Posted by Caren Crane May 18 2013, 11:45 pm in Bandita Booty, Caren Crane, CathyP, Kick Start, Prize, prize winner
Sorry it took me so long to post my winner from Monday, but it’s been a hectic week! The winner of a download of my debut novel Kick Start is….
CathyP, just send me an e-mail at carencrane AT gmail DOT com and let me know what e-book format you prefer. Congratulations!
Posted by Anna Campbell May 3 2013, 11:12 pm in Anna Campbell, Anything but Vanilla, Bandita Booty, English Authors, Harlequin Mills and Boon, Liz Fielding
Didn’t we have a fun day in the lair yesterday? Thanks to everyone who swung by and a special thanks to Liz Fielding who was a fantastic guest. The only problem is that I’ve now got this awful yearning to go back to the UK!
Liz very generously offered three copies of her latest release ANYTHING BUT VANILLA to people who commented. The winners are:
Congratulations, girls! Please email Liz on Liz @ Lizfielding.com (no spaces) and let her know your contact details and whether you’d like a print or an e-book. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell May 2 2013, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Anything but Vanilla, Bandita Booty, contemporary romance, Eloping with Emmy, English Authors, favorite authors, Harlequin Kiss, Harlequin Romance, Liz Fielding, Sweet Romance, Tempted by Trouble, the Beaumont Brides, Wild Fire, Wild Justice, Wild Lady
I’ve got a huge treat for the Banditas and Bandita buddies today!
Liz Fielding writes some of the best romance out there. I’ve loved every book of hers I’ve ever read. Particular favorites include A WEDDING AT LEOPARD TREE LODGE (which I reviewed here: http://www.theromancedish.com/2010/11/liz-is-biz.html) and TEMPTED BY TROUBLE which features one of the most delicious heroes I’ve ever read. Delicious as ice-cream! I reviewed TEMPTED BY TROUBLE here: http://www.theromancedish.com/2012/01/harlequin-round-up-yee-ha.html
Now I’m delighted to introduce Liz to the lair and also to bring to your attention the follow-up book to the scrumptious TEMPTED BY TROUBLE, ANYTHING BUT VANILLA, which is out this month from Harlequin Mills and Boon. I can’t wait to read this one! Here’s the blurb:
Even more tempting than ice cream!
Sorrel Amery is determined to make her summer event the talk of the town, and she knows just the way into people’s hearts—champagne sorbet! It’s the perfect strategy… Until the ice-cream parlor’s owner runs off, leaving Sorrel’s plans melting faster than a sundae in the summer sun.
All Sorrel wants is to get back into her comfort zone, but when the gorgeous Alexander West arrives to help pick up the pieces her life gets shaken up more than ever before! Especially as this globe-trotting adventurer is determined that nothing in Sorrel’s life should ever be boring old vanilla again…
You can find out more about Liz and her marvelous books on her website: http://www.lizfielding.com/
Liz, it’s such a thrill for me to host you today. As you know (because I keep telling you!), you’re one of my favorite writers so thank you so much for popping over to visit us in the lair. Congratulations on your latest release ANYTHING BUT VANILLA. Can you tell us about this story?
Thanks, Anna – I’m having a bit of a fan girl moment here, too.
ANYTHING BUT VANILLA is the second book in a series of three. The first, TEMPTED BY TROUBLE, introduced the Amery sisters, their eccentric family and an ice cream van called Rosie. In ANYTHING BUT VANILLA, Sorrel Amery – the middle, ambitious sister – has taken the family events business based around Rosie and is aiming for the big time. She’s doing pretty well until the woman Ria, who produces high-end, exclusive ices for the business, does a disappearing act. In her place is the “post card man”, Alexander West, who is intent on closing Ria’s business down before she causes any more harm. It takes all Sorrel’s ingenuity to persuade him to give her a break.
Sounds fabulous! Love the name Alexander for a hero! What were the inspirations behind this book?
My original inspiration for this series was a mug given to my best mate author, Kate Hardy which she photographed for her blog. It was shaped like an ice cream van and the minute I saw it I wanted to write a book about it. And ice cream… With that kind of research temptation, obviously I wasn’t going to stop at one book!
