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Please welcome author Tina Kessler to my blog today! She writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise who has kindly agreed to be interviewed today! Read on to discover how she replied to my questions as well as more about her and her book, Holding out for a Hero.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
It started with Eden and Hunted viewbook.at/Eden by Louise Wise (my real name), due to a space-craft malfunction, Jenny an astronaut, is abandoned on planet Eden. Subsequently, she realises she isn’t alone but shares the planet with an alien man. It’s a survival story at its core, but the alien man—whose species is called ‘Jelvia’—proved to be so interesting it spawned book 2 called Hunted.
I left it there, thinking they’d be no more Jelvia stories, but people kept emailing me asking for more. They also asked for it to be ‘spiced up’. It was already little ‘hot’ but they wanted it even hotter! I didn’t want readers to think Louise Wise was an erotic writer (not that I have anything against them), so I came up with T E Kessler as a pen name for the Jelvia story to be continued and hence Holding out for a Hero was born. It’s book 1 in a series called Jelvia: Not Human.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Narcifer is drop-dead gorgeous with charm galore, but he’s totally gullible at what is around the corner. At the moment, he’s all loved-up with his human girlfriend (as she is with him), neither have a clue they are being played.
But, oh, so many characters. I also find Aldarn very interesting to write about. He’s very disturbed and I don’t think it’s going to end well for him.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Macy. She’s switched on but has been through so much. She’s also in love with the best-looking Jelvia in the series and he loves her back unconditionally (well, so far, anyway!). She’s feisty and doesn’t believe the Jelvias are all bad. She’s determined to find good in them.
Was there a character/scene you struggled with?
Not struggle exactly, but I’m disappointed that many people couldn’t relate to Courtney (main character in book 2). In Holding out for a Hero, she’s overly protective of Macy and comes across as a little bullish and bossy. I can only hope I explained her character in book 2 (Surviving her Dominant).
Was there a scene you struggled to write? Or are there particular parts of a book you’re uncomfortable writing i.e. sex scenes.
Sex scenes aren’t ones to make me struggle, although reading them back makes me blush! I enjoy bringing alive a nasty character to see how much I can make my protagonist suffer!
Is there an underlying theme to this book?
It’s a sci-fi at its core, but I like realistic stories and have set the novels in modern England to reflect that, it’s also defined as ‘hot’ and it’s a romance. I suppose, if I put my mind to it, you could say the theme is how humankind bury their heads in the sand. Aliens walk among them and they don’t realise!
Would you have the main character as a best friend?
Oh, yes, as in the case of a Jelvian best friend. Keep your enemies close!
Can you share a one-liner from Holding out for a Hero:
From chapter thirty-eight, when Macy realises she’s been played:
‘Today, I found out the difference between a Jelvia and a human.’
And a short dialogue passage?
From chapter twenty-three. Macy is a journalist and is trying to interview Narcifer, a Jelvia, whom she thinks she’s in love with (and he her). This is Macy talking after Narcifer tried to cut the interview short:
‘We haven’t finished the interview.’
‘I want a down payment before I reveal more.’
Macy’s heart began to thud. She’d already guessed he had an unconventional sexual appetite and felt she was about to find out how far he was going to push her.
‘I’m going to spank you,’ he said. There was no humour on his face. For once, the boyishness was gone. His emotions were deadpan.
Can you share a few lines from your best review of this book?
Here’s a five-star review from Amazon that seems to sum up the theme:
A superior alien race cohabits earth with humans. Although the Jelvias mainly keep to themselves, the humans are terrified of their venomous saliva that can launch through glass shields, killing humans instantly. But when Courtney is attacked by a rapist in a dark alley and a Jelvia saves her life, their violent nature is questioned by her best friend, Macy. An intense thriller that leaves you guessing until the very end.
Title: Holding out for a Hero
Author: T. E Kessler
Genre: Science-fiction romance (mature themes)
Publication Date: 2016
Standalone First Book in the Jelvia: Not Human series
Estimated Page Count – 450
Author Content Warning: Themes of the sexual and violent nature. Over 18 only.
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RJSP169
When she was a child, her mother was murdered and subconsciously ever since, journalist Macy Shaw has been searching for a hero.
She found one, but the hero she found was a Jelvia.
Undeterred, she used her connections to go after the biggest story of her life.
Narcifer saved a woman by merely being a Jelvia—his presence causing terror and making the assailants flee.
And it amused him when his “heroism” created a national stir, so when a pretty little red-head asked to interview him for a story, Narcifer felt compelled to grant it to her, especially when she gave all the signals that she wanted more than a story.
However, on the night Narcifer inadvertently became a hero, he had been tracking a scientist with orders to kill, and strangely no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, his search always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.
About T. E Kessler
Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise.
Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO book 1
SURVIVING HER DOMINANT book 2
SPIDER book 3 will be released late spring, 2020.
Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels to the mature material. Her other works include:
Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references
Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references
A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)
Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)
Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)
Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.
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Thank you to Louise Wise (aka Tina Kessler) for agreeing to be interviewed and giving such a great insight into this book and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of.