Thank you, Lisa, for having me here at your World of Books for a stop on Destiny Redeemed’s book tour. Like you and your readers, I love to read a lot. When I’m not writing, I’ve been known to read up to ten books a month. I admit, I haven’t had one of those months in a while, but whenever I get the chance these days, I read whatever I can get my hands on.
My earliest memories are of books. I remember getting an old Nancy Drew book from my mother and being enchanted by the story. The characters were so alive to me and the story seemed to jump right out of the pages. I fell in love with mysteries from those Nancy Drew books, and my love only intensified when I moved to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Those foggy streets ofLondonfelt like they were right outside my home, and Holmes and Watson were as real as anyone I knew.
No matter what kind of day I had, I could lose myself in a book. Stories took me around the world and to every period in time. From those stories, I fell in love with the English language and history. It was no surprise that I chose to major in those subjects in college, even going on to earn a graduate degree in history. Like those stories I grew up on, history was full of interesting characters and events that came alive for me.
I teach history to college students now, in addition to writing books, and some history always finds its way into my stories. Destiny Redeemed is no different. My characters are Aeveren, and one of the things that make them special is that they live fifty lives through reincarnation. Because of this gift, they have memories of the past, often back to ancient times. The main character, Amon Kalins, has lived forty-seven lifetimes, and he’s lived in ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Viking times, and 18th century England, among many others. Because of this, he’s lived through history as it was happening and this colors any story he’s in. The heroine of Destiny Redeemed, Thea, has lived almost as many lives as Amon at forty-five lifetimes, and she’s seen many places and times also, such as ancient Etruscan Italy, the court of Louis XIV of France, and 19th centuryRussia.
I’m very fortunate to be able to tell stories that others enjoy while continuing to quench my thirst for knowledge about the past. In the end, though, my aim is always to create the kind of stories that fueled my imagination growing up. A great story can transport a reader to other places and times, and if I can do that for a reader, that’s sweet success.
To learn more about Destiny Redeemed and my other books, visit my blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/ and my website at http://www.gabriellebisset.com/ Readers can also find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/gabriellebisset
By Gabrielle Bisset
Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won’t rest until he’s safely back imprisoned within Nil’s cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn’t forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.
About the Author:
An avid reader of all types of books, I read my first romance even before I was a teenager. I must have been a very precocious young lady! I still remember the book, if not the title. It was about a Southern man during the years before the Civil War and his illicit affair with one of the slaves of a woman he “frequented”. I remember vividly reading the word “manhood” often in the book, and the slave’s name was Sukie. Isn’t it amazing what the mind can remember?
Fast forward a couple dozen years and I’m a college history instructor. I still love history as much as that romantic young woman did, so I teach it to college students, and the romantic streak has never gone away. Now I get to do things that have to do with my other favorite love: romance novels.
The idea for my first book came to me in a dream. I know that seems almost cliched, but it did. I woke up one morning after having an extremely vivid dream and began to jot things down that I was able to remember. Days later, I had the first pages written and the ideas that I had dreamed about had become the characters in my first book. Those characters are the basis for the first series I’ve written, The Destined Ones Series, about a people called Aeveren who have lived side by side with humans since almost the beginning of recorded time. The first book in that series, Stolen Destiny, was published in June.
I’m still working on The Destined Ones books, and I look forward to what my imagination has waiting for me next. The second book about Aeveren, Destiny Redeemed, is scheduled to be released on October 13. I’ve finished the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, three erotic novellas set in Victorian England. The first one, Vampire Dreams, is a paranormal erotic romance. The second novella, another erotic romance but an historical, Love’s Master, involves some light BDSM. The third novella, Masquerade, is a straight historical, no kink or paranormal. After that, a paranormal romance set in the great city of New Orleans is up in December–Blood Avenged. Anyone who read Vampire Dreams will remember Vasilije, Brandon’s sire. Blood Avenged is his story.
After that? Well, I’m in the planning stages of another trilogy, this time maybe novel length, that will come out in 2012. But one thing’s for sure: no matter what the story is, it will involve gorgeous, Alpha male heroes; strong heroines; and steamy romance!