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What to Read Wednesday

Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday. I’m excited to have ELLE BRIGHT visiting today. She’s sharing a very interesting post about applying reality to fiction. She’s also brought along her latest release FALL OF DARKNESS. You’ll be pulled in by her amazing cover and then hooked by her blurb.

So, without further chit-chat from me…take it away Elle!

Applying Reality to Fiction

 Shortly after I joined the Romance Writers of America, I attended my first Utah RWA chapter meeting. Author Tiffinie Helmer gave a presentation on using visual aids from the real world to create your fictional world. That idea has stuck with me over the years. I began by clipping magazine pictures, then progressed to Photoshop collages, and have since moved on to Pinterest. Regardless of the media, I’ve found reality to be an integral part of my writing.

Growing up, I found it interesting when books stated something to the effect of “all characters and events are a product of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to real people or events is merely coincidental.” Really? Don’t get me wrong, my work is all my own, but there have definitely been people, places, and occurrences that have influenced my writing along the way.

The beginning of my book, Fall of Darkness, is set in Chicago. This is an area I have lived in, know fairly well, and absolutely love. My memories of the area, combined with online research, lend authenticity to my setting. For example, Kate’s apartment building is based on a real complex in a real area, with my own personal flair added to it. The ‘rape lot’ in my book was a real parking lot which acquired that nick-name at one of the hospitals I’ve worked for in the past.

Though my characters are unique creations of my imagination, some of their characteristics are drawn from real people and experiences. Kate can never find her keys, because I can never find my keys. Like Kate, my sister really was set up with a balding gravedigger. Kate’s mother exhibits quite a few characteristics of my own. Have you ever heard the saying, “Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel”? Well, there’s some truth to that.  You have been warned. 😉

So, how did I come up with the storyline for Fall of Darkness? Well, Twilight had spread like wildfire and the idea of a vampire love story intrigued me. I tried to imagine what I would do differently, if I were to write a paranormal romance. From there, I was hooked. I’m an avid reader, but books no longer held my interest. All I could think about was my story and getting it out on paper. My characters wouldn’t stop talking. They still won’t. It’s so amazing to hold Fall of Darkness in my hands and see my words in print.

What’s next? I am in the process of writing book two in The Darkness Chronicles series, Dark Redemption. Dark Redemption resumes the story where Fall of Darkness left off. There’s still so much of the story left to tell and I’m excited to share it with the rest of the world. I also have a handful of contemporary romantic comedies in progress.

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About Fall of Darkness:

Fall of Darkness (Darkness Chronicles, Book 1)

One woman, the fate of the world in her unknowing hands. One man, sworn to destroy her. A love so strong it defies nature. In a world of obsession, deception and betrayal, the line between good and evil fades, but one truth remains absolute. Darkness must fall.

 

For centuries, werewolf, Dominic Ridolfi, has battled the demons of the night, upholding the sacred pact to protect man from vampires. Yet when sent to destroy the long lost Cacciatori heiress, the vampire prophesied to free her kind from the curse of darkness, he finds himself reluctant to complete his task. The innocent beauty awakens his humanity and Dominic finds himself not in the role of assassin, but savior.

 

Swept away in a whirlwind romance, Kate loses herself in Dominic’s mysterious world of opulence and seduction. But Dominic has a secret. He knows the truth about Kate’s past, and her future, truths with the power to destroy them both. Only in her dreams does Kate sense the growing darkness within. Dominic saved her once, but can she save herself from the darkness within?

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About Elle Bright

Elle is a practicing Registered Nurse, specializing in Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Emergency Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Elle is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, their three children, and their part-human border collie. When not writing or working, Elle enjoys reading, Zumba, running, travelling, shopping, and spending time with her family.

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Today we’re shaking it up a bit again–you know how I love to switch things around! I’d love it if you’d help me welcome Rose Wynters!

Rose is joining us and sharing a bit about her latest paranormal release Rubenesque Rapture The EndurersSeries: Book 1 by letting us behind the scenes with a character interview! And you are definitely going to find ARCH interesting…

Take it away Rose!!

Character Interview with Arch Leader of the Endurers by Rose Wynters

Hi, this is Rose Wynters. I’ve decided to interview Arch Leader of the Endurers today. Arch makes me a little nervous because he’s just so powerful. When he gives you just one glance with his blazing blue eyes, you feel unsettled. Almost as if someone has sucked your entire past, present, and future from your body with just one look. Nobody quite knows how far-reaching his powers really are, or even how old he truly is. You just hope and pray he never finds a bone to pick with you.

I hear my office door opening. He’s here. *Fanning myself with my hand in a desperate attempt to calm myself down.

Arch walks into the interview room as I stand up to greet him. I gasp. He’s actually dressed in jeans that hug his tight, splendid rear, and a long-sleeved button down shirt in a blue that matches his eyes. He looks elegant, sexy, and powerful.