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m writing a new book for KISS series, they’re being released as Sexy Duos in Australia, involving a sculptor and a real estate agent whose reputation revolves around selling his less than perfect family home. It has that perfect balance where they each want something from the other.
I notice you’ve been really active releasing some of your older books in digital format. We’d love to hear about some of these classic stories that are finding a whole new audience.
It’s been enormous fun re-releasing stories that have been out of print for a while. I started with the longer length, slightly sexier Beaumont Brides trilogy I wrote in the late nineties for a British imprint called “Scarlet”. Again this revolves around three sisters, all directly or indirectly connected with the theatre – WILD JUSTICE has a revenge plot, WILD LADY involves a bodyguard and WILD FIRE is basically a reverse Cinderella scenario.
This proved so successful that I couldn’t wait to get some of my Mills and Book backlist online. So far I’ve only managed to regain the rights for four books, but ELOPING WITH EMMY – a madcap romp in which the hero has his work cut out keeping up with the heroine – has always been one of my favourite books and it’s on special offer this month.
How did you get started as a writer?
I always wanted to write but I didn’t actually get seriously started until I was a full time mother. I was listening to the radio, LISTEN WITH MOTHER, with the first born and after I’d heard the little story, thought – as you do – I could that. Believe me, writing a 600 word story for pre-schoolers is a lot harder than it looks, but I stuck with it and eventually I had my stories on the programme. Then, just at the point I was looking for something longer, I read a magazine article about Anne Hampson and Charlotte Lamb and the idea of writing romance took hold. I grabbed an armful of the books and – ten years later – I finally made it!
And we’re so glad you did! Could you tell us a bit about your corner of the world?
I’ve recently moved across the border from Wales into the English west country. We’re about ten miles from Bath, within shouting distance of Stonehenge and Glastonbury and I can see the famous Westbury White Horse from my writing window. It’s been a hideous spring – wet, cold, windy, but we can’t wait to get out and explore this new part of the world.
Sounds magical, Liz!
I have three copies of ANYTHING BUT VANILLA to give away – print or ebook. Obviously you’re going to have to work for a chance to win one of them, so I’d like to know which part of the UK you’d love to visit and why.
Thanks so much for visiting, Liz, and for your very generous offer of THREE copies of ANYTHING BUT VANILLA! Our buddies are in for a treat – or three! So get commenting, people! You don’t want to miss this one.
Posted by Anna Campbell May 1 2013, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Christina Brooke, coming attractions, Deb Marlow, Dorie Graham, Jane Graves, Kate Carlisle, Kate Walker, Kathleen Baldwin, Liz Fielding
Wow, May is HUGE in the lair! You won’t want to miss a single day.
Here’s a sneak peek as to some of the great things coming up in the next thirty-one days.
But first, have you signed up to be a Bandita Buddy? Just click on the Members button on the bar across the top of the blog and it will take you to where to sign up. Bandita Buddies get a great newsletter every month and access to special lair-only material (like signed photos of Paolo in his loincloth – or out of it, as the case may be!). Well, if not Paolo, exclusive interviews and excerpts. Not to mention a huge PRIZE every month. This month’s prize which will be drawn at the end of May is eight fantastic books: SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED by Anna Campbell, DAUGHTER OF THE SKY by Michelle Diener, ANYTHING BUT VANILLA by Liz Fielding, A SEAL’S SURRENDER and A SEAL’S SEDUCTION by Tawny Weber, THE PROUD WIFE by Kate Walker, RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott, and THE PATRICIAN’S FORTUNE by Joan Kayse! Wow! And all you have to do to be in the draw, is join up here: http://romancebandits.com/login-3/
Now on with May! For me, tomorrow will be a huge treat where one of my favorite authors Liz Fielding ventures into the lair for the very first time to talk about her wonderful new Harlequin Kiss release ANYTHING BUT VANILLA. I’m so looking forward to hosting Liz. If you don’t know her books, run, don’t walk to your nearest bookseller and grab one! You won’t be sorry.
On Friday, 3rd May, Suzanne Ferrell brings Kathleen Baldwin to the lair to talk about her new joint project with Andrea Sisco, DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER. This twist on Cinderella sounds fantastic and right up the alley of our discerning Bandita Buddies.
