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AAD Author Spotlight: Allison Pang

If you’re looking for a fresh and funny Urban Fantasy, the Abby Sinclair books fit the bill.  Abby isn’t an ass-kicker, but she finds her strengths elsewhere.  Author Allison Pang joins us for today’s AAD Author Spotlight. Please help me welcome her to the blog!

Jen: Please tell new readers about the Abby Sinclair series.

Allison: When we first meet Abby in A BRUSH OF DARKNESS, she’s a former prima ballerina, still recovering from a terrible car accident that took the life of her mother and left her body crippled. With her dreams of dancing shattered, she ends up in the town of Portsmyth and stumbles into the world of the OtherFolk. When she becomes the TouchStone to the Faery Protectorate, her fate is forever changed and she’s forced to come to grips with her past as well as take a more deliberate role in her own future.

In A Sliver of Shadow, we find Abby coming a bit more into her own, as well as finding out more about her own past and family history. (And how entwined her family really is with that of the OtherFolk.) Along the way she’s assisted by friends in the form of a magical violinist, an incubus, an elven prince and a pervy little unicorn.

Jen: The world-building is revealed slowly in the course of Abby’s story. Talk to me about the decision to approach it that way.

Allison: I don’t think it was technically a cognizant decision. I tend to read a lot more standard fantasy/sci-fi books than PNR or UF – when I started writing BoD, that was the approach I was used to. (Let’s toss the reader into the world, whee!) I’m not fond of spoon-feeding details to the readers and while I will admit there is a LOT going on from a world-building perspective, the fact that it’s mostly set in the real world helps a little bit.

But I think a lot of it comes from the deep 1st person PoV. Abby knows what she knows (or doesn’t know). She’s not going to rehash her thoughts with things that are considered basic knowledge until there’s a reason to do so. When Abby goes to the Fae world in A SLIVER OF SHADOW, I realized that what I “knew” from the first book was just the tip of the iceberg.

Jen: How much of this world do you have floating around in your head that hasn’t made its way into the books? Or do the details come to you as you go along?

Allison: Eh. There’s quite a bit floating up there at the moment, but I only tend to pick out the pieces I need for a particular story arc as they are required. So, for example – I’ve got an idea of what the Hell Path is like, but until there’s a specific reason to head down there, I don’t worry about it. Otherwise, much of the detail does get fleshed out as I go.

Jen: The latest book introduces a love triangle with Abby, Brystion and Talivar. Did you always plan to give Brystion a rival?

Allison: Actually, no. The original ending to BoD did have Brystion staying with Abby, but for various editorial reasons, things ended up changing. I know there’s a love/hate thing with triangles among many readers, but it isn’t my intent to jerk readers around. A little competition isn’t always a bad thing and from a character perspective it’s actually pretty good for Brystion to realize things aren’t always going to be handed to him on a silver platter, so to speak.

Jen: And speaking of Brystion… so much about him is murky and mysterious. Tell us one thing about him that is true without question. And tell us one thing we don’t know about him.

Allison: *laughs* He’s a rather nebulous character, even for me – it’s very hard for me to sometimes figure out what he’s thinking. He plays things very close to his vest, even when I’m writing him. True without question? Despite whatever his actions may or may not be, he truly is in love with Abby. Even if he would sometimes rather not be. As far as what you don’t know? There’s a lot, but he is rather fond of poetry. (Probably has something to do with his mom. 😉 )

Jen: I never really “got” the reason he left at the end of book one. Help me.

Allison: Well, the short answer is like I mentioned above: Editorial reasons. The long answer is that it does actually work out better in the long run. BoD took place in the span of a few weeks – and while Abby and Ion are certainly massively attracted to each other, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be “true love.” Yes, Abby would have preferred for him to stay and try to work things out, no question. However, Brystion is scared out of his wits in a lot of ways, if you dig deep enough. He’s not particularly proud at some of his behavior in BoD, though he’ll never admit it directly. Given the circumstances of how he met Abby and his own past relationships turning out badly, I don’t think it’s unrealistic that he might bolt for a while. There’s also an element of “too good to be true” going on. Abby represents an awful lot to him – her Dreaming power, for example – there’s a certain jaded outlook that he possesses that he’s trying to break through.

