Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Give Me - guest post by L.K. Rigel + Giveaway

You know my passion and enthusiasm (=obsession) for fairy tales (if you have missed the Spotlight on Fairy Tales Retold event now is the time to check it, just saying ;-p), so when I heard that the new release of L.K. Rigel the author of Apocalypto, the sci-fi romance series was a fairy tale story I was intrigued and excited. Today I am glad to welcome her to the blog so she can tell us more about this new magical story of hers: Give Me  please give her a warm welcome!


Thank you, Stella, for inviting me to talk about my new book, Give Me, a fairy tale – a story of fairies and witches and non-magical humans dealing with lust, possession, self-sacrifice, and love.

Lilith Evergreen lives in the California desert, an ordinary woman with an ordinary job as an insurance claims adjuster. Her fiancé returns from a London business trip with a ring he bought from a street vendor, and when Lilith puts it on she dreams of a tree at cliff’s edge, a ruined castle, and a prince in a green land that’s far from desert.

Lilith learns that the place is real and visits the village in the west of England. As her train crosses into Dumnos County (based on Cornwall) she feels as if she’s come home. And when she meets Cade Bausiney, her strange tour guide, the attraction between them is instant, overwhelming, and undeniable – though he’s nothing like the handsome prince who’s becoming more real with each dream.

Neither Lilith nor Cade trusts their shocking desire – and with good reason. It’s possible they’ve been possessed by the ghosts of a princess and prince struck down a millennium ago by a magic spell. The poor spirits have waited a thousand years to consummate their love!

Give Me began its life as an erotic short story. I wanted to take a little break from the Apocalypto series and write something fluffy, a short little bit of sexy fun. I planned to publish it under a pen name and then get back to the more complex world of Copperhead, the fourth book in the science fiction/fantasy series.

But Give Me became more as it became more. I had to know: Ghosts try to possess the hero and heroine and use them to make love – but where did the ghosts come from? What was going on in 10th century Dumnos when the disaster occurred? Can Lilith and Cade, our present-day heroes, break the curse without having to feed their own bodies to the hungry ghosts?

The story is full of lust and obsession and desire, but I can’t call it erotica now. It contains far more story than sex. And rather than a short story, it’s now a long novella that spans two time periods, the present and something close to 10th century England. It’s about 32,000 words or around 128 pages if in print. Maybe I should have made it a novel, because I’ve already gotten requests for a sequel, which is great.

I’ve also been asked about the title: Give Me. Yes, another one of my weird titles! All through the story, the words “give me” offer a clue to the character of the person who says them. For instance, a woman in love with Prince Galen says to her mother, who is a powerful witch, “You could give me Galen, mother.” Her give me is selfish. With Cade, the present-day hero, it’s entirely different. The first thing he says to Lilith is, “Give me your hand.” He wants to help her down from the train. When Idris, the fae king, says “give me your hand,” his intentions are not at all benign. Eventually, the solution to Lilith’s and Cade’s problem of possession comes down to what they are and are not willing to give.

I hope readers will love this world of fairies and witches as much as I do because I do have a sequel brewing in my brain that I’d love to write!


Give Me, a fairy tale by L.K. Rigel

An adult fairy tale about magic gone wrong.

A young witch tries to save two lovers in mortal danger, but her spell ends in disaster ...

While touring a ruined castle in the west of England, Lilith Evergreen feels a sudden and overwhelming attraction to guide Cade Bausiney. Cade is instantly drawn to Lilith as well, but can he trust his feelings? Their desire might only be sparked by dark and dangerous magic.

Lilith and Cade must break the spell or be forever possessed by spirits who've waited a millennium to consummate their love.

Give Me, a fairy tale is available for Kindle, Nook, at Smashwords and iBooks.


LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story "Slurp" will appear in Anne Frasier's 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.

You can find LK at her website: http://www.lkrigel.com/


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Linda generously offers one ebook copy of Give Me to a lucky commenter of Ex Libris.


All you have to do is:

1) Answer Linda's question: If you were a bad fairy at the wedding feast, what "gift" would you bestow on the bride and groom?

2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 12 October 2011!

Good luck!

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