- Dahlia Donovan
- Release Date
- May 2014
- Book 1 of Blackbird
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance
Widowed photographer Ivy Langdon avoids people in general after her husband's death. She ventures out days before Christmas for last minute gifts and stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack in London. Will her luck ever change?
Steven Samuels and his partner Gareth Richardson are called in with their company, Blackbird Security Firm, to rescue the hostages. They never expected to find their perfect mate while saving the world. The more the two wolves learn about Ivy, the more that they want to make her theirs.
Love is never simple or straight-forward and life is often stranger than fiction.
Ivy finds herself drawn into a strange world of shifters and human traffickers.
Can love's true bite find her before trouble does?
BOOK INTERVIEW on August 2014
Contest extended to September 30, 2014.
BOOK INTERVIEW on August 2014
Interview by Laura
Hi Dahlia, it's great to have you with us to talk about your Blackbird series!
Q: What's your inspiration for the Blackbird Series? What is the common thread among all the books?
IVY (Book 1) was inspired by a crazy dream I had after watching too much Strike Back. The series developed because I wanted to tell the whole story of the Blackbird pack. The main common thread, I suppose, is that the entire series is connected in some way by Ivy herself, though she isn't the main character in the second and third books in the series.
Q: What made you title book 1 after your female character? Would we see this as a common pattern in the succeeding books in the series?
I'd say it was a stroke of brilliance, but mostly it just...seemed right. The rest of the books in the series will follow the pattern, with the exception of the short stories planned between the main books.
Q: What an interesting mix of genres in your first book--paranormal (wolves) with suspense (human trafficking)! What draws you to write in these genres? What kind of research did you do in the course of writing this book?
The original inspiration for IVY was a crazy dream I had about a woman being rescued by two special ops men. It morphed a little when I began to write IVY. But I always wanted to keep suspense aspect in the story.
Q: Please tell us more about Ivy. What kind of person is she? What events in her past shaped her to be the person that we see in the book?
Ivy has the four 's' as far as I am concerned; sarcastic, sweet, strong and stubborn. A photographer with a beautiful eye for unique composition, she was flying high in her career up until a year or so ago. She has suffered two heavy blows in her life, the loss of her father when she was young and the loss of her husband to cancer. Her husband dies a couple of years before she meets Gareth and Steve. She's not managed to shake off her grief and the apathy that came with it. The two wolves definitely help her find herself.
Q: Who are Steven Samuels and Gareth Richardson? Do tell us more about these yummy men and give us a reason to swoon!
Ivy would likely respond to that question with, 'because they are utter and total gits.'
Steve and Gareth are alpha wolves and former Royal Marines who served in the same Special Forces unit. They grew up together, have known each other since they were very young. Steve is ten years older than his partner, Gareth. They're polar opposites in many ways. The two men work best together, complimenting each other's weaknesses.
Steve takes life very seriously, approaches problems with a calm and pragmatic mind. He is a tactical thinker. It is likely what makes him the perfect alpha for the pack.
Gareth loves a laugh. He's playful and impulsive. He runs head first into things and adapts easily on his feet. He might be an alpha as well, but he's accepted Steve's lead for the good of the pack.
Q: What makes Ivy their perfect mate?
The two wolves will disagree with me, but what makes Ivy their perfect mate is the fact that she stands up to them. She calls them on their crap when necessary. She's also wise enough to listen to them in dangerous situations where their military experience makes them the experts.
Q: How does Ivy cope with having two men in the palm of her hands?
Mostly with carefully applied sarcasm and a strong backbone.
Q: What is the most romantic moment among the three of them?
One of the most romantic moments, to me, isn't necessarily the sexiest, but it's a moment when Gareth and Steve are taking care of Ivy after a rather traumatic event. The two wolves are sweet, and adorable in their attempts to bring a smile to her face:
"Chips. Scones." Ivy seemed to consider her options carefully as Gareth joined them.
"How about fish? You need more than chips and scones." Gareth crouched in front of the sofa with his hands resting lightly on her knees. "I can get take-away from place that you like. Scones and jam for dessert?"
Ivy brushed her fingers down the side of his jaw. "Spoiling me won't make it all better."
"No?" Gareth twisted his head to nip lightly on her finger. "Maybe not, but it makes me feel better."
Q: Which scene is the funniest to write? Why?
The funniest scene is actually also my favourite moment in the book where Ivy is in Wales on a photography trip when she runs into Gareth in wolf form in the middle of the night and he's a tad bit grumpy:
"Stop that." Ivy flicked him on the top of the head. "It's the middle of Wales, not a war zone. The greatest danger I have at the moment is being knocked over by you or possibly being run over by a rampaging sheep."
Gareth snarled at her. She had a feeling it might be the wolf version of a sarcastic snort. She raised an eyebrow at him and went back to her camera. He growled at her again, but she refused to pay any attention to him.
"I'm not arguing with…" Ivy lunged forward to grab her tripod when his tail bumped against it. "Oh, go lick yourself, and stop being so bloody growly."
Ivy glanced over her shoulder to find her other suitor in his two-legged form. "If you're going to growl at me too, you can bugger off and take your furry friend with you."
Q: Please give us a sneak peek into book 2 of the Blackbird series.
"Get in here, girl." Marin Petrov pounded on his desk. Natasha heard it echo all the way in her own office.
Jolting from the forms she had been filling out for his next business trip, Natasha slid her feet into her bright red heels and quickly made her way from her office into his. The absurdity of one of the worst human traffickers in Europe having an office fit for a lawyer never ceased to strike her as disturbingly or perhaps disgustingly normal. She kept her expression blank and bored when she stepped in front of him.
His gaze drifted, as it always did, from her pointed heels along her stockings to her leather skirt and white buttoned blouse. Natasha raised an eyebrow at him. She never let him intimidate her. It was why he'd kept her alive when most of his secretaries met untimely accidents when their noses strayed too far into his business.
"We're moving to Kiev." Petrov tossed a stack of papers in her direction. She crouched down to retrieve them, careful not to give him the view he wanted. "Get it organized. Now."
Natasha nodded politely and exited the office as quickly as she had entered it. Her disgust for the man was difficult to mask at times. Of all the undercover assignments Natasha Itsov had taken for Interpol, she thought working with the Auctioneer might possibly be the worst. She glanced briefly down at the documents in her hands and froze when a familiar name caught her attention.
Blackbird Security Firm.
The last time Natasha had dealt with Blackbird, there had been complications. Major complications. She wondered briefly about the broken-hearted man she had left behind. Poor Darren. A smile briefly flashed across her face. It lit up her icy blue eyes. Her full red lips slowly dropped down into a frown though as she considered the implications of Petrov's interest in the security firm.
She had met Darren Martel when they worked on a joint-task force many years ago on a human trafficking case for the International Criminal Court. Their affair had been brief but fiery. She could still picture every inch of his freckled skin in her mind and had frequent dreams about tying him to her bed.
Oh, sweet Darren.
Why would Petrov be interested in Blackbird?
Q: What's up next for you?
Book 2, NATASHA, will hopefully be out sometime in late August. And I'm currently working on a short story, Masquerade, which picks up where NATASHA leaves off and bridges the gap between Natasha's story and Allie's story.
The entire series sound exciting! Can't wait to get into them.
Dahlia is a bit of a hermit. She's happiest with a large mug of coffee or tea (two sugars and drop or two of milk) and a good book. She lives for comfortable jeans and over-sized sweaters. Ivy is her first novel and it started life as an attempt to complete National Novel Writing Month.
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