I've noticed a trend lately. The line between historical romance and paranormal is blurring a bit. My next release, VEXING THE VISCOUNT is a historical romance, but there are a few “tingles” of magic in it.
My hero Lucian and heroine Daisy are on the trail of a lost Roman treasure. The clues lead them to an uninhabited island in middle of the Thames, a mist-shrouded place where no birds sing. The standing stones speak of Druid worship that pre-dates the Roman hoard they seek. Daisy feels the weight of eyes on her where none can possibly be. The island “has no use for them.”
My DH and I felt that tickle on the nape once. We were driving our rental car around Maui, exploring the island. We reached a place where the road narrowed and there wasn’t a house or hint of human development in sight. We pulled off the road, parked and got out, excited to find some pristine paradise.
And almost immediately, I felt a heaviness, a brooding resentment, coming from the very rocks around us.
“We shouldn’t be here,” I told my DH.
“You’re right,” he agreed. We hopped back into our little red Mustang and drove back to the populated area of Maui, breathing much easier. My DH, who is one of the least fanciful men I’ve ever met, experienced the same sense of disembodied malevolence I’d felt.
I don’t know what it was. I’ve never had that sensation anywhere before or since and we’ve been in some very remote areas. But I know that little portion of Hawaiian paradise definitely “had no use for us.”
Daisy and Lucian can’t hop into their rental Mustang. They have no way off their unwelcoming island. If you want to know what happens to them, please look for VEXING THE VISCOUNT in bookstores Feb. 24th! In the meantime, visit www.emilybryan.com to read an excerpt. Enjoy!
Author Bio: Award-winning author Emily Bryan writes light-hearted, sexy historical romance. She loves music, art, and history and spent one of the best days of her life at the National Art Gallery in London. Travel inspires her writing and a world cruise is on her “must-do-before-leaving-this-planet” list! (Of course, if the stock market keeps falling, she'll have to stow away on a freighter, but hey! An adventure is an adventure!)
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