Book Spotlight~ Torie James' Point of No Return
Welcome author Torie James today as we talk about her new release, a short story just in time for Halloween called Point of No Return.
Can you please tell us about your latest/upcoming book(s)? Point of No Return is a short story (we call them Flirts, way cuter!) and a prequel of sorts, combined. I'd done a flash fiction story last year for an author friend's blog that told the strange story of one Avan Noxturna who had one hell of a Halloween. This picks up, four years later, with subtle references to her past and a whole new slew of problems for this Daddy's Girl. Did I happen to mention that "Daddy" is the Devil?
How did you come with the idea for this story? I'd been watching The Devil's Advocate with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, then as luck would have it, Bedazzled with Elizabeth Hurley and Brendan Fraser was on directly after. I fell asleep thinking about both movies and dreamed a little dream where Robert Downey Jr was Lucifer, Robert Englund was God (although his real name was Noname (No Name) and they decided to retire and leave their children in charge. Two days later, I had a loose outline about a young woman named Avan, who was going to prove that if you wanted a job done, get a man. If you wanted it done right, get a woman.
Who is your ultimate "book boy/girlfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over. Lestat de Lioncourt. Hands down. I remember when I first read Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. It wasn't instant love for Lestat, I thought him pretty much the villain during Interview with the Vampire, felt grudging remorse for him in The Vampire Lestat but it wasn't until Queen of the Damned that I realized I'd fallen hard for the Brat Prince, the James Bond of vampires! I'd once harboured an insane dream of being Anne Rice's protégé but that didn't pan out due to my lack of ambition. Used to dream big and make no action. *laughs*
Who is your Celebrity crush? And what would you do if you ever meet them? Kyle Schmid. He's been in several shows; Blood Ties, Copper, Lost Girl, Being Human. I've had his imaginary children and we've had amazing imaginary sex. In reality, I'd probably just stammer a lot and tell him something lame like, "I love your hair." Yep, that's me. Torie James…Flirting Queen.
If you could collaborate with another author on a secret project, who would you pick to work with and why? Ohhhh…tough question! Hmm. Let's see George RR Martin. I know it pisses a lot of people off with how he kills off beloved characters but Sir George also has his thumb on the pulse of fantasy fiction. He's brilliant, innovative and absolutely, unabashedly true to his vision and not afraid to go outside the proverbial box. I like and admire that because while he takes public opinion into consideration, he ultimately does it in a way that satisfies and frustrates…and keeps the readers on edge.
Point of No Return
Flirt/Paranormal Short Story
Full of seething, sensual shadows and hidden faces, the annual Masquerade Ball at Lymbo Resort is one event anyone would sell their soul for.
One night a year, impiety and temptation take center court at the invitation only event hosted by the mysterious Avan Noxturna. Decadent darkness, burning lust, and wicked intentions hide behind innocent masks in the most innocuous places.
The fires of hell may blaze hot, but the flames of passion consume common sense when obsessive memories escape to ignite an inferno of intimate bliss that will sear both saint and sinner.
She enjoyed being a highly sexual female who felt no shame in shagging a man for recreational purposes. Guys did it all the time and they were called studs. A woman with the same goal? Slut. Luckily, she didn't much care what anyone thought. She had no desire to settle into a bullshit relationship where she lost her identity. Her mother had schooled her. She was an island and it suited her fine when the occasional ship came into port, docking on a temporary pass. A lustful interlude with a masked stranger on Halloween? Cliché. And tempting. She did have a few extra minutes.
Then he filled her vision and she grew damp under the heated gaze.
One. Quick. Fuck.
Medicinal purposes only.
He opened his mouth to speak and she shook her head. "Shh. Don't talk. You'll ruin it."
"If you really want to read a book that hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" ~Toni Morrison~
Torie James has loved reading since she was old enough to hold a book in her lap. While her friends were out playing, she was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, she made up her own and kept going. This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped her keep her feet on the ground while her head stayed firmly in the clouds. Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, her dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night and Timeless Desire, Books One and Two of the award winning New Camelot Series. Slated for 3 more books in that series, she's also currently working on The Cloie Chronicles, The Tudor Files, Avan Noxturna: Soul Broker and the Fables of Blood and Stone. Two short stories, No Change Policy in Room 8 and Reclaiming the Rabbit Hole can be found in My Bloody Valentine and Wonderland Tales, respectively, through her publisher, Breathless Press.
Torie lives in
Southern California with
her family and a houseful of pets who rule the roost.