Interview & Giveaway with Donya Lynne

I’d like to introduce another great writer. Donya Lynne is the author of the series All the King’s Men. She has kindly joined me to share with us about her books and writing career. You won’t want to miss it!

What’s one habit you have while writing? 

I listen to music. Usually one of about thirty Pandora stations I’ve created. I’m into odd, eclectic music more than mainstream, so I’ve created stations named after artists such as Kaskade, Enigma, Jens Gad, Behold, and others. The right song helps me to create the right mood for various scenes in my stories, and I’ve found a lot of wonderful songs by simply “surfing” through random artists and playlists. I also drink tea. My favorite is English Teatime mixed with French Vanilla creamer and a touch of Stevia.

What made you want to be a writer?

Birth. Okay, ha ha! But seriously, now that I’m all grown up and know I was meant to be a writer, the signs are easy to see from my youth that this was what I was meant to be. I mean, I was writing poetry before I was even in first grade. And not silly, little girl poetry. I’m talking serious stuff. My first poem was:

Together we can conquer the unconquerable.

Tall buildings, mountains, and skyscrapers will fall to our mercy.

But why destroy such beauty?

As long as we have each other, that is all that matters.

Not the typical five-year-old writing, is it? And I won my first writing contest in fourth grade. My prize? A pack of Hubba-Bubba bubble gum. And in junior high, I started writing erotic romance, and I worked on my first paranormal story by the time I was twenty years old. It wasn’t until after I saw Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, that an idea for a story gripped me so powerfully, though, that I got the idea that I could write for a living. That was when I got serious and started taking extensive writing courses and began pouring myself into learning all I could about writing, editing, and publishing.

Tell us about your series, All the King’s Men. What’s the series about?

All the King’s Men is my take on the vampire community. The series started out as one book. Micah Black developed in my mind, and he demanded that his story be told, so I began to write it. Then an interesting thing happened. More vampires stepped up, all with their own problems and conflicts, and each one began clamoring inside my mind to have his or her story told, too. Suddenly, I went from one book to six. And now I think I’m up to ten.  But the series doesn’t want to stop there. The next generation is stepping up, and I think it’s only a matter of time before those vampires begin knocking on my brain to have their stories told, too.

These vampires live in the modern world, but some of them, such as Micah and Malek, have been around for centuries. As a result, they carry a lot of baggage. Throughout the series, we see Micah transform from the damaged character he is in Rise of the Fallen to the resurrected leader he was always meant to be before tragedy struck his life. And really, the entire series is about him, but we see him grow and watch his story evolve through the stories of his friends and teammates, who work for an agency called All the King’s Men as enforcers who maintain an unsteady truce between the vampires and their nemeses, the drecks. And if you thought Apostle was bad in Rise of the Fallen, wait until you meet Bishop. Bishop makes Apostle look like a gnat in a swarm of mosquitoes. The dreck activity definitely heats up in Rebel Obsession, and we see that things aren’t as rosy as the AKM vamps thought they were.

The first book in the series, Rise of the Fallen, features Micah. Did you model him after anyone in particular or how did he come into your imagination?

Micah’s creation was an accident. I used to roleplay on Facebook and created Micah to be an independent character. I wanted a character who was tragic, raw, damaged, and lethal, and so did a lot of people, because Micah became an instant hit with roleplay fans. The more damaged he was, the more they loved him. So, Micah was simply supposed to be a roleplay character. Oh, but Micah, true to his nature, was having none of that. Once he was created, he made it clear he wanted his story to be told, so I began writing it. At any rate, I saw a few pictures of the model, Andrei Andrei, when he had long hair, and I just knew. That was Micah. Micah looked like that. Dark, shrewd , seductive eyes that see everything, dashing good looks that could stop any woman in her tracks, sexy, seductive, quiet, powerful, lethal, and confident. Andrei’s image was everything Micah was. So when you read Micah, it’s Andrei who I was seeing when I wrote him. I was fortunate that Andrei allowed me to use his picture on the cover, because I don’t know what I would have done if he hadn’t.

Heart of the Warrior is the sequel to Rise of the Fallen and the second book in the series. How is it different from the first book and was it challenging writing a m/m romance?

