I really wanted to title this post “Talking Dirty with Inez Kelley” Why? Because last year Inez is the one who had me rolling on the floor in laughter with her first guest blog during last year’s Birthday Bash when she discussed “do the lips match the tips.” Yes, “those” tips. So how could I resist asking her back for an unprecedented sixth visit!!! to celebrate her release of Salome at Sunrise from Carina Press? Because we’re both rather blogged out, I tossed some off-the-cuff questions at her the other day. And learned that if magic exists, and I need a spell cast, I’m heading straight to Inez…
Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.
Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth’s breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton’s pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands’ compound, and Salome fears her love won’t be enough to save him…
In Salome at Sunrise, your hero Bryton is a fierce warrior who has suffered the devastating loss of his family and is intent upon seeking revenge when the reader first meets him. But tell us what Bryton would have been like as a child?
Oh lord, he has changed. Well, not so much changed but grown up. As a child, he is described as a mischievous imp who was always into trouble. Throughout SALOME AT SUNRISE, you get glimpses of the child that Bryton was. For example, Taric(the hero from the first book, MYLA BY MOONLIGHT) convinces kid-Bryton he can fly using a bedsheet as batwings. That adventure ended up with Bryton having a broken leg. You see him discover what it truly means to be the King’s Might and his Law and when he was offered the role as bodyguard to the monarchy (at 15!!). His devilry matured into a smart mouth and a wicked adult sense of humor.
What’s your favourite sentence/paragraph that exemplifies the relationship between Bryton and Salome?
I am going to give you two since they have such a unique relationship. They are rivals as well as lovers.
He crossed his arms and shifted his jaw. “My heart is dead. I have no use for pretty words or pretty women unless their legs are spread. Are you offering?”
“Is that what you require? ’Tis an easy enough request.” Salome slid her feet apart, widening her stance on the rocky outcrop.
Her naive compliance with his brash proposition ripped a grunted laugh from him. “Go away, Salome.”
He had not hurt her. He had trusted her. He had shown her his soul, raw and bleeding. He had loved her and begun to heal. She loved him and would forevermore. Their lips did not steal a kiss, did not take one or claim one. They shared one, as two halves of a whole. Words were useless, powerless, nonexistent for the union that formed. Not made of iron or silk, rope or vine, it joined their souls with an awesome force. It came from the strength of a man and the softness of a woman. It had no match. Love bonded them beyond magic.
If you could cast a spell like the queen in Salome at Sunrise can, what spell would you cast?
Oh wow LOL, let me think. Uhm
Ancient magic of song and time, come now in this hour of grime
A gift of laundry, folded straight, every sock to find a mate
Drawers of clothing, pressed and fresh, take away this laundry mess
Hear my cry wept in the night, banish this mountain out of sight
Leah: See, I told you. You need a spell cast, Inez is your go-to-witch, I mean gal! All right, I’ve often seen you declare that you’re the mother of demon-spawn (what else can you call a twin boy who uses glue to achieve the mohawk haircut his mother doesn’t want him to have?) Which makes me wonder where he got it? Were you also a ‘demon spawn’ or were you Princess Perfect?
I was Little Miss Motherhen to a brood of younger sibling chicks. I feel like I have been cooking for a family since age 12 and folding enough laundry for an army platoon. I kept my demonness to the written page back then. My first story was a semi Little Rascals spoof.
Leah: On the couch, the kitchen table, or the backyard?
Leah — You’d want to have a picnic in the shower? I guess that might save some time if you were serving baby back ribs…Oh, geez, I shouldn’t have gone there, I can just imagine the jokes Inez could do with what type of picnic could be had in the shower…Okay, going along that line of thinking ...give me one line that I could respond “that’s what she said” to:
Writing is the toughest job you will ever do in your pajamas.
Leah – I had to think on that one for a minute, but yup, it works! And finally, the obligatory host question: Inez, you’ve got a few irons in the fire with Carina, want to tell us about your other upcoming releases?
Well, Salome at Sunrise is a completely stand-alone book. You don’t HAVE to read Myla by Moonlight to understand it. I am currently writing the final in that trilogy now and hope to have it ready for submission soon.
In June, Carina Press debuted with the first in an erotic novella series titled DIRTY LAUNDRY. (as you see, I can twist anything into something about writing). Ginny Glass has the first book COIN-OPERATED about a reluctant Dom, a too-willing Sub and what happens when those longings rise to the top.
In July comes a co-authored story she and I wrote called TALK DIRTY TO ME. Professor Jarod Reed hides behind an anonymous name, a cell phone and his voice to soak Biologist Nora MacGregor’s panties. It causes a little problem when he wants more than talk.
August brings my solo offering in COMING CLEAN, a m/m/f ménage that explores when friends become more and secret desires are exposed. Not only is a life-long friendship at stake, but a marriage as well.
The whole summer is going to sizzle. Writing that series was so much fun! The concept is simple: Everyone has dirty little secrets, some are just dirtier than others. When you bring those secrets out in the wash, someone is bound to get put through the wringer.
Thanks Inez, I know how brain-fried I’ve left you, so I appreciate the sacrifice.
All right, here’s my contribution. I’m going to give away an e-copy of any of Inez’s backlist. But you have to tell me what type of spell you’d want cast (no, you don’t have to come up with a a fantastic rhyme, just what you’d want to have changed. Of course if you can come up with a poem, all the better…
(Oh, and this contest will be open until Saturday June 26th at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Winner will be announced at noon. So if you really want to write a spell/poem, you’ve got some time!)