Tearing Down Walls
by Deanndra Hall
Q: TEARING DOWN WALLS is the second in the Love Under Construction series. Where did you get the inspiration for this series? What common thread connects the books?
I'm a Kentucky native, so Louisville was a great setting. I'd had Nikki in my head for at least twelve years and I knew her background but I'd never had a story for her. And I'd gotten tired of the "billionaire and shop girl" premise so common in romance. I wanted real guys, guys who worked hard and...
by Scarlett Scott
Q: REBEL LOVE is the second in the Heart's Temptation series. What's your inspiration for this series? What common element holds the series together? What is this series about?
This series was inspired by a book I found years ago at a library sale. I read it and became hooked on the late 19th century--it was an age of tremendous change, fascinating people and beautiful fashion. I knew I had to write a series set in that time period, and that's how Heart's Temptation was born....
by Ann Gimpel
Q: DRAGON MAID is the second in the Dragon Lore series. When you started this series, did you already have a clear vision of the books and characters you wanted to write about? Or did that evolve over time?
I had a clear vision of the key plot lines for the series, of Kheladin waking in his cave and his bonded mage, Lachlan. I also envisioned Maggie, Lachlan's mate. (Read more about To Love a Highland Dragon, Dragon Lore #1). I knew the series would have three books and roughly what would be in each, but...
A Kiss of Lies
by Bronwen Evans
Q: A KISS OF LIES is the first in a new Regency series entitled Disgraced Lords. What's your inspiration for this series? What is this series about?
One night, I was catching up friends I went to university with for drinks, and I suddenly thought about the friendships forged through the education system. In the Regency era, I wondered if Lords sent away to school formed strong bonds. I'm sure they did, as it's only human. Six men sprang to mind--Christian,...
The Boys of Summer
by Sarah Madison
Q: What is your inspiration for this story?
First let me say how delighted I am to be here and what wonderful questions these are! You're really giving me a chance to tell you why I love this story so much and that's always fun for me!
It all started when I decided I wanted to write a story about two men of extremely different personalities...
by KC Burn
Q: CAST OFF is book 3 in the Toronto Tales series. What was the inspiration for this series? Please tell us more about it.
I usually envision scenes mid-book, and I have to figure out how to wrestle them into a story. For this series, I had two reference points. Although in the books neither ended up exactly as I envisioned, I saw a cop (Kurt) going to inform the family of another cop's death, and unexpectedly finding a...
From Ice Wagon to Club House: The Life of Jude Mooney
by Viola Russell
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
The Prohibition Era has always fascinated me. My father actually bootlegged in the 1930's. Like many people in New Orleans during that time, my father Sam and his family were dirt poor. His first wife died of tuberculosis during that time, and my dad decided his family wouldn't starve. He'd do what...
To Love a Highland Dragon
by Ann Gimpel
Q: TO LOVE A HIGHLAND DRAGON is the first in a new series entitled Dragon Lore. What's your inspiration for this series? What is this series about?
Where does anyone's inspiration come from? One summer day, I was sitting in my computer chair, staring at a blank screen, with a bunch of should running around in my head. I have a number of series books and all the series needed tending--and more books. What came to me was the first scene from TO LOVE...
by Carolyn Wren
Q: THE HOSTAGE is book 4 of The Protectors series. What's the inspiration behind this series? What is the common thread among all the books?
I've always loved spy stories. I particularly love the UK TV series Spooks, and the original Canadian TV version of La Femme Nikita. When I thought about spies, or covert operatives, I wondered what it would be like to live a life where everything is a secret. I took the next step and wondered how such...
Nuworld: Claiming Tara
by Laurie Fitzgerald
Q: CLAIMING TARA is your first book in the Nuworld series. What's your inspiration for this series?
I actually wrote the NUWORLD Series (six books) over twenty years ago before I was published. At the time I was reading every romance book I could get my hands on. I kept looking for something more in the books. I wanted my hero and heroine to be more daring, more aggressive with each other. I had a...
by Nalini Singh
Editor's Note: In lieu of an interview, we have an excerpt and a note from author Nalini Singh on her characters and their developing relationship.
I love romances, love the happy ever after, but quite often, I want to know more. Especially when there's a power imbalance between the couple--such as with my mortal hunter, Elena, and the immortal archangel, Raphael.
