LE Blog Contributors

Lactrodectus Entertainment, LLC is the publisher for the novel, The Vital Sacrifice. As a part of the marketing strategy for The Vital Sacrifice, Lactrodectus Entertainment News — a fictitious news blog — was established which features bloggers who are characters in the book, The Vital Sacrifice.  Each character covers news from the angle of what is important to them based on the role they play within the novel.  While the characters and the online news forum are fictitious, the things they write about are real historical or current events but express these topics from their point-of-view.  To view the blog articles, click here.  To learn more about and purchase the novel The Vital Sacrifice, click here.

 

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Teresa McMillan

“Hi.  I am Teresa McMillan and you may know me as the lead character in The Vital Sacrifice.  I grew up in a household singing and listening to Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I blog about topics related to opera, especially as they relate to African American women opera stars because I am a huge fan of Leontyne Price.  To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Miguel Velasquez

“Hi.  I am Miguel Velasquez and you may know me as Teresa’s agent in The Vital Sacrifice.  I absolutely love Broadway and I have recently become mesmerized by opera after working with my top client, Teresa McMillan, so I mainly blog about topics related to opera and theater. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Celeste McMillan

“Hi.  I am Celeste McMillan and you may know me as Teresa’s mother in The Vital Sacrifice.  As you may know, I was an attorney for many, many years but I shifted gears to interior design in recent years.  Therefore, I blog about topics related to home decor and entertaining guests;  but, because of my strong African American family lineage, I also love to delve into little known topics about Africans throughout the diaspora. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


Francisco Cataldo

“Hi.  I am Francisco Cataldo and you may know me as Teresa’s accompanist in The Vital Sacrifice.  I absolutely love opera and I love being a conductor, especially to the lovely soprano singer Teresa McMillan.  I primarily blog about topics related to opera and some of the greatest composers and conductors of all times. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

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Ali Rahman

“Hi.  I am Ali Rahman and you may know me as the co-leader of The Order and Teresa’s love interest in The Vital Sacrifice.  I blog about topics related to my Egyptian, Zanj and Arab heritage and most importantly, the topic of finance because as you know, me and my fellow brethren are independently wealthy business men. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Matthew Larken

“Hi.  I am Matthew Larken and you may know me as Teresa’s fiance in The Vital Sacrifice.  I love to cook and I am often called to prepare delicacies for top-notch clientele worldwide; so, I like to blog about topics related to culinary delights. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

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Tina Desai

“Hi.  I am Tina Desai and you may know me as Teresa’s best friend in The Vital Sacrifice.  I blog about legal matters primarily related to divorce because as you know, I can’t stand my ex-husband Rodney.  I also dabble in Roman history and women’s designer fashion because I love shopping. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Rodney Dumas

“Hi.  I am Rodney Dumas and you may know me as Tina’s ex-husband and attorney extraordinaire in The Vital Sacrifice.  I blog about topics related legal matters, U.S. Constitution, U.K. Common Law, Athenian history and of course, men’s fashion because you know I have to dress to impress my ex-wife, Tina, so that she always wallows in regret for losing an amazing man — that amazing man would be me. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here. “

 


 

 

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Anwar Mamluk

“Hi.  I am Anwar Mamluk and you may know me as co-leader of The Order, along with Ali and Chi Khan, in The Vital Sacrifice. I was once a mercenary in Anatolia so my favorite topic is Turkish history during the Seljuk Empire until the fall of the Ottomon Empire; but, being a part of The Order I am also obsessed with organization, secrecy and command.  Therefore, I also cover the history of fraternal orders. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Chi Khan

“Hi.  I am Chi Khan and you may know me as co-leader of The Order, along with Anwar and Ali, in The Vital Sacrifice.  I was once a spy for the Mongols and as such, I had to protect myself and my entourage.  I cover blog topics related to martial arts and hand-to-hand combat, Mongol history under the Khan families, and, my favorite, the latest fashion crazes in China and Japan. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Fedor Cohen

“Hi.  I am Fedor Cohen and you may know me as a member of The Order in The Vital Sacrifice.  I primarily cover Franco-Jewish history as it relates to the Capetian dynasty and the Crusades.  I also love jazz and blues music and I also love motorcycles, so I cover those topics occasionally. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”

 


 

 

Lawrence James

“Hi.  I am Lawrence James and you may know me as a member of The Order in The Vital Sacrifice. I primarily cover British history as it relates to William the Conquerer and Norman rule in England.  I am also passionate about nightlife and having a good damn time so I often dabble in topics related to night clubs around the world. To find out more about me, visit and follow my Pinterest Board by clicking here.”  

 


 

 

Melisha Childs

Melisha Childs

“Hi.  I am Melisha Childs and I am a screenwriter, blogger and author and you may know me primarily as the author of The Vital Sacrifice, under the pseudonym M. L. Childs.  As you may know from my bio, my first passion is history but due to history’s objective nature, I was always yearning to know about history from a subjective point of view.  In other words, I was less interested in the factual data and more interested in the passionate, real stories of what happened in the past which unfortunately is missing in history writing.  As you will discover, most of my fiction writing is fused with history to give history more of an exciting and enriching experience that I so desire when I read history books.”

 

 

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