Staying in with Cynthia Brandel

Cover The Curse of Judas

With so many books out in the world and so little time in which to read them I frequently turn to short books or novellas so that I can have the satisfaction of an entire read fitted into my busy life. With that in mind, I simply had to ask Cynthia Brandel to stay in with me and tell me about her novella.

Staying in with Cynthia Brandel

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Cynthia. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Thank you for having me.  It is nice to be able to take a break and speak with you.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

Cover The Curse of Judas

Today, I would like to share my newest novella, The Curse of Judas.  As a working mom with two teenage boys, my days are filled with sports, school work, and everyday chores (as well as trying to fit in time for my own personal interests).  I brought The Curse of Judas with me because it is considered a short read.  I don’t have a lot of time to sit and read a full 300+ page novel.  The Curse of Judas is great for readers like me that have a passion for books, but not a lot of time to spend with them.

(That sounds perfect. As someone with over 900 physical books on my TBR I often look for a short read.)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Curse of Judas?

The Curse of Judas is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy that will take you to a city where humans are governed by a race called the revenant.  The story interweaves biblical prophecy and vampire lore into one.

The main protagonist, Phoebe, was born and raised along the outskirts of the revenant city.  She and her Pappy look beyond their circumstances to find happiness in the life they’d been given.  I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, but I will say this: Phoebe is my hero.

She fights for the ones she loves with an ardent passion that strikes me with awe.  Her love for her family is her driving force.  She would choose to put herself in danger, jeopardizing her life, and sacrificing everything if it meant she could keep her family safe.

(Crikey! It sounds as if you’ve packed a lot in to your novella.)

What else have you brought along and why? 


Sitting with me this evening is my puppy, who (believe it or not) actually answers to Puppy. He is my constant companion (and nuisance when he feels my laptop has had enough time on my lap) while I am working into the late hours at night.

(He’s gorgeous!)

Other than Puppy, I have a nice steaming cup of Earl Grey (my favorite).


(It’s always tea time in this house so that cup of Earl Grey is very welcome.)

The last thing I have is a confession.  I would like to share with you how the idea for the revenant city came to fruition.  I was driving down the highway, stuck in yet another traffic jam (as seems to always be the case with the continual road construction happening in my area), and I happened to pass the Blood Connection (a donation center).  There was a line of people standing out front of the center, but one man caught my attention.  I don’t usually judge a book by its cover, but this man looked homeless.  His clothes were torn, his hair was unkempt and he had a fairly decent beard sprouting out of his chin.  Like lightning, the idea struck me about the revenant.  I don’t know how I was able to tie a homeless man standing outside a blood bank back to the story of Judas Iscariot, but it just flowed.  So, while I was sitting in the traffic jam, I turned on my voice recorder app and started spouting out The Curse of Judas.

Oh! That’s a bit spooky. Thanks so much for sharing that with me and for staying in and chatting all about The Curse of Judas. I’ve enjoyed our evening and wish you good luck with the book.

The Curse of Judas

Cover The Curse of Judas

The price of survival is blood.  The price of freedom is life.  All things will eventually meet their end…….including humanity.

After generations of advancement, the human race thought they were invincible. That was until the revenant made their presence known. In order to survive, humans had to pay a price.

The cost……their blood. The source of life for all living things.

Persephone Black (Phoebe) was an orphan. She and her Pappy made a living on the outskirts of the revenant city where the poor and desolate were numerous. Phoebe had kept her head low and remained unnoticed for her entire life. She was content working as a junior gardner at the nursery as long as it meant her and Pappy’s continued survival within the city walls.

As fate would have it, Phoebe wouldn’t be able to go unnoticed for much longer. She caught the attention of Cassius, a revenant, and was summoned by him to the tower.

Phoebe would learn more about the revenant than most other humans. Cast into a world that she was not yet ready for, Phoebe would do anything to survive.

But she would soon learn that sometimes the cost of survival is more than a person could bear.

The Curse of Judas is a post-apocalyptic adventure interlaced with biblical prophecy and religious innuendo centered around the story of Judas Iscariot.

Persephone Black would be cast into the fray when she meets a son of Judas. Her existence is both a blessing and a curse for the revenant. If the secret of her birth ever came to light, the world of the revenants would turn on end.

Note: There is a cliffhanger.

The Curse of Judas is available for purchase here.

About Cynthia Brandel


Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way. Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.

Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery. After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth. What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up? Who knows? But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it!

You can find out more about Cynthia on PinterestGoogle, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, InstagramAmazon and you can also follow Cynthia on Twitter @CynthiaBrandel.

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