February 12, 2014

Triad of Power: First Quest @denysebridger #RLFblog #paranormal

Denyse' Bridger
A few years ago I released a book called Royal Consort. It was a fun title, and combined my love of fantasy with my love of romance with an erotic touch. Somehow, I never found the right publisher for the book, and it just sort of died. Back in January, I requested return of the book, and it has since undergone a major revision to become book one in a trilogy. The Triad of PowerFirst Quest was released December 22, 2013. I'm really enjoying this story now that's it's been revised and edited, and leading to two more adventures. I hope you enjoy a peek at it, too!

Triad of Power: First Quest

During the time before the Great Forbidding was created, it was believed the defiance of the Renegades could be contained. To that end, the Council of Power called upon their Ancient Gods for assistance. In response, the Gods ordered creation of the Triad of Power–three swords, each one imbued with the essence of a gift unique to those who would wield the weapons as the Guardians of Foress. Like all magic, each crafted blade contained the driving sorcery of its creator–not all wizards are immune to the weaknesses of men, and within the Triad, conflict itself was bred without conscious intent or knowledge. So begins the legend, and the epic fantasy of the Triad of Power.

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February 11, 2014

Hunter's Passion by Gwen Knight @gwenknightx #paranormal #RLFblog

A Hunter's Passion 
Gwen Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, A Hunter's Passion.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Cover artist: Harlequin
Length: 55 pages
Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down--and eliminating--creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he's ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she's also the only woman Ryker has ever loved.
Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it's clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever--and that they'll have to walk through the flames to be together....
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?

Jenna Sinclair is a 25 year old librarian and witch. Ryker Bennett is 27 and a paranormal hunter.

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What inspired you to write this book?
Ryker was the inspiration behind this book. I had this image in my head of a phone ringing and when he leaned over to check, it had a name on the screen. That name was Jenna's, a former lover of his. I knew his duty would be to track her down and eliminate her, and from there it simply spiraled into this rich universe that I can't wait to expand on.
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
I think the readers will like Ryker the most. He's a man that is about to forswear his duty for a woman that abandoned him. Like all of us, he needs to deal with his emotions and decide for himself what is right and wrong.
Why do you write?
I've always loved telling stories. I love creating lush universes that enrapture the reader. To see them become so connected to something of your creation is amazing.
Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
My husband has helped me the most. I've known him since I was 13 and he's been with me every step of the way.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Candy, oddly enough. Need a little sugary inspiration.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Depends on the season. I live in northern Canada, so the weather makes a difference. In the summers we spend our time rafting, camping, and hiking. In the winter, I love to crochet (need scarves and hats to keep warm!). And of course reading is a year round hobby.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I think I'm a little of both. For me, it usually begins as one scene or one specific image that I can't get out of my head and then I fill in the blanks from there when writing. Recently, I've begun to put together chapter layouts, if only for a little organization.
What's your writing schedule like?
I tend to feel more creative in the morning before work when I'm fresh-faced. My dreams are often inspiration for me, so I like to get it down before I forget. Usually before bed, I'll crank out a few pages as well. I've been known to jot some things down while on break at work too.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I've done retail while getting through school. After graduation, I've worked in the field of archaeology, and currently, I am a mapping technician.
What's the best gift you ever received?
Just this Christmas I received a set of focus crystals. I'd been having trouble focusing on my writing and I just thought it was an incredibly insightful gift.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
While driving I need to listen to upbeat music. Anything that I can bebop to while singing at the top of my lungs (my poor husband!). As for writing, I need instrumental music. My playlists for that range from Epic Score to Yiruma.
Do you play any musical instruments?
Growing up I played the saxophone. Whether or not I could do so again, I haven't a clue.
What's your favorite movie?
Gwen Knight
Oh boy. This one is going to be a touch embarrassing. I'm a Disney fanatic. I watch them before bed most nights. And my favorite is Aladdin.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I'm the baby with an older brother by 2.5 years.

