Catherine is the main voice of the trilogy and great fun. A curvy (DD bust and a US size 6 ) pale skinned, red head, with beautiful green eyes. Cat, as she is known to her friends, is a fun loving and lively Leo with a decent temper if roused. She adores her friends and is extremely loyal, always ready to drop everything for them if required. Cat has a huntaway dog called Audrey (Audi for short) who is rather like her mistress in some ways. A bit noisy, loves to talk, but at the same time needs her solitude. Cat takes Audi everywhere she can and the two often go for runs or excursions to Cat’s family’s cabin in the bush. A natural flirt, Cat turns head’s easily but remains oblivious to it most the time due to being in her ‘own world’. Her friends are always amused at how she manages be innately graceful and yet totally klutzy at the same time. Partially due to her being short-sighted and partially because she’s daydreaming but being a bit of an actress (more often comedic – whether she intends it or not) Cat tends to play it up as she loves to make people smile and laugh.
Cat loves to sew, read, and go horse riding and practice martial arts and archery. With a born instinct of flight not fight, yet a strong sense of courage, Cat has spent years training the flight instinct out and is proud of her ability to defend herself.
Known as Kassie or Kass to her friends, Kassie is the absolute sweetheart of the group. Always ready to hug and comfort a friend and always ready to deal to any evil males who may have broken their hearts! Her favorite prescription is chocolate—and in her humble opinion, it cures everything. Kassie has an unusual accent thanks to her Malay mother and American father and living in New Zealand for five years. She also tends to speak rather fast—her friends don’t even notice now but people new to meeting Kassie often end up nodding along with her smiles and obvious enthusiasm but understand nothing of what she said. It amuses her friends to no end. Kassie is a real tough nut. She often doesn’t appear it, but when push comes to shove—don’t get in her way! Just five foot like Sian, Kassie has a rather generous bust and it can make her appear a little top heavy. She tends to play down her bust for convenience sake most the time. She has pretty hazel eyes and crazy curly bronze hair that goes frizzy in the wrong weather and it never does as she wants it to, so most the time she just leaves it as is. Kassie loves to read and buying books means she has little left from her pay (but in her mind, she doesn’t need to eat that much ;p). She also loves getting outdoors and often joins Cat on the excursions to the cabin. Kassie has a beautiful tortoiseshell cat called Lucky. Lucky has a sprightly/naughty personality and seems to delight in perplexing her mistress. From stealing random objects; to dashing out the back door and demanding to be let in at the front door moments later; to pushing things off shelves/tables for fun, Lucky keeps Kassie busy!
Laura, also known as Loi, is the youngest of the four friends at just 21, (Sian is 24, Cat, 25 and Kass, 27) but with being the tallest of the bunch at 5’8 she doesn’t appear it. Loi has beautiful thick glossy black hair that reaches her waist. It’s the first thing people notice before being caught by her large brown doe-like eyes. As the youngest in a family with three older brothers, Loi has always been a bit of a tomboy. For years she was the gawky girl in her class, over tall and all eyes, so she often forgets how she looks. Loi is a very confident equestrian, thanks to her parents owning a ranch when she lived in Scotland, and having only lived in New Zealand for four years, she misses the ranch lifestyle. Occasionally quiet and moody, Loi has eclectic music and reading tastes and like the others, loves to be amongst a crowd but also needs her solitude time. A big lover of animals, Loi loves to cuddle and play with Lucky and Audi as the apartment building she lives in doesn’t allow pets. Loi, like the others, is a black belt in jujitsu and also practices Kenjutsu. While the other girls don’t ever make anything of her age, Loi is aware of being the youngest and often won’t speak up until she’s certain of her point of view. She is a quiet thinker and is good at wearing a ‘mask’ so others can’t read her. She’s absolutely loyal to her friends and will support them unhesitatingly.
Alek is the head of the Griffon Guard at just twenty five years old. It wasn’t a role that was simply handed to him and he’s proved his worth several times over, even as the youngest of the Guard. Life on Gar’nyse can be hard and Alek began training as part of the Griffon Guard when he was just ten years old, when he first linked with Loushka; a gorgeous tan griffon with red undertones in her mane and wings. Alek was made head of the Griffon Guard when he was twenty three, after he made a dramatic rescue of other members of the Guard from an exceptionally volatile situation. While neither a straight up good/bad boy, Alek does have a strong sense of honor and justice. But his training and personality makes him far from a pushover and he isn’t afraid to offend people when necessary. While he can be quite diplomatic, as his role requires, he won’t hesitate to act on instinct. At 6’3 tall with a broad, strong figure he stands out in a crowd and his handsome face with striking dark blue eyes and black hair, makes most women he meets go rather fluttery ;p He is aware of it and was a bit of a player for a few years there, happily catching up with ‘friends’ in different towns. Alek’s heritage has always meant he’s expected to make an arranged marriage—but as many of you know, a certain red-head throws a spanner into those plans. A bit of a loner in life, Alek’s close friends are those of the Griffon Guard and Loushka. He is of course well known and liked through out Elion but enjoys his solitude and makes the most of escaping to a cabin in the mountains when he has time.