It’s different because it’s M/M, whereas Rise was M/F. Since I’d been writing M/M storylines previously, writing Heart as a M/M romance wasn’t a challenge for me. In fact, Arion and Severin were so unbelievably forthcoming that Heart was extremely easy to write. They both were very clear in my mind about what they wanted and about what would happen, and both readily spilled their stories. So much so, in fact, that at times I couldn’t keep up. The other nice thing about Arion and Severin was how unbelievably tragic they both were. This made for a fast-paced story throughout, full of conflict and emotion that broke me down into tears more than once as I drafted it. This has probably been my favorite story to write to date.

What are you working on now and when can we expect to see it?

I’m working on the edits for Rebel Obsession, which is the next book in the AKM series, and is due out in January. This one doesn’t have the super-fast pace from start to finish that Heart had, but it’s deep and introduces a few new characters who become big players in Traceon’s ongoing story, and everyone seems to want to know what happens to Trace. He is slowly revealing his story to me, and we learn a little more about him in RO, but oooohhhh, what we learn is good. Even I gaped when he showed me. And we begin to see Malek’s story begin to unfold in RO, as well. So, Rebel Obsession feels to me like a transitory story. It’s been hard to write, but now that I’m editing it, I’m very pleased with where it’s going. Lots of seeds were planted in Rebel Obsession.

I’m also working on a semi-autobiographical work called One Night that is causing a lot of painful scars from my past to open, and I hope to have that one out by next summer. I have also started the next AKM novel, Return of the Assassin, which is Malek’s story. I hope to have that one out by the end of next summer, but I’ve learned not to rush the AKM novels. They’re too precious, so I need to make sure they’re right before I put them in the public’s hands. I also have two M/M pieces I’m working on for release in 2013, probably closer to the holidays.

Thank you so much for sharing a bit about yourself and your books with us. It sounds like a really emotional and exciting series!

Learn more about Donya’s books at her blog or on Facebook.

Find her books at: Amazon   –  Barnes & Noble  –  Smashwords

GIVEAWAY TIME

Donya has kindly offered to give away 3 copies of Rise of the Fallen. All you have to do  is leave a comment about the interview with your email address! She will choose 3 random winners on Monday the 12th.  

Thanks everyone!

Giveaway & Interview with Urban Fantasy author Brynn Myers

Hello, readers!

I have had the pleasure to interview another fabulous author whom I just love. I hope you enjoy her interview and learn about her fascinating new series. After the interview, she is graciously offering five free copies of her book Entasy!

1. What’s one habit you have while writing? (i.e. listening to music, drinking coffee, rambling to yourself, writing in bed, on paper, etc.)

I have always had to have noise in the background. I usually turn the T.V. on in my office and find a show that won’t be too distracting.

2. What made you want to become a writer?

I had no idea I wanted to be a writer. I’ve always had stories in my head and often wondered how they would play out if they actually occurred, but that was it until I joined a book group on Shelfari. For fun, we took traits of our favorite characters and created our own unique personas. It was then that Kira, now Kylah, was born. 😀 I was drawn into creating stories from that moment on. I clearly fell down the rabbit hole without another thought and have been writing ever since.

3. Tell us about your debut-novel, Entasy. What kind of book is it and what’s it about?

Entasy is the prequel to the Prophecies of The Nine series. It was meant to be the backstory of Kylah’s life…her modern life and the life she had no idea existed. Entasy is a big teaser…it leaves a lot of questions hanging but I will be clearing up any and all confusion in January. 😀

Kylah is the granddaughter of two Celtic goddesses but due to a tragedy Kylah’s memories were taken to protect her. She has no idea who she really is but soon she will find out…soon she will have to confront her past in order to save her future.

4. Did you model your characters after anyone in particular?

LOL! Well, I can honestly say that have added traits or characteristics of those close to me into my characters. I have some amazing people in my life and it seemed perfectly logical to make them a part of my artistic creation.

5. What inspired you to write Entasy?

When Kira and Dex, the original names of Kylah and Aerric, were born, they were both vampires. Dex sired Kira and things went from there, but as these characters evolved in my mind, I no longer saw them as vampires. So, when I combined the traits of the original characters with my love of Celtic mythology, boom…Kylah and Aerric were born and Obsydian and the rest of The Nine were added them to the mix to create the Prophecies series.

6. When is the sequel to Entasy coming out and can you tell us about it?

Redemption is the first book in the series. It takes place weeks after where Entasy left off. A lot happened to Kylah in Entasy and now she will have to figure out her place amongst her family and The Nine. Redemption will clear up the many questions that the prequel left hanging and of course create more. *smirk* Entasy was told in the first person perspective to let the reader try and get into the mind of those who will have a driving force in this series. The rest of the series (nine more books) will all be told from third person point of view.

