A lot of times, writers are asked where we get our inspiration. And what I know from my own writing, and hear from others, is that we never seem to have a problem coming up with stories. Anything from ancient tales to stories in the news can trigger that feeling of “hey, there’s a story in there.” In fact, sometimes we feel as if we have too many stories surging around in our heads, and we can’t focus on the one that we’re “supposed” to be writing.
For me, though, the setting is usually my trigger. And Minotaur is no exception. Sultry, seductive Crete, with its mythic tales and modern hotties, really compelled this story. It fueled the fire for a tale of a shifter who’s nothing like your normal shifters. Shifter probably doesn’t even do him justice, really.
Because while I love all tales about anything “other”, the paranormal category can get a little bit old, sometimes. And I wanted to write something different. Something older. Darker. Hence the minotaur myths, the labyrinths, and the long nights of strange, ecstatic rites that all come into play.
And while I may never be able to write the light and comedic heroes, the original Teo, my hero, was even perhaps a little bit too dark when I first started writing this. I wanted there to be a real question mark as to whether he could have actually hurt someone, either as a minotaur or not. But as the story evolved, Teo came to be his current incarnation: conflicted, full of guilt, but not capable of brutality. And that’s a good thing.
When man becomes minotaur, dark passion takes hold…
Lara Castille always plays it safe in both love and life. But when she arrives on vacation in Crete, she is determined to enjoy herself. Old habits die hard, though. Drawn to her tour guide, the enigmatic and sexy Teo Lambros, she cannot let down her guard—until she takes part in the ancient and sensual rites at the ruins of Knossos. She dreams of the minotaur who takes her upon the altar, and wonders if it could be Teo who brought her to ecstasy.
A gray haze clouds Teo’s memory of the rites; he knows only that the bull has chosen him for his own. He fears that the land will once again need a sacrifice, as it did when it claimed his fiancée the year before. Though he cannot deny his need for Lara, he knows that protecting her from his desire is the only way to keep her safe.
As the island’s magic demands everything they have, Lara and Teo must discover what’s real and what’s imagined if they’re to survive the passionate sexuality that draws them together…
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Erin writes sensuous paranormal romances set in exotic locales. Her latest book is a sexy minotaur shifter story in Crete.
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