Thank you Leah, for having me here on the release day for The Forbidden Chamber. It’s a special day for me, on the release day of my first novel, and I can’t thank you enough for having me here.
It’s Autumn, coming up on Halloween, and I have a wild turkey hanging out in my yard. It’s been here for about a week looking all fall-like in the midst of my orange, gold, and bright red leaves. The kids have enjoyed studying it pecking the ground and seeing how high it flies, which isn’t very high. It mostly walks until it decides to flap its wings in an ungainly manner to sit on our fence. Even though I frequently look at it and think “thanksgiving dinner” and the kids who came by on their nature walks in the park across the street terrified the poor bird with their yells of “Gobble, gobble, gobble,” we’ve been fascinated.
At the core of my fascination is about all things wild and how they live in such proximity to humans and on the outskirts of a large US city. Most of us probably haven’t seen a turkey outside a farm or the local supermarket. How has it survived for so long in this finger-width strip of park in the middle of a concrete jungle? Given my recent fascination with avians, I immediately wondered if a turkey migrates. Does it overwinter here? How long will I have my new neighbor?
Turns out that turkeys are not migratory but will seek large trees for canopy during winter, which explains why it’s now hanging out around the park with it’s pines and maples.
And that brings me to my point. I’m sure you all wondered where I was going. My Samhain release, The Forbidden Chamber, features a family of raven shifters. Though this is of course, complete fabrication, as an author and reader, added realism to my fantasy makes the characters more real. If you have a family of avian shifters, do they have urges to migrate?
Turns out that ravens aren’t migratory either, except the young who may spread their wings and disperse for the winter. The idea that a dark tortured hero would have one more strike against him, that restlessness, was too much to resist. My Hayle family is full of strong, healthy males, who shift to Raven when angered, and fight the urge to leave home every fall until they reach maturity.
Have you ever read a little detail in a book that makes it more real for you?
Do you long to fly south for the winter? I know I do!
The Forbidden Chamber released today and can be purchased at Samhain Publishing.
“Your life is forfeit if you open that door.”
All her life, Lady Isabel Colven has followed the path laid out for her, content to look neither left nor right for excitement. Her future holds a dutiful, passionless marriage to some nice young man, and she’s content…until the exotic and compelling Lord Rukh Hayle threatens her maidenly reserve. Rumor paints him as a wife-murderer; desire tempts her to look past his aura of danger.
Rukh refuses to let his family’s curse kill a third bride, but Isabel awakens the Raven within him, compels him to take her to wife—and to bed—despite the secrets that live under his skin. That lie is locked in the darkest corners of the manor, waiting to be unleashed. Their lusty union arouses the curse, entangling Isabel in an erotic tug of war that can only end in her destruction. There is no escape for either of them. Not from his family’s shadowy history. Not from demons imagined and real. And not from the choice Rukh faces to save his bride from a fate worse than death…Warning: This gothic contains heady kisses that lead to ruin, passionate sex on a desk chair, a mysterious husband who may be a murderer, a cursed family of raven shifters, and an unspeakable evil hidden in the closet.
Ella Drake is a Dark Paranormal and Science Fiction Romance author published with Cobblestone Press, Liquid Silver Books, and Samhain Publishing. To learn more about Ella, visit her on her webpage at www.elladrake.com. Ella can also be found on facebook and twitter.