Wednesday, May 18, 2011

THE KISS - new novel debut from our guest Emma Shortt

Today is debut day for yet another of the amazing novels from Evernight Publishing.  The Kiss by the talented author Emma Shortt (author of The Valentine Fae and The Christmas Fae) is now available.

I am delighted to welcome Emma to A Page In The Life today but before we turn it over to hear about the inspiration behind the story, the blurb for The Kiss:

When Eva Diakou is offered a job on the Winterwood estate she expects nothing but four months of back breaking work. Jobless and lonely she has little choice, but to accept, and is resolved to do everything she can to make a go of it.

But things on the Winterwood estate are nothing like Eva was led to believe. Why has she been given one of the plushest rooms? Why is there nothing to do? And why is she so captivated by the strange statues adorning the estate?

Adam Winterwood is paying for a crime that was not his. Trapped for so many years he is waiting for the one person who can keep him alive... or set him free.

When Adam and Eva meet sparks the likes of which neither have ever known fly. Wrapped in one another they are unaware of the sacrifice they will both have to make. A sacrifice that will bring an end to a centuries old curse or an end to one of them.

And it will all be decided by the kiss...

A kiss is just a kiss…

And now....Emma...

But it’s not. It’s so much more than that. A kiss can be a beginning, it can be an end, or it can be the inspiration for any number of artistic works.

Last year one of those works in particular captivated me. Antonio Canova’s statue of Cupid reviving Psyche with, what else, but a kiss.

I spent hours plotting how to steal the statue but unfortunately the Louvre has really, really good security. So I went home and thought instead about how I could capture such an image in a story. Before long it came to me and The Kiss was born.

The Kiss, a supernatural romance, tells the story of love locked in stone and whilst writing this story Canova’s image haunted me. I wrote feverishly to the end where the image blossomed and came alive just as I imagined.

The story is my own little kiss to Canova’s genius. I hope that he would, and you will, enjoy.

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