a small opening in the canopy. She made her way there. The incandescent light illuminated a large rock and made it sparkle. That was it! That was where she would remain until she was summoned out of the forest. She plodded to the rock, stood before it, and allowed the radiance to wash over her.

She lifted her eyes to the source of the light. The hole looked large enough for her to fit through. She could fly beyond the forest through the opening above. She could remain above the canopy where she would be safe and nobody would see her.

Lilith climbed to the top of the boulder and tried to expand her wings, but they hung limp and heavy and did not budge. She made several attempts, but they would not move. She could not fly within the forest.

A gust of wind pushed her off the rock. She landed hard on the ground and winced. The vines that covered the forest floor began to slither toward her. She jumped to her feet.

Creeping plants twisted and looped around her ankles, anchoring her to the ground. She gasped at the flutter of wings as vines zipped through the air around her. Unable to move, she panted while creepers whipped around her wrists, twisting tightly. The plants held her arms and legs apart.

Lilith screamed, and a vine shoved leaves in her mouth to muffle her cries. Once the spiny vines bound her, the other plants settled down. Although her wrists and ankles burned and stung, she thought the worst was over. Her breathing slowed and then she saw something that stunned her: a plethora of insects. All manner of bugs flew, crawled, and scuttled toward her.

Lilith’s eyes opened wide. She had never seen these ugly little life forms. The insects advanced, swarming. They climbed her legs. Some crawled under her garment, while others scurried over, gnawing at the thin cloth. They continued scuttling and landing over her. Never in her fifteen ages of existence had she experienced such fear.

Soon the pests covered every inch of her, until only a quivering mass of insects in her form remained. The leaves stuffed in her mouth muffled her wails as they crawled over her body, into her hair, and in and out of her nose and ears.

She shut her eyes. The sensation was maddening and the pain excruciating.

She suffered this agony for two days. Thoughts of Michael and Lucifer––her conviction that the others looked upon her with disdain tormented her. Michael had betrayed her and it was his fault she was there. Lucifer was willing to suffer the same fate to be with her. Feeling lonesome and abandoned she wept for the first time. The physical and mental pain from the punishment outweighed the pleasure she derived from her acts. This surprised her. She suffered great anguish wondering if she could endure long enough to make amends. Would this experience change who she was?

At the start of the third day, the flying insects took flight, leaving her body. The creepy-crawlies remained, but at least Lilith’s eyes were uncovered. The vines came alive again, thrashing through the air, threatening to whip her, coming close, but never touching her.

Her heart thumped in her chest. She did not know how much more she could take. Her head spun with exhaustion. The vegetation in her mouth forced her jaws agape. Her saliva moistened the leaves, breaking them down. By the fourth day the bitter, rancid, and repugnant juices of the plants in her mouth oozed down her throat.

She gagged and retched until the bolus of leaves finally plopped out of her mouth. She gasped. She tried to scream but could not render a sound. Bugs invaded her mouth, as she swallowed some became lodged in her throat. She had a coughing fit and her eyes bulged in desperation. She wheezed and coughed until the bugs passed and she drew air in. She screamed with her lips wedged shut and wailed until every muscle in her face and neck ached and she was exhausted.

Suddenly, the vines twisting around her ankles unwound, releasing her legs. The vines around her wrists fell to the ground. Lilith did not move, afraid of the crawling life forms covering her face and body. After the vines released her, the insects abandoned her as well.

When all the insects had disappeared, she scanned her surroundings. The forest was silent, and the vines were still. She heard a familiar voice.

Lucifer called her out of the forest.

 

Thank you for visiting with us here today Vashti, and for sharing some of yourself with us. As I too am very intrigued by angels and angel stories, I look forward to reading your book.

 

Connect with Vashti:

 

Preview & Purchase link: http://wp.me/P3eYyj-1yd

Facebook Author Page: http://on.fb.me/1g0da7d

 

BLOG: http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com

 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/VashtiQV

 

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/VashtiQ

 

 

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  1. Congrats on the book. Lilith is always a wonderful topic.

