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Opal Carew began writing in 1993 and had her first story, a fantasy novelette, published in 1994. Unfortunately, the small publisher folded before distributing many copies and it was back to scratch. After years of targeting Harlequin and Silhouette, Opal finally got her first break publishing with an ebook publisher where she went on to sell almost a dozen stories. In 2006, she sold her first erotic romance novel to St. Martin’s Press. She now writes 3 books a year for St. Martin’s, but she still loves to write shorter pieces and other genres of romance (though always steamy). Opal lives in Ontario Canada with her husband and two almost-grown sons.

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Crystal Genie
by Opal Carew

Author's interviews

Batten-Carew, Elizabeth
Submitted by Interview on Fri, 2005-05-20 00:33.

Elizabeth Batten-Carew

Okay, so there are those people that make you feel a bit inferior, not by intention of course, but because they've got it all together, you can't help but feel less than perfect. Elizabeth Batten-Carew is an author with the golden touch. She's stepping out as an author with a new way of approaching her craft. Her interview was fun, candid, and she did share a few details that I think not all of us have been privy to in the past.

Novelspot: A person you most admire just entered the room and is looking directly at you as if they want to talk. Who is this person and how do you react?

Elizabeth Batten-Carew: Isaac Asimov. Oh, wait, that happened once--and he made up a limerick about me on the spot. (No, I didn't write it down. Would you have stopped one of the greatest SciFi writers of all time and said, "Excuse me, Mr. Asimov, could you wait while I get a pen?")

NS: What makes you tick?

EBC: Love. Laughter. Curiosity. Love. Inspiration. Writing. Techno gizmos. More love. Sex. Okay, Rock-n-roll, too, but no drugs!

NS: For someone who has never read a story you have written, what could best describe your genre and style?

EBC: The genres I write are futuristic, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and contemporary. My stories are set in the present, future, or alternate realities. Most of my stories are steamy and I'm now writing with a stronger erotic flavour. Even when writing erotica, my stories are always romances and always have a happy ending. I sometimes tend to be quirky, or edgy, or sometimes totally heart-rending. Depends on my mood.

I hate being bound by the everyday world, so I love making up my own worlds or bringing a dash of the unusual to our everyday world. Magical beings who live next door, aliens who walk among us, or ordinary people with extraordinary abilities--I love that kind of thing!

NS: Describe for us your most recent title?

EBC: Darkest Nyte is an urban fantasy. Lucinda is a 300-year-old wizard who offers her magical services on a consulting basis. If someone has cast a spell or curse on you or your family, she's the one to talk to. In Lucinda's universe, wizards can be born of human parents or wizard parents. Every wizard born of human parents is assigned a mentor by Fate, a wizard with whom they will form a lifetime love bond.

When a new wizard is born to humans, the mentor wizard receives The Call and they watch over the child from a distance until the change occurs at puberty. Lucinda is blown away when she receives The Call to mentor a new wizard. She was born of human parents so that should never happen. When she follows the magical thread to the source of The Call, she finds a full-grown, and quite naked, man with amnesia. Things become even more perplexing when her own mentor, Rand, tells her the man, whose name is Nyte, is a powerful wizard from the past, and is extremely dangerous.

NS: Sounds very intriguing. What sets this work apart from other works in the same genre?

EBC: I think the relationships between some of the characters are a little different but I can't reveal why without giving away the story. I believe some of the things revealed at the end of the story will surprise you.

I also try to keep my characters very real. Even though Lucinda commands great magic, she was a girl raised by humans in a time when women definitely were not treated as equals. I think most women can relate to the fact that no matter how strong we are, we often feel uncertain. Lucinda is no different. Sure she can travel through space and time, and make things appear out of thin air, but will she make the right decisions? Will anyone really love her? Should she really help this man whom her closest and most trusted friend tells her is dangerous? Yet how can she ignore her obligation to help him? Fate has put him in her hands. What if she totally screws up?

All of us have the ability to change the world, if only we allow ourselves to tap into our power, but often fear holds us back. That's no different for a housewife or a tenth level wizard.

NS: Please tell us about a favorite piece that you have written, maybe one that took all of your blood as you wrote it or maybe one that literally wrote itself, or maybe a work that just touched your heart a little more than the others?

EBC: Actually, Darkest Nyte would be that piece. Lucinda has been with me since my university years. She first showed herself when I played Dungeons and Dragons, the role playing game, with friends. I played a first level wizard and the name Lucinda came to me. Many years later, when I started writing, I took a short story writing class. The instructor told us to make up some characters and I started with a teacher and a student (not feeling very creative that day) and as the instructor went around the room asking people to tell us about their characters, I wound up changing them to be a first level wizard and ranger. She told us to write a two page story using our characters and I wrote the story of Lucinda evolving from first level to second level wizard.