Me: Swallowing hard at his appearance. I’m not sure if I’m swallowing because of the air of danger about him, or just how sexy he looks. I make a spur of the moment decision to make this interview a short one. Hi, Arch. Thanks for joining me today for an interview. If you’ll take a seat over here, we’ll  get started!

Arch: He nods and focuses on me for a long moment, before moving over to the chair. Somehow I know he has just read my intentions, and I give him a nervous smile. He’s so strong and powerfully built that his body seems to overwhelm the seat.  With a return smile that doesn’t reach his eyes, he says deeply, Thank you for having me.

Me: Clearing my throat. So Arch, in the series  you are definitely the go-to guy. How does that make you feel?

Arch: Useful, but there is also a lot of pressure. Sometimes it’s very hard to please everyone, and sometimes you have to make decisions that hurt. In the end though, everything usually works out.

Me: Have you undergone any dramatic physical transformations in your life?

Arch: For just a moment, his expression is unguarded. His eyes look like he’s somewhere very far away, possibly in another time and place. It’s gone quickly. Several times, more than I would have ever wanted. It’s a funny thing about someone that has to have a dramatic transformation….. It’s usually due to a very, very unpleasant circumstance. One so bad, you have to completely change who you are to attempt to escape it. He grows silent, not quite looking at me.

Me: Realizing he’s done. Could you tell us more?

Arch: Shaking his head. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to know.

Me: I’m completely bewildered, but I move on. What secret would you feel the most vulnerable sharing with anyone?

Arch: He gives me a chiding look, and I nearly feel ridiculous for asking the question. Finally he answers, slightly exasperated. If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

Me: Okay. I sit there, mentally sorting through the questions I intended on asking him. What would you never do, no matter the price?

Arch: He looks me straight in the eyes, completely serious. I would never sacrifice a human to Hell, no matter the circumstances. Ever.

Me: Shaking my head in agreement. That’s very noble of you.

Arch: His expression is unreadable. Try saying that when you’re held within the depths of Hell, with a constant rotation of demons torturing you. There’s nothing noble in that. It’s just a matter of not wanting someone else to ever experience that unbearable horror and agony.

Me: Aghast. You’ve been in Hell?

Arch: He nods curtly, the overhead light making his black hair gleam. Not to cut this short, but I’m due somewhere else in five minutes and ten seconds. It’s a matter of life and death.

Me: Wow. Okay, just one last one. Why should the reader care about your story?

Arch: He gives me a droll look. It’s never been about me, has it? Ask me that question when you decide to rectify that matter.

Me: Flustered. Sorry.

Arch: Looking appeased as he stands up. I will say this. The Endurers is about the lives of men that had their mortal lives destroyed by Hell. The real story is what they decide to do with their immortal lives. When you see the worst Hell has to offer on a daily basis, you start to lose hope. These books are the stories of strong men, both physically and mentally, that find a reason to have hope again.

Me: Beaming at him. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for joining me today! Good luck with saving the life and all.

Arch: He gives me a smile, full of self-confidence. Believe me, it doesn’t have anything to do with luck. With a wink, he disappears.

See more of Arch in my paranormal romance series, The Endurers. These books wouldn’t be complete without him. Arch is almost like a fairy godfather that any of us would be lucky to have. You can read more about the characters on my website at http://www.rosewynters.com

Rubenesque Rapture

The EndurersSeries: Book 1

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Rose Wynters

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Blurb: When demons from her past come back to collect on a debt, the lusty but virginal Anna goes on the run with a sexy Endurer that is determined to put her past to rest and her full-figured body in his bed. 

Excerpt :

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Two taller, grotesque creatures started towards them, their red eyes gleaming unnaturally in the twilight of the evening.

Shayne was ready for them, an ornately carved dagger in each hand. “You girls looking to play?” he asked, his velvety, deep voice cutting through the night. “I know I am. Look, I’m even wearing my play clothes.” He was dressed completely in black.

The two glanced at each other before charging him as one. Shayne met them in a running leap just seconds before the two screamed in pain. The daggers moved quickly and immediately one of the demons fell, smoke rising from its body.

He glanced over to the last one standing and shook his head in disgust. His knife had carved deeply into the side of his face, leaving the flesh gaping open. Copious amounts of black fluid poured out, and he was missing an ear.

“Damn,” he said as his lip curled up in a sneer. “You guys just get uglier and uglier, don’t you? It looks like your face caught on fire and someone tried to put it out with a fork.”

He could see three more hellions spread out in the parking lot, but they paused at his words. They knew he was an Endurer, with the full backing of Heaven behind him. The evil inside of them naturally recoiled from the purity contained within his daggers and sword. It didn’t stop the demon in front of him though.

“What a great idea,” he growled at Shayne. “I’ll have fun trying it out on you in Hell.”

Shayne beckoned with his hand as he said mockingly, “You, I’m going to kill just to put you out of your misery.”

All pretense at humanity faded. The white skin darkened to a disgusting shade of dark green, and thick horns erupted from its skull. This was the true form of the minion, and it wasn’t pretty.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b46moX9ekcs

 

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About the Author: I’ve always had a love of the paranormal and romance, and I’m a true romantic at heart. I love taking romance to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The hotter the better! You’re going to see some pretty wild and crazy stuff in my books, so be prepared!

