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Author Interview: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

March 18th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Interview Comments Off

Paula StokesWe are so excited to have the wonderful Paula Stokes on the blog today! She is the author of the upcoming young adult mystery novel Liars, Inc. This novel will be released on March 24, 2015 from HarperTeen. Paula was gracious enough to stop by and answer a few questions for us. Want to know our thoughts? Read Bridget’s 5 star review for Liar’s Inc. here!

About Paula:

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of THE ART OF LAINEY, INFINITE REPEAT, LIARS INC., and several other forthcoming YA novels. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

You can visit Paula around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook Instagram

Want to read more from Paula Stokes?

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Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off will you tell us a little bit about Liars, Inc. and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Paula: Liars, Inc. is the story of Max, Preston, and Parvati—three kids who sell cover stories and forged permission slips to their classmates. Then Max sets up a cover story for Preston to go meet up with a girl he knows online and Pres never comes home. Preston is a U.S. senator’s kid so the FBI get involved, and when they find Pres’s body, Max is suddenly a murder suspect. Did he do it? If not, who’s framing him and why?

I had the initial hook of “kids sell cover stories and one kid disappears which gets the main character in trouble” all the way back in early 2010. It just took me a year or so to figure out what happened to Preston and then work out all of the characters’ motivations. I’d say it’s inspired by years of reading Christopher Pike and Dean Koontz. [Fun fact: I dedicated the book to Dean Koontz.]

DFT: Max is a very laid back type of guy that tends to go with the flow. He doesn’t put much effort into many things, but he is actually a really smart guy and can be very resourceful when he needs to be.  What do you think is his best quality? What do you think is his worst quality?

Paula: I would say Max’s best quality is how loyal he is—both to his friends and family. He might talk some crap about his mom, but underneath you can tell he’s really protective of the handful of people he’s let into his world. He’s also resilient. He gets dealt crappy hand after crappy hand throughout his childhood and the book, and yet he doesn’t ever fall apart and quit functioning.

His worst quality is probably his distrust of the system. Max lies to the FBI repeatedly—a bad call—because the system has failed him in the past and he doesn’t believe the federal agents want to help him. [Note: There is a change to the final book where Max does eventually reach out to Agent McGhee for help when he realizes he’s in over his head.]

DFT: Parvati was probably my favorite character in the book.  She is a no nonsense type of person with a very witty personality.  I loved that she never took crap from anyone and didn’t care what others thought of her.  When creating her character did she ever take you by surprise or did you know exactly what you wanted her to be like from the very beginning?

Paula: Parvati is my favorite too. I’m so glad you like her! It’s funny. She started out like a spy-obsessed version of one of those wild Indian girls in the movie Bend it Like Beckham, but evolved throughout the writing process to become so much more complex. I just let her go in my brain and recorded the things she did as she did them. When she basically licked blood at one point, my editor was like O_O But I kept it because it felt right. The same for her swimming laps in her party dress in Preston’s pool, even though it’s cold. I think that scene is where I realized she had some psychological issues in addition to just being reckless and a bit odd–knowledge that only made me love her more.

DFT: Correct me if I am wrong but to my knowledge all of your previous books were told from a girl’s POV, but Liars, Inc is all told from a male’s POV.  What made you decide to do a male POV this time and out of the two which did you find easier to write?

Paula: I wrote a 100-page novella called INFINITE REPEAT from Micah’s (THE ART OF LAINEY) POV. I try to challenge myself in a different way with each book, and for LIARS that challenge was male POV. I really like books with boy POVs and thought this story would appeal to both genders and that the plot worked well with a guy narrator. They’re both equally easy for me to write, but I do always give boy-POV stuff to multiple male beta-readers for feedback.

DFT: I love that Max and Parvati are an interracial couple it gave their relationship a unique diverse twist.  Other than to give your book diversity was there a reason you decided to feature an interracial couple? Are they based on a real life couple or just totally made up?

Paula: They’re totally made up. I made Parvati Indian because when I first got the idea for the story, the characters that appeared in my brain were this kind of plain boy who quickly got in over his head and his awesome girlfriend who used her legal/military knowledge to help him. I knew his girlfriend had that knowledge because she wanted to be in the CIA someday, and one thing that irks me about CIA books/movies is overreliance on Caucasian characters. The real CIA recruits people of color heavily because they blend in better when stationed in certain overseas locations. Also, I really like the name Parvati :-)

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DFT: If you can without spoiling anything can you tell us what your favorite scene to write in Liars, Inc. was and why?

