Evidently, my blog is the place to impose my book and its contents upon you, my dear, unsuspecting reader. Welcome to the world of authorpreneurship! Now, get ready to meet the characters of The Last Celestials whether you asked for it or not!
So, I did a series of “meet the characters” or “character mood board” type posts on my Instagram a while back and had every intention of connecting them to a blog article… welp, that worked like a dream. But hey, better late than never, am I right?
I will confess, this poor blog has been quite neglected as of late (a reality I hope to amend in the coming months) but not for lack of trying. There’s just been so much to do, and as anyone who is or has been around an indie author knows, the work never ends!
The good news is, I’ve got some really great stuff in the works that I’m excited to share with you, but all in good time. For now, let’s get straight to the introductions!
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But wait a second… what is The Last Celestials again?
The Last Celestials is my debut novel, a light science fiction romance (towing the precarious line between young adult and new adult… usually I call it YA) about two space-dwelling beings, the last of their kind, who don’t exactly see eye to eye.
Actually, here’s the official summary. This will cover it way better:
A defeated general. A jaded princess. A really awkward situation.
Orion and Cassiopeia are the last of their kind: an ancient, powerful race of space-dwelling beings known as Celestials. After losing a terrible war against another, deadlier race, Orion appeals to Cassiopeia, hoping she’ll help him save their species. After all, he’s a male, she’s a female… This shouldn’t be complicated, right? Wrong!
Cassiopeia, who has been living like a recluse for centuries, wants absolutely nothing to do with Orion. And not just because he has no manners; there are things she doesn’t want him to know, secrets that drove her to self-exile. So she does the only logical thing she can think of: She runs away to Earth, where she allies herself with a group of young musicians and adopts their easygoing way of life in order to blend in. It’s the perfect hiding place, right? Wrong!
Little does Cassiopeia know, Orion is way better at tracking than he is at romance… though he may have to become good at both if he wants a second chance.
Of course, there’s more than just our two main characters: there’s a whole cast of quirky young adults and space beings offering varying levels of humor and heart.
The general reader consensus is that the band (our main human friend group) helps bring the story down to Earth (pun intended) and Lidian, Orion’s sentient star friend, is something of a scene-stealer.
You be the judge, but in any case, (and without further ado) here is a brief introduction to each of the characters in The Last Celestials!
Meet the Characters: Cassiopeia
Age: In Celestial years, about 500, but is equivalent to about 20 in Earth years
Appearance: Caucasian, blonde hair, “Neptune blue” eyes (yeah, real subtle there,) tall, fit, pear-shaped
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Mom of the friend group
Coffee: Iced latte with soy milk and flavored syrup (usually caramel)
Walk-On Song: Cassiopeia by Sara Bareilles (again, subtle)
Memorable Quote: “You need to get out of the war mentality, General. We’re not on the battlefield, and I’m not your enemy.”
Meet the Characters: Orion
Age: In Celestial years, about 550, but is equivalent to about 22 in Earth years
Appearance: Caucasian, olive skin, medium brunette hair, deep purple eyes, very tall, broad-shouldered, muscular *ahem*
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Short fuse, big heart
Coffee: Black, no sugar, piping hot
Walk-On Song: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Memorable Quote: “What is corn?”
Meet the Characters: Cody
Appearance: Caucasian, sandy brown hair, brown eyes, young-looking face, average build but lacks muscle tone (sorry, Cody)
Personality in 5 Words or Less: White and nerdy
Coffee: Double-shot latte with whole milk and simple syrup
Walk-On Song: Human by The Killers
Memorable Quote: “If you need to own up to it, own up to it. Fix what you can and let the rest go.”
The Last Celestials Set List
I keep forgetting to promote this, but since the novel centers around indie music, each chapter is the title of a song that corresponds (more or less) to what’s going on at that point in the book. Naturally, I compiled those songs into a handy Spotify playlist, which I shall share here and now!
(Note: the walk-on songs mentioned in each character bio aren’t part of the playlist, though perhaps they should’ve been!)
Meet the Characters: Justice For Pluto
The fictional band in the book is called “Justice for Pluto” (I know, I am the MASTER of subtlety. Somebody get me a medal.) Here is an introduction to each of the band members!
Appearance: African American, deep brown eyes, usually wears hair in a styled afro, medium height, hourglass figure
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Natural-born leader
Coffee: Hazelnut latte
Walk-On Song: In a Sentimental Mood by Ella Fitzgerald
Memorable Quote: “No one has the right to tell you what to do with your body. Not even when it’s the last man in the universe.”
Appearance: Korean American, petite, well-nourished, dyed, chin-length hair (starts the book blue, ends purple)
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Girl at the rock show
Coffee: Any kind, but she usually drinks Monster instead
Walk-On Song: Sports by Beach Bunny
Memorable Quote: “I swear to God, if this disqualifies us, I will smash my freaking guitar.”
Appearance: Korean American, thin, athletic, always smiling, tousled hair styled short
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Chill dude
Coffee: Boba tea
Walk-On Song: In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Memorable Quote: “But does anyone listen to me? No. Apparently, I’m just the drummer.”
Appearance: Caucasian, dark, messy hair, brown eyes, tall with a lean build
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Resting bitch face
Coffee: Cream no sugar
Walk-On Song: Way Too Much by Wavves
Memorable Quote: “Look, I can’t say I’m the resident expert on being socially well-adjusted, but no one really likes being alone. Not all the time.”
Meet the Characters: Lidian
Age: Too old–but stars age slowly, so he looks somewhere in his mid- to late-twenties
Appearance: Stars don’t technically have physical bodies, but his projection looks like an a Chinese aristocrat from some bygone era; thin, long face, long hair
Personality in 5 Words or Less: Self-proclaimed Earth expert
Coffee: Matcha green tea latte (if he could drink)
Walk-On Song: All Star by Smash Mouth
Memorable Quote: “Get her the head of a Campion or something. I don’t know–whatever girls like. Get creative.”
Meet the Characters: Castor & Pollux
Age: 400 in Celestial years, appear to be around 18 in Earth years
Appearance: Ambiguous nationality (kind of Italian-looking?), tall, black hair, pale skin (on Earth, blue in space), black and blue eyes. They really don’t look human, to be honest
Personalities in 5 Words or Less: Mr. Smith but hotter
Coffee: Espresso (for Castor), Americano (for Pollux; secretly, he loves frappucinos)
Walk-On Song: Enter Sandman by Metallica (Castor), The Real Slim Shady by Eminem (Pollux)
Memorable Quote: “You know, when we pictured the last Celestial warrior, I think we expected something a little bit more impressive.”
If you’d like to see these wacky kids interact with one another (and in some cases, fall in love), consider The Last Celestials as your next summer read!