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February 10, 2014

Character Interview: the fairy Poppy from Valentine Wishes @DaisyBanks12 #RLFblog

Valentine's Wishes 
Title Valentine Wishes
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Name Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Full of good intentions the novice fairy Poppy grants her first big wish at a Valentine's Day party. The wish to bring her mortals love is powerful but misses its target and lands in the party punch. All three of her sweet mortal girls take just a sip and each one falls for the wrong man. There hasn't been a fairy disaster this bad in centuries and Poppy has no idea how to put things right. Add to the catastrophe the arrival of Cedar Heartwood, the fairy of her dreams, who drinks the punch too, and Poppy's dilemma grows. Cedar loves her in ways she's only dreamed about. Should she take back the wish from both the mortals and the fairy she adores? She must step with care or lose everything.

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Interview with the fairy Poppy from Valentine Wishes.

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
At the beginning of the story there are two things I want most. One is to help my mortals, so I will have good things to tell from my fly about when I go back to the fairy court. The other thing, the most important thing, is a secret only I know. I want Cedar Heartwood all to myself. I adore him. I left the fairy court to try to get over him, but even after so long away; he is still the fairy of my dreams. He is gorgeous, I mean it, and you would faint if you saw him. Well, yes, I expect you would, as he is a fairy with fabulous wings.
While I lived at the fairy court, I wanted him so much I used to get stomachache. Whenever I saw him I used to go all dizzy, tongue-tied and… Well, you get the idea. Doing fly about was hard but I found my three girls and they are great fun, despite all that, I still want Cedar.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
The odd thing is, as a fairy all I need to do is grant wishes, it's my job. My girls aren't very good at asking though, they just don't say the 'I wish' words. I help them with little wishes like keeping the oven clean, but big wishes are different.
There are lots of things I try to do, but mostly my problem is I'm ever so clumsy. I don't mean to be, but I am. I bump into things or drop things all the time. I don't think I'm very clever either. Other fairies seem to know a lot more than me. They used to laugh at me all the time when I was at the court. Daisy, my writer, she did her best, poor girl, but even she couldn't make me get the big wish right.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I suppose the problem is caused by me not trusting myself to grant wishes properly. I have to say it is very hard to trust yourself with something as special as a love wish when your track record with magic is like mine. Please, don't laugh.
How would you feel if you turned your brother blue? The color wouldn't wash off and I had to look at him for days while it faded. He looked awful and so many other fairies laughing didn't help at all. Even worse than a blue Yew, when the girls…Oh my, I can't bear to think about it. I won't tell you any more about the bad things. I try not to think of them.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
At the beginning of the story, I was very frightened that if I went back to the fairy court and I didn't have some good news about helping my mortals, I could be banished to a Christmas tree for years. I can't tell you how horrible it would be to have to spend most of the year in a box, and then when someone gets you out and dusts you off they shove prickly pine twigs up the back of your skirt. What a nightmare!
By the end of the story, my fears became very different. You'd be astonished how something so simple can be very special and change everything in the whole world. I'm not going to say too much about this or Daisy will be cross. People will want to read the story to find out.
There Daisy, I remembered.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
For years, as long as I can remember I have loved Cedar Heartwood, the most wonderful, beautiful, clever, gorgeous, sexy, delicious fairy that has ever flown or ever will fly. He is so special. I did fly about because of him though. I left the fairy court and went to find experiences in the world of mortals. You see he is so marvelous and I never ever thought he'd even look at someone as clumsy and silly as me.
I couldn't believe it when he arrived in my garden. I went all jellified. Things got really complicated once he turned up.
Daisy is looking cross, so I'd better not say anymore. I know you're all going to love Cedar too. I can't think of anyone who couldn't love someone like him.
What would that person say about you?
Cedar says I have a very pretty freckle shaped like a tulip, just by the side of my mouth. I think it's a horrid freckle, but he likes it. He also says it's easy to get too involved with mortals. I think he's wrong about that. One of the reasons fairies do what they do is because of mortals. I love my mortals, they are fun and I like helping them. My girls are so sweet. They have a beautiful garden with lights and flowers in pots, and herbs too. I enjoyed being one of the girls. Cedar would probably say I go inside too much, he thinks it's dangerous. There is the nasty net curtain at the windows but if I'm careful, it's not a problem. My mortals don't have a cat, so where's the danger?
What is your family like?
My parents don't live at the fairy court any more though they did at one time. They moved to an orchard in Worcestershire, to work helping some mortals grow apples. My brother, Yew, he's really good looking, except when he's blue. He is a courtier, he loves all the gossip, the parties, dancing and … Ah, I won't say anything about the other things at the court. Yew and Cedar are friends, that's how I got to see Cedar so often when I was at the court. I used to watch him and daydream all kinds of things.
I didn't tell Yew how much I wanted Cedar. My brother would probably have laughed at me because Cedar had so many fairies he could pick to share a bargain with him. They followed him around, a gaggle of them, all doing things to make him notice them. I couldn't do the things they did. If I tried to make mini butterflies all cling to me as my dress, I can guess what might have happened. I'd have had lots of fairies laughing at me.
I didn't enjoy the fashions at the court, some of them were silly, three flowers and a weed, you try making an attractive outfit out of that.
There is a word for what I think about the court; I'll have to ask Daisy, I think she'll know. Anyway, I didn't like the court because it was superficial, that's the word according to Daisy. I was glad to go on fly about to get away from all of it but the thing that made me go was Cedar. I couldn't bear watching him and wanting him the way I did. I thought it would be better to go from the court and try to forget, if I could. I did miss him. I missed him every day. He was always in my head.
What special skills do you rely on?
Flying and magic. I love flying and flying with Cedar is the best thing ever. I love granting wishes because it is so exciting. I love watching the wishes work, when they go right.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am thrilled with the way my story ends. Don't let her know, but I think Daisy could have done a bit more writing to be truthful. I mean, it wouldn't have broken the computer to add another couple of chapters. I was having such a good time and so were my mortals. I have to be very careful what I say here as Daisy has just come in and she is staring at me. Her eyes go all pointy at the edges when she gets cross. I've told her she'll get wrinkles but she doesn't seem to care.
Anyway, I loved the ending to my story and so did my mortals. There were a few hiccups along the way to get to there, but I think it was worth it.