Paula: As someone who generally despises flashbacks, it’s bizarre to say my fave scene is the flashback when Max meets Parvati for the first time in Preston’s pool. I just love that moment. There’s no Instalove or anything, but both characters affect each other on an subconscious level. Max is attracted to Parvati’s looks, sure, but there’s something about her that encourages him to be bold. It’s like she makes him feel strong. And although this is far from apparent in the book, she’s in the pool basically engaging in self-harm, trying to replace emotional pain with physical pain under the guise of “survival training.” And yet when she says “Sometimes I think I’m the worst sheep of all” she gives Max a tiny flash of who she really is that she’d normally never show anyone. It’s like he makes her feel safe. I don’t know. It’s fascinating to think about how our random interactions with people imprint on our subconscious.

DFT: Liars, Inc. was darker and sexier than your previous young adult books. Did you originally plan for it to be darker or did it just turn out that way as you wrote it?

Paula: I knew from the beginning it was going to be darker and sexier. Believe it or not, my next book, VICARIOUS, is even darker. But then I follow that up with a romantic comedy so that my LAINEY readers won’t feel too betrayed ;-)

DFT: I really enjoyed the mystery you weaved in Liars, Inc. and loved that I was kept guessing till the very end.  Did the plot ever surprise you or did you know exactly what was going to happen when you started writing the book?

Paula: I’m a huge proponent of outlining, especially when it comes to mystery books. Sure, I adapt my outline as I go, but every substantial revision means resetting all of the clues and red herrings so it’s best to have a plan. Because of this, the plot was almost entirely set before I start writing. I pulled out one twist during drafting and a half twist at the last minute in edits, but otherwise I knew how it was all going to play out. I did change the ending sequence several times, but not the identity of the killer or the motivation for the crime, etc.

DFT: As of right now Liars, Inc. is a standalone novel but I can’t wait to see what you come out with next.  Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on or what we can see from you in the future?

Paula: I want to write a Parvati-POV novel so badly it pains my insides, and I have a twenty-page outline and eighty pages of text written for that, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you see something called KILLERS, INC. or SPIES, INC.  someday. However, for anyone dismayed by the ideal of a companion book, it doesn’t mean LIARS would cease to be a standalone. All of my Paula Stokes books will be standalones in the sense they will be complete stories with satisfying resolutions. That’s just how I roll ;-)

I’ve got a slew of things in the works, but VICARIOUS (TorTeen) is tentative for March 2016 and BAD LUCK CHARM (HarperTeen) for Summer 2016.

VICARIOUS is a high-tech mystery featuring two Korean stunt girls who record their sensory neural impulses while doing adrenaline-fueled activities and sell them like virtual reality simulations. The older sister vanishes and the younger sister has to track her down using clues from the neural recordings and the real world. I’d recommend it for fans of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and the movie INCEPTION.

BAD LUCK CHARM is the story of a girl who is the only unscathed survivor of a string of accidents and decides she must be cursed—that people who get too close to her wind up injured or dead. She keeps to herself until her mom forces her to join a school activity, and that’s where she meets Jordy, a “golden boy” junior tennis pro who doesn’t believe in bad luck. The two of them team up to test her curse, with predictable and unpredictable results. Good for fans of THE ART OF LAINEY and SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE.

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Available March 24, 2015 from HarperTeen

About this Book:

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

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Author Interview: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

March 3rd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Interview Comments Off

Patricia BriggsToday is the release day for Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs and we are super excited to have her here to talk about her new release! Dead Heat is the fourth novel in the wonderfully awesome Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series. Read Steph’s review of Dead Heat here.

About Patricia:

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book.Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!

Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

You can visit Patricia around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Patricia Briggs?

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Welcome Patricia!

DFT: What’s up next for Charles and Anna in Dead Heat?

Patricia: Charles and Anna travel to Scottsdale to say goodbye to an old friend and find themselves in the middle of a hunt for a fae who preys upon children, an immortal serial killer who must be stopped.

DFT: How long after the events of Fair Game does Dead Heat take place?

Patricia: A few months.  Fair Game ends in the fall and Dead Heat takes place in February of the following year—which actually puts it just before the events in Night Broken (Mercy Thompson).

