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All You Need Is Hope
A friend of mine who doesn’t read romance or young adult asked me what my Mephisto books are about. I told her, and she said, “I’m surprised you write such grim, depressing stuff, especially considering how much you love romance novels.” I decided I suck at telling people about the Mephisto. She didn’t get it at all, even remotely.
Okay, sure, the stories are about guys whose father is the dark angel of death, the one who ferries souls to Hell. And the brothers are all doomed to Hell unless they can find and feel real love. But ultimately, the stories are about hope. The overarching storyline is one of hope – for the brothers, for the women they find and want to love, for Lucifer and Mephistopheles, for humanity, and ultimately, for the oldest brother, Eryx, the only soul in existence who nobody wants – neither God, nor Lucifer. Reviled and hated, Eryx’s defeat is the reason for the existence of the Mephisto. He’s evil down to his fingernails, without a shred of compassion or honor or even dignity. He doesn’t yearn for love and acceptance. He believes power will deliver what he needs, but he doesn’t realize that what’s missing in his soul is hope.
Hope is something we all need to survive. Those who’ve attempted suicide and survived frequently say they felt as though all hope was gone when they decided to end their lives. Hope is why we get up every day. It’s why we fall in love, why we go to school and have children and vote and try the new Italian place in town. Hope makes the world keep turning, and without it, humanity is lost.
When people pledge their souls to Eryx in the Mephisto stories, they lose hope of happiness, of fulfillment, of peace of mind. Ironically, in hoping to gain what they think they need to be happy, to feel worthy, they lose their free will and any hope of contentment. I think of these stories as a study in humanity and what makes us all more alike than different. The world over, everyone wants pretty much the same things – respect, dignity, admiration from our friends and colleagues, love, sustenance, and the ability to live our lives according to our own internal moral compass. We all hope for happiness and everything we do is because we hope we’ll find it. Hope really is what keeps us going. As for Eryx, who has no hope, what keeps him going is a mystery we’ll uncover in the final book of the Mephisto series.
Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.
The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.
Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.
Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.
Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached at Stephanie@StephanieFeagan.com or Trinity@TrinityFaegen.com
She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.
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