Wednesday, April 30, 2014

When is a romance a romance? by E. Ayers

Author E. Ayers talks about defining 

a romance book

When is a romance a romance? In today’s reading world, a romance means it will have a happily-ever-after. If the hero or heroine dies in the end, even if it were the most romantic thing you ever read, it’s not considered a romance. You’ll find that tragic story in general fiction. And there went all that stuff you were taught in school about romances. Sorry, Romeo and Juliet, you’re not a romance.

Almost every popular book, including ones written for men by men, has some sort of a romance in it. It could be a war story and there will be a romance tucked in it. Men like reading books with a happily ever after, too. Books are an investment of time. In the end, you want the good guy to get the girl.

Today’s romances have evolved and now include romances between two females or two males, and can also include more than one partner. Most people think that those stories are only in the erotic genre. Not so. We’ve seen a broadening of the spectrum in the last few years.

The other change we’ve seen is romance now happens to anyone of any color, or size. A friend of mine started reading romances when she was thirteen. She devoured them, often reading a book a night, even through college. She honestly believed you had to be slender, blonde, blue-eyed, and always beautiful to have a romantic relationship. The rest of the world just found someone compatible and got married. That had to be a tough way to grow up when your skin is the color of cocoa, and your hair is dark and curly. There are more romances available today for women of color - all colors. And heroes also come in various colors.

In my own books, I recognize that we aren’t all petite blondes with blue eyes. Some women are short and others are tall. Some are curvy and some aren’t. And beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder. The same goes for my heroes.

Most of the world falls into what is considered average. There are very few truly beautiful people in this world. We’ve all seen those fashion magazines with those women on the front cover. A dear friend happens to be an orthodontist and he pointed out some flaws on several women on covers. I began to look at those women in a different light. Take the makeup off and without airbrushing, most look like average people.

The size of the heroine has changed. For years, traditional publishing wouldn’t allow authors to write stories about chubby women. The author might hint she was chubby, but she couldn’t say the women wore a size 22. Today’s heroines can wear a 22 or a 16. She can be solid packed muscle or just soft and rounded.

It doesn’t matter if the hero is wearing a kilt or a Stetson. He can be a redhead with a million freckles or a lean, quiet bean counter for a small company. He or she can carry a sword, gun, lazer, or blast a bad guy with some powerful beam from his or her eyes. People want to feel good about their fellow man or woman. And they want a reason for good things to happen.

The general romance genre has changed, and now it can happen to anyone, at any time, and in any situation. A romance might include a lot of other things beyond the boy-meets-girl stories, but it will always end on a happily ever after or at least a happy for now. People want to escape. And what better way to do it than with a romance?

In A Rancher’s Woman, I took a girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes, and paired her with a Crow Indian. They were total opposites. He was as fascinated with her coloring as she was with his. I stirred in the history and social customs of Victorian times and created a true-to-life western. It just happens to have a romance in it. I like writing books with happy endings.

How did a contemporary author wind up writing historical westerns? It’s a twisted path, but in my book A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming I mention the diary of Clare Coleman, one of the original settlers in Wyoming. Suddenly my readers were asking for the diary. I dove into the research and began to write it. Then Debra Holland asked me to be part of her Sweetwater Springs Christmas. I put the diary to one side, and “borrowed” the grandson of Clare Coleman for A Christmas Far From Home. That’s when I realized I had another tale. Malene Reiner, who is the sister to the heroine in A Christmas Far From Home, and Mark “Many Feathers” Hunter took over, and I had to write their story, A Rancher’s Woman.

I promise I’m working on the diary, but it won’t be a romance. It’s Clare’s life story – her entire life living in Wyoming. But in the meantime, my readers can enjoy A Rancher’s Woman and visit with Clare’s family.

I was thrilled, shocked, and honored to have A Rancher’s Woman accepted into a site that collects and maintains a Native American Encyclopedia. It is also a USA Today recommended book.

If you like following me around on the Internet, you’ll find me in the following places.


