10 February 2019

Blast From the Past...Elizabeth Monvey's "Carried Away"

Jin-Pyoo is an Olympic Alpine skier who has been reared all his life to focus on winning a medal.  His father is harsh and demanding, but when he orders Jin to stop being friends with ski resort owner, Tolliver St. James, Jin has to decide if he should continue with his Olympic dream or follow his heart.

Tolliver St. James knows that Jin is the man for him.  They’ve been in a relationship for two years and he wants them to be publicly out, but Jin wants them to keep hiding in the shadows.  When Jin’s father forces Jin into an engagement to a woman, Tolliver is afraid of losing his lover forever.

But when Tolliver is caught in grips of an avalanche, Jin knows he can’t live his life without him and it’s a race against time to find the man he loves more than anything.

Q & A 

1.       What was your hardest scene to write in this book?

The avalanche scene. I had to do a lot of research to see how a person could survive one. I wanted to write it as authentically and as believable as possible. (read the book to find out how! ) LOL!!!!

2.       Did you hide any secrets or Easter Eggs?

Not really, but if there are any fans of Korean television shows, you’ll notice that the main character’s name is the same as the main character from the show “Boys Over Flowers”, which is from the Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango”.

3.       Since the publication, what would you say has improved in your writing?

I think my grammar.

4.       Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?

Absolutely! A cover artist has a difficult job in making a book marketable and I think this cover does a good job in letting the reader know what to expect when they start reading it.


As he walked toward the elevators, Jin felt his world breaking apart although he didn’t blame Tolliver for breaking things off.  He’d been very clear about his position on their relationship from the beginning and he’d compromised his beliefs to accommodate Jin’s heritage.  But what could he do?  Just walk away from his family, and from his dream?

Christ, did he even want to be a skier anymore?

He was so afraid of making the wrong decision, and of regretting something, that he felt frozen inside.  He didn’t want to give Tolliver up, but maybe Tol was going to take that decision away from him.  Maybe he wouldn’t have anything else but skiing to take up the empty future without Tolliver’s presence.

And how would he feel when Tolliver eventually found someone else?

The elevator opened to the private penthouse floor and Jin felt like he was being delivered a death sentence.  He knocked on the door and it opened immediately and before he could say anything Tolliver grabbed his arm and pulled him into the room.

They stared at each other for a long moment and Jin couldn’t help but admire Tol’s suave sophistication.  His grey streaked black hair gave him an iron tough appearance and his blue eyes were sharp and missed nothing.  He was tall, with a massive chest and shoulders that had a fine dusting of hair.  Jin knew Tol worked out every morning, as well as skied on the weekends to give his body tone and definition.  He was what some people would call a bear man, and Jin never thought he’d be attracted to such bulk, but every time Tol touched him it was like fireworks exploding.

He opened his mouth to say something, anything to erase the distance in Tolliver’s eyes, but just as he opened his mouth, Tol reached out and pulled Jin into his arms.  The tension that had been building up inside Jin broke and his arms crept around Tolliver to hold on tightly.


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