Read about the inspiration behind this designer collection.
Naked and defanged, Light wears one thing throughout : his S.L.A.V.E. ring. But Light? He won’t be owned. He’ll battle to the end for his family, species and love. The ring? Becomes a symbol of everything he’s both fighting for and against, ‘Unexpectedly your fingers were tracing over my ring – S.L.A.V.E. – as if discovering something dark beneath bright waters…’
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Animus: in Latin means soul, mind, heart.
‘All was nothing outside our love. It smashed on us. Broke on us. We savaged it.’ (Blood Dragons). And everything comes down to the –beat – beat – beat of the heart.
Diligo: in Latin means esteem highly, prize, love.
In Blood Life emotions are amplified: ‘They survived but twisted, like a blasted tree after lightning. Where once they were pale and sickly, now they were intense, powerful and dark.’ (Blood Dragons) Light fights for those he loves. He suffers, endures…saves the world. Love, yeah, he was always one for that.
Ambrogio: in Italian means “immortal”. It’s the name of the famed Italian hunter who became the first vampire of legend. Some vampires, out of reverence for their maker, take the name “Ambrogio”.
But Light? Doesn’t believe that bollocks because: ‘There are no monsters and no immortals. There’s just us: the Lost.’ (Blood Dragons)
Anartia is a butterfly found in tropical areas in the Americas. Beauty pinned and trapped or unfurling from the cocoon and spreading its wings – to freedom.
‘Hartford was locked up for so long it’ll take time for him to walk in the world again. Yet when he does..? He’ll soar above it, like a bleeding butterfly.’ (Blood Shackles)
Dissimulo: in Latin means cloak, keep secret, hide.
Once Blood Lifers were safe hiding in the shadows. Camouflaged to feast on human prey. But then the humans became the predators – secret experiments, alliances and conspiracies – tearing both worlds apart. ‘I couldn’t hide in the safety of the shadows. I had to go back: to where I was loved. To where I belonged.’ (Blood Shackles)
Libertatem: in Latin means freedom.
In Blood Shackles Light is hunted, defanged and enslaved. He learns that: ‘Freedom means so little, until you lose it.’ (Blood Shackles) He fights to free his family, species and himself. Yet there are many types of freedom: in our minds, between lovers and in a fair society. Rebel here, yeah? We can all be slaves. And we can all free ourselves.
Mercuria: in Latin means luck.
One thing Light definitely needs..? Good luck. ‘‘And that’s all you Blood Lifers are? Unlucky?’ I laughed…this furious laugh. For once, you backed up a step. ‘We’re many things: lovers, explorers, chancers and predators…’’ (Blood Shackles)
Servitutem: in Latin means bondage, servitude, enslaved.
Light is a slave to love. To his Author Ruby. The darkness of a second desperate and brutal world of blood. But he’s also a true slave. Bought and paid for, like a puppy in a shop window – unless he can free them all. ‘I’m not a slave; I’m the bloody superhero.’ (Blood Shackles)
Vinculum: in Latin means captivity, chain, prison.
Light is bound in Blood Shackles, imprisoned at Abona House with his family. But we’re bound by more than shackles – like Light, we’ll always be bound by our hearts. ‘‘No one’s born to be a slave,’ you hugged me. ‘I want you back. I need you back. And so do your family. We need you, Light.’’ (Blood Shackles)
The Jade Spider spins her web. Waiting…listening…plotting. ‘Everyone’s frightened of spiders. But it’s only the fly which need fear.’ (Blood Renegades, RELEASED JUNE 2017)
Iluminism: The Tree of life can mean knowledge, wisdom, and an insight within one’s self. Iluminism is Latin for Enlightenment.
A branching tree is a central image in Blood Renegades: the symbol for evolution. ‘It was stamped with this logo – this branching black tree.’ (Blood Renegades, RELEASED JUNE 2017)
Desmodontinae: Vampire bats’ food source is blood. This is called hematophagy.
Vampires turning into bats..? Bollocks myth number eleven…Still, Blink loves them. ‘Blink was wearing a t-shirt with cartoon vampire: cute little fangs and bat wings. Sodding perfect – the vampire kid had a sense of irony too.’ (Blood Renegades, RELEASED JUNE 2017)
Desmodus Draculae: an extinct species of vampire bat, which inhabited South America during the Pleistocene period. It was 30% larger than the common vampire bat.
Maybe the source of the bollocks myths about vampires? But the truth is: ‘We’re a life born of fangs. It’s in the venom. Death and life – it’s all the same to us.’ (Blood Renegades, RELEASED JUNE 2017)
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