Redemption by Brynn Myers

Kylah’s mind has been freed and her power unleashed. She is once again the loose cannon she was two hundred years ago. Everyone she loves is waiting for her to take her rightful place among The Nine. But if Kylah can’t control her guilt, her anger, and her conflicting desires, she may yet again ruin the lives of those she loves.

After spending two hundred years thinking his mate was dead, Aerric finally has the love of his life back in his arms and in his bed. But after realizing Kylah willingly made the choice to leave him all those years ago, his heaven quickly turned to hell. Truths are revealed and tempers flare, leaving their happily ever after on the verge of ashes.

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Brynn! It was great to learn about your series. It’s such a unique idea, and I love hearing more about your books.

Find out more about Brynn’s books:

www.brynnmyers.com   Facebook   Twitter

Find her books on: Amazon   B&N   All Romance eBooks

GIVEAWAY TIME

Follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway. Brynn Myers is giving away 5 copies of Entasy! Hurry now, you have 4 days left to enter!

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The Alpha of Your Dreams – Alpha Male Blog Hop

What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting on Friday and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger. We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! But that’s not all….

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

THE ALPHA OF YOUR DREAMS

He’s covered with muscles. His voice is deep and causes shivers down your body. His eyes are intense and knowing. He’s smart, funny, strong, violent, powerful, demanding, controlling, selfish, and most of all, he wants one woman—only one. He is the Alpha Male.

An Alpha male is possessive, wanting the heroine only for himself; or, if he shares, it must be with someone he trusts to have his back at all times. He should be strong, seductive, and wicked. He should say things that make our toes curl and our heart pound, things that would make you blush if said amidst company.

What may make you prefer the Alpha Males from ones book series over another comes down to your personal preference. Do you like your Alpha’s snarky, sarcastic and funny? Does it make you flip the pages faster when he’s violent, especially in protecting or rescuing his woman? Do you like him smart or more primitive? There are so many possibilities here, and I think that’s why we don’t get sick of reading about Alpha Males. They change, they evolve, they’re different from writer to writer and series to series. But they are always bad-ass, unapologetic, and they always want the heroine, even if he doesn’t want to want her.

For me, I’ve taken an array of my favorite versions of the Alpha Male and wrote them into stories. I have even more scratching to get out of my head to which I have to ruthlessly shove them down and tell them to wait their turn!

Watching them come to life and seeing how their female counterpoints quip with the alpha back and forth in a match of wits and strength is the ultimate glory. Reading the tension grow between the alpha and the woman he wants or hates to want is what makes me fly through the pages. With this theory in mind, I created The Bellum Sisters Trilogy.

In book one, Chains of Frost, a funny and independent succubus finds a challenge in the icy, stoic demeanor of vampire commander Tyrian en Kulev. He’s sexy beyond belief; with a look he can make her blood pump, and with a touch he can command her body until she craves more. And she does—a lot more—even as he tries to shut her out to protect himself. Tyrian is strong, powerful, smart, and deep inside, lonely.

In Bonds of Fire and Ties That Bind, the final two books in The Bellum Sisters Trilogy, we see a shapeshifter Alpha named Lyonis Keelan who will stop at nothing to get his woman—Willow Bellum. He is controlling, possessive to the point of smothering, and strong enough mentally and physically to dominate the strong and resistant Willow Bellum. Yet, he has a kind and generous heart that Willow cannot deny touches her. In Ties That Bind, the Alpha, a demon named Telal Demuzi, is resistant, sarcastic, and has a strong wall of willpower to resist the charming Lily Bellum. Luckily, she’s persistent and will not stop until she captures his heart. Telal’s disinterested attitude wavers and his true motives and big heart shines through to Lily.

But, just having these strong masculine traits in a man would make him fall flat. There must be depth and dimension to him. Women don’t want a chest beating ape of a man, right ladies? So we have to ask questions.

Why is the strong shapeshifter violent? What causes him to get violent when he sees a woman in pain? What drives him with the need to hurt the one who hurt the female? In the case of Tyrian and his loneliness, it’s up to Chloe to discover why this vampire commander, a leader of a vampire army, is lonely. He’s gorgeous and smart, strong in ways other men would envy, and he could have any woman waiting at his feet. So why doesn’t he? That’s up to Chloe to learn, and that’s the challenge that Tyrian must overcome in order to accept a second chance at life and love.

