#RRBC SPOTLIGHT WELCOMES YVETTE CALLIERO!

It is my pleasure and privilege to host Yvette Calliero on my blog today. I am a fan of her work and thrilled to introduce her to my followers. On this tour Yvette will talk at great length about how she named her characters and because I read this book, it should prove to be quite a story. So lets give Yvette a warm support and a warm welcome!!

 

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Who’s Who in Caelagios?

By

Yvette Calleiro

 

Part of writing a novel in which you are creating a new world is coming up with terminology that describes them.  I grew up reading CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein, so I loved fantasy and the weird names that came with it.  When trying to decide what to call my new beings, I knew that I wanted the name to be connected to their purpose in life.  I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, so I decided to borrow some terms from the Latin and Greek times.

My new beings were created to heal and protect humans, so I looked up those two words in Greek and Latin.  Almost immediately, their name stood out to me.  In Greek, sodzo means to protect, to save, and to heal.  Also in Greek, dia-sodzo means to save and heal thoroughly, to make perfectly whole.  And so, my Diasodz were born!  The singular and plural forms vary based on the pronunciation of the z at the end of the word.  If it is singular, the z is silent.  If it is plural, it is pronounced.

There are two classes of Diasodz.  Neither one is superior, though some of the Diasodz would argue with me.  The Altorus class is made of the protectors.  In the old times, they were the soldiers, the warriors, and the police.  The Curatus class (in Latin, curatio means to heal or care for) are the healers.  They were the medicine men, the doctors and nurses.

Within the Diasodz, there is an oracle who gives very cryptic prophecies.  There are also the Elders (love them).  The Elders are the highest court of their world.  There are five of them, each representing an element: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.  They are very powerful.  No one can look upon them without losing his/her eyesight.  They take no shape and are recognized by the color of the robes that they wear.

Of course, the Diasodz have an enemy.  Their enemy strives to destroy them and prevent them from helping humans.  For them, I went with the word raze, meaning to tear down or demolish.  They became the Raizyns.  Their class structure is a little more complicated than the Diasodz.  First, let’s start with the fact that Raizyns are Diasodz who have turned their back on their Goddess and chosen to follow Lucifer.  There is a Raizyn King and Queen who are allowed to keep their Diasodz form.  There are Diasodz who pledge their loyalty but do not swear a soul oath.  There are just a few of these because Lucifer is not a very trusting person.  And then there are those who swear a soul oath.

In order to join Lucifer’s army, He requires a Diasodz to give his soul over to his cause.  After giving his oath, if he/she should ever betray the Raizyns’ cause, he/she would perish.  It’s a big deal because when they make the soul oath, they lose most of their Diasodz powers and they lose their Diasodz looks.

If they were an Altorus as a Diasodz, then they become a demon as a Raizyn.  The more power they had as a Diasodz, the greater a demon they become.  Demons keep more of their human looks, but their skin takes on a gray tinge and their eyes become a shade of yellow.  Demons are very strong and many are very powerful.

If they were a Curatus as a Diasdoz, then they become a deminion as a Raizyn.  When I first thought up the word in 2010, I looked for it online to see if it meant what I wanted it to mean, and there was no information anywhere for the word.  Now, it’s everywhere. Go figure!  I wanted a lesser demon, but that sounded boring.  My son was watching The Minions one day, and I just put the two together and got deminions.  It sounded good to me, so I went with it. lol!  Deminions are hideous creatures.  Think tiny versions of the orcs from Lord of the Rings.  Creepy and vicious!

And all of these crazy beings call Caelagios their home away from Earth.  So, how did I come up with Caelagios?  Heavenly in Latin is caelestis or caelum.  Sanctuary in Greek is hagios.  I wanted their home away from Earth to be their heavenly sanctuary.  So, Caelagios it became! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed a little vocabulary 101 for the world of my Diasodz. 🙂

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The One Discovered

By

Yvette Calleiro

 

How do you choose when both options have dire consequences?

 

Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life.  She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth.  She has a loving mother.  She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job.  She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.

 

Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans.  Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them.  Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading.  A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior.  Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind.  Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home.  But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?

 

Choices create action.  Actions have consequences.  When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make?  Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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18 Responses to #RRBC SPOTLIGHT WELCOMES YVETTE CALLIERO!

  1. Micki Peluso says:

    Yvette, I found it fascinating the way you chose the species’ names from both Greek and Latin.I grew up loving Greek and Latin mythology. I always wonder how fantasy writers come up with the strange names they give their characters, I can see using the Greeks and Latin could make that much easier. Making a note for my next fantasy short story. 🙂 I’m so glad I’ve been able to share your SPOTLIGHT journey with you!! I did tell you Bill Ward was a sweetie, and you did beautifully on the shelf–no easy feat–and on Blog talk Radio.

    Shirley, as always, a hostess with the mostest!! Thanks for having Yvette and the rest of us tracking through your lovely website.

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    • Yes, you did, MIcki! And I had my cup of tea with me just to help calm my nerves. 😉 You were right, though; Bill is really easy to talk to. 🙂 I’m so happy that you have been a part of this journey with me. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Thanks Micki for joining us here and lending your support. It is so appreciated.

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  2. jinlobify says:

    I like stories about myths, and I believe that there was a time when the gods, in our different mythologies, did exist. I see them in my inner consciousness, and I write about them too. The world is a country as we say in my culture. 🙂 Thank you Shirley for hosting her.

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    • I agree with you completely. In fact, I always have a few students who try to tell me that the Greek myths are stupid, but I explain to them that the gods were very real to the Greeks just as whatever religion my students believe in today is very real to them. It gives them something to think about. 😉

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  3. Great logic in your choice of names. 🙂

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  4. Being a retired History teacher who often taught ancient Greek and Roman history, I was immediately interested in the process you followed to name your characters. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that with us today. Thanks for hosting today, Shirley!

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    • I actually am really bad with History, but I loved everything I learned about the Greek times. When I knew I had to create a species and a world, I knew immediately that the names would be based on Greek and Latin. I’m glad you appreciate it. 🙂

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  5. Shirley, I am so happy that you are one of the amazing people who volunteered to showcase me. You know I’m a big fan of yours as well! I love your banner. It makes me want to go camping again. 🙂 Thank you for sharing me with your readers. I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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  6. hinsmanj says:

    Thanks for hosting Shirley! I’m looking forward to reading Yvette’s new book in her series as I loved the first two. Have a great day.

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  7. Gwen Plano says:

    Yvette, the “choice” you describe propels me to read your books, two of which I have waiting for me on Kindle. As I read your post, I thought back to the 1980s, to the film Sophie’s Choice. This film still haunts me; I suspect your book will as well. Thank you for the glimpse! And, thank you Shirley for hosting today.

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    • Gwen, I’ve never heard of that movie, but now you have me intrigued. I’m going to have to look it up. lol! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my novels. Thank you for your support! 🙂

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Gwen I’m glad you stopped by since I saw you resurrect another one of my old post hosting a member. I know Yvette is thankful.

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