DFT: In a related question, where do the events of Dead Heat take place in the context of the Mercy Thompson timeline?

Patricia: See above  :-)

DFT: Will we see any Mercy Thompson characters pop up in Dead Heat?

Patricia: Not this time, even Bran has only a minor role.

DFT: At this point, has Charles dealt with his ghosts permanently, or will that continue to be an issue that pops up?

Patricia: Charles has dealt with that issue—but it has changed him permanently.  I’m not planning on bringing it up again, except as an aspect of Charles’s motivations.

DFT: In Fair Game, there’s a brief scene where Anna contemplates the idea of trying to have or adopt a child. Is that an idea we’ll see come back?

Patricia: Yes.  It is part of Dead Heat, which deals with themes of life, death, and family.

DFT: I really liked the character of Isaac in Fair Game. Will we see him again at some point?

Patricia: I like him, too.  I certainly hope he reappears.  If not in the books than I might have to give him a short story :D

DFT: Do you have a favorite character in either the Alpha & Omega or Mercy Thompson series?

Patricia: I don’t.  I love them all (even Bran’s wife Leah).  If I don’t enjoy a character, then I take him or her out of the story entirely and find someone else to write about. <Grin>

DFT: Do you have a preference between writing in the 1st person of Mercy Thompson or the 3rd person of Alpha and Omega?

Patricia: No.  I do enjoy the switch, though.  It keeps me from feeling like I’ve been writing the same book for ten years!

DFT: Who are some of your favorite authors/books, be it in urban fantasy or another genre?

Patricia: I read a lot—so I’ll winnow it down to books I’ve read in the last few weeks. As of this moment I have just reread Thea Harrison’s paranormal romance Dragon Bound for the umpteenth time. She does a marvelous job of making her dragon feel like he really is an awesome cosmic power who has been alive forever—without taking away from the peril she puts her main characters in.  Just a terrific job of craftsmanship in that book—though I do love all of her books.  I also love Anne Bishop’s work, which is handy since we are going on a book signing tour together (Dead Heat for me, Vision in Silver for her).  I just got to read the manuscript for The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first novel in Jim Butcher’s new steam punk series—which was, of course, awesome.  Jim can’t do anything but awesome (No, he didn’t pay me to say that.).  I did a binge read of Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniel series last month.  Again.  And I recently discovered a new (to me) series, Pax Arcana, by Elliot James.  There are currently two books, Charming and Daring.  I highly recommend them!

Thank you for inviting me to spend some time with you!

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Dead Heat

Available March 3, 2015 from Ace/Penguin

About this Book:

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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Author Interview: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

May 27th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Interview Comments Off

Sarah Beth DurstPlease welcome author Sarah Beth Durst here today for an interview about her newest novel, The Lost. I was really excited to get the opportunity to interview her about her first book for adults. The Lost is the beginning of a trilogy that is sure to be an emotional and exciting ride. This novel was released on May 20, 2014 from Harlequin/Mira. Want to know our thoughts on this book? Read my review here.

About Sarah:

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of seven fantasy novels for teens. Her latest, Conjured, came out in September 2013 from Bloomsbury/Walker. Prior to that, she released Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice from Simon & Schuster, as well as Into the Wild and its sequel Out of the Wild from Penguin. Her first book for adults, The Lost, comes out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira, and her next book for teens, Chasing Power, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times.

Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her two children, and her ill-mannered cat.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Sarah Beth Durst?

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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about The Lost?

Sarah: Lauren feels empty.  She’s in a dead-end job, her mother is sick, and nothing in her life has turned out the way she thought it would.  So one day, she gets in her car to drive to work, and instead of going left at the light, she drives straight.  And keeps driving and driving until she reaches a town in the middle of the desert called Lost.  Lost is surrounded by an impassable wall of dust, and it’s impossible to leave without the help of a man known as the Missing Man.  But he takes one look at Lauren and (inexplicably) flees.  So she’s trapped in a town full of only lost things and lost people, and she needs to find a way out…

DFT: Can you tell us more about the mysterious and beautiful Peter?

