Jelvia: Not Human Book 1
Primal. Savage. Untamed.
An alternate Earth where humans live alongside another species.
When she was twelve years old, her mother was murdered—and ever since Macy Shaw had been subconsciously searching for a hero to protect the defenceless. But the hero she found was a Jelvia—a species deadly to humans.
When her friend was rescued by a Jelvia, Macy used her connections as a journalist to go after the biggest story of her life. Narcifer saved a woman by merely being Jelvian—his presence striking terror in the hearts of the men who were attacking her. So when a red-headed reporter not only began asking questions about his ‘heroism’ but brazenly offered her business card, his interest was piqued. Narcifer was tracking a scientist who had been imprisoning and conducting experiments on Jelvias—but no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, he was always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.
Was she involved? If so, she was guaranteed to die.
His orders were to track Macy.But he went one step further.
The overall backstory of the Jelvia: Not Human series, which will be told in time through the books:
Imagine a world where humans aren’t the supreme being. But it’s still the 21st century. We still go out to work, enjoy vacations and watch Netflix on the TV. But in this world, living alongside us is a species called Jelvia. They are stronger, bigger, venomous—in short, superhuman. But they cannot be called ‘human’, nor do they want to do.
They regard themselves as superior to us. Jelvians are predators—and humans are their prey, but as our population declines, they realise we need to be rationed.
To accomplish this, they kill our criminals instead. They are judge, jury and executioner—but never believe they are vigilantes, killing the bad. They are more than that. Much more. Jelvias have been grooming us to live our lives in ignorance of their existence. No one knows for certain how the Jelvias came to be. No one can remember a time when the Jelvia didn’t exist, but no one knows anything about their evolution.
People who question the timeline of the Jelvia, die. People who ask questions about the Jelvia, die.
Disclaimer: I am answering these questions while Covid 19 is in full force across the world. I’m feeling sorry for myself, worried about my aged parents and my ‘real life’ work has quadrupled (I work in the NHS). Hopefully, by the time this is published all this virus stuff will feel like a bad dream. Stay safe, my friends!
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have my own little ‘office’ in the conservatory. In the summer I can open the doors and it feels like I’m working outside. In the winter, I have an electric fire that looks like a real log burner and it gets very cosy. I have a radio, a bookcase and comfortable settee to mull over story ideas. The cat thinks the room belongs to her though, and always glares at me when I come in.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I never used to. I write when it calls to me (which was most of the time, luckily). But because of the current Covid situation my ‘real work’ had taken president over my writing. Before, when the world was normal, if I needed to rethink a scene, I’d go for a bicycle ride, do the housework or go for a run, and then the stories would flow again.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Despite authors joking about drinking lots of coffee and wine, I can’t eat or drink at the computer. Alcohol has me writing utter crap and the coffee ends up going cold. I do have a sneaky bag of Maltesers hiding from the kids, though.
– What is your favourite book?
I used to love all Dean Koontz books (I still do, he’s a great story-teller) but he recently bought out an ebook called ‘In the Heart of the Fire’ a series of novelettes which individually costs the same as a full novel and I think he’s money-grabbing where us ordinary writers are struggling to sell even one or two books a week.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’m already doing that. I began writing under the name Louise Wise with my bestsellers EDEN and HUNTED, and enjoyed writing the ‘spicier’ scenes enormously. When I began to receive fan-emails I decided to get creative and wrote a book based on EDEN/HUNTED and added in some hot scenes and the series Jelvia: Not Human was born!
But I didn’t want ‘Louise Wise’ to be defined as an erotic writer so I came up with the name T E Kessler for the JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series. Admittedly, the first in the series (Holding out for a Hero) is the hottest book. The editor was an erotic editor but he came just too close to the knuckle for me, so I cut some scenes and had a different my editor for the following books in the series so book 2 in the series, SURVIVING HER DOMINANT and book 3, SPIDER are a lot less about the sex and more about the plot.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Oh yeah. My books are all based on reality with people’s flaws and strengths. I love studying people and analysing what makes them work. Funny though, no one’s mentioned they can see themselves in my books.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, but often I regret that. You’ll find me scribbling notes on the back of my hand or coasters or anything I can use—usually it doesn’t make sense when I get home though!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Detective, police stories. They bore me to tears.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Damn it, Dean Koontz.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Ha! I’ll stick to my conservatory for now.
Thank you, T. E Kessler and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
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.
Louise Wise is the penname of T E Kessler who writes sci-fi for the 18+ market.
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.
She took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for books that contain mature content, which include the JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series and her future short stories.