Alpha males can come in many different shapes and forms. They can be a sexy, bad ass police officer, or a supernatural vampire. We’ve all read and devoured the stories of these Alpha Males and we will continue to read them because they call to us on an earthly level. They are what we crave.

So, tell me readers, who are your favorite Alpha Males. One of my favorites, aside from Tyrian, Lyonis, and Telal from The Bellum Sisters Trilogy, would have to be Lothaire from Kresley Cole. He’s a man who will not apologize for his wrong doings. He’s lethal, sexy and you can’t help but root for him.

PRIZE TIME!

 In honor of the Alpha Male blog hop being hosted by Carrie Ann at her blog, I am giving away three copies of Chains of Frost. Your book will be sent in ebook format (PDF or ePUB) so you can read it however you want. Just leave a comment stating who your favorite Alpha Male is and be sure to leave your email so I can notify you if you win! The winner will be picked randomly from Random.org the day following the end of the blog hop (Oct. 23).

Find The Bellum Sisters Trilogy at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Want to learn more about The Bellum Sisters Trilogy? Follow this link.

Don’t forget about the grand prizes Carrie Ann is giving away. Just go to each of the blogs on Carrie Ann’s blog and leave comments and follow the hop!  The grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet.

Now, don’t stop here. There are many other blog along on the Blog Hop and many are giving away wonderful prizes! Follow the links below to follow along the blog hop and win books, swag, or other great prizes!

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An Interview with Paranormal YA author Tish Thawer

Hello, everyone!

Today is an exciting day for me–it’s the first ever author interview I’ve conducted. Today, I’d like to welcome everyone to Tish Thawer the author of the YA series, The Rose Trilogy, and the new series, Ovialell.

Let’s dive right in!

TA: What’s one habit you have while writing? (i.e. listening to music, drinking coffee, rambling to yourself, writing in bed, on paper, etc.)

Tish: Usually I do my best writing while sitting in my sun room with incense lit and “spa” type instrumentals playing in the background.

TA: What made you want to become a writer?

Tish: I developed a deep love of reading over the last ten years; the joy of being transported to another world was something I’ve always been drawn to, even as a kid, so when inspiration struck…I jumped in feet first!

 


TA: Tell us about The Rose Trilogy. What kind of series is it and what is it about?

Tish: The Rose Trilogy is a mature YA paranormal romance. It’s about a young woman who’s in love with a vampire, but carries many secrets that could threaten their relationship and ultimately their lives.

Here’s the tag line:

What if vampires were the good guys and a human girl was the one to fear?

 

TA: Did you model your characters after anyone in particular?

No I didn’t.

 

TA: What inspired you to write The Rose Trilogy?

Tish: I actually woke up from a dream with the title of the first book in my head, and within seconds I though of the other two as well. I immediately knew it would be about a girl named Rose and her journey from an innocent “white” Rose, to a guilty “red” Rose, and finally to a dark “black” Rose.

 

TA: You have a new book available called Prophecy’s Child. Can you tell us about it?

Tish: Prophecy’s Child is a short-story companion to the Ovialell series, which provides back story to one of the side-characters in the main series.

Here’s the tag line:

The end of a race…

The beginning of history…

The birth of a warrior.

TA: I know you just had a new release, but when can we expect your next book and what will it be?

Tish:  Aradia Awakens, which is Book One in the Ovialell series, is due out November 6, 2012.

 

Tish, thank you so much for letting me interview you. You were my first I shall always remember it. 😉

Visit Tish’s website to learn more about The Rose Trilogy and the Ovialell series.

Find her books at:

Amazon

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All Romance eBooks

Smashwords

On sale: The Bellum Sisters Trilogy

Exciting news everyone, and perhaps good news for some. If you’ve been dying to try the Bellum Sisters Trilogy (Chains of Frost, Bonds of Fire, Ties That Bind) but just haven’t got around to it or haven’t the money or what have you, then now is the time!

For one week only (from 9/14 – 9/21) you can get all of the Bellum Sisters Trilogy for only $.99. Quite a steal! Please, tell your friends about it and share the word. This opportunity will be going on at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and  Smashwords.

Now, it may take a few hours for the price changes to go through but it should happen by later today.

For less than $3.00 here’s what you’ll get:

CHAINS OF FROST

Chains of Frost by T. A. Grey

Three Fates. Three Sisters.

