Guest Post: Yearning Holds the Atoms Together

by Devin O’Branagan

In my urban fantasy, GLORY, the blood of the seventeen-year-old heroine, Glory, contains the cure for a deadly pandemic plague. A witch named Kaia, an angel named Dominic, and a vampire named Zane are assigned to be her bodyguards. In the midst of their quest to save humanity, Glory is overcome by desire for Zane. Then, in her words:

I wondered if he was sharing this intense electromagnetic current with me. At the same time that all of these thoughts and feelings were flooding me, I experienced a dreadful sense of shame that I could have selfish interests at a time of such horror in the world. I glanced across the table and saw Dominic watching me.
“Yearning preceded creation, caused creation, and sustains it,” Dominic said. “It’s what holds the atoms together. Yearning is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Although I am a plot-driven writer, eager to mesmerize my readers with thrilling stories containing unexpected twists and turns and jaw-dropping endings, I found myself focusing a great deal of creative energy on the love stories in The Legend of Glory trilogy.

In PRETTY SACRIFICES, there are three powerful love stories.

The love affair between Glory and her former guardian angel, Dominic, came to life so intensely that it actually made me change the plot of the novel. In my entire writing career, I have never been affected by my characters enough to completely change a previously established and well-developed storyline.

Then there is the ongoing love affair between young witches Kaia and Evan. A psychic predicted their marriage, and the Elders of their respective covens arranged the union even before the couple could meet. Despite her growing affection for Evan, Kaia rebels at the medieval notion of an arranged marriage. This love affair inspired the second time characters have caused me to make a complete plot change midway through writing a novel.

Finally, there is the mysterious love affair between cowboy-vampire Zane and his long-dead wife, Hope. I explored quantum physics and quantum entanglement in order to make the time-travel plot scientifically plausible, and when the novel steps back in time, I think I penned the single most romantic love affair of my career.

As quantum mechanics proves, yearning is what holds the atoms together. Dominic the angel reminded us of that. And I hope my writing reinforces that ultimate truth.

To learn more about PRETTY SACRIFICES, please visit the website:

Copyright © 2012 – Devin O’Branagan


In the post-apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory’s small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah. Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love. The legend of Glory continues!

The second book in the Legend of Glory trilogy!

Glory was nominated for the 2011 Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association.


Bestselling author Devin O’Branagan writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal thrillers, and comic mysteries. She also writes a humor column for TAILS Magazine, is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. All of her books are available in both print and eBook formats. Visit her website at

PRETTY SACRIFICES is available in both print and eBook formats. has links to most of the places where PRETTY SACRIFICES may be purchased: And while there, check out photographs of all the characters from the novel and see a very cool book trailer video! (United States)

Smashwords (versions compatible with Apple, iPad, Sony, Kobo, & most every type of eReader)

DevinsBookstore – Autographed copies of the paperback may be purchased directly from the author at her online bookstore.

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