When not writing, I enjoy traveling and exploring the mysteries of the world. I also like to camp, swim, and even fish. I’m a firm believer that life is meant to be lived, not passing you by!

I have several books that will be released this year. I’m currently working on Book Two for The Endurers series. Look for it towards the end of May. I will also be releasing a werewolf romance series, and a book contains four short stories regarding a fairy trapped in our world. It’s going to get very exciting.

 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where I’ll feature an author  who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Melynda Price!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Shades of Darkness. 🙂

Hi Melynda, thanks for joining me again on my blog and participating on 10 – 4 Tuesday…and sharing your beautiful cover with us too. Love it, as well as the blurb and excerpt. Okay, I’m getting carried away with my cover-art love lol, let’s get this party started…

Absolutely! Thank you so much for having me, Christine. It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog.

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

Well… I live in Northern Minnesota and although it’s spring, you’d never know it here. 🙂 I’ve been married for eighteen years and have two wonderful children ages 17 and 12.

It’s supposedly spring here too…but we had snow this morning. hmm 🙂  What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write paranormal romance. It gives me the ability to push the boundaries of reality. I love the challenge of creating worlds where the unbelievable becomes believable.

Autumn landscapeShare your blurb from Shades of Darkness!

Free will comes at a cost…

Three years after losing the love of her life, Olivia Norton refuses to continue living in the shadows of what will never be. But how can she marry another when her guardian angel still holds her heart?

Bound by Universal Law, Liam is forced to choose between his honor and his heart. Returning for Olivia nearly cost him his salvation once, but twice may prove to be his final undoing. Some sacrifices are worth the risk, while others could bring consequences that would last an immortal lifetime.

The game has changed—new players bring new threats and challenges. The evil that nearly took Olivia’s life three years ago has returned with a vengeance. A legion has been sent, and the Dark Court will not rest until the last sighted female has been killed.

An old enemy returns… Evil has a new face, a new name, and Haden will stop at nothing to possess the key Olivia holds, unlocking the power he needs to claim his revenge against Heaven and Hell.

Describe your book using five words.

Unpredictable, sexy, gripping, beautiful, heart-breaking.

What’s the best part about the writing process for you?

First draft writing. I love creating the story. Truthfully, the editing becomes tedious after a while.

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

That was the easy part. Shades of Darkness is a continuation of Until Darkness Comes—three years later. The main characters are the same, but I’ve added a new antagonist you’ll love to hate. 🙂

What makes Shades of Darkness different than other books in the same genre?

I think Shades of Darkness is unique because there aren’t a lot of series out there where the main characters remain the same. The paranormal “laws” in this book are original, and the plot is unlike any other paranormal angel/demon series. Shades of Darkness is unpredictable, and doesn’t end how the reader will be expecting it to.

I’m more than curious now! Tell us the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing career.

That’s a hard one to answer because I’ve gotten a lot of great advice. If I had to pick one thing, it would be learning to write deep POV. It’s an important craft to master, and I have a great friend/critique partner who had helped me develop that.

Have you ever thought about venturing into another genre and if so, which one?

Yes, I have. I’m toying with the idea of writing an inspirational erotic series. I want to do a trilogy on three women from the Bible and tell their stories. The culture in that time was unbelievable. It would be a challenging series to write but fascinating.

That sounds very interesting…and I think it’d be a great challenge creative-wise. What’s your current WIP?

I’m currently writing the third book in my Redemption Series, Courting Darkness. I want to have it out by the end of the year. This series will be four books total.

Now the 4:

How do you make a tuna fish sandwich?

I don’t, LOL! I absolutely hate tuna!—can’t stand the smell of it. If the juice from the can even touches my skin I have to shower. Gross… 🙂

Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them to visit?

The Sahara, Antarctica, and Haiti… Why? So they won’t discover how wonderful our world is and try to take it over. 🙂

Nicely done Melynda! lol All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?

How I Met Your Mother. That show is hilarious!

The world’s axis is off kilter and everyone has been thrown off as well. There are four changes that have affected the people of earth and the lucky thing is that they can choose their oddity. Either they have to walk and drive in reverse, sing instead of speak, sleep standing on their head, or never taste anything they eat. Which oddity would you pick?

Never taste anything I eat. First, it’s a great way to stay thin. Second, I wouldn’t want an oddity that other people could notice.

Enjoyed your answers and thanks for playing along!  Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂

 

Shades of Darkness | Excerpt

Olivia stood in front of the floor-length mirror. A beautiful woman she no longer recognized stared back at her with haunted, vacant eyes. Dressed in white, her floor-length gown, adorned with sequins and pearl beading, ran down the length of the six-foot train in an intricate design worthy of a queen. The back of her dress was cut in a deep V, stopping just above her waistline. A jeweled tiara sat nestled securely in the upsweep of her jet black hair, just like the one she’d often worn as a little girl. The veil of purity lay draped beside her jewelry box on the desk in the corner of the dressing room.

