Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Noon Onyx and Ari Carmine from Dark Light of Day - Jill Archer

Have you ever wanted to be something you're not?

If you're tall, did you ever want to be short? Are you a brunette who wonders if blondes really do have more fun? Maybe you're a summer child who felt cheated because your birthday wasn't during the school year. Maybe you're the youngest but you always wanted to be the oldest. Or maybe you're a night owl and you desperately wish you could become a morning person.

Noon Onyx, the protagonist from Dark Light of Day, desperately wishes she could be something she's not -- a healer instead of a killer.

In Noon's world, people of noble birth are often born with one of two types of magic. The men are born with waning magic, which is dark and fiery. And the women are born with waxing magic, which is nurturing and creative.  But due to a mysterious birth mix up, Noon was born with waning magic and her twin brother, Nocturo, was born with waxing magic.

Noon's waning magic means she can kill plants and other growing things just by touching them. It also means she'll be forced to train as a demon peacekeeper at St. Lucifer's Law School -- because waning magic is the only kind of magic that can keep the demons of her world in line. It's a grim and dangerous job and Noon wants no part of it.

Noon's best friend, Peter Aster, is an Angel spellcaster who thinks he has the answer to Noon's predicament -- an ancient, mysterious, lost spell that can reverse Noon's magic and turn her into the healer she's always wanted to be. Peter wants to give Noon her life's dream. Only one person stands in their way -- Ari Carmine.

What if you were attracted to someone... but they couldn't wait to be someone else?

What if you met someone who had hair that was naturally blue? Not just a hint of blue, but a brilliant, dazzling, incandescent sapphire blue that could be seen from a mile away? What if this girl's brilliant blue hair fascinated you? What if you were wildly attracted to it... and she just wanted to wear a wig? Or better yet, shave it off? Or better still, find a spell that could turn her hair brown?

Forbiddingly handsome Ari Carmine was smitten with Noon Onyx since the moment he met her. Sitting on a riverside bench in the dead of winter, bundled up in a dark cloak and heavy snow boots, her sweater's cowl collar pulled up over her mouth and nose for warmth, Noon's face was barely visible. But it wasn't Noon's expression that caught Ari's attention.

Ari makes no secret of the fact that he doesn't think Noon should let Peter cast a spell over her to try and reverse her magic. Instead, he believes Noon should declare her unusual magic and start training to be a demon peacekeeper with the rest of the noblemen in their class.

Which kind of ally would you want? The man who helps you pursue your dream to change yourself? Or the man who wants you to learn how to embrace the one thing you despise?
I'm giving away an Ace/Roc science fiction and fantasy sampler to one commenter. It has new work from a handful of Ace/Roc authors, including me (the first three chapters of DLOD are included). Answer any of my questions for a chance to win (US only). I'm also offering some tour wide giveaways in connection with my Dark Light of Day blog tour: three signed copies of DLOD (US only) and two $10 eGift Certificates. For more details on the tour wide giveaways and how to win them, see my "Dark Light of Day Blog Tour" page at The Rafflecopter form is below.

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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill earned a bachelor of science from Penn State University and later moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to practice law for ten years. Jill now lives in rural Maryland with her two children and husband, who is a recreational pilot. Weekends are often spent flying around in the family’s small Cessna, visiting tiny un-towered airfields and other local points of interest. Visit her online at or on Twitter: @archer_jill.


traveler said...

My ally would be a man whose character and confidance would allow me to pursue my dreams. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hi Traveler! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I love questions like these – ones that have no right or wrong answer, just an answer based on individual choice. From a character perspective, I'm as fascinated by the journey someone takes to get to their answer as the answer itself. Hope you're having a great week!

Karen H in NC said...

I've always wished I could be someone else. Someone who was taller and thinner. I've always said...I'm not overweight...I'm undertall. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Tall, thin, rich, young... they're all overrated. It's being HAPPY that counts! :-D That said, I think most people can identify with wanting to be something they're not. There are so many things I'd like to be and do. I always joke that I want to live nine lives – all at once! On the other hand, I'm a big believer in believing in yourself. Pitting those two concepts (the desire to change versus the need for self-acceptance) seemed like a good way to create great inner conflict for a character.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend down in NC, Karen! Thanks for the comment.

Maureen said...

I think you support someone even if you are unsure if they are following the right path.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen, thanks for your thoughts. I think determining what is the "right path" and then choosing it, staying the course, or helping someone else on their way, can be a perilous journey. But perilous journeys make great stories! Hope you had a good night.