October 22nd, 2010
Book of the Day: Jeweled

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The winner of yesterday’s book, an autographed copy of The Chosen Sin, is Kathy, who said, “I love Angela Knight’s “Time Hunters” series. They are really good. I really loved this one! Any chance you are doing any more related to this?” Thanks, Kathy! The Chosen Sin is a stand alone title and not part of a series, so it will be the only one. :) Sometimes I write stand-alones and sometimes short series (Jeweled and Jaded will be a two-book series).


Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.

In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.

They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.

Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.

Smiling a little, she inclined her head. “Good night.” Then she moved toward the door.

“Evangeline?”

She turned back to him.

“Do you like me even a little?”

Her smile faded. The problem was that she liked him a lot. She wasn’t sure, exactly, why that was a problem for her, since Anatol didn’t seem to think it was one. “I do like you, Gregorio.”

“I’m glad.”

She turned to leave again, but he caught her gently by the arm and turned her toward him again. He had a hard, hungry expression on his face and it made her stomach do a warm flip. She knew that expression.

Reaching out with her magick, she tasted his emotions and found undeniable desire. Her body responded to it like a flame to kindling. “Gregorio?” His name came out almost devoid of breath. Suddenly she saw where this was going. She wasn’t sure she could stop him from initiating it—she wasn’t sure she wanted to stop him.

He pushed her backward step by step, until he was pressing her up against the wall behind them, the strategia game board long forgotten. This was not a game.

“Don’t do this,” she whispered.

“Do what? I won’t hurt you, Evangeline. Nothing in the world could ever make me do anything to harm you.” The firelight lit half his face and left the other half in darkness. His breath was warm and sweet on her face, his callused grip strong.

“I know,” she breathed out in a sigh.

“I’m glad.”

Gregorio’s lips skimmed her cheek and her fingers curled into the fabric of his shirt. Her breathing hitched in her throat and her heart beat faster. Her body reacted, her sex growing warm and wet, her nipples going hard. She had strong feelings for Anatol and she wanted to be able to use them to push Gregorio away. Yet, there was a ragged emotional wound somewhere deep inside her that seemed to need what Gregorio was offering her.

His hands were rougher and stronger than Anatol’s, and his touch made her shudder with desire. He took her hands and pinned them above her head. Her wrists were so thin and his hands were so big, he only needed one to immobilize her.

“Do you want me?” His low voice rumbled through him as he limned her jawline with his mouth. “Tell me to stop, Evangeline. Tell me stop and I will.”
She wished she could, but she yearned for his touch and for his kisses.

And so when he bunched her skirt up and slid his hand beneath the hem, she didn’t stop him.

Yesterday we talked about futuristics. Today let’s talk about historical fantasy. There’s really not much of that in the romance genre. Historical fantasy creates a faux historical time period, usually taking elements from a true time period. For example, Jeweled takes flavoring from the French and Russian revolutions. I would consider steam punk to be historical fantasy, just a narrower category of it, and Megan Hart’s Order of Solace is historical fantasy.


Have you read much historical fantasy? If so, can you remember any of the titles? If not, what attracts you to it?

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65 comments to “Book of the Day: Jeweled”

  1. I have read some Sandra Hill – not sure if that would be considered historical fantasy. I do love the idea of combing these two genres into one book And Jeweled sounds awesome!


  2. Yes! I’ve read Megan Hart’s Solace books – I liked the setup but didn’t get into the stories. I read the Clockwork Heart this year – I enjoyed that one a lot. Good hook & good followup. The Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials books.


  3. I have read a few like Colleen Gleason. I’ve also read Dracula,my love, if that falls in the category. I guess part of my issue is I can never settle on what genre something falls into. Although as much as I like history, there should be more that I’ve gotten to, but alas most are still on my TBR list.


  4. I’m not sure if what I occasionally read is called “historical fantasy”, but the historicals I read usually feature strong female characters who are “unusual” for their time and thus shunned by “polite” society. Women that are intellectual, independent, and secure in their sense of self. The House of Pleasure series by Kate Pearce and The Liars Club series by Celeste Bradley come immediately to mind.


  5. I don’t know if some of the books I read qualify as “historical fantasy” or not, but I tend to graviate toward historical books with a female character unusual for ther time. The heroine is intellingent, independent, or self-reliant, and thus shunned by “polite” society. The House of Pleasure series by Kate Pearce or The Royal Four series by Celeste Bradley come immediately to mind.


  6. I have read historical books: Johanna Lindsay and fantasy books too; historical fantasy? Janet Chapman’s Highlanders. Maybe Diana Gabaldon would also be in there. C.L. Wilson’s books


  7. I love historical fantasy for the historical time periods and then for the fantasy aspect – oh, magic! Mary Jo Putney comes to mind as well as Amanda Quick. I know I’ve read more, but those are the first two names that popped into my head.


  8. I loved Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Another “historical fantasy” series that I just read and loved was Kathrynne Kennedy’s Relics of Merlin series. It’s set in an alternate Victorian England where a person’s rank in the nobility is based on the strength of their ability to do magic. I’ve also got a book on my TBR pile by M.K. Hobson called The Native Star that is steampunk set in the American West.


  9. I haven’t gotten into the historical fiction. I have been looking to grab Gail Carriger’s series. I’ve heard lots of good things about it.


  10. I have not read any historical fantasy that I recal but I have Zoe Archer’s Scoundral and I believe that is historical fantasy. I just have to get the first one so I can read this one :)

    Kelly
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  11. I can’t think of the historical fantasy books. The reason I’m attracted to them is because they are historical and they reflect a time when magic really did exist. I can’t prove it but I do believe once a upon a time, magic do exist.


  12. Gail Carriger’s Soulless series, which I have to say is AMAZING!!!


  13. This was a mind boggling topic. I took an hour trying to figure what books that I’ve read was a historical fantasy romance. I didnt even realize that I havent read much historical fantasy romances. So far I came up with The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe and Dragon Lovers (an anthology by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh and Barbara Samuel).

    What drew me to these two books was the romance and a unique society/world with unique characters.


  14. More a historical PNR are Lydia Dare’s Victorian werewolves A Certain Wolfish Charm, Tall Dark and Wolfish and finally The Wolf Next Door. All fun reads.


  15. The lastest I’ve read are part of the Kushiel’s Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey. Its similar to Megan Hart’s Order of Solace Series except there is a lot more action, adventure,and a highly detailed storyline. What I like about this series is the head strong heroine who is also smart, and very perceptive, and the romance is slowly developed so the readers can have a strong connection with the characters. Its a nice breath of fresh air compared to the fast and furious of instant soul mate and feeling of love that comes with it.