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Holding out for a Hero by @TE_Kessler is a Love and Romance Festival pick #scifi #romance #giveaway

Title: Holding out for a Hero

Author: T.E Kessler

Genre: Sci-fi, romance (+18) but NOT erotica.

Book Blurb:

Five years ago, lives and history altered when a collective illusion hit every person worldwide and the Jelvia: Not Human series unravels that illusion as people gradually ‘wake up’ to two species of people living on Earth: Jelvia and Human.

Each book in the series will have its own personal story to tell and we begin with Holding out for a Hero.

When Macy Shaw was twelve, her mum was murdered and with the killer dead, Macy is unable to find closure so it’s no surprise that as she grows, she becomes fascinated with Jelvian culture—a species that have lived alongside the human since time began, and since Jelvias have become known for vengeance killing, Macy has—some would say—an unhealthy interest.

Macy Shaw, now a journalist, follows a headline hitting story. She tracks and bags an interview with a Jelvia but what Macy doesn’t know is that it’s all engineered and she finds herself as a pawn in a dangerous game of chess.


Macy felt Narcifer squeeze her hand. ‘Are we having our first argument?’

‘No, I’m just saying I’m not too trusting.’

‘Okay, I believe you. I just want you to be careful. Springfield shouldn’t have allowed you to come to these tunnels. You could have died, Macy.’

‘He didn’t know what I planned. He knows I’m in Cornwall and that’s all. Christ, I didn’t know I was going to follow a Jelvia into the caves, either!’

‘But if I hadn’t heard you scream…’ His fingers rubbed the base of her wrist. ‘I couldn’t get to you fast enough!’

‘Hey, the dark is lifting. I can see outlines now,’ she said. ‘And I’m sure I can hear the sea again.’

‘Yes, not long now. The opening is just around this corner,’ hesaid and pulled her in front of him. Then daylight swamped them, and the sound of the sea crashing against the shore reached Macy’s ears.

Macy tried to turn around to look at Narcifer, but his hands on her shoulders wouldn’t let her. His breath fanned her cheek as he said in her ear, ‘Once you see me, you’ll be afraid again.’

‘No, I won’t.’

‘You will. I’ll see fear and mistrust in your eyes, and I think that will break my heart.’

‘You’re just going to have to trust me.’ She reached up and took his hands away from her shoulders and then turned around to face him. He was as she remembered: tall, beautiful, completely black eyes—but there was no grin this time. He looked serious, and for the first time Macy noticed his uncertainty, but it endeared him to her. The sound of the ocean and its light spray added to the surreal moment Macy found herself in—staring into a black cave and straight into the eyes of a Jelvia. His expression was impassioned, and his fingers brushed the side of her cheek.

‘I’ve dreamed about you every night since we met,’ he said, ‘and I’ll always be your hero, Macy Shaw, whether you reciprocate my sentiments or not.’

She was too stunned to move, too stunned to think.

Narcifer stepped back, misinterpreting her silence. His beautiful face was in the shadows once more, and his reflective eyes glinted. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, and his eyes shut off as he turned and allowed the dark to swallow him up as he moved away and into the cave.

She ran after him, allowing the inky blackness to wash over her again. ‘Narcifer!’

He must have turned because she was staring into those eyes again. The stare was unwavering. Two solid lights.

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What’s your favorite part about being a romance author?

Because my own romantic life is a little, shall we say, non-existent, ‘designing’ my own hero and breathing life into him is more than satisfying.

Here’s my tip to add romance to your love life:

Take the initiative.


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Runs February 1 – 28, 2021.

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Author Biography:

T.E Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise.

Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.

Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.



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Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels to the mature material. Her other works include:

Eden (sci-fi romance)

Hunted (sci-fi romance)

A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)

Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)

Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)

Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.

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Feb 04, 2021

Thank you, T.E., for sharing your book in our Love and Romance Book Festival!

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