Today, please help me welcome one of my favorite people, Barbara Monajem, to Preternatura. Barbara’s most recent release is Under a Christmas Spell, which was released on November 1 by Harlequin.
Barbara Monajem is the award-winning author of the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries, Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil, Tastes of Love and Evil, and Heart of Constantine. Her love of the paranormal has crept into her Regency romance novellas, most recently The Magic of His Touch, Bewitched by His Kiss, and this month’s release, Under a Christmas Spell. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays. You can learn more about Barbara by visiting her website, by visiting her on Facebook or by following her on twitter.
ABOUT UNDER A CHRISTMAS SPELL: English Country Estate, 1815. Dissolute aristocrat Lord Valiant Oakenhurst hides a sexy, supernatural secret–as a powerful incubus, he is able to influence others through erotic dreams. At an exclusive Christmas house party, his latest mission is compromised by the beautiful but deadly succubus Lucille Beaulieu. Though still drawn to his former lover, Val cannot forget her betrayal. Hoping to atone for her past, Lucie uses her seductive powers to help couples find happiness. But she is distracted from her task by her own delicious dreams of the dark and dangerous Val. As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?
Ohhhh…an incubus for Christmas! Now, let’s hear from Barbara…
You would think, since I’m the author, that I would know who my characters are—but I have to confess that in the case of my latest novella, Under a Christmas Spell, there’s a mystery which I have yet to solve.
It’s Christmas, 1815. The war with France is finally over, and England’s most devious spymaster and spymistress, whose identities are England’s best kept secret, turn their minds to…matchmaking.
It’s actually quite a kindly endeavor. For years, the ruthless Master of the British Incubi sent the sexiest men alive into situations fraught with danger and rampant sex. The Mistress of the British Succubi, as ruthless in her own way, tried to protect her irresistible ladies even while ordering them to seduce traitors and spies.
Now that the war is over, she intends to see the succubi in her care safely and happily married. The Master agrees, as long as there’s more danger and rampant sex involved. Oh, and trickery—for sometimes there is no other way to give two estranged lovers a second chance.
The sequel, Under a New Year’s Enchantment, comes out in January. (Surely you didn’t think one match made by trickery was enough!)
Which brings me back to the mystery I mentioned earlier. The identities of the spymaster and spymistress are so secret that even I have no idea who they really are. Not even an inkling. I’m writing another incubus/succubus story now, but so far these sneaky, manipulative (but more or less well-intentioned) characters have managed to elude me. How long will this go on??
I have a question for you, and your answer might just win you a free download of Under a Christmas Spell. Have you ever tried matchmaking? Has it ever been tried on you? Did it succeed?
Thanks, Barbara: fun question! I have been on a fix-up, once. After the guy and I figured out we had absolutely no future, we relaxed and had fun. If you would like to be entered to win a copy of Under a Christmas Spell, make sure that you answer Barbara’s question, share!