It's Saturday Spotlight day and today we have the talented and lovely Sadie Rose Bermingham. If you haven't read her work yet you'll want to by the end and if you have than you know she's amazing. We have an interview for you, we will look at some of her books, and wrap it up with a giveaway. So, get comfy.
Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.
Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.
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Mari Gale’s life has been a whirlwind since meeting Jake Chivis. A new job prospect and his mother’s health preoccupy him, so when Jake invites him on a date he’s ready to cut loose. Their night out turns into a nightmare when a fire breaks out in the basement of the bar and they barely escape.
Soon Jake learns that the horrific accident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and it’s not the only case. Detective Inspector Cordiline of the London Met hints at spontaneous human combustion, but as far as Jake knows, SHC doesn’t exist.
When Mari looks into a group called Birthright, he finds a connection to the victims of the fires and Jake risks himself to go undercover at the shadowy organization. The race is on to determine the truth before Jake becomes the next target.
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A maniac is on the loose in London, drugging young women and assaulting them before burying them in shallow graves.
When Inspector John Cordiline asks Jake Chivis for his unique assistance as a Fire Elemental with the Cemetery Rapist case, he feels he can hardly refuse. What begins as a simple job—trying to get memories from a suspect to aid conviction—soon takes a darker turn when one of the victims dies and an offer of help comes from an unexpected and unwelcome source.
Dr. Mari Gale is disturbed to find that his former lover Tomas Arregui is London and wants to meet with him. Despite his best efforts to avoid the man, fate seems to be pushing him onto a collision course with Tomas. And the impact will cast him into more trouble than he could ever have imagined.
Digging deeper for the truth could be the death of them.
Releases August 28th
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When Neil Markovic witnesses the murder of his mother by Bone Men, his world is thrown into turmoil. On the run from the assassins that killed her, his sorcerer father and the police, Neil finds help in the form of a tall half-fae alchemist named Malachai. Mal seems more accepting than most of Neil’s demon bloodline but curiously immune to his charms.
Malachai Valentine, disgraced scion of a noble leprechaun clan, back in the Old Country, is happy living as an anonymous scrap dealer. Using his talent for alchemy to make fuel and potions, most days he doesn’t even think of his ruinous past. When a scared young man with a fancy car crashes into his life, at first, Mal thinks he can do without the hassle. But as Neil begins to get under his skin, Mal reassesses his hopes and ambitions.
Harassed by megalomaniac fae and stalked by sorcerous killers at every turn, Malachai and Neil must fight to be free, and to find what they both always wanted.
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I’m so excited to have you here with us today as the Saturday Spotlight Author! I have questions for you and I’m excited for your answers.
Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here. 😊
Let’s start off with how you knew writing was what you always wanted to do?
Well, I’ve been a storyteller since I was very small. I used to make up stories for my little sister and my friends – something I inherited from my late father, who used to invent fairytales for us when we were kids. (King Englebert and the Humper Dinkers was a favourite, as I recall.) My early tales were Famous Five style adventures, involving me and my friends. I think one of them involved a flying carpet and a trip to Blackpool Tower. I was probably eight or nine years old.
I had a wonderful year seven teacher, Mrs Pallant, who encouraged me in my creative writing, telling me, and my parents, that one day I could be the next Enid Blyton.
When I was twelve, I graduated to erotic fiction. Yeah, I know! Precocious, much! I went on holiday to Somerset with my best friend and her family and while we were there I kept her entertained with a mildly salacious tale about a female scientist who falls in love with her service android. I think it was based around a story I’d sneakily read in my mother’s Cosmo. It was truly awful but it was, however, the first example of a trope that I’d reuse quite a lot as I grew older and began to hone my craft – the slightly androgynous, floppy-haired male lead.
Around this time, my dad brought home an ancient, massive Remington typewriter that his office was throwing out and I lugged it up to my room and over the next eleven months or so, pounded out a fantasy novel, based loosely around a theme by Tolkien. (The neighbors could hear me typing three streets away!) This too was awful, but there were sound ideas, and lots of floppy haired, androgynous men, so I was made up about it at the time.
Over the intervening years, work and real life have kind of taken over but I got back to writing in a serious way about twenty years ago and in 2014, I finally got into print with – yes, you guessed it – another floppy haired, androgynous young man, Dr Mari Gale from Elemental Evidence.
You have a book releasing this month, Digging Deeper. It’s book four in your and Bellora Quinn’s Elemental Evidence series. IS this an ongoing story, can it be read as a standalone, and what can you tell us about what to expect?
For anyone thinking of reading the series, I seriously would NOT recommend that you start here. Hahah. No. The earlier books can be read as standalone stories but there is ongoing character and background progression so it really is best to start at the beginning, with Breathing Betrayal.
Bellora and I planned the first four stories - set in London and featuring a pair of freelance paranormal investigators - loosely around a theme of elements, beginning with Air, which is Mari’s element and progressing through Fire (his partner, Jake’s) and the heavier elements of Water and Earth. Jake and Mari are brought together as part of a program to study elemental talents at University College London. Jake is able to review memories captured in inanimate objects and sometimes people. Mari can mind-surf communications networks by touching them, and was headhunted to the department where he works by the British Government, although this is background to the actual stories.
