John Tyler, a young man in his early twenties, awakens to find a ghastly affliction taking over his body. When the village doctor offers the conventional, and potentially disfiguring, treatment as the only cure, John tenaciously convinces the doctor to reveal an alternative remedy—a forbidden ritual contained within an ancient manuscript called the
Although initially rejecting the vile and sinister rite, John realizes, too late, that the ritual is more than a faded promise scrawled on a page of crumbling paper. And as cure quickly becomes curse, the demonic text unleashes a dark power that drives him to consider the unthinkable—a depraved and wicked act requiring the corruption of an innocent soul.
Ultimately, John must choose between his desperate need to arrest the plague that is destroying his body, and the virtue of the woman he loves, knowing the wrong decision could cost him his life.
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Thank you, Laurie, for hosting me today on Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews with my paranormal-occult romance novel, The Kure.
More than one reader has suggested that the popularity of The Kure is partly due to the story’s historical basis and, in particular, the origin of the ritual contained in the ancient and demonic book of healing the good doctor kept hidden in a secret compartment behind his bookcase.
My goal was to base the
’s demonic rites on specific dark-spirited practices used to exploit women throughout much of human history, especially the targeting of young virgin women, who were often manipulated and otherwise forced to serve in satisfying the sexual pleasure and gratification of men. Kure
As John Tyler (our hard-working, gorgeous hunk of a protagonist) suggested, "Harwell had read the most perverse instructions imaginable, a prescription designed to justify the actions of corrupt and evil men who craved the touch of a young maiden."
Resurrecting some of these not-so-shining—or distant—moments in human history was not easy. I was concerned the descriptions of the ritual might be too graphic for some readers. But after several attempts to rewrite and dilute the intensity of many of the physical aspects of both the devastating disease threatening John’s body, and the ritual itself, I realized my efforts would also create a rift in the authenticity of the characters. How would readers know how aggressive and debilitating John’s disease really was if I didn’t describe it adequately? How could they empathize with Sarah’s struggle of self-sacrifice if I sugar-coated the very details that drove her to the edge of panic?
I wanted the characters to experience the same apprehension, dread, anxiety, distress, and fear that I’m sure their real life counterparts did over a hundred and fifty years ago—providing the same vicarious experience for the reader.
Because of the nature of the theme, The Kure is best suited for an adult reader. For those who would like to learn more about the background and dark historical practices which became an inspiration for the story, I’ve provided some details on my website at the link below:
In the following excerpt, John is forced to face his demons after pursuing a sinister spell contained in a forbidden text of healing, the
. Even though John has denounced the ritual as blasphemous, he must atone for his persistence in demanding the good doctor open the evil book and read the despicable passages. Kure
Jaye Frances is the author of The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance novella, The Cruise-All That Glitters, an edgy, adult satire about love on the high seas, and The Beach, a sci-fi fantasy about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish and lives to regret it. Her next book, scheduled for a November 2012 release, is titled Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories and essays. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the
Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of , sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com Florida
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