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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who will prevail? - The Children of Clay series by Ono Ekeh

Two women, two destinies, one life. Who will prevail?
All Bridget wants is a simple life with love and family. But she is confronted by a destiny she doesn’t even understand 
Does she want freedom or does she want adoration? She can have one or the other, but not both.


The Clay Queen

With her armies defeated, Queen Nouei’s enemies march north to capture her. The earth god’s only hope is to alter history before they arrive. To become stronger she must restart her divine journey by reincarnating as Bridget Blade. But what if Bridget doesn’t want to be a god? 

All Bridget wants is a simple life with love and family. But she is confronted by a destiny she doesn’t even understand and burdened by powers and impulses she struggles to control. Bridget must choose a path that leads her to Nouei or, must force the Queen to settle for Bridget’s modest ambitions. 

Two women, two destinies, one life. Who will prevail?

Clay to Ashes

Bridget Blade is both a god with an insatiable desire for love and adoration and a human plagued by insecurities, fears, and anxieties. Unaware of her true divinity she longs for the kind of love and a happy family she's never had. Her husband, Jeremy, though, seems more interested in turning her into a research project that he can commercialize.

When Bridget discovers her new abilities she revels in the discovery that she is a god. But her new powers attract unwanted attention and Bridget must fight for her independence and survival.

But when survival means giving up the adoration she craves Bridgett must confront the desires that drive her. Does she want freedom or does she want adoration? She can have one or the other, but not both.

A little bit about the characters in The Clay Queen

The Clay Queen is the product of a very long process years in the making. Many years ago I had a scene in my head. I saw a god and her angel who were fascinated by her human creations. And then a scene with a very brutal harsh ruler and a captive queen. I said to myself, write this down and let’s see where this goes and that’s how this series, The Children of Clay, was born.

The scene was set 7,000 years into a dystopian future that had all the pressures of a dystopian post-apocalyptic world that had regressed technologically. But then I wondered, how did they get here? And then it occurred to me that this was a time travel story and working with that idea, I wrote the original draft which was a time travel novel of these characters going back in time. I was pretty satisfied with what I had. But as a writer, these characters are alive and grow in your mind. One such character was a woman named Nouei.

She was originally an absent character in this post-apocalyptic world, a renowned queen and wife of this cruel leader. She was special, loved, revered, and feared even by this leader. She loomed large in the background but never made an appearance. I was so taken with her and decided to write out a scene for her and that’s when I realized that she knew and understood far more than she was letting on. She was no ordinary queen. Slowly, the story evolved and began to revolve around her until finally, it became about her.

That initial draft novel turned into two and then three and then four novels, each covering a time period of the reincarnated existence of certain characters in this post-apocalyptic world. I decided then to begin the series in our present time and skip the post-apocalyptic roots of this world, which bleeds through in quiet ways, but will make a strong appearance soon. So what was the first book has now morphed into five novels, the first of which is The Clay Queen and the next is Clay to Ashes.

In The Clay Queen, we are introduced to Nouei, and as noted earlier, she is a character whose presence underlies the entire story, but maintains her distance while her reincarnated self, Bridget Blade wades through this world trying to figure out who she is and how to manage the divine aspects of her personality. There is also the strange time-travel-y tension that both women exist at the same time and Nouei is watching Bridget and must nudge her in the direction of the future Nouei wants. She may even have a trick up her sleeve. But the paradox is that even though Bridget and Nouei are the same person, Bridget is an independent person with free will and can ultimately make her own choices about how she wants to direct her life. I love it--love the tension.

About the author:
Ono Ekeh is a fifth generation android whose initial programming has exceeded its original boundaries resulting in a self-conscious, fully functional, quasi-human life form. He is married to a wonderful human woman and has four amazing kids. He is interested in religion, politics, science fiction, writing, food, mathematics, and other things.

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Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds like a great book.

sfzphd said...

It sounds like a great plot. I think it would definitely be something I would enjoy reading.

Veronica Lee said...

The plot sounds intriguing. Adding this to my TBR list.

katieoscarlet said...

From the blurb I already picture this as a movie someday

Judy Thomas said...

The book sounds amazing!

Unknown said...

I really want to read this book, it sounds so very interesting.

CindyWindy2003 said...

I was wondering what the author is working on next?

CindyWindy2003 said...

What's your writing process/routine like?

CindyWindy2003 said...

What's on your to read shelf these days?

CindyWindy2003 said...

What's your writing/career goal?

CindyWindy2003 said...

Who are your favorite authors?

CindyWindy2003 said...

Do you write several genres or focus on one?

CindyWindy2003 said...

If you could meet any author past or present who would it be and why?