Jen: As for Talivar, I feel like I do know him. But you’re probably giving me a false sense of security. Tell us one thing about him that would be surprising.

Allison: Heh. He really does like playing DDR, even if he thinks it’s a bit undignified.

Jen: You ended the last book on a cliffhanger. ^$%$#^^**! Let’s talk about that.

Allison: I did. But it was a good place to end it. I don’t want to spoil readers, but that last page did create a new set of issues for Abby and not ones I could realistically work through in the span of a few more chapters. Besides, that would have completely cheapened her actions.

Jen: As a reader, how do you feel about cliffhangers?

Allison: I don’t mind them, as long as I know there’s more coming. What *is* irritating is when the cliffhanger doesn’t pay off. If everything is resolved right off the bat then there is a certain WTF moment when I pick up the next book.

Jen: Book three is also coming out this year. What can you tell us about A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT?

Allison: Well, obviously it picks up fairly quickly after the end of SoS. The stakes are much higher than before, and there’s some rather interesting twists and turns coming up for some of the characters. Maybe a death or two. Or not.

Jen: Can you give us a little snippet?

Allison: Actually, I’m right smack in the middle of revisions for A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT so I wouldn’t feel completely right tossing up something I’m trying to edit. But I’ll see if I can get an excerpt up on my website at some point in the next few months.

Jen: What is the future for the series beyond that point? I read somewhere that you may choose to tell the stories of some secondary characters. Could you expand on that– and does that mean Abby’s story will be over? There are such great secondary characters in the series. I love Phin and I am so interested in Melanie’s backstory. (And Nobu…)

Allison: Yes, the secondary characters are definitely some of my favorites. As far as the end of Abby’s story goes, I’m not sure. I’m doing the best I can to wrap up this particular story arc in the 3 books – it’s up to the publisher if they want more, and depending on how that goes, it could very well be a Melanie story that’s written. There’s also a pretty good chance of a Melanie short story appearing in an upcoming anthology, but I can’t give you any more details than that. (Although if it does happen, I’ll be writing about how she got her violin.)

Jen: Do you get to make it to many fan events? What are you looking forward to most from AAD in NOLA?

Allison: I did 3 or 4 cons last year. I had to cut back this year due to a number of reasons, so no RT or RWA for one. AAD and WFC are the two main ones I’ll be attending, though I also hope to be at NYCC if I can swing it. As far as what I’m looking forward to most? Just being able to hang out in a smaller, more intimate venue with the readers and other authors. Sometimes the larger cons can be overwhelming.

A big thanks to Allison for chatting with me today. To learn more about Allison Pang, you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

Review: A Warrior’s Promise

Reviewed by Jen

Charlotte isn’t your average Scottish lass. She can handle herself in a fight; she is a crack-shot with a bow and arrow; and she speaks her mind without hesitation. All of these are skills which come in handy after her father is kidnapped by agents of the king. On her own, Charlotte must impersonate a young man as she tries to track down her beloved da –and it’s in that disguise that she first meets Bryce.

The strapping highland warrior comes to the aid of a skinny young boy who is accused of stealing food, then takes the lad under his wing. Bryce is on a mission to rescue a spy for the True King of Scotland who was taken prisoner by the current king. Once he hears the boy’s (Charlotte’s) story about a father in need of aid, he decides he’ll partner up with him (her), to make both rescues.

It takes awhile before Bryce catches on that Charles is really Charlotte. But once he does, the easy affection he had toward the boy quickly morphs into something more for the woman. He admires her strength and tenacity, and realizes that he has found a true partner when he was least looking for one.

Even though it’s clear that they suit, neither Charlotte nor Bryce believe they can be together long term. They remind themselves, and each other, of this… over and over and over. And over. They feel like their missions –or at least Bryce’s– must take precedence over love or marriage. Though I don’t know why. It felt like it was a manufactured obstacle, because really, there is no reason why these two shouldn’t be together.

Bryce has his alpha male moments, but I was happy to see that for the most part, he respected Charlotte for who she was. And I enjoyed their adventures together. The love scenes were not very explicit, but they didn’t leave me wanting. The story moved along well and even set up the next (and final) story for Bryce’s brother Trey and his woman.

