Poetry Friday: The Rise of Gadreel – 2

2 Apr

Hello, everyone. Welcome. This is the 2nd post in my book tour. But, before I get on with it, I wanted to dedicate the following poem to the lovely and talented Sue Vincent who is no longer in the land of the living. She will be sorely missed.

She Made Words Talk

She walks in beauty

among the clouds with angels

reciting poems

She was a proper poet

Sue had a way with language

The main character in The Rise of Gadreel is a fallen angel. Gadreel was never evil, but she fell into the wrong crowd and did bad things, influenced by her close friend Lilith. After her fall from grace, she had plenty of time to ponder her many mistakes. Remorseful and ashamed, she no longer wanted to follow those evil creatures that got her exiled from her home in heaven. She escaped them and has looked for ways to make amends and find God’s forgiveness, ever since. She and Dracúl, son of fallen angels, found each other and became close friends. Together, and with the help of three unlikely allies; Thomas, Golem and Sabina set out to save mankind from an evil force that has awakened and threatened to end the world, as we know it.

Now that you’re a little more familiar with Gadreel, I’d like to introduce you to some of the other characters from The Rise of Gadreel.


Thomas was once the youngest of a group of Cathar monks living in a monastery. He was a cantor and tended to the gardens. When his brethren discovered certain scrolls not admitted into Catholicism, they began to document them. The church accused them of heresy, and one night, warrior monks attacked the monastery. All the monks, including Thomas, were forced out to the courtyard where they were burned alive. Since then, the monastery has been haunted by the spirits of the monks who were wrongly accused and suffered a terrible death. Thomas is a kind soul who still sings and tends the gardens, but many of the ghosts have grown restless and furious against God and the church. Their souls have been mutated into something evil and corrupted, and Thomas is trapped in the monastery with them.


Sabina’s mother was a white witch, a beautiful and caring woman. One day she became ill. White witches from all over the country came to their village to try to save her, to no avail. Sabina never knew her father and so became orphaned once her mother died. The people of the village loved Sabina’s mother and took care of her child. A year later, a woman named Helga arrived at the village claiming to be Sabina’s aunt from her father’s side. Since no one had ever met Sabina’s father, they assumed the woman spoke the truth. Helga took the child to her home in the woods, and even though Sabina was a child, she soon became aware that this woman was nothing like her mother. Instead, Helga was a bad witch who practiced black magic and meant to do her harm. Unbeknownst to Sabina, she had come from a long line of white witches and had potent magic within her. Her aunt forced her to practice day and night and develop her magic, all along planning to take it from her. When Sabina finally understood Helga’s plan, she began to study and practice both black and white magic, developing her strength and knowledge in secret.

A couple of years later, she escaped Helga’s house where she lived in fear and had been imprisoned. Shortly after her escape, she was adopted by a pair of Lilituens who inducted her to a mighty coven of witches. Despite growing up in fear and being surrounded by evil, Sabina’s mother’s influence remained strong in her, and she used her powers to do good for mankind.


As a boy, Vikings raided Golem’s village. They murdered his father while he watched and hid. When another pirate grabbed his mother, he was compelled to rescue her. Golem ran to his mother, grabbed her hand, and tried to pull her away from the Viking who held her captive. He laughed as the boy struggled and hacked off his arm with his ax. Then he chopped his mother’s head clean off––Golem’s small, severed hand and arm still in her grip. Golem fell unconscious and was left for dead. An older couple, Abraham and Madrona, rescued him and nursed him back to health. They raised him as their own, and he grew into a strong, self-sufficient, one-armed man in their home. When the old couple died, Golem inherited a small stone figurine with supernatural powers, which he used for the good of mankind.

Dracúl, Thomas, Gadreel, Sabina, and Golem.

I hope you enjoyed meeting some of the characters from The Rise of Gadreel! Thank you for your visit and support.