    1. Thanks Jacqui. 🙂

    2. Hi Jacqui! That’s good to know. Thank you! 😀

  2. Great spotlight Debby and Vashti..hugs xxx

    1. Thanks bunches Sal. <3

    2. Hi Sally! Thank you very much! Debby did a wonderful job. 🙂

      1. She always showcases us beautifully Vashti.. hugs xxx

        1. Stop making me blush Sal! <3 xo

          1. You should not be evesdropping in missus… you know what they say! ♥♥

          2. Lolllllllllllllllll! Big hugs you funny woman! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much for your generous share of this post Sal. <3 Hugsxoxo

  3. Hello Debby! Thank you very much for featuring me on your blog. You did a wonderful job. I love it! <3 xx

    1. Hi Vashti. It was a treat to have you over. I just popped in to publish some more comments and will continue to update every few hours. 🙂 <3

      1. I will be popping in as long as my electricity holds out. We’re waiting for hurricane Irma here in S. Florida. I’m as prepared as can be, but we don’t know when we’ll lose electricity.

        1. Holy crap Vashti!!! I totally forgot you live in Florida! OMG stay safe my friend, the last thing you need to worry about is a blog post lol! Please stay safe!!! Keep us posted on FB if you can. Didn’t you evacuate???????? <3 <3

          1. I went to my brother’s house. He lives more toward the West. At the time the hurricane was heading toward southeast Florida. It turned out the the storm veered off more to the west, but we made it out alright. Lots of trees down, some flooding and minor structural damage. It could have been a lot worse, so I’m grateful.

          2. I’m so glad you’re ok. I know, I’ve been watching the hurricane for days in the background here. It was called to devastate Miami and somehow rerouted to the west side of the penninsula. Surprisingly the northern parts of Florida are getting the worst of the flooding. That’s nature! But happy to have you back safe. <3

  4. Such a treat, Vashti and Debby! Vashti, I’m really looking forward to reading this! ❤️
    Cheers to you both. XO

    1. Thanks for visiting us Natalie, and leaving your well wishes. <3

    2. Hi Natalie! That’s wonderful, Natalie. You put a big smile on my face. Thank you. <3

  5. I am reading this book and loving it. 🙂

    1. Oh good to know B. I’m looking forward to it too. 🙂 Thank you. <3

      1. Thank you, Debby! 😀

        1. Most welcome Vashti. 🙂

    2. Hugs & kisses, Balroop. It makes me very happy to read that. Thank you! <3 xx

  6. Thanks for hosting Vashti, Debby. I have this book with the gorgeous cover and can’t wait to get into it. Wonderful interview. Happy weekend to both of you. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Diana. Happy weekend to you and your muse too, lol. 🙂 x

    2. Hello Diana! Thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and very happy you plan to read my book. Thank you! 😀 xx

      1. I like to read fantasy while I write fantasy – so your book is right near the top. 🙂

        1. Yay! That’s wonderful! Thank you! 😀 xx

  7. Holy buckets, Vashti! That was breathtaking! I can’t wait to read your book. It was marvelous getting to know more about you. Stay safe this weekend. I’ll be thinking of you. <3

    1. Thanks Colleen. Vashti is a beautiful writer. I too can’t wait to dig into her book. So many wonderful prayers for Florida being sent from so many. <3

      1. I agree. Hugs and love on the wing! <3

      2. Thank you very much, Debby. We definitely appreciate all the prayers. <3

        1. So glad to see you pop in Vashti, Are you safe?

    2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so happy to read that, Colleen! 😀 xx I’m one of those lucky people that still has electricity, many have lost power. I can’t see out, because there are shutters on all the windows and doors, but the cacophony outside is terrifying. We’re getting lashed by some powerful bands right now, but although the wailing and booming is frightening I do feel safe. We’re watching the news and seeing the chaos around us on TV, which is surreal.

      1. Wow! My daughter is in Coco Beach. They are doing all right. I’ve been glued to the tv all day. Please take care. <3

        1. We had some harsh winds and lots of rain but we made it out alright. We have a lot of cleaning up to do. There are lots of trees and branches everywhere. The fence at the side of our house went down and our screened in patio is no more, but it could have been so much worse if we would have had a direct hit from a category 4/5 hurricane, so I’m not going to complain.

          1. So glad to see you show up here Vashti. I’m so glad you are ok and were blessed to get away without more devastating carnage! <3

          2. Thank goodness you are doing well. I sent you a message on your blog and gave you wrong dates. It would be the 12th, 19th, or 26th of October. I sent an email to the other folks who might be interested.

