The Ripple Effect: How Actions Affect Characters in Death Sword (with Pamela Turner)

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Death Sword

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I have a special guest, Pamela Turner, talking about the ripple effect and how action affects character. (Don’t you just love her cover?) Without further ado:

When Xariel fatally stabs Karla Black then brings her back to life, he irrevocably changes her destiny. He also sets into motion a chain of events that affects not only Karla but himself, the other angels of death, and Karla’s friends. It is this ripple effect that shapes the plot of my urban fantasy/paranormal short novel Death Sword.

However, Xariel is not acting of his own volition. He’s ordered by his superior, Metatron, to find Karla and bring her back. The angel of death obeys with the intention of handing Karla off to Metatron and resuming his regular duties.

Metatron has different ideas. He suggests Xariel train Karla as an angel of death. Not only that, but Metatron wants Karla to work with Xariel under Samael, one of Metatron’s seconds-in-command. For Xariel, this order is met with trepidation. He knows Samael despises humans, women in particular. But Metatron is adamant. He assures Xariel Samael will obey orders.

Samael, chief of satans and angel of death, agrees to take Karla on as one of his employees. But he sees her as a threat. Not only does she stand between him and his cursed ex-lover, Xariel, she also upsets his plans for usurping Azrael’s position.

As a result, Samael decides Karla not only needs to lose her powers, she needs to die. But first he plans to defeat her resolve by attacking her friends.

For Karla and Xariel, defeating Samael is paramount. But the chief of satans is a formidable opponent. Armed with a poisoned rapier, Samael can easily kill both humans and angels. Even worse, if he slaughters too many people, he becomes an unstoppable berserker.

Ultimately, Karla must decide if she will accept her role as an angel of death. Because her actions, or lack thereof, will determine not only the outcome of her fate but that of those around her.

Here’s a blurb for Death Sword:

The only thing more dangerous than an angel of death is one obsessed with vengeance.

Karla Black has always known she’s different from other people. She learns just how different after she’s fatally stabbed and brought back to life as a half-human angel of death.

With newfound power comes a newfound boss.

Samael despises her. He considers Karla impure and resents her relationship with her partner Xariel…who also happens to be Samael’s ex-lover. When he takes that hatred to a higher level, Karla vows vengeance – a task easier said than done.

With the loss of their angelic powers, Karla and Xariel face a dilemma – how will they defeat an unstoppable Samael, whose poisoned rapier can kill human and angel alike?

If Karla doesn’t awaken to her true identity, both heaven and earth are in danger of annihilation.


Karla lay on the sofa, her heart racing, driven by adrenaline-induced fear. Another scare and she’d go into cardiac arrest.

Samael loomed over her, hands on either side of her head. “Human filth,” he whispered, “the sooner I’m rid of you, the better.” A dagger appeared in his hand. The intricate markings differed from the ones on Xariel’s knife. She’d no doubt Samael meant to kill her. Too bad she hadn’t told Xariel she loved him.

He pushed the tip against her throat. “Should I kill you now?” The chief of satans smiled at her, a cruel grin which didn’t reach his eyes. “I’d love to, but I want Xariel to watch.” He cocked a brow at her distressed expression. “Oh? Didn’t I tell you? He saw his darling Delilah die. I’m sure he’d be very disappointed if he couldn’t see your final moments.”

Karla swallowed. “What now?” She prayed for a swift death. Samael pressed down on the dagger. The tip sliced through skin, piercing her windpipe, the sharp pain excruciating. A strangled gasp burbled in her throat. Shock laid a merciful hand on her head. She closed her eyes, letting darkness wash over her.

A heavy weight pressed down on her body. Lungs burning, she struggled for air. Minutes passed. Nothing happened. No tunnel, no white light. Curious, Karla opened her eyes, tried to sit up.

She couldn’t move.

Death Sword is published by Lyrical Press and is available for the Kindle or Nook.

You can reach the author at:

Website Links: (website)

Haunted Dreams, Dark Destinies (blog)


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7 thoughts on “The Ripple Effect: How Actions Affect Characters in Death Sword (with Pamela Turner)

    sapphyredragon said:
    May 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hi Rosalie! Thank you for letting me post on your site. 🙂

    V.R. Leavitt said:
    May 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Great excerpt! Sounds like an exciting read!

      sapphyredragon said:
      May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, V.R.! Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      Pamela Turner

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Pamela. I’ve had my eye on Death Sword for a while now. Not only is the cover hawt, but I love this story line!

      sapphyredragon said:
      May 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      LOL Thanks, Rosalie. 🙂 The story took quite a different turn when I first wrote it for NaNoWriMo.

      Pamela Turner

    Amy McCorkle said:
    May 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Death Sword is a book about things which interest me without being the same old strum and drang. Thanks Pam for the great post! And thanks Rosario for hosting her.

      sapphyredragon said:
      May 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks, Amy. 🙂 I enjoy writing these characters. It’ll be hard to say goodbye when the time comes.

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