Today I am so pleased to welcome Joshua Ian to Joyfully Jay. Joshua has come to talk to us about his latest release, Manchester Lake. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!
As the lazy clop of the horse hooves echoed on the cobblestones behind them, Monty shivered a bit, pulling his coat closer. What made him shiver was not the cooling air of the autumn night but rather the scene before him.
He gazed up at the cabaret entrance. The doorway façade was carved so that patrons would enter through the open jaws of a giant Leviathan, his large heavy-lidded eyes, wide and crazed, and his thick tongue winding its way along the bottom of the doorway. Around this enormous ghoul were stucco scenes of women being devoured by the flames of Hell.
“Can this really be the place?” asked Monty, gobsmacked.
“This is the address Bishop gave us,” said Trevor.
“Yes, it is. But my god. Surely it must be this entrance beside,” said Monty.
The smaller entrance which Monty indicated was just a few steps from the hellacious one and its façade was adorned with trumpeting angels.
“Non, monsieur,” said a man standing by the less threatening doorway, as if on guard. “This is the exit only. You must go first through L’Enfer to leave through Le Ciel.”
“How poetically French,” said Trevor with a small snort. “Or is it Frenchly poetic?”
“You’ve been in Paris far longer than I,” said Monty. “I’m surprised you’ve never been here before.”
“I’ve heard of the Cabaret du Néant, which seems a similar effort, but I admit I never went. I thought it only did illusionist exhibitions and séances and that sort of thing. Naturally not my personal tastes.”
“Naturally,” agreed Monty.
“Besides, I am not much of one for cabarets in general. The amount of culture I have obtained this last year is solely due to your influence.” He looked at Monty with a wicked grin. “I should have known following you would eventually drag me to Hell.”
“Au contraire, monsieur,” Monty replied with a wink. “As the gentleman has just indicated, I will only take you to Heaven in the end.”
“Promises, promises,” said Trevor. “Now, shall we?”
He held out his hand towards the entrance to the Cabaret de l’Enfer so that Monty might precede him. As they reached the door, it was flung open and the impressive doorman, dressed in a Devil costume, boomed out, “Enter and be damned!”
“A touch dramatic,” said Trevor, giving the doorman a scrutinizing once over.
“I rather like it,” said Monty with a smile.
“Of that I am not at all surprised.”
Darkly Enchanted Romance, Book 3
Monty, along with his best friend Bishop, investigates an odd seal-like creature swimming in Manchester Lake. The pair soon realize they’ve found a selkie when the magnificent animal transforms into the most gorgeous man either of them has ever seen. Determined to discover the origins of the mystical man, they bundle him into Bishop’s brand-new electric automobile and whisk him off to London.
There they find a host of distractions: a tastefully debauched house party hosted by silver-tongued aristocrats, and a queerly European-inspired novelty called the night club. Both are filled with a cast of characters sometimes amusing and sometimes frightening. And as the night unfolds, Monty comes face-to-face with ghoulish agents of the occult as well as revelations from the past.
Most surprisingly of all, Monty finds himself falling for the beautiful creature from the lake, who seems equally interested in him. Can he really find himself in love with a man he has only just met? Or do they have a deeper connection which goes much further back? And what does it all have to do with the memories of his trip to Paris three years prior?
The mystery of the selkie from Manchester Lake is only the beginning, and before their adventure is finished Monty will see the culmination of long suppressed secrets explode in a firestorm of magic and passion!
Joshua Ian can easily be captured by a witty turn of phrase or a low-bottomed electronic bassline. If you manage to combine the two, then you have his heart forever. He lives in New York City and writes mostly historical, speculative, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction but he does love a good mystery. He watches too many movies, eats too much dark chocolate, and falls into way too many Wikipedia rabbit holes- but it’s all in the name of research (or so he tells himself). One day he plans to travel the world – to see what each country has to offer in the way of movie theatres and dark chocolate, naturally.
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