[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Danube! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Danube Adele] Creative, Empathetic, Introspective, Hardworking, Patient
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Quicksilver Dreams?
[Danube Adele] Watching the story come to life was surreal. It all began as an experiment. I had just read a great book that was exciting, action-packed, kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was written in the first person. I’d never written in the first person before, so I thought I’d write a scene, just for fun, to see how it went. It was great. I loved the feel of it. I loved the sound of it. I loved the flow of the words as they hit the page. The story almost naturally kept developing beyond the one scene, so I kept going! As I continued writing, I could completely visualize the characters, the setting, the situations, the love story and was eager to return to my computer day-after-day. When it all seemed to come together, it felt alive.
Quicksilver Dreams is a paranormal, new adult romance that takes place on Earth and the planet of Te’re. The resource that is more valuable than gold is the ore, mylunate. It allows instant transfer between two places, even if one of those places is light-years away. Side effects of continuous exposure to mylunate include mindreading and dreamwalking. Taylor Lane, my snarky, bad*ss heroine gets ahold of some by accident and opens the door to not only an out of this world (literally) adventure but also a hot, steamy romance with Ryder Langston, Mr. Dark and Brooding, who has out of this world secrets of his own.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Danube Adele] Milla Jovovich was in a movie called The Fifth Element, and I loved how she seemed to be so powerful and self-contained for much of the movie. Definitely not a pushover. This was the essence of my heroine, Taylor. She’d had a tough life and learned from an early age to be completely self-sufficient. To rely on others meant opening yourself to further pain, and why would anyone willingly choose to do that? Being such a tough character, she needed someone who could match her, strength for strength, stubbornness for stubbornness, flaw for flaw. Ryder came to be.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Danube Adele] In paranormal writing, the sky’s the limit with your imagination. You can create other realities and rewrite the laws of physics. As a reader, I’ve loved discovering what new, unexpected adventure a book was going to take me on, and I wanted this book to have that same feel. It was so much fun to take the new rules my characters were operating under, mindreading/dreamwalking/instant travel through the use of mylunate, and play out different possible scenarios that would power the story in a meaningful, creative way.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Danube Adele] World-building is a worthy challenge. Upon deciding to have the characters travel to another planet, I had to decide how different that world was going to be. Having it be all new and different would have taken a lot of description, and might have derailed the pacing of the story. Finding a balance was the trick to master. I needed to make it different enough that the reader could feel it wasn’t Earth, but similar enough that readers could still relate to it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Danube Adele] I love so many kinds of music and different musicians, so this was a very hard question. If there are two songs I’ve loved a lot over the last few years they are “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Danube Adele] At this point, I am so attached/addicted to my technology that I cannot leave home without my iPhone. It’s sad, really, but when I have forgotten it, you know, taking quick trips to the market or something, I’ve felt naked and vulnerable. A sense of need-to-hurry comes over me so I can get back to it. Is this a bad sign?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Danube Adele] Picture of my husband/kids because sometimes I just need to look at them to get a boost of energy
A few spiralbound notebooks of paper that each contain my scribblings of ideas, dialogue and internet research from when I’m trying to talk about something I know nothing about.
Title Nine catalogs with a few pages dog-eared, as though I’m actually going to order some clothes, which I’m probably not because, in reality, I hate shopping.
Laptop (obvious, right?)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Danube Adele] I think it would be totally fascinating to receive “the royal treatment” for a day. Wouldn’t that be crazy-interesting? Now, I would not want to be Queen Elizabeth, but to be Kate Middleton? Fun. Amazing. What would you have access to that no one else has access to? What does the palace look like? How many fascinating pieces of history are surrounding her? I could eat that up.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Danube Adele] The sequel to Quicksilver Dreams has kept me busy recently, but before that, I read Kresley Cole’s The Professional, Parts 1, 2 & 3. I also read Twice as Hot by Gena Showalter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Danube Adele] I love going traveling/camping with my family. We take regular trips to Carpinteria State Beach, Mammoth Lakes and Joshua Tree National Park, all in California. My husband loves his ’82 Westfalia, which is a VW camping van that has a stove/fridge/tables and pullout beds, our “adventure van” as we call it. It’s taken us from Southern California clear out to Florida, up the east coast to Myrtle Beach, and back again. It does not go fast, and that’s okay, because we all love spending time together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Danube Adele] www.facebook.com/Writer.D.Adele
About the book:
Genre: PNR New Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Number of pages: 317
Word Count: 132,000
My name is Taylor, and damn but my life changed overnight. One moment I was just a regular girl working two jobs to pay my bills, and next thing you know, I’m uncovering secret metal disks at my boss’s house. Now I’m reading minds, dream-walking and being saved from bad guys by Mr. Dark and Brooding.