My very first published work, a year after I started writing, was a novella I wrote where Lucinda, while helping a client, clashes head on with Rand. It's a straight urban fantasy (no romance). That publisher then asked me to write the story of when Rand and Lucinda first met. Unfortunately, the publisher went under before the second novella was published. Ever since then (ten years ago), I have wanted to write the romance that would pair Lucinda with her beloved. Thus, Darkest Nyte was born.

NS: As a writer, there are things that indulge your senses. Could you describe the things that milk your creative flow?

EBC: Inspirational music, which can be anything from Reiki or other New Age music to Mozart to jazz to love songs to the stuff my teenagers like. I find much of the Evanescence music quite haunting and songs like Boulevard of Broken Dreams send my emotions into a spin. One of my sons buys a lot of soundtracks from video games and some of them are quite beautiful (e.g. Reminiscence from Suikoden 2.) It's a whole genre on its own. I'm not talking Mario Brothers or Donkey Kong, but quite rich, complex music.

I also love to light candles and I keep crystals around me when I write. Most effective, however, is when I meditate, do Qi Gong or Tai Chi exercises (with meditative intent), or do healing techniques like left-hand right-hand writing to clear blocks before I write. (I don't want to bore everyone with details, but if anyone is interested in hearing more about these techniques, just email me (emerald_sorceress_ebc@hotmail.com).

NS: So in your writing process from beginning of story to end, do you incorporate techniques that heighten your creativity? For example, maybe you seek out those things that you just described heighten your creative process?

EBC: I read a lot about creativity and use all kinds of techniques, whatever appeals to me in my current phase. One book I've found quite helpful discusses how to use both sides of your brain in the writing process. Other creativity books give techniques to open your mind to new ways of looking at things.

A very simple, but effective technique I use is doing a list of 20. For example, when I'm stuck for an idea of what should happen in a scene, I'll make a list of things that might occur given the situation. It's difficult to list 20 different things, but it's important to push through to the end. After about 7, I run out of ideas. All the obvious things have been listed. At that point, I have to push myself, but eventually the ideas flow again. Usually, I go great until about 15 and I get stuck again. At this point, I really have to push, usually breaking through some barrier, then the really good ideas come. It's like de-cluttering your brain.

Several months ago, I started using Tarot cards to help create and flesh out my characters. Recently, I started using spiritual archetype cards instead, though I still use the Tarot cards but now for helping with specific scenes that I'm finding difficult. I've just bought some fairy cards and Wiccan cards and I'm going to see how they work for me.

As I mentioned above, I often use music, candles and crystals to generate a creative environment around me when I write.

NS: What is your favorite book you've read? Why?

EBC: I have two favourites. Lord of the Storm by Justine Davis and Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy.
Lord of the Storm is just plain sexy. A female fighter pilot given charge of a hunky, ex-warrior, love slave whom she has total control over is an exciting plot. I love the depth of emotion. Shaylah doesn't believe in the slavery that is common in her culture and Wolf is a dark, tortured hero indeed.

Knight of a Trillion Stars starts with a writer who believes the alien she finds in her living room is a SciFi fan going to World Con (science fiction convention). I love Dara Joy's humorous style.

NS: What is your favorite quote and who said it?
EBC: Okay, I liked this one before it became popular with the movie Coach Carter.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."

(Nelson Mandela in his 1994 Inaugural Address)

2) Another is:
"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
(William Blake)

3) Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow
creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, Out, brief candle
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
and then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot. Full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
--Shakespeare, Macbeth, V.v. 17
NS: Why those?
EBC: 1) It resonates within me. I believe we are all capable of great things if we allow ourselves to accept the power within us.

2) I've loved this since I was a teenager. In such simple words, it shows us how to look at the universe differently.

3) When I first read this quote as a high-school student, it seemed so beautiful and so true. Now that I hold a totally opposite view, this quote serves as a great reminder that many people see life like that.
NS: Are you at work on any new projects and would you share?

EBC: I’m currently working on a series of erotic SciFi romance novellas. Picture it. You're at a luxury resort and you're chatting with the other four women who also won this vacation when you find yourself swept away to an alien spacecraft where some deranged, but quite hunky, alien tells you you're his soul-mate. Once you let down your guard, you find the sex is fabulous, but is it worth giving up your home and everything you know and love? The current series consists of five stories, one for each woman kidnapped.

I'm also working on a book about twin brothers, a heroine who wants her boyfriend to act out her sexual fantasy of making love with a stranger, and a mistaken identity. I've finished the second draft of this story and am polishing it.

