Zoe Archer Guest Post plus Giveaway
When I saw that for her Guest Post Zoë Archer decided to write about her heroine in Devil’s Kiss, I was really excited because I really liked Zora. I won’t say much else about her. I’ll let Zoë do that…
Posters for the new Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows film have been popping up all over town. Now, I don’t mind looking at Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but this poster really caught my attention.
“Hey!” I wanted to shout. “My book DEVIL’S KISS has a Romani heroine, too!”
Just to set the record straight, I wrote the initial proposal for DEVIL’S KISS in the summer of 2010, long before any photos or sneak peek trailers for Sherlock Holmes ever appeared. So there, Guy Ritchie!
The heroine of DEVIL’S KISS is Zora Grey, a Romani woman who travels around England with her family and other members of her Gypsy band. I’m going to come right out and say that I loved writing Zora. She’s intelligent, strong-willed and not afraid to speak her mind. The research I conducted into the lives of the Rom in England during the 18th and 18th centuries indicated that Romani women were expected to be modest, quiet and obedient. Zora is none of those things, much to the aggravation of her family.
She earns her coin by reading palms, but Zora doesn’t actually believe in fortune telling. Her real skill is reading people. Everyone has a wealth of information about themselves just in their appearance, as well as through subtle, unconscious ways we behave and conduct ourselves. Zora is an expert at deciphering this code, and, with a few vague/specific phrases, she can convince anyone that she has true otherworldly ability.
Zora doesn’t think too highly of gorgios (non-Romani people). They don’t treat her or the Rom with respect, and she is happy to manipulate them in order to make a living.
However, when James Sherbourne, the Earl of Whitney, rides into her camp one night with his four Hellraiser friends, Zora learns that not all gorgios are the same. There’s an instant attraction between her and Whit, and when she skillfully cheats him at cards, Whit’s fascination with her grows. He’s an inveterate gambler who knows every ploy in the book. Yet somehow Zora is able to trick him. More than that, Zora’s dark, insightful gaze sees to see all the way into this jaded nobleman’s soul. Something deep and powerful seems to connect Whit and Zora.
It’s an unlikely pairing, but when Whit and his friends wind up freeing the Devil from his prison and literally raising Hell, the only person who takes a stand and fights for Whit’s soul is Zora. And boy, howdy, does she fight.
So when I’m driving around town and see these posters for Sherlock Holmes, I have to smile. There’s just something so very kick-ass in a Gypsy heroine.
There really is something kick-ass in a Gypsy heroine. And Zora is really cool.
Zoë is offering a SIGNED copy of Devil’s Kiss! All you have to do is leave a comment below by Sunday December 18th 2011 11:59EST. This giveaway is open Canada / U.S. If you are an international reader and would like to win a copy of Devil’s Kiss, Zoë will email the winner an Ebook copy! Please specify which format you are entering for: print or eBook.
Good Luck to all who enter and thank you SO much to Zoë Archer for the fun Guest Post and for the amazing giveaway!
Now to entice you to enter, here is a little bit about Devil’s Kiss:
A handsome devil
1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.
Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands—watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind…
Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him…
You can read an excerpt here.
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