Title: Sinful Treasure
When sexual demon Bem Hazari possesses her lover’s soul, Emma discovers a world of passion, bondage and illicit love which threatens her fragile existence.
The fragile world of sensitive Emma is torn apart when her Indian lover Shankar is killed in a fatal accident. Having inherited the jinn box of his forefathers she traps his lost soul inside, aware that the box is haunted by the immortal sexual demon Bem Hazari. But what Emma does not realise is that Bem plans to capture Shankar’s soul and use it as a means to escape the confines of the box.
Bereft at her loss and craving her lover, Emma turns to the powerful demon conjuror Bodekar to fabricate her a body—an etheric double of Shankar—in which to house the soul. However, Bem and Shankar in an act of dark magic, are now one and she is soon confronted with a dilemma.
Unable to resist Bem’s charismatic magical charms Emma falls even more in love and willingly enters a world of perverse erotic desire, bondage and boundless pleasure which threatens her sanity. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into passionate immortal love and the shadowy world of the jinn demon she has to find a way to live in two worlds. Will she have to lose the love or her life in exchange for the preservation of her sanity?
Author: Alcamia Payne
Published by Total-e-Bound Publishing Source: Author
Published: 4 November, 2012
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance
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This was an interesting short story, but far more questions were left unanswered at the end than should have been. Emma is a colonialist living in India; the women in her family have all had mysterious and often ominous ends. Living between the human and spiritual world, her thoughts and curiosity is always dabbling with the darker magics.
Bem is a djinn, the djinn of sexual depravity and craving. Contained in a “Pandora’s Box” of a jail by Emma’s former lover Shankar, Emma’s refusal and inablilty to allow Shankar’s soul freedom on his death have created an interesting conundrum: the reformed corporeal body of her lover looks similar to Shankar, contains bits of his soul, but is wholly controlled by the manifestation of the djinn Bem.
Confusing, far less information conveyed in overlong description and several conflicting passages where description seems to both run amok and contradict itself: violet is not vermillion and henna is not rosy. Emma’s POV as the narrator being wholly ‘removed’ with little emotional reality made this a difficult read for me. Great lengthy passages of time between meetings begged to be skimmed through, and the silken threads of bondage was never explained nor detailed. It just didn’t provide me with a reason for her interest in the darker magic, nor did it provide characters that were interesting enough to care about. I didn’t find nor see anything particularly sexy in sex scenes, and perhaps that was more a part of the lack of interest in the characters. Alcamia Payne can write a beautiful descriptive passage, but the wooden characters and a seeming confusion about the story being told made this a disappointing read for me.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Sure Vanessa. I’m a romance and erotica author based in England and I love what I do. I always wanted to be a writer and I spent years scribbling away in notebooks and writing stories – like many writers – trying to muster up enough courage to actually submit to a publisher. I eventually did this when a friend dared me too. For quite a while I did two jobs, now I’m thrilled to spend all my time writing. When I’m not jotting something hot or romantic I have a few hobbies. Of course, I always have my head in a book but I love doing loads of other things too and have a big interest in the paranormal and history.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?
I’d love to. I generally work on more than one piece at a time because it seems to help with writer’s block. I just have a new M/M novel called ‘Hidden,’ coming out with Xcite books, we’re are the editing stage, and I’ve also had a new chick lit/erotica romance accepted with them too, so am waiting to start work on that. I am currently working on a mega M/M novel for a new publisher, plus mainstream romance under my other name, together with a sequel to ‘A Pinch of Spice,’ the last in ‘The Perfect Slave Trilogy,’ and an exciting science fiction story which really pushes the boundaries.
Vanessa: Vanessa: When was the oddest circumstance one of your characters started talking to you and what did he/she want to do?
Singling out one character is tough. My characters always lead me and I don’t think I really have much say at all in what they do J I think the oddest voyages of discovery with them though has been the ones involving science fiction. Whenever I write romance in that genre it’s fascinating what my characters say and where they lead me.
Vanessa: Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?
I think there’s a little bit of me in every single one of my characters. As humans we have ultra- complex psychologies and personalities. Each book brings out something interesting from me. In some ways it’s like therapy exploring my traits.
Lusty Penguin: How did you come up with the title?
Talking about Sinful Treasure. I don’t know. It just came to me. Emma had this really wonderful heirloom and it contained something sinful. It was just there and a great title.
Lusty Penguin: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! I like people to open their minds to possibilities and be daring. I love the fact that the soul is immortal. In Sinful Treasure Emma is devastated to lose her lover. Through resurrecting him and loving Bem Hazari who steals her lover’s soul – Emma is open to possibilities that although in the beginning might seem a bit scary – add richness and passion to her life.
Gaele: What is the best piece of advice you ever received about being a writer?
Never give up. Never be a writer who just stashes their work away in a drawer and doesn’t have the courage to submit. Life is all about rejection but without rejection we can’t reap the rewards. Go for it!
Gaele: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I think I have two. One is definitely buying too many books and the other – and I know this will sound odd – is my Siamese cat. I have been really ill and am now on a restricted diet so chocolate is out. My cat is my one indulgence and I spend so much time with her. I was never a pet person and then she kind of took over. It’s amazing, she talks all the time. I’m sure a cat is bound to find its way into one of my books soon.
Gaele: What is the first book that you remember reading more than once?
I think I read the Chronicles of Narnia so many times they wore out.
Gaele: Three items that you cannot function without for a week?
Not very exciting I’m afraid.
My Thesaurus, a notebook and a hairbrush J