Sarah: Her first morning in Lost, Lauren tries to leave by driving through the dust cloud that surrounds the town.  And she ends up right back where she started, by the welcome sign.  She tries again — same thing.  And again.  Until her car runs out of gas inside the dust.  A man who quotes poetry and makes about as much sense as the Cheshire Cat pushes her car out of the dust and back into town.  She doesn’t expect to care about him, and he certainly doesn’t expect to care about her.  He’s the Finder, and he’s seen thousands of lost souls come and go.  But he is, at heart, a romantic, and he can’t help but hope that maybe this time, he’s found someone who won’t leave.

As to more than that… well, there’s a reason this is a trilogy.  :)

DFT: Are Peter’s tattoo’s symbolic of his position as the Finder? If so, do we learn more about them? Or are they just tattoos?( I’m curious since he runs around in a leather trench coat with no shirt a lot.)

Sarah: I’d love to say the answer is deep and mysterious, and that the black feather tattoos symbolize something grand and vast… but honestly, I just thought they looked cool.  That’s how I pictured him when he walked out of the dust in my imagination.

Writing this book was very much an act of discovery.  Claire, for instance, wasn’t in my original outline at all, but when I reached that scene, suddenly there she was, a six year old girl in a princess dress, holding a teddy bear and a very sharp knife.

DFT: Who was your favorite “lost” character in The Lost? (I was quite a fan of Claire! But Tiffany’s gallows humor almost stole the show.)

Sarah: I have to say Claire.  Maybe purely for this scene:

The girl switches direction, pulling me into the alley between the barber shop and a decrepit triple-decker house.  She still doesnt speak.

I dont know why Im trusting her.  “Are you helping me, or dragging me someplace private to cut me to pieces and feed me to your teddy bear?  Just curious.”

The girl looks at me with her wide eyes.  “My name is Claire.  And my teddy bear is not hungry today.”

DFT: What was your inspiration for the mysterious town of Lost?

Sarah: Early on, I had an image of the town with a single red balloon always floating overhead…  And that balloon led to a list of all the things that could be lost — everything from paperclips to children.  The town was born from that list.

DFT: What is your favorite part about writing The Lost?

Sarah: I fell in love with the town.  Lost was so much fun to create.  As I said, it’s full of only lost things.  So that means there are tons of keys, shoes, wallets, pens…  You have to scavenge and barter for everything you need.  I loved thinking up all the details — what it would be like to live there, who would come there, how they’d change…

DFT: Can you hint at what is next for Lauren in The Missing?

Sarah: I’m not sure I can think of anything that wouldn’t be a spoiler.  :)  I can say that we’ll learn a lot more about the Missing Man and about Lauren’s destiny…  There’s also a city known as Despair, which is not exactly full of sunshine.

DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?

Sarah: THE LOST is the first book in a trilogy, but I am also working on a standalone YA novel.  It’s called CHASING POWER, and it will be coming out from Bloomsbury in October.  It’s an Indiana Jones / Jumper kind of adventure about a girl with telekinesis and a boy who can teleport.

DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.

Sarah: Thanks so much for interviewing me!

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The Lost

Available May 20, 2014 from Harlequin/Mira

About this Book:

Lost your way?

Your dreams?

Yourself?

Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost…well, it’s a place you really can’t leave. Not until you’re Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don’t want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible….

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.

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Author Interview: Chains and Canes by Katie Porter

June 28th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Interview 5 Comments »

Dark Faerie Tales is bringing you a little something different today for the adults. Everyone please welcome Katie Porter (Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty) here today to talk about her upcoming release Chains and Canes, the second novel in the Club Devant series. *Warning: this is a series for mature readers.* Chains and Canes is an erotic romance story about a ménage relationship between a dominant and two submissives. This novel will be released in eBook format on July 9, 2013.

Today’s giveaway is provided by Katie Porter! One lucky winner will receive one copy of Chains and Canes in any format, plus the first novel in the “Vegas Top Guns” series, Double Down.

About Katie:

Katie Porter is the award-winning writing team of longtime friends Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty. Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders. Now, after years of wishing and planning, they finally share an office in the Chicago area. Chains and Canes is their eighth co-written book.

You can visit Katie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Katie Porter?

Double Down Inside Bet Hold 'Em Hard Way Bare KnuckleLead and Follow Chains and CanesCame Upon a Midnight ClearO Come All Ye Kinky

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Welcome Lorelie & Carrie!

DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Chains and Canes?

Lorelie: “Happily engaged for three years, a repressed businessman and a dancer on the verge of stardom both fall for a troubled choreographer. He’s willing to indulge sexual desires, but it will take the love of both committed partners to explore their submissive sides, and to win his guarded heart.”

