July 6, 2013

Spotlight on: The Warlord's Concubine by J.E. and M. Keep

The Warlord's Concubine by J.E. and M Keep
Genre:  Paranormal Romance (Explicit Sex) 
Date Published: 6/1/2013

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Synopsis:
Mirella often wonders what her life would’ve been like had she been born a princess, rather than the property of one.

When a dark warlord from the north conquers her princess’ kingdom, however, he has plans for the dainty young future-queen. It makes the question all the more poignant, because now, more is at stake than just her rough treatment, but love and lust as well.

The Warlord’s Concubine is the tale of two women and the dark warlord that dictates their fate.

As an indentured servant and handmaiden to the princess for much of her life, the middle-aged Mirella sees the conquest of the land as an opportunity to elevate herself. Though as she earns the trust of their conquerors, she finds her own nature challenged as well. A life of callous disregard has made her hard, but as she battles the princess’ will for the first time and finds new allies and friends, does she have what it takes to win the love and favour of the brutal warlord? Will love and friendship be her downfall? Or will her station in life yet again be her undoing?

Caution: The Warlord’s Concubine is a dark fantasy novel that contains explicit scenes, and a twisted romance between a handmaiden and a God
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Excerpt:


A great table filled the center of the tent, and upon it was heaped food. A mix of the rich pantry of the palace with the flavours of the harsh tundra, making for the oddest banquet Mirella had ever seen.

But at the heart of it stood a statue, carved from obsidian stone. It was unmistakable though the craftsmanship was not as refined as that of the courtly artists who decorated the millennia old palace. The presence of the mighty man, albeit nude and holding a great scimitar that was lodged into the spine of some defeated foe, inspired all the other women, even the guards, to fear. Mirella could tell they—unlike her—knew much greater terror of the God-King, even in his lifeless representation.

It was curious to her why the man of such taste would be so destructive, but it didn’t matter. She barely glanced to the other women. The evening prior she might have been a handmaiden, but now she was on equal footing with all of them, and it filled her with a strange sense of righteousness. Her eyes worked over the statue as she left the princess to recover on top of some pillows, her gaze one of wonderment and a lingering, heated desire.

His power radiated from the stone and she briefly wondered at what the more skilled artisans could do for him.

She couldn’t recall at how long she might’ve been staring at that statue when she was disturbed, her gaze lost on that harsh stone depiction, entranced by the generous proportions of his muscles and loins. It was, as far as she could tell, true to form, but lacking in the expert subtleties a court artisan would bring to it.

“Most don’t even dare to look at it,” came that otherworldly voice, so richly masculine, irradiating such strength and command in a manner she’d never heard before.

In the torchlight of the tent she could make him out all the clearer. His charcoal skin was smooth and flawless. His face so chiselled and handsome. Hair long and perfectly shiny. Her first guess only seemed all the more right; a god. Though the dark clothes he wore, looking a blend of velvet and leather, mixed with his piercing dark gaze and skin, it didn’t take much guessing to place as what kind of deity he might be.


Mystery

One of the things I’ve always loved about books is mystery. Not the detective with the magnifying glass, but just things that are left unspoken.
Before writing, reading has always been a chance to flex my creative muscles, and to help spin the web of stories that the author has written. A lot of people are like this, filling in the ‘gaps’ with fanfiction or speculation or discussion. It’s exciting, to come up with theories and explanations that the authors left out – intentionally or not.
In our writing, that’s always been one of our guiding stars. We want to make people think, to guess, to come up with their own explanations at times. We really want to encourage people discussing and debating the things that happen in our books, to hang on waiting to see if and when we prove them right or wrong.
There are some stories that leave nothing to the imagination. Every villain has a speech about why they did what they did. Every hero has a clear voice, clear intentions, and they always act in that manner. Every mystery is wrapped up in the final chapter and leaves everyone dusting off their hands with a ‘That’s the end of that chapter!’ look on their face.
Truthfully, I never liked those books as much. They could be really fun reads, but what happens after finishing a book is the most important thing for me. Do I lie awake, wondering what happened? Am I excited to talk to my friends about it? Do I absolutely need them to read it so we can toss around theories?
Though the story follows its plot to conclusion, these are a lot of the things that we’ve heard said about The Warlord’s Concubine, our newest Paranormal Romance book. People have been really intrigued and surprised by the ending, and they want more. More of the characters, more of the world.
It’s a feeling that I’ve always loved, and to be able to make others feel the same is just amazing. To have people really start discussing the finer points of the story, of the background, of the characters and lore is beyond compare. People being passionate about something we wrote, something that we’re passionate about, something that tugged on my heartstrings is just a wonderful feeling of togetherness.
The Warlord’s Concubine follows a middle aged handmaiden that seems weak, and subservient, but her love and devotion leads her to power that men envy and fear. The Warlord is mysterious, but his needs are certain. The two characters find something in each other that even they weren’t expecting.
It develops from a typical Master/slave relationship to something so much greater. Something built on respect and trust.
For my partner and I, it was a joy to be able to give these characters, who weren’t heroes, who sometimes were a bit murky about their intentions, a voice. We are so glad it’s resonating with readers, and we look forward to hearing your discussions!


Author Bio:
J.E. and M. Keep have a passion for all things sci fi/fantasy, and a desire to see what characters do when others fade to black. They set out to explore the most sexual, titillating and sometimes terrifying encounters. The plots are contemporary, fantasy, or science fiction, but they all have one thing in common: they’re hot.
From dark and taboo smut to coming-of-ages lust, from twisted love stories to tragic tales of self-destructive needs, they explore the fact that not all ‘Ever Afters’ are happy, and not everyone’s idea of happy is the same.
Come explore the limits of erotica and discover new desires from the smutty minds of J.E. & M. Keep. They can be found on their website at http://www.darkfantasyerotica.com/.



1 comment:

Thank you so much for your comment! I read each and every one of them, I swear. :)

 
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