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Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham
Elemental Evidence series #2
Cover Artist: Emmy EllisLength: 103,000 WordsFormat: eBookRelease DatesPreorder: 23rd MayEarly Download (from Pride Publishing): 6th JuneGeneral Release: 4th JulyPairing: MMHeat Level: 4 out of 5Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Fantasy - Urban & Magical Beings, Mystery & Thriller, Paranormal, Paranormal - Psychic TalentsPrice: $5.99
Mari Gale’s life has been a whirlwind since meeting Jake Chivis. A new job prospect and his mother’s health preoccupy him, so when Jake invites him on a date he’s ready to cut loose. Their night out turns into a nightmare when a fire breaks out in the basement of the bar and they barely escape.
Soon Jake learns that the horrific accident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and it’s not the only case. Detective Inspector Cordiline of the London Met hints at spontaneous human combustion, but as far as Jake knows, SHC doesn’t exist.
When Mari looks into a group called Birthright, he finds a connection to the victims of the fires and Jake risks himself to go undercover at the shadowy organization. The race is on to determine the truth before Jake becomes the next target.
Elemental Evidence Series Info:
Former Detective Jake Chivis is a Fire Elemental who uses psychometry to see the past. Doctor Ilmarinen Gale is an Air Elemental, a human/cybernetic interface, able to infiltrate even the toughest information systems. Together they find out just how potent a combination Fire and Air can be when it comes to solving crimes.
Amid murder, conspiracy and a world that views them with suspicion, and sometimes contempt, Jake and Mari circumvent the conventional. While the police aren't always appreciative of their methods they can't deny the results.
When they aren't busy consulting for the police, figuring one another out is their next big mystery. One that proves as frustrating as it is passionate. Between hunting killers and avoiding competing government agencies that want the two of them working on their side, they just might have enough time for love.
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Was that flirting? Was he flirting with the guy? Jake tried to rein those thoughts in but he couldn’t help it. Mari had a habit of flirting, but it had never bugged Jake before. Jesus, they’d managed to go to one bar for an hour and already he was devolving into Neanderthal territory. He realized something else. It had never really bothered him when he and Alex had gone out and his ex had spent all night coming on to strangers. Then again, he’d known Alex was doing it to get a rise out of him. That was not Mari’s way, at all.
“You want another drink?” Jake asked, by way of keeping himself from hauling Mari out of there and grilling him about whether he wanted to sleep with Mr. Whips and Tattoos. They had to step to one side as a sweating, agitated-looking guy pushed by them on the stairs in an obvious hurry to get down to the basement for some chastisement. Though he looked chastised enough already, in Jake’s opinion.
“If you do,” Mari said, then exhaled a huff that might have been regret and might have been relief. “Unless, of course, you just want to put me over your shoulder and carry me out, Mr. Caveman. I wasn’t giving him the come-on. So you can stop looking daggers. And don’t deny it.” He pointed a slender finger at Jake as he opened his mouth. “I could see you thinking it. Yes, he’s very cute, but he’s not really my type. I do like his toy box though.”
Jake snapped his mouth closed then pushed a hand through his hair and let out a sigh of his own. He had always pitied guys that acted like possessive jerks and here he was being as transparent as glass, all but snarling at anyone who got too close to Mari. “I’m sorry. I was aiming not to be obvious. I’ll try and refrain from clubbing you over the head and dragging you out by the hair.” He managed a sheepish grin.
“In that case, it would be my pleasure to have another drink with you, Chivis.” Mari chuckled, slipping a hand around the nape of his neck and towing him in for a brief, firm kiss.
They made their way back up into the bar and as they were weaving their way through the crowd, Jake heard someone shout, then screaming coming from the direction of the basement.
The red and gold lighting seemed to be flickering and Mari yelled, “Can you smell something burning?”
Jake noticed the smell just as Mari was saying it, and turned his head. A curl of pale smoke was winding up from the basement stairway, not thick but noticeable.
“Shit!” He grabbed Mari’s arm. “Get out of here. Hurry.”
Jake gave him a push toward the front exit then shoved through the crowd, trying to get to the stairs.
Bonus: Author Interview
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I have a long running unpublished serial set in London that Sadie and I write and so when I went to visit her we took a trip into London to look at some of the places our characters have lived. That was a lot of fun and I hope to get to do that again soon. I love using google earth/maps to get a feel for places but actually going there in person is inspiring. You get a better feel for the vibe of a place if you can go walk around, shop, stop and have a coffee.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress. If I’m stressed in my day to day life it really effects my creativity and ability to focus and come up with the ‘what happens next’. It’s really hard for me to escape the spiral of stress and worry too, once it starts. I need to work on finding better ways to cope so I can stay in the zone.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
If I’d been asked this a few years ago I would have been aghast at the idea of writing what readers want. There is still a part of me that rebels at the idea. But, I’ve learned more about writing and genres, and now I think of it more as a challenge, or a goal, to not only write an interesting story but to not stray too far from expectations. What I mean is, when people read a romance they want certain things, they want a buildup (usually) of characters relationships and (usually) want a HEA or at least a HFN. I still don’t consciously sit down and think ‘okay, how can I make this fit what readers want’ but I do find that it feels more natural now to write with a plan than to totally wing it. As for originality, eh, I’m enough of a realist to know that coming up with something totally original and completely different from anything ever done before is probably not in the cards for me. As long as I like my characters and I’m interested in the plot, that’s good enough to keep me going.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think strong emotions about characters and scenes are more indicative of good writing than the other way around. It takes time, I think, to really get to know your characters and start to care about them. So, I guess my answer is, not at first. If you have an understanding of the emotion you want to evoke and how to do that with words then you’ll write well even if you don’t feel that emotion yourself while you’re writing the scene.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I love to do this and don’t remember to do it often enough. There is one time in particular that I remember though, and this was years ago, back in MySpace days! Sadie had a friend that wrote about an experience in Naples where he thought it would be a okay to hit a pile of garbage, only there was something rather solid in the pile that traumatized the car pretty badly. I thought this was funny, so when Sadie and I were writing a story that was set in Naples I had to include a scene where my MC watched some crazy person drive right into a big pile of garbage, slam into something, and get out cursing and kicking trash. It took months, though, from the time I originally read the post to when I put it in the story, but it still made me grin.
About the authors:
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings.
Sadie Rose Bermingham:
A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography, live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
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