(Creeds Crossing Historical)
By E. Ayers

Coddled and protected from the harsh realities of life, Malene runs away from a bad marriage by posing as a chaperone to her younger sister. A series of events soon prove she’s capable of standing on her own two feet. However, she’s not prepared to follow her heart and accept marriage from the one man who truly loves her.

Many Feathers' chance encounter with a blue-eyed blonde woman sets him on a path that lands him between the white man's ways and the traditions of his people. Determined to protect his people and prove his worthiness as a suitable husband to a white woman, he stakes claim to land and establishes a ranch. But there's one outlaw focused on destroying Many Feathers and everything he's trying to accomplish.

Author’s Note on A Rancher’s Woman:

I’m not a historian, but what I’ve had to learn in order to accurately write western historical fiction boggles my mind. Hundreds of hours of research have been poured into this book. From social customs, clothing, furniture, appliances, forts, government surplus, shipping boxes, cardboard, and trains, it was all researched. Even the plague that hit Bombay and the trading ships that anchored, but supposedly never picked up supplies had to be researched. So many historians have helped me along the way from the wonderful folks at BNSF Railway to the Bureau of Indian Affairs aka BIA.

I’d start to write a paragraph and then spend six hours in research. A previous job had me spending hours looking at old photos and deciphering everything from plants to clothing and even possible colors. Those skills were applied to so many old western photos taken in Wyoming and of the Crow tribe for they are often more accurate than the written history of the time. It’s been a labor of love.

The atrocities that we, as white men, have imposed on our Native Americans/American Indians are unforgivable. As an author I hope I can help people understand what we did to the American Indians either directly, or indirectly by our presence. The Crows have always respected their environment, the wildlife around them, held their women in high esteem, loved their children, and truly were the stewards of this great land. Mark “Many Feathers” Hunter is fictional, but he’s based on their heritage, the white man’s pressures, and human nature, which we all share. I hope he is worthy of being an Apsáalooke (Crow).

A very big thank you to my friends who happen to be everything from harbormasters to ships’ captains, train engineers, modern day importers, or married to American Indians for all your help. Their ability to point me in the right direction to find necessary information and explaining things has made a huge difference.

Today, most of us cannot imagine a young woman going to another city to marry a man because her father said to do it. Yet, in that day and age, women did and still do in places around the globe. My own great-grandmother’s marriage was arranged. I know from my father, she had no say-so in it. She did as her father instructed.

My heart and soul went into this book and I hope you, the reader, find it a worthy of your time. It’s a cold, hard glimpse at life in the West, minus the glamour and romanticized notions that romance readers have come to expect. But through it all is a love between two people that can’t be ignored.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Changing Times by Lois Winston

I don’t like change. I much prefer the security and comfort of habit. So when I’m forced to make a change, the decision is one that takes much soul-searching and deliberation on my part. I’m not the kind of person who climbs a mountain just because it’s there. I need a really good reason to step out of my comfort zone, lace up my hiking boots, and ascend upwards into the unknown.

Unfortunately, the publishing industry is fraught with change lately. Gone are the days when an author had a home for life and the people she worked with at the publishing house became like a second family to her. These days there’s a lot of divorce going on in publishing. More and more authors are being dropped because their sales aren’t strong enough. Or authors decide for various reasons that they need to leave their publishers. Both situations are very scary for the author. No matter which party institutes the divorce proceedings, fear of the unknown can overwhelm an author.

Nearly two years ago I realized I needed to institute a change in my life. I didn’t want to, but after several long months of soul-searching, I knew it was time to climb the mountain. So I laced up those hiking boots and walked away from two new publishing contracts—one for additional books in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series and one for a new mystery series.

Was I terrified? You bet! Being published by a traditional publishing house is the Holy Grail to all aspiring authors. Or it used to be. Times have changed. Self-publishing, now often referred to as indie publishing, no longer has the stigma it once did because authors are in control and not dependent on vanity presses.

So I went indie, continuing the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series on my own, adding a series of connected mini-mysteries, reissuing my backlist, and publishing some unsold romances and romantic suspense books under the pen name Emma Carlyle. To date I’ve published sixteen indie books, the most recent, Patchwork Peril, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mini-Mystery, which released the other day.