I have a first draft of two other books. One is a Beauty and the Beast story set in the future where the heroine is the Beast. The other is a Scheherazade story, where it is the hero who will be put to death the morning after the wedding night, but instead of telling stories to capture his princess wife's interest so she'll keep him alive another day, our hero uses Tantric sexual techniques.

Novelspot would like to thank Ms. Batten-Carew for her time and energy.
Interview by Maci Walker

© 2005

Review Highlights


New Jersey Romance Writers 2010 Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors

CRYSTAL GENIE - Finalist:  Golden Leaf Contest

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Crystal Genie by Opal Carew

Crystal Genie by Opal Carew
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Length: 80 pages

Review Copy Received from Publisher

Summary: Have you ever wished you could find a magic lamp and… poof!… a genie would appear before you offering wishes? Be careful what you wish for!

Celeste feels a special draw to a beautiful quartz crystal she sees in her favorite store. When she brings it home, she finds herself staring into its liquid depths at a small imperfection that makes the stone so mesmerizing. She polishes off a fingerprint marring the surface and a man—all granite hard muscle and starkly sensual good looks—appears before her.

The genie of the crystal. Zurvan.

As soon as Zurvan sees Celeste… a woman! ... rage blazes through him. He does NOT trust women. He was imprisoned, tortured and cursed by Atia, a woman who claims she loves him yet punishes him because he can't love her back.

Zurvan tamps down his anger and offers Celeste her three wishes.

Shelly's Review: I've seen Opal Carew's books in the book store, but I've never read any until now. I knew the author's name and the summary sounded interesting so I decided to give Crystal Genie a try. I've been pleasantly surprised and I wish I would have known what I'd been missing sooner! Crystal Genie is a creative, really fun read. 

This story is erotic and explicit throughout the book, but Ms. Carew makes it work in a perfect manner. I wouldn't want it any other way. She's quite a descriptive author and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. This is NOT your average genie story. I loved the ending as it's quite funny and surprising at the same time. I highly recommend Crystal Genie by Opal Carew and I will absolutely


be reading more from her!

Rated 5 Delightful Divas by Shelly!


Crystal Genie by Opal Carew

Crystal Genie by Opal Carew
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Have you ever wished you could find a magic lamp and… poof!… a genie would appear before you offering wishes? Be careful what you wish for!
Celeste feels a special draw to a beautiful quartz crystal she sees in her favorite store. When she brings it home, she finds herself staring into its liquid depths at a small imperfection that makes the stone so mesmerizing. She polishes off a fingerprint marring the surface and a man—all granite hard muscle and starkly sensual good looks—appears before her.

The genie of the crystal. Zurvan.

As Celeste goes through the process of making her wishes, she and Zurvan discover some unsettling truths about both their pasts. Now she knows that when he returns to his imprisonment in the crystal—and there is nothing she can do to stop it—she will be left to endure a life of interminable loneliness missing the man she was meant to be with forever.

Celeste has just released Zurvan, the genie of the crystal, from his imprisonment. Zurvan must grant whomever the crystals deem worthy three wishes, yet when he sees it is a woman that has released him he becomes angry. A woman only reminds him of Atia the woman who trapped him in the crystal to begin with. Will Celeste and Zurvan find true love or will he keep up the walls around his heart?

This book pulled me in right from the start. I loved the bond of love and trust that developed between Zurvan and Celeste. Zurvan is a great hero who loves with his whole heart and would give up his life for those he cares about. Celeste is a strong woman who fights for what she loves not caring what will happen to her. The love that these two share is a once in a lifetime thing that many of us crave to find. I loved that Celeste was not a simpering naïve woman but one that fought for her love and made sure she thought before striking. As the book goes on we see the love that they have shine through it all. Even the evil Atia may find peace after all these years.

With a few unexpected twists this book is a good read and should not be missed. Opal Carew writes a magical story about true love, keeping the reader enthralled until the end. If you enjoy a tale full of love and magic this is one you are sure to like.


Title: Crystal Genie
Author:  Opal Carew
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Rating: 4.25!

Reviewed by: Teagan S. Boyd

Celeste never thought when she bought the beautiful crystal that she would be getting three wishes along with some really hot lovin' in the form of a genie. Zurvan the genie is larger than life to Celeste, and he wants her to "help" him out with a little itch he has had for 30 centuries. Celeste can't help but wonder at the deja vu feeling she gets when she looks at Zurvan; she feels like she has been with him before. Zurvan is about to serve up a shock; they have a love that has endured centuries, but can they finally be together?


Crystal Genie is a cute fantasy come to life. This is a feel good story about everlasting love . . . and red-hot sex! This is not your typical fairy tale. Zurvan is all red-hot male. He has many dimensions, and the reader will enjoy them all from his rock hard body to his emotional feelings.