That would be Ryder Langston, my new next-door neighbor. He’s sex on legs but he’s also a secret agent from another world—no joke. I believe him now because he dragged me back here “for my protection” after he discovered someone was trying to assassinate me on Earth. It isn’t working out so well.
There’s a war going on, one that’s been fought for generations. Ryder’s having trust issues (not that it’s stopping us from falling into bed), and it turns out I’m connected here, if you know what I mean. The target on my back finally makes sense, but there’s nowhere left to hide…
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Was this a dream?
Had I ever felt this lucid in a dream before?
I could feel the silky material around my eyes, on my wrists and ankles, softly sliding against my skin. With my body waking to sensual heat seeping through my veins, I only wanted to concentrate on what was happening in the moment, appreciate the swirl of masculine energy twining through the feminine threads of my own.
My dreams usually had a surreal, nondistinct, floating quality to them. This time, I actually felt a large, rough hand feathering over the skin on my rib cage, my flat stomach, agonizingly slow, avoiding obvious erogenous zones.
It was a hot, searing touch. It was like someone was actually there. Someone I wanted…
More… Like that… So good…
I could scent spicy soap that was subtle, yet distinctly male, arousing, and couldn’t help the feverish whispers of encouragement.
Oh, my God… Yes…
My sex dreams usually made me struggle with the frustration of a roller-coaster experience that never finished. I would ride a buildup of desire and a cool down, over and over, my imagination acting as a careless lover with wonderful intent but clumsy execution. This time there was no such neglect. The burn was exquisite, building and teasing, ebbing and flowing, but never forgetful and creating a fever that made me writhe with need.
Never had I ever felt this way before, chanting my demand, desperately wanting to reach the end of the ride.
Yes! Like that! Yes!
Sudden sensation poured over and through me, powerfully enough that I woke myself and sat up. My breath was short and gasping. My body was quivery and oversensitized. I was covered with a fine sheen of sweat, and my sheet was twisted in carefree abandon around my naked body.
I half expected to find a man in front of me.
Rubbing my wrists as though the soft bindings were still tied to me, I glanced around my sparsely furnished bedroom and felt my body quake with a small, faint aftershock. I was alone. Nothing was disturbed. At the same time that I drew comfort from seeing that everything in my world was still in its place, a faint echo of grief, or disappointment, took the edge off my contentment, like I was missing something. I was solo after such an erotic experience.
What about the hand? Who was it attached to?
A part of me had to give a mental headshake of exasperation.
No men for you. At least not yet.
The inevitable weight of responsibility, like a bucket of ice water, reminded me that I needed to work and pay the bills. I had to make ends meet. There was no one who was going to help me.
Usually, I accepted this with a matter-of-factness, but this night, a spike of resentment reared its head.
What would it be like to be a normal girl who had time for frivolity?
I quashed the thought immediately, too tired to let it take root.
Why fight the wave? I just had to ride it.
Settling back on my pillow, I once again closed my eyes and let the languorous effects of postorgasmic lassitude steal over me. Strangely, as my mind once again stretched fingers toward my deep subconscious, the whisper of a gentle caress down my cheek didn’t frighten me.
About the Author:
Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain.
Always a lover of adventure, she and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it continues to be the best trip they ever took. Extensive travel and trying new things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives in Claremont with her biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons, and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler.
Her debut novel, Quicksilver Dreams, Book 1 of the Dreamwalker series was officially released January 6, 2014.
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