Would I regret my decision? After all, not only had I given up the “legitimacy” of traditional publishing, I’d given up some nice advance money. There were nights I tossed and turned, wondering if I’d made the biggest mistake of my life by going indie, especially when I didn’t see the huge numbers of sales that other indie authors claimed to have. Was it because I didn’t write super-sexy books with shirtless studs or handcuffs on the covers? Or was there some other reason? My traditionally published books had received stellar reviews, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist for my mystery series. I’d also won quite a few awards for my fiction. Why weren’t my indie books selling better?

One mantra I kept repeating was something I’d heard from other authors: It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It was hard to convince myself since I seemed to be limping along, not sprinting. But eventually I saw that they were right. It took some time, but since publishing my first indie book, I’ve seen steady growth in sales. Can I support myself on what I’m making? Heck, no! But then again, I could never support myself on what I made from traditional publishing. All I can say is thank the gods for the hubster with a steady paycheck!

However, as time has passed, I’ve become more comfortable with my decision. There’s much to be said about having total control over your writing career. What I’ve also discovered is that readers don’t really care who publishes you. Authors might constantly ask other authors, “Who’s your publisher?” but readers are only interested in good books. They don’t know Random House from Midnight Ink. Harper Collins from Amber Quill. Mention “the Big Five,” and they’ll most likely think you’re talking about a college basketball conference.

Award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog. Follow everyone on Twitter.

Book Three of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mini-Mystery series

After rescuing her elderly neighbor Rosalie’s quilts from a rainstorm, crafts editor Anastasia Pollack discovers Rosalie unconscious at the bottom of her basement stairs. Rosalie’s estranged niece Jane flies east to care for her during her recovery, but Rosalie suspects Jane’s motives are less than altruistic, going so far as to accuse Jane of trying to kill her. Is Rosalie’s paranoia a result of her head injury, or is there something more to her accusations? And can Anastasia uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Author Anna Markland Discusses the Magnificent Medieval Men Anthology

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Anna Markland talks about Dance of Love, her book included in the Magnificent Medieval Men Anthology!

I have a keen interest in genealogy, and this hobby (aka obsession) has had a tremendous influence on my stories. My medieval romances are about family honor, ancestry, and roots. Why medieval? I chose the medieval period because, again going to my interest in genealogy, as an amateur genealogist, I cherished a dream (as do many) of tracing my own English roots back to the Norman Conquest—an impossibility since I am not descended from nobility! So I made up a family and my stories follow its members and offshoot branches through successive generations.

One of the things I enjoy most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research necessary to provide readers with an authentic medieval experience. I based the plot of my first novel, Conquering Passion, on a documented incident that actually happened to a Norman noblewoman.

Dance of Love is a story I’ve contributed to a new 4-book anthology entitled Magnificent Medieval Men. The authors I’ve partnered with are Catherine Kean, Kathryn Le Veque and Laurel O’Donnell. We call ourselves the Medieval Mavens.

At first, one might think Izzy de Montbryce, the hero of Dance of Love, isn’t very magnificent. He suffers from crippling arthritis which has gnarled his hands. He’s aware that women find his touch repulsive, and shies away from them. He’s become moody and antisocial.

Izzy may not have the hands of a warrior, but he has the heart of one, and when the woman he finally falls in love with is placed in grave danger he travels hundreds of miles to pursue her.

His hands are useless yet his love is so great he manages to save her from falling from a bridge into a raging torrent.

Medieval men were magnificent in that they had to fight to win and hold what was theirs. Some, like Izzy, had to overcome tremendous adversity in order to do so.

Dance of Love is one of the books in what I call my Wounded Warriors series. It’s the love story of a sullen, antisocial Norman nobleman and a girl who turns out to be the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish king.

Captured by Moors and imprisoned with her mother in Jerusalem, she has grown up in the harem, protected from defilement by mystical powers her Moorish master believes she possesses after she performs a miracle that saves his life.

Freed by Crusaders, she journeys to Normandy with the dying Crusader who saved her, and meets Izzy. With her knowledge of the healing recipes of Islamic physicians, only she can help him overcome the pain of his arthritic affliction.

