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Quintette of Questions: Nicole Field

This week’s new romance release interview is with Nicole Field:

Nicole Field

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

This book was previously published under the name Gothic. Titles are always the most difficult thing for me. I try to name books before I actually get through to finishing writing them. The unfortunate problem with that system is that, sometimes, the novel’s title doesn’t fit with the novel anymore.

That was the case with this book. After several drafts to get it to its current form, I threw aside the name Gothic, and chose Changing Loyalties.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Oh goodness. Maybe I’m not particularly creative, as all four of these actors come from the last 10 years, but in my head, the casting of my main characters would be as follows:

Main character Dahlia: Mila Kunis
Love Interest Elliott: Ian Somerhalder
Love interest Bianca: Melissa George
Best friend Renee: Ksenia Solo

3. What five words best describe your story?

Polyamorous, paranormal romance, drama city.

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

I’ve always loved Joscelin and Phedre from Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, but I’m also a huge fan of Mercy and Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomspson novels!

5. What song always makes you cry?

For me, that song is ‘It Can’t Rain All the Time’ by Jane Siberry, and features in the 90s movie, The Crow. Whenever I hear that song, I am filled with imagery of falling rain, darkened streets, and despair so deep that you need the reminder this song offers.

‘It can’t rain all the time
The sky won’t fall forever.’

The movie itself is so atmospheric, and I love it when a song like this one can transport you without you even needing to turn on the DVD player.

About Changing Loyalties

When Dahlia finds the body of her father, a werewolf, brutally murdered and left to die alone, she’s left with more questions and grief than answers. But who or what killed him remains unknown, and it soon becomes clear her father isn’t the killer’s only target.

Adding to the growing pile of mysteries in her life is the new job—for a company that seems to be run by the kind of people who have no qualms about murdering werewolves. Even more frustrating, Dahlia’s new boss, Bianca, is curt and rude—and far more intriguing than seems fair.

About Nicole Field

Nicole writes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity. She lives in Melbourne with her fiancee, two cats, and a bottomless cup of tea. She likes candles, incense and Gilmore Girls.

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Review: The Compact by Charlie Raven

Late last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed A Case of Domestic Pilfering by Rohase Piercy and Charlie Raven. That book had originally been written by Raven then reworked by Rohase.

Raven’s style is clear in her solo effort The Compact,  set in London and England of 1898 – a paranormal queer adventure where real people meet fictional ones and detection meets ghosts.

The action revolves around two extremely close friends, widows Harriet Day, who teaches piano, and artist Alexandra Roberts. The lifelong friends share an undercurrent of romantic attachment, but their lives are about to be turned inside out. First, Alex falls under the unhealthy influence of the wealthy Minerva Atwell, whom she has been commissioned to paint. Then one of Alex’s boarders dies in a horrible accident.

Their lives ares entangled with Roberts’ boarders, including the unpleasant Albert Burroughs, and the childlike and ethereal George Arden. George is fey and vague and sees ghosts. He’s also falsely accused of murder by Burroughs.

Real life figures Aleister Crowley, occultist and magician, and his lover, poet and female impersonator Jerome Pollitt, become involved with George’s situation, as does Dr John Watson, who is recovering from illness while Sherlock Holmes pursues a case in Russia.

It’s a large cast which Raven deftly handles with charm, elegance and excellent pacing. The story has plenty of humour as well as creeping dread, while the story slow-builds towards the discovery of grisly crimes, horrible secrets, Atwell’s disturbing schemes and George’s strange history.

Dr Watson’s efforts to be a detective in his friend’s absence are naturally not as brilliant as Holmes’s, though he does his best in partnership with the brilliant, unpredictable, substance-abusing Aleister Crowley. The comparisons he (and the reader) makes between Holmes and Crowley are inevitable and entertaining.

Watson is only a small player in the tale, however, which focuses on Harriet trying to discover Minerva Atwell’s power and clear George Arden’s name. She and Alex are both strong characters, as is Minerva and all her mystery. Crowley and Pollitt are lively, too, as are all the supporting cast.

The action reaches its climax of mystic threats, ancient Sumerian tablets, the unquiet dead and deadly intent at Minerva Atwell’s creepy spa in the country.

Raven’s prose is lively, her period detail light and evocative, and even the most minor of her cast of characters is distinct and fresh. She’s also made me keen to read more of and by Aleister Crowley!

The Compact is engaging good fun. After enjoying A Case of Domestic Pilfering so much too, I’m hoping I won’t have to wait too long for some more from Charlie Raven.

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