It's Open Mic Monday and we're shining the spotlight on Elodie Parkes' new release, Night of the Horse." From her description of the inspiration behind the story itself, I know this is a book I must read! She's also giving away five copies via the Rafflecopter below so make sure to enter! Welcome, Elodie, it's good to have you back.
Thank you for inviting me here to talk about the inspiration behind my latest Evernight release, ‘Night of the Horse’.
I travel sometimes for my day job, and there’s a specific route I have to take to get to part of the county. It takes me through beautiful countryside and past what I believe is the back of a horse stud. The inspiration for the book came from seeing a paddock with more than thirty horses in it. The first time I saw the paddock full of horses, they were dotted about grazing.
It’s a massive grassy area that slopes upwards to a hedgerow. I slowed my Jeep right down to look at the horses, but another vehicle suddenly came along on the country road and I had to drive on.
On my way back, I hoped to see the horses, but they were gone.
When I was asked to go that way again for work, I took my camera, hoping to photograph the horses.
They are all different colors and sizes, and very lovely.
The paddock was full of them again and they were running, galloping around and around as if they were in some mysterious race only they knew about. I found a place to take my Jeep off the road and walked back to photograph them. I’d only taken a few minutes to do it, but when I reached the paddock where the fence allowed access, only two horses were left, a white one with a long flowing mane and a tall glossy black one. Who knows where the others had gone, maybe over the hill through a gap in hedgerow I couldn’t see.
I stood by the fence and both horses walked down to me. I had climbed onto the bottom wooden bar of the fence and balanced there. The black one came right away up to me and nudged my shoulder. Then the white one pushed the black one’s head away, turned back to me, and nodded. I think they were used to someone coming along with apples or carrots, but it was funny, and so nice to have those two gorgeous animals communicate with me like that.
On my way back home after work the paddock was empty. That night I started writing, ‘Night of the Horse.’
A few people have asked what the significance of the horse tattoo is on one of the men in my ‘Night of the Horse’ banners. It would be a huge spoiler to say exactly, but this is a shifter romance story, so I think you might guess from just that snippet of information.
Read a short excerpt from Night of the Horse 18+ rating
She gazed at Jude. When he opened his arms to her, she went into them. He held her close, a hand in her hair and an arm around her waist, cradling her against his chest. She raised her head, and Jude bent his, until his lips were so close to hers it was agony as she craved his kiss.
“Kiss me,” she whispered, unable to stand the wait.
Jude kissed her. A wave of desire started in her stomach and reached to between her legs, where she pulsed with need. He kissed her and she clung to him, kissing him back eagerly. Jude held her head and moved his face against hers as they caught their breath. His eyelashes brushed her cheek.
“Do you want more?” His voice was velvet, dark and enticing.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013
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