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...
Three Days on Mimosa Lane
by Anna DeStefano
Q: What was your inspiration for your bestselling, award-winning Seasons of the Heart series? How do the books in the series tie in together?
Believe it or not, these are my "anti-Desperate Housewives" books ;o) Hence the "Mimosa Lane" rather than "Wisteria Lane". I wanted to show what it's really like to live in a suburb of a large city like Atlanta--the heart and soul of the communities I've grown up in and around, and the lives of some...
by Tibby Armstrong
Q: This book features an established couple, Jeremy and Kit from Acting Out, a previous book in the series. What is it about that dynamic that captures your attention enough to continue their story?
Well-drawn characters are dynamic. They change in response to circumstance. I knew when I finished writing Acting Out that the fame-train was going to barrel through both Kit and Jeremy's lives, for good and for bad. Like readers, I was curious about the aftermath and what these guys and their relationship...
The Sheik Retold
by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull
Q: Now, first up, what made you decide to re-tell this story by E.M. Hull? What inspired you?
The Sheik by E.M. Hull had been on my reading list for years, but it was only about six months ago, in discovering it free on Amazon, that I decided to finally read this highly controversial romance classic. When I finished the book, I had extremely mixed emotions. The main characters fascinated me,...
Over the Line
by Sierra Cartwright
Q: What was your inspiration for the Mastered series? Is there an overall series arc? Please tell us more about the series.
A strong, vibrant alpha male always makes my heart race. Of course, to me, part of what makes an alpha male so delicious is his manners. He's going to be relentless in who he is and going after what he wants (our heroine!), but he's always worthy of respect.
The Mastered series has six delicious...
by Chris Karlsen
Q: BYZANTINE GOLD is the second book in the series. Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
I love history (certain eras and regions). I also love the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean area. I wanted to build stories that included both. My heroine, Charlotte gets to be a nautical archaeologist who works shipwrecks in the Aegean and Mediterranean. I can live my loves through her : )
by Karen Rose Smith
Q: How did you come up with the idea for HER SISTER?
Family relationships are usually a theme in my books. I thought about everything that can disrupt a family. Losing a child has to be the worst kind of trauma. Beyond that, the not knowing if a child is alive or dead has to be soul tearing. I wanted the book to be different from suspense so I played...
by Amber Lin
Q: Let me just get this out of the way: how does it feel to be an ole' pro as a writer? The last time you were here, you were talking about your first published work. Now your second full length novel is published.
I'm not sure I'm a pro yet, but truthfully it blows my mind to have my books published. Doing something that I love, getting to share my characters with my readers, creating something out of nothing--being an author is a trip, that's for sure : )
by Ann Gimpel
Q: Thank you! : ) How did you come up with the idea for DESTINY'S SHADOW?
I've spent a great deal of my life with a pack on my back traipsing through the Sierra backcountry in every season. Those hours have been mostly "alone" time since backcountry travelers usually have their own pace. Stories always ran around in my head during backcountry trips. A few years ago, I did...