Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Writing A Different History by Kiki Howell

First, I would like to give a big “Thank You” to Hannah Howell for having me today, and once again for reading my novel, Torn Asunder, and giving me a cover quote for it.

“Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” ~Mary Schmich

I think I take this approach with all of my writing. I’m all about different angles and various views. So, even when writing within my favorite time period in history, Regency England, I feel the need to shake things up, alter history. How do I do this? Well, I combine genres, write not only a romance that is a historical story, but one that is also a paranormal romance and an erotic romance with a touch of romantic suspense.

To me Regency England is quite magical in and of itself, that is if you were part of the Upper Ten Thousand, the ton. A life of gowns and parties, elegant food and regal men – well, I am more partial to the rake myself. *giggles* Anyway, it seemed only natural to me to add in some magic. I wanted my heroine in a lavish white empire line dress of embroidered lawn fabric with power coursing through her veins so strong it would let her manipulate the elements at a whim. Of course, such beauty and power can get a girl into trouble in any time period.

It is the troubles that build suspense, so as a writer I have to look at the setting and figure out what troubles a witch could find herself in, in say the early 1800’s in England. I write in what-ifs. What if she was forced away from the man she loved? What if she traveled to a magical island, say Ireland, where her powers were increased? This question, of course, lead to a lot of research on how one would get from England to Ireland in those days. To continue on in my questioning mode, what would a witch do for love? Would she stand battle against not only a mother hell-bent on an advantageous marriage for her son? What if there was a threat of black magic as well? What exactly would she do, how far would she go, to be with the man she loves? I don’t make it any easier on my heroine to find love than I do for her to get into her corset.

Of course, then I take myself out of my comfort zones. I push the limits of my imagination as I answer each of those questions. I see the houses and clothing, play with each of their limitations. I imagine the situations, all the possibilities my mind can conjure up. I add in a spell or two to make things tougher or easier. And, I create a man, a hero, whose tailcoat and neckcloth fall to the wayside as he is transformed into a beast of my heroine’s own creation.

With all my paranormal elements in place, my touches of suspense set just right, and my love scenes fraught with magic as well, I enjoy my bouts with the structure of the upper class. I challenge their rules of propriety and their ideas of entitlement and class, with the heavy hitters - complications such as passion and spells. Basically, I take this time period I love, and while obeying its confinements, staying true to them, I explore new areas, widen my view, add just to see how the characters will deal. Yeah, I have fun as I live in my mind in another place and time as I create it.

So, I hope you will enjoy my newest novel as much as I did writing it. Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.


Blurb: Aubrey Griffen is a witch whose true reasons for coming to London soon fall to the wayside when she catches the eye of Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. He seduces her into a whirlwind romance until the lies and threats of his mother force her to flee to Triaill Brimuir, a secret island of her ancestors off the coast of Ireland. Edmund goes after her only to be hit by Aubrey’s confusion and anger when she magically transforms him into an elemental beast of her own creation.

However, it is when Edmund’s lust mysteriously turns him back into a man that the couple are forced to deal with a family secret and untold of powers. Now, Edmund must learn to shift himself into the beast in order to save her in a battle of black verses white magic.

Genres: Historical (Regency), Paranormal (Witches & Shifters), Erotic Romance

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More Praise for Torn Asunder:

What a truly memorable and original novel! Torn Asunder by Kiki Howell is remarkable in its' depiction of a different time and age- and the adventures of Aubrey Griffen- a mystical and magical heroine. Torn Asunder brings to life the very essence of 19th Century England andIreland, and in doing so, provides the reader with the feeling they are actually there! Only a rare talent can accomplish this, full of magic, drama and romance, Kiki Howell joins the ranks of the very top supernatural writers! ~A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ, RICK FRIEDMAN, FOUNDER

“Torn Asunder is what a Regency novel should be. Prior to this book, I have never had a historical romance keep my interest for more than a chapter or two. Kiki Howell has written a historical novel that sings. Her love for the time period is reflected in every part of the story, from the vivid characters to the clear imagery of her settings. I give Torn Asunder five of five hearts.” ~D. Alexx Miller, Book Reviewer for Romance in the Backseat

Kiki Howell I feel has a major hit on her hands with Torn Asunder. I was so glued to this book that I was up til 4AM reading it, and mind you, I had to be up at 7AM to see my kiddies off to school....lol. I was just so captivated...In between all the chaos our couple must endure is the most breath taking love story. Their hearts and minds are linked for all time by an unforeseen connection that real couples only dream of. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10 and encourage everyone 18 and over to get a copy of this book and fall under Aubrey and Edmund's spell. It is so worth the ride. ~5 out of 5 Stars, Review by Raquel Vega-Grieder for Sinfully Tasty Reads


  1. I loved it before and I loved it even more KiKi. Torn Asunder put me under a spell.

    Hannah thanks to KiKi pointing me out to I recently read If He's Wicked and loved it. I'm checking out the series.

    Great post ladies.

  2. WOW! I love the title, the premise, and the cover!! I'm sold. I have to have it!!

    Congrats, Kiki!


  3. I love how you think ouside the box Kiki, and yet, keep the required parameters for Regency England. You just seem to have a knack for knowing just how far to push the envelope without having it be a mish mash of misplaced elements.

  4. I love your quote, and your perspective on writing within, yet outside the box. I'd have a hard time juggling all those elements, but you seem to have managed it very well. Congratulations on Torn Asunder. Really good title and your cover is gorgeous.

  5. Hannah, thanks for posting this.
    Kiki, this was a good post about you and your book. I'm definitely interested.
    Best of luck with your book Kiki.