In the elegant, subtropical city of Caracole, Erik the Golden is widely known as irresistible; his Voice an instrument of incredible pleasure, the stroke of velvet on bare skin. But the Voice is a curse as much as a blessing, for once Erik used it to steal a soul, and now he must pay.
Pruella Takimori McGuire is the business manager for the beautiful courtesans of the Garden of Nocturnal Delights. She deals in numbers, not Magick, and when Erik turns his charms in her direction, she sees only vanity, not a golden gift. If Erik cannot use his power to win Prue’s heart, how can he truly possess her? How is it she can resist what others can’t? She’s either a torment devised by the gods to drive him mad or Erik’s last hope of salvation.
And all the while, a far darker power corrupts the foundations of Caracole—the Necromancer, who feasts on souls. When the Necromancer’s hired assassin kidnaps Prue, Erik must harness his air Magick to recover the woman he has come to love more than life itself.
“Sparkles with excitement! An inventive tale of magic and erotic adventure.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Shana Abé“Denise Rossetti is a stunning new voice in futuristic romance. She hits the scene with a thrilling view into a magical world of fantasy, magic and intrigue….I’ve not read anything like it….I’ve put Denise Rossetti on my list of authors to follow as I expect to see new and out of the box literary greatness from her.”–Night Owl Romance“Should appeal to fans of Storm Constantine and Laurel K. Hamilton.”–Library Journal“Denise Rossetti has taken the fantasy genre by storm with her print debut. THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW bursts with action, mystery and passion. Rossetti has a beautiful writing style, apparent in her descriptions of the world, her realistic dialogue and her highly developed characters who have weaknesses, learn lessons and grow as we turn the pages…. She has an extraordinary gift of language as if the words themselves create magical patterns on the page as they flow one into another so seamlessly…. I highly recommend this novel to fans of erotic romance and fantasy alike and can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.”–Romance Junkies“Denise Rossetti transports readers of her romantic science fiction novel, THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW, to the five-mooned planet called Sybaris where an almost past- her-prime, seriously clumsy and not what anyone would call beautiful witch grieves the death of her only child. Maybe as recompense for the death, maybe something more sinister, The Lord and Lady of the afterlife endowed her with a new gift as they took Cenda’s daughter during last winter’s ague— the power of fire. She’s the only fire witch and she’s still very inept and naïve to think that it is just a run-of-the-mill ability. There are those who want her and her power and they are willing to pay. As well, there are those who will do anything to betray Cenda for their own ambition, money, power, greed, or well-being. She has no idea that she can trust nobody, least of all Grayson, Duke of Ombra, a troubadour harpist with a shadowy secret that he has come to hate. A secret shadow, that is…. THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW is the perfect blend of science fiction and erotic fantasy romance.”–Romance Readers at Heart, Top Pick“A witch whose gift of flame is born from heartbreaking loss. A man whose burden is carried from innocent boyhood, through desperate youth, to besmirched adult. These people come together for very different reasons…. Ms Rossetti opens her fantasy series with a fascinating story. Set on a pleasure planet called Sybaris, it is a world where magic and technology both exist but not contentedly. Readers will delight in the author’s rich imagination as they are caught up between the dilemmas of the main characters, the fight for power between the magic wielding Pures and the Technomages, and a thorough fall into love…. One of the pleasures of reading is to find characters that so completely capture our attention. These are people who have known happiness, suffered greatly and now have some chance of joy in their lives, again. They are emotionally wounded, imperfect, and are lovable in spite of that.”–Love Romance & More“This erotica is suitable only for mature audiences, but quite pleasurable for those who enjoy spectacularly sexual romance.”–SFRevu“Captivating start to an erotic, mystical, futuristic world full of excitement and intrigue…. Denise Rossetti creates an erotic, mystical, futuristic world full of excitement and intrigue, promising even more adventure in the next book in this thrilling series. This is a great read!”–Fresh Fiction
My favourite instrument is the human voice. Speaking, singing, reading, laughing—whatever.
I’m intrigued by telephone conversations, the way we communicate without the added dimension of body language. Even if it’s a telemarketer, my intuition is running wild, trying to imagine what the person on the other end looks like, what they’re wearing, feeling, thinking. I love regional accents, salty slang, bass baritones and interesting intonations.
Your voice is such an integral part of the person you are. Think about it—whether it’s a husky contralto, a southern drawl, a teasing brogue or a tinkling falsetto—your voice presents you to the world.
A deep velvet baritone reduces me to a hormonal puddle. I’m in awe of Stephen Fry’s artistry in the [British version of the] Harry Potter audiobooks, while Alan Rickman could read me the phone book as a bedtime story.
So I couldn’t help but wonder: What if a man’s voice were a gift bestowed by the gods, so beguiling no one could resist it? What would he do with such fantastic power? How would it affect his personality, especially his moral character?
Enter Erik Thorensen. On the outside, big, blond and oh-so-charming—but inside, a man fighting a grim battle against constant temptation. His Voice is an instrument of incredible pleasure, the stroke of velvet on bare skin. But the gods’ gift is a curse as much as a blessing, for once Erik used it to steal a soul, and now he must pay.
Prue is the business manager for the beautiful courtesans of the Garden of Nocturnal Delights. She deals in numbers, not Magick, and when Erik turns his charms in her direction, she sees only a performer’s vanity. How is it she can resist what others can’t? She’s either a torment devised by the gods to drive him mad—or Erik’s last hope of salvation.
Some desires are impossible to resist…
I do hope you enjoy Erik and Prue’s story.