That Pearly Drop

Jianne Carlo
That Pearly Drop
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Publisher
Hartwood Publishing
Release Date
November 2013
ISBN
9781962916013
Series
Book 1 of Murphy's Laws of Time Travel
Genre
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Time Travel

SUMMARY
Emma knows time travel's impossible. So, the only other explanation for her going to sleep on Halloween night in 2013 and waking up in Wales in the year 1763 is that she's insane. There's a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a letter of employment to be governess to the Earl of Wye's daughter. What's a gal to do but go with the flow?

Wolf-shifter Ian, Earl of Wye, recognizes Emma as his mate instantly and senses she's in danger. He knows Emma's harboring a deep, dark secret. But, no matter what he does, she won't confide in him. Then he finds Emma wounded and rambling about nine white gorgons who attacked her. The hounds of hell are Ian's nemeses, and the fact they've reappeared in the mortal world after centuries of banishment can only mean one thing…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
Ancient mythology, facts and legends have always fascinated me, and in THAT PEARLY DROP, you get a heaping helping of all of those and much more. Between hysterical dialogue and raw, erotic sex, fans of any genre of erotic romance will enjoy being transported into another time and place by Ms Carlo.

Waking up in 1763 Wales next to a dead woman is a bit of a shock for Emma Perez...especially when the last thing she remembers is a lightning storm in 2013! After several days of manic hysteria, Emma pulls up her big girl panties and takes control of the situation. Armed with a ticket to Wye Court under the name of the very dead Diana Manley, Emma is determined to find her way first to safety and then back to 2013 Boca Raton.

She takes Diana's place on the coach to become the governess to the Earl of Wye's daughter Fiona and her companion Alice. Moments upon arrival, Emma spots a Thor-like man nude and ready for action with an unknown woman, and despite her fear and embarrassment, she's inexplicably aroused by the golden-haired god. And then she meets 3 other half naked, hulking and gorgeous McBrodie men and Emma decides that maybe 1763 ain't so bad after all.

Emma can't seem to control her draw to Lord Ian Wyndham, even though she knows she shouldn't be attracted to him. Her body turns to lightning and thunder whenever she's near him, and despite that they barely know one another, Ian offers her marriage and his protection as well as security. Does marrying a guy in 1763 mean she'll be married when she returns to 2013? Emma doesn't know, but she recognizes that their marriage is a necessity for her to survive.

Ian immediately recognized Emma as his mate. The wolf shifter also recognizes that things are not exactly as they seem with the little spitfire. Together, Ian and Emma must learn the whole truth about one another before ancient legends and myths become their downfall.

I'm not normally a fan of time travel or paranormal books, so combining the two in THAT PEARLY DROP made me very reluctant to read it. My hesitancy was unfounded, however, as I was immediately drawn into this terrific story! I loved the descriptive writing and the feisty personalities throughout this book. Emma in particular was fantastic. She's freaked out (naturally) yet sticks her chin up and makes the best of an impossible situation. Her internal dialogue is snort-out-loud funny and she's totally someone I want to be BFF's with. Her attitude and reactions to the predicaments she finds herself in absolutely cracked me up. Emma finds an inner strength she didn't know she possessed when she's faced with danger, and she does so with hilarious results.

Ian was also a great character, strong and protective and completely Alpha, yet willing to allow Emma the freedom to be his partner instead of simply his wife. His reactions to her 2013 vocabulary made me giggle. His primal reactions to Emma were completely erotic, and I found myself mesmerized by their interactions, both sexual and otherwise. And for those who don't like shapeshifting romance, you can rest easy knowing that Ian's fangs don't come out until late in the book and when they do, holy hoppin' Hanna it's hot!

THAT PEARLY DROP is told in the first person narrative by Emma, which is always a risky perspective to write in, but it was perfect for the feel of this story. Ms Carlo completely transported me to the time and place, making me feel a protectiveness for little Fiona and Alice and an enthusiastic "you go girl!" for Emma. Everyone was so well developed and the remarkable descriptions just sucked me in and refused to let up until the end.

I highly recommend THAT PEARLY DROP to lovers of almost any genre of erotic romance, you won't be disappointed! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
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BOOK INTERVIEW on November 2013
Interview by Laura

Hi Jianne, welcome once again to The Romance Reviews! We're here to talk about beloved characters from your latest release!


Q: THAT PEARLY DROP is the first book in the Murphy's Laws of Time Travel. The book sounds exciting from the blurb. Please tell us a little about this series. What's your inspiration?

My husband and I attended a wedding at Clearwell Castle in Wales, and on the plane ride over, I read Cristina Dodd's Only a Knight, a medieval romance set in Wales. The weather was perfect, the castle picturesque beyond description, and then one of the waiters told us the tale of The Mabinogh. Bingo! The idea for the book was born. A half-immortal shape shifter, the hounds of hell, and a woman who's thrown 250 years back into the past.

