CJ James presents the first of Excesses of Earthly Loves Trilogy; the beginning of a series of seven adventures through the mists of Machtando with all of its temptations and chances at redemption. Follow as the seven deadly sins go supernatural in the fantasy world of CJ James’ Machtando.Bouignon’s Lust (book 1): CJ James introduces readers to the Machtando, a valley just through the mists which holds both temptations and redemptions for those who have lost their life’s way. Teme and her pack, have taken Catherine in to be one of their own. Teme, as a spirited guide leads her pack through the first of the deadliest of temptations, lust.The Valley of Machtando is in unrest, someone has entered through the mists and is being held under the lustful control of the vampire, Bourignon. However, this victim’s troubled mind drives Bourignon to kidnap Catherine, one of Machtando’s protectors, and plots to force her to cure what haunts his prized possession’s mind. With the unrest of the mist, no one seems to notice another arrival to Machtando; yet, it is she that will change Teme and Catherine’s pack forever as they stand to protect Machtando,¬¬¬ and all who enter, from the deadliest of temptations.
Welcome to the lounge C.J.! Let’s start off with a few questions.
Describe yourself in five words.
Positive, Loyal, perceptive, empathetic and determined
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Absolutely! I can not cease to write; it has been a lifelong obsession.
What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like) A poetry collection I wrote to my father prior to his death.
What books did you love growing up?
Anything by Shakespeare, The Hardy Boys series, William H. Danforth’s “I Dare You”, Fahrenheit 451, Catch 22, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Tom Sawyer and The Bell Jar.
I see our bookshelves were similar!
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?
Mostly friends and authors who have inspired me – Claudia Christian, Anne Rice, and others I have connected with through email and social media.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
In Bourignon’s Lust, I present the first of the Excesses of Earthly Loves Trilogy; the beginning of a series of seven adventures (two trilogies and a bridge). Bourignon’s Lust introduces readers to the Machtando, a valley just through the mists which holds both temptations and redemptions for those who have lost their life’s way. Te’me and her pack, have taken Catherine in to be one of their own. Te’me, as a spirited guide, leads her pack through the first of the deadliest of temptations, lust. This series with its two trilogies and a bridge encompasses the deadliest of sins and most dramatic of redemptions. Follow as the seven deadly sins go supernatural in the fantasy world of Machtando.
I wrote this book as an initial venture into writing fantasy. I love the opportunity to mingle this genre with the classic lore of 7 deadly sins, historical interplays and all the fantastical creatures I can imagine. It is a creative challenge which continues to intrigue me.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience is young adults. This is a fantasy novel, first in a series, that highlights redemption and hope. All young adults heading into that process of finding their way in the world need to know there is always hope.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
A motley crew of William Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Anne McCaffrey, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Claudia Christian, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Gray, and perhaps a few others that I “hero worship”.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Intuition and perceptive insight – it has served me well with my “day” job.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I have a love of all things magical, historical, literary and spiritual. This series has offered me the opportunity to engage in all these facets and expand my writing experiences. I am eager to continue my writing expeditions into fantasy genre as well as others.
That’s Fantastic! Thank you so much for stopping by, C. J.
Here is an excerpt of C.J’s work!
Catherine sat at the mouth of Gabriel staring out over the valley watching the Blues and Reds. One could not really call it fighting; it was more like a testing of each others’ defenses and current weaknesses. Dragons are funny that way, always testing each other to see who can one up the other.
Catherine could not recall how long ago Manitto, God, had sent her to serve this area, but it had been hers for a while. It was her responsibility to protect those who passed through and faced all the shadowy demons that lurked to devour those who had lost their way and fell into the mists. Daily she gazed through the misty valley and walked among its beasts, its natives, its wealth and its dark and dangerous areas. The valley, Machtando, never ceased to amaze Catherine with its contrasts and challenges – they had grown to a mutual respect. . . . . . .
This relationship continued for several more decades as Bourignon began to come more into his own, though just as fierce and sharp as Solomon, he sought to establish his own refuge and to see the world outside the now destroyed Babylon. And so he left, without a word to Solomon after their nearly 50 years of cohabitation. There was nothing to say.
Bourignon, so driven by his love of scholarly things made a point to break into the priest’s chambers before leaving Babylon. He collected as many of the old scrolls as he dared carry with him, feasting upon two priests for carnal energy as well. Then he departed, without a second thought for the comfort he was abandoning. Bourignon had also developed a keen interest in wars and warfare during his studies of the scrolls Solomon maintained. So in search of wars he went; it was a good time to do so.