Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kiss of the Virgin Queen by Sharon Buchbinder Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Kiss of the Virgin Queen
Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series
Book Two
Sharon Buchbinder

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: October 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5092-0392-5 Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5092-0393-2 Digital

Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 75K

Cover Artist: Rae Monet

Book Description:

Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon is on a mission to prevent terrorist attacks. Hard enough to do when the threats are human, almost impossible when it's an evil, shape shifting jinni. Eliana needs help so she calls the sexy and beguiling psychiatrist, Arta Shahani. However, no matter how good he is at his job, the man is on her blacklist. On their last case together, the guy left her for dead.

Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana’s call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won’t accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta's be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?

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Bonus and Spotlight Material

Short intro: This full length novel is the second in the enthralling new Jinni Hunter series from award-winning author, Sharon Buchbinder. Edgy and suspenseful, this paranormal romance series explores diverse cultures and an array of supernatural beings. Join the Special Agents of the Anomaly Defense Division as they race to save humanity—and the people they love.

Tagline: No matter how far we are in the future, everything connects us to our past.

Two sentence blurb: Forced to work with sexy and secretive Dr. Arta Shahani, Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon isn’t sure she can trust him—or her heart. Will Eliana’s skill and Arta’s be enough to defeat the evil jinni—or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives?

Excerpt: Chapter One

Summertown, West Virginia, U.S.A., Present Day

A picturesque flight over the Appalachian Mountains to Summertown, West Virginia gave Special Agent Eliana Solomon of the Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Anomaly Defense Division time to process the urgent report she’d received by email. Up until this week, the existence of werewolf packs had been concealed from the general population. Now reports of the secretive shape shifters exploded in her inbox. Where had this information been all this time? Had the government monitored them all along? If so, why had her boss, Bert Blackfeather, insisted on her obtaining proof of their existence, along with the jinnis? She’d pry an answer out of that closed mouth man—someday. Right now, she had a more pressing matter at hand.

About the Author:

Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.


Thank you so much for allowing me to guest on your blog. You ask excellent questions! I suspect I have over responded. J

Where are you from?
I was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Connecticut, moved to Chicago Illinois for almost a decade, then moved back the East Coast and currently live in Baltimore. We also spend time in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Tell us your latest news?
This summer, I kicked off a new multicultural Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series. Book 1, Kiss of the Silver Wolf released in August, and Book 2, Kiss of the Virgin Queen released in October. The jinni hunters work for Homeland Security in the Anomaly Defense Division of the Science and Technology Directorate. Their mission is to protect the Homeland. In the wrong hands, a jinni could become a weapon of mass destruction. If a terrorist ever found a way to conjure and command a jinni, the world would be on its knees. All the jinni hunters report to Bert Blackfeather, who has a few secrets up his sleeves, too.

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been telling stories since I was a child—and got in trouble for “making things up.” Once I learned how to write, I put my stories on paper. That kept me out of trouble.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first short story. Despite the fact that I had a PhD and written a dissertation and numerous journal articles and even a textbook, after the fiction publication I said, “I guess I really am a writer!”

What inspired you to write your first book?
When I turned 52, I had achieved my academic career goal of tenure and promotion to full professor, the brass ring, if you will. I realized at that point that I had set aside my fiction writing dreams long enough. I went to our home in Punta Gorda, Florida and began to write a mystery about a child stolen in the 1940’s. I had already completed a lot of research on the topic. The era was pretty rife with unwed mothers who were told they had still births, when in reality, their child was handed off to a couple waiting in the hallway. These “rapid adoptions” stories led me down a rabbit hole of research. Because of my own childhood, I am intrigued by the concepts of family and identity. This fascination ultimately led to the publication of Some Other Child, many years after I wrote it and re-wrote it at least ten times.

Do you have a specific writing style?
A few people have likened my work to that of the thriller writer, James Rollins, because like him, I enjoy blending science and history in my stories, especially in my new series. However, I also write pretty steamy sex scenes, too. My first published romance was an erotic noir thriller, Desire and Deception, which was nominated for an RT Best Erotic Novel Award in 2011. So, if I had to describe my writing in three words, I’d say: sexy, romantic, thrillers.

How did you come up with the title?
The title, Kiss of the Virgin Queen, comes from one of the four major religions that are fascinated with the King Solomon, Queen of Sheba epic romance. In the Kebra Negast, the Ethiopian sacred text, Queen Makeda was supposed to remain a virgin, never to marry nor have children. Her role was to rule her kingdom. Elizabeth I of England was also called the Virgin Queen. The idea of the Virgin Queen exists throughout history, and is discussed in depth by British historian and novelist, Antonia Fraser. If you are interested in this topic, I highly recommend her brilliant books, The Warrior Queens and The Weaker Vessel.   