But Farah bears scars of her own that only a miracle can heal.

Izzy and Farah eventually follow the Way of Saint James, the medieval pilgrimage route to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in search of their miracle.

I enjoyed learning about the medieval kings of Spain while researching this book and discovering something of the incredibly beautiful geography and history of Aragon and the Pyrenees.

Magnificent Medieval Men is a great value for your money at 99 cents (normally $4.99). Here’s the Kindle link.

Also available for Nook, iBooks and Kobo.

You can visit Anna on her website, Facebook, and Twitter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pieces of Love by Award-Winning Author PJ Sharon

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Sixteen year-old Alexis Hartman wants nothing more than to smoke pot and play guitar. Getting high and escaping into her music seem the perfect solution when her world is shattered by her sister's death. But when she’s arrested for possession a second time, life couldn’t get any more complicated. Her mother's breakdown is the final straw that forces Lexi to spend the summer on the West Coast with her grandmother, Maddie. When Lexi steps over the line one too many times, she's certain her life is over and that she’s destined for juvenile detention—until Maddie decides that desperate measures are called for. A three week Mediterranean cruise—for seniors—should keep her out of trouble.

But Lexi has other ideas.

Eighteen year-old Ethan Kaswell, the poster child for good sons, is stranded on the cruise when his father, a famous heart surgeon, is kept away by an important consultation. With his own life perfectly mapped out, Ethan finds Lexi’s unpredictability irresistible. Although he’s smart enough to see that there is no future in falling for a “vacation crush,” Lexi’s edgy dark side draws him like an anchor to the bottom of the sea. As the two embark on the journey of a lifetime, can Lexi finally learn to love someone—even when she has to let them go? 

Addendum: Visiting such ports as Portofino, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; and Rome. From the Greek Islands to Tunisia, North Africa; and Barcelona, Spain to Dubrovnik, Croatia; you'll see the sights and walk with Ali as she learns about herself, her family, and what it means to love someone—even when you have to let them go.

Meet PJ Sharon

I knew I would be a writer someday when I was a little girl sitting on my grandpa’s knee and telling him stories that he would help me put on paper. By the time I entered kindergarten I could already read and write, and I couldn’t wait to look up new words every morning in the ginormous Webster’s Dictionary that sat in the book case at the bottom of our stairs. I would get on the bus and ask my friends, “Do you know what pulchritudinous means?” Between that and challenging the boys to push-up contests at the bus stop, I mostly sat alone on those bus rides to school. But that just meant I had more time to make up stories.

I went on to many other endeavors in life, including the world of figure skating, and later, martial arts. Though I was a mom at seventeen, I did manage to finish school and somehow made it through college, earning a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. After nineteen years, two sons, a divorce, and some fairly lean years, I found that it’s true what they say about life beginning at forty. It was about that time when I reunited with the love of my life and worked my way to owning my own business as a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor—all of my favorite things. To make my bliss complete, I moved out to the Berkshires and found my muse waiting for me there amongst the lilacs and humming birds.

I now write Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life in order to share hope with others, especially teens, that no matter how tough life gets, there is always a bright spot waiting just around the corner.

PJ would love to hear from you. Contact her via her Facebook page or website.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cynthia Lucas Interview

Author Interview with Cynthia Lucas

1. How did you go about picking actors/actress for your new book trailer?
I went on a country wide (and in this case, international) search via internet, and any other means I could to find exactly the right model/actors to play my characters. This story, I feel, is my best work to date, and I wanted to find model/actors that I felt embodied the right look and could bring something realistic to the characters.

2.       Why do you feel it’s important to have a book trailer?
In this day and age of multi-media, having the best promotional tools you can offer your readers gives them not only a step above the typical synopsis, but also brings the characters to life in 3D! When I decided to do a book trailer, I knew of one or two companies out west who were doing cinematics...meaning NOT your ‘usual’ book trailer with floating images and text, but instead trailers that looked just like a movie or television show trailer with live action acting and soundtrack. And I knew immediately that was what I wanted to do.