On Monday, 6th May, Nancy welcomes Dorie Graham to talk about her new release, A Family Reunited, and chat about summer reading. Looking forward to meeting Dorie as I love SuperRomances and I haven’t read hers yet!
On Tuesday, 7th May, Bandita Kate celebrates SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY. Aww, it’s a beautiful miracle! Oh. Wait a minute. Kate’s not having the boss’s baby. That’s the name of her latest sexy Harlequin Desire and she’s having a wild and whacky launch party to celebrate! Don’t miss the fun!
Can’t wait for that one!
Caren Crane throws herself a combination birthday and book launch party on Monday, 13th May! Come by for a sneak peak of her debut novel KICK START and some virtual birthday cake. Definitely a day worth celebrating
On Thursday, 16th May, Aussie historical romance author Michelle Diener visits us for the first time. Michelle has just released an exciting new historical novel, DAUGHTER OF THE SKY, with romantic elements centered around the Zulu Wars in Victorian-era Africa. Wow, that’s something fresh! I can’t wait to hear about this one!
On Sunday, 19th May, Caren Crane will interview Lair favorite Deb Marlowe about her new release THE LOVE LIST, the first book in her new Half Moon House series. They will talk about the infamous List of Lightskirts and how the gently-raised daughter of a Baron ends up entangled in a scandal that will rock Regency London from the Crown Prince down to the lowliest pimps, bawds and street urchins. You won’t want to miss that one!
On Tuesday, 21st May, Jane Graves is back in the lair to tell us about her latest release COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY. Bad boy Luke Dawson is on his way to a bull riding championship when he’s called back to his hometown of Rainbow Valley, the place he swore he’d never return to. There his relationship is rekindled with the woman he left behind, forcing him to choose between the future he’s always dreamed of and the only woman he’s ever loved.
On Thursday, 23rd May, Duffy Brown will be back in the lair as Donna MacMeans’s guest to talk about weddings and her latest mystery release, KILLER IN CRINOLINES.
On Friday, 24th May, one of the Lair’s favourite authors Kate Walker returns to talk about life, love, cats and her latest release from Harlequin Presents THRONE FOR THE TAKING which just got a great review in RT Book Reviews. Kate will also be talking about how her 61st book is really a first! I can’t wait to hear more!
May is always a huge month in Romancelandia too because of Brenda Novak’s auction to raise funds for research into a cure for juvenile diabetes. Check out the great items up for grabs at her site: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/ And make sure you check out the offerings from the Romance Bandits and from individual bandits, including me! I’m sure you’ll find something to tempt you there.
I’ve got a great new contest on my website where three lucky people will win a download of my latest e-novella DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES plus their choice of a book from Heather Snow‘s backlist. There are two consolation prizes of downloads of DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES. You just need to tell me the name of the hero and heroine from DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES. You might just find the answer here: Then email me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces). Good luck. For more information, please check out the contest page on my website: http://annacampbell.info/contest.html
And don’t miss Kate Carlisle’s great contests to celebrate the release of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY.
Goodreads Giveaway! To celebrate the June 2013 publication of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY: A Bibliophile Mystery, Kate is giving away three Advanced Reader Copies on Goodreads. Contest ends May 31. Click here to enter! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15808442-a-cookbook-conspiracy
And be sure to visit Kate’s Facebook page for a chance to win a stack of autographed mystery novels or a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! For one week each month leading up to the release of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY in June, Kate will join three of her mystery writing friends for a themed contest and fun giveaway. It would be a crime to miss out!
Another contest you won’t want to miss if you live in the United States is the GoodReads giveaway of two ARCS of Christina Brooke’s latest, LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL! The contest closes on 12th May and you can find details of entry here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/49426-london-s-last-true-scoundrel
So make note of all our great guests, enter all our great contests (and I can pretty much guarantee there will be great giveaways through the month on the blog too) and we’ll see you around the lair in May! We’ve got a cabana boy with your name on it waiting! What have you got planned for the month ahead?