Piano music wafted through the vents of the old church, carrying a beautiful melody through the stale air of the chapel. Olivia sighed in resignation and reached up, unfastening the clasp of her necklace. The heart-shaped stone fell away from her neck, and she placed it in the palm of her hand. Closing her fist tightly over the stone, she turned away from her reflection and walked over to her jewelry box.

Olivia opened the drawer and placed the necklace inside. She pulled out a string of pearls and fastened them around the base of her throat, being careful to avoid snagging the few curls hanging down from her pearl-pinned French twist.

“You look beautiful,” a husky voice whispered behind her.

Startled, Olivia gasped and spun around, tangling the length of satin and lace around her feet. “Liam!” Her voice shook as a tidal wave of emotions crashed into her—joy, love, anger, pain…sorrow. It took every last bit of her self-control not to run to him and throw herself into his arms. Her heart raced so fast, she became lightheaded and reached out to steady herself against the old, age-roughened desk. Three years… Three long painful years… It felt like an eternity.

Liam stood in the corner of the small room, statue still, arms crossed over his broad chest. He was just as beautiful as she’d remembered—perhaps a little leaner, which only enhanced the muscular sculpting of his magnificent body. The errant waves of his dark burgundy hair hung in layers, nearly touching his shoulders, framing his strong, square jaw. A muscle ticked in his cheek as he stood there watching her. He seemed different somehow… His eyes, the change was in his eyes that now held a depth born of pain, sorrow and regret.

The prelude to the Wedding March carried up through the vents. The soft serenade filled the room, pulling Olivia from her trance. A rush of pain, masked by anger, surged anew, tearing open a wound of heartache that never completely healed. “Why are you here?” she demanded.

Liam didn’t respond. For the longest time, he just stood there—staring at her with an odd emotionless determination. Olivia started to question her sanity. Perhaps he hadn’t come back at all, and her mind was caught up in some sick, twisted quest for self-fulfilling prophecy.

“I had to see you.” His words came out in an aching rasp that stung all the way to her soul. Oh, he was real. No figment of her imagination could hurt this much.

“Why now, Liam? Why today? This is my wedding day!” Her voice escalated with every word until she reached hysteria. “It’s been three years! Do you know how many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep over you? Oh, that’s right, of course you do! And yet, you still didn’t come back to me. All those times I begged and pleaded, just to let me see you again.”

His mask of apathy shattered, revealing a haunted look in his amber-colored eyes that took her breath away—unspoken evidence of his grief, proving the depth of pain and suffering hadn’t just been her cross to bear. “Dammit! Don’t you think I wanted to, Olivia? God knows, I wanted to! But I knew if I came back, even for a moment, you’d never move on. It’s killed me to sit by and watch you mourn over what can never be. Night after night, I begged the Father to give me the strength to stay away from you.”

Liam’s eyes fell on the pearl necklace clinging to her throat that was slowly choking the life out of her. “This is the first time you’ve taken that off in three years.” His voice was so raw, she winced.

Reaching up, she touched her throat, fingering the smooth, cool beads. “I had to,” she whispered. “How can I get married to the man I’m trying to love while wearing a necklace from the angel that holds my heart?” Tears spilled down her cheeks, and she stopped even trying to contain them.

“Do you love him, Olivia?”

Liam’s questioning eyes raked over her. She ached to reach out and touch his beautiful face, just one more time, to feel whole in his embrace once again and let him wash away the years of pain and suffering she’d endured in his absence—to taste that delicious kiss she longed for…

“Look at me!” she cried, grabbing fists full of her wedding dress, holding them out in exasperation. “I’m getting married!” A fresh wave of tears rolled down her cheeks. By now, her make-up would be completely ruined, not that she really cared. It was symbolic of the last three years of her life.

“Trust me, I am well aware, and that’s not what I asked you.”

“I love him as much as I’m capable of loving someone. I’ve been broken for so long. I just want to feel normal again.”

The Wedding March echoed through the tiny room, and she looked nervously over her shoulder. “That’s my cue,” she whispered, unwilling to walk away from him.

“I wish it was me waiting down there for you.”

Oh God, don’t say that to me! Her hand flew up to cover her mouth as a broken sob escaped her throat. “I do, too,” she breathed the barely audible confession.

A soft knock sounded at the door. “Olivia? We’re ready for you, honey.”

She tore her eyes away from him long enough to cast an anxious glance over her shoulder and called, “I’ll be right there, Mom.” But when she turned back, Liam was gone.

Shades of Darkness is not a stand-alone book, but a continuation of Liam and Olivia’s story. I recommend reading Until Darkness Comes first.

 

🙂 Loved it!  So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book(s) online 🙂

Thanks for having me on 10-4 Tuesday, and thank you all for stopping by and helping me celebrate my new release, Shades of Darkness!

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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

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Today I’d like to welcome Nancy Gideon!  She’s making the rounds on her tour with BUY THE BOOK TOURS and today she’s sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book BETRAYED BY SHADOWS! 

