Interview with Dani Harper, Author of First Bite and Giveaway!

 

Please give a warm welcome to guest Dani Harper!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Dani Harper] Coffee-fueled author of sizzling and suspenseful paranormal romance. Changelings, shapeshifters and faeries, oh my! 2012 RITA finalist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about First Bite?

[Dani Harper] First Bite kicks off my new Dark Wolf Series with Montlake Publishing. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Geneva “Neva” Ross never wanted to be a werewolf. Now that she’s been turned against her will, she thinks suicide is her only choice. She can’t risk hurting the people she loves when she takes on her monstrous new form.

After witnessing Neva’s leap from a high ledge, Travis Williamson—a Changeling with a dark past—uses his powers to save her life. Days later, Neva wakes up in the hospital as Travis speeds out of town. But he risks everything to turn back and kidnap her, knowing the approaching full moon will put everyone in jeopardy. Soon Travis and Neva go on the run together, desperate to escape the police…and far darker forces.

Neva’s sinister sire, Meredith de la Ronde, vows to find her pack’s runaway. And when she does, Neva will join their murderous ranks…or die.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Dani Harper] The question is more like “How did these characters find me?” FIRST BITE was not a story I planned to write. I was in the Seattle airport during a long layover and I was working on my laptop on a completely different project. That’s when the main characters, Travis and Neva, popped up in my head and started talking. One of the odd things about most of my characters is that they almost always turn up fully formed – they definitely have their own identity and their own opinions! Basically, this couple refused to be quiet until I wrote down everything they said, so I ended up with the first chapter of the book before I boarded the plane!

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Review: Cursed by S J Harper

Cursed: A Fallen Siren Novel

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

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Review: Would Be Witch by Kimberly Frost

Would-Be Witch (A Southern Witch Novel)

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that causes more trouble than gossip is magic.

The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few bad experiences with her magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers, but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons

Review:

Would Be Witch is a very fun read.  I’m surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did because a love triangle, something that doesn’t usually work for me, is central to the plot.  I thought it was well done, and I could see Tammy Jo being conflicted over Bryn and Zach.  Bryn is new, off-limits, and dangerous, while Zach, her ex-husband, has been a steady anchor her entire life.  Marrying young, she quickly discovered that being his wife was a lot less romantic than being his girlfriend, so she filed for divorce, over his objections.  Their relationship is a hot mess, just like the rest of Tammy Jo’s life.  Maybe I liked the story so much because Tammy Jo is propelled from one crazy adventure to another, with hardly a moment to catch her breath. 

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Interview with Kimberly Frost, Author of Would Be Witch and Giveaway!

 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Kimberly!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kimberly Frost] I’m an author who hails from the Midwest originally, but who moved south to outwit a series of wily snowstorms. Unfortunately, while I never have to scrape ice off my windshield in Texas, it turns out tropical storms and hurricanes are fairly fierce in the region.

I began writing as a kid and could never seem to quit. I should probably have outgrown my love of paranormal stories sometime around college, but it just never happened. Though I haven’t personally had any encounters with supernatural creatures, I suspect they are biding their time, waiting for the day I’m too old to be believed. This is why I’m always on the lookout. If any readers know of a good vampire café or werewolf-infested wood, I hope they will send me a message, preferably with a Google Map attached as I am hopeless at navigation without one.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Would-Be Witch?

[Kimberly Frost] I’d love to.  Tammy Jo Trask is a small town girl from East Texas who has descended from a long line of witches. The family magic seems to have skipped over her until an heirloom locket is stolen. Now the soul of the family ghost (a 1920s flapper) is in jeopardy, and she has to turn to a gorgeous wizard for advice. Unfortunately, there’s a family prophecy that makes him off-limits. There’s a love triangle, an ocelot, and plenty of comedy and adventure as Tammy Jo’s spells go wrong throughout the story. In her defense, it’s not her fault that her magic malfunctions.

A blurb for the Southern Witch series:

In this “coming of age in the world of magic” story, urban fantasy meets humorous mystery in small-town Texas. Plucky pastry chef Tammy Jo Trask comes into her spell-casting powers unexpectedly, but malfunctioning magic makes her a reluctant heroine. As her adventures continue, she learns the secrets of her supernatural heritage and embraces her butt-kicking destiny. Gorgeous love interests and an ocelot sidekick add to the charm of this bestselling book series.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Kimberly Frost] I’d been reading a lot of humorous mystery and dark urban fantasy and wondered what would happen if I merged the two. I always enjoy eccentric characters, so I thought I’d set it in a small town where there could be a lot of them. Tammy Jo answered the casting call in my head when I was searching for a heroine. She popped up fully-formed with an East Texas accent and can-do attitude.

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Review: Seducing the Demon Huntress by Victoria Davies

 

Title:  Seducing the Demon Huntress

Author: Victoria Davies

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Trick or treat, survive until the night’s complete.

