Monday, September 16, 2013

No Turning Back by Deanna Jewel

Literary Nymphs Interview

Title:  No Turning Back
Author:  Deanna Jewel
Publisher:  Swallowtail Productions LLC
Genre:  historical romance
Release Date: 2010 

LN: Do you write in more than one genre?

Deanna: Yes, I write in three genres:  historical, time travel, and contemporary because I enjoy not being pigeon-holed in only one genre. That way I feel it keeps my characters active and I have many wanting their story told.

LN: What if any, is the hardest part of writing for you?

Deanna:  Keeping my butt in the seat! We run our own business and my time is require to be there also, which means I have to split my time between writing, blogging, and the office.

LN: What inspired the story?

Deanna: I’ve read historical romance since I was a teenager, reading Virginia Henley and Johanna Lindsey. I felt as though their writing pulled me into the story and wanted to be able to do that for my readers. I’d love to get No Turning Back in front of more readers so they can let their friends know the story may have done that for them. I take the reader to London in 1778, let them ride in Hyde Park, take carriages rides and be a part of swords fights aboard ships at sea. I’d also wanted to be able to wear the beautiful gowns worn at the balls and to dance to the orchestras with a handsome duke. No Turning Back has all of that and I hope the readers feel they’re taken to each location in the story.


North Yorkshire, England, 1775

            Michael ‘Nathaniel’ Clairmont, the Fourth Duke of North Yorkshire, crumpled the missive he’d received from his fiancée’s parents as he raked his fingers through his shoulder length hair. Fear tightened his chest as he stepped to the door and called to his squire. “Prepare Caesar, now!”
            Stepping back into the room, he addressed his longtime friend, Anthony Faulkner. “I’m going to see Lady Stockholm’s parents. Clarissa is missing. Are you with me?”
            Faulkner jammed his tricorn hat atop his head. “Bloody right I am!”

            Moments later, after meeting with the Stockholm’s, Michael urged his bay Barb to greater speed along side Anthony’s. An unnatural scattering of branches and leaves strewn about the road ahead caught his attention. He reined Caesar and dismounted for a closer look. Footprints of horses and men marred the dirt and led deeper into the woods where the underbrush lay trampled and broken.
            After tethering Caesar to a branch, he motioned for Faulkner to follow him along the path. A piece of green silk shimmered atop a briar bush, and Michael grabbed up the soft material. It was the color he’d last seen on Clarissa. The fragrance of jasmine assailed his senses. His eyes widened in recognition of the scent...the same one Clarissa wore!
            He gripped the material in his fist. Bile rose in his throat as fear knotted his gut. Though afraid of what he’d find ahead, he pushed forward; low-hanging branches slapped at his face and caught at his shoulder-length hair. He pushed the foliage out of his way and tromped the underbrush in his desperate search.
            When he reached out to block another branch, a silk stocking skimmed his face and he grabbed the stocking for inspection. Michael looked at Faulkner’s worried face, swore under his breath and moved on but a foreboding feeling ate at his senses, almost like being watched.
            He couldn’t miss a gown strewn atop the bushes. The shock that tore throughout his system stopped Michael dead in his tracks, his muscles recoiling in reaction. Meticulously arranged over the waist-high bushes, as if in preparation for wear, lay a dark green silk gown, a vicious tear low in the neckline. His gaze moved slowly over the material. Tightness gripped his chest, feeling as though someone had reached in and squeezed his heart, the pain so intense it burned. He touched Faulkner’s arm, and gritted his teeth. “It’s the gown Clarissa wore at the ball last night,he said in a gut-wrenching rasp. His gaze searched the area until the very thing he wanted to avoid seeing lay before him. His body froze.
            A bare, delicate ankle peeked from beneath the underbrush.
Lunging forward like a wild beast, ravaging the area, throwing branches and uprooting ferns, he uncovered her body...clad only in her white satin chemise, splattered with her own blood.
            His tortured scream echoed throughout the surrounding forest as he fell to his knees beside her battered body. Praying she might hear, he whispered her name. Touching her bruised cheek--he found it still warm. A flicker of hope ignited within his heart as he pressed his fingertips against the slim column of her throat. Moments later, finding no trace of a pulse, that slight flicker of hope extinguished itself. His mind was a whirlwind of thoughts at who could be her killer.

LN: Do you have other books out? 

Deanna:  I released Whispers at Ghost Point in December 2012, which is a sequel to No Turning Back where I’ve reincarnated the characters 200 years later in a contemporary ghost story. The characters meet again, feel they know each other, yet aren’t sure why. The heroine helps renovate an old lighthouse where a ghost is determined to reclaim the heroine…dead or alive! If you love ghost stories, please check out the book at my website.
      I have a blog tour Grand Prize Drawing going on and all readers can enter by clicking HERE where they’ll also find links to other stops where more contest are going on that they can enter, too.

LN: Where can we find your website?

Deanna:  My site links are listed below. Ladies, thank you for having me chat with your readers this week!

Author Biography &Links 

Deanna Jewel lives in the Pacific Northwest and has been writing multi-genre romance since 1991. She is married to a retired captain of the fire department. He’s also owned his own businesses for 23 years. They have two Siamese cats: Zoie and Sinbad, who keep them entertained. Deanna has enjoyed reading historical romance novels for over thirty years, camping with her family, and traveling.
She writes to draw the reader into the story to experience what the characters feel, to show both the hero's and heroine's points of view, and to take the reader away from their every day stress to a place not yet visited.
A trip to Dubois, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone, inspired her time-travel novel. The landscape and town locations described in NEVER SURRENDER are real.  Jon Daley, a professor at Boise State University, translated the Shoshone language that you will find in the book. This novel won an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Quill Awards at
NO TURNING BACK, her historical romance, takes place in England, 1778, was released in April 2010, and is available in print, eBook and iBook for download to your electronic readers.
Her newest novel, WHISPERS AT GHOST POINT released in late December, 2012. Whispers takes place at an abandoned lighthouse in Wilmington, NC and is the sequel to No Turning Back. The characters are reincarnated into the present. Join Dana as she learns about her past while working toward her future. The dangers that lurk at an abandoned lighthouse pull her into a past she was unaware of but also involves a man she's never this lifetime!
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  1. Ladies, thank you for letting me hang out with your readers all week!

    Readers, thank you for stopping by to read about my books. I hope you grab your copy of No Turning Back while it's at $1.99! Be sure to comment and don't miss out on getting into the Grand Prize drawing!

  2. Great interview! I just finished No Turning Back and really enjoyed this book. I read a little of everything but historicals are my favorite. I enjoy a good time travel also.

  3. Nice interview and excerpt. Like any location

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Enjoyed reading the interview. I like all those story settings especially Ireland. My choice is Amazon.

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  7. I like all those settings. Great excerpt. Love your new photo Deanna.
    Sue B

  8. Enjoyed the interview. I like historicals set in England and America mainly. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  9. Ladies, thank you for hosting me here at your site and readers, thank you for stopping by and to those who followed the blog!

    Our winner of the $10 GC is Colleen Maurina!! Watch your email for the e-card!