For me, their coming together is only the start of the story. After all, Elena now has to adapt to a life different and far more lethal than anything she's ever before known. As for Raphael, he has to learn to deal with a lover who refuses to accept anything but an equal partnership--when as an archangel, he's used to power and to absolute control. No one challenges Raphael...except his consort, Elena.
It's fascinating for me to watch them navigate that relationship, and I hope you feel the same way. For those of you who haven't yet started the series, please know that it is very much a romance, the focus on the exhilarating, sexy, and dangerous dance that is Elena and Raphael's relationship. But there's plenty of action too--how could it be otherwise when the heroine is a hunter and the hero an archangel?
The following excerpt comes from chapter 2 of ARCHANGEL'S LEGION, when angels start falling inexplicably from the skies of Manhattan and into the Hudson River. If you'd like to read chapter 1 first, you can find it on my website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/legion.php
Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh
(Part of the Guild Hunter Series)
"I have him!" she called out to Raphael as he came in, an angel in his arms.
"He's not breathing, his back is broken, and his heart has stopped." Putting the lithely muscled angel on the clifftop, Raphael swept off, but his mind remained connected to her own. Tell Montgomery to take medical measures--the male is too young to survive otherwise.
I will. Hauling one of the angel's thankfully unbroken arms over her shoulders--ignoring the conventional teachings about broken backs because this wasn't a mortal--she gritted her teeth and got to her feet. The victim's shattered body was soaked from his fall, his wings dead weight. It was as well that as a born hunter, she'd always been stronger than most humans. Her growing immortality had only cemented that strength.
Still, she was glad to see Montgomery race out to take the angel's weight on the other side, neither one of them flinching as two birds hit their backs hard enough to bruise. "Medical measures," she managed to get out as they traversed the distance to the house as fast as possible; she hadn't known until now that there were any medical measures--at least of the ordinary kind--that could be applied to angels.
More of the household staff, and a number of unaffected angels from other parts of the Enclave, ran or flew past them as they took the injured angel in through doors that led directly into the central core. The space that a couple of minutes earlier had been all shining wooden floors, an elegant statuette set against the wall, was now a temporary hospital.
A young vampire Montgomery had taken on as his apprentice was throwing down large futons that must've come out of storage, and a slender angel--Sivya--who was normally in charge of the kitchens, was snapping open a large black leather bag that looked like an old-fashioned medical kit.
As soon as they laid the angel on a futon, Sivya stabbed a large-bore needle directly into his heart and depressed the plunger. Elena had a thousand questions, but now wasn't the time to ask them, Montgomery beside her as they raced back out. When she saw wings of silver-blue rising into the air after dropping off a victim, she felt an intense sense of relief...mingled with horror as she realized exactly how many winged bodies floated in the murky waters of the Hudson.
Another bird hit her as they ran, the beak carving a line down her face, but she shook it off and kept going. On their second trip inside, she heard a cough, saw the first angel they'd rescued retching on his side. His left wing and legs were mangled--but at least he was alive.
Leaving their current charge in Sivya's hands, she ran back out with Montgomery at her side. It felt like an eternity, but she would later find out the actual hell of what came to be known as the Falling lasted five short minutes. Then the birds stopped dropping from the skies . . . and so did the angels.
Copyright 2013 by Nalini Singh
B:Thank you for sharing such a fascinating excerpt!
That Pearly Drop
by Jianne Carlo
Q: THAT PEARLY DROP is the first book in the Murphy's Laws of Time Travel. The book sounds exciting from the blurb. Please tell us a little about this series. What's your inspiration?
My husband and I attended a wedding at Clearwell Castle in Wales, and on the plane ride over, I read Cristina Dodd's Only a Knight, a medieval romance set in Wales. The weather was perfect, the castle picturesque beyond description, and then one of the waiters told us the tale of The Mabinogh. Bingo!...
Drama Queens With Love Scenes
by Kevin Klehr
Q: Where did the inspiration for DRAMA QUEENS WITH LOVE SCENES come from?
Nearly ten years ago I was influenced by the rise in TV programs centred on the theme of death. Six Feet Under had begun, preceded by years of shows where a main character would die but stay around as a ghost to help other characters resolve their issues.
So I was tempted to reverse this idea, where...