Book Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Int): author Ellis Carrington on paradise, mythical gods, and Forbidden Love
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What do you think of when you think of angels? Wings and white light? What about demons?
How about this one: What’s your definition of paradise?
I started Forbidden Love the day I rifled through old pictures of my vacation to Puerto Morelos, Mexico. That place is absolutely my idea of paradise. It’s a lovely little village with not a whole lot to do except read and swim and hang out on the beach. Gorgeous Mayan ruins down the road.
Oh, and did I mention the used bookstore? Awesome bookstore.
See, I love a story with angels and demons. Maybe a fallen angel or a tortured angel. An angry angel? Truth? I like my heroes with baggage. Going back to my original questions, I also love to take fun and familiar tropes and see what I can do to make them different.
So I took these gorgeous pictures of paradise, these Mayan ruins steeped in so much history, and started thinking of “what ifs.” I got a picture in my head of this gorgeous man, all sun-kissed and sculpted, and he had a very dark but protective vibe. He was no angel… Except… He was an angel. Tortured though, and flawed, forced into this position of helping mortals on earth who were even more flawed. He seemed lonely, having lived this isolating existence for so long.
This image of him formed so vividly in my head that it wouldn’t let go.
Mayan mythology has more demons and gods than you can shake your proverbial stick at. And once upon a time, suicide had a prominent place in many cultures. So Pakal, my immortal spirit guide (I decided calling him an angel didn’t totally fit since he didn’t have wings the way we tend to assume an angel would have), told me this was how he’d died. His love interest? A broken young man named Jake who’d come to Puerto Morelos in so much pain maybe even paradise couldn’t heal him.
But Pakal’s job was to try. Pakal’s job was not to fall for Jacob. And therein lay their problem, yeah? The gods had made that one single thing a big, fat, no-no that would suck Pakal out of paradise and land him in the underworld.
Even now I can look at pictures of those ruins and think about the idea that just below them there’s this seething nightmare of scheming demon gods.
Gives me the shivers.
What I love most about this story, is that it starts out looking like Pakal needs to save Jacob. What they really need is to trust each other. When Pakal falls to the mercy of these vindictive underworld demons who treat him the way a cat treats a shiny toy, in the end Jacob has to find the strength to stand up for them both.
More about Forbidden Love
Jacob Freehan has no job, no man, and no motivation. In pain both from ending a long-term abusive relationship and a severe back injury, he escapes to the sunny seaside town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico for a little yoga, a little R&R, and possibly a place to quietly end his own life.
Pakal is a centuries-old immortal Mayan spirit guide who has been charged with getting Jacob on the path toward healing. Romantic involvement with a spirit charge is strictly forbidden, and it has never been a problem…until now. Pakal sees something special in Jacob, but failure to keep a rapidly growing attraction at bay could result in Jacob losing his life and Pakal being condemned to the Underworld forever…
(2nd edition. Previously released in 2011 as Amor Prohibido by Amber Quill Press)
About the author
Romance requires a hopeful ending and that is why Ellis Carrington is driven to write it. She loves to create original stories that are gritty, witty, and a little unexpected, just like the heroes who inhabit them. Her guys come in both human and non-human form because spirit guides and vampires deserve love too. Her favorite things are great friends, great music, and books that make her laugh and cry like there’s no tomorrow.
Ellis is giving away 2 prizes to commenters on today’s post! Each winner will be able to choose one prize from this list… E-copy of Forbidden Love by Ellis Carrington (m/m, Paranormal Romance), E-Copy of Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington (m/m, Contemporary Romance), Critique of the first chapter of your WIP (for authors and aspiring authors)!
To enter to win, leave a comment or question for Ellis on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Do you think there may be unknown gods lurking in old temples like the one pictured above? Good luck!