But much like my complaint with the last book, the series arc about the One True King was pretty weak. Either Bryce or one of his brothers is the King in hiding.  And obviously his identity will be revealed in the last book.  But even when talking to each other in private, they speak of the king in third person.  Who would do that?  It doesn’t ring true.  Eh… I did enjoy the main story though. 3 1/2 stars.

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A Warrior’s Promise
by Donna Fletcher
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Avon

Review: The Gates

Reviewed by Jen

Camille is determined to stand by the man she loves as he works to save his people.  Gavin is a vampire and he is leading a resistance to overthrow Samina, their powerful queen. But to do so, he and his small band of supporters must venture across the veil to her kingdom and the realm of Amaranth, where vampires go to reclaim their humanity.

In their travels, they reunite with old friends and uncover new enemies.  But the relationship between Camille and Gavin is the driving force of the story. Unfortunately, Gavin refuses to seal the deal until they are married.  He says he wants to prove to her how special she is to him.  This was not only bad news for Camille, but bad news for me as well.  Instead of striking a romantic chord, it left me irritated and frustrated.  This was even more true after the introduction of Gavin’s ex, Scarlet, who makes no secret of their sexual history or her desire to have him back.

I empathized with poor Camille, as Gavin pushed away her advances and ignored her concerns about Scarlet.  And frankly, it wasn’t until Camille and Gavin finally got physical that I stopped being annoyed.  Not because I was dying for the scene, but because the whole waiting-thing felt so heavy handed.  Like I was reading a YA book, a genre I generally avoid. I didn’t like Gavin getting to make this decision on his own, as if Camille were a child or an unequal part of the relationship.  And then when he did finally decide it was time for them to be together, it felt totally arbitrary, like it was an unnecessary hurdle all along.

Moving on.  I’m really interested in Gavin’s adopted sister Arianna and her story.  (And I haven’t given up hope that her man, Joel, is somehow still alive and planning a comeback in book 3.)  In fact, the secondary characters are fleshed out and interesting in general, which helped when the primary romance was ticking me off.  I like the world-building and I really feel like the author is building toward something big for the Resistance.  She has managed to deliver some pretty good surprises so far.

Despite the whole sex thing, I do like Gavin and Camille and hopefully now that we’re past that issue, I can enjoy them together.  I look forward to see how the trilogy will end.  3 1/2 stars.

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The Gates
by Rachael Wade
Release Date: April 25, 2012
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press

 

Review: Kiss of Pride


I really, really wanted to love this book. Come on! Viking vampire angels?? That sounds awesome, right? Only… it really wasn’t.

The basic premise is that back in the day, the Vikings pissed off God with their heathen ways and worship of other deities. He was going to smite them all, until the Archangel Michael convinced Him to give them a chance at redemption. They would live as vampires/ angels-in-training for hundreds of years. Their mission is twofold. –1– To fight demons who wish to harvest human souls to hell.  And –2– to help those humans set on a sinful path –to change to a righteous one. Seven brothers make up the head of the vangels (yes, they are called vangels.) And Vikar is the head of the family.

It’s now modern times and the vangels are gathering for a big meeting with Michael. Alex, a reporter, is sent to do a feature on the town where this is happening… a town that’s developed a vampire-craze. But she quickly becomes a mission for Vikar. Alex is dealing with a devastating loss and she is contemplating some heavy-duty revenge. Vikar must help her find her way and ends up falling in love with her in the process.

There are just so many things that didn’t work for me in this book. The biggest issue is the tone. There is a slightly cheesy vibe going throughout. Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse, Anne Rice and Buffy references abound. So much so, that they were completely overwhelming and redundant. Just when I thought she couldn’t possibly reference Twilight another time… she would do it again.

As I mentioned, the good guys were called “vangels;” their enemies are “Lucipires.” The names alone felt trite. Beyond that, their little town was called Transylvania (Pennsylvania) and it featured every conceivable vampire-fan stereotype.

The vangels call the archangels “Mike,” “Gabe” and “Rafe”… which might lead you to believe that the religious elements are tongue-in-cheek, but that’s not the case. The religion in the book is the real deal. They don’t take the name of the Lord in vain, they pray a lot, and they try not to sin. Which means no sex. Instead they’ve got this running shtick about “near-sex” that follows our couple up to the very end of the book.

