POWER OF LOVE is a Twilight line e-novel released on May 20, 2009 by Ellora’s Cave. It’s about love, loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome death. Here's the blurb of the novel from the Ellora's Cave website:
Joe is a lost soul.
When Joe is killed in the line of duty, the result of a blunder by his girlfriend Poppy, he ends up stuck between worlds, not quite in heaven, not quite in hell. Heaven is Poppy lying in his arms, hearing the sound of his name on her lips as he makes love to her, again and again. Hell is the knowledge that to save Poppy, he must convince her to let him go.
Poppy is a soul lost.
Joe was Poppy’s heart, her soul, and since he died she’s lost it all, including her sanity. Everywhere she looks, he’s there—talking to her, touching her, sharing ice cream, showers and making love to her like there’s no tomorrow. But tomorrow does come, and letting go of Joe could destroy her.
Sometimes love lasts a lifetime. Sometimes love reaches beyond death. Sometimes…love lasts forever.
L: Barbara, can you tell us what inspired this story of Joe, who's an angel, and Poppy, his girlfriend who grieves him and may have been responsible for his death?
Barbara: I’d wanted to call the book – Letting Go – but that title was already taken. It was the idea of letting go as a theme that started me off on the story – that Poppy couldn’t let go of her dead lover, that she HAD physically let go and let him fall, that Joe couldn’t let go of his feelings and admit what he felt for her. This was one of the few occasions when a title has come to me first. Then I couldn’t use it! But Power of Love works because the story proves how powerful love can be.
L: What about the characters will the readers find interesting or compelling?
Barbara: I do like to create quirky characters and I think despite the subject matter – these two are very funny. The scene where Poppy ends up in a tree and the first scene where Joe discovers he has extra appendages are some of the funniest I’ve written. But these two are also deeply in love, though one of them can’t admit it and I hope I show the depth of the passion between them.
L: Is THE POWER OF LOVE your only novel with an angel as a character?
Barbara: It was but I’ve just added one in my WIP – titled tentatively Remember Me – for Loose-Id but if that title is gone, it will have to have another one.
L: What do you think are the strengths or highlights of the story?
Barbara: The humor in the face of adversity! The sex!
L: Using a point system that reflects sales, POWER OF LOVE only rated about 30 points where some of your other novels scored 300 or more. POWER OF LOVE got great reviews and I know from reading it myself that it's a wonderful story. Were you surprised by this, and why do you think it hasn't sold well?
Barbara: Writers are very coy about their sales figures. I understand that. It would be very depressing to think your sales were good and find out they were less than average but the sales for Power of Love are awful. No beating about the bush. I’ve sold to date around 150 copies. That is staggeringly bad.
WHY? I wish I knew.
Well, I have a few theories but I’d love to hear from readers about this too.
- The blurb – is it not enticing? Does it put readers off?
- The extract – again – is it off-putting?
- The cover – it’s not my favourite but there’s nothing too awful about it.
- The subject matter – angel, death – maybe readers think it will be a depressing story – it’s actually one of the funnier ones.
Although I’ve had a couple of reviews for the book, there was less take up than for some of the others. Maybe that made a difference. Yet – one of my best selling books – Susie’s Choice – has only had three reviews.
Basically – I’m baffled.
L: What would you be willing to do to give readers a chance to experience this wonderful story?
Barbara: I’d love to hear from readers who decided NOT to buy this book. If they could tell me why that would be great.
I’d love to hear from readers who would LIKE to read this book.
If you comment on this post – I’ll send a free copy of Power of Love to one reader.
L: Thanks so much, Barbara, for taking time out from your busy writing schedule to give fans some insider information about Power of Love.
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