3.       Tell us a bit about the process of creating a book trailer?
Well, for this one...multi-tasking is an understatement. LOL! The first step after deciding to do a cinematic was deciding who was going to do camera work and post production, and I had just come back from Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas at that time. While I was there I met Tim Prater and his wife Melody, who do photography and video work for InD’Tale Magazine. Tim had just recently started his own production company called Crunchreel and we just clicked as friends when we met, and I knew I wanted to work with them. Cinematics was a new experience for all of us, and being on a budget I decided to write my own story board, choose actors to play the roles, (and hire myself to play the lead female) and thus began the adventure. I had some very creative ideas that we needed to figure of them being where Grigoris Drakakis (who is playing Z) steps out of a mirror. This effect would require green screen and double and triple layer effects on top of live action which as far as I know is completely NEW ground in cinematic book trailers. I haven’t seen this done even by the couple of companies who do these from out in CA. So, we broke new well as having a really fun experience. For me? I fell in love with the whole process of writing the story board, directing and acting in the trailer. It brought a whole new dimension to writing for me. As for the actors: Grigoris Drakakis came over from Greece to do the shoot and since then he’s taken off and become one of the most sought after models in romance covers. I’m so happy for him...he’s wonderful to work with and I know this is only the beginning of his career here in the US. Lucas Scott is a wonderfully talented actor/director and stunt coordinator who’s had some bit parts on television series and more and I also expect to see him go very far in his career. Both of these guys are the best.

4.       What was the hardest aspect you had to overcome when writing your book? least not with this story. This book flowed like a river to the sea....the story was one of the easiest for me and the characters are just very special to me because of their personal growth, their magic together and the obstacles they overcome.

5.       As a reader how do you write? Do you write in your PJs at home? In a cafĂ©? Etc.
I write whenever the mood strikes me...and I allow every story to just bubble to the surface at its own rate and in its own way. I can be sitting at my desk, or maybe in bed in my pajamas, yes! Or maybe have insomnia at 3am and I sit down and see if I can put my time awake to good use.

6.       What author inspired you to become an author?
There’s a few romance genre: Tonya Ann Crosby (she was the first romance author I ever read so I have to say, she hooked me on the genre.) Other fabulous (and classic) authors in the genre: Virginia Henley,  Johanna Lindsey, Shannon Drake....Teresa Medeiros....there’s many. In other genres: Philip K. of the greatest writers of our time or any.  Steven King, Tolkein, Neil Gaiman, to name a few.

7.       What is the one piece of advice you’d give to a new writer?
Never give up on your dream and believe in the power of your work. Even if agents or someone else tells you it’s not what readers want or what publishers are looking for, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are correct. When I started shopping my first book, When Lightning Strikes, I was told by at least a couple agents, “It’s not what we’re looking for,”  “It has been done too many’s trite,” “It’s not what readers would be interested in,” “My screeners feel it’s not really appealing in today’s market”....blah, blah, blah ad nauseum. Well, I shrugged all of it off and refusing to believe what they said, I went ahead and self published my book. It took courage and a lot of hard work in promotion...and I will tell you that I wish  every one of those people could have seen that book that they told me was ‘trite’ sitting at #1 Best Seller in Time Travel Romance on when it climbed to the top of the Kindle Best Sellers list in its genre!! Not to mention the fact that after the book reached some level of success, I realized that it was the only one of my books that had never had a model....and the reason was because there was an actor I’d always envisioned as being the guy I wanted on the cover. But when I was just getting started, I thought, “HOW could I ever get someone like that on my book....and even if I could get a hold of him what would I say? I’ve sold ten books to my friends, would you be on the cover?” LOL!! Well, three years later, a #1 Best Seller, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarter Finals finish, two RONE Award Nominations and Finals, and all of my books being Top 10 and Top 20 Best Sellers in Kindle in their genres,  I got the courage to go ahead and contact him. I showed him my cover design that I had in mind, told him about my dream of having him on my cover...and he loved it and agreed to be on my cover! His name? Jay Tavare and he’s been in some VERY top notch Oscar winning movies including The Missing (with Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones) , Cold Mountain (Nicole Kidman),  Dreamworks Into the West, Adaptation...and yes, that’s Vega from Street Fighter the Movie.  Jay is very careful about what projects he lends his name or image to, and has only appeared on one other book needless to say, I feel so honoured and blessed not only for his appearing on my book, but for his friendship as well. For every writer out there with a story in your mind’s eye and a dream in your goes to show you that you CAN make it happen and you CAN achieve your dreams!! Go for it!