When our couple falls in love, it’s like listening to two teenagers. “I love you the most” — “No, I love YOU.” — “No, I love YOU.” Pure saccharine. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Vikar is a thousand years old and I saw nothing so exceptional about Alex that she would make him fall in love so quickly and completely. And as for Alex’s perspective: Vikar has basically held her prisoner and has taken over her life. But she is decorating his castle just days after he takes her captive. She forgives his bad choices at the speed of light. Why? I have no idea.

It appears that the Viking language is marked simply by putting an -ing on the end of a word.  We got boyling, girling, sweetling, dearling, and heartling IN ABUNDANCE.  Like just about everything else, it was too much.  Everything is overdone.  There is no subtlety anywhere.

The relationship resolution is predictable and the ending is a one-two punch of unbelievable convenience and sickening sweetness.

I appreciate the author attempting to give us the best of all worlds by combining Vikings, vampires and angels into one breed of uber-hero. (The next book’s hero is a Viking vampire-angel Navy SEAL!) But it just didn’t work for me. 2 stars.

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Kiss of Pride
by Sandra Hill
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Avon

Review: Lord of Scoundrels

Reviewed by Jen

It’s very hard to grow up the product of mixed heritage in the ton, even if you are the legitimate heir to several titles. No one knows this better than the Marquess of Dain. His mother left him as a child; his father scorned the half-breed reminder of his failed marriage. He was ridiculed and harassed for his dark skin and big nose. He never knew love. And it hardened him into a man that does what he wants, lives by his own rules and never lets anyone in.

By many standards Jessica is a spinster. After all, she is 27 and unwed. But it’s by choice. She is as intelligent as she is beautiful and can easily support herself with her gift for buying and selling antiques. Unfortunately, her younger brother isn’t quite as bright and the young man idolizes Dain. He can’t keep up with the betting and whoring though, so Jessica seeks out Dain to ask him to leave her brother alone.

When Dain and Jessica meet, the attraction is instant. It’s a quick fall for both of them –and though the path is rocky– they end up together. The best part about the book, however, is watching Dain slowly begin to see his self-worth through Jessica’s eyes. He has considered himself a monster his entire life, but she sees him as so much more. He fights it, of course. Her care and regard are like nothing he has ever known. But that is why it’s so good! Jessica sees what we, the readers, see: a wounded man who needs her love.

Both main characters are fantastic. Loretta Chase crafts them as so understandable and sympathetic. Jessica has a will of steel and she is giving without ever being spineless. Dain is damaged, but his love for Jessica is so sweet and desperate.  Outwardly, he’s a dark, giant brute, but that’s only because it’s what he allows people to see. The bedroom scenes were hot and satisfying; and there was just enough action thrown in to spice things up with a sidestory about a greedy friend and ex-lover.

I enjoyed it alot. 4 1/2 stars.

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Lord of Scoundrels
by Loretta Chase
Release Date: January 1995
Publisher: Avon

Review: Desert Blade

Reviewed by Jen

An attempt by the government to create a biocrop has gone horribly wrong and shifted the world into a near-apocalypse. Hunger has prompted widespread riots in the street. And it’s in a flare of violence that Derek loses his arm. As a Guardsman, he seems a perfect candidate for a special prosthetic, armed with a deadly blade.

Dr. Lidia helps him through the surgery and the first part of his recovery. The two grow to care for one another in their week together. But when it’s time for Lidia to evacuate, Derek doesn’t go with her –opting instead to stay behind to bury his foster mother.

10 years later, Derek finds Lidia again. He needs her skills to help a sick boy in his camp. Together, they face the dangerous landscape to get to the boy. And in the process, their feelings reignite and reach new levels.

I enjoyed the story, but it’s awfully hard to believe that Lidia has pined for Derek to the extent she has after only one week together. Everything moves quickly in the story, which I’m sure has a great deal to do with the fact that it is so short. I would have liked to spend more time with the characters, especially in the romance department. The sexy times we did have were pretty hot… I just wanted more.

I liked it, but I would have liked it better had it been a bit more fleshed out. A little more than 3 stars.