Digging Deeper is a very dark tale and begins to bring together a lot of threads that were sewn through the first three books. It is also kind of a transit story, leading from the first three to a more intense exploration of elementals and Jake’s part-Native American heritage, in the final two (or – at the risk of sounding like George R R Martin here - possibly three) books.
I’m kind of steeling myself for people not to be happy with us about the conclusion to Digging Deeper, which I guess I shouldn’t say when I’m trying to plug a book, but it’s by far the darkest storyline we’ve written for the boys so far. Mari’s horrible ex, Tomas Arregui shows up in London, young women are being drugged and buried alive, and there are threads we haven’t yet tied up which I’m sure will make some folks grind their teeth.
I’m already looking forward to book five though. There will be snow. And hostile relatives. And people setting fire to things. All the good stuff.
Out of all your characters which one would you say is most like you?
Hmm… that’s a difficult one. I think a lot of my characters have elements (see what I did there?) of me in them.
Mari has my borderline-autistic-spectrum tendency to see things in a straight line from A to B with nothing in-between. He gets very frustrated and discouraged when things don’t work out the way he thinks they should.
Rayne Wylde, was a rock-star vampire I wrote with two co-authors -originally with my friend Emily Regent and later, with Bellora, on Literotica and our own blog – and he has my short fuse and love of indie rock music.
In Elemental Evidence, I’d say that John Cordiline is probably the character who channels me the most. He’s older than the MCs and very protective, especially of Jake, plus he has my cynicism and a dry sense of humor.
Are you attending any conventions or signings this year or next?
Not this year. I’ve been out of work for a little while and I can’t really afford it, though I will be attending ShiMMer next year in Birmingham (appropriately). I’m kind of anxious/excited about that.
Bellora will be at GRL this year though, so please go and talk to her, everyone, it’s her first time.
(From Bellora [who is reading this over my shoulder]: OMG Mom, tell everyone why don’t you?)
What inspires you out of a writer’s block?
This is where having a co-writer really comes into its own. Having someone to bounce ideas off is brilliant. It may not always take us in directions we were expecting but it’s great for getting things moving. We wrote Demon Familiar (the first book in a new series, Wanted) earlier last year when we were stuck in the bog of eternal edits for Surfacing Secrets. It started as just a vague idea based on photos of a run-down city, like Detroit, and an image of an abandoned parts-shop covered in graffiti. We knew we wanted Fae in it, as Bellora had been playing around with a Fae based story that didn’t get off the ground. Then we threw demons into the mix and wound up with an alternate future world where Demons, Humans and Fae co-exist. Twelve months later, Demon Familiar was born.
Now we need to get our act together and write book two.
Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or any future projects?
With Bellora, I’m gearing up to work on book five of Elemental Evidence and the aforementioned Wanted part two (neither of which have titles at the moment).
I’ve been working on some old material, myself, which is a long running fantasy cycle set in a world where earth magic given by the gods and closely guarded by elf-like beings, restored a dead planet to life. Fantasy fiction is my first love and it would be great if I could finally get this published.
Growing up what were some of your favorite books and authors?
I would read anything with a horse on the cover up to about the age of eleven. Primarily to shut me up, my Mum gave me her copy of Black Beauty when I was about four and I read it from cover to cover, again and again. The Misty of Chincoteague books by Marguerite Henry were a favorite too, and Elynne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby series, set in Australia.
When I was a kid I loved Tove Jansson’s Moominvalley stories. I still have the original paperback novels and find them a very philosophical read in current times.
I recently re-read The Power of Three, by Diana Wynne Jones, a story of three different races of people living on a moor under threat of flooding and all fighting for their own space. Its characters had a huge impact on me as a pre-teen – I remember making my own cut out and color figures of all the principal MCs. It was my first inkling that kids could be activists too. The book is still amazing now, after all these years.
How can your readers follow you: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website?
· I have an Author Page on Facebook -
· Plus there is a Facebook group for Elemental Evidence and other authory updates –
· You can follow me on Twitter @SadieBermingham
· Or Instagram – sadie_rose_69
What is the one thing you’d love your readers to take away from your books?
I always hope that people will fall in love with our boys as much as we do. When we’re creating a world, we get completely immersed in it and the characters are like the kids we never had. Sometimes they’re awesome and funny, sometimes they’re a pain in the ass, but we still love them to bits.
Fast Fire Questions
Favorite color: Purple
Lucky number: 42
Soup or stew: Stew, I can only cook if it’s something that involves one pot. (Unless it’s mushroom soup, in which case, Soup!)
Cat or dog: I love both but I’m primarily a cat person.
Day or night: Night Owl
Favorite season: Autumn
Go to comfort food? – I’m weird, I don’t really eat for comfort, but I do love crumpets, it’s a British thing.
Thank you so much for talking with me.
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