Q: This first book has such a unique title. Without giving anything away, please tell us how you came up with the title. What does it refer to?

*um* cough*. The first time Emma sees her new boss, Ian, the Earl of Wye, he's aroused, and there's this pearly drop glistening in the candlelight.

Q: LOL Now I don't know if I should have asked that question! What is it about the mix of paranormal (the hero being a shifter) and time travel that draws you? And why 1763, of all the time periods?

*red-faced* I harbor a deep hope that time travel is possible and that's coming from a woman whose day job is based on numbers-cold, hard, definite, numbers. So, what if you went to sleep in a foreign country in the year 2013 and woke up in the same foreign country in the year 1763? How would an accountant deal with that-reality? Unreality?

The Welsh cut their teeth on mythology and the tale of the Mabinogh fascinated me, particularly that of the god Mathonwy. I love the shape shifting, and the different curses or geises placed on gods and goddesses. I just had to make my hero a half-immortal shifter who can harness thunder and lightning. It added that eerie, gritty feel I needed for the book.

Why 1763? Truly, I could've chosen any year from 1760-1779 because it was a time of dynamic change for mankind. During this period James Watt invented the steam engine, Ben Franklin plotted secession, and Adam Smith wrote An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (the book considered the foundation of modern economics). It's such an intriguing, churning nineteen years that I simply couldn't resist setting the book during that time. I picked 1763 because the difference between the centuries was a clean, even 250.

Q: What kind of research did you have to do in the course of writing this story? Please share a fun fact or unique experience in the course of research.

Oh, I did a ton of research. Actually everything happened very fortuitously as I was studying for my citizenship exam and became fascinated with the way America was born.

Ben Franklin intrigues me. It's hard to rationalize his brilliance with his misogynistic tendencies. One fact I found amazing--Ben was a member of the famous satanic-orgiastic Hellfire Club founded by Sir Francis Dashwood.

Q: Please tell us more about Emma. She sounds like a sensible woman who doesn't believe in time travel. How did she react upon finding out that she's gone back to the past?

Emma's a typical twenty-four-year-old Boca Raton recent college graduate. She's feisty, confident, and career-driven. Emma's a linear thinker with a love of abstract math and a deep appreciation of eclectic food. She hides her inherent sensuousness by wearing a logical mask.

When Emma arrives in 1762, she's in total disbelief. Shocked. Horrified. Emma wonders if she's insane and stuck in a loony bin created by her warped mind. For a while adrenalin keeps Emma putting one foot in front of the other. But when the hounds of hell attack her...

Q: What about Ian, Earl of Wye? What kind of person is he? What made him into the person he was when Emma met him?

Ian hero-worshipped his father and his older brother as a boy, but proved a disappointment to both as a grown man. Now that his brother's vanished, Ian, the prodigal son, returns to Clearwell to take care of his niece and manage the estates. He's embittered, wracked with guilt, and determined to make Emma his.

Q: Mate instincts aside, what makes Emma perfect for Ian and vice versa?

Emma and Ian complement each other's' strengths and weaknesses. She's an academic and prefers working with numbers and a computer to meeting new people, especially those her own age. Ian hates being indoors and would rather have thirty lashes with a whip than have to manage ledgers. Ian could care less about society's rules, while Emma hates calling any attention to herself and toes the line. Emma makes Ian laugh, something he hasn't done in years. Ian makes Emma believe in happy ever after.

Q: What's the most romantic moment between the two?

Here's an excerpt. Enjoy!

I jump when Ian sits next to me and lifts me to sit between his legs. Looking back, I meet his intense gaze.

He holds up a small glass bottle. "A concoction my chemist insists he makes only for the hair. Smell."

I grasp his hand and bring the open container to my nose. "Lavender?"

"He claims the essence of lavender softens the hair and brings out a natural shine." Ian pours a dollop into one palm, places the bottle on the grass above the pebbles, and turns to me. "Face the springs."

He massages the liquid into my hair. It's both comforting and arousing. His cock's turgid against the small of my back, and a sticky wetness soon moistens my skin there. His fingers are magic. I am boneless. My eyes are closed and I surrender to his masterful kneading.

I must've dozed off because the next thing I know, Ian has me in his arms, and I'm floating in the pool. It feels like a fantasy. Me, Thor, and a hot lagoon. When I reluctantly open my eyes, he's watching me, and though I can see the banked desire in his enlarged pupils, there's a tender smile playing about his mouth.

Reaching up, I outline his sinful lips, and a blob of lather spills into the water. I check, and sure enough, my hair's full of shampoo. "I guess it's time to dunk?"

"One, two, three," he says, and we submerge.

