Likes: Guitars, sexy outfits, bossing humans around. Dislikes: Sentimentality, being treated as a sex object, ex-boyfriends Special Talents: Shape-shifting, healing, conjuring
Kalila is neither sweet nor patient, and she hates any comparison to Barbara Eden. Although she's well over two thousand years old, she's relatively new to Western ways, having arrived in Europe by mistake when a seventeenth century trader took her lamp home with him on his ship. Since then, she's been making the best of things, dating European gods and looking for interesting ways to occupy herself. She’s smart, dedicated, ambitious, and given to extremes of callousness followed by sudden generosity. Kalila is the brains of Maelstrom, smug in her talent and immortality.
Likes: Butteflies, birds, flowers, waterfalls, music. Dislikes: Fighting, disapproval, dark and gloomy places
Nevin is a classically trained pianist who met Kalila when she, new to Europe, decided to take music lessons from his tutor, Maria Anna Mozart. Nevin is a vegetarian and is into social causes, even when he’s a little confused by them, and has a sweet and helpful nature. He’s always on hand with a potion to cheer someone up or help them sleep. He’s the band’s conscience and as such is usually ignored. Luckily he’s quick to get over his hurt feelings, forgive his demon band-mates and try again.
Species: Vampire Instrument: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar Special Talents: Seduction
Likes: Type O, human females, attention Dislikes: Type AB Negative, daylight, being ignored
Although Maelstrom is Kalila’s band, Vic is the front man and moody growled vocals are his specialty. Like most of his kind, he’s not interested in norms of human behavior and any acts of kindness are sure to have an ulterior motive. He’s the only one in the band who understands sarcasm and is the only real cynic. He’s often in competition with Bo for girls, but partners with Lazaro for raids on morgues, medical schools, and other places where a “meal” can be picked up quick.
Species: Incubus Instrument: Bass Guitar
Likes: Sex Dislikes: Anything that prevents him from getting laid Special Talents: Seduction, manifesting in bedrooms
Bo has a blond, sexy appeal that works on just about any sentient creature. His preference is human females, but he’ll try anything if he’s hungry enough. He’s laid-back and charming when he gets his way, sullen and conniving when he doesn’t. A sleaze with a surfer boy’s good looks, he’s happy to party his way through eternity, and playing in a rock band is just another way to meet girls and have a good time.
Species: Zombie Instrument: Drums
Likes: Drums, brains, makeup artists Dislikes: Brains of stupid people, anything that keeps him away from his drums Special Talents: Hiding the bodies
Lazaro is a simple creature, obsessed with drums and food. He admires intelligence in his food and likes to raid colleges for his meals. For the most part, though, he just wants to be left to play his drums in peace.
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When a genie grants you a wish, you don’t expect to have to return the favor.
Struggling promoter Ricky Landon is on the verge of giving up his dreams when he dumps sexy genie Kalila from a junk store lamp. She grants his wish to manage a talented band, but she has a wish of her own…she wants to be a rock star.
Kalila’s band consists of fellow demons whose genius on stage is matched by their ability to get themselves banned from every venue they’ve ever played. Ricky is willing to do what it takes to help them succeed, but with a zombie on drums, an incubus on bass, and a vampire lead vocalist, the off-stage antics are a little more serious than diva behavior and trashed hotel rooms.
Via connections and clever promoting, Ricky turns Maelstrom into the hottest act in town, but their growing fame and Ricky’s love affair with Kalila draw the attention of a rival band of washed-up deities. They’ll do anything to stop Maelstrom from achieving their goals, and now Ricky’s career and maybe even his life is at stake.
Ricky knew rock and roll was a little crazy, but he never thought it would be like this!
Maelstrom has been accepted for publication by L&L Dreamspell and will be available for purchase in early 2010.
Sample chapter is available here. Please note that the final published version may differ slightly.