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Saturday 25 January 2014

Enchanted Orb with Nicole Hurley-Moore

Good morning everyone. Today we have Nicole Hurley-Moore sharing her inspiration and a little about where the idea for Rain came from. Thanks Nicole for joining us.

Over to Nicole...

I find that inspiration can come from anywhere and sometimes it can be from the most unexpected place. A snatch of conversion, an article, a place, a picture or even just a feeling. One of my stories was inspired by my mother, growing up around old theatres and having more than my fair share of ballet lessons as a teenager. I understood where the basis of this story came from; my mother was a dancer. I like ballet (well, I like it now the lessons are far behind me) and I love a bit of history. Yet some sparks of inspiration seem to come out of left field.

The inspiration for Rain sparked with a thunderstorm. I suppose I should explain - I live in a semi – rural town in the Central Victorian Highlands. Several years ago we were caught in drought (one that went on for years), I never thought that I would be sick of cloudless blue skies but I was. Finally, the storms returned and it was wonderful. The fresh scent of rain, the drumming sound on the tin roof, wind, thunder and lightning.

So one night as I sat and listened to the tempest pounding outside, I had an idea to write about an elemental spirit, a rain spirit who followed the storms. I put it aside as I was working on other things but I couldn’t shake the image of Maras perched like a bird in the middle of a downpour.

Taking the initial image, I mixed it with a little medieval history and my love of fairy tales.

BLURB: Rain copyright Nicole Hurley-Moore

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Nuri is caught between heaven and hell. Two men fight for her love and her soul. The first is Maras, an elemental being who follows the storms. The second is Brother Erebus, a pious monk whose tortured soul is twisted by his desire for her. But Nuri may sacrifice more than her heart when the Church brands her angel a demon. As Brother Erebus will do anything to protect her soul from the silver haired devil, even if he has to crush her body to do it.


Rain Book Trailer

A little about Nicole Hurley-Moore:

Nicole has always been a lover of fairy tales, history and romance. She grew up in Melbourne and has travelled extensively, whilst living her life through the romance of books. Her first passion in life has always been her family, but after studying and achieving her BA in History and Honours in Medieval Literature, she devoted her time to writing historical romance, paranormal romance and fantasy.

Where to connect with Nicole:

Website | Blog | Facebook |  Twitter

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  1. Lovely story and cover, Nicole. I enjoyed how you came up with it. Just one element from nature and a writer's deep soul.
    Cathleen Ross

  2. Hi Nicole

    Love the blurb for Rain - sounds fantastic. Love those ideas that just won't be shaken :)

    The other Nicole :)

  3. Looking forward to reading rain. Love its inspiration. Thanks for sharing.


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