CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Steel Victory by J.L. Gribble





DESCRIPTION: One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.

Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.

Jaimie Alexander
The vampire Victory has taken on the hardest challenge of her long life—trading warfare for politics. But the mercenary skills of Victory’s past are what she must turn to in order to confront the enemies that beset the city of Limani, her adopted home.

Lauren Cohan as TORIA CONNOR.
Victory’s adopted daughter has everything going for her: warrior-mage ability, apprentice mercenary, college student. What happens when she loses everything instead?

Kristen Bell as SYRI.
This was really not how the elven girl expected to spend her week. But no, these crazy people need her to solve magical problems, orchestrate manhunts, shoot Roman soldiers in the woods, and save the city.

Jared Padalecki as MIKELOS CONNOR.
Victory’s daywalker has been by her side for almost a century. Don’t be fooled by the mild-mannered musician exterior—he might not start fights, but he knows how to finish them.

Michael B. Jordan as KANE NALAMAS.
Warrior-mages come in pairs, and Kane is the other half of Toria. Never forget that the earth may be less flashy than the storm, but an earthquake can do much more damage than a simple lightning strike.

Michael Fassbender as ASARON.
Victory’s sire is still a career mercenary and doesn’t work for free. But Limani has become his home as well, so he won’t hesitate to bring two thousand years of experience wreaking havoc to bear on the city’s enemies.

By day, J.L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing.

Previously, Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Steel Victory was her thesis novel for the program. This is her debut novel.

She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.


  1. Interesting cast, J.L. I can see them playing out in my head.

  2. I pictured Toria as much younger...

    Otherwise, spot on!


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