Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! Abbie Carlisle is my guest this week, and she's here to talk about Elijah's Vow, the first book in The Order of the Mist series, and share some insight into her writing process. She's also giving away a copy of Elijah's Vow, so be sure to check out how to enter at the end of the post!
Elijah, The Order’s leader, has never known true love. Tormented by his past, he has lived only to protect his race, but when he meets Jasmine his heart is captivated by her beauty and he becomes obsessed with his possession and desire for her.
As a war begins between The Order and the Phoenix League, he must face an enemy that is intent on destroying everything that matters to him, but can he protect the one thing that has become his destiny?
The echoing sound of the shot made Jasmine jump and she screamed out in terror as the glass from the window shattered and flew into the cabin. She fell against the table as pain seared through her shoulder and cried out Elijah’s name as she hit the floor. The excruciating agony that travelled across her shoulders had her gasping. She tried to focus past the waves of intense pain shooting through her. She could feel herself becoming ice cold as Elijah kicked the table away from her. Blood soaked through the jumper and she held her hand tight on her shoulder, pain throbbing from the impact of her fall. Elijah stared at her in horror. His face was red with fury as he dropped to his knees and gently lifted her into his arms. She was deathly pale as tears streaked down her cheeks.
“I have to see how badly you’re hurt, sweetheart,” Elijah spoke as he pulled the jumper to the side to take a closer look at her shoulder.
Jasmine cried out at as the jumper pulled at the wound.
“Luca,” Elijah shouted, so loud it made Jasmine jump from the drowsiness that was beginning to cloud her mind.
Luca almost took the door off its hinges as he stormed through and into the living area. He stopped dead in his tracks as he stared at the horrific sight before him.
“I need you to help her. Take the pain away and help with the wound. She’s been shot,” Elijah said as Luca ran behind the couch to reach Jasmine.
“I will need to touch her. You okay with that?” Luca asked.
“Do whatever is necessary to take the pain away and help her,” Elijah said, thanking the stars for Luca’s gift.
Luca gently laid his hands on Jasmine’s clammy, shaking body.
Her sobs tore at Elijah as panic slashed through him.
As Luca’s warm hands began to glow gently, Jasmine felt a gentle calm float through her as she felt the pain begin to dissipate and her body gradually begin to relax. She closed her eyes as she savoured the relief until she could no longer feel anything and her mind blacked out.
“What the hell happened, Luca?” Elijah held Jasmine close as Luca continued to heal the wound.
The shot had gone straight through her right shoulder but had luckily not hit any bones. The wound slowly closed as Luca moved his hands over each side of the wound.
“There was a shooter out in the woods. He had a rifle and fired off a shot before I could get to him. I’m so sorry, Elijah,” Luca replied.
“She knew he was there. She felt him,” Elijah stated as he stared at the paleness of her skin. She was so small and fragile and the thought that she may have been killed made his heart cry out.
“Did you kill him?” Elijah asked as Luca moved his hands away, the shimmering glow dissipating.
“I hit him pretty hard but I’m not sure that he’s dead. Bloody hope so, the fucking bastard deserves to be.”
“We need to get the males here now. If more of them arrive then we need to make sure they don’t get a second chance. She’s everything to me and I will not live without her!” Elijah could not imagine a world in which she didn’t exist. He loved her with all his heart.
“I understand. I’ve called Jonah and they are on their way. I need to fix the window, though. She’s cold and that gaping hole will only make her worse. Keep her warm and I’ll go get the duvet from the bedroom and you can wrap her in that.” Luca ran up the stairs two at a time, grabbed the duvet from the bedroom, and returned, handing it to Elijah.
“We have to find out who they are. It’s the only way to keep her safe. Once we know who we’re dealing with then we will go out, find them, and destroy them,” Elijah said. He was struggling, trying to control the anger that was growing out of control as he stared at her long eyelashes that framed her beautiful closed eyes.
Elijah lifted Jasmine and gently laid her on the couch. The blood from her wound soaked his hands as he pulled the duvet over her and placed a cushion under her head. “Go out and make sure that bastard is dead. Then try and find some wood to fix the window. I’ll stay here and make sure she’s warm. Thank you, Luca, for saving her.” He was utterly in debt to the male.
“She’s your female and we would all protect her with our lives. She is part of our world now and one of us,” Luca replied. There had never been a female at the compound and he had liked her from the moment he’d met her. He’d been glad that he’d been able to help her as he smiled at Elijah. He was a lucky man. He turned and walked out of the cabin, closing the door behind him. Maybe one day he would have a female of his own to love and care for. The thought made him smile as he ran into the cold dark forest.
Me: What inspired you to write your first book?
Abbie: After being introduced to Paranormal Erotic Romance by my twin sister, I was hooked on stories of passion and possession. I read books from a range of Authors who inspired me to put my ideas in print. With great support from my family, I was able to fulfil my passion to write my current novel ‘Elijah’s Vow’.
Me: Do you see writing as a career?
Abbie: As I work full time and have a family, I write in any spare time I have. I would love to be able to spend all my time writing and hope in the future to be able to commit to writing full time.
Me: This book is the first in a series Do you prefer to write single title or series? Why?
Abbie: I prefer to write series stories. As I read books from other Authors, I find that I want to know more about the other characters in their books. Writing series allows for you to build a world of exciting characters that can have their own subsequent books, each telling their story and the adversity they face to find and protect the ones they love.
Me: Give us some insight into your main character. What makes him special?
Abbie: The main character in my book is Elijah. He is the leader of The Order and is strong and powerful. He puts his duty to protect other before his own needs and shows respect and honour in all his decisions. As he meets his mate, he learns to love, trust and accept the pain of his past to allow him to have a future. He is brave and is prepared to lay his life down to protect the ones he loves.
Me: How did you come up with the title?
Abbie: I’ve planned to make each book in the series delve into the lives of each male member of The Order. Elijah is the first main character in the series and promises to love and protect his mate. He also vows to The Order to lead them with honour as their King. The title represented the strength and commitment Elijah has to his race.
Me: What’s your favorite sub-genre (contemporary, sci-fi, etc.) to write? To read?
Abbie: I love to read paranormal romance. Authors such as Laurenn Dohner and Lora Leigh are able to create exciting characters you can relate to. Their books inspired me to want to create a fictional world full of romance and conflict for others to enjoy.
Me: I usually get plot ideas in the shower and while driving. When/where does inspiration strike you?
Abbie: I can be sitting watching television or lying in bed when ideas suddenly burst into my mind. I always keep a notebook by my bed so I can write them down. Most of my inspiration comes when I talk to my family about settings and plots for my planned books. It’s a surreal feeling when you talk to them about one direction of a character and then you find that you have changed where their story is heading into a completely different direction. Their ideas can be invaluable and inspiring.
Me: What new stories are you working on?
Abbie: The current book I am working on is ‘Jonah’s Salvation’. He is a Lord of the Mist and is Elijah’s second in command. His story is full of emotional conflict and Jonah must learn to open his heart to allow himself to love. When faced with a choice to give the one he loves what she most desires, he has to decide whether to put her life in danger to give her what she wants. The choices he makes could destroy his world.
Abbie Carlisle lives in Kent, England with her wonderfully understanding husband and 3 children. She spends every spare hour either with her family or, with the immense support from her twin sister, her other passion ‘writing’. For years she had dreamed of writing her own paranormal novel and then her first novel was born. Come visit ‘The Order of the Mist’ at abbiecarlisle.com
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