An Interview with Gina Manis

Now that Celine has all her elements, it is time for her to rise up. Her throne is within her grasp, and she will take it. She will leave the shadows and step out to learn her powers so that she can nourish the waters for their crops to grow and develop a healing touch to restore her people. Brier, Lindon, and Tate join with Celine again; only this time, they are joined with the newest element Lee. Only Lee and Brier have a dark past, and all of them will not travel to the Clearwater Kingdom together. Another Element has joined them, as well. Jacob is undecided where, exactly, he fits. He doesn’t see Celine as the others do, but the more time he spends with her, who she is becomes clear. The feelings that spark between them are real as they begin to see the truth in one another. A truth that leads them into love. Jacob is there to teach Celine how to use her powers. As her powers grow, their waters start to flow as one. The attraction, the connection it shows them, allows passions to rain down on them, forming a bond that surprises Jacob and Celine both. The sacrifice is starting to call to Celine. With each element she bonds with, it calls out for another. Lindon is in the shadows, waiting for his bond. Something has been them holding back. But every time they touch, they feel the pull and it is consuming. Pain and the need for comfort draw them together, but they can’t stop with just one touch. Because the sacrifice was now calling for fulfillment. It wanted all its Elements joined. And a child is on the horizon.

Gina Manis

Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.

I sacrificed myself to the Elementals so that I could be free and to reclaim my freedom. But taking on The four strong and powerful elements is more pleasurable than I thought.

What surprised you the most while writing this book?

How hard it is to write a reverse harem. So many characters to focus on and develop and to do so completely.

Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?

I based it as a legend from another series I am writing. A fantasy romance that has a menage but not a harem. I am love the idea of the elements and the powers they could have. As for the world I wanted something medieval for the both of them.

What is the sexiest trait of your hero(s)?

The hero is all of them but I think the female lead should have the spotlight. In this series you really see her grow from needing and depending on the others, finding an independence to do what she thinks is right, honoring those she loves, and in the end giving a love to her sacrifice that starts it all.

What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?

In The Rising Queen Book 3 which is being released now, I think it is the unexpected scene with Lindon, the Wind element. He has just taken Celine for this flight over the forest and ocean. They have both been keeping their distance but sharing the moment becomes to much for them. I like what Lee, the fire element as he comes into the scene.

What scene did you have to cut but wish could have been included?

Oh wow! There are so many. I cut this book about 7 chapters to give it a new beginning. One of the hardest things ever! I think it would have to be Celine and Tate having a fight and then the make up after.

Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?

I like all the classics. Vampires, werewolves, princesses. You are not going to hear me say a bad word.

What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?

I write in fantasy romance and paranormal mostly because you can be different in them. I like building a world around a character. But I read many genres. Contemporary is a favorite of mine. Erotica or clean, it really makes no difference. Its just what I feel like at the moment.

Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

I like dialogue and I try to tell most of my stories through it with action. Love scenes can be the hardest for me, not because I don’t like them, just figuring out where all the moving pieces go. 🙂

Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Love scenes is the most problem but setting can be also. I like to move the story along fast and sometime I forget to build the world a little more. I always go back to make sure I got those areas right more than others.

Excerpt from The Elemental Series

“Sara,” I call to her as she walks behind the hut. I had to talk to her, and so I follow. After what happened last night…I wasn’t even sure what to think and feel.

“I’m sorry I let things get out of hand last night.”

“Sara, I will always help you when you ask. But what you ask me to do last night…”

“I know.” She steps back and let’s go of my hand. “It was the only thing I could think of when he didn’t show.”

“I came this close to taking her.” I step close to her back so she could feel the heat of me. I wanted her to get the point of the invasion that I had to have made the princess feel. “You know the problems I have with women, Sara. It is why we have been together for years now.”

“We are friends, Jacob, nothing more.” She says, stepping away and turning to face me. “Sure, we’ve shared a bed, but we both knew it wasn’t forever. I have never lied to you.”

“I never thought you would end us by you asking me to be with another.” She wenches, and so did I. “I could have hurt her.”

“No, Jacob. She would have accepted you just as I have.”

“It’s not okay!” I shout at her. “I almost forced her, Sara!”

“Jacob, your destiny is with her.” She says, moving to me.

“How can you say that? The last thing she needs is me.”

“You sell yourself short as you always have,” Sara says. “You can’t live in the shadows forever. Its time you take your place in the world, and it is much bigger than this small village.”

“What are you talking about?”

“She needs you.”

“You mean as her Water element?” I say, shaking my head even though I wanted to believe it. “Not after last night. I can’t even look at her after what I did. She has to hate me.”

“She doesn’t hate you,” Sara says. “She is holding onto a feeling she has with Brier, but she doesn’t need him.”

“I…no. I will not come between Brier and his woman.” I say, turning my back on her. She loved Brier not me.

“She needs a Water element, and he is not it, Jacob.” She says.

“Dammit, Sara!” I shout, turning back to her. “She doesn’t want me!

“Fine! Don’t believe you are meant to be with her. Lose your chance at love over your guilt.”

“She will find someone else. Someone more deserving.”

“Sure, another will take your place if you refuse. It is in the sacrifice that she takes a Water element. But it doesn’t mean he is going to love her as you would. That he will be strong enough for her.”

“What do you mean?”

“Brier was the one long ago chosen, but his Water element died. You’re the next powerful Water element that she needs.”

I think about this, but I can’t see her ever turning to me now. Lee has asked this of me as well, but any chance of that happening had to be lost. “I don’t know how to make up for what I did.”

“Just be yourself, Jacob.” She says. “She still needs time, she still holds for Brier, but once she sees the truth, she will turn to another. You have to be there when she is ready.”

“Why me?”

“Because…You love her, and she loves you. Even if you both can’t see it yet.”

Gina Manis grew up in South Alabama, where country living is a way of life. She has a small farm with lots of animals, and she is proud to live a simple life with her family.

Growing up, she had problems with reading until a friend had her open up a romance book one day, and the lights came on. She started to write poetry and short stories, and though she liked it, she didn’t feel she was good enough to become a writer.

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