In Catalyst, the follow-up to November Ellison’s breakout novel, Beacon, Pastor Jo Benally struggles to cope with the realization that the innocent are not immune to the evils of the world. Chloe, a child in her congregation, can see vampires, and Jo decides to take on the role of protector for the girl, moving with Chloe’s family to Virginia.
But Jo’s presence may be more of a liability than an asset. Contrary to their solitary nature, vampires begin to congregate around Jo, whose powers as a Beacon are growing by the day. Realizing she facilitates love and lustful inclinations in those around her, Jo finds herself at the crux of an undead love triangle.
Making matters much more complicated, the murderous, immoral agency Jo worked for before turning to God reinserts itself into her life. RAND seeks to understand—and wield—the power of vampirism as a weapon. RAND must be stopped.
As matters come to a head, Jo suddenly understands her purpose in this bloody, dark, and violent world. Assuming the role of protector once again, Jo defends the vampires from RAND and teaches them to use their powers for good.
But will it be enough to save them?
November Ellison has been an introverted troublemaker her entire life. She has published a number of nonfiction, work-related articles, both online and in various periodicals. Her works tend to center on love, honor, redemption, and morality. BEACON is the first in the Jo Benally series, creating a dark fantasy world where our female protagonist, Pastor Jo Benally, finds herself confronted by evil in many forms. From vengeful vampires to backstabbing colleagues, Jo fights danger at every turn. This thriller book even has Jo questioning God as she finds herself falling in love with a vampire who believes he is Cain. CATALYST picks up where BEACON ends, as Jo takes a new journey to Virginia to protect innocent children from sadistic vampires. The humans that allow her to travel have ulterior motives and Jo is adrift in a sea of danger without protectors. Shadows from her past like RAND and Ethan haunt her. How can she save a child when she isn't sure she can save herself?