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When Legends Rise Interview and Giveaway

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Book: When Legends Rise

Author: Daphne Self

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: July 26, 2022

He is now one of them. Genetically altered . . . Designed to kill . . . Trained to eradicate . . . Until he became more. Juliet 7-A was the top elite assassin for the Global Federated Territories until an ambush deemed him beyond salvaging. He was scheduled for decommission. His only recourse for survival is a new identity and his search for the one friend he had―a friend who defected and deserted him. Those he once hunted will save him. Yet it comes with a price. A price that demands much of him. What happens when an assassin awakens?


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About the Author

Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. As a Mississippian transplant, she spends her days in the Midwest state writing, editing, reading, antiquing, and planning adventures. She pursues her dream as an editor and author with one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours book in many genres. As a long time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and Realm Makers, she volunteers her time helping published and unpublished authors.




More from Daphne

It started as an idea back in the late 90s. It came to fruition in May 2021. The inspiration was this: salvation is free. That began the questions of: what if someone committed horrible acts, what if that person was indoctrinated and changed, what if when faced with the truth how would he react, and finally, what story from the Bible would work for my character? Of course, the story of Saul of Tarsus (Paul) came to mind. Blood was on his hands, yet he found salvation in Christ. And the story of Samson gave a bit of a parallel to my story, too.


I wrote this book before the show Halo was released, yet I had been playing the Halo video game for years. I’ve always enjoyed the backstory of Master Chief, so the main character of When Legends Rise is a bit like Master Chief John-117. Plus, if you have seen The Mandalorian, then you will see a few common themes between my book and that show. There’s also a bit of a Star Trek vibe in that I use “tech” speak and plausible science.


And what began as one book has now evolved into a 5-book series titled Legends of Light. Book two, What Legends Become, releases in June 2024 and follows the family and the continuing story of salvation, persecution, faith, and hope.

Interview with the Author

  1. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
    It would have to be a tie between two books.
    Target Five by Colin Forbes. Granted this is an older novel that was published in 1973, I believe. Yet it was by far one of the best espionage novels I’ve ever read and one that taught me a lot about glaciers and black fog, not to mention the action was page-turning.
    The other book is The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour. So much history and culture was introduced in this novel and one that immersed you into ancient times. And it has influenced some of my own stories.
  2. How do you select the names of your characters?
    Honestly, I’m not sure. I have an idea about how they look. Then I think of names that may fit. Sometimes I pull names from my family tree. Such as Jules in When Legends Rise. I had a great-uncle named Jules Tutor. He earned the Purple Heart. Another character from another book of mine has the middle name Weatherby. It was a nod to one of my favorite authors, Lillian Jackson Braun.
  3. What is your favorite childhood book?
    This is hard to answer because I was reading at a higher level than most.
    In grade school, Disney’s The Black Hole. Read it so many times my teacher hid it from me.

If I had to choose a book from my early teen years that I read over and over until it fell apart, it would be Royal Lover by Joan Welsh. It’s a very clean read and set in India during the British Raj.

  1. What comes first, the plot or characters?
    Both? I think of a storyline and then instinctively know who the characters are. For me, the plot and characters work in tandem.
  2. Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
    Simon Lang. This is the pen name of Darlene Hartman, who once wrote a few episodes for Star Trek: The Original Series. I was first introduced to her books when I worked at a bookstore. Trumpets of Tagan was the third book of her 5-book series, and I spent the next two years searching for the rest. This was during the early days of online stores, so it took a while. Eventually, through social media, we became online friends. Sadly, her health caused her to step away from social media. Yet her books are truly wonderful pieces of art. And her writing was superb.

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To celebrate her tour, Daphne is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of the book, bookmarks, character cards, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.