When a will from her dead father decrees Chloe into the protection of the renowned vampire commander, Tyrian en Kulev, she does what any woman would do—and casts a spell. Things get worse for Chloe when the spell she and her sisters perform summons an ancient demon from deep within the earth. Now she’s being hunted by a demon set on killing her and must live at the aptly named Castle Death with the king of cold, Tyrian. Surprisingly, Chloe finds that she doesn’t mind her new Protector so much. His cold, impassionate nature needs a firm push to show his true colors, and Chloe thinks she’s just the one to do it.

Tyrian en Kulev always pays his debts. When Francis Bellum dies and orders Tyrian to act as his eldest daughter’s Protector, Tyrian resigns himself to the position. What should have been a simple deal–keep her in the castle, protect her–has turned difficult. Chloe comes to him with a demon trying to kill her and a sexy attitude that keeps invading his thoughts everywhere he goes. The little succubus easily grabs hold of the heart he’d kept locked away for so long and makes him feel once again. But can they defeat the demon that haunts her and can Tyrian overcome his past and move on to a new future with Chloe?

BONDS OF FIRE

Bonds of Fire: The Bellum Sister's 2 by T. A. Grey

Three Fates. Three Sisters.

Hotheaded succubus Willow Bellum doesn’t take kindly to being given to the Alpha of the shapeshifters. When the will from her dead father puts Willow under the Alpha’s protection, she runs. Yet no matter how hard or fast she runs, he always seems to catch her. And with each stolen moment together, Willow finds herself relenting to his quick smile and passionate kisses more and more.

When the Alpha finally captures his feisty succubus, he proceeds with a full-on seduction meant to weaken her defenses. Alpha Lyonis Keelan hasn’t made his way to position of Alpha lightly and Willow’s defiance to his touch only makes him more determined to win her. Because whether she wants it or not, Willow is his mate and he plans to keep her no matter what.

As their love struggles to take hold, an ancient demon stalks Willow. Unable to rest until it sees her dead, Willow and Lyonis must stand together or risk losing everything.

TIES THAT BIND

Ties That Bind by T. A. Grey coming May 31Three Fates. Three Sisters.

Lily Bellum keeps many secrets, even from those she loves the most. With a determination and mindset that only she can help the demon Telal Demuzi—she sets off to join him in his cause for demon’s rights, whether he wants it or notBut things don’t seem to go right from the beginning. To say he’s resistant to her charms is putting it lightly, but Lily is not one to back down or give in easily. She pursues Telal, slowly breaking down his incredible defenses one smile, kiss, and touch at a time.

Telal’s years of planning are finally coming to fruition—to open the rift. Once a betrayer of his people, now he’s determined to fix the past. But one man stands in his way; one man who’s turned out to be a dark and sinister version of the boy he once knew. His plan to open the rift is met with hostility, resistance, and bloodshed unlike he’d ever thought possible.  Telal finds that losing himself in the sweet body of Lily Bellum proves an excellent treatment to the chaos around him. Together, Telal and Lily get wrapped up in a world of dark magic, love, betrayal, and murder in the greatest journey of their lives.

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Read reviews of the Bellum Sisters Trilogy, meet the characters and more, at my website – http://tagrey.com/thebellumsisters.html

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!

T. A. GREY

The Kategan Alphas Giveaway

I’m finally getting back to work!

I had a wonderful weekend. My birthday was last Friday. Though that wasn’t even the highlight of the weekend. On Saturday I finally got married! Family (some of which was a surprise) came from all across the country to celebrate with me and my (new) husband.

On top of that, I have my first shipment of The Kategan Alphas Vol. 1 at my house and ready to give away. That’s right, giveaway time is here! If you haven’t heard, the Kategan Alphas Vol. 1 is my first print book and contains the first three stories in the Kategan Alphas Series: Breeding Cycle, Dark Awakening, and Wicked Surrender.

 

 

Follow the link below to my website to fill out your entry and enter! The giveaway closes at the end of September and 5 winners will be chosen. Check it out and maybe you’ll win a free book. 

Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Good luck to you all!

T. A. Grey

 

My New Newsletter = Coupons

After seeing the excitement my coupons had last weekend, I decided to make this an official thing. I was so happy to see people trying my books who hadn’t before. Coupons are such wonderful things. Besides, money is tight for many people now and I definitely understand that!

So, if you sign up for my newsletter then you’ll receive, within 24 hours, a newsletter with coupons for 20% all of my titles over $.99 at Smashwords. That is the majority of The Kategan Alphas series and The Bellum Sisters Trilogy!

If this is something you’re interested in then just follow this link and sign up!

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

T. A. Grey