One of the biggest decisions I make when beginning a new book is setting. A lot of times characters will pop into my head half-formed. I’ll know a physical trait or two, maybe their name, but not much else. What do they wear? When do they live? What type of city, village, town, are they in? All of these questions are vital to the flow of a good story, but often elude me when I’m gripped by the plot or one very stubborn character.
When I decided to write a gargoyle story I had no idea it was going to be fantasy. I love to ready fantasy and have written a couple of other books (unpublished) that can qualify as fantasy books. However, I hadn’t considered setting one of my romances in a completely fantasy world yet. My previous paranormal romances are in urban settings, one contemporary and one post-apocalyptic. So when my Gargoyle Masters opened their mouths and began speaking I knew they needed a setting to match their speech patterns.
Writing in a fantasy world provides a lot of creative freedom. I’m able to create my own map of the world, my own languages and modes of transportation, my own forms of clothing and customs. I absolutely love it. Though there is a fine line of creative freedom and downright ridiculousness, I’ve tried very hard not to cross into something that would completely change the feel of my story. My gargoyles are large, sexy, protective males, whose sole purpose had been to protect the human kingdom in which they were created. The introduction of women they can’t seem to live without really throws them for a loop.
Book one in the series, Born of Stone, introduced my gargoyles and matched two of them up to women who needed to find their inner strength. However, book two, Born of Magic, matches two of the brothers up to women who already know how strong they need to be in the world dominated by men. They go toe to toe with the gargoyles with no problem and prove themselves to be more than worthy mates. The two books have a different feel for this reason, just as the gargoyles are each unique in their own ways.
About Born of Stone:
Guarding a kingdom takes mere strength. Guarding their hearts takes something more.
As his month-long guard duty comes to an end, Master Wynnston should be looking forward to well-deserved time away from the king’s castle. Instead, he feels strangely reluctant to leave. When Zephara of the Pastelle race arrives, he realizes why.
The stunning, silver-eyed ambassador is the woman his heart, body, and soul have been waiting for. She’s also a powerful wizard who will endure the test of the Twenty. Wynn has never been afraid to woo a strong woman, but winning and keeping Zephara’s love will test him to the limit.
Meanwhile, pure chance has finally led Master Kephas to find the runaway Princess Theodora. But before he can return the frightened, skittish beauty to her father, he must win her trust—and her heart.
Physical strength will do Wynn and Kephas no good as they face their challenges. And two women will search deep within themselves for the strength, courage—and tenderness—to bring two powerful men to their knees.
Warning: If you’re looking for ugly stone creatures, move along—you won’t find them here. If you like hot, protective, males who aren’t intimidated by strong, assertive females, settle in and turn the page.
Missy Jane is the alter ego of a married mother of four who was born and raised in Texas. She spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making, alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters, sexy Archangels, and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she’s always right.