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Desert Blade
by Ella Drake
Release Date: April 23, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press

Review: Demonically Tempted

Reviewed by Jen

This second installment in Stacey Kennedy’s Frostbite series picks up a few weeks after the point which Supernaturally Kissed left off. I had a hard time connecting with it right off the bat and I’m not 100% sure why.  Maybe it’s because everyone has settled in so much to the idea that Tess and Kipp are a couple now.  For new readers, Tess is a woman who can see ghosts and Kipp is, well, a ghost.  The problems with such a relationship are obvious.  But Tess considers Kipp her man –and even calls him her lover– despite the fact he’s just a disembodied spirit.

Tess is part of the police force now, helping the department investigate cold cases.  And again, I felt that disconnect.  Yes, she proved herself in the last book, but there is no lingering doubts or skepticism or even discomfort from anybody about what she can do.  It bothers me to see the ease in which everyone has come to accept her supernatural gifts –to say nothing of the boyfriend that no one else can see or hear.

Tess is working a cold case surrounding an apparent suicide, where the victim’s sister is convinced there was more to it.  Working with her is Dane, an FBI medium who is there to help her better understand her gift. It’s obvious there is something dubious about him right off the bat. Kipp can’t stand him… but with Dane’s help, Tess learns there is much more to the supernatural world than she ever knew existed.

The author expands the paranormal scope of the world-building to include witches, demons, and perhaps even angels.  But as much as that ups the ante, the real heart of the series is the relationship between Tess and Kipp.  The two of them get put through the wringer here and it’s when their angst kicks up that the story hits its stride.

I really enjoyed the second half of the book.  Dane is a great love-to-hate character and I feel like there is much more to him beneath the surface.  He’s a total prick at times, but he gives voice to the concerns about Tess and Kipp’s relationship that I thought were so noticeably absent from everyone else at the beginning.  I don’t like what he did, but I’m not willing to write him off, either.  I found the new character Gretchen to be very interesting.  And I liked the journey of personal growth that Tess goes on here.  She has always considered her gift to be a curse and now she is learning that with it, she can make a real difference.

The climax of the romance arc is very good.  Kennedy opens the door for a real possibility of an HEA at the same time she puts it in terrible jeopardy.  And she leaves us with a great/ horrible/ wonderful/ terrible cliffhanger.  I am anxiously looking forward to see what she does in the third book –and I pray we get some sex in the flesh. Fantasies can only sustain a girl for so long…  3 1/2 stars.

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Demonically Tempted
by Stacey Kennedy
Release Date: April 13, 2012

Review: Untouched

Kerry has never been able to have a normal relationship with anyone in her life.  That’s because any touch causes her blinding mental pain and allows her to see the darkest corners inside other people’s minds.  Her friend Samantha is the only one whose touch she can bear, because –unbeknownst to her– Samantha isn’t completely human.  She is a hybrid: a child of one human parent and one Amoveo, a race of shapeshifters.  Kerry, too, is a hybrid, though she has no idea that such a thing even exists.

Dante is Kerry’s destined mate.  He knows exactly who and what she is and wants to help ease her into the truth.  Samantha and her husband hire him to be Kerry’s bodyguard on a modeling shoot in New Orleans.  Not only will it give the two of them a chance to get to know each other, it will keep Kerry safe from the threat of those among the Amoveo who would use violence to keep the race pure.

At first, Kerry rebels against Dante’s presence, but she quickly realizes there is something special about him when she can touch him without pain.  The story follows their path to one another as an evil Purist stalks Kerry and plans her destruction.

I didn’t love the book.  I think the biggest reason was because I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.  I’m not saying it was bad, because it wasn’t.  It just didn’t inspire emotion in me.  Perhaps it needed more sexual tension.  Or more believable tension of any kind between Kerry and Dante.  The tension they did have felt manufactured. Him calling her “princess” –while she called him “Neanderthal”– felt trite.  The love happened superfast. And it all left me feeling rather tepid.

The villain is essentially a caricature, though I will grant that the identity was a surprise.  I felt like Kerry’s reactions to the revelations about Dante and the Amoveo were understated. And it was all just… meh.  Not bad.  Just not great.

This is the second book in the Amoveo series and while the events of the first book are referenced, the author does a good job filling in the details and I never felt lost.  I think it would be fine for new readers to jump in, even if they haven’t read the first book.  3 stars.

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Untouched
by Sara Humphreys
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Review: The Perfect Imposter

Reviewed by Jen

Ever since the death of her brutish husband, Katrina has been trying to make something of her talents as a modiste.  She finally feels like she’ll have a real chance at success when her friend Julia offers to become her patroness.  After all, Julia married in to wealth and nobility, and if anyone can endear Katrina to society, it’s her.