There is also a giveaway with this tour…so make sure you check out the link at the end of this post to enter for a $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of Nancy’s book BETRAYED BY SHADOWS!

Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4  Tuesday Nancy!!!

Nancy:  I’m THRILLED to be here, Christine.  Let the Inquisition begin . . .

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m ADD with OCD rising, which is probably why I’m celebrating my 25th year as a published author with my 53rd book!  I’m the mother of two sons, one who produced my wonderful grandson and the other who lives with me to lift heavy things. For the past 12 of those 25 years I’ve worked fulltime as a legal assistant to the same attorney in a small law office.  He and my co-workers think my writing career is the coolest thing ever and are tolerant of those occasional shrieks from my office when I get an call from my editor about a new sale. I’m a sucker for all things fur, feather and fin and feed an ever increasing menagerie from my 4th floor balcony. My idea of downtime is Netflix and a warm cat.

What’s genre (s) do you write?

I’ve written a mixed bag: historicals, series contemporary suspense, regency, paranormal and even horror screenplays! Currently I’m writing a dark paranormal shape-shifter series called “By Moonlight” for Pocket Books and am excited to have just gotten the rights back to over 16 of my out-of-print titles and have sold four of the contemporaries to BelleBooks for trade and e-book reissue in 2013! I love recycling!

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BETRAYED BY SHADOWS, “By Moonlight” Book 7

A good man drowning in bad deeds. A bad girl denying a good heart. Reluctant hero Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy. Fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s clan, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family . . . except trust the human who puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win.

What’s a genre you don’t write but would like to try?

I’ve got some interesting ideas for a couple of YA paranormal series.  I’m even tossing around a Second Gen series spin-off from “By Moonlight”!

Where do you prefer to write?

My home office at 5:00 a.m. with a cup of Keurig coffee at my elbow.

What’s the easiest part of writing for you? 

Finding a story to tell.  I’ll never live long enough to bring all of them to light.  I’m a compulsive plotter and can stir up a series on the drive to a writer’s meeting.

What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

Getting the thumbs up to go ahead with it was the best thing. It’s been great to have carried this series to going on eight books.  Reining in the word count was the hardest thing to do. There were so many scenes I would have liked to have spent more time developing.

Why should we read your book? 

Because once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down.  The dialogue, the action, and the plot are fast-paced, tense, exciting, and (surprisingly) funny, and will run away with you. Oh, and it’s pretty dang hot, too. It’s like sitting down in a movie theatre . . . the ride will be over before you know it.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish BETRAYED BY SHADOWS?

The unquenchable desire for more! Hopefully new readers will want to discover what came before (though don’t worry, the book stands on its own) and fans will have 5-27-13 marked on their calendar for Book 8.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP? 

PRINCE OF SHADOWS, book 8 in the series, is another Pocket Star e-exclusive that will be out on my birthday! The biggest change it the move in setting from New Orleans to Lake Tahoe, home of the Terriot clan.  I’m crazy about my dark, rowdy, tattooed, rock-and-roll prince Cale Terriot. Here’s a peek:

Held hostage until she chooses a mate , Kendra Terriot must play a careful courtship game when choosing from among dangerous Shifter heirs. As a prince in the House of Terriot, Cale knows with Kendra at his side he can be the leader his clan needs, but first he must learn to become the kind of man she desires. In a treacherous race for the crown, where weakness means death, to prove he’s not the beast his gentle beauty fears, the only way to win her trust could mean surrendering his throne. But the only way to win her heart could mean letting her go.

Now the 4:

Everything you write suddenly starts coming true and you want to use your powers for good…what would your next book be about?

I’d write myself in as the heroine of book 8 . . . oh, and there’d be world peace.

You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?

The day on Lake Michigan when my critique group was sharing a lake house.  We grilled out, plotted, drank – a few, got knocked down by waves, and watched a storm roll in after a fantastic sunset.  Great friends. Good times.  Laptop.  Perfect.

Sounds wonderful! All the restaurants in the world are closing down because every government has determined it’s healthier to eat “home” cooking….you have 1 day before they all close….how many restaurants would you visit and name the top 3!

K-Paul’s, La Bayou and The Coffee Pot in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The best of creole and Cajun!  After those three, I wouldn’t NEED to eat anywhere else! Sigh . . .

If you could compete on any game show—past or present—which one would you choose and why?

  I loved the old Hollywood Squares with the original players like Vincent Price, Paul Lynde, Carol Lawrence, Tim Conway, Jonathan Winters, Lily Tomlin and Rose Marie. They were so talented and genuinely funny who cared if they won or lost.

Thanks for sharing your 10 and your 4 Nancy!  Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂

Excerpt from BETRAYED BY SHADOWS:

“I need a favor.” MacCreedy wasn’t one to mince words; Giles liked that about him.

“Name it.”

Silas passed him a piece of paper. “That’s my number in case of an emergency. Call and leave a message. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.”

