Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! It’s officially August…the very first day and summer is winding down. I’m sad and happy at the same time since it’s been one HOT summer. Today we have a special guest visiting. I’d like everyone to give a warm welcome to Melynda Price. She’ll be sharing some interesting facts about herself and her book UNTIL DARKNESS COMES, redemption series book one.
And to top it off, Melynda didn’t come empty handed. One lucky person will receive an ebook copy of her book. After the interview Melynda will let you know how to go about getting entered. So let’s get started.
Hi Melynda, I’m so glad that you’re letting me interview you on What to Read Wednesday. Share a little about yourself.
Hi, Christine. Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m excited to be here. This is the eighth stop on my blog tour, and I’ll be giving away a copy of Until Darkness Comes. I’ll have details to win at the end of this interview. Now, about myself… I live in northern Minnesota, have two children ages 17 and 11, and I’ve been married for 18 years. I’ve been writing PNR for three years. My debut novel, Until Darkness Comes, released in March 2012.
Looks like our debuts releases came out the same month! Tell us 3 things that top your bucket list.
I want to take a long vacation to Hawaii, go horseback riding on the beach, and kayaking through the rapids 🙂
Looks like we have another thing in common. I want to go to Hawaii too! If we could see your book shelves or your tbr pile, what would it tell us about you?
I love to read series, and I’m a hopeless romantic 🙂
What genre (s) do you write?
Paranormal Romance—both sweet and spicy 😉
Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon or night?
Definitely in the morning, between 6am and 11am is when I get the most
work done. My mind is clear and this is when I’m the most creative.
A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…
Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.
The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.
But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.
Great blurb! Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…use seven words that describe your book.
Deception, Temptation, Romance, Love, Betrayal, Forgiveness, Redemption.
What’s the best part of the writing process for you?
First drafting, I love creating the story.
Please share an excerpt UNTIL DARKNESS COMES!
This excerpt is from a conflict between Olivia, Liam, and Max. She’s just discovered Max isn’t who, or what, she believed him to be.
Until Darkness Comes Excerpt
A slow, drawn-out clapping bit the air. Liam stiffened, his arms tightened protectively around Olivia.
“Bravo, bravo,” Max drawled. The black shadows still clung to him, and she knew he hadn’t stepped back into her dimension yet.
“It’s okay,” Liam whispered, letting her go to face Max. “Don’t be afraid. He can’t touch you from there.”
“It’s really too bad, our very own Romeo and Juliet, with a twist. Has Liam gotten to the part yet where he tells you that you’ll never be his? And if he tries to claim you for his own, you’ll die?”
Olivia’s stomach lurched at the triumphant sneer on Max’s face; his words made her blood run cold. Was he telling the truth? It must be a lie, but then, why wasn’t Liam denying it?
“Oops.” Max covered his mouth with his hand. “Did I just give away the best part of the story? Should I have called out ‘spoiler alert’ first?”
Olivia cast Liam a worried glance, but he wasn’t looking at her. His murderous glare was fixed on Max with seething hatred. Max ignored Liam and walked up to Olivia, leaning close to her and held his hand up to the side of his face as if he intended to whisper a secret.
Her skin crawled, having him this close to her. The shadows that clung to him reached out to her, as if they had a life of their own. She forced back the shudder that threatened to rack her body, refusing to give him the pleasure of seeing how unnerved he made her.
“What I can’t decide, is how long to let this little saga drag out before I kill you.”
The vicious snarl coming from Liam made the little hairs on the back of her neck prickle. He stepped in front of her, wedging himself between her and Max. The shadows that had been so eager to touch her only a moment ago, shrunk back from Liam in fear. Oh my God! Those things were alive…
“This ends when I say it ends!”
“So end it,” Max taunted. “What are you waiting for? Not ready to say good-bye to the girl yet, are you? She is a succulent little treat. I’ll give you that. I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted anything quite so delicious, myself. Although… Ashley was a close second.”
“What?” Olivia cried, fear and panic tearing through her heart.
Max inhaled dramatically and sighed, “Mmm, gotta love that smell—terror on a salty breeze.”
“Enough!” Liam commanded as a bolt of lightning split the sky in a deafening crack. The ground shook with thunder.
“Ooo…” Max sneered, feigning fear. “Looks like I made Daddy angry.”
“Don’t do it,” Liam warned.
“Or what?” he taunted.
“Why don’t you step back into this dimension and find out?” Liam growled.
The sound of a barking dog echoed in the distance. Riotous laughter and cheery voices poured from the cars that pulled into the parking lot no more than twenty yards away. People began to pile out of their cars, more people than the cars could hold. No, not people, Olivia suddenly realized, seeing the white tips of wings poking out from behind five wide, muscular shouldered guys. Angels…
The group suddenly split into two directions. The angels headed toward them while the human group made their way down to the beach, arms heavily loaded with chairs, firewood and cases of beer. Two Springer Spaniels jumped excitedly around the people, barking for someone to throw a Frisbee. Someone gave it a toss toward the water, and the two dogs yapped, charging into the water while everyone around them was oblivious to the cosmic battle brewing twenty yards away.
She glanced back at Max, whose shadows now churned with anxious energy. His arrogant expression, turned uneasy as he watched the approaching angels. “Looks like we’ll just have to continue this little party some other time.” He started to walk away, seemingly eager to put some distance between himself and the guardians.
Suddenly, Max stopped and looked back at Olivia, his dark eyes boring into her with pure, unabashed hatred. A malicious grin split across his face as he cocked a brow. “I wonder what Ashley’s up to.”
Dread rushed through her like ice in her veins. She stepped from behind Liam, and before she even gave any thought to the sheer stupidity of the act, she lunged toward Max. “You stay away from her, you evil son of a bitch! If you even touch her—” The steel band of an arm caught her around the waist, cutting off the last words of her threat. Liam lifted her off the ground before she could get within an arm’s length from Max.
“Olivia, don’t,” Liam growled against her ear.
Max’s coal black eyes glittered with amusement. “Too late,” he sneered. “You’d better keep a close eye on that one, Liam. She’s impulsive, and apparently suicidal.” Max faded into the shadows, his sadistic laugh carrying on the breeze that blew past her.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I had a few titles I thought would fit the book. Then I searched for books of that same title to make sure there weren’t any others, and finally, I took a poll from friends and family for their favorite title pick. 🙂
I love choosing names for my main characters, how did you go about choosing yours?
For Liam, I tried to pick a name that was masculine but not very common, so it would stick in the reader’s mind. Olivia was easy to pick. I just loved the name.
Olivia is a beautiful name 🙂 What surprised you the most about becoming a published author?
How hard it is to get your work noticed when no one knows who you are. So far, the reviews for Until Darkness Comes have been great! Marketing is a challenging gig. 🙂
Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is?
I’m currently writing Bonded in Ruins, the second book in by Atillian Warrior Series. This is a series about a legion of Atillian Warrior angels that were exiled to Earth. Each warrior has his own story, so
my plan for this series will be 5-8 books. Bonded in Exile, Book 1, is currently in submission. This month, I’ll be editing Shades of Darkness, Book 2 of my Redemption Series, which will be sent into my editor with 5Prince.
And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Until Darkness Comes is available in eBook just about anywhere, and in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Thank you Melynda for answering my questions and sharing your book with us!
Thank you so much, Christine, for featuring me on What to Read Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who stopped by today. I’ll be giving away a copy of Until Darkness Comes. Enter to win by visiting my blog www.melyndaprice.com and “following me.” Be sure to leave me a comment so I know you’ve entered. I’ll be announcing the winner in 48 hours. Good Luck!