Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Number of pages: 87 novella
Word Count: 24,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Phoebe lives trapped between two worlds. Born an Amazon warrior, she’s sworn to serve the Greek pantheon. It’s her work as a scholar in the human world that gives her life passion and purpose and eases her heart—which shattered when the pantheon forced her to abandon her human lover.
Alexander Xenos is world renowned classics expert, who has dedicated his life to the study of ancient cultures and promoting peace. His fame and global adventures hide a hole in his heart, ripped out by a beautiful, gentle scholar, who shut him out cold after the most intense love affair he’d ever had.
Thirty years later, Sander meets his long lost love, only to learn she’s an Amazon, the mythical gods are real, and they are about to go to war. And Phoebe, who still sets his blood to boil, is in the thick of it. He’ll have to prevent a conflict between the Greek and Norse pantheons or lose her again—this time permanently.
Welcome to All I Want and More. We’re glad to have you here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Sabrina Garie and I’ve been writing for about 3 years. I am published with Ellora’s Cave, and have written mostly paranormal romances but have slipped in a contemporary here and there. I’m a single mother, an animal lover (a dog and a cat), have a day job I like in urban development, and an avid reader, which tends to be an occupational hazard for writers.
I am so pleased to be here today to share a little bit about my latest release, Life Reignited. Its Book 2 of the Divine Temptation series, which details the romances of three Amazon warriors who serve the Greek pantheon. The gods in modern times are not doing too well, which provides the overall backdrop for the book. Divine Temptation includes Thirteen Nights, A Flicker of Power (1.5 available free), Life Reignited, and coming next year, Hope Restored.
In this book, who was your favorite character to write and why?
The hero, Alexander, called Sander. He has a passion for 1950s and 1960s TV shows which fuel his geeky sense of humor. I had a blast finding quotes from old television shows he could use. The key was to find appropriate snippets that could be integrated easily into the dialogue.
What 3 words would you use to describe your main characters?
Sander: British, sexy, smart-as-sin
Phoebe: Stoic, sad, determined.
Can you tell us a little bit about this book? Maybe a little snippet?
It’s always fun to share a snippet. And since I’ve talked about Sander’s sense of humor, I’ll share a snippet where I got to use a couple. A prize to anyone who correctly identifies the two quotes and what show they come from. One is easy, the other much order.
“Everything hurts,” Phoebe complained as she pulled her boots off and dropped them by the front door of Sander’s—no—their hotel room.
“My poor Phoebe. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But still basically human.”
“Darn. Darn. Darn. Darn.” She beamed at him. “I wouldn’t have it any other way for all the power left on Olympus.”
“Then let me show you how us maturing humans deal with muscle pain. Strip.”
“Professor Xenos. You take liberties.”
A low chuckle started in his throat and ended in his eyes.
If her mind had its way she’d unpeel each layer of clothing in a slow, seductive dance that got him hard, his pulse racing and his pupils black with desire. Her body rebelled. Cold, tired, worn through. She tugged her clothes off and fell onto the bed, headfirst.
“Just the way I want you. Stay on your stomach.”
No problem. She wasn’t moving anytime soon.
How do you go about picking character names? Do you have to get them just right and make sure they fit with the characters personality?
I use a combination of tactics. Sometimes, names just comes to me and they fit. Other times, I research names select one based on the underlying meaning or the history of a particular character. For example, in Thirteen Nights, Divine Temptation 1, I researched Amazon names and chose Antiope (Annie) for the main character because it was the name of the only Amazon warrior ever reputed to have married. That seemed like the perfect name for a book on an Amazon warrior that wanted a family.
We’re cover hussies. What was your first impression of this cover?
Hot. The cover model is gorgeous. And the library as backdrop is spot on. Sander is an adventuring scholar. When’s not in the field, he’s in a library. He uses ancient knowledge as a weapon that ultimately allows him to defeat the pantheon gods. Since Phoebe is also a scholar, don’t be surprised if that ancient knowledge shows up in their romantic banter.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing for me is a way inside—a means of creating, which I think we all need to do in some way. Writing is a dynamic way to explore the world and my place in it. Stories generally help us understand our own minds and our own worlds. As a writer, creating them allows me to explore those elements from yet another angle.
What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
At the heart of all my books is the search for acceptance, of finding ways to being true to yourself, even if you don’t fit in or are different somehow. I hope readers take that away and I really hope that just have fun with them. I have fun writing my books. I want readers to enjoy that process as much as I did.
If you had a technology free day, what would you do?
Read a book. Write in a journal. Take a walk. Play with the dog.
What are you currently working on?
Hope Restored which is Divine Temptation 3. The heroine is Marta, has a role in books 1 and 2.
Sexiest feature on a man? Legs
Boxers, Briefs or Commando? Commando
What is on your night stand/dresser? Kindle and paperback
Hairy chests or smooth? Hairy
Cowboy or businessman? Both
Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos
Secret talent? I don’t think I have any
What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream by the pint
Celebrity crush? Hugh Jackman
Night owl or early bird? Early bird
Twitter or Facebook? Depends on my mood.
Pinterest or Instagram? Neither.
ebooks or paperbacks? Both. Depends on the type of book.