Giles tucked the slip into his pocket. “Thanks, Mom. Everything’s going to be fine here. Go and enjoy all those things I’d be doing if I were in your place, and don’t give us another thought.”

Silas smiled. “That’s not the favor.”

“Oh. Thought I was getting off easy.”

The detective’s mouth took a wry twist. “Not hardly. I’d like you to keep an eye on my sister.”

“As pleasant a task as that might be, she’s a big girl who doesn’t look like she needs a babysitter.”

“Wrong on both counts.” Silas paced to the rail and Giles waited for him to continue. “I love my sister, but she is the most maddening female. Given a good or a bad choice, she’ll inevitably pick the bad one, whether it’s words or actions or men.”

Giles began to think that being a bad guy might have its advantages.

“She’s going to be staying here until I get back and have time to decide what to do with her.”

“Staying here?” Giles’s heart rate took a giant leap. “What kind of trouble could she get into?”

Silas gave a short laugh. “I don’t even want to think about it.” His shoulders rose and fell heavily. “That business with the attack on Max when his driver, Pete, was killed.”

Giles’s expression tightened. “What about it?”

“She was involved with the man behind it, maybe even encouraged him. Now he’s dead, and his family might be looking for someone to pay for it.”

“Ah. So you think they might come here?”

“I don’t know, but she’s worried, so I’m worried.”

It might have been a good time to tell Silas about the blood on her clothes and her skin. A good guy would have given up that truth, man-to-man, in a heartbeat. But Giles said nothing, knowing Silas would cancel his plans for his sister’s sake—and that would put him in the middle of a lot more drama than he was prepared for.

Another part of him whispered it might be a good time to look like a good guy in the lovely Brigit MacCreedy’s eyes by saying nothing. By being the one to protect her if trouble came her way.

“She’ll come to no harm here. You’ve my word on it. I’ll watch over her like a lion with a lamb.”

Silas took his hand in a firm clasp, warning, “She’s no lamb, Giles, and she’ll fleece you if she can. Don’t trust her for a second, and don’t let her out of your sight.”

Now available:

Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, iTunes and Simon & Schuster for computer download.

Author Bio:

An author of over fifty novels since 1987, Nancy Gideon thrives on variety. Under her own name and several pseudonyms, she’s written award-winning series suspense, historical and paranormal bestsellers, earned a “Career Achievement for Historical Adventure”, and has had two original horror screenplays optioned for film. A Michigan native, she works full time as a legal administrative assistant and feeds a NetFlix addiction.

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So excited you joined me for 10 – Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂

Here’s where you can find more about me, BETRAYED BY SHADOWS and the “By Moonlight” series:

website, blog, goodreads, facebook, twitter

Want a chance to win a copy of BETRAYED BY SHADOWS and a $15 AMAZON GIFT CARD?  Then Click here

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Hard to believe that November is almost over…this month flew by! We’re already at the last Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY!!! :)   As you know, there are times I like to shake things up and today is one of those “shaker” days. Instead of interviewing my guest today, I’m turning the floor over to her.

Please help me in welcoming CRIMSON ROMANCE author Nora Snowden. She’s sharing a wonderful post about ALL OR NOTHING and I think most of us can easily relate to some of the examples she’s given. Nora is also going to share a blurb and excerpt from her paranormal book ARSONISTS ANONYMOUS.

Take it away Nora!!!

 

All or Nothing, it’s not my fault

I’ve always been an all or nothing kind of girl. I know people say moderation is the key to good health but it’s not a concept I can relate to. If I have a bucket of Rollo Ice Cream I can eat a reasonable sized serving and put the bucket back for later. The trouble is later that night there’s a good chance I’ll keep going back into the freezer for small bites until the damn bucket’s finished. Once ice cream sneaks past my doorway, it’s as good as gone. I also can’t stop at just one computer game; Solitaire and Bejeweled can render me practically comatose in a chair for hours. I’m the same with reading. I’ll start a book to see if I like it and then nine hours later my eyes hurt, my back aches and I know I’m going to feel like crap for not getting to bed until 4:30AM. But I just can’t stop in the middle of the book and put it away for another day. Or if I do, it’s probably not going to be a book I’ll rave about any time soon.

You’d think by my age (none of your business how old I am) I’d know better. But it’s really not my fault. It turns out I have an addiction predilection. Or maybe I’m obsessive/compulsive. I don’t care which label you use, as long as I can blame something other than my laziness and lack of self-discipline. That’s one of the nice things about this day and age; we’re not responsible for our own actions. (or in this case, inactions) Most character flaws can be blamed on something or someone else. In writing we perhaps overuse this concept. If I read (or write) one more story where the heroine can’t fall in love because she was cheated on by the last lover, I might go ballistic. Although it won’t be my fault. It’s because I was weaned too early/too late and was forced to eat Puffed Wheat as an impressionable child.

So although I believe moderation in life is a great concept, I just can’t practice it. I’ll have to leave that to the people with different fatal flaws—like the ones who are driven to succeed. Unfortunately that drive was squelched in me by my older brothers mocking my football throwing ability. So sad. I coulda been a contender, Ma, but it’s just not my fault.

