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”!
She’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/
or on Twitter @Jenny_Schwartz http://twitter.com/jenny_schwartz