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Bloodline Symbolism

I keep track of the many symbols utilized in the Bloodline Trilogy in a separate document, which will never be seen by anyone but me until all three books in the trilogy are complete. Here is a snapshot of one of the symbols from the upcoming Bloodlust.

Symbolism in The Bloodline Trilogy (by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

It's known as a "Skull Sphere" for my fictional purposes.

A snippet from Chapter Twenty-Four of Bloodlust:

Noel found herself inside the Lester house, down in the same basement she had visited before. She was alone in the small room through the alcove, standing in semi-darkness. The wall in front of her, where she knew the drop-down bed to be located, suddenly started to bubble. It appeared similar to a pot of stew that had started to come to a boil, the surface in liquid motion as elements roiled together like a continuous somersault. Then shapes began to emerge from the churning mass, their outlines becoming clearer as they pushed forward.

Her eyes grew wide with terror as she realized what was materializing in front of her. The wall had turned into an array of skulls, each one pushing through as if fighting against thick, clear plastic. Some of the skulls had candles melted to the crown, the red wax dripping down the sides like trickling blood drops. They were protruding farther into the room, getting closer to her as she let out a long, continuous scream. She had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, as they advanced on her with agonizing slowness.

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Posted by Deidre Dalton on Sunday, 11th October 2020

Editing "Bloodlust"

I've finished tidying the manuscript for Bloodlust (formatting, moving parts around, typos at-a-glance). Editing is the next step, which includes printing off all 428 pages so I can read through it several times before sending it to my publisher for consideration. Editing is my least favorite part of writing, but it's unavoidable.

TOC for "Bloodlust" (by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

As I was in the middle of editing Bloodlust, Hissy decided to drop by.

Hissy dropped by during the edit for "Bloodlust" (by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

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Posted by Deidre Dalton on Tuesday, 6th October 2020



About Deidre Dalton

Deidre Dalton is author of the 8-part Collective Obsessions Saga, which chronicles the extraordinary loves and intricate obsessions between two families sweeping a span of more than 140 years, all set against the backdrop of a Gothic seaside mansion in Maine. She is also author of the Bloodline Trilogy, which follows the uniquely magical yet ominous journey of one family through time.

About Deidre Dalton (aka Deborah O'Toole and Shenanchie O'Toole)

Deidre also writes as Deborah O'Toole and Shenanchie O'Toole.

As Deborah O'Toole,  she is author of the fiction novels Celtic Remnants, Glinhaven, Mind Sweeper and The Crypt Artist, along with the Short Tales Collection, Torn Bits & Pieces and Historical Essays.

As Shenanchie O'Toole, she writes for Food Fare. She is author and editor of ten cookbooks, along with various Food Articles and more than 40 titles in the Food Fare Culinary Collection. 


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