Please welcome author Jessica Lee as she talks UNDYING DESIRE, her new release from Entangled Edge!
Undying Desire: A Not So Typical Dom/sub Story by Jessica Lee
I had a very interesting conversation recently with a reader/reviewer who’d received an ARC of Undying Desire. She brought up some great points about my heroine that made me think about her character on a core level.
I knew going in that writing Eve would be an adventure. As you’ll see in Undying Desire, Eve Devonshire is the daughter of Marguerite Devonshire and Kenric St. James. Although in the beginning the fact that he has a daughter is unbeknownst to Kenric St. James.
Eve is a hybrid.
Half human and half vampire, and the first of her kind. So that fact in itself I knew was going to make for a fun challenge developing her character. Did she know her father? If so, how did she feel about his absence in her life? What did she know about why he wasn’t around? And as the end of book two, Undying Embrace asks, did she mature to be more like her mother or like her father? Lastly, and an exciting question for me as a writer, what kind of powers would she possess?
Those were some of the questions I had to ask myself when I began plotting Undying Desire. So when I was contacted by one of the readers of an ARC, it was really nice to see how she’d been impacted about Eve and Guerin story. I enjoyed talking with her about Eve’s non-traditional character, and with her permission, I would like to share a small segment of our conversation about Eve.
The reader stated “She (Eve) is one of the most complicated dominant characters I’ve read because of that (a dominant who has questions and self-doubt). She wasn’t the typical “I’m damaged and I know it” character nor was she a “bad-ass” dominant. There was so much grey area…”
I was so pleased that she’d also noticed Eve was not like other dominant woman. Here is part of my revised response. “Yes, you’re right. Eve is a complicated character/woman. There is a duality to her not just in the physical sense but emotionally as well. Even though she’s more than two-hundred years old, there’s a part of her that’s still the little human girl who’s very angry with the father, and she craves that connection to her human side. Yet, there’s the other half of her that’s a powerful female vampire as well, just like her mother, who relishes in being a dominant woman. A female who needs and enjoys being in control in every way. Yet Guerin comes along, and for the first time, a man has touched both sides of her: the Dominatrix and the emotional human side. This is completely new to her, dealing with a male who’s more to her than a temporary lover. Then later, there’s Kenric, her father, who we see peel back the layers on her vulnerable side. So yes, there is a lot going on with Eve.”
Writing Eve’s story was an emotional and exciting journey. I hope you enjoy getting to know Eve as well and enjoy her and Guerin’s story as much as I did bringing these two complex characters together.
Guerino Lombardi’s world just went to shit. Vampire and second in command of the Warriors of the Enclave, he’s put everything on the line to save his best friend from what has to be the worst blow a man can take. Kenric, his friend and master of the Enclave, has a daughter, something believed impossible in the vampire world, and word has it she wants her father and his Enclave dead. Guerin is determined to protect Kenric, keeping the secret from him until he knows for sure if this daughter really exists and if she wants revenge.
Eve Devonshire is a woman hiding in plain sight. Not completely human, but not quite a vampire, she’s accepted by neither race but is more powerful than either one. Her life has consisted of half-truths and disguises, never belonging or living in one place for any length of time. But now some have heard rumors of her existence and want nothing more than to trap her and dissect her like a lab rat.
To stay alive, Eve can’t trust anyone, including the alpha vampire with midnight eyes and a thirst for pain and submission. With her enemies nipping at her heels, Eve has Guerin cornered, and both are determined to get the answers they’re looking for or die trying…if they can fight their desires long enough.
- Release Date: 4/21/14 (Entangled Edge)
- Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Almost every author’s bio states they’ve been writing since they learned how to read. It’s what they’ve always wanted to do. Well, my journey wasn’t so straight and narrow. I was a nurse for over twenty years and hold a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology. So as you can see, my career path had originally gone in the opposite direction. I didn’t discover my passion for the craft until after I’d had my son and decided to work part-time.
I’ve always loved to read but had never read a paranormal romance. Then one night at work on break, I began reading Karen Marie Moning’s Spell of the Highlander. I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing, and I immediately fell in love with the genre.
I wanted to write like that. I wanted to create worlds where others could find the same escape and fascination I did when I read my first sensual paranormal romance.
And I hope that’s what I’ve accomplished in my work. Please dive in, hold on tight, and enjoy the adventure. Just be careful in the dark—you might find more than you expected waiting for you there.
Jessica Lee lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and son. She loves writing and can’t wait for that quiet time each day when her son is in school, and she can get lost in another place and world with the fantastical, sexy creatures in her head.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, FF&P, and Carolina Romance Writers.
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