Finding Inspiration by Pat Esden
Hi, my name is Pat Esden. I’m the author of the Dark Heart series from Kensington Books. HOLD ON ME, book one in the series, is currently available. Book two, BEYOND YOUR TOUCH, is going to be released on August 30th.
It’s hard to talk about the inspiration for BEYOND YOUR TOUCH without giving away at least one of the secrets at the heart of the first book, A HOLD ON ME. So take that as a warning—there are book 1 spoilers ahead. :)
By the end of A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart series book 1), the main character, Annie, has discovered that the mother she’d assumed was dead was in truth kidnapped and taken to the djinn realm. Annie’s aunt and uncle had previous attempted to rescue her mother, but had failed when the genie Malphic used magic to seal the veil between the human and djinn realms.
Part of what inspired BEYOND YOUR TOUCH was my hunt for the perfect way for Annie and her family to be able to safely pass through the veil on their way into and when escaping from the djinn realm. While I was brainstorming ideas, I came across this YouTube of a man playing the Divje babe.
Not only do flutes have a reputation for being used in magic, but the sound produced by this bone flute was totally otherworldly. I became even more convinced that this idea was solid when I discovered various bone flutes have been used across the globe, a detail that is vital to the series’ mythology. From there, I began to think about how flute-magic would work. What sort of person would use it? How it would affect the plot and characters?
There are several other secrets from book 1 that inspired plot threads in BEYOND YOUR TOUCH, but I’m not going to give away any more of the story. However, I will say that my desire to not let Annie and Chase have an easy time falling in love was a large part of my inspiration.
Beyond Your Touch
(The Dark Heart #2)
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.
Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.
If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.
PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
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