Carrie: In other words, two hot submissives double-team a Dom they both want. But, you know, jealousy and emotional baggage can heavy loads!

DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Chains and Canes?

Lorelie: Daniel is a high powered businessman who loves his fiancé deeply. Naya is a talented dancer who craves masochistic submission, but Daniel can’t bring himself to hurt his angel. Luckily they find Remy, a bad boy Cajun choreographer…who knows how to wield a belt.

Carrie: Along the way, they discover that Daniel has submissive tendencies of his own, but he’s no less of a willful, powerful magnate when outside of the bedroom. Remy learns that the hard way.

DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Lorelie: Mine is Remy. Hands down. He’s so tasty, with the accent and the tumbled messy look and the growly way he has of dominating everyone around him. But then, Daniel’s no slouch either. He obeys Remy, but not easily. He’s a strong man and when it comes to defending Naya, all bets are off. So he’s completely tasty too. Wait. Maybe Daniel is my favorite…Do I have to decide?

Carrie: The boys are awesome hot. Seriously. But I adore Naya. She’s a peaceful soul who craves not-so-peaceful release. She trusts Daniel implicitly and comes to want that same trust from Remy. She knows exactly what she wants from both, and she’s not afraid to walk away if either crosses a boundary. I loved writing the contradiction between a fully independent woman who isn’t over-the-top bitchy—you can be in control of your life and decisions without being outwardly aggressive—but who also loves the endorphin release of serious BDSM and turning herself over, sexually, to the men in her life.

DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Chains and Canes?

Lorelie: It’s more than a line, but I think it’s filthy-beautiful (Carrie: I’ll just agree, because it’s a damn good excerpt. My favorite is the finale in the town car. You’ll just have to trust me!)

Although Daniel obeyed, he hesitated this time. He was at the end of his leash, which remained wrapped around Naya’s neck. Her eyes fluttered so fast and wide that he saw the whites. “Oh, Cristo,” she gasped. “Baby. Sir. Oh.”

“You better come fast, Daniel,” Remy said with that intoxicating brand of control. “Naya’s waiting on you. She’s waiting to breathe and for her turn to come.”

DFT: Chains and Canes is about a Ménage relationship. Is it more of a challenge or is it more fun to write that kind of relationship, than the more traditional relationship?

Lorelie: I’d say both? It’s a total blast, because there’s three people to play with, and the sex is all sorts of fun to think up. But it’s complicated too, because we had to figure out why these three people fit together. What bits of them did the others need? The process added extra layers to consider. Then personally I struggle with the element of making the after-effect believable. How will they set up their life so that a three-way relationship makes sense?

Carrie: On a practical level, this was the first ménage we’ve written as a duo. Normally one of us writes the hero. The other takes the heroine. But what about the third person?? We shared duties depending on the scene and our preference at the time. It was a fun experiment in stretching our technical boundaries as a partnership.

DFT: Tell us about your creative process when writing as a team. How does it differ from your solo process?

Lorelie: The brainstorming process is the same no matter what. That’s part of how we ended up working together as Katie Porter: we’ve talked out stories really closely for quite a few years already. It’s wonderful to have someone to bounce ideas off of and help refine what you’re looking for. Things usually veer off when it comes to drafting. If we’re writing as Katie Porter, we usually split up character POVs and take turns. But throwing in a third POV meant having to adjust. We divided Daniel’s pages pretty much in half, and each of us wrote different chapters.

DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?

Lorelie: Lots and lots of music. I have playlists I create for each book. I’m so sad that my hard drive recently died and had to be replaced—my play lists were one thing I didn’t have backed up.

And I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t admit the influence that “So You Think You Can Dance” has had on the whole “Club Devant” series. They’re tiny stories told with bodies. I adore that show.

Carrie: WE adore that show! And yes, give me music all day long.

DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?

Lorelie: I read romance, for sure. I’ve been really, really digging both Charlotte Vale and Cara McKenna lately. I fan-girled when I heard they were co-writing a super sekrit project. I plan to stalk them until I figure out what they’re doing with it.

Otherwise I’ve adored Laura Kinsale for years. I’m doing some road tripping this summer and I’ve bought The Prince of Midnight on audiobook to listen to. I can’t wait!

