It's tour time! Today's tour is for Carolyn Jewel's My Forbidden Desire, a paranormal romance.
About the book:
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
About the author:
When not writing, Carolyn Jewel is a Database Administrator. She lives in northern California with her son, three cats, a border collie, several chickens, and some sheep. She has been writing stories ever since she could scribble, and now that she's grown up (mostly), she writes historical and paranormal romance. Find her online at her website, www.carolynjewel.com.
Carolyn does the Proust-lite:
- What is your idea of earthly happiness? ~No more bills to pay, happy children and lots of chocolate. Oh, and a gorgeous view. To be more prosaic, some of my happiest moments have been unexpected. Looking out the window to see a lovely view. A moment when my son and I connect in some way or when I catch a glimpse of the wonderful man he’s growing up to be.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? ~Setting aside tragedy as an obvious answer, as well as things that cause unhappiness for my son, nieces and nephews, unhappy people tend to spread their misery. It’s difficult to be around them without taking that dark cloud with you. Time spent around such people is my definition of misery.
- Who is/are your favorite heroine(s) in fiction? ~Lucy in Charlotte Bronte’s Vilette. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind are two that come readily to mind. Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird.
- Who is/are your favorite heroine(s) in real life? ~My mother and my sister. My mother was one of ten children and is the only one of them to graduate from college, and this despite the fact that she lost most of her hearing as a young child and got through elementary and high school by lip reading. It wasn’t until she met my father (when she was in community college) and he realized she couldn’t hear that she got a hearing aid. My sister is one of the most generous people I know. When my son was born, she drove all the way to San Francisco every Thursday to visit us. As a result, she and my son have a very close and special relationship. I’m lucky to have her for a sister.
- What sound do you love? ~Anything Blues or Flamenco.
- What sound do you hate? ~My son has this high-pitched mosquito whine on his phone which adults are not supposed to be able to hear. Well, my hearing is just fine, and that sound HURTS!
- The quality you admire most in a man? ~Humor.
- The quality you admire most in a woman? ~Humor.
- If not a writer, you would be a miserable something else.
- What is your favorite swear word? ~Heck or maybe fudge.
Even though I don't usually read paranormal romance (I believe I've read one or two up to this point), I thought I'd give My Forbidden Desire a whirl, based on the yummy cover (what can I say? I'm a sucker for toned, if not totally ripped, abs...).
The action starts right away, with Alexandrine finding her long-lost (thought dead) brother in her apartment, and the heebie-jeebies crawling up the back of her neck and arms. Apparently, this happens when bad things are about to occur, usually to her... When Xia walks through the door, it's hissing-&-spitting time. Her brother convinces her that Xia's not there to harm her, but to protect her--from mages who want the talisman she's wearing.
My Forbidden Desire is full of action, for a romance novel. Good story, good plot, good chemistry. I just wish Alexandrine's name, wasn't. =)
Thanks to Hachette, there are up to 5 copies up for grabs. Enter if you live in the US or Canada, and have something other than a PO Box address. For this contest, I'm mixing things up a little. Every 10 people who participates gets another book thrown in the mix. To enter, you must share this giveaway--make sure I can check it out. Comment and let me know what you did & where. Followers will get an extra entry. And every additional share (not your initial-that's your contest entry) gets 5 extra entries. Do it all before 6:00 pm CST July 11th! Good luck!