8.       As a reader what is your favorite thing you do in your free time – when not writing?
I am a professional vocalist and musician....for most of my adult life, and when I’m not writing, I’m making music with my band NORTH 2 SOUTH in venues large and small near my home in central FL. We play a lot of great little beach bars and small stages, but also do some larger stages too. We are playing on the eastside stage outside Ruth Eckerd Hall in May before Styxx, Foreigner and Don Felder in concert in the hall. We have played out there many times for many shows coming in....Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Styxx, Rock of Ages...and more. Always a fun time! My husband and I also write and record music of our own. You can check us out on ReverbNation. 

9.       How did you become a writer?
I just decided I wanted to try my hand at writing stories. I’m a lyricist and writing a book appealed to me in the sense of being able to tell a story in more than a four minute song.  I’d read hundreds of books in the genre and my grandmother was an avid writer (she loved sci fi) and I just decided to try my hand at it. I loved it and there was no turning back. I decided that in this day and age of multimedia and broad self publishing options (just as with music) I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.  And so I went the route of self publishing. 

10.   In the future what do you envision tackling? More books? Film, etc.
I would love to adapt one or more of my books to screenplay and yes...I could absolutely see doing one as movie. Or possibly turning one into some kind of series. There are more books on the horizon....working on a couple of ideas right now and music videos too. I love to experiment so who knows WHAT you’ll find me out there trying! LOL! Film making, movies, acting...more books and music for sure. And whatever it is, it’ll be fun and creative.

View the cineamatic trailer for 'Smoke &MirrorZ' which Cynthia herself starred in!

Connect with Cynthia on Facebook or her ReverbNation  website!
'Smoke & MirrorZ' by Cynthia Lucas-Book Blurb:

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Scheharazade ‘Scheri’ Bloom is on the run after marrying the man of her dreams...a wealthy lawyer who turns out to be more like a monster from her nightmares. Abused physically and emotionally and forced to be a prisoner in her own home, no matter how many times she tries to escape, he has the money, power and connections to have her tracked down and brought back to suffer the wrath of his anger at her leaving.

After finally finding a way to escape, she takes to the road and with the little bit of money she’d saved up running out fast, she soon finds herself drawn to a small-town carnival, where she hopes to make a few untraceable dollars working a ride or concession stand. Instead she meets the enigmatic and egotistical magician known as ‘Z’.

Amazed by Z’s skills in illusions, like the audiences who come to see him day in and day out, she soon finds herself in danger again...not so much from her abusive husband as from everything she doesn’t want to feel from the moment she lays eyes on the handsome entertainer who looks like an Arabian Knight come to life and seems to sense every secret she can’t tell him about herself.

What Scheri doesn’t know is that that Azizi ab’d al Jadu, the man known as ‘Z’ is harboring a few secrets himself. Magic is real, and not all illusions are ‘smoke and mirrors’. Z is no mortal man, but a half-breed Ifrit Jinn....a down on his luck genie, living as a carny here in the world of man. Born out of the forbidden love of a Jinn and a disobedient Angel, he is on the run from his own kind for refusing to abide the laws of both Jinn and Allah’s Watchers. And after breaking The Law and taking human form of his own free will to come through the large gold mirror that is his portal into the world of humans....he finds his once vast powers limited by the mortal realm and all the wondrous and distracting sensations of a human body.

Z has little interest in being anyone's savior...but when Scheri’s husband finally tracks her down with the help of one of Z's most dangerous enemies, Z soon finds that it's going to take more than magic to protect the woman who has stolen the heart he didn't know he had. Can he somehow regain the power he needs to save her?