Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valentine's Blog Event: Guest Post - Syrie James

Forbidden romance...special abilities... danger...  COLOUR ME CURIOUS. I absolutely adore the sound of Alec and Claire. What about you? I've yet to read Forbidden by Syrie and her son, Ryan, but I'll get to it one day! Give me a few more free hours during the day?

For the event we got the two of them to talk about their new book. Want to know what it's about and what kind of romance you can expect to find? Check it out! Very fascinating ;) 

I'm so glad this romance will have some good development. Can we all agree on shooting insta-love to death? *shudders*

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A New Take on Angels and Teen Romance

by Syrie James and Ryan M James

Syrie James, known for her critically acclaimed historical and romance fiction, has ventured into new territory with her latest novel, which she co-wrote with her son, Ryan.

A page-turning tale of wit, fantasy, pop culture, mystery, and paranormal romance, Forbidden has been getting critical raves. Described by The Sagacity Quest as "5/5… an amazing book… brilliant… surprising, and a fantastic read," and by Sophie Jordan, author of Firelight, as "beautifully written! Romantic and filled with delicious tension!", the novel will appeal to readers of any age or gender–or any genre!

Forbidden: what’s the book about?


Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now, and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. . . .

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and it becomes clear that her entire existence is prohibited, how far will Alec go to protect her?

The Romance: what you can look forward to.

Forbidden is incredibly romantic—but the main characters don’t fall instantly in love. Many books and movies glaze over the most important part of any developing relationship: why the characters fall in love. We believe there’s no such thing as true love at first sight (often referred to nowadays as “insta-love”), however, attraction at first sight is totally real.

Before two people can love each other, they have to get to know each other. The things they have in common—and the things they admire about each other—will draw them together, and the things they disagree about become interesting topics for debate. They have to respect and love each other for who they are and what they do, not just because they’re good-looking, exciting, or… smell good.

In Forbidden, we tried to create the romance with all this in mind. Alec is attracted to Claire the minute he meets her—for a variety of reasons—but he’s not head over heels in love with her right away. Meanwhile, Claire doesn’t even like Alec at first. She’s more interested in her crush of two years, the school heartthrob, Neil.

As Alec’s feelings for Claire intensify throughout the story, it takes a while for her to come around, and realize that her feelings for him are radically changing and deepening, and are far more intense than anything she ever felt for Neil.

We get to watch Alec and Claire fall deeply in love over conversation, sharing common interests, and learning about each other… not just staring at each other with intense passion.
They love the same music. He’s never eaten pizza—or, for that matter, anything fried, caffeinated, or high in sugar content! How did he manage to save her and her friends from certain death? What exactly are Watcher Angels? And why does that mean Claire’s life is in jeopardy?

It was our intention to allow the characters to be teenagers, but show that they’re also capable of thinking, reasoning, and acting like adults, and interacting with maturity when it comes to relationships, problems, and crises—especially when it comes to romance.

The Stakes: Angels, Action, and Forbidden Romance

We also wanted to play with the concept of angels—to strip it down to its basics and rebuild it, incorporating mythology from across the globe. In our world, every hero and creature of legend can trace its roots back to angels. Every angel and angelic descendant has a paranormal ability or two, that rivals any mutant superhero or Kryptonian refugee.

When Claire and Alec discover that the truth behind her newfound psychic powers is directly related to that very mythology, he realizes that the laws of his kind forbid their relationship. With all the dangerous forces gathering around Claire—a were-creature, a trio of fallen angels, strange psychic messages from a mysterious source, and people who are not what they seem—will Alec stay to help protect her, even if he can’t be with her? Can they find a way to stay together? We hope you’ll read Forbidden and find out!

Check out an excerpt from Forbidden. And please LIKE our new Forbidden facebook page!

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Do we love the sound of Forbidden?! Hell yes! I can't wait to read this :) Angels, action and forbidden romance - sounds pretty darn good to me.

Are you a fan of Rebecca Lim and her Mercy series? Check out her guest post on Brodie's blog!

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