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Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: eLectio Publishing (May 25, 2016)
Parker J Cole the author of Dark Cherub and the Sins of the Flesh series; this includes Many Strange Women, The Other Man, and Vengeful Vows. She is also host of The Write Stuff, which showcases Christian authors worldwide and the Parker J Cole Show interviewing guest, news, and commentary. When not writing or hosting, she spends most of her time reading, knitting, cooking and concocting new ideas for stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and dog, Sarah.
Daffodil Simmons knows how the world works. She’s the spider, all the world is a fly. She has spent her life spinning webs, using people for personal gain. And now, she’s about to spin her biggest one yet – for vengeance. She'll do whatever it takes to get revenge on the two men who abandoned her: her father, and her former lover. When she blackmails her half-sister Leah Westwood’s ex-lover to do her bidding, she tightens her fist around his will and brings him into submission to her plans.
Vincent Miller hates that Daffodil has a noose around his neck, forcing him to do whatever she wants. But he’ll do anything to steal Leah back from Jacob Westwood, the man who destroyed his life, even if it means making a deal with a blue-eyed spider. Yet as Daffodil spins her web, he finds himself entrapped by a silk of a very different kind and intrigued by a woman who only sees him as expendable prey
Everything is going according to plan until another spider, a ghost from Daffodil's past, begins to interfere with their web. It's a battle of wits against a powerful foe. When it comes time to make the ultimate choice, can Daffodil lay aside everything she’s ever known… for something even greater? Can Vincent set aside his need for revenge to go after what’s in front of him?
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Daffodil Simmons and Vincent Miller
Q. What or is there conflict in the story?
Daffodil Simmons wants get revenge on the two men in her life who abandoned her – her father and her ex-lover. Vincent wants to steal the love of his life back from her husband. They form a partnership together.
Q. Which characters in “are you most like?
My stubbornness is definitely an attribute Daffodil and Vincent both display. Sometimes I dig my feet in and won’t move no matter how often others tell me to.
Q. Take us inside “your book” What are two major events
In one scene, the very beginning, Daffodil goes to Vincent Miller’s house, bold as brass, and blackmails him to be her husband. He’s still dealing with the events from the second book the series when she comes along. With a major secret she holds over him, she makes him bend to her will and he hates it and her.
Another scene is when she is plotting her revenge while sitting in a church watching a ceremony going on. As she does so, her mind is filled with hateful thoughts about her father, and her ex-lover who both happen to be in the church with her. She plots, and plans, and weaves her web of how she is going to do destroy them.
Q. Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
I hope not! Yet, I did get some inspiration from my own life as far as mannerisms of people I know and my own habits. For example, Daffodil always drinks raspberry tea. My favorite tea is peppermint tea so I incorporated that into the story.
Q. Describe each character in three words?
Daffodil Simmons – cunning, devious, untrustworthy
Vincent Miller – brooding, thoughtful, and exciting
Q. If your book became a movie who would play the characters?
I’d like unknowns to play the roles because I think an unknown would take the uniqueness of the characters and make it their own, thus catapulting their careers.
Q. Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship.
Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures?
All the time. Daffodil’s hatred of her father and her former lover consumes her to the point she wants to destroy them. She can’t move on because of that. Vincent wants what he had with another man’s wife. He doesn’t want another woman and he can’t move on either. So two people, both who have been hurt, will hurt others. Or as another man said rather eloquently, hurt people will hurt other people. And that’s definitely the case here.
With Daffodil, she has no desire for a relationship with God and neither does Vincent so they only choices they have is to take matters into their own hands.
Q. How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?
Vengeful Vows is a reflection of my life that year I wrote it. I was very stubborn and disobedient to God, trying to do my own thing. I had to deal with the repercussions of my actions and see the aftermath. Of course, the Lord will forgive us for our sins but we often equate forgiving sins with having a better life. Yes, forgiveness can change us but we also have to deal with the aftermath of our decisions. I lost a lot in that year trying to handle my own life and the Lord fixed it. But I still bear the scars from my self-inflicted wounds.