Is there anything else you like to add?
I hope you enjoy the book.
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Sander wished Phoebe didn’t feel so enticing. Her unique orchid scent wove its way through his bloodstream, mucking up his focus. He couldn’t square the gentle, quick-witted, brilliant scholar he loved as Cassie with the sad-eyed, battle-scarred Amazon warrior called Phoebe fitted against him. His body remembered her. No other woman ever came close to her creativity, capabilities and stamina in bed. She taught him what it was like to fully lose himself in a woman, and he’d never been able to replicate it. He finally understood why—it was never a fair fight. A human woman could not match a physically enhanced being. He’d always thought she was the love of his life, but did he even know her? Nothing made sense, except the hard-on straining against his zipper. Her physical impact hadn’t dimmed. At all.
When Phoebe stabilized, she led them back to her room at Neutral Ground. She appeared perfectly fine after a fight that would have killed most humans. At her door, she pressed her thumbprint on a small indent above the handle, then pushed it open.
“How did you open the door?” He peered inside. “And what did you do to merit this suite?” Molded ceiling, velvet coverings, red and gold Persian carpets and antique furniture that reminded him of a bedroom he’d find in Buckingham Palace. He was sure the paintings—Botticelli’s Birth of Aphrodite, Rubens’ Judgment of Paris among others—were the artists’ originals. Phoebe was right. This would be an intellectual candy land if his emotions weren’t tied up into knots.
A distraught laugh whispered out of her. “I ticked off the Elders and a portion of the Greek pantheon resistant to change. Neutral Ground is one of six safe havens worldwide sanctioned by the Council of Pantheons. Anyone who threatens me here is subject to death. Outside, well you saw for yourself. The DNA lock is an added protection, just in case. Thank you for coming to my rescue, by the way. My fighting skills are not what they used to be.” Her cheeks burned red. Was she embarrassed?
“You’re welcome.” In the corner an inlaid mahogany desk piled high with ancient scrolls drew his attention. “Are those what I think they are?” Her eyes followed his gaze and her eyebrows rose in what looked like an aha moment, then an indulgent and very real smile lit up her face. It was the first time tonight he’d seen the vivacity that lived in his memories, and he’d sneaked glimpses of her all evening.
“Yes, they are. Ancient scrolls documenting the history, culture and science of the Greek pantheon. I even have an original of The Republic by Plato, and Sappho’s poetry. You’re welcome to take a look.”
As a classics scholar, he read ancient Greek, Latin, Scandinavian, Teutonic and Celtic languages. This was a treasure trove he couldn’t resist. “Aren’t you afraid of ruining them?”
“They’re protected by pantheon magic. They can’t be destroyed.” She hooked her arm through his and guided him to the corner. After scrutinizing the pile, she picked up a scroll and handed it to him. Her fingers lingered on his hand longer than necessary. Sparks ignited under the touch. This was the woman he remembered—glowing eyes, an impish grin, with ancient knowledge flowing around her as if it were part of her aura. If there were more lines radiating from her eyes and lips, they softened her, made her more the Cassie he had adored, less the unknown Phoebe.
He took the scroll in one hand and pulled his reading glasses out of his jacket pocket with the other. He got the spectacles a year ago and wasn’t used to wearing them but his eagerness for the scrolls overcame any hesitation.
“They suit you,” Phoebe said.
He nodded, too absorbed by the parchment now open on the table. “You remembered The Odyssey was my favorite. This is truly Homer’s original copy?” A shiver ran down his spine. It wasn’t every day a man meets his personal deity.
“Yes, it is.” She moved closer, her hair brushing his ear as she leaned over to look at the text with him. Phoebe’s floral scent, the heat of her body skated along his skin, threw his concentration off, something that never happened. If his mind questioned the emotions he thought he once felt for this woman, his body didn’t. Given his age, he thought he could move past physical needs.
His cock stiffened like that of a hormone-driven teenager in heat. By the way Phoebe squirmed, he’d guess she felt it too. Like in London, when they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
“Take a look at this passage in its original. You can see why it’s commonly misinterpreted.” Phoebe’s arm brushed his, sending electric charges exploding beneath his skin.
“The article you published on this created controversy. I was impressed with the argumentation. Now more so. This passage makes interpretation harder, not easier.”
“You’ve followed my work?” Her face beamed with happiness and a soft pride. “I’m glad. I’ve read everything you’ve published, and follow your blog, Found Worlds. You’re making history and culture popular.”
Her praise shot jolts of warmth into his chest. That smile and her soft breasts brushing his arm unlocked the door to his memories. Unbidden, images of naked, sweat-drenched bodies tumbled out. Yes, he’d followed her work, justifying the way he gobbled up her writing as respect of one professional for another. With her next to him, touching him, he had to admit now it wasn’t true. Through her words, he stayed connected to her. And she, him.
Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive.
When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her star-spangled, fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat and reads, a lot. As a child, she wanted to be an astronaut, just to see what’s out there. Now, she just makes it up.
2 e-copies of Life Reignited (Book 2, Divine Temptation)
2 e-copies of Thirteen Nights (Book 1, Divine Temptation)
3 decks of Ellora’s Cave Playing Cards