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You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
I'm an obsessive writer who loves to write. A new story is a thrill to work on and I want readers to have the best time reading my stories.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I have loved fairy stories since I was a very small child. To write an adult fairy tale, with fairies with adult motivations felt very natural. Poppy is rather an accident-prone fairy, but I couldn't help become fond of her. She tries so hard.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Yes, Poppy's lack of faith in herself and her magic did surprise me. I'd assumed she'd realize how beautiful and magical she is, but she doesn't seem to have any idea at all. I thought she'd understand that despite the odd accident here and there, she is an incredible fairy, but she struggled so hard to see that in herself. Her sense of self worth needed a lot of work. I have to say working with a fairy with such low self-esteem proved troublesome some days.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Poppy is happiest when she is helping the mortals and her wishes work. I felt happy when she did. She is such a caring fairy. When the big wish went wrong, I could have cried for her. Poor Poppy was desperate. When Cedar arrived, I didn't have much hope things would improve. The magic made a big difference.
Why do you write?
That question is a bit like asking why I breathe. I write because I must. I know that may sound rather odd but it's the way it is for me at present. I work on my writing in one way or another every day. I write because there are stories in my head demanding to come out. My writing, as it allows me to use my imagination and create, is a pleasure for me. I like working in a range of genres and finding my way in them. I love reading too and if I am not writing then I am reading. I learn from reading too. I hope in ten years time I will still be reading, learning and writing.
What do you want to write next?
I have a new historical that is about half way done. I also have an idea for another. I have just finished the sequel to my story Timeless, and will be submitting that before the end of February. There is a third part to that story too.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
At present, I am not planning a sequel to this book. I may write another fairy tale in the future but I'm not certain. I'd like to explore the darker side of fairy.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I'd like to say a big thank you to them for taking the time to read my stories. I love it when I hear back from people who have enjoyed a story.

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Romance author Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy novels in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. Daisy uses a fresh and lyrical voice to weave a compelling and magical spell for readers.

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