Celeste is an interesting character. She hasn't had luck at love, and her feelings about love are jaded by her parents’ issues. I loved her immediately when I read that she had violet hair with magenta . . . gotta love that colored hair! I found that she had a nice depth beneath the outside veneer. She is caring, loving, and a strong female presence.

There is an underlying complex story of betrayal and eternal love that adds a nice dimension to the overall story. The sexual encounters are erotically enticing and will have the reader panting for more.

This is my first novel by Ms. Carew, and I am happy I took the time to read it. She has a great way with words and imagination. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.



Crystal Genie

Author: Opal Carew 

Genre: ContemporarySci-Fi / Fantasy Romance

Celeste loves the crystal she bought at the Crystal Dreams. She loves watching the colors as the sun reflects off the imperfection located inside it. But after getting fingerprints all over it, she needs to wipe it down. She’s shocked when a genie appears and even intimidated when he appears to grow 30 feet tall! This genie who calls himself, Zurvan doesn’t seem too thrill to be released from the crystal and soon Celeste finds out why.
Zurvan will only be out for three days. During those three days, Celeste can ask for three wishes. If Zurvan can fulfill them, he will but he can’t do everything and he might question Celeste’s desires.
In the meantime, Zurvan has no problem taking care of Celeste by cooking her meals, getting her clothes and even in bed! This surprises them both as Zurvan isn’t too thrilled with women and Celeste is sure all men are scum. The longer that they are together though, the more they seem to belong together. So what’s going to happen after 3 days?
This is a short quirky story that plays on the genie and three wishes theme. However, it’s also more than that. It’s erotic and romantic as well as mysterious. 
The beginning of this story has Celeste dealing with her sister. She reflects on her family life and how it made her distrustful of men. By the end of the story, Zurvan is with his sister and the woman who put him into the crystal. However, even though both families make an appearance, neither really interacts with the couple. Celeste and Zurvan pretty much are the sole characters for most of this book. They are joined by another towards the end of the story.
Much of the story takes place around Celeste and Zurvan’s sexual escapades. These are graphic so if that type of stuff bothers you, don’t read this story! 
I enjoyed this fun story and was pleasantly surprised at the ending. In many ways this story stepped out of the norm and looked at things from outside the box making it unique and refreshing.



 Crystal Genie by Opal Carew

ISBN 978-1-60310-479-1
Genre: Erotic Romance
(c) June 2010, Red Sage Publishing

Rating: 4 starsstar_full.gifstar_full.gifstar_full.gifstar_full.gif

Available in Red Sage Publishing

"A lovely and original retelling of the story of the magic lamp!"

Celeste discovered a genie in the crystal quartz stone that she bought, but not just any genie, but a gorgeous hunk of a man. Zurvan, the genie, was trapped in the stone for 30 centuries by another djinn, a woman, who wanted Zurvan's love and when she couldn't get it, punished him by imprisoning him in the stone and forcing him to grant each master (the one who called him out of the stone) three wishes...

Sound familiar? Crystal Genie has its basis on Aladdin's story, but that's as far as it goes. Opal Carew wrote a highly original short story that would leave you hot and bothered and make you think about what love truly is.

And no, the extremely hot and wonderful sex wasn't part of the wishes. It was freely given by Zurvan who ached for Celeste, having gone without a woman for three thousand years. And in the process, they discovered something wonderful about each other, something that I couldn't say because it would be a spoiler. All I can say is that love makes everything worth it, whatever the outcome, and the end came with a twist that would make you smile, although it did raise up a question in my mind because it was a bit inconsistent with some of the other facts. (You can email me at silverwinters1(@)gmail(.)com if you want to know what it is or to discuss the story in detail, with spoilers. LOL)


“Story Behind The Story”

I find genie stories fascinating because of the potential power play between the characters.  Here you have an all powerful magical being who is to be subservient to a mortal.  After all, that mortal freed the genie from their prison and the genie is eternally grateful.  But what if the genie, who has all the power, is not grateful?  What if the genie is powerful, and angry at all women since it was a woman who imprisoned him?  What if when he is freed, he decides to take out all his anger on the poor woman who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time? 

Of course, this is a romance and this genie is our hero.  He is powerful and compassionate.  And I knew he wasn’t really angry at this innocent woman.  He simply wants to intimidate her so she’ll make her wishes quickly.  He’s been through this too many times before.  With each taste of freedom, it becomes more and more difficult to return to his prison.  And when she makes her third wish, he will be imprisoned once again.  The numbness of being trapped in limbo is better than the impossible hope that burns in his chest every time he is released—a hope that he knows can never be realized.

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