Carrie: I am a damn slow reader. I recently finished Silver Linings Playbook, which was a strange thing for me—because I finished it. I have a difficult time shutting off my writing/editing/creative brain, so I tend to stray beyond romance…and then I watch movies or TV *g*

DFT: If you weren’t a writer, what would your dream job be?

Lorelie: But…writer is all I’ve ever wanted to do. There are other jobs? *dumbfounded* No, really, this week I’m home visiting Orange County where I grew up, and everyone’s reminding me how I’m doing exactly what I dreamt of. It’s kind of an excellent feeling. But I suppose if I had to pick, I’d say history teacher. Probably high school. (Because I’m obviously insane.)

Carrie: Ditto, and nearly ditto. I have a masters in history and intended to earn my PhD to become a history prof. Unfortunately for my career in academia, every time I pictured being published, the book had shiny foil lettering and a half-naked man on the cover!

DFT: Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

Lorelie: I’m hip-deep in edits for a solo contemporary romance due out from Signet in 2014, about a world class millionaire surfer and the girl he left behind! Plus we’ve just turned in Watch and Wait, the third book in the Katie Porter “Club Devant” series. The wrap-up to our “Vegas Top Guns” series, Bare Knuckle, will be out in October, all from Samhain.

Carrie: I’m in the process of launching a new pseudonym, Lindsey Piper, writing the paranormal “Dragon Kings” series that debuted in June with CAGED WARRIOR. I’ll also have a new adult contemporary out under my own name by December, all through Pocket.

DFT: What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?

Lorelie: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. I think because there are so many feels. Seriously, it regularly makes me cry. God, I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

Carrie: The original Brothers Grimm Cinderella (Aschenputtel) where the evil stepsisters are advised by their mother to mutilate their feet in order to fit the glass slipper, and then their eyes are pecked out by doves from Heaven during happy ending wedding. Ha!

[We’re pretty sure these choices mean we’re warped, and therefore perfectly suited writing partners.]

DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.

Lorelie: No problem! Thanks for having us to visit!

Carrie: Happy reading, everyone!

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One lucky winner will receive one copy of Chains and Canes in any format, plus the first novel in the “Vegas Top Guns” series, Double Down

Available July 9, 2013 from Samhain Publishing

About this Book:

A Dom double-teamed by two submissives? He doesn’t stand a chance.

Wealthy businessman Daniel Baker doesn’t have a creative bone in his body, but he knows art and craves beauty. Contemporary dancer Naya Ortiz, his fiancée of three years, embodies both. His protective commitment to her happiness extends to hiring Dominas to satisfy the sexual masochism she craves.

The balance of their relationship is tipped when Naya dances with reckless Cajun choreographer Remy Lomand. His magnetism as a Dom carries over to a backstage encounter that leaves Naya breathless—and Daniel unable to look away.

Remy knows the deal. The fancy people want to play with a disposable boy toy. He’s fine with that…but not with letting Daniel remain a bystander. As their sessions intensify, Remy guides Daniel’s awakening as a sexual submissive. Their no-strings threesome reveals the physical connection Daniel and Naya have lacked—and the emotional depth Remy fears.

When Remy and Naya tirelessly work to found a professional dance company, Daniel is left on the outside looking in. And although he and Naya are ready to submit to Remy for the rest of their lives, the man they call Sir may not want their love at all.

Warning: A sexy-as-hell Cajun choreographer plays slap, tickle, chains and canes with a muy caliente Puerto Rican dancer and her repressed businessman fiancé. What could possibly go wrong?

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Blog Tour & Interview: Undying Destiny by Jessica Lee

June 17th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour, Interview 24 Comments »

Please welcome Jessica Lee to Dark Faerie Tales today with her new release Undying Destiny! The first novel in The Enclave series releases today from Entangled Publishing. Undying Destiny is a paranormal romance about a vampire fighting to avoid his sire whom has an unnatural fixation on him.

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About Jessica:

Almost every author’s bio states they’ve been writing since they learned how to read. It’s what they’ve always wanted to do. Well, my journey wasn’t so straight and narrow. I was a nurse for over twenty years and hold a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology. So as you can see, my career path had originally gone in the opposite direction. I didn’t discover my passion for the craft until after I’d had my son and decided to work part-time.