But her childhood friend is going to make her jump through hoops to get the exposure she promised.  Katrina must take Julia’s place at a house party she doesn’t want to attend.  You see, Katrina and Julia look a lot alike and in the right circumstances, few could tell them apart.  Katrina doesn’t want to give in to Julia’s demands, but Katrina owes an old debt to Julia’s father.  That, coupled with the chance to show off her dresses, convinces her to finally acquiesce.

At the same time, Leo is tasked by the government to find the person behind a string of jewelery heists among the upper crust. The very house party that Katrina is attending is expected to be the setting for the next theft.  And for a variety of reasons, Julia is on the short list of suspects.  The fact that the two of them share a romantic history only complicates matters.

So the story basically follows Katrina’s attempts to fool Julia’s peers at this week long affair, as the obstacles in her path grow exponentially.  Somehow, Leo is the only one who sees through her schemes from the get-go and he must wrestle with his attraction to her as his suspicions lead him to believe her to be part of the jewel theft scheme.

It took a really long time to get to the romance, which made me want to skim ahead at times.  Katrina is a good person, but she is so downtrodden, it’s hard to enjoy.  She puts up with so much and forgives so easily, it bothers me.  I appreciate her allegiance to Julia’s dad, but frankly I couldn’t fathom why she did not walk out when things started falling apart. And later, when it’s revealed all that has been hidden from her, she takes it in so much stride… that bothered me too.

There were good moments between Katrina and Leo, but frankly there weren’t enough of them and it took too long to get there. I also thought the ending was a little abrupt and after all she went through, I would have liked to see Katrina bask a little in her richly deserved HEA.  (I wouldn’t have minded a swift kick in the butt for Julia either.)

It was ok, but the execution didn’t quite live up to the promise of the premise.  3 stars.

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The Perfect Imposter
by Wendy Soliman
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Stacey Kennedy

“Witty characters, dominant men, danger, action, romance and hot sex―oh my!”  You’ll find that tag line on Stacey Kennedy’s website and it’s what you can expect when you crack open one of her books.  Please help me welcome her to the blog today.

Jen: My first book of yours was Supernaturally Kissed, which I really enjoyed. Would you tell new readers a bit about the Frostbite series?

Stacey: Simply put, it’s about a woman who has the gift to see ghosts, and has been given the task to help them crossover. This doesn’t always come easy since Tess is pulled into the police force and has to solve cold cases. Things get even more crazy when Kipp—a ghost—enters her life, and not only is she trying to solve his case, but she’s trying to fight the attraction between them. Lots of fun!

Jen: Can you give us any hints about what’s coming in Demonically Tempted?

Stacey: Answers and lots of them! I enjoy reading reviews of Supernaturally Kissed and hearing all the theories people have about what will happen next. I always planned to make book two give all the answers to questions in Supernaturally Kissed, and that’s exactly what happened. But doesn’t life always get difficult and when one question is answered, another one appears.
Demonically Tempted shifts a bit more into fantasy, which will lead into the next two books in the series. Tess starts to learn more of her abilities and just all the trouble that comes along with that. Poor Tess, things are never easy for her!
Jen: These aren’t too racy, sexually. But some of your other books are a bit more erotic. Tell me about your process for writing some of your hotter love scene.
Stacey: Two things – depth and frank language. That’s the only difference between my urban fantasy romances and erotic romances. The scenes are always HOT, but in erotic romance you lengthen them. Every single detail is shown, each sexy moment, visuals, feelings, sensations, and body parts are given those naughty. LOL!
Jen: What about BDSM? Did you have to do a lot of research to portray this kind of relationship?
Stacey: Honestly, BDSM is the hardest thing for me to write. It’s getting easier as time goes on because I learn more. And yes, I have to do lots of research since I don’t live the lifestyle.
Making the transition to write BDSM wasn’t a huge leap for me because I tend to write dominate men, so it was pretty natural. But there’s so much to know about the lifestyle. Do I get it wrong? All the time. But I have a fantastic critique partner who knows more about BDSM than I do and always guides my way.
I’ll admit too that it’s the most draining. I’ve just written a 90K BDSM erotic romance, Sweet Submissive, and after that story I was done in for a few weeks. My brain was complete mush! They tend to be very emotional, character driven stories and that can be exhausting to write. But the outcome is awesome and I can hardly wait to get this story out there.