Gredel—like Hansel & Gretel, just Gredel instead (no, that’s not where I devised the name from ;p)
Citaan—Kih – thhan —Most of the names I create tend to have soft ‘h’ sounds to them and rolled r’s too. I don’t know why, it’s just always sounded instinctively right to me *grin* And while we’re doing pronunciation, here’s how to say Gar’nyse, the name of the world the BirthRight Trilogy is set on.
Gar’nyse—Gahr (that’s meant to be a soft h and rolled r sound)- nice (like the city in France—niece—not the word nice).
Gredel is the second in command in the Griffon Guard and rides a stunning griffon named Phroma. Phroma is a female griffon and has beautiful violet undertones to her fur and feathers. She is also the mother to a young male griffon pup named Ageip (or, re-arrange the letters and you get Paige, the name of my niece in real life *grin* and no, she doesn’t mind being a boy in the story ;p). Gredel is the oldest of the Griffon Guard at thirty five and was originally the leader. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, when Alek saved him and Phroma from a very unfortunate end, that he passed the title to Alek. Gredel is of a solid build and solid in personality, in fact the only thing that ever really made him flustered was when he first met Citaan. He met the beautiful water sprite/human woman when she was summoned by Elena, the sorceress of Elion, to do some research in the Scrodian Mountains. Gredel was the one to fly her deep into the mountain range and the trip that was meant to take only a couple of days, somehow, stretched to a week! They were married a mere five months later and after some stern recommendations (more like the old ‘I’ve got a shotgun and a shovel’ line) from Citaan’s father, Gredel is a little wary of flirtations of other women. Citaan’s father is one of the few men who would genuinely be able to take Gredel on and quite possibly win (and of course dealing to your wife’s father is never going to get you in the good books). Gredel is tall and muscular with strawberry blond hair and a ruddy complexion.I’m not sure how much more to say as I know there are many readers out there who have yet to read book two, so I’ll stick to the first book stuff!Citaan, as mentioned has water sprite heritage and consequently has beautiful light gold eyes and gorgeous turquoise hair. Rather like Katy Perry, but natural and with a much nicer ‘depth’ of colour. Citaan has studied flora and fauna in Elion for years and helps Elena with her more unusual requests, such as her current task of finding and tracking the arachnid fae who spin beautiful silk which is highly favored by the nobles of Gar’nyse.
I have to confess, I have a soft spot for Rumal. Okay, so I have soft spots for many of the characters I create *grin* but Rumal is the guy that when he holds you eye for a little too long you promptly turn into a silly giggling schoolgirl. He’s naturally very charming and not in a sleazy way. As the oldest of his siblings and being the heir to the Br’Laan estate on Delanta, he has been very fortunate in life. This is helpful, because a genetic trait he received from his Grandfather does make some on Gar’nyse consider him as a serious threat. Rumal is what is considered to be a ‘male’ siren. On Gar’nyse all syrens are female and when they come to breeding age they set out to find some hapless male humanoid creature to mate with. During mating, at the peak of their energy rise, they release their scream which usually kills the male. On the odd occasion that it doesn’t, the syren energy becomes merged with the male’s own life energy, forever altering his genetic makeup. That gene can be passed on to any male offspring he might have. Rumal’s Grandfather survived an encounter with a syren and Rumal inherited the gene. Consequently he has the dark gold eyes of a syren and the ability to control others with both his eyes and voice. Not surprisingly ‘male’ syrens are regarded by others with great suspicion and there have been instances over the centuries of male syrens using their abilities in far less than reputable ways. These abilities that Rumal has make him a vital part of the Griffon Guard and he has saved all their hides on more than one occasion. Rumal originally linked with a female griffon named Ofelaan and they were together for many years before Elena summoned them to become part of the Griffon Guard. Not long after that Ofelaan was tragically murdered by Jenviet and her brother Diantew. To have a link severed in such a manner is utterly devastating and Rumal was absent for many months after her death. Then, unexpectedly, he heard the call of a griffon. With Gredel and Phroma, Rumal set out for a tiny island in the Delos Sea to find the griffon whose call was so loud. When they arrived they found a female griffon distraught, hunting for her young pup who’d disappeared after telling another griffon pup that he was ‘off to find his friend’. It was an anxious ride back to the mainland and when they arrived in Port there was a message from Elena waiting for them. The young pup had arrived at the castle a day after they’d left it. That young pup is now a big adolescent griffon with a slowly filling out mane and beautiful gold under color to his light tan fur. His name is Kerak.