Nora Snowdon’s current book is Arsonists Anonymous, available now where all fine e-books are sold.

Arsonists Anonymous Blurb:

What’s a girl supposed to do when she finds herself inadvertently starting fires? Lucinda Dawson becomes a firefighter to help mitigate her guilty conscience. But she gets more than she bargained for when she signs on with the Seattle Fire Hall headed up by the ruggedly handsome Captain Josh Reynolds.

To make matters worse, she is assigned part time to work with Arson Inspector Byron Morgan. A man used to making his own rules, Byron both threatens and thrills her. But is his interest in her merely a ploy in his own game to beat out his old rival?

Lu must fight more than fires in her struggle to keep her secret safe and her heart secure.

 

Excerpt:

The monster SUV behind her was riding her butt. Lu‘s tattered nerves frayed even more as she concentrated on the curving highway ahead. The VW Beetle beside her sped up and her tailgater zipped behind it and cruised on by. The red-faced, balding driver shot her a disgusted look and swerved in front of her only to stomp on his brakes. She jammed on her own, barely controlling her sliding tires. His chubby hand shot out the driver‘s side window with his middle finger prominently displayed before he gunned his gas and sped  away in a gray cloud.

Lu almost didn‘t recognize the symptoms. It had been a while. The warm tingle at the base of her skull should‘ve been her first clue. Then the headache building. But the taste of ashes and smoke inside her mouth left no room for doubt.

Shit.

She‘d better catch up to that asshole. It would probably take about three minutes before he‘d notice. Her ‘89 Chevy shook as she pushed it above its normal cruising speed. She scanned the cars ahead trying to glimpse the massive SUV. Good. It was stuck behind someone else. A little more pressure to the gas and she gained some ground on him. Surely he must be noticing the flames by now.

She passed a couple of cars until she was behind him again. Smoke rose in his back window. The fire seemed limited to the last row of seats but with the amount of crap in his vehicle, she couldn‘t be sure. She blared her horn and pointed to the side of the road.

He ignored her. What the hell was wrong with the jerk? She honked again and he merely waved that oh-so-endearing finger at her.

Her car shuddered ominously and Lu realized she‘d have to slow down or she‘d have her own troubles to deal with. Hell, she‘d catch the jerk when he finally realized the problem and pulled over.

About three miles up the highway she finally saw him at the side of the highway frantically throwing things out of the back of his vehicle. She stopped a ways ahead in case his tank blew up and walked back to his car.

“Need a fire extinguisher?” She held the mini-canister up before he made some smartass remark that would make her change her mind.

“What? Yeah.” He grabbed it and sprayed the white foam into the dwindling flames in the back seat. Then he turned the extinguisher on the smoking items he‘d thrown by the side of the road. Once everything was totally enrobed in the creamy white foam, he stopped spraying and scratched his head. “What the fuck? Huh?”

Lu took the empty can from his limp hand and walked back to her car. He could call someone else if he wanted a ride to the next town. She tossed the extinguisher in the backseat so she wouldn‘t mix it up with the new ones in her trunk, hopped into the driver‘s seat and pulled away. No harm, no foul.

 

Nora Snowdon Bio:

Living in New York and Toronto, Nora Snowdon was a jerk of all trades—one week hawking dolls at major toy conventions, the next in a high end jewelry store pandering to the rich. She worked in the financial market, gambling dens, food service industry and sold shoes. During these years she also either appeared in or directed over twenty five plays.   

Then Nora moved to the wet coast, took up health foods (dark chocolate and red wine) and became a Writer of Elegant Smut. Her ambition is to become a crazy cat lady and wine hoarder, not necessarily in that order.

You can read more about Nora at norasnowdon@hotmail.com.

Buy Arsonists Anonymous and her other books at Amazon.com

http://amzn.to/N13NTY

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday

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.

I’m beginning to think we might be related…lol I love to write in the morning too! Share the blurb from UNTIL DARKNESS COMES. (which, by the way, has a gorgeous cover!)

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.

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/until-darkness-comes-melynda-price/1109462577?ean=9780984852994

AMAZON:

ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Until-Darkness-Redemption-Series-ebook/dp/B007MTYG4S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343773918&sr=8-2&keywords=melynda+price

print: http://www.amazon.com/Until-Darkness-Comes-Melynda-Price/dp/0984852999/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1343773918&sr=8-2

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!

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday

WOW…is it really midweek and time for What to Read Wednesday? It certainly is and I know you’re going to be as thrilled as me when you find out who is joining us today!

We have debut author Cera DuBois and she’s here to tell us some fun facts about herself as well as her book A HUNTER’S ANGEL (book 1 of The Hunter’s Dagger Series).  Also, she’s brought along chances to win prizes…yes PRIZE(S) complete with an S…meaning more than 1 way to win.  So let’s get started!

