Jenny doesn't even try to fight her addiction to angels and sexy djinn. Her Out of the Bottle series is published with Carina Press and she's busily adding to it, typing with crossed fingers in the hope readers and Carina Press will want more passion, adventure and laughter.
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Title – THREE WISHES
Setting – Syria. The Mediterranean is a fascinating region. So much history. Who can resist the romantic ruins of a crusader castle?
Hero – Andrew, a guardian angel.
Heroine – Cali, a djinni, cursed to serve humanity.
Scene you would never cut – When Andrew and Cali meet:
He grabbed her before her bangles could rattle out a protective charm. The world tilted as he slung her over his shoulder like a sack of grain or a moth-eaten carpet. Cali felt the insult keenly.
“Son of a she-camel.” She slammed her fist into his lower back.
His arm tightened around her thighs. His free hand gave her bottom a stinging slap.
“Bastard.” She wriggled and kicked and found herself suddenly free.
He’s thrown me over the friggin’—
Something your hero or heroine would never do or say – Andrew would never risk someone else’s happiness to claim his own. More frivolously, he’d never eat haggis. I can’t imagine ever writing a hero who would!
What's one quirky thing about your heroine? Cali stores some of her magic in her gold bangles. I love gold bangles, although I don’t wear them. Being a fidgety sort of person I’d drive everyone crazy rattling around.
What do you think the readers will like about this book? Cali’s emotional journey. When you’ve been badly hurt, it takes a lot of courage to dare to love again. I’m so glad Andrew was strong enough to understand her pain and believe in her heart.
Book blurb –
She is the Bringer of Death. Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil.
Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David’s guardian angel. He is a Protector of Life.
Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man’s life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope.
But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali’s heart—it’s going to take all of Andrew’s love to convince her to open it and let him in.
What's next for you? More angel and djinni stories. I’m addicted to my Out of the Bottle series—all the traditional romance of Arabia, but with modern tensions. But also (and I’m so excited about this) I have a steampunk novella coming out with Carina Press in December. “Support Your Local Suffragette” is set in Western Australia in 1895—Wild West with an Aussie twist. It was a blast to write. I never imagined I’d use (or misuse!) my history degree in quite this way.
About you...Favorite movie of all time – “Enchanted April”, although “Shrek” is a strong rival and so is “Bringing Up Baby”.
Favorite fairytale – “Beauty and the Beast” ever since I read Robin McKinley’s “Beauty” as a teenager.
Favorite story to disappear into – So many. It depends on my mood. But I would love, love, love to visit Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
Favorite TV program – Pick one? *wails* I love documentaries and “Media Watch” and...oh okay, if I have to pick one, it’s “NCIS LA”.
First book you remember reading – I can’t remember the title, but this guy called Dick and a girl called Dora went walking with a dog called Spot. Soon after that, I became addicted to Enid Blyton.
Dog or cat person (or other) – Dog, definitely. Toby, my golden retriever, pops up quite often on my blog. But I do miss not having a cat.
Author (living or dead) you'd most like to meet – I had a chance once way back when I was at uni to meet Sir Terry Pratchett. I’m still kicking myself for being shy. I’d have liked to meet Margery Allingham and sit down to a good long gossip about the craft of writing.
A romantic retreat for you would be...Winter, cottage by the sea, roaring fire, no phones.
What do you do to unwind or relax? Read, an obvious answer for an author. I also like to drive, not too far, maybe an hour all up, just long enough to solve any plot problems in a current manuscript. Shopping is good, too *grins*.
What era would you like to time travel and visit? And why? I’d really like to see Palmyra in its heyday with Queen Zenobia getting ready to challenge the might of the Roman Empire. I wouldn’t want to stay around for the bloodshed and destruction, but I’d love to see the ancient world in living colour, so to speak.
What does love mean to you? Passionate commitment, whether to a person, profession or cause. Love means sharing something of yourself.
Jenny, thank you for joining me on my blog today, it's been a hoot having you here in the lead up to Halloween!
Now, gentle readers, Jenny has a special trick or treat for you - she has a digital copy of THREE WISHES up for grabs (open to local & international readers). Just leave a comment (the trick) by midday Thursday, 3rd Nov.2011 (Aussie time), and you'll go into the draw for the book (the treat). Winner will be announced sometime that evening!
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