Something I love in books is when the author comes up with a semi-plausible explanation for something implausible. A virus to explain vampirism, for example, with extreme photosensitivity to explain the whole burned-by-the-sun thing. It has to be original, different from anything we’ve ever heard, but similar enough to feel comfortable.
Wendy Hales did just that in her book, Immortal Becoming. She asked me to edit it, and I was instantly intrigued by the premise that all of the crazy myths we have — vampires, mermaids, fairies, Atlantis — come from species similar to human who have lived side by side with us forever. There’s something satisfying in world-building that solves all the mysteries in one fell swoop. She even threw in some Cinderella.
The story is of Jess, a 20-something young woman who has some issues. Like picking up other people’s feelings, to the point where she is almost incapacitated by it. And a weird medical condition that makes her almost hemophilic. She also has some odd talents, like being kick-ass at martial arts.
And then she meets Shane, and as they say in the paranormal romance world, everything she thought was true flipped. I won’t give too much away, but Jess learns that an entire other world exists, populated by creatures she couldn’t imagine, and she’s part of that world.
It’s a love story, with a lot of sex. A lot of sex, and detailed. (Warning or sales pitch? You be the judge.) I loved the characters, and the book is a lot of fun. Wendy creates a wonderful world you won’t want to leave at the end of the book! Visit Wendy’s website at www.wendyshales.com