Title – Rain
Author – Nicole Hurley-Moore
Genre – Fantasy (medieval fairytale)
Publication Date – 20th November 2013
Length - 169 pages
Publisher – Jupiter Gardens Press
Cover Artist – Tibbs Design
On the mountain, high above the village of Farran – Nuri is caught between heaven and hell. Two men fight for her love and her soul. The first is Maras, an elemental being who follows the storms. Nuri knows that he is not human, he’s something more. She believes he is her beautiful fallen angel. Yet he is transient and is bound to the elements and their love may be as fleeting as the storm itself. The second is Brother Erebus, a pious monk whose tortured soul is twisted by his desire for her. But Nuri may sacrifice more than her heart when the Church brands her angel a demon. As Brother Erebus will do anything to protect her soul from the silver haired devil, even if he has to crush her body to do it.
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Nicole has always been a lover of fairy tales, history and romance. She grew up in Melbourne and has travelled extensively, whilst living her life through the romance of books. Her first passion in life has always been her family, but after studying and achieving a History degree and Honours in Medieval Literature, she devoted her time to writing historical romance. She is a full time writer who lives in the Central Highlands of Victoria with her family, where they live in the peaceful surrounds of a semi‐rural town.
What drew you to writing historical romance?
I suppose it all started when I was reading fairytales as a child. From there I just fell in love with history.
What is your favourite era and why?
The Dark Ages and the Medieval period. I find the history of the time fascinating and love the dark myths and heroic tales.
Why will I fall desperately and madly in love with your hero?
Maras is not only a rain spirit but he is an outcast. He keeps away from humanity because he knows from experience that they will betray and try to kill him. He is a loner and as wild as the storm but Nuri breaks through his defences and discovers a vulnerable heart.
What was the most interesting thing you learned while researching your book?
I enjoyed the research a lot. Although it is a fantasy it is set against a 12th background. So I was able to look into life in a medieval village, the Church, and medieval paints, dyes and painting techniques.
Is there an era you would love to try to write but haven’t yet had the time (or possibly the bravery)?
I’m toying with two different sorts of stories. One is set in the 1920’s and the other is a dystopian tale. They are a bit of a leap as I usually write medieval or Victorian era romances.
Do you check facts as you go or do you have all the research done before you start writing?
Both, I do a lot of research before I start writing and then add to it as I go.
Mr Darcy, Mr Knightly, Colonel Brandon or someone else?
Mr Darcy – I fell in love with him when I was fifteen.
Kilts or Cravats?
Why can’t I have both?
Tudors or Stuarts?
Neither – I’ll stick with the Plantagenets. ;)
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