INCANDESCENT: Beauty and the Beast
What is the one thing that will make you pick up a book?
Besides a recommendation from a friend, when you pick up a book and look at the blurb there is something that triggers an Oh, I have got to read this moment.
Do you know what it is?
Personally, I ascribe to the theory it is a theme or story line you prefer which draws you in. I have friends who adore secret baby stories or marriage of Convenience (to name a few). If they see those words in the blurb—they will buy it.
I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance and I have themes and story lines that I fall for every single time. Three of my favorite story themes are: Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.
Incandescent is a Beauty and Beast story.
The Hero-Mikhail Petrov is a charming Beast, desperate, ruthless and very Russian. The Heroine—Laurie Hudson, a stubborn Beauty who wants nothing to do with Mikhail, his world, and the power she’s been born with.
I like odds like this. Not only do I like reading this type of story, I found I loved writing it.
Mikhail was one of the toughest men I’ve ever written. He’s amusing, scary, and at the same time compelling (not an easy task). I wanted him to make the heroine and reader think that he was capable of anything. I chose for him to be Russian—because I am fascinated with that culture. I also added in magic, elements, and hints of the mob. I love putting my main characters in positions of impossibility—and forcing them to make decisions good or bad.
Laurie, I found interesting because instead of embracing what she could do—wanted what most of us want—a normal life. It was my goal to grow her, to make her understand that she couldn’t run from herself. She did in a very explosive way…
Some gifts are unwanted, and Laurie Hudson’s affinity for fire is one she hates. It has destroyed her relationship with her family and she has few friends. She’s fought hard to keep the fire inside suppressed, living a low key life as a bartender, until a brutal and charming man blows into her life.
Around Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Her options are taken away when he kidnaps her, forcing her into a fight she wants nothing to do with.
As she learns to survive, Laurie faces the hardest choice of all, her freedom or the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.
Here is a excerpt from the book Incandescent, between the Mikhail and Laurie:
He narrowed his eyes at her through the smoke, and took a drag. “You get too excited, Laurie. It’s because of your fire but it’s no good for you. You should learn to control it. I can teach you this.”
Thinking he was still speaking about her red hair and temper, she mocked him. “Oh, can you? Well maybe I should teach you that when a woman says ‘no’ she means it. As a matter of fact, I’m calling the police so you can start learning how ‘nyet’ means ‘nyet’ right away.” She reached for the phone on the counter.
He didn’t move to stop her. She dialed 911. He flicked his ashes into her sink.
“911. What is your emergency?”
“There’s a man … ”
“You should use my name.”
“This man, Mikhail Petrov, is in my apartment and refuses to leave.”
“Your name, Ma’am?”
“Tell them to bring the fire trucks … ” he whispered in her ear.
“Your address, Ma’am?”
“Uh … 395 … ”
“And don’t forget to tell them about what you can do.” He breathed and Laurie shot him a look of dawning fear.
“39 … ”
“Have your fires killed anyone yet, Laurie?
“Never mind,” she told the operator. “He just left.” She hung up. How do you know what I am? What I … “ She met his eyes and really looked at him as if seeing him for the first time. “Who the hell are you?”
Mikhail straightened, set his cigar down on the counter and grabbed her, forcing her back against the opposite counter. His whole body pressed into her. She inhaled the scent of wine and fragrant tobacco on his breath. Laurie could feel the strength of him and it frightened her.
“The police … ”
He shook his head. “Not coming.”
She smelled smoke and felt a snap as the flame in her belly ignited. With horror, she realized it was already too late to stop the coming eruption of fire. She opened her mouth to scream, to warn him.
He placed a finger over her lips. “Shh, stop fighting.”
So what story themes do you like? Are there some you prefer over others? Are there some you don’t like?
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Author Bio: M.V. Freeman is a native of Minnesota, but calls North Alabama her home. She is a member of RWA, and the chapters: Georgia Romance Writers and Southern Magic. By day her mind is filled with medical jargon at the local health clinic, but at night she finds herself exploring alternate worlds within our own. Heavily influenced by Slavic languages and culture, you will find she weaves these elements into her stories. Her award winning story INCANDESCENT is the first in a series. She is currently working on the second book in the series while plotting another series. When she is not writing, she’s reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.
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