October 28, 2013

Urban Fantasy: Haven | Interview @CeliaBreslin #RLFblog #vampire

Celia Breslin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Haven.
Genre: Urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Cover artist: Amanda Kelsey
Length: 372
Heat rating: steamy
Tagline: Chosen by destiny. Bonded by blood.
Blurb: San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil's minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family's web of deceit, and fight to have a love life...without getting killed in the process.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Carina Tranquilli, 25, San Francisco dance club owner
Alexander Wallace, 45, musician
Turn around.
I froze, my moment of weakness chased away by a jolt of adrenaline. I resisted Adrian's pull. "Did you hear that?"
"Hear what?"
"Nothing, I guess." A wave of energy rolled into me, curled itself possessively around my body, and gave me one hell of a head rush. "Oh, wow." I bit my lip, bracing against reaction.
Adrian tightened his grip on my waist. "Rina?"
Mark and Ren stalked over, faces grim.
"Did--? Do you--?" My mouth was so dry I could barely speak. "Do you guys feel that?"
Adrian squeezed, capturing my wandering attention, concern etched in the stern set of his jaw. "Feel what? What's wrong?"
I started to tell them the Invisible Man hugged me against an electrified fence, but a second wave of energy bowled into me, making me tingle from head to toe. The sensation walked the line between pleasure and pain. A moan escaped me.
Mark took me from Adrian. "That's it. We're out of here." He tried to pick me up, but I shook my head. Bad idea. Dizziness took the hall, and me, for a little spin.
Turn around. Turn. Around.
Was it a voice or instinct urging me on? Either way, the desire proved irresistible. I pulled away from Mark, pivoted, and forgot how to breathe.
The electric energy pulled back. The dizziness abated. All extraneous noise and people drained out of my perception until there was only Him.
Tall, fit, and bad-boy handsome with skin like pale honey, his thick, walnut brown hair hung tousled in a sexy, I-just-got-out-of-bed way. A hip, black, button-down shirt accentuated a sculpted upper body before it tucked into slacks painted on long, lean legs. The whole package made my mouth water.
Hot. Yummy. Totally my type.
"Who are you?" I whispered.
His mouth twitched in a hint of a smile as if he heard me--impossible given the distance between us. Heat spread, loosening my muscles, and my pulse sped up. Nerves. What's wrong with me? Guys never made me nervous, not even gorgeous ones.
I nibbled my lower lip, mind racing to make sense of my reaction. His gaze tracked the movement and then slid back up. The heat from his stare hit me full force, driving a shaft of need through me. Energy rocked me again, a warm, electric breeze bathing my skin. My eyes widened in comprehension. The energy came from him.


Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
Haven is set in present-day San Francisco, California, with twists, of course. I maintained the basic geography and beauty of my hometown and added new venues as needed, such as my heroine Carina's dance club. I've preserved the current cultural, societal and political norms of our reality and layered in the "fantasy" via the paranormal inhabitants. Vampires hide in plain sight and use their power to manipulate mainstream society and maintain their secrecy. Many humans know of their existence but it's a don't-ask-don't-tell situation. Unless you want your mind/memory tweaked. Or your throat ripped out. The vamps are cranky like that.
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Jonas is my favorite and I suspect he'll win over readers, too. . An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence in a pretty package. He's a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and violently protective of those few people he loves, such as Carina.
I adore Jonas so much I gave him his own story, a short story prequel to HAVEN entitled "Vampire Code." It released earlier this month from Champagne Books.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Water, laptop, music.
What's your writing schedule like?
A typical writing day looks something like this: Chauffeur child to school, exercise, write, line edit and/or read slush pile for indie publisher, pick up child, spend evening with family. Rinse, repeat.
Any advice for new authors?
Write every day.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
For fun, I'm about to start J. R. Ward's Lover At Last from my TBR pile.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
Genre of music for both writing and driving depends on my mood. For Haven, I listened to primarily House, Techno, Electro and Industrial music. Haven's playlist is on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/user/1292279739/playlist/1TWos0QMsQe5QjUgl5xPQJ
Do you play any musical instruments?
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
If you were given the opportunity to meet/have lunch with/pick the brain of one writer in the world, who would it be? (In other words, who makes your Fan Girl brain go *SQUEEE!!!*)
Joss Whedon!
Celia Breslin

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with fresh basil, feta and black olives
I'm always ready for fun with the family
When I'm alone, I write
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a tattoo I designed myself
If I had a halo it would be a chakram like that of Xena, Warrior Princess
If I could teleport I'd go to Scotland right now.
I can never eat pizza with fresh basic, feta and black olives because I'm allergic to dairy!

Previous Books

Haven, book 1, Tranquilli Bloodline Series
Vampire Code, prequel, Tranquilli Bloodline Series

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Kayelle,
    Thanks for having me over for a visit today!


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