(BBB): Tell us a bit about your story in CHALICE OF ROSES.
(JB): The Raven and the Rose is probably the story closest to the classic Grail mythology, being medieval and set near Glastonbury; Glastonbury Tor is the main location for the hiding place of the holy cup.
When researching, I learned was that the term “grail” didn’t exist in the 12th century. It still meant cup or dish and was in common use as such, so I used another ancient term with similar connotations – graal, which fits with the pagan elements of The Raven and the Rose.
The mythology I imagined was that the Graal can bring peace to our world, but in order to manifest, two virgins of the graal bloodline must marry. Or to be specific, have sex. It’s not easy to keep people virginal, especially men, which is one reason the “Anarchy”, when Stephen and Matilda warred for the throne of England, had gone on for so long.
The story opens when Sister Gledys of Rosewell receives the astonishing summons to leave the nunnery and seek her graal partner, led by a raven and a golden path. She expects to be taken to a monastery, but she ends up in a battle camp, in the arms of a young knight who’s very happy to see her. Michael de Loury escaped from monastic life only when he vowed to remain a virgin until his chosen bride appeared.
They must follow their path to the graal location or war will rage again, but first they must overcome some very powerful men.
(BBB): Who is your favorite (of any ever fictional or real) grail quester?
(JB): I really don’t have one.
(BBB): Can you share anything about what you are working on now or next?
(JB): Currently I’m working on my next Georgian romance. It’s set in my Malloren World, (http://www.jobev.com/malloren.html) as is my next book, The Secret Duke, but this one’s not directly connected to any other Georgian books. It’s nice to start with a blank slate sometimes.
Not long ago I sent in a novella, The Marrying Maid, for an intriguing SF&F collections called Star Crossed Lovers, in which the Georgian hero has inherited a magical gift that connects with the Robin Hood stories.
(BBB): What is your favorite food (random I know but I want to throw in a little human interest)?
(JB): Just one? I love really good bread, especially stone-ground whole wheat, and really good butter to put on it. And very dark chocolate – Lindt 90%, perhaps with a little ginger to nibble along with it. See, I knew it couldn’t be just one.
(BBB): Did you enjoy working on an anthology more than a single novel?
(JB): I can’t say more or less, but the shorter length comes under “a change is as good as a rest” as does bringing in magical fantasy elements.
Summary of a Chalice of Roses
Romance and destiny intertwine in four all-new novellas inspired by grail quests-featuring two New York Times bestselling authors!
From the bestselling and award-winning authors of Dragon Lovers comes an anthology of fantasy, romance, and eternal love. In these four novellas, history and destiny spark passion, and everything depends on the fate of one mystical cup: the Holy Grail.
A young woman must find her love to summon the Grail to bring peace to England; a Regency lady must keep it safe from Napoleon's spies; a modern sorceress must keep the Grail from falling into Nazi hands, and an American must put the chalice at risk to rescue her one true love. These are four passionate and enchanting stories of desire and destiny inspired by one of our most powerful legends.
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Thank you SOO much for the interview Ms. Beverly, it was an honor!
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