Special Thursday – Carina Press Author Jenny Schwartz

I mentioned that I have a vampire novella – Aztec Gold – out from Carina Press in January 2011. Since signing with Carina, I’ve had a great time getting together with all the fabulous Carina authors.

Today we have one of those great writers, Jenny Schwartz, who is hear to tell us about her new release from Carina! Please welcome Jenny.


Hi Caridad! Thanks for the chance to visit and chat.

I’m going to indulge myself here—and hopefully be somewhat entertaining—by sharing the backstory for my “Angel Thief” hero.

“Angel Thief” is a contemporary paranormal romance, but its hero has a hell of a history. Filip is a djinni, think desert sheikh with angel powers, bound to the service of humanity. But how can a djinni be Australian? Simple. Like so many Aussies, Filip is a migrant.

In the nineteenth century the vast Outback was slowly tamed, not least by the famous Overland Telegraph and the back-breaking laying of railway lines. But all this construction work required the labourers be supplied with food, water and a fragile link to the wider world.

Enter the Afghan cameleers.

Camels were the obvious answer to the Outback’s desert conditions. In fact, so well did the camels adapt that they’re now a feral pest.

So Filip arrives in Australia in the pocket of a runaway younger Afghan son. He survives. He loves the great silence of the Outback and he learns how to manipulate his human masters to steal precious moments of peace and semi-freedom.

For the rest of Filip’s story, his modern day adventure, you’ll need to read “Angel Thief”, but I can’t let you go until I’ve shared one amazing photo. It is from the W E Fretwell collection (via Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CamelTrainKalgoorlie_WEFretwellCollection.jpg ) and your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The camels really are towing a house. It gives a whole new meaning to “mobile home”!

Camel Train


Angel Thief by Jenny SchwartzShe’s breaking the rules. Again.

An archivist in the heavenly library, Sara must follow protocol when it comes to curating the knowledge of the universe. But “liberating” an ancient text from the collection of a human—an Australian drug lord—could save a boy’s life. Sara has no way of knowing that one of the man’s other treasures is a sexy-as-sin djinni, bound by a wish to guard the estate.

He’s only following orders.

Filip is compelled to turn over intruders, even celestial ones, to his master. When he catches Sara in the library, he isn’t above indulging in some sensual kisses with her, or using her to trick the mobster into wasting a wish. It’s what he must do to preserve his facade of freedom and protect his heart.

But the kidnapping of the drug lord’s daughter forces Sara and Filip to work together—bringing out the hero that lurks within the soul of the djinni, and the passion within the angel.


Angel Thief is available from Carina Press

You can find Jenny:
at her website http://www.authorjennyschwartz.com/
blogging http://www.acquiring-magic.blogspot.com/
or on Twitter @Jenny_Schwartz http://twitter.com/jenny_schwartz

13 thoughts on “Special Thursday – Carina Press Author Jenny Schwartz”

  1. Sorry, Loved (with one v) the photo. And I was with my daughter – that’s where the we came in. I guess that I am typing faster than I can think :>)

    1. Karin, so cool you got to Australia and walked the Bridge (can’t resist the patriotic capitalisation!). It’s gorgeous. Huge but somehow human-sized — although walking it maybe didn’t feel that way LOL. Next visit you’ll see the camels 😉

  2. It sounds like a fun book. I also lovved the photo of the camels. My daughter had a short visit in Australia last year – saw the Blue Mountains, Three Sisters, Wake Up Hostel in Sydney, walked the bridge, went to see the Opera House – we even went to Featherdale – BUT, never saw any camels!

    1. Maria, when you mentioned raising emus in Texas (over at Carina Press) it struck me how many similarities there must be between our countries. Although (smugly) it is the Aussies who have camels. Glad you like the Australian setting. I admit I like Texas stories (ah, Texas Rangers *sigh*). I was brought up watching Westerns. Love a “Howdy, ma’am” drawl.

  3. What a great post. It’s nice to meet you, Jenny. Best of luck with your writing. How every exciting!

    1. Hi Lynn! Lovely to meet you, too 🙂 I could talk about Australia for hours (don’t listen to friends shouting “Days! Weeks! Don’t get her started!”). Glad you liked the post!

  4. Thanks, RK. Release week has been so much fun.

    Eleri, feral camels are a fairly big deal in some places. There so large and when they get desperate for water, they can destroy fences and even buildings (I think they lean on the latter — trying to remember the news report). Apparently they’re quite good quality camels (don’t ask me how you judge!), but for lack of any better solution, the govt simply engaged to cull them, which is pretty depressing — and got reported with great indignation in the US. Truth is, Australia has lots of ferals — donkeys, cats, water buffalo and, of course, rabbits and foxes! intro’d because the English settlers wanted to hunt *facepalm* Anyway, mention feral and you press a hot enviro button — sorry for going on. And I haven’t even mentioned the feral people you can meet in Australia 😉

    Hey Vikki, I watched the Oprah Aussie Countdown show and watched a woman win the last tickets — she’s arriving in my hometown (Perth) then flying on to Sydney. Wish it could have been you 🙂

    And Caridad, thanks for the lovely intro and the chance to post at you blog. Happiness!

  5. Great story! Anything abiut Australia sounds good to me, wish I was in Oprah’s audience last month. Best wishes for ‘Angel Thief!’

  6. Hi 🙂
    Thank you Jenny for the great post.
    Congratulations on the new release!
    All the best,

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