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And now we are down to one week before Promises and Lies is released, and I am down to the final two characters. Today is Jeff, and next Sunday will be Sean.

I don't want to give too much information about Jeff because I'd rather allow people to discover his uniqueness as they read the book. The memory of mine that I gave Jeff is his fascination with knights, specifically King Arthur's knights.

I have had a strong fascination with King Arthur for a long time. The love was rekindled about twelve years ago when I started teaching. Reading is my passion, and I discovered quite early that reading aloud to students was my favorite part of the day. I went to a teacher supply store before I began, and one of the things I wanted to get was a special read-aloud book. I chose a book called Merlin and the Dragons by Jane Yolen. It drew the students in because of the beautiful art work, and the fact that the story was about dragons.

Although Jeff is an adult, many times he seems child-like, particularly in the joy he takes in simple things. In my mind I see Jeff being fascinated with King Arthur, dragons, and knights because he was missing that part of his childhood, where he could have taken the simple pleasure of reading about them. Jeff sketches in a sketch book, and one day Sean discovers that the knights Jeff sketches are really the people he meets and knows. One knight has Gabriel's face, one has Jesse's, but the one Jeff sketches the most has Sean's face.

After I read Merlin and the Dragons and my students enjoyed it so much I moved on to other books about King Arthur. Tales of King Arthur by Felicity Brooks and illustrated by Rodney Matthews. This is from the Usborne Library of Fantasy and Adventure, and it is a quite detailed story about King Arthur. The artwork in this book is exactly what I imagine Jeff sketches.

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After reading this book and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Marcia Williams (from a series of books the depict history in comic strip form) I went on to adult books such as The Discovery of King Arthur by Geoffrey Ashe. As well I read a lot of historical novels about Arthur including several by Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon and The Forest House), the whole Arthurian series by Mary Stewart, and even a novel by Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin. I even attempted to read some novels by Bernard Cornwell, but they were a little difficult and focused more on warfare than the romance of King Arthur.

Jeff is a unique individual, and it's my suspicion that he will be the character most people love in Promises and Lies. Given my penchant for "bad boys"...Sean is the character I love the most, hence the reason I'm leaving him for last. ^^

Don't forget, the first twenty books will include an autograph. Sometime in December I will be holding a special drawing for a personally autographed copy of the book...based on a scavenger hunt through these entries about the characters :)


Jeff has a fascination for King Arthur.