As this weeks Featured Author
Jean Lowe Carlson is a Naturopathic Doctor and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and holds a B.A. in Biology and B.Mus. in Opera from Oberlin College and a medical doctorate from Bastyr University. A keen observer of nature and human behavior, Jean writes genre-bending epic, romantic erotic, and dystopian fantasy fiction, and maintains a blog on Esoteric Buddhism (Tantric Practice). As a medical doctor and practitioner of Tantra, yoga, pranayama, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique, Jean pulls from her deep knowledge of psychology and energy interactions to paint vivid scenes and emotionally complex interactions between her characters. She mixes a keen and often gritty blend of erotic and romantic content into her epic, dystopian, and dark fantasy, to create sensual, raw worlds that remind one of Jacqueline Carey, Clive Barker’s Imajica, Anne Rice, and Robin Hobb. Jean’s characters are human and complex, their interactions set amidst the broader scope of nations in turmoil or societies with riveting secrets. Not afraid of exploring all kinds of relationships, including LGBTQ and BDSM, excitement and passion combine in Jean’s novels to create rich, lush worlds where death and life are always precariously balanced. Jean Lowe Carlson lives with her delicious husband Matt in Redmond, Washington, and desperately wants a cat.
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genre Fantasy, Romance, Gay And Lesbian
Gryffine Toulunnet is cursed. She lives for one day a year, the heady festival of Rollows, where the dead dance their bones back to life. Born to a pious mother and miserable because of her curse, Gryffine sneaks out upon Rollows-eve to dance and drink with the Beast and his demons, and set herself free. Until she encounters dashing Gypsun barman Jessup Rohalle in his masque of the Immaculate Lust, and Gryffine’s strange curse marks them both in a single night of passion. Six years later, Jessup and Gryffine meet again, tempting fate with Gyrffine’s curse, a kiss that steals the very breath of life from any lover. But Gryffine is linked to another besides Jessup, a tortured soul with a dark gift of his own, bitterly cursed just like she. And as the lamplit streets of Julis darken into winter, the curse comes to claim its own.
Pious half-Gypsun Phillip d’Auvery is tortured by sorrow. His soul is pledged to the Immaculate, but Phillip’s life has a darker aspect, that drives him to the scourging lash of the Padrenne of Saint Sommes Cathedral year after year upon Pentriant, the Second Day of Oblenite. For Phillip’s curse is bliss, a bliss that can only be found when pain smites his flesh until his tears are shed. A desired curse, it alienates him from others, until Phillip is pushed from his life and into the arms of a man who understands pain and power, the stern Baronne Oruthane d’Iver. As Phillip’s love for Oruthane grows, the two are exposed, and danger begins to follow their every step. But there is no greater danger than what lies smoldering in Phillip’s heart, a pain that binds him deep and threatens everything dear to him.
Aulen Gregoire, a young and brilliant surgeon at the Hospital of Saint Sommes, learns that when he bleeds his patients survive, no matter their condition. An accident of fate soon turns into obsession, as Aulen begins to use his blood to save patients that otherwise should have died. But his body begins to change, becoming sick and emaciated, as he begins to crave the bliss of saving lives. And in his mind is unleashed a vast addiction, that drags him down into the deathful blue lights of the Gypsun Quarter’s most desperate, where he becomes the Angelus of the Catacombs. And before his need is through, it will cost him everything; his position, his friends, his family, and his life.