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, my tagline is “No matter how far we are in the future, everything connects us to our past.” We must understand our history and the history of other people to know what motivates us. We need only look at the news to see what old injuries and hurts continue to damage relationships and nations today. When I research different cultures and histories, I try to see what we have in common and focus on that, rather than on what divides us.

How much of the book is realistic?
The story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba comes from four different religious traditions. Much archaeological research has been conducted and is being conducted to find “hard” evidence of this great king and queen. It is difficult for me to believe that four major religions could be basing this story on pure mythology. In writing about these religious traditions, I invited feedback from people of multiple faiths to ensure I handled the material with accuracy and sensitivity.

With respect to the contemporary portion of the book, Homeland Security and the Science and Technology Directorate are real. I added a new division, the Anomaly Defense Division. However, based on the latest news that the CIA used remote viewer and researched ESP, for all I know there really could be such a division! The medical impact of radiation exposure and all the hospital evacuation procedures are based in reality. As a healthcare manager and RN, I took great care with the scientific portions of the story. I was most fortunate to have over twenty subject matter experts, including a health physicist, review the story for verisimilitude. In fact, John Darrin suggested incorporating a natural nuclear reactor into the story.

With respect to the world of Jinn, which is the plural of jinni (male) and jinniyah (female). Many ancient cultures believe Jinn are another entity like humans. Created from smokeless fire at the same time as angels and man, they have been with us from the start. Jinn have families, clans, and can live to be over 1,000 years old. A jinni could be sitting next to you right now. They live alongside humans in an alternate dimension and when invisible to adults, can be seen, on occasion, by animals and babies. If they wish to manifest themselves, they can appear as humans, black dogs, snakes, goats, and other animals. There are also stories of people becoming possessed by Jinn. If you are interested in an accessible and well-researched examination of Jinn, I highly recommend Robert Lebling’s book, Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Kiss of the Virgin Queen is a paranormal romance and a historical fantasy, however, I do blend in fictionalized people and events to lend verisimilitude. For example, in one scene in the contemporary portion of the book, a hospital has to be evacuated due to a radiation emergency. All the procedures, protocols, and responder behaviors are based in fact. The source of the radiation, however, is fantasy.

What books have most influenced your life most?
I was raised on Bible stories. The collection of stories in that sacred text is amazing. If you haven’t read it lately, I urge you to consider reading it. It has mystery, romance, horror, power hungry despots, heroes, heroines, demons, witches, and multitude of everyday, regular people trying to do the right thing in the midst of chaos, war, and evil. You won’t be able to put it down. I recommend the Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha. It has extensive footnotes and historical information.

The Eight by Katherine Neville had a great impact on me as reader first, then as an author. I think I’ve read the book at least eight times and it is one of my desert island reads. I was inspired by the story and structure of the book, and attempted to emulate her story telling technique with the structure of Kiss of the Virgin Queen. Katherine Neville is also one of the most gracious authors I have ever met.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My editor, Amanda Barnett, is my writing mentor. She has been working with me since 2010, on the first release on Kiss of the Silver Wolf and the new Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series, as well as on Obsession, which was picked up in August 2015 by AmazonEncore for exclusive digital release with Amazon. Kathryn Cottrell, also coached and mentored me with a number of novellas, and with Some Other Child. I’ve been blessed to have wonderful editors/mentors with the Wild Rose Press.

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading three books at the moment: Dying Light by Kory Shrum; Pretty Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows by Frank B. Linderman; and Day Shift by Charlaine Harris.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Kory Shrum has captivated me with her interesting urban fantasy series about necronites (do NOT call them zombies!) She is entertaining and tackles tough topics without beating the reader over the head. Plus, she has a pug, as do I, so clearly, there is a connection. J

What are your current projects?
My big textbook, Introduction to Health Care Management, is in copyedits for the third edition, so that’s a huge project right now. In addition, I have two paranormal books in the works, the 3rd book in my Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series, Kiss of the Burmese Prince. I’m also plotting out a novella, The Haunting of Hotel Labelle.

What would you like my readers to know?

I love to hear from readers and have an occasional newsletter which has offers opportunities for complimentary ebooks, romance trading cards, and other swag to subscribers. 

Twitter ID @sbuchbinder https://twitter.com/sbuchbinder

Tour Giveaway

1 Kindle ebook copy of Kiss of the Silver Wolf, Book 1 (Novella)

1Kindle ebook copy Kiss of the Virgin Queen, Book 2, full length novel.

2 Luggage tags

5 sets Romance trading cards (1 for Kiss of the Silver Wolf, 1 for Kiss of the Virgin Queen in cellophane wrapper)

10 Book marks

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