A three-thousand year old prophecy sets the stage for a battle between good and evil. But a cosmic battle of supernatural proportions summons the entities who dwell in the dark to come forward and cast their lot with one side or the other. A battle involving the undead and those for whom immortality is a birthright is not restricted by time, and this one has already endured for millennia. Blood Prophecy is set in the world we know, in a suburban city that looks much like any other, in this case, Seattle, Washington. Author Barbara Jones was born and raised in Hawaii, and currently lives in Florida, but in between, she lived in Seattle, and it’s in the rainy, brooding Northwest that she has set her thrilling series. The popular series has received such fan support that the printed page isn’t enough; fans want to see what they’re reading come alive on film. That’s why Jones has initiated a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $5000 to create a short film based upon the characters and the plot.
The Blood Prophecy series blends different popular genres—mystery, suspense, thriller, romance—in a paranormal readers’ buffet that has captivated fans. The world in which Blood Prophecy is set is the world in which we live. “I wanted to create a series that would excite readers into a modern world of vampires, werewolves, witches and more,” Jones explains. She’s very responsive to the wishes of her fans, so much so that when the requests began to come in to turn the book into a film, Jones turned to crowdfunding to make the request come true. She recognizes that filming in Seattle, a city which has unpredictable weather, could pose a challenge, but the setting of the book incorporates the natural elements into its narrative.
From the time she was a young child, Jones loved telling stories about the creatures that would have had most kids hiding under the bed. “I was a little girl who loved scary stories, much to my mother’s dismay,” Jones admits. For Jones, the scarier, the better. But it was when she moved from Hawaii to Seattle that the alchemy of her macabre affection was transformed from telling the tales into writing them, to see if others would respond as readily as she did to supernatural lore. The fantasy genre has generated a loyal audience and fans can’t get enough.
The first book in the series, Queen’s Destiny, is now available for purchase. The series will continue with Queen’s Enemy and Queen’s Ascension, also to be published by World Castle Publishing. But fans won’t have to wait endlessly for the next book, because Jones is planning to issue short stories in the interim which involve the lives of the characters before they came together as The Chosen. The first novella, Marcus: Origins, is currently available at www.amazon.com
Jones no longer physically resides in Seattle, but her characters do. While she revels in the sunshine and beaches of her Florida home, her witches, vampires, and werewolves remain in Seattle, where the climate is much better suited to those who, by their unnatural states of existence, must shun the sun and follow the moon.
From David Lynch’s Twin Peaks in the 1990s to the Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series in the early 2000s, there’s been something about the Northwest region that has evoked the atmosphere of the supernatural. Maybe it’s something in the coffee? There might be more in that pumpkin spice latte than anyone realized. While enjoying your Starbucks brew, look for the latest entry into the spine-tingling landscape of the state of Washington as Blood Prophecy travels from book to film via crowdfunding support.