Lady of the Flames
by Barbara Monajem
Series: A Most Peculiar Season
Genre: Regency Historical Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Q: What does magic mean for you, and do you try to put a touch of magic in each one of your stories?
A: For me, magic means escape from the restrictions of the ordinary world. It means new and different abilities and the challenges that go along with them. It means letting my imagination run wild and having a great time.
I don’t exactly *try* to put a touch of magic in my stories. Usually the idea for the magic shows up on its own, without any prompting on my part—and of course I don’t resist. Sometimes it’s before I write a story, such as when I decided it would be fun to write about an incubus and succubus who are *not* evil demons, or a vampire who is *not* undead. Sometimes I’m inspired by another writer. I first put fairy folk into my stories in appreciation of a delightful hobgoblin in the children’s book Hobberdy Dick by Katharine Briggs. Sometimes a weird idea pops into my head after I start writing, such as a holy relic—the toe bone of a saint—which insures family harmony. And sometimes it’s all-out magical ability, such as the fire and knife magic in Lady of the Flames.
Q: What has it been like to work with the other authors putting together the loosely connected "A Most Peculiar Season" series?
A: Two aspects of writing this series have been particularly wonderful. It’s not a series in the usual sense. We had only two requirements—each story must take place in 1811, the year the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent, and in each story, something very unusual must take place. Apart from that, each author got to write whatever she wanted—which was so much fun! Some of the stories are regular historical romance (that is, no magic), such as Deborah Hale’s Scandal on His Doorstep, and others have paranormal elements, such as Michelle Willingham’s time travel story, A Viking for the Viscountess, and my contribution, Lady of the Flames. Two more stories are due to be released soon: Lady Sybil’s Vampire by Ann Lethbridge, and To Tempt a Thief by Gail Ranstrom.
The other aspect that I loved was the support from the other authors. Writing can be a lonely business, and working with other writers while doing one’s own thing is truly the best of both worlds.
Do you enjoy stories with paranormal elements? Which kind of paranormal elements do you prefer?
Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love.
Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again.
Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.