And now for something completely different… a very unique paranormal romance novel

I’ve been getting into romance novels over the past year and ran across “Poisonous Whispers” by Canadian author Jana Begovic, released on Monday, December 5th by Roane Publishing. I didn’t even get a chance to put the novel into my Goodreads shelves, but you should because this unique and distinctive novel deserves wide play.

The first surprise was Begovic’s use of literary narrative style and the second, a soliloquy dialogue device I haven’t experienced before in a paranormal romance novel, both of which are very intelligent and sucked me into the much meatier story.

I’m not into past lives stuff and regression therapy has never proven out as a legitimate technique, but remember this is fiction here and the premise works so very smoothly.

The erotic scenes, dreams, past life experiences, the exchanged emails in Leandra Springfield’s illicit and ultimately destructive affair with Weylin, and in her past lives with Weylin’s own Kiernan? Yeah, they’re gonna leave your pulse up for a while after reading. Perhaps not as graphic or explicit as I prefer but, Begovic can leave you buzzing. I particularly found my eyes widening that Leandra, this stiff intellectual professional, is so deeply passionate and racy. The juxtaposition between her heart and head is very entertaining.

It’s the past life experience with Jilleen that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. The narrative style shifts a little, into a very personal, intimate plot and character development that not only explains Leandra’s troubled present, but other characters in the present as well. The thing about Jilleen is her clarity, her presence, how she’s mindful, openly honest, and shows up in every aspect of her life and at the same time, hopelessly impassioned to a fault.

The poison is divinely induced, another literary device Begovic tucks into the background as “marionette strings” pushing and pulling the characters past and present alike. I actually like Weylin and Kiernan because of these provocative whispered Others. He’s the fire carrier and the drive across time that liberates, awakens and crushes hopeless Dr. Springfield.

The blurb from the publisher:

““Don’t you ever forget about me…,” he whispers during their secret encounters. Like a curse, these simple words now haunt Leandra, a reputable psychiatrist, who finds herself in emotional chaos after the sudden breakup of her illicit affair. Unable to heal on her own and tormented by dreams in which supernatural forces create havoc with her fate, she desperately turns to David, a colleague psychiatrist, asking him to take her through past-life regression therapy. She hopes that this unorthodox and somewhat suspect technique will explain her profound connection to the lover who has abandoned her so abruptly.

The sessions take Leandra through 17th and 19th century Ireland, Italy and England, where love, loss and betrayal are the leitmotifs in an ambiance of co-mingled fantasy and reality. In her hypnotic state, Leandra recounts a saga of intoxicating love, dizzying passion, flaming lust and profound heartbreak. Despite the painful answers she finds under hypnosis, Leandra still cannot let go of the hope to reunite with her lover. Ultimately, the shattering revelations from her past-life incarnations, along with the turmoil over her ruined marriage, become the stepping stones of her introspective path to healing, self-discovery and an appreciation of true love.

With its seamlessly interwoven sub-plots, “Poisonous Whispers” lures the reader from one continent to another, from past to present. The affair at the center of the story is an anatomy of the heart in which the heroine’s sorrow-laced journey reflects the universal themes of love and loss.”

So you get the “official” idea. Unofficially, the read is a skillful ebb and flow between the intellectual and the passioned heat across time and within the breadth of people. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but trust me, it’s a great open-ended release, the way good romance novels read. If you want “smart” and “hot,” Begovic has a good deal of compelling material to offer.

There are other venues you can grab print and digital editions of “Poisonous Whispers” (—Roane Publishing even has a $10 gift card available):

Print

Createspace:  https://www.createspace.com/6747738

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Poisonous-Whispers-Jana-Begovic/dp/1540641953

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poisonous-whispers-jana-begovic/1125257512

Digital

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Poisonous-Whispers-Jana-Begovic-ebook/dp/B01N0I1YPM

Amazon (UK):  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poisonous-Whispers-Jana-Begovic-ebook/dp/B01N0I1YPM

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poisonous-whispers-jana-begovic/1125257512

Kobo Books:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/poisonous-whispers

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/687152

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The Perils of Parts

In retrospect I made an error. I published Love Death & The After Part 1: Darkness as a test case. Novels are a large investment in time. I was already ready to send two other novels I’d finished to an editor and was searching for an editor at the time I drafted LD&TA, the entire novel. I wanted to see if that novel had any promise before I invested in the rewrite. So I broke up the novel into four pieces, splitting then across logical big plot moments; creating cliffhangers for each part. I figured splitting a single novel into parts was a safe and a smart thing to do. Hugh Howey did it four or five times so have dozens of other indie pub writers. In additional I had this secret agenda: to bring back the inexpensive genre stories from the 70’s when I was a kid; low risk for a reader to try an unfamiliar author, less expensive to edit and faster to market for the author. We all have to eat.

In the process, I also found a decent editor who enjoyed my work and wanted to work with me. I was thrilled but had limited funds, so rather than submit the other two novels, I submitted part one of LD&TA. It was definitely a stronger narrative and I began to rewrite the other three parts based on the polish in part one. I had not planned on personal stuff -deaths, near deaths, complications – completely interfering with the work, in fact delaying part 2 for months, in the middle of editing. In the meantime I received favorable emails and texts about Part 1 but only one review made it to Amazon. Then a second from someone upset by the cliffhanger.

Apparently readers are split over… ya know, splits within novels. Even a few Howey readers were annoyed with Beacon 23’s inter-novel parts, although three commenters out of several hundred puts the cliffhanger-haters in the minority. If it bothered you, I realize my concept and execution was terribly flawed. Sometimes life happens. LD&TA will still come in parts by 2-4 will follow in sequence more rapidly. The final full novel will arrive in eBook and print as well after part 4. 

A manager-editor-author cabal decision is to leave the parts available for readers who may want to test the waters with very little risk; a buck is just a buck after all. And it’s a good story – sales have been slow but steady. I keep getting surprise happy emails from readers I have never met. So there is good stuff in there. Good enough to justify a second novel based in that universe.
But from now on, however, count on full novels from me, unless another publisher decides to make that a thing on some other title. Full novels take longer but I need your happy reviews on Amazon and other outlets. I’m doing that for you.

Let me know in the comments if you’re a cliffhanger fan, like novels in pieces sometimes, or can’t stand them. I like to know things. And keep an eye out for Part 2.