Beneath the surface, he threads his fingers through my saturated waves, and I follow some of the white globs of foam as they rise to the surface. His hands grip my waist, he sits me on one knee, and we break into open air.

I sputter and knuckle my eyes before searching for his face.

"Thank you." He lifts a lock to his nose and sniffs.

"For what?" I haven't felt so relaxed in months. "You did all the work."

"You trusted me enough to sleep in my arms," he replies and brushes his lips to mine.

Q: Who is your favourite character in the book? Why?

The worst question to ask an author. It's like asking a mom which of her three sons is the favorite.

Here's my workaround answer:

Emma's my favorite character for her feistiness and her innovative swearing, Ian for his total dedication to Emma and his incredible courage, Cameron because he's the image of Samantha's Smith from Sex and The City, Colin because he has a fine mind, and Cian for eyes the color of wet emeralds.

I also adore the girls, Fiona and Alice, and have definite soft spots for John and Charlie Linley. My favorite quirky character is Lady Honoria, 'Honey' to her friends. I love her penchant for wearing eccentric hats.

Q: What scene was most difficult to write, either because of its emotional intensity or level of technical difficulty?

The following scene where the action is fierce was the most difficult to write. I am spatially challenged (can't tell left from right-let's not go near east, west etc,) and actually have to draw everything out to get all the action sequences correct.

I sit up and repress a moan when pins and needles dagger my hands and feet.

The door bangs open.

A flaring torch blinds me.

"Why is she unbound?" Mrs. MacLeod barks.

Boob-pincher growls an answer in a language I don't recognize.

Out of the corner of my eyes, I see a shadow in the lee of the lantern Mrs. MacLeod's holding. The black image is elongated and vanishes in a flash, but I recognize those Spock-like ears. Dobbin. With Fiona in his arms. Squeezed into the narrow space between Mrs. MacLeod and Boob-pincher.

Thank you, God.

It's a miracle, but Mrs. MacLeod and Boob-pincher don't notice Fiona and Dobbin's escape.

I manage to make it onto my haunches.

"What say you?" Boob-pincher shoves Mrs. MacLeod inside the hut.

The lantern wobbles.

"The little one's gone." His eyes are huge and the whites glow. "The master will give me to the Bwoaille."

He's at my side before I can react.

I flinch when his nails bite into my shoulders.

"Where is she?" He's shaking me so hard my teeth rattle. His spittle hits my face and burns and fizzes on my cheek.

"Loose the governess. I care not about the little girl."

Boob-pincher drops me like a hot frying pan. Wriggling larvae pop through his translucent skin. The stink emanating from him is sickening.

"She matters not. The master will give us to the Bwoaille. We must find the little girl."

"Fool. Diana can free us from the master. Diana is all that matters."

Mrs. MacLeod smashes the lantern on the back of Boob-pincher's head.

He sways and drops to his knees.

She whacks him again.

He collapses.

A cloud of damp gravel and dirt hits my chest and arms.

I scramble to my feet.

Mrs. MacLeod holds the lantern high.

Brilliant silvery light screens my vision.

"Where is my daughter?" She advances.

I retreat, hands splayed behind my back to feel for the shack's wall.

"Answer me," she barks.

My fingers meet rough wood.

Play for time.

My pants are loud in the ominous silence.

"Where is Diana?" Mrs. MacLeod's maniacal screech is terrifying.

My legs shake.

Q: Wow, you did it quite well though. What's next in the series? Please give us a sneak peek.

That Tantalizing Lick, Murphy's Laws of Time Travel #2, should release first quarter 2014. This is Cameron's tale, the eldest of the three C-men.

Q: What's up next for you?

I have a whole bunch of stuff going on. Branded by Etain, the first book in my latest Viking series, The Beasts of Barvik releases on December 5, 2013.

First Quarter 2014:
That Tantalizing Lick, Murphy's Laws of Time Travel #2
Viking in Chains, Jomsviking Blood Brothers #1

Second Quarter 2014:
Wolf Without, Ricky's Landing #1
The Wolf with the Broken Smile, White Wolf #4
Temptation, Circle of Thirteen #1

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.


Thank you for being here and giving us all these insights into Emma and Ian! It's a pleasure to have you with us!


Bio:


Award winning, author Jianne Carlo's motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.

While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees and salivates for warriors of any type--rebels, SEALs, Vikings, and bad-ass mercenaries. Send her a man with an attitude and she'll find the right woman to tame him.

Jianne's writing career began in 2008, and since then she's been lucky enough to have over twenty books published. Most of her books are TOP PICKs and several have been nominated for and won numerous awards and prizes.

Nothing makes Jianne's day more than an email from someone who's read one of her books. So far, she's received emails from almost every continent on the planet. Almost...

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