Hello to all of you believers in beauty and true love and mystical talismans, angels and ancient artefacts. Welcome to my author’s page. I’m so excited to share the KEEPERS OF GENESIS SERIES with you, following Sage and Saffron’s parallel journeys to find the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Garden of Eden and, of course, to attain true love along the way (but not without the trials and tribulations that all such journeys bring!).
Many readers have been asking me questions about the series. So, here are a few things I’d like to share…
To begin with, about the history depicted in SEED… I happen to love history – especially ancient history – so I have tried to ensure it’s as accurate as possible. I figured that readers might be interested in learning something new (about the old) and can even travel with Sage to the various places mentioned in the novel, to visit the museums and libraries and cathedrals … the artefacts of ancient Mesopotamia can be viewed at the British Museum (be careful not to blink – the clay tablets are not much bigger than a smartphone) and the Louvre (which features again in SCROLL: Part One and Part Two); you can book a tour to visit the Vatican (the library is now open to tourists) and even a ‘ghost tour’ of the catacombs; and pop over to Paris for a cup of tea at its famous tea salon. Why not take a copy of the novel with you when having afternoon tea at Mariage Frères in Paris or Claridge’s in London?
On the history of angels… There are many detailed books on Angelology for those who might be interested in learning more. The novel, SEED, came about because I was fascinated by the idea of the war in the heavens which led to the First Fall. Initially, I was going to write about this war. Then the idea developed and took on a life of its own – as did the characters – to include the races of the Nephilim and, from this, SEED was created. But, at its heart, there was always going to be a seventeen-year-old protagonist – a girl who wasn’t ever going to be boring or silly or passive. Sage is the kind of young woman who, despite being ordinary, is extraordinary and, hopefully, can be a role model to other young adults – because it’s perfectly fine to be clever and bookish and not be particularly athletic or able to navigate your way out of a car park.
Yet Sage would not be complete without both the mysterious, alluring St. John Rivers and her twin sister, Saffron. Every heroine needs a hero. St. John Rivers will make you believe in true love – the kind of love found in the plays of Shakespeare and the novels of Austen and the Bronte sisters…
Saffron’s story becomes the focus of SCROLL: Part One and Part Two and is filled with twists and turns that should prove a real page turner for readers. She’s the opposite of Sage in so many ways yet they complement one another. Fi will embark on a journey of self-discovery and face a conflict in love. And for those of you craving more, SCROLL will feature much more of the artful Gabriel Chevalier and the mysterious caretaker of Satis House…
Finally, I want to say that I always have time for my readers because without you this series would not have been possible… so if you feel the urge to tweet me or send a message via Facebook, I’d love to hear from you…
The other titles in the series will include:
SEED: Part One
SEED: Part Two
SCROLL: Part One
SCROLL: Part Two
SWORD: Part One
SWORD: Part Two
STONE: Part One
STONE: Part Two
by Renita D'Silva author of Monsoon Memories and The Forgotten Daughter
'You know that thrill when you discover an author whose every word draws you in and you cannot put the book down? This is one such book and this is one such author. I absolutely adored SEED. I did not want to part from it, did not want it to end. I am so very glad that there are more books in this series. Beautifully written, meticulously researched, this book draws you in and keeps a hold on you right up until the last page. Fast paced, with action and romance, history and intrigue, flitting between London, Paris, Rome and ancient Mesopotamia, this book is a delight with something to appeal to every reader. I was transported; felt I was living in so many different worlds. The characters are expertly drawn, I could visualise each and every one. I loved the way the author contrasted the twins’ characters, how they complemented each other. There is just so much to admire in this book. The writing is evocative and stunning, the dialogue pithy and sharp. I especially loved the descriptions of Sage’s visions. The author is brilliant at building atmosphere and suspense. From the first page, I was immediately right there, in the action. The descriptions are very visual and I think it would make a fabulous movie.'
A rare find, just like the artifact at the centre of this novel... By Hannah
I stayed up until very very late one night reading this novel. Very difficult to put down once you're immersed, the pages just keep on turning...
For those who mistrust glowing reviews of self-published novels, let me reassure you that this novel is, truly, exceptional. There's a reason it has so many five star reviews; because it's that good!
Though the protagonist is a teenager, making this suitable as a YA read, this novel will definitely appeal to older readers too. It has all the depth and incredible world building that many YA paranormal novels lack, and the descriptive language is simply beautiful. This author knows how to weave a spell with words, how to pull you into the world she's created and make it real. I loved the English and European settings, the very real bits of history that underpin the plot, and the characters are wonderful. Both the main character/s and secondary characters are well-imagined and believable. Seed is told from the point of view of Sage, an identical twin, and something tells me her sister Saffron's story might be next. In this novel we see Sage go through a complete journey of self discovery, from girlhood to womanhood, and I was in her corner for every minute of the thrilling ride. (Helicopter ride over the Vatican? Bring it on!)
Amazing!!!, by Ross Palmer-Willmott
If you like mystery, romance and paranormal fantasy stories then this book is a must have for your shelf!
Sage is a very well structured character that you cannot help but fall in love with, while reading this book I found myself really growing close to Sage and couldn't help but turn the next page to see what would happen to her! She is witty, book smart and extremely feisty which makes for an exciting and humorous read throughout the story.
This story revolves around ancient Babylon mythology and history which admittedly I knew very little about however D.B. Nielsen writes in such a way that allows readers with no prior knowledge to come away with a very good understanding of the ancient world that the story relates to, just by reading this book I feel like I have taken part in a masterclass of Babylonian history and mythology (I just wished I had this much fun learning history at school!).
The character dynamics between Sage and Saffron were a particular favourite of mine, the twins work very well together on the page with their strong personalities sometimes clashing and making for very funny moments within the story.
This is the first book of a series and I really cannot wait to see where the story is going to take me next!
You know how we, as readers, stress and plead time and time again for more detail in our favorite books? Totally not a problem here. Even in the introductory pages you can tell the author either comes from a strong archaeological/historian background or she really did some serious research; quite possibly both. You never have those annoying little gaps of "What happened between here and here?" or "How did _ know that?" -- I never had to reread sentences/paragraphs and that helps to stay immersed in the story. I also want to point out how beautifully the author blended a circumstance so heavily rooted in ancient times with modern mentions. Honestly, sometimes I cringe when authors namedrop pop culture icons but in this book it actually felt natural and relatable. There's also not too many moments when characters act OOC/unbelievably just for the sake of moving the plot along. Sage and St.John don't feel forced and I seriously appreciate that. I'm really glad I got the opportunity to read this!
((Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book, however my opinions are my own. This review intentionally focuses on the author's writing style and strength of storytelling, if you want to know what the book is about, read it!))