She is honey to his throat…but one sweet taste could part them forever…
Banished from home while her husband adjusts to life as an immortal, blood-drinking chronicler, Emily Black is homesick, heartsick and struggling under the constant sensory barrage of a city drenched in ancient magic. When an old friend asks for her aid in solving a string of murders, she welcomes the distraction, despite the danger.
Justine Dubois is grateful for a seer’s help, and more understanding than anyone of Emily’s plight. As a guardian, Justine commands respect; as a woman, her magic is considered inferior. Together, they are determined to prove their worth to London’s magicians, starting with solving these murders—with maybe a bit of matchmaking on the side.
Long before he met his soul mate, Michael Black made a commitment to join the Order of St. Jerome. He will live forever, forced to watch the woman he loves age and die. As Emily hunts the murderer, Michael struggles to protect her. But if he loses control of his hunger, the greatest threat to her safety could be Michael himself.
Warning: Contains tortured soul mates, scheming faeries, vampire debauchery, deadly parasols, illicit blood-drinker relations, and adorable plot moppets.
~ Bewitching BT
Worldbuilding: I loved the world of Poison in the Blood, a very victorianish London filled with magic of all sorts, necromancers, witches, librarians, blood-drinkers, the works! Plus some fantasy elements to boot – fairies, just awesome!
Characters: Emily was adorable, a loving mom, loving wife, poet too, and a really cool seer too. She definitely had to face some of the issues of the era, gender roles and expectations, and while she didn’t cause a riot per se, she was a rebel and did her own thing. I loved her.
Pretty much everyone else was also interesting, from Emily’s husband Michael, to his mentor Simon, to the guardian & healer duo.
Plot: The story had some paranormal romance elements, of course, Emily & Michael’s settling into a new way of life, but there was also a side of mystery as some murders were investigated, and you know I love me some mystery in my reads. I enjoyed both tangents and felt they came together beautifully.
Writing: First person narrative, past tense, Emily’s POV. Really awesome fun tone, with all the propriety of the setting 😀 Delicious!
Curb Appeal: Fab cover, hooking blurb, definite impulsive buy material!
All in all, it was a fun, fast-paced read without becoming obnoxiously agitated, and if you’re into some mystery solving, historical-flavored London settings and magic happenings, this is definitely for you!
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I wanted to tell the story of how Emily achieved her happily-ever-after with her soul mate. The first book, The Importance of Being Emily (included as a bonus in the print edition of Poison in the Blood), explains how Emily discovered her soul mate, Michael.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
Emily was inspired by Christina Rossetti, the English poetess who wrote “Goblin Market”. I love that poem, and it in turn inspired the title Poison in the Blood. The antagonist…well, I can’t tell you, because spoilers. 😉 Though the argument could be made that Michael’s mentor, Simon, is an antagonist. He certainly makes Emily’s life more difficult.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I come up with a basic story map/outline before I start the book. That way if I get stuck on a particular scene I can skip to the next one. I leave the part I’m stuck on in brackets, like [fight scene here] or [add more later], and come back to it when I’m ready.
5. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
I spent three years working on my first book, Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, before it was contracted by Samhain.
6. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Nope, I’ve always been an author. Being published didn’t change that. It just meant that people who aren’t related to me have read my books now. 😉
7. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I wrote a blog post about this recently. The best advice I can give is to keep calm and carry on. Even if you have written the best thing in the history of ever, there will be people who don’t like it. There will be people who hate it. And that’s okay. It’s like the old saying, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
8. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
The print edition of Poison in the Blood includes the introductory novella The Importance of Being Emily, so you get both Emily Chronicles stories in one. The Emily books are prequels to my Bad Witch books (where Emily, Michael and Simon are still around and causing mayhem in modern Chicago). I have more historical Emily books and more modern Bad Witch books planned.
9. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
The second book in my spicy space opera Cy’ren Rising series will be out in September, followed by the final book in the trilogy in December. In March 2015 I have a humorous post-zombie-apocalypse romance out called Bite Me.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
A winning Powerball ticket. 😉
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
For practical use, the Boy Scout handbook, because it has everything in it. For entertainment, Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. It was my first Nora.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee is essential to life.
5. Favorite season?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
The time when Jack Bauer shoots bad guys. Bonus points if he yells something in his angry Jack Bauer voice.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
I was a Brownie. I have my sash with all my patches somewhere.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. It’s the second in her Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. I love Nora’s paranormal books, and this one gets bonus points for being set in Ireland as well. I can’t wait for the third book!
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Pink is my signature color.
12. Drama or comedy?
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need.
14. Cats or dogs?
Yes. Both. I’ve also had fish, turtles, and birds.
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Candlelight. I’d just hurt myself trying to dance.
About the Author & Links:
Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors and slaying creatures in MMPORGs.