Characters, and their goals and motivations, are central to any story, but particularly so in romance, which focuses on the love relationship between two people. Put the right characters together, and the story practically writes itself. In The Goddess’s Curse, a fantasy/sci-fi romance, I was inspired by the mythological Amazon women who lived apart from men until they needed to mate. But that was only the inspiration. The story developed out of the characters. In the Goddess’s Curse, there are three main ones.
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Status: Princess. Daughter of the queen, heiress to the throne.
Where she lives: In the royal palace, centered among the villages of the Sharona, a race of women who live apart from men until libidinal fever compels them to mate with the barbarian males of the Lahon tribe.
Her problem: She has been stricken by a mysterious illness, and it is unlikely she will live long enough to inherit the throne or to fulfill her duty to the Goddess by producing a daughter.
Her biggest ally: Her cousin Honna, her best friend, confidant, and a gifted healer, who has toiled selflessly to find a cure for her illness.
Her greatest wish: To see a Lahon in the flesh before she dies.
Her plan: Accompany her cousin on her mating manhunt so she can get a look at a Lahon up close and personal.
What drives her: Hope. It’s all she has left.
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Status: Leader of the Lahon.
Where he lives: In the Lahan settlement, a two-day journey from the Sharona village.
His problem: His people are running out of water. The Sharona, however, have an abundance.
His greatest nemesis: The Sharona woman who killed his infant son. He doesn’t know her name, but he’ll never forget her face.
His greatest wish: To get water for his people and avenge his son’s death.
His plan: Kidnap a woman so he’ll have leverage against the Sharona queen.
What drives him: Revenge.
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Status: Niece to the queen, cousin to Reena.
Where she lives: In the royal palace, forced into a demeaning occupation tending to her weak, undeserving cousin.
Her problem: Her cousin isn’t dying fast enough, and now she (Honna) has been stricken by libidinal fever and must leave the palace to mate.
Her greatest nemesis: Many. Those who are great have many enemies.
Her greatest wish: To ascend the throne of the royal house of Sharona.
Her plan: Bring her cousin along with her on the manhunt so the arduous journey will weaken Reena and she’ll succumb to the illness.
What drives her: A lust for power.
The Goddess's Curse
by Cara Bristol
ebook, 241 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Cara Bristol
Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the women are forced to mate.
Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Sharona Princess Reena jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.
Garat, leader of the Lahon, hates the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to exact revenge by driving the Sharona from their homeland and taking what the Lahon need.
When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.
But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lives in the palace in time to save her life?
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently resides in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling. http://carabristol.com/