Cera, tell us about yourself in 30 words or less 🙂

Hi, Christine!  Thank you for having me here today.  Considering I’m usually a wordy person, 30 words or less is asking a lot…LOL  Well, here it is…

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my hubby and two teenagers. I grew up on a farm that I couldn’t wait to get away from when I went to college…but now I write Westerns because I miss that way of life. I’ve been writing with the hope of publication for about four years.

I just drove through PA and it’s beautiful! What would someone learn about you from looking at your book shelves or tbr pile?

I love a lot of different things. I read mostly paranormals and contemporary Westerns, not surprising since these are the two genres I write. I also am a huge Rachel Gibson fan and have all of her books. And in another book case is my Star Wars collection. The other case has my historicals—my John Jakes collection and my People of the Earth series.

Variety is good 🙂 If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?

Oh, this is a really hard question because I’m not very well traveled and I want to go everywhere…LOL. But if we are talking dream trip here, I’d love to visit the British Isles—Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. The why of it is simply that I have a lot of Irish, Scotch and Welsh blood in me. The other place would be Germany for the same reason.

Well, when you make this awesome trip, call me and I’ll tag along. They all are on my list too!  What genre (s) do you write?

I write paranormals under the pen name of Cera duBois and contemporary Westerns under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood.

How did you get started writing?

I always had a very active imagination and was always making up stories in my head, I’m not one of those writers who have been reading and writing since pre-school. I hated to read. HATED it. But when you’re dyslexic reading isn’t easy. Writing was even less fun. Reading still isn’t always enjoyable to me. I didn’t actually learn how to read until I was in fourth grade when I was diagnosed with a learning disability and put into special education. I struggled with school and reading/writing until eighth grade. That’s when I finally read my first novel for enjoyment. It was the novelization of the TV miniseries THE BLUE AND THE GRAY. I was hooked.  But I think what really hooked me was the history of the Civil War. I read several other books, some of them non-fiction.

Then I started making up my own stories about Southern belles and dashing heroes dressed in blue and gray. I started writing my first novel, a Civil War romance, in ninth grade, which eventually transformed into the novel I wrote for my eleventh grade English class.

Who’ve had an incredible journey…I’m impressed.  Please share a blurb from A Hunter’s Angel.

The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

Love your blurb…really perks my interest…and your cover.  Oh, I can’t even tell you how much I love it!  What’s one of your favorite sentences from your book?

This exchange is between Grace and Ben (her best friend and lieutenant)

Grace: “How many bugs do you think are in here?”

Ben: “Bugs? There are two bad ass, crazy vampires out there and you’re afraid of bugs?”

LOL…love it! What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done in the name of research?

I’m mostly a computer/book researcher, so I’d have to say the most interesting thing in the way of actually talking to someone I’ve done has been dropping questions to the soldiers/officers I work with about different things concerning the military that pop up in my books.

Which is the hardest for you to write and why…beginning, middle or end?

Oh, the beginning. I hate starting a new book. I’m mostly a pantser, so to me looking at a new story is like entering a large dark forest where the path is obscured. I know there are landmarks (the things I want in the story or the turning points) but the plot is as blind to me as path through the forest.

Please share an excerpt from A HUNTER’S ANGEL!

“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”

“But you were once.”

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take…some of it.”

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.

No!

What 2 attributes do you like most about your hero?

I love Ian’s honor. I also love his compassion for others that he doesn’t see.

Your heroine?

Of Grace, I love her strength and her kick-ass attitude.

I love picking out character names when I’m starting a new story…do the names you chose for your hero or heroine have a special meaning to you, or how did you go about choosing them?

I love picking names too. And for the most part they do have meanings. Both Grace and Ian have deep meanings, but I can’t give them away or I’d slip something about the story…*evil grin*

Ooh…nicely done Cera, now I’m more intrigued J If a newbie author asked you the best way to go about promoting a new book—or what worked best for you, what would you tell them?

Well, since I’m still brand spanking new at this game myself, I have no idea.  If someone can tell me what works, I’d love it!

Darn it, I thought you’d have a hidden tip…lol.  Care to give us a little hint on what you’re working on now? 🙂

I actually have several irons in the fire, as my grandma would say.  I’m in the midst of writing A Hunter’s Wings (book three of my Hunter’s Dagger series) and I’m editing/revising Book 2 of my Colton Gamblers series (book one—Gambling On a Secret is due out early next year and is my first Western).  Also I’m working on edits for my two contracted Westerns.

Whew, you’re busy, busy, busy! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Website Links:

Website: http://www.ceradubois.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarawalterellwood.ceradubois/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sara_w_ellwood

To Sign up for my newsletter: http://eepurl.com/mVxXf

 

Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=980

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=cera+dubois

Thank you so much for coming by Cera….

Thanks for having me, Christine… I had a ball!

Everyone, please read on a little further and find out the how you can win some awesome prizes from Cera 🙂

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To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel, check out my website (http://ceradubois.wordpress.com/a-hunters-angel-the-book-tour/) for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.

Contest: (Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)

Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)

1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos).

2st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.

 

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