12 July 2020

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     Q)    Did you plot this book out or write wherever an idea took you?

I had to plot some of it because it deals with an avalanche. I had to see if it was possible to survive one. I found a lot of fascinating information and tips on what skiers can use to help them stay alive.

        Q )  What was your hardest scene to write in this book?

I think with any book, it’s the believability to convey an emotional bond between the characters. I’ve read so many books where I question what the attraction, so I always try very hard to put that connection in there.

Q )  Since the publication, what would you say has improved in your writing?

I think using more action writing instead of passive voice. Tell, not show. It’s really hard to learn but I think that has definitely improved with my writing. 

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

Yes. For each of my books I like to have some type of visual on what’s going on in the pages. The picture of snow and the title “Carried Away” should give the readers a clue. Hopefully one that convinces them to buy it. (wink, wink)


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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