Left to die in a sealed tomb, David, an educated and good-natured New York arts dealer and part-time forger, stumbles over a old oil lamp. But instead of producing a little light for David’s last hours, it conjures forth a veritable djinni.
An ancient, tempting, puckish djinni, who in David’s company prefers to show himself as an irresistibly handsome, fit and barely legal teenager. Quite literally an incarnation of trouble waiting to happen.
So what’s a modern man to do with his three wishes, when he can literally wish for anything except the one thing the truly desires – to mend his broken heart?
I really enjoyed this story. From how David reacts to Sharu to how Sharu grows as a person throughout the story, I couldn’t put the book down and had to know what happened next. Both David and Sharu were well developed and had me connecting with them both almost immediately. I love how they both grew the longer they knew each other and the more their relationship developed. You get that true feeling they are better for knowing each other.
David was so sweet. He went from a bit of a bumbling nervous man to someone that knew his self worth and believed in Sharu’s desire for him. I loved getting to see that transformation on page. His feelings for Sharu were so evident. I adored how everything he did was for Sharu and making things better for the man, djinni, he loves.
Sharu was so much fun. His bouts of mischief made me laugh so hard. I loved the historical references and how it relates to Sharu and his duties. They were great additions to the story. Seeing his feelings for David change and grow was wonderful. He had such a change of heart towards mortals and David in particular as the got to know each other as David proved he was a decent human being. That awe when Sharu realized his feelings was so clear in the story. I felt it right with Sharu.
The ending was wonderful. I kind of guessed how it would end based on the lore of the story. However it was so sweetly written I was still enthralled as I read the final scenes. Their happy ending was so good you can tell they’re going to make it. I just want to know the practical sides of how it’s all going to work.
Four and a half stars
Molly: What music, if any, do you listen to when you write?
Beryll: Soundtracks, mostly, preferably instrumental. I am trying to match the mood of the music to the mood of the scene I am working on.
Osiris: Same. I prefer soundtracks as they are evocative, but not grabbing too much attention. Also, I rather match the mood of the music to the mindset I need to be in than the actual mood of the scene I am writing.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Beryll: Full time, since my lovely Osiris is working for both of us.
Osiris: (smiles & nods) Part time writer, obviously, and doing the back office for both of us.
Molly: Osiris, do you hope to one day be a full time writer? Beryll, what was the transition like between part time and full time writer?
Beryll: Transitioning to full time writing was amazing and daunting at once. To know that you can now fully delve into a story with no distractions is awesome, but for me it also means that I feel I have to deliver great work in a timely manner or I would feel that I am being terribly lazy compared to Osiris. So when I run into a writing block feels ten times as bad as when I was just doing it part time/for fun.
Osiris: I actually like my dayjob – unheard of, I know – so even if one day we could both live from our books, I don’t think I would quit. But I can perfectly see me reduce my hours there massively if it became possible one day.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Osiris: When actually writing, I have a wordcount per week, though a rather low one. While editing, I just try to get as much done as I can in the time I have – which leaves me restricted to the weekends, mostly. I find that while I can write new text in almost every situation, editing requires much more calm of mind and longer bits of free time.
Beryll: Yes, unless I am editing. I can’t edit and write something new at the same time. I need to focus on one project at a time and finish it before moving to the next. So when I’m editing, the word count for ‘newly written’ goes on hold. I do set goals on how much editing I have to edit in a day, though.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Beryll: Usually, I have the next book clawing at my attention already when I finish up the last chapter of the previous one. So I do some first edits on the one I have just finished and then start right with the next, while the finished first draft goes to Osiris for his round of edits.
Osiris: Again, pretty much the same here. We both have so many stories we want to write –
Beryll: Have to write.
Osiris: True. Given time, right now it feels like we could churn out first drafts non stop for the foreseeable future. But when we decided to self-publish instead of selling our books to an established publisher, the freedom we gained came at the price of having more work with the edits, contracting editors, proofreaders, cover artists, layouters, nagging them to keep their deadlines, checking their works… You get the point. But I think the way we have set up things right now, with three books planned per year, it is a nicely sustainable pace.
About The Authors:
We are Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus, a couple currently living our happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of our cat.Both of us are voracious but picky readers, we love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, we write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of our happiness with our readers.
An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of our duo.
An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.