For most people Halloween is a night of candy, costumes and revelry but for Kerilyn, it’s the most dangerous night of the year. Hailing from a line of demon hunters, Kerilyn’s family has long been hated by the ruling lords of the Netherworld. On All Hallow’s Eve, the deadly brothers are released from their realm, along with their subjects, the spirits and the demons. Like every good hunter, Kerilyn fortifies her home with spells and tricks to keep her safe. But there is one man no spell can protect her heart from.

Arawn, Lord of the Spirits, has appeared at her fence every Halloween for years. While the handsome lord may turn her head with his heated looks and seductive words, Kerilyn knows without a doubt that should she ever invite him in, her life would be forfeit. But when his brother, the Lord of the Demons, kidnaps her niece, Kerilyn must leave her sanctuary. Now she has a choice. Can the man she’s dreamed of for years be trusted, or will the spirit lord help his brother destroy her?


Review:

I have enjoyed many Carina Press novellas, and Seducing the Demon Huntress is no exception.  There are times when I want a faster read, and I turn to this publisher for a quick fix.  I like the variety of stories they publish, so I can always find something to pique my interest.  I was in the mood for a PNR, and after interviewing the author, I wanted to give Seducing the Demon Huntress a read.  I liked this novella, and would read more by Victoria Davies in the future.

Kerilyn is a demon hunter.  She comes from a long line of demon hunters, much to her sorrow.  Her entire family has been picked off, one by one, and now she’s alone.  As darkness falls on All Hallow’s Eve, she retreats into her house, fearful that she’ll be facing this frightening night by herself.  The demons and spirits of the Netherworld are out to get her, and this is the night when Abaddon and Arawn, the rulers of the Netherworld, can freely pass into this realm.  For years, Arawn has waited outside her gate for her to let him in, and for years she has harbored a terrible secret. She’s infatuated with Arawn, and she can’t help but steal a few moments with him every year.  She resists his requests to open the gate and invite him in, but she doesn’t know how much longer she can.  When disaster strikes, and her niece is kidnapped by Abaddon, she has to leave the sanctuary of her wards to rescue Sarah.  Leaving her yard will spell her doom, but Kerilyn has to try to save her only living relative.

I liked this story a lot. I found the forbidden relationship between Arawn and Kerilyn compelling.  Kerilyn has been drawn to Arawn for years, but exploring a relationship with him will quickly lead to a painful death. Her family has been killing his subjects for years, and it’s impossible to think that he, or his subjects, could ever put that aside.   Yet when she is forced to leave the sanctuary of her home, he is quick to accompany her.  He knows her lame disguise won’t fool anyone, and he’s afraid that facing his brother by herself will sign her death sentence.  I loved how quickly Arawn was willing to follow and defend her, and that he was willing to confront his brother to keep Kerilyn and her niece safe.  I was totally convinced that he was willing to kill his brother, or die trying, to protect her.  I also understood her reluctance to trust him.  How could she know for certain that he wasn’t part of a ply to get her to Abaddon, so they could kill her together.

In addition to being a hot love story, the battle with Abaddon is an exciting, no-holds-barred fight.  If you’re in the mood for a read with a kick-ass heroine, you don’t have to look further than Seducing the Demon Huntress.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Victoria Davies, Author of Seducing the Demon Huntress

Please welcome Victoria Davies to the virtual offices this morning! She’s here to chat about her Carina Press release Seducing the Demon Huntress.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Victoria Davies] I’m a travel addict forever bouncing around the globe. Eventually I’ll find somewhere I can settle down but until then, I love country hopping and writing from wherever I end up. The world is too big a place to stay still for long!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seducing the Demon Huntress?

[Victoria Davies] The novella centers around Kerilyn, a demon hunter who has lost the last of her family. Every Halloween, Arawn, Lord of the Spirits, appears at her gate to tempt her outside. He is both her enemy and her greatest temptation. But as a hunter Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for her. Every demon and spirit, normally locked away in their own realms, are free to wreak havoc on her world. If she leaves her home, she’ll be destroyed in an instant. When Arawn’s brother, the Lord of Demons, kidnaps her niece Kerilyn is faced with her worst nightmare. Leave her niece to certain death or trust Arawn and give up the safety of her home on a Halloween night.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Victoria Davies] I was watched a horror movie about Halloween that used “rules” to survive the night, like checking your candy or wearing a costume. That got my imagination flowing and a did some research on Halloween rules. The first draft of this story was a terrible research dump of arcane Halloween knowledge. But once the idea was in my head, Kerilyn and Arawn seemed to come to life on their own. I wanted a heroine who could mix magic and technology to keep herself safe on Halloween following some of the classic rules and a hero who was tempting enough to draw her away from safety and out into the night.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kerilyn?

[Victoria Davies] Feisty, wary, loyal.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Arawn had a theme song, what would it be?

