Maureen L. Bonatch
Genre: Paranormal Romance
subgenre: suspense, fantasy. Theme: New Adult, demons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: December 22 2014
Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 80,630
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor (DCA Graphics)
Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil's spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.
Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn't know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.
Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn't lose.
Tagline: Hope Doesn’t Know If The Man She Can Touch Is A Dream Come True, Or A Nightmare Just Beginning.
I strained to release my arm from Griffith’s vise-like grip while scanning the surrounding trees, trying to determine which was less of a threat, the beast of a man holding me or those who might be waiting for me in the woods.
“You will come inside, now.” Griffith spoke slowly and deliberately as if I were a small child.
I batted at the hand Griffith placed on my head. “I’m not a puppy, quit petting me.”
“I will protect you.” Griffith’s warm breath caressed my ear. “If for no other reason, to find out what I’m giving up and why she wants you so badly.”
I inhaled his masculine scent, like musky earth. It washed over my face, and the tension in my jaw released. I stopped struggling. “Are you the devil?” My tongue was thick and heavy so the words came out slurred.
“Not even close.” His words soothed and comforted, like having a weighted blanket cocoon me. Each movement was an effort. It wasn’t the same as the thing in the woods. This was more like the feeling after a long massage or bubble bath.
“It’s not safe.” Griffith wrapped his arms around me, and I rested against his broad chest.
“It’s not safe.” I nodded. My muscles relaxed and my eyelids grew heavy.
“It’s cold. We’re going inside.” Griffith kept his arm supporting me as he steered me toward the house.
“We’re going inside.” I parroted and walked up the steps, leaning heavily on him.
Out of the corner of my eye, something was cautiously moving at the edge of the woods. Branches snapped as whatever was observing us crept closer.
Character Name: Hope Joy Hallows
Character Bio: I was raised in an orphanage until I was 13, then my aunt adopted me. When I was almost 21 she was murdered by something not human, it was then that I knew I couldn’t hide what I was anymore. When I went to seek revenge I found more than the creatures that had killed my aunt, I found a family I didn’t know I had and the man I’d been dreaming of for years.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
I think my best and worst quality is one and the same, my habit of speaking without thinking things through first. That’s because you know with me what you see and hear is what you get. I’m not going to sugar coat it with lies that will only hurt you later. Though some may disagree, after all the lies I’ve endured in my life, I think honesty is the best quality.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
That despite what I might say, or how I might act, I’m really not as tough as I come across and I could use a shoulder to lean on now and then. I’ll never be as sweet as Destiny or happy as Chance, but that’s only because I’ve never been able to trust anyone enough to let my guard down that much. I hope that might change some day.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
My family knows I’m able to give a feeling of hope with my touch, what they don’t know is that I can take hope away from someone the same way. The same way the Oppressors do, the creatures that killed my aunt. I’m not sure what that makes me.
What are you most afraid of?
That I won’t be able to control my gift, and I’ll hurt the people I love in the process.
What do you want more than anything?
I’d thought it was to find my mother, but really it’s to belong somewhere and feel like I fit in.
What is your relationship status?
I’m single, although I think there is a potential for something with Griffith. I’m just not sure I want to explore it.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I tend to wear whatever is comfortable, which usually ends up being jeans and a t-shirt.
How much of a rebel are you?
Apparently more than I’d realized. I had no idea how many things you had to do just to keep peace within a family. I guess that’s one benefit I hadn’t known I had growing up without anyone to worry about but myself.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
From what I’ve learned about the Enchantlings so far, it seems my greatest achievement would be surviving until my twenty-first birthday.
What is your idea of happiness?
A warm bed at night and a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Okay, and maybe a little bit of tequila in the evening.
What is your current state of mind?
Confused, and a little frustrated. Everyone in this town seems to speak in riddles without giving me the answers that I need.
What is your most treasured possession?
The letter from Aunt Tessa, the last words she ever wrote to me.
What is your most marked characteristic?
The birthmark I share with my triplet siblings. That is the final confirmation that we are the Enchantlings.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Secrets. It seems like everybody has them.
Which living person do you, most despise?
I’d say Drake but I’m not sure he can be considered as a living person.
What is your greatest regret?
The argument I had with my Aunt Tessa right before she died. If I hadn’t run out like I did, she might still be alive.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
His laugh. That’s why I put up with my brother, because he laughs all the time. It’s also why I’ve been trying to coax it out of Griffith, because he doesn’t laugh much at all.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I’d say the same thing, a genuine laugh. There’s not enough happiness in the world, or in me.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. He’s a strong enough man to love a strong woman.
Which living person do you most admire?
Ruthie, because she has endured so much in her life but still presents with a smile and a bring it on attitude.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I wish I could get rid of some of the anger I carry inside me.
What is your motto?
All you need to get by is air and attitude.
Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.
Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful.
Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).
Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.