My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel
Alexandrine Marit is a witch in mortal danger. An evil mage craves the powerful, mysterious talisman that supplies her magic, and the only person who can keep her safe is a dark and dangerous fiend called Xia. With his fierce animosity toward witches, he’s hardly the ideal bodyguard. Yet as days turn into nights, she can’t deny the white-hot passion between them.
Xia hates witches. They enslave and mercilessly kill his kind. But he’s been ordered to protect Alexandrine, who, to his surprise, has a spirit he admires and a body he longs to possess. With the mage and his henchmen closing in, Alexandrine and her protector must trust the passion that can unite them…or risk losing everything to the enemies who can destroy them both.
I love a good paranormal romance and this one kept me hooked the whole time. Dinner was late at least once because I couldn’t put it down. It’s steamy, but nothing too outrageous. Xia is flat out sexy, the bad boy with a good heart. Alexandrine has had to fight for what she has in life. She may be a witch, but she can’t actually pull much magic. She needs Xia, and as much as he doesn’t want to admit it, he needs her, too. Of course, sparks fly between the two, they have their arguments, and the sexual tension runs through a good portion of the book, but the ending is definitely satisfying as far as their relationship goes. Of course, the battle between mages and fiends is far from over.
Q & A with Carolyn Jewel:
Thanks so much for answering a few questions for me, Carolyn. First of all, I loved My Forbidden Desire. I couldn’t put it down. What drew you to writing paranormal romance?
Thank you very much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.
I started out writing historical romance, which I love, but in the back of my mind I always thought it would be great fun to write something with supernatural creatures. And, typical of me, I kept thinking it would be really cool. (Cue the theme from Jeopardy.)
Then one day, Liz Maverick asked if I’d be interested in writing a book in her continuity series Crimson City. To which I said, Hot diggity! You bet! If it weren’t for Liz, I might still be thinking it would be cool. (Picture me rolling my eyes at myself.)
I was right, it was great fun to write about vampires and demons. There are so many wonderful tropes to explore when I’m dealing with characters that aren’t *ahem* exactly normal.
Tell us a little about the world you’ve created.
Since I got to make up everything myself for these books, it’s a world where things aren’t precisely black and white and the good guys maybe aren’t exactly all good. And the bad guys? Maybe that depends on your point of view.
The books are set in a mostly everyday world except there are people (the magekind) who can do magic and fiends (a kind of demon — with a strong hint that there are others out there, too) who are, well, demonic and a bit fiendish. The basic conflict between the magekind and the demons lies in the dark dark past.
At one time they existed cooperatively. Then, fiends started taking advantage of people and doing harm to innocent people. The magekind fought back and, understandably, took to killing and enslaving the demons who were causing harm.
Again, still in the past, demons started shaping up and internally policing themselves. Being a slave isn’t much fun. But some of the magekind had by then learned they could prolong their lives by killing fiends and worse… By the time we reach the present day, fiends are about ready to declare all out war.
But, there are mages who aren’t killing and enslaving just as there are fiends who are still destroying innocent lives.
I read on your website that Durian’s story will be next. Any previews?
Yes, indeed, Durian is up next. I’m not quite ready to post the current chapter one yet, but I do tend to put chapters up fairly early and simply update them as they change while I’m writing. And, with my process, that happens a lot. I except something will go up on my website in the next one or two months. For anyone who follows me on my blog or on twitter, you’ll hear the news there first.
With a son, a day job, and a menagerie of animals, how do you find time to write? What does your schedule look like?
Most mornings, I use the exercise bike at the gym so my hands are free for the notebook I use to brainstorm the coming day’s work. At lunchtime, I often sit in the car and get some work done then, especially if I’m behind.
I get up at 4:15 a.m. which, hideous as the hour is, gets me home from work about the time my son gets home from school. After dealing with family and pet things and the like, I sit down about 6:30 or so and write until 10:00 or 10:30. And no. I don’t get enough sleep. If my son has sports practice, then I sit in the back of the car and write then. My goal is a 1,000 words a day and, with luck, more on weekends.
What do you think is the most critical piece of advice for aspiring writers?
Always be learning. I don’t mean a constant stream of classes and writing workshops because at some point you have to sit down and just write. Be constantly on the look out for insights into what happens to words when you put them on the page.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
In Romance, Mary Balogh, Megan Hart, J.R. Ward, Meljean Brook, Karen Rose. In other genres, Chinua Achebe, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, Sherman Alexie, Harper Lee. Among authors no longer living, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Horace Walpole, Alexander Dumas.
What are you reading right now?
Now that I’m working on Durian’s story, my reading is a bit more limited than otherwise, but before that, I was on a massive reading jag.
Just a couple weeks ago I finished reading all of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books and before that the sublime The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve been slogging my way though a book on the Huns, but that’s been slow going and may be a lifetime project.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for having me here! If anyone has any questions or just wants to tell me a great joke, do email me; carolyn AT carolynjewel.com
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What makes you decide to buy a book when you pick it up or see it online?
I’m so glad I get to share this one with you. I’ve got 5 copies to give away, thanks to Hachette Book Group. To enter, just leave me a comment below by July 13. For an extra entry, include your answer to Carolyn’s question. Sharing this giveaway somehow, somewhere will get you up to two additional entries, just make sure to let me know. I will announce the winners on July 14. (Open to individuals 18 and older, US and Canada only, no PO boxes.)
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