Every breath brings them closer to love, and a killer.
Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.
Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, strangulation and murder.
What does being a descendant of an Elemental mean?
Even though we call our characters Elementals they are actually human descendants of Elemental beings. When we were hashing out the plot for the first Elemental Evidence book, Breathing Betrayal, we talked a lot about how being a descendant of an elemental being would affect a person. What abilities it would give them. We decided from the start that certain abilities would run in particular bloodlines, and that some abilities would be common, some rare, and others pretty much unheard of in modern times. Legendary abilities.
We talked about gifts that fall under the general psychic umbrella, then figured out which we we wanted to use, and sorted them according to which ability fit which elemental line best. I think I drove Sadie crazy with my lists and rearranging them. It had to make sense to me. The attributes traditionally assigned to the elements had to correlate somehow to each psychic or paranormal talent.
Breathing Betrayal introduces Jake and Mari, a Fire Elemental and an Air Elemental, and how they use their abilities to solve a crime. Jake has a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories that are stored in objects. There is something called fire scrying, where visions can be seen in the flames, and so that ability fit well for the Fire Elementals. This also ties in with Jake’s ancestry, he’s half Native American from a nation known as the Fire Keepers, so it was logical to have his element be Fire. His gift reflects the strong bonds between the physical and spiritual worlds.
There is an empirical link between Air and thought/communication processes, so it made sense that Mari’s talent would be linked to communication technology. Mari is a human interface. Someone who can plug into information networks with his mind. I think of him as a super hacker. We also show hints of what Air Elementals might have been like in the past, before the information age, through Mari’s memories of his great-grandmother.
Initially the plan was just to write about Jake and Mari but we soon realized that we would need to expand on the talents of other types of Elementals. We had a lot of fun creating more characters with various talents and seeing how they would all interact with each other.
In the second book we introduced the concept of a semi-fascistic organization called Birthright, whose aim is to create an Elemental master race. Through that set-up we were able to explore more of what Jake can do, and bring in other Fire Elementals whose gifts are not so well developed as Jake’s.
The element of water is associated with healing, so our Water Elementals detect illness from viewing auras and some can heal by touch. Earth Elementals are able to locate missing objects. Other Elementals consider them the weakest of the four but at their strongest, they can speak with the dead, a gift we use to eerie effect in one of the later books.
As you can see we have a lot planned for this series so we hope you enjoy reading Breathing Betrayal.
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings.
Sadie Rose Bermingham:
A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography, live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.