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Title: A Wizard in Waikiki
Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Ai Press
Cover Artist: Sid Love
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 04/25/2016
Summoned from the past, Konu rises naked from the sea to reclaim his power for the freedom to live—and love. If the forces of evil don’t get to him first!
On a hot day in Waikiki, beachgoers are stunned when a tall, handsome man rises from the ocean. Striding naked to a small, ringed enclosure containing four huge stones most tourists never even notice, he becomes visibly upset. These are Wizard Stones, positioned between the beach and the foot traffic on Kalakaua Avenue. Konu, the naked man, is agitated by a young Asian girl draping her beach towel over the stones. He’s come a long way, from Tahiti, and is one of the ancient wizards whose power was infused into these sacred stones four hundred years ago.
With the invisible battle between good and evil raging, Konu has been dispatched to help balance the power. Landing in modern-day Waikiki, he’s stunned by the changes – and to find he is alone. A cop tries to arrest him for indecent exposure but the young girl’s grandfather – who thinks Konu’s a homeless lunatic offers him refuge. Will the ancient forces of evil beat this wizard in Waikiki? Or can Konu find his power again, and perhaps…even love?
Publisher’s note: This book was previously published. It has been edited and re-released with Ai Press.
Making The Series
When I first started writing M/M erotic romances nine years ago, I was both thrilled and surprised by the success of my very first published novel, Phantom Lover. It did so well that I wanted to be sure to follow up quickly with a new book. I had already started working on a follow-up book before Phantom Lover was even released, but I had a hard time letting go of the characters from that book.
I struggled with the second book and didn’t know why. I do some of my best writing when I am away from the computer and walking my dog. That was when I realized that Kimo and Lopaka wouldn’t get out of my head and I did something I have never done before. I scrapped the first fifty pages of what I had written and started working on a sequel to Phantom Lover.
A few readers who’d read the book were horrified that I made Johnny, the “bad guy” in the first book the hero in the second book, but his story deserved to be told. I built a world out of all of these characters, and so far there are 16 books in the series.
I adore series because they allow you to take your time world-building and visiting characters in-depth. I wrote A Wizard in Waikiki a few years ago and it’s now being reissued by Ai Press. I love this book, sequel Peridot Dreams, and I am finishing up Luau Feet, book three in the series.
Last week, I was in Hawaii doing research for the third book and I drove to the street where Konu, my Tahitian wizard first moved to. I wanted to make sure the apartment building was the same and as I walked up and down, new ideas came to me. People ask how I get inspiration and I have to say, I get it everywhere. I walked the path to Waikiki Beach that I have Konu walking many times.
I felt him with me. I felt the ghost of the old lei seller I wrote about and could smell her fresh flowers on the breeze. It made me very emotional, but also so happy. These characters are all so real to me. A young Asian girl blew past me, a brightly colored beach towel over her shoulder. She made me smile because she reminded me of Ayumi, the rebellious teenager in my books.
Creating a series isn’t difficult, no matter whether you are a punster or a plotter.
Readers who love a writer’s books and the characters inside them, love to read more about them. Writing my third book about Konu and his lover, Jason, has given me a chance to explore more about each man, to give them more time, more love. More books.
I didn’t set out to write different series, but I was encouraged by my first publisher to do so. It is sometimes easy, sometimes not. With A Wizard in Waikiki, I feel such pleasure deepening the story of a man who’s come from the past to rescue the future. He speaks to me, and I listen. I feel his presence as I touch the Wizard Stones that sit on Waikiki Beach. I wish I could sit there all day, but I do in spirit.
I hope writers who write series feel the connection to their fictional characters that I do. It transmits itself to our readers. It really does. Whenever I think, “Remember, Konu isn’t real,” I recall the magical lines from Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo, when Mia Farrow said of a romance with a man who wasn’t real, “I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional, but you can’t have everything.”
Writing and reading series is a pleasure I hope you explore. I hope you get a chance to read A Wizard in Waikiki and that you too, smell the flowers, and feel the trade wind on your skin.
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About the Author
A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.
A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the last ruling monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani as well as a non-erotic novel about the overthrow of her kingdom written in diary form from her maid’s point of view.
A.J. never lacks inspiritation for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasion this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.
A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.
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