        2. I haven’t seen that email yet, Colleen, but I’m catching up. Thank you.

  8. What an intriguing topic! Thanks for introducing me to this author.

    1. Pleasure Barb. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

    2. Hello! I’m happy you find the excerpt intriguing. That’s always a good thing. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂

  9. This book sounds so great. I’ve heard about it somewhere else too. Vashti sounds so down to earth. Thanks for sharing and the fabulous interview, Deb.

    Sorry, I’m always late to your posts. Even though I’ve subscribed I don’t always get notifications of your blog updates. I know you don’t want to hear that cuz technical shit is so annoying. Especially after last week!

    1. Hi Lis! Thanks so much. I can’t wait to read Vashti’s book. And as for being late, my gosh. never apologize, we’re all so busy. And as for technical shit, I’m thrilled to say I’ve hired a web tech to help out. So far he’s been worth his weight in gold!
      Just a note, my posts only get emailed to subscribers once again on Tuesday mornings, to keep from filling up people’s inboxes. If you aren’t receiving the on email on Tuesdays, please let me know because then I have a problem with my Mailchimp, lol. But the posts aren’t going anywhere (hopefully not by a crash again) so you can always find them here. 🙂 <3

      1. Ah, that makes sense, Debby. Thanks 🙂

        1. Pleasure Lis. 🙂 x

    2. Hello Lisa! Thank you for stopping by, reading and leaving your wonderful comment. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  10. Debby thank you for introducing us to Vashti, her book sounds to be full of descriptive narrative and especially enjoyed the excerpt provided .
    A powerful subject..
    Loved reading about Vashti and her book..
    Hugs and much Love Sue xx

    1. Wonderful Sue. I hope you get the chance to read her books. 🙂 xx

      1. Thank you very much for all the sweet comments and replies, Debby.

        1. So welcome Vashti. <3

    2. Hello Sue! I love your comment! I’m so happy you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the kind words. It’s very nice to meet you. 😀 xx

      1. Like wise, and wishing you a pleasant week.. <3

        1. Thank you! You have a great week too.😊

  11. Great to see Vashti’s book here. I have it on my Kindle and I hope to get to it in the not very distant future. Thanks, Debby!

    1. Thanks Olga. I know Vashti will be thrilled to hear that. 🙂 x

    2. Hi Olga! I am thrilled to hear that, like Debby said. I can’t wait to read what you think of it. Thank you❣️

  12. Congrats on your kirkus review Vashti that’s so positive. Looking forward to reading. 🙂

    1. Hi Marje! Thank you very much! I look forward to reading what you think of my book. 😉 I’m also, as you know, very intrigued by your book and can’t wait to get to it. 😀 xx

      1. That’s wonderful, can’t wait to get to yours too! xxx

  13. Great excerpt, Vashti – and crazy timing for this post, yes? I’m glad to read that you are safe, and can’t believe you responded to comments during the storm. You are one dedicated writer! Your book seems to be doing well already, but I wish you continued success with this book on a fascinating theme.

    Thanks for hosting, Deb. Great job, both of you.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    1. Thank you M for reading. Yes, this was a planned Friday post with Vashti and Irma starting circulating late in the week. Vashti popped in a few times Friday and went for cover. But thankfully she’s safe and the post lives on so it’s never too late to visit or comment. 🙂 xx

      1. As someone who usually takes a bit of time to get around to all the posts I want to read I LOVE the fact that they “live on.”

        My comment was responding to some of the others about the storm and the fact that Vashti was in Florida. SO glad to read she came through safely.
        xx,
        mgh

        1. The beauty of blogs. They’re evergreen – unless we take them down, lol. 🙂 xx

          1. I often investigate a new blog by going to some of their earliest posts – which was, in come cases, many years earlier. Love that they are, for the most part, still available.
            xx,
            mgh

          2. Me too. Surprised? Not. Lol 🙂 xx

          3. We do have a great deal in common. Love it!
            xx,
            mgh

          4. So ditto! 🙂 xx

  14. Liked the excerpt. Loved the book cover!

    1. Thanks Kev. I’m sure Vashti will be pleased. 🙂

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