One randomly chosen Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a runner up will receive autographed copies of Someone Else’s Skye and Guarding Poppy (US only).
1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Perseverance and a belief in my own work. You have to believe in your work if you expect others to.
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? That’s a good question because I read mostly contemporary and historical romances but I write paranormal. So I kind of surprised myself when I started writing paranormal. I wrote my first novel, The Charmed, after clearly envisioning the ending for the book. Because the final scene could not happen unless the hero had a supernatural element to him, I would say the genre kind of found me.
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I would say I’m a plotter. I would find it much more difficult to write this series, where the stories all tie together and there are many twists, