Today I’m welcoming Olivette Devaux to talk about her new series, Disorderly Elements, which is something a little different from the author’s other books I’ve read. Where I usually enjoy Olivette’s men in unusual work situations, with huge family gatherings thrown in to leave me speechless, the new series nods towards the paranormal and urban fantasy. This time around, we have hot men with unexpected talents. And who would want to argue with that? Not me, that’s for sure. 😉 I’ve read both books, I have a favourite character and so, of course, I can’t wait to see what happens to him. First, though, let’s find out where the author found her inspiration. Hint: it’s not your usual place.
Coming from a Czech tradition of supernatural creatures that are, in their very essence, different from the usual Western European storytelling tradition, I came to realize that I have a whole new quiver to my storytelling bow.
Have you ever heard of a Fireman? (Not the sexy variety in turn-outs you might see on a fundraiser calendar, a Fireman can spontaneously burst into flames.) Or a White Lady? Thought to be “just a ghost,” a lot can be done with astral projection, even in our modern digital world. Imagine a White Lady walking the ramparts of an office tower, engaged in industrial espionage.
My scariest childhood monster was, however, a Waterman. Wassermann in German and Vodnik in my native Czech – a man-like, ageless spirit who inhabits a body of water and rules it with an iron fist. A Waterman’s counterpart is the lovely, half-dressed, long-haired female spirit, a Rusalka, who lures unwary swimmers into dangerous waters.
She’d lure you in.
The Waterman will pull you under.
He captures the victim’s soul and stores it under an upside-down tea cup. It is said that Watermen compete in the number and quality of the trapped souls, and they show off their collection to each other the way one would display old coins.
I used to believe that as a child. “Don’t go near the bank, the Waterman will pull you in!” was a common warning to little kids, a safety-measure which I took very seriously. So seriously, I’d been terrified to get into a body of water deeper than my waist. For years I had refused flushing the toilet, because the swirl in the bottom looked a lot like the kind of an eddy a Waterman would use to suck a careless bathroom user down the dark and dangerous plumbing system.
When I was eight, I had come up with a brilliant solution to my revenant water-spirit problem. Our flush toilets were the old kind, with a water tank up high under the ceiling, and a long pull-chain which initiated the flush.
I had devised a self-flushing mechanism, whereby I had connected the pull chain to the door handle with a jump rope. I had even wrapped the jumped rope around the toilet seat – my brilliant invention was going to raise the seat as I opened the door, and flushed! This way, I’d be leaving the little lavatory at the critical danger point, when the waters swirled the hardest.
And it would be so practical, too.
Unfortunately, one had to squeeze in and out of the bathroom through a crack in the barely-opened door to avoid activating my system. (Hey, it was a prototype, all right?) My grandfather, who was my first unwitting test subject, didn’t open the door just a crack to squeeze in and do his business. No, he flung it open with force – and a plumbing disaster ensued.
I remember feeling confused at the lack of appreciation that day. An unrecognized genuis for sure. Couldn’t they see how brilliant this was? We had modern, automatic flushing along with counteracting the very real Waterman danger… and now the whole family put up a big fuss, just because Grandpa had to struggle the heavy wooden ladder all the way up from the basement to fix the derailed mechanism.
My invention needed some fine-tuning, that was all – but alas. Like with many a good project, I lost public support.
The characters of my new series, Disorderly Elements, possess at least some of the powers of a Waterman or its related folklore spirits. In fact, just as in the old, animistic belief system of my European ancestors, they hold sway over their primary element, and they exercise this control in our modern world.
When I begun writing, I started with Like a Phoenix. It’s a fun, hot menage read, but my readers clamored for more. They wanted to know what happened before Ash and Cooper extend their hospitality to a heart-broken friend.
Why not? The material was there, and I enjoyed writing these guys so much, I couldn’t possibly resist the temptation of two prequels. Book 1, Like a Rock, is currently out. Enjoy a sneak peak by downloading the first few chapters below!
Book 2, Like a Torrent, is my current Work-In-Progress, and I’m happy to report that I can now show off its cover! Behold Ash, a man with a water-sense, a descendant of an old, European Waterman, even though he doesn’t realize it. He is an ardent environmentalist, and cleaning up polluted rivers is his life’s work. (I’m saying this just so you don’t go flushing your toilet, hoping he will appear. He won’t.) Like a Torrent will be out on March 31st, 2017.
Like a Phoenix is now Book 3, and available from amazon and free with KU. It reads well as a stand-alone, and will be available from other retailers on March 31st, 2017.
So come and enjoy my guys, whose unusual abilities and gifts are often more of a headache than a blessing. Their love blossoms despite their growing pains. They will use their powers wisely – unless they manage to destroy Pittsburgh first! Curious to try Like a Rock? Claim your sample read here! Join my newsletter – you can always unsubscribe.
Olivette Devaux is a gay romance alter-ego of Kate Pavelle.
Like a Rock
WHEN EARTH AND WATER MOVES – Fresh out of school, architect Cooper Anneveinen tends bar by night and chases small clients by day. He sees what lies hidden underground. The unexplained, wild images complicate his life and drive him to seek medical help – but not even antipsychotic drugs make him “normal.”
Ash Ravenna talks to water, and water sometimes obeys his wishes. Using his gift in a pollution clean-up effort, he hires Cooper to help with an old industrial property by the river. The handsome young architect turns his crank like nobody else – and his hidden talent is an unexpected asset.
Ash hopes to teach Cooper control over his newfound earth-sense. Cooper puts everything on the line to learn. All goes well, until their their sizzling chemistry throws them a curve neither expects. If Cooper fails, more than just their love is on the line.
LIKE A ROCK is a paranormal gay romance adventure with explicit scenes and a happy ending.
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