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A genie is out of his lamp and he and his companions live among other mortals undetected.  But this genie’s love affair with a mortal woman threatens to unleash the truth about their secret existence — a secret they have protected for many centuries.  Will fraternity or love prevail in “The Vital Sacrifice?”

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A top member of a secret brotherhood becomes obsessed with a celebrity but his fellow members aren’t having it…

There is secret fraternal order that exists for the sole purpose of indulging in the greatest pleasures of life.

Chi Khan, Anwar Mamluk and Ali Rahman have traded in their humdrum past lives to join the Order of Legions of Solomon’s Temple.  Formed in the 12th century, men who become members of this fraternal order have the best of everything at their disposal including money, power and women galore.  The pretentiousness and braggadocio of these alpha males is over the top but it is justified because they are a superior group of men.

With such a lavish life guaranteed by membership to this secret society, why would one of its top members risk his power and prestige all because of his obsession with the famous singer, Teresa McMillan?  This relationship – which is forbidden in the first place – could unveil their secret existence and potentially leave them open to all out war with all of the military establishments of the world.

A fraternal order, hundreds of years in the making, is in jeopardy of crumbling at the foundation because of one member’s failure to maintain protocol in order to protect the egocentric desires of the entire brotherhood.

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The Birth of a New Paranormal Villian in the West

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs


Vampires. Shapeshifters. Werewolves. Genies. Dragons. Ghosts.

Wait a second. This list includes a genie.  Is that a paranormal character?  Believe it or not, genies can be classified as paranormal beings; but, little consideration has been given to including genie characters in the paranormal genre.  That is, until now.

The title of this blog article is a misnomer in a sense because the genie character is not new.  Genies have a “lifespan” reaching even farther back than vampires.  One very popular ancient tale including genie types is the tale of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp which is included in the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales called One Thousand and One Nights – stories that are considered pre-Islamic folklore. This tale has translated into English as one designed for children’s literature but according to studies on these mythical creatures, the playful version of the genie is just one aspect of the variety of genies that exist.  Based on research done by Rosemary Gullet and Philip Imbrogno in a book entitled, The Vengeful Djinn, genies can come in various colors including green, blue, and red with each becoming more sinister with variation in color.  Green genies are considered the more “playful” types; the blue ones are more mature yet maniacal; and the red ones are the most dangerous of them all.

Western culture is also familiar with the genie character in its many forms through television shows and films.  Hollywood introduced a more child-like genie in its hit films Aladdin and Kazaam and in television shows like I Dream of Jeannie.  It even played around with more sinister versions of genie characters in films like Wishmaster and two films released in 2013 and 2014 called Djinn and Jinn, respectively.

In my recent paranormal romance novel, The Vital Sacrifice, genies take on human form complete with magical powers that genies are known for; but, with a mature story line.  This novel also takes on some characteristics of historical fiction with some of the plot taking place in the past within two significant time periods:  during the time of King Saladdin’s rule and during the Spanish Inquisition right after the fall of the Spanish Moors.  These beings live among mankind in male form and live within predetermined boundaries and rules as set forth in the novel.  Although there are some aspects of their lives that are mystical in form, they live life like normal humans in order to avoid suspicion and unnecessary turmoil with their human counterparts as do most paranormal creatures.

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You are in for a cerebral workout of a lifetime from the moment you open up the novel, The Vital Sacrifice.

Superstar singer, Teresa McMillan, has been chasing success for many years and for her persistence, she’s been rewarded generously with many musical awards for her beautiful soprano voice.  She is proud of her accomplishments but she is starting to feel incomplete because she has yet to get married and have a family with her fiance, Matthew Larkin.

Now, she is suffering from a mid-life crisis, torn between choosing continued career success or settling down and starting a family.  This is causing her so much stress that she is becoming increasingly delusional.  Nightmares, sleepless nights, and panic attacks have her on edge so much that she can’t even tell the difference between what’s real or imagined in her life anymore, especially when handsome, business mogul, Ali Rahman enters her life.

Is Ali a sly Casanova hell-bent on wrestling her from her fiance to make her his own?  Or, is Teresa so far-gone in her delusions that Ali and all of the drama that emerges after meeting him just a figment of her imagination?

Prepare yourself for an unpredictable roller-coaster ride as your imagination spirals out of control along with Teresa’s already whimsical celebrity life.

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Teresa McMillan finds herself indecisive as she finishes her world tour. Like many successful, career-oriented women, she is torn between her career and a growing desire to get married and have a family with her steady boyfriend. As she is staring into the mirror in her dressing room before her concert in Milan, Italy, Teresa sees something appear and disappear in the reflection. Her agent makes a joke that it is the phantom of the opera coming to get her, a joke that she doesn’t find amusing.

Ali Abdur Rahman certainly isn’t the phantom of the opera, but he does appear in Teresa’s life as if out of nowhere. This handsome, wealthy businessman from the East sees an image of Teresa in the local newspaper while he is on a business trip in Milan and can’t believe his eyes.

Strike one: Teresa’s in a relationship. Strike two: She has no idea who Ali is. Strike three: Ali is a part of a cult of semi-immortal men that forbid prolonged contact with the human race.

Striking out will not stop Ali’s obsession with Teresa and this semi-immortal man will discover that succumbing to the power of love comes with a sacrifice.


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