[Victoria Davies] Oh wow, that’s a tough one. Well, I was listening to “Pet” by A Perfect Circle on repeat while writing this story. I think it works quite well for Arawn.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kerilyn is never without.

[Victoria Davies] A dagger. Seriously, the girl has blades hidden all over her body. She might forget her keys but she’d never be without a knife of some kind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Arawn’s pocket?

[Victoria Davies] A cell phone. Arawn’s realm is very traditional and he avoids technology like the plague. A roll of life savers. Kerilyn has a sweet tooth but Arawn can’t stand candy. He’d rather eat something savory than sweet. And lastly, a wallet. Arawn doesn’t need anything so mundane with him. With a wave of his hand he can call up any item he wants so why bother carrying things that just waste space?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kerilyn’s greatest regret?

[Victoria Davies] Kerilyn’s greatest regret is not being able to save any of her family. As the young child, she was too small to fight when many of her siblings who lost their lives. As an adult, she was protecting other people’s families when her own were battling to their deaths. She might be strong but she can’t be everywhere at once and that failing has haunted her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Victoria Davies] I draw inspiration from other writers out there. Gena Showalter is my ultimate favourite. Every time I read one of her books I get inspired to write. I find her style approachable and her characters engaging. I can read her work both for pleasure and for research on how to improve my own craft.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Victoria Davies] Music. It can be one song on repeat (and often is which drives my roommates crazy) but I need to hear something in order to really get into the writing flow. Second, I need some sort of hard candy or gum I can eat that leaves my hands free. I’m a total grazer but if I can have something to chew absentmindedly then I can focus on work and forget about foraging for something sweet. Lastly, my laptop. I have tried carrying a notebook around with me to write whenever I get the chance and absolutely hate it. I not only need a computer to write, but I need my computer with all my settings saved just as I like them. I find it very distracting writing on other people’s computers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Seducing the Demon Huntress?

[Victoria Davies] The internet. How can cat pictures be so annoyingly addictive? When I get into the writing flow I can go for hours without looking up from my keyboard when but the mood doesn’t strike, I can waste days on the internet doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes I have to disconnect my wireless or move somewhere out of range in order to get my word count done.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Victoria Davies] Lexi Blake’s “The Men with the Golden Cuffs.” Usually I’m strictly a paranormal romance reader but this author was recommended to me and wow can she write. I love how she emotionally tortures her characters. I really felt for her heroine and was completely rooting for her happy ending.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Victoria Davies] When I was twelve I went to the library alone and snuck into the romance section. I was so embarrassed to be caught looking at the old bodice rippers that I grabbed one at random from the shelf and ran to the check out. It was Virginia Henly’s “The Raven and the Rose.” That was the first romance I ever read and it sucked me in completely. After that I was a goner. I went back the next day and took out armfuls of romances. I’ve loved the genre ever since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Victoria Davies] When I’m not writing…not writing? It’s hard to think of any time I’m not writing or thinking about writing. I even dream about my characters. But I suppose if I had to pick something completely unrelated to the writing world I’d say I like to make music. Anything I can get my hands on will do, really. I have a drum kit set up in my basement that takes the brunt of all my frustrations. If I’m needing something a little more melodic I head for the piano or guitar.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Victoria Davies] I update my website often at www.victoriadavies.ca. I’m also on facebook at www.facebook.com/victoria.davies. And if you are a fan of goodreads, I’m on there as well www.goodreads.com/Victoria_Davies. Of course, I love to get emails from readers and can always be reached at contact@victoriadavies.ca.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

Trick or treat, survive until the night’s complete.

For most people Halloween is a night of candy, costumes and revelry but for Kerilyn, it’s the most dangerous night of the year. Hailing from a line of demon hunters, Kerilyn’s family has long been hated by the ruling lords of the Netherworld. On All Hallow’s Eve, the deadly brothers are released from their realm, along with their subjects, the spirits and the demons. Like every good hunter, Kerilyn fortifies her home with spells and tricks to keep her safe. But there is one man no spell can protect her heart from.

Arawn, Lord of the Spirits, has appeared at her fence every Halloween for years. While the handsome lord may turn her head with his heated looks and seductive words, Kerilyn knows without a doubt that should she ever invite him in, her life would be forfeit. But when his brother, the Lord of the Demons, kidnaps her niece, Kerilyn must leave her sanctuary. Now she has a choice. Can the man she’s dreamed of for years be trusted, or will the spirit lord help his brother destroy her?

 

About the author:

Born in Toronto, Canada, I’ve spent years moving from country to country. As an elementary school teacher it is easy to pick up and take your life on the road. Of course, my trusty laptop comes with me wherever I end up! I try to draw inspiration for my stories from all the interesting places I visit. While one day I’m sure I’ll find one country to call home, but for now I move wherever the wind takes me and write every step of the way.