May 26, 2015

A Fading Amaranth by @Shauna_A_Knight #RLFblog #PNR

Shauna Aura Knight author of A Fading Amaranth answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Shauna Aura Knight
An artist, author, and presenter, Shauna’s work is inspired by magic and awakening mythic imagination. She’s a fantasy artist and author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy including Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, and The Truth Upon Her Lips. Her mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations.
She travels nationally offering workshops on the transformative arts of community leadership, facilitation, dreamwork, and personal transformation, and is the author of numerous articles and books on those subjects.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Barbecue. I discovered that I have a number of food intolerances that lead to brain fog, exhaustion, and depression, and I need my brain at 100% to write and paint. Thus, pasta, pizza, and ice cream are all off the menu. But barbecue…oh barbecue. Particularly brisket. I also like a good ribeye. And fresh-squeezed orange juice is kind of like my ice cream these days.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Star Wars toys, particularly Luke Skywalker. I used to build elaborate rebel bases out of mud and sticks. Probably won’t surprise you that I also liked Legos a lot too! When I was thirteen, I started my own small crafting business to save up money for a sword. It wasn’t quite a lightsaber, but it was close enough.
What are your hobbies?
The word “hobby” and the word “work” definitely overlap for me. I’m an artist and an author, and writing and painting are both things that I do for enjoyment as well as professionally. One of the things I used to do for fun is build replica Star Wars scenery for parties. I met up with a bunch of Star Wars fans years ago and we started throwing parties at sci-fi conventions; I was in charge of decorating the suite. Each year we’d get more elaborate. Hoth, Dagobah Swamp, the Emperor’s Throne Room, the Trash Compactor, Jabba’s Palace, and Cloud City and the Carbonite Chamber. For a while I had a life-size replica of Jabba the Hutt living in my apartment. If anyone wants pictures, just contact me, I have them on my portfolio.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Definitely paranormal romance, particularly my go-to authors like Emma Holly, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Karen Marie Moning. I’m also fond of a good epic fantasy series. An old favorite of mine is the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
I love the internet. There was one day where I was researching what I should call underwear in the 1940’s, how long it takes a hunter to butcher a deer, and researching certain landmarks in New York City. In fact, Google maps even allowed me to get both birds-eye and on-the-ground views of Central Park, which allowed me to plan out a fight scene. I have another vampire romance where the characters are questing for the Grail, so I have a stack of books on Grail lore, but I was also online researching different types of meteorites since some legends hold that the Grail is an emerald that fell from the sky. In other words, I’m a big time geek when I’m doing research for a new book!

About the Book

Title: A Fading Amaranth
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Shauna Aura Knight
Book heat level: R
Nathaniel’s been a vampire long enough to grow weary of glamoured seduction, and he’s lost his poetic muse. He meets reclusive artist Alexandra—her telepathy has overwhelmed her for years, and she can bear no one’s touch. However, she can’t hear Nathaniel’s thoughts, and she’s immune to his vampire glamour. During scorching nights together, they rediscover their passion for life.
When a Faerie creature stalks Alexandra, the lovers find themselves snared in a paranormal battle alongside Chicago’s mage guardians. Worse, Nathan’s rising bloodlust places Alexandra in danger. Will she master her abilities before going insane? What will they risk to be together?

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