Last week, CJ Burright tagged me in a blog hop that encourages authors to share details on their characters for their latest work in progress. Well, since the cover reveal for book one in The Eden Series, Unexpected Eden, is due out October 17th, I decided it was a darn good time to jump on board.
Rather than run my own mouth, I asked Lexi and Eryx if they wouldn’t mind handling the specifics. It took some bribing–The Great One knows they’ve got their hands full in Eden these days–but good king and queen that they are, they eventually caved.
Lexi flips through the index cards with CJ’s notes on them. “Oh, Eryx. You’re gonna love this. They wanna know if we’re fictional or historical based characters.”
Eryx dips down for a closer look. “Not gonna answer that one. I’ve already got my ass in a bind from telling you more than I should. At the rate we’re going, half the human race will be trying to worm their way back into Eden by year’s end. Although, I guess we could say I’m historical since I’m about to celebrate my one hundred and fifty-third birthday.”
“You know, we never really did talk about the age difference before we got hitched. At twenty-five, I’ve gotta practically be jailbait in Myren terms.”
“Hellcat, you might bat those eyes of yours and play sweet when you want something, but we both know there’s not a damned thing innocent about you.”
Lexi smirks and turns her attention back to the index cards. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m as pure as the wind-driven snow.” She pulls a new card forward. “Now, ‘what should we know about your characters?'”
“You mean besides the fact that you mix mighty stout drinks and would rather volunteer for water torture over social activities?” Eryx pulls Lexi so her back rests against his chest and wraps up her tight. “I’d say you’re the most tenacious woman I know and would probably take on the world if it meant protecting the people you love.”
Lexi rolls her eyes. “Spoken like a king who knows how to work public opinion.”
“I don’t give a shit about any opinions save yours, though I’d be more than willing to work you if you’d wrap up this interview.”
“Aren’t you supposed to be…I don’t know. More public minded?”
“Later. It took me a decade to find you. I think I deserve another ten years before I have to play nice with anyone else.”
Lexi turns in his arms and tosses the index cards over her shoulder. “Hey, Rhenna. You wanna just roll that back cover copy stuff so me and the big man can get home?”
Gez. Those two. Seriously. It’s a wonder we ever got around to a plot the way they go at it. But she’s right. The back cover copy’s probably the best way to get you what you need to know. And pre-order links ought to be coming out alongside, or just after, the cover reveal on October 17th!
Paradise, love, power…and a prophecy with a price.
Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.
Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question–is she Myren, or human, which makes her forbidden fruit?
When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.
So there’s the gist of Unexpected Eden. Now I’m sending you on to some other killer romance authors for a few more fun character interviews: Sarah Hegger, Jami Denise, and Dena Garson. These fine ladies will have their stuff up in the next week or so and I know you’ll love their characters as much as I have.
CJ BurrightSeptember 23, 2014 at 10:03 am
Nice, Rhenna! I suppose Eryx was really put on the spot answering whether he was historical or fictional. 🙂
RhennaSeptember 23, 2014 at 11:02 am
I didn’t realize that was the case until I sat down to write…