41 Responses to “Poetry Friday: The Rise of Gadreel – 2”

  1. Jacquie Biggar April 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm #

    Beautiful tribute, Vashti. Congrats on your new release!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm April 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm #

    A great combination of characters and a beautiful poem in Sue’s memory. Thanks for sharing these, Vashti, good luck and Happy Easter!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 5:58 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! It’s my pleasure, my friend.
      🌼🐣Happy Easter!🐥🌼


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben April 2, 2021 at 3:06 pm #

    Liked by 1 person

  4. John W. Howell April 2, 2021 at 4:01 pm #

    Best wishes with your tour, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. D.L. Finn, Author April 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm #

    An amazing tribute to Sue, Vashti.
    You know I’m a fan of this series. xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 6:02 pm #

      Thank you, Denise! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes. That makes me happy. Have a fabulous weekend!🥰


  6. coldhandboyack April 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

    Shared this one a few extra places. Hope it helps.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jill Weatherholt April 2, 2021 at 7:50 pm #

    Beautiful tribute to Sue, Vashti. Congratulations on your release and tour! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Bette A. Stevens April 2, 2021 at 7:55 pm #

    A lovely tribute to Sue, Vashti… ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:39 pm #

      Thank you, Bette. Learning about her passing was hard. ❤


  9. Linda Mims April 2, 2021 at 9:01 pm #

    Sorry to learn of Sue’s passing, Vashti! Wonderful intro to your characters, and the Rise of Gadreel sounds awesome. Enjoy your tour!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

      Sue had been sick for a while and we were kind of expecting it, but it still hit hard. I’m happy you enjoyed the introduction to my characters. Thank you! ❤


  10. D. Wallace Peach April 2, 2021 at 9:15 pm #

    A beautiful poem for Sue, Vashti. And a fun introductions to some of your characters. Congrats on day 2 of your tour!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. memadtwo April 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm #

    She did have a way. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Stephen Geez April 3, 2021 at 12:37 am #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Dark fantasy by Vashti Quiroz-Vega! 3rd book. Check it out. Thanks, VQ-V.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:44 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging this post, Stephen! ❤


  13. Stephen Geez April 3, 2021 at 12:45 am #

    Tossed this to the dark underbelly of my followers list–reblogged, it’s called.. They would be well advised to acquaint themselves with Gadreel. Cool tour, Vashti. Rock on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:46 pm #

      Thank you very much, Stephen! I appreciate you. 😀


  14. drhelenborel April 3, 2021 at 12:51 am #

    Sounds, Vashti, like a delicious, deeply varied world of fascinating characters to immerse myself in. I look forward to meeting them upon reading this tantalizing tale.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank you, Dr. Borel! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post. 😀


  15. yvettemcalleiro April 3, 2021 at 11:48 am #

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Sue, but your poem honors her well. Thanks for sharing more of your new characters in Gadreel’s story. I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm #

      She was a very talented poet and writer and a lovely lady, Yvette.
      That makes me very happy! Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. markbierman April 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

    First of all, a beautiful tribute to Sue. Second, your characters have me intrigued. All the best with your tour, Vashti! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:50 pm #

      I’m so glad my characters intrigue you, Mark! Thank you for the awesome comment! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  17. robertawrites235681907 April 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm #

    Congratulations, Vashti, on your new release and tour. Thank you for the lovely tribute to Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie! It’s my pleasure. Sue was a very talented and lovely person. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Jan Sikes April 4, 2021 at 4:37 pm #

    A huge congrats to Vashti! And thank you for sharing the beautiful tribute to Sue!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:56 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! It was a pleasure. Sue was a lovely lady. ❤


  19. Miriam Hurdle April 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm #

    I love Sue’s poem, thank you for the tribute to Sue, Vashti! It’s great to meet Thomas, Sabina, and Golem. They’re interesting characters!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 8, 2021 at 3:58 pm #

      I’m happy you enjoyed Sue’s poem. She was a wonderful person, and I enjoyed her poetry. I’m thrilled that you found the characters interesting. Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  20. karenringalls April 9, 2021 at 7:15 am #

    A beautiful poem and tribute to Sue.
    Congratulations on your tour and new book. I have started reading it and having difficulty putting it down.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi, Karen! I’m happy you enjoyed Sue’s poem. That’s exciting news! I hope you continue to enjoy it. Thank you very much. ❤ xo



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