Excuse me? A fantasy romance? A shifter story? Um, aren’t you a comedy writer?

September 3, 2009 at 6:00 am (General)

Take a moment to welcome Inez Kelley.

Inez Kelley writes what she reads, which is pretty much anything with a romantic flair. Her first book was a romantic comedy from Samhain Publishing titled JINXED. Her second Samhain book, MYLA BY MOONLIGHT, a fantasy romance, will be available on September 8th.

MAGIC BITES…and its name is Myla.

Created at Prince Taric’s birth, Myla is a spell, an enchantment designed to appear and protect him when he needs it most. She has always been content to do her duty…until one night of forbidden passion leaves her longing to experience life—and love—as a mortal woman. Yet the risk is too great. Even if her blood runs as red as his, she can never give him the one thing he needs: a child.

Taric’s blessing—and his curse—is knowing the kingdom’s future depends on his producing an heir to continue the bloodline. His bond with Myla has always been that of protector and protected. When it suddenly becomes something much more, he unwittingly sentences his people to certain death.

An old enemy is plotting to destroy all he holds dear: his lands, his people, his father, and his lover. And this time, even if they fight tooth and blade, their shared magic may not be enough to save them…

Excuse me? A fantasy romance? A shifter story? Um, aren’t you a comedy writer?

Well, yeah, I am. Kinda. But see that last word up there -WRITER? That’s me. I read across genres so why not write across them too? Call me Mastercard, I go anywhere.

I wasn’t surprised when this story idea came to me and didn’t give writing it a second thought. I squeezed in a wee bit of humor just because there’s always at least one character in my head who’s a smart ass. I have no idea where that stuff comes from really.

In Myla by Moonlight, I faced my first experience writing in the non-human realm and what a trip THAT was. A female magical being as a bodyguard? Protection with sharp teeth and claw? Woman, warrior, jaguar and lover? Sounded cool so far, so I ran with it. And hit my first problem.

Myla is an ageless spell, a non-real entity. When she is not needed to fight, to kill, she ‘rests’ in a scar on Taric’s side.

Wait. What?

Everybody, say it with me… ewwwwwww! Hey, I wrote it like I saw it. I sat back and listened to Myla and it works. However, the ewww-factor was still pretty high. So I did what any good writer would do. I tackled it head on.

“I kissed Myla.”

“What? After that whole ‘she’s not a tavern whore to be ogled’ shit, you kissed her?” His captain’s mouth hung open like a cellar door. Snapping it back in place, he melted into the chair and grinned. “Was it good?”

“You could say that. Except the part where she pushed me away and told me she wasn’t made for my pleasure.”

“Ye-ouch.” Grimacing, Bryton shook his head. “Probably just as well. I mean, she’s a stunning woman, Tar, but she lives in a scar on your side. That isn’t exactly normal. It’s kind of creepy, really. Isn’t she like a part of you? So it was kind of like kissing your liver or something.”

Disgust filled him and he rose to sit on the bed. “Bry, shut up. It wasn’t like that. It isn’t like that at all. I can’t get her out of my head.” Seeing Bryton’s mouth open, Taric cut him off. “And no, it’s not the same thing as when she’s asleep inside. It’s different.”

Okay, ewww-factor addressed, giggle and move on.

Second issue I had was HEEYUGE. See, when Myla returns to Taric, she is reborn again in the exact likeness she was originally created. Pristine. Perfect. Virgin.

Wait, again. What?

Yep, I thought I wrote my butt into a corner and gave my sexy shifter a magically reappearing hymen. And wouldn’t that just suck like a baby vampire? I actually stopped and stared at that scene and went “Oh Sh*t.” I knew I had to tackle that puppy, too.

“Taric shouldn’t have taken liberties or your virginity without a wedding.”

“He took only what I gave to him. I like loving with Taric a great deal.”

“Well…good.” The queen giggled before her face softened in compassion. “Then you know what I mean. I’m sorry you must be pained each time he loves you.”

“Pained?” Myla withdrew her hand, puzzlement in her voice. “There is no pain in Taric’s love.”

Lunian rose, fumbling with the pinned shift and keeping her pink face turned away. “Maybe we aren’t speaking of the same thing then. When you say Taric has your body…do you lie with him? Without clothing? Did you bleed?”

“I have lain with him many times. There is no pain. The first time we loved, there was some stinging and blood but both were slight and went away quickly. He assured me it was normal.”

“It is,” Lunian hurried to comfort her. “But you said all your wounds heal and you’re reborn. Does…that not heal? Do you not become a virgin each time you return?”

I’m not telling you how THAT little issue was resolved. It would be a huge spoiler. But it makes perfect sense. Completely.

As hard as these issues made me snicker, other parts made me bawl like a baby. The depth of Myla and Taric’s love could only exist in a fantasy. Taric is her heart, her reason for being in this world and he loves Myla no matter which form she takes.

Seeing her clad head to toe in mail, he would never have guessed she possessed the curves he’d caressed the night before. She was a fighter, a soldier and a killer. Myla as a lover was incredible. Myla as a jaguar was mesmerizing. Myla as a warrior was breathtaking. If war could be called music, she would be its dancer for her grace and speed were choreographed to a deadly melody. Each twirl and vault of her stance seemed more ballet than fight but her blade drew blood time and time again. In the midst of death and bloodshed, she captivated him.

There were other little things, like Myla speaks in a formal cadence, with the harmony of magic, and Taric doesn’t. There was a minor insanity issue. The laws of a fantasy land when the Prince goes on trial, the whole discord between a magical and a human bodyguard who think differently and well, face it, loving a woman who is stronger than you are really torques a man’s ego. Fun stuff.

Taric puts it so much better than I could, so let me share his thoughts.

Taric refolded a parchment and shook his head. “I’d hoped for something more. Most of this makes no sense to me. It’s like reading a different language.”

Balic grumped. “It is a different language, one that I don’t know a soul who speaks anymore.”

“Slight as it is, the names give me someplace to start searching.” Taric grabbed onto the smallest clue but the tasks before him were daunting. “Let’s see, I have to go on trial and defend a crown which I don’t have yet, discover a way to bring a cloud of violet smoke to life, and thwart the magic of the most powerful sorceress ever recorded. All while fighting a war with a madman. Life won’t be dull.”

My trip into writing fantasy romance was filled with laughter, tears and sighs. I hope you find MYLA BY MOONLIGHT as heart-wrenching, as fun and as exciting to read as it was for me to write.

Thanks so much for visiting Inez! what an exciting story this is! I can’t wait to get a chance to read it. Inez has offered one download of Myla By Moonlight to one lucky commenter, so make sure you drop a note and tell Inez you what you think of her post.

You can find more about Inez Kelley at http://inezkelley.com or purchase Myla By Moonlight at http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/myla-by-moonlight



  1. David Bridger said,

    This sounds wonderful! Want! 🙂

  2. Jeannie Lin said,

    I loved this premise from the very start! It’s so much more than your usual shapeshifting paranormal. Definitely a must read!

  3. Ella Drake said,

    I love that Myla is the paranormal character in this story. So frequently it’s the hero with that kind of power, not the heroine. This is a wonderful fantasy world and readers should do themselves a favor and delve into it.
    Congrats, Inez!

  4. klarakline said,

    This is the first shape shifter I’ve been interested in. I’m going to read it.
    Myla sounds wonderful!

  5. Christine said,

    I can’t wait to read all of this!

  6. Nancy Gilliland said,

    This sounds like a great read, Inez. I’d love to get to read this one.

  7. Beth C. said,

    Oooo, multiple glimpse day. Shhh, I just left a comment on another blog. 😉

    Can I have a copy now, please…pretty please with a cherry on top?

    Great excerpts.

  8. Karin said,

    Wow, Inez, the book sounds fantastic. Those are definitely some interesting challenges you faced while writing Myla and Taric’s story and I look forward to reaing all about them. 🙂

  9. Colleen said,

    Oooh more please… I want to read more!!!! 😀

  10. Bella said,

    LOVE Myla and Taric! And OMG, the cover gorgeousness!

    Don’t enter me though 😉

    Congrats Inez!


  11. elaing8 said,

    Great post.This sounds like a great read.

  12. Deidre said,

    Hi Inez! I know you must be so proud of your “child.” lol

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  13. Sophia Parkwood said,

    Myla by Moonlight sounds incredible, I can’t wait to read it! I’m gad you listened to your muse and gave paranormal stories a chance, you have a great one here. Thanks for taking us inside your writing process. It’s always very interesting to know how others write.

  14. Ilona said,

    Lovely excerpts – left us all wanting more. Now I want to win so I don’t have to wait to read the book 😀

  15. Lucy Woodhull said,

    Wonderful! Myla sound fascinating 🙂

  16. MarnieColette said,

    Thanks for talking about your story. It sounds rather fun and definitely a unique twist on the magical warriors. Its good to see a woman being the strong protecting warrior. Can’t wait to pick it up.

  17. Penelope Fitzgerald said,

    Wow, as the unofficial/official reviewer for our wonderful authors on shape shifter romance I have to ask. Would I be a baaad girl if I stepped outside the box to read someone else’s work? This book sounds like one terrific read!

  18. Michele said,

    You totally have me hooked!!! I have got to read this story 🙂 I totally love your unique approach to this story, love the twist that the bodyguard is a woman. So original.

    Thanks for stopping by Inez!!!!

    Have a great holiday weekend everyone 🙂

  19. Suzette said,

    ok, this sounds sooo good! You hooked me right in. LUCK EVRYONE!

  20. Vivienne Westlake said,

    I have been waiting for this story to come out! Inez gave me teases…a paragraph here, a paragraph there during the writing. I’m ready to read the whole darn thing!!

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  22. Amy said,

    I love this description, it sparked my interest right away from the first few paragraphs. I find it interesting how when she heals, or is reborn, everything heals back up.
    I think as soon as I have the money saved up I’m going to try to find this book at the library. ❤
    I can’t wait!!!

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