Jen: BDSM romance is getting alot of press these days with the whole 50 Shades hoopla in the media. Is there anything you feel like the talking heads (like Dr Drew) are getting wrong –or something you would like to clarify as an author in the genre?

Stacey: Yes, I’ve seen the buzz and read 50 Shades because of it. Loved it, by the way! You know, I can understand where Dr. Drew is coming from. He’s allowed his opinion. But the truth is what two consenting adults do in their personal life isn’t anyone else’s concern. BDSM isn’t for everyone and that’s why the stories come with warning labels.
Truth is, I love writing BDSM because of the emotional element that comes in this kind of lifestyle. I find it sexy and playing on the sensations a submissive feels makes even my cheeks warm. So while I think it’s acceptable for someone to have an opinion, it really drives me to the moon when I see things like, this book is wrong, or this book is terrible. While it might not be for everyone, there are readers and people like me who love taking time out of their busy, screaming kids day, and sit down with a naughty book to get my blood pumping!
My rule is if you don’t like something, don’t read it and leave it to the rest of us who do!
Jen: The first in your Magic and Mayhem series is coming soon, right?  What can you tell us about Werewolves Be Damned?
Stacey:  WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED is actually not coming out until Summer 2013 because it’s going mass market. So, while it seems like forever from now, I’m sure it’ll be here before I know it.
This series started out as ebooks published with Liquid Silver Books, The Magical Sword series. They were short novels, but I’ve rewritten the books and now they’re full lengths. Honestly, I don’t even recognize them anymore, and that just makes it more fantastic because they’ve developed into stories I never dreamed possible. I’ve always had a soft spot for these books because they were the first ones I’d ever written, and now I’m just floored by the outcome. My editor has taken my babies and brought out the best in them. It’s really exciting and I can hardly wait for them to release.
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Jen: Any chance we can score a little snippet?
Stacey: It’s still in edits so I can’t share too much because who knows if it’ll remain in the book, but here’s a little sneak peek!
I’d come to my willow for as long as I could remember. I’d never seen a wolf in this forest before. And when had wolves become so bold to approach a human? Unless this one was rabid or starving…in which case, my odds of survival were looking less likely.
I scooted further along the grass, but was stopped when my back pressed against the trunk of my willow. “Dear God, the time to help me would be now.”
The wolf stopped a foot in front of me and sniffed the air. His dark eyes studied me. No fear held in their depths. Wet dog mixed with a rich aftershave filled my nostrils.
“I’m scary. I’m big. Get out of here,” I screamed and waved my arms in the air to frighten him.
He shook his head.
I stared, mouth agape.
“Did you just…answer me?”
He nodded.
What. In. The. Hell?
“How can you understand me, you’re a wolf. Oh my god, did you just shrug?”
He bared his teeth.
Jen: What is your favorite kind of supernatural and why?
Stacey: I love them all. Really, I do! Each supernatural is fun to write in its own way. I enjoy writing witches because of the magical element, but I also love writing werewolves. There’s just something so special about the mate bond that tugs at my heart.
Jen: Who is your favorite character created by another author?
Stacey: Jeaniene Frost’s, Vlad. I adore him, lust over him, and want him as my own!! He has a certain “something” that speaks to the very woman in me. I love his humor, but then he has this strength that makes me drool! Yes, Vlad is my book crush!
Jen: Do you get to make it to many fan/ author events?
Stacey: Sadly, no. I have two small children who keep me on my toes, so making long trips to the U.S. just doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. And that’s why I’m so excited to go to AAD. It’s my first conference, so yeah…I’m thrilled to be going! Plus, it’s in New Orleans and I’ve always wanted to go there so that just ROCKS!
Jen: What are you looking forward to most from AAD in New Orleans?
Stacey: Everything single darn thing! The tours, chatting with other authors, meeting all my book blogger friends…and the party! I love to have fun, so if there is fun happening, I’ll be there!
Jen: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. I can’t wait to meet you in New Orleans… it’s going to be a blast!
Stacey: Thanks for the chat! I’m really looking forward to meeting you too!!

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