I’ve always loved to read but had never read a paranormal romance. Then one night at work on break, I began reading Karen Marie Moning’s Spell of the Highlander. I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing, and I immediately fell in love with the genre.

I wanted to write like that. I wanted to create worlds where others could find the same escape and fascination I did when I read my first sensual paranormal romance.

And I hope that’s what I’ve accomplished in my work. Please dive in, hold on tight, and enjoy the adventure. Just be careful in the dark—you might find more than you expected waiting for you there.

Jessica Lee lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and son. She loves writing and can’t wait for that quiet time each day when her son is in school, and she can get lost in another place and world with the fantastical, sexy creatures in her head.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, FF&P, and Carolina Romance Writers.

You can visit Jessica around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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DFT: Welcome Jessica!

Jessica: I’m so excited to be at Dark Faerie Tales! Thanks so much for the interview opportunity.

DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Undying Destiny?

Jessica: Undying Destiny is Kenric St. James and Emily Ross’ story. It’s also book one in the series and introduces you to the dark world of the Enclave.

DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Undying Destiny?

Jessica: Kenric is an over three hundred year old vampire whose world revolves around defending his community from the DEADs (death euphoria addicted vampires) and preparing for the day he can finally have his vengeance against his sire.

Emily is a nurse who is fresh out of an abusive relationship, and all she wants is a quiet life that doesn’t include a controlling, demanding man in her life. Unfortunately, her ex. isn’t finished with her, and her world becomes even more complicated when she stumbles into Kenric’s path.

DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Jessica: Kenric, of course. Lol  Who doesn’t love a tortured alpha male!

DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Undying Destiny?

Jessica: Hmm… good question. Probably the opening: “Whoever you are, you’d best have a damn good reason to continue breathing.”

DFT: How much research went into creating this series?

Jessica: Being that these are my fictional characters and paranormal creatures who exist in a fictional town, I didn’t have to do any extensive research.

DFT: What is your favorite part about writing this series?

Jessica: The characters. :-) I love the vampire heroes of the Enclave.

DFT: Do you have a long term plan or goal for this story universe?

Jessica: There are four books planned for the Enclave.

DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?

Jessica: No rituals, except for having some sort of a snack on hand, iced coffee, and my ear buds.

My process is kind of a mix. I’m plotter and someone who writes by the seat of my pants. I usually have to see the beginning, middle, and black moment of my book, then I write up my character’s goals, motivation, and their conflict. After that, I get started allowing my characters to take me there.

DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?

Jessica: Definitely music. It never fails with each book I will find a song that speaks to me about my characters and their trials. I tend to play that melody over and over while I write their story.

DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?

Jessica: I’m a huge paranormal romance fan! My favorite author…? Oh, there are so many, but I’ll always think of Karen Marie Moning as my favorite since she was the first writer to introduce me to the fantasy/pnr genre.

DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?

Jessica: I’m in the process of writing the final book in the Enclave series, and I do have another project that is in the early stages of planning. But it’s too soon for me to reveal any of the details yet.

I’m also working on the third book in one of my erotic paranormal romance series, Ariel Estates.

DFT: What creature are you afraid of the most? Why?

Jessica: Interesting question… I’m not really afraid of any of the mythical creatures. I think the human race has them beat in the fear department. In the spiritual world, demons give me chills. I’m always one to pass on those movies. lol

DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?

Jessica: Cinderella. Because I like cheering for the underdog, the one who’s always gotten the raw deal in life coming out a winner in the end.

DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.

Jessica: You are most welcome!  Thank you again for allowing me to be a guest. Great questions!

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This contest is provided by Jessica Lee!

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Available June 17, 2013 from Entangled Edge

About this Book

Kenric St. James is out for revenge. Over 300 years ago, an ancient female vampire turned him against his will and killed the woman he loved. He’s spent more than a century building an Enclave of warrior vampires who have sworn to defend humanity against his evil sire and her minions. But when Kenric finds a woman he finally burns to claim as his own again, Kenric knows loving her means giving his sire another target.

Emily Ross just wanted a fresh start. She’s a survivor, coming off the tail end of an abusive relationship, and craves time alone to learn who she is and to save the home that holds her heart. The last thing she needed was a controlling, alpha male calling all the shots.

Meeting Kenric might just have changed her mind, though. He is wrong for her in all the right ways. But in order to keep her heart from breaking, he first has to keep the hoards of evil vamps from stealing her very breath.

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