Newly released this month from BroadLit Publishing is paranormal romantic novel Return of the Nephilim by D.M. Pratt, the first in the Age of Eve series.
D.M. Pratt is a five-time Emmy nominee, a Golden Globe nominee and was Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer for the television series Quantum Leap.
In Return of the Nephilim, we meet Eve Dowling, successful New Orleans magazine writer, whose life “is turned upside down by a fateful encounter with a stunningly handsome mystery man who ignites her most sensual fantasies”. Her subsequent attempt to track down her mysterious lover, who had sexually ravaged her like no other, leads her to an abandoned sanitarium in the heart of the swamplands surrounding New Orleans. “It is there she first confronts two creatures, first described in ancient Hebrew and Christian texts as the Nephilim or “fallen sons of God,” who vye to posess her body and soul and keep her from true love with her mystery man.”
According to Ms. Pratt, “Female empowerment has been my battle cry since I started writing as a teen, and has continued throughout my professional writing career. I wrote several books and screenplays in the early ’90s and was told that a female protagonist who didn’t get saved by a man would never happen in reality, much less in a movie. I actually remember being asked when a guy was going to save her. Now much has changed thanks to the huge success of female driven, strong, heroine-based stories in literature and films today. I’m thrilled by these changes because I believe women are the salvation of the planet” (“Age of Eve: Return of the Nephilim Is a New Romance Novel from BroadLit with a Paranormal Twist, BWWBooksWorld, 26 February 2013).
The novel’s cover imagery and claim for female empowerment are subjects which have been addressed in a recent work of biblical scholarship, Admen and Eve, by Katie B. Edwards (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012). Edwards contends that in contemporary Western society, and in advertising in particular, “Eve now functions as contemporary popular culture’s pin-up girl for postfeminist female consumer power”.
The archetypal image of the sexual temptress who proffers fruit to a bewildered-looking male and the pseudo-sinister sexual appeal of the woman/snake conflation are used in contemporary culture as evidence of women’s potent sexual allure. The popular ideology of postfeminist advertising suggests that the ability to attract the opposite sex allows women to obtain sexual power and, the advertisers would have us believe, financial independence through their devastating effect on men.
The first two chapters of D.M. Pratt’s Return of the Nephilim are available to read online, here. It made me a little moist.