Posted by Anna Campbell Apr 25 2013, 10:21 pm in Alison Stuart, Anna Campbell, Australian Authors, Bandita Booty, By the Sword, Gather the Bones, Secrets in Time
Thanks so much for a great day in the lair yesterday when my Aussie historical romance writing friend Alison Stuart visited us to talk about her new release SECRETS IN TIME and the mysteries of cricket – not sure if any of us are any wiser, I hate to say, but it was fun! Alison has very generously donated a download of her EPPIE winning English Civil War historical romance BY THE SWORD as a prize. The winner is:
Congratulations, Carol. Could you please email Alison on alison @ alisonstuart.com (no spaces) and let her know what format you’d like the book in and which email address you’d like to send it to her? Happy reading! I’m sure you’ll be bowled over!
Posted by Anna Campbell Apr 10 2013, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Australian Authors, Bandita Booty, Ghost stories, historical romance, novellas, Regency romance, These Haunted Hearts, writer's life
by Anna Campbell
I was going to call this post When Good Technology Turns Bad. Or as someone said on my Twitter feed, #BewareRoyalWeddingGifts, but I thought I’d go simple.
I was also going to open this with a sort of quote from CROCODILE DUNDEE – “You call that a launch? THIS is a launch!”
Apologies to everyone who swung by last month for what was meant to be a hauntingly groovy launch for my Regency ghost romance, THESE HAUNTED HEARTS. As you’d recall I wasn’t here. The book wasn’t available. The moon turned green. Well, maybe that last one is a slight exaggeration, but the other two aren’t.
Thank you to those who swung by to wish my little story good luck and also to my Bandita sisters who did a marvellous job of keeping everything going in my unfortunate absence.
I’ve realized since that I tempted fate by writing a book about a cursed Chinese bed. Clearly the Chinese bed decided to turn its curse back on the author!
Here in south-east Queensland where I live, we’ve had really awful weather. We had a mini drought up until the end of January. Then we had a far-from-mini cyclone during which my fence blew down – although I wasn’t nearly as badly affected as people not very far up the coast whose whole town was completely inundated. Then lots of rain and wind for a whole month.
As a result, a whole stack of essential services were interrupted. Lots of people had no power. I had no phone for a large slab of March (slightly over two weeks). And by no phone, I mean NO phone, so no mobile/cellphone either (turned out a tower had been blown over that serves my area). And no phone means no internet.
Major problem. I do pretty much all my business on the internet. My frustrated Facebook addiction was clearly something I had to handle too!
Complaints to Telstra, my provider, gave me little satisfaction. And were annoying and time consuming – partly because I needed to find somebody with a working phone before I could make a complaint. Telstra promised me a satellite phone so I waited around for that to come – turns out they ran out. Poor babies. They’d already wasted several weeks of my time. What was another day?
Being without a phone was scary and annoying. And involved several very long trips to my closest library to use their internet. Far from entirely satisfactory, but it meant I could do the urgent stuff. These trips to a public computer didn’t, however, allow me to fulfill my obligations as a blog host. So again, huge apologies.
The curse of the Chinese bed didn’t just operate on my small world of telecommunications.
So far, I’ve indie published two novellas. The first, THE WINTER WIFE, went as smoothly as Bailey’s Irish cream down my thirsty Aussie throat (although I don’t think anyone drinks Bailey’s because they’re thirsty!). Of course, the universe decreed that when I was completely out of touch, there had to be major problems with getting THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE up on Amazon and Smashwords in a readable state. Apologies (lots of apologies in this blog!) to those who swung by and tried to pick up the novella only to find it unavailable!
Sheesh! It’s enough to drive a woman to drink. Did I mention Bailey’s?
The good news is that better late than never, THESE HAUNTED HEARTS is live and ready to entertain you. Also in the good news basket, I’m back on the internet and my phone is working. Phew!
So on a much quieter scale than the usual lair launches – for which Paolo is heartily grateful – I hereby declare THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE seaworthy and ready to sail onto e-readers all around the world.
It’s $1.99 and available from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/These-Haunted-Hearts-Regency-ebook/dp/B00BSJR0HI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1365287762&sr=1-1&keywords=these+haunted+hearts
And from Smashwords here:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/294739
Just in case you missed it last month, here’s the blurb:
On one fateful wedding day at Marston Hall in 1818, four linked destinies hover in the balance.
Josiah Aston, Earl of Stansfield, wakes to discover he’s seventy years dead and he alone can free his beloved wife Isabella’s tormented soul. But first he must convince her to trust him against all the evidence…
Lady Isabella Verney, beautiful and tempestuous, married the man of her dreams, only to die violently on her wedding day. Every clue points to Josiah as the murderer…
Is true love strong enough to defeat ancient malevolence forever?
Miles Hartley, Viscount Kendall, is society’s ideal catch, but what does that matter if he can’t convince Calista Aston that he loves her? When an age-old curse strikes, only by proving himself worthy of her faith can he save their happiness…
Lady Calista Aston, noted bluestocking, fears she loves Miles Hartley not wisely, but too well. On her wedding day, her doubts place her at evil’s mercy. When death and disaster loom, is it courage or mad folly to believe that Miles loves her in spite of all her faults?
On one fateful wedding day at Marston Hall in 1818, will the lovers emerge triumphant or will darkness conquer all?
Given that THESE HAUNTED HEARTS focuses on a cursed royal wedding gift to the ill-fated ghostly couple, Josiah Ashton and Isabella Verney, I thought we’d talk wedding presents today.
What’s the best wedding present you received? What’s the worst wedding present you received? What’s the best wedding present you ever gave someone? If you got married tomorrow, what present would you like someone to give you?
Let’s toss the confetti and get this haunted show on the road!
To celebrate this second launch, I thought I’d give away THREE downloads of THESE HAUNTED HEARTS to people who comment today. Good luck!
Posted by Anna Campbell Apr 6 2013, 10:28 pm in Alliance Forged, Anna Campbell, Australian Authors, Bandita Booty, Kylie Griffin, Light Blade Series, Vengeance Born
Thanks, everyone, for a fabulous day of blogging in the lair yesterday when Kylie Griffin visited to talk about her new book ALLIANCE FORGED. Kylie has asked me to pass on her thanks and to say how much she enjoyed the discussion.
The winner of the signed copy of ALLIANCE FORGED is:
Kylie enjoyed her visit so much that she’s very kindly offered two more prizes, copies of the first book in the Light Blade series, VENGEANCE BORN, and the lucky winners are:
Could all the winners please contact Kylie on kyliegriffin71 @optusnet.com.au (no spaces) with your snail mail details?
Congratulations, girls! You’ll love these books!
Posted by Anna Campbell Apr 5 2013, 12:03 am in Allegiance Sworn, Alliance Forged, Anna Campbell, Australia, Australian Authors, Australian Romance Readers Association Awards, Bandita Booty, fantasy romance, Kylie Short, Light Blade Series, paranormal romance, series, Vengeance Born
I’m always delighted to welcome Aussie author Kylie Griffin back to the lair. Today’s she’s here to tell us about the next instalment in her wonderful Light Blade series, ALLEGIANCE SWORN.
RT Book Reviews gave ALLEGIANCE SWORN a great review, saying, “The third outing in Griffin’s rousing Light Blade series provides readers with a breathtakingly strong and dedicated heroine willing to fight and sacrifice for her people. Griffin keeps the tension running high as the world she created heads ever closer to war.”
Here’s the blurb:
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a demon leader seeks to unify the races…
SHE’S THE ENEMY HE CAN’T RESIST.
With the alliance of the humans and the half-blood Na’Chi forged, the demon Na’Reish prepare for war by seizing human blood-slaves. Captured during a rescue mission-gone-wrong, Light Blade warrior Arek Barial finds himself claimed by a Na’Reishi female who offers him an unexpected choice.
Raised in the elite ranks of a society she abhors, Imhara Kaal lives a dangerous double life as a Na’Reish Clan-leader and an advocate for a caste-free life that honors the Old Ways. Openly rebelling against the Na’Reish would mean her death, unless she can find an emissary willing to present her petition to the human Blade council.
But Arek isn’t about to blindly follow a demon—despite the intense attraction growing between them. And while hatred for the Na’Reish is all he has ever known, Arek must learn to trust Imhara, or risk the destruction of all three races…
You can find out more about Kylie and her books on her website: http://kyliegriffin.com
Kylie, congratulations on the release of ALLEGIANCE SWORN. Can you tell us about this story?
ALLEGIANCE SWORN is the third book in the Light Blade series and one I was very excited to write as it features Arek, a rather deliciously tormented (yes, I do like torturing my heroes), secondary character, and one of my Light Blade warriors, who appeared in both VENGEANCE BORN (#1) and ALLIANCE FORGED (#2).
At the end of ALLIANCE FORGED Arek was wounded and captured by demon-slavers. In ALLEGIANCE SWORN he’s claimed by Imhara, a demon Clan leader.
He’s sworn to die fighting before allowing her to enslave him but then discovers she’s been living a double-life; that her Clan don’t enslave humans and accept half-bloods. And more significantly, they have one goal in common – to kill Na’Reish leader Savyr, the demon who murdered their families and destroyed their lives.
I had a LOT of fun making Arek face his greatest fears in this book but what surprised me the most was the way a couple of plot threads within the story ended – I intended the story to finish with the characters achieving certain goals but they refused to take that path and led me down another!
Lives being threatened, fighting, the death of a major character – all of this was supposed to occur, and it did, but not in the manner I expected and it brought about an entirely different conclusion to the story.
What were the inspirations behind this book?
Two ideas inspired ALLEGIANCE SWORN.
The first was Arek, the hero, and his hatred for all things demon. Throughout the series and of all the characters he’s probably had the toughest time. He’s found out he has a demon half sister. His grandfather not only tried to kill her but he kept the secret that demons and humans once lived harmoniously together and then betrayed the human race by leading a rebellion to keep the war between them going.
In ALLEGIANCE SWORN, Arek is confronted by the truth that his whole life and every decision and action he’s made has been based on a lie, one fostered by his grandfather’s deception.
And having been captured by demon-slavers at the end of ALLIANCE FORGED, he now faces one of his greatest fears – being the blood-slave of Imhara Kaal, his new owner. Anyone who’s already read the series will know Arek prefers death over serving as a blood-slave, so you can imagine the conflict this is going to create!
The idea of a double agent gave me the plot thread for Imhara Kaal, the heroine, in ALLEGIANCE SWORN. Unlike other demons, Imhara and her people have create a utopia of sorts where human, demon, and half breeds live peacefully and equally in the Old Ways but they’ve had to sacrifice a lot to remain undiscovered. Living a double-life and adopting two separate lifestyles was essential for their survival.
But it puts Imhara and Arek at odds right from the get go because she had to portray her alter-ego in order to claim him as her slave. You can image how well that went down with Arek, and trying to convince him of her other persona is nigh impossible.I loved being able to throw these two opposing personalities together and watching the sparks fly!
Ooh, sounds delicious. I love enemies into lovers stories. What’s coming up next for Kylie Griffin?
Besides a manic blog tour to promote ALLEGIANCE SWORN (and the mass market version of VENGEANCE BORN which was also released on April 2nd)? Well, I have a few plans I’m juggling. I’d like to write books #4 and #5 in the Light Blade series but that depends on whether the book-gods smile on a new contract.
I’m also keen to write a new post-apocalyptic romance, one that’s been mulling in the back my mind for a few years now. A change of genre would be refreshing and I’m quite excited about this one as I’m venturing into new territory. It’s rather more erotic in tone than I anticipated.
Delish! You’re now three books into your Light Blade series. Would you like to share your thoughts on writing a series? Has everything continued as you expected or were there some surprises with writing linked books?
As a fantasy reader from way back – I think I read my first book in this genre at age 10 – I love the scope a series allows me as far as world building and developing an over arching story line. While each story is complete within itself, I love being able to play with the external plot, dropping hints, showcasing certain events that will one day impact the timeline further on in the series. And looking back readers will see this and, hopefully, appreciate the depth and growth of the series.
There were some surprises along the way when I wrote the series. A couple of characters I intended to be only background figures decided they wanted a story of their own and as a result they’ve taken more prominent roles in the stories than I anticipated.
One of these characters was Zaune, one of the half-blood scouts. He appeared in VENGEANCE BORN then he popped up in ALLIANCE FORGED and again in ALLEGIANCE SWORN. Over time he’s become quite a strong character in my mind, so much so I have a book planned for him.
Another shock in this series came when I wrote ALLEGIANCE SWORN, I’d planned the death of a major character but as I wove various plot threads together, the story of Arek and Imhara began to stall. No matter the direction I wanted them to go – the scenes, their dialogue, their actions, the revelations I wanted to hint at, or uncover or confront, the action I saw taking place – they point blank refused to walk the path I wanted them to take.
Turns out I was trying to force a scenario that would have given the story a too easy solution, too convenient an ending to the thread I was trying to tell. Robbing the characters of conflict also meant swindling readers out of the emotional roller coaster ride that came with the conflict. So in the end, I ignored the voice inside my head and listened to my characters.
Did the story thread have a “happily ever after”? It depends on your point of view. Happily ever afters do occur but sometimes not in the way we anticipate or expect and this was definitely the case for Arek, Imhara and me. What exactly did the HEA involve…well, you’re going to have to read ALLEGIANCE SWORN to find out the details!
Kylie, congratulations on winning favorite futuristic, sci-fi or fantasy romance of 2012 at the recent Australian Romance Readers Association awards. I was absolutely delighted to accept your award on your behalf! Could you tell us a little about how you felt about receiving this award?
Thanks, Anna, for the congrats and accepting the ARRA award on my behalf!
I was away on a writers’ retreat the weekend of the ARRA convention with some writing buddies. We were following the awards dinner via Twitter on the night. Some of the books and authors nominated were MY favourite reads for 2012 – so to have gone head to head to them was an achievement in itself.
Seeing as I don’t own a mobile phone (yes, I know, I’m one of the rare few) I was relying on my friends to announce the results. When they read out my name, I honestly thought they were pulling my leg and kidding around but when I saw the same tweet on four phones I had to accept the win was fair dinkum!
I’m sure I looked like a stunned mullet. I know I see-sawed between incredulous laughter and shocked crying. I think I did a bit of both!
Honestly, it’s a very humbling experience to know there are readers who voted ALLIANCE FORGED as their favorite read for 2012, and I’m ever so grateful! The ARRA award now sits on proud display on a shelf in the lounge room!
What do you like to read when you’re not writing dramatic and adventurous romance?
Paranormal romance is my first port of call when I pick up a book to read – some of my favourite authors span the gamut of sub-genres and include Nalini Singh, Denise Rossetti, Joss Ware, Joey W.Hill, Bec McMaster and Kylie Scott!
I’m also partial to science fiction and fantasy authors like Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, and Rowena Corey Daniells. But outside these genres I enjoy reading Maya Banks, Debbie Macomber, Jo Davis, and our own, Anna Campbell! (Anna says, why, thank you!)
I’m fairly selective, basing my choices more on the connection I feel with the author’s characters and their writing than the particular genre. I’m sure Anna won’t mind me using her as an example, but she’s one of two historical romance authors I read. I don’t usually indulge in this genre but I really enjoy her books because of her engaging characters and rich style of writing.
My nonfiction section of my library revolve around subjects likes names for babies, weapons, self-defence, herbal medicines, ancient cultures, myths & legends, and craft books like patchworking, photography, calligraphy and Lonely Planet Guides for travelling.
And my favourite place for reading these books – my garden! I have a couple of lovely spots where I can sit back, relax with a book and more often than not be interrupted by the wildlife that like to visit during the day.
Anna, thanks for having me here in the Lair – I always enjoyed my time here interacting with your readers. Knowing this, I’d love to ask them a question, if that’s all right.
I’ve just revealed Arek’s greatest fear – becoming a blood-slave to the Na’Reish demons – now I want to know – What’s your greatest fear? Is there anyone brave enough to answer this question? How about I dangle a signed copy of ALLEGIANCE SWORN Light Blade #3 as incentive to participate? Go on, I dare you! Face your fear, just like Arek does in ALLEGIANCE SWORN!
Thanks for that great interview, Kylie! And best of luck with ALLEGIANCE SWORN. It sounds like a corker. Get commenting, people. I’m sure you all want to win the signed copy of Kylie’s new book!