Series: Covenant of Thorns Series, Book Three
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Pregnant, possessed, and in love with a man I don’t dare to trust-those are the consequences of the risks I took to save my life. But Faerie, the land of blood and magic, is filled with bitter ironies, and the bargains I made now threaten me and my unborn child.
The darkly sensual fae noble Rogue still tempts me to danger and desire. As we await the birth of our child, I’ve been forced to question whether our offspring is part of a bargain Rogue once made to save himself. He can’t tell me the truth due to a spell the vicious Queen Titania has him under. Would he betray our family against his will? Could I ever forgive him if he does?
Rogue insists on an eternal commitment from me, even as Titania’s forces close in on us. I don’t know if Rogue and I can withstand her onslaught, or that of the beast within me. But I will not stop looking for answers-even if it brings the walls of Faerie crashing down.
The Allure of the Masquerade
I’ve collected masks for most of my life. I started as a kid, really, saving my Halloween masks and hanging them on the wall.
No, I wasn’t a creepy kid – why do you ask?
I particularly remember my Halloween costume the year I was five. This was back in the Terribly Cheesy Days of thin polyester that barely lasted the night and rigid plastic masks. I was a princess, with a pink gown and a pretty face mask that included molded plastic “hair” on the sides. Inside, I felt like a beautiful princess and I imagined that’s what everyone saw. Later, when the photographs were developed, the difference between what I thought I looked like and what the picture actually showed.
As I grew up, I developed better taste in masks, for starters, and I also discovered that what’s most important about wearing a mask is how it makes you feel inside. A masquerade allows us to pretend to be someone else. It immediately lends a sense of the exotic, the mysterious and the sensual. Masks are also a metaphor for the secrets we keep and the ways we protect ourselves.
I use masks a fair amount in my Covenant of Thorns trilogy, which just culminated in Rogue’s
Paradise. Because the books take place almost entirely in Faerie, the masks serve to highlight the ways that the fae are alien. There’s a masquerade ball where the evil queen actually wears another fae’s face as her mask, complete with dripping blood. In Rogue’s Paradise, people become entire costumes, worn by others as disguises.
Not to mention the ways the heroine, Gwynn’s use of magic transforms her own face.
I’ve come a long way since the days of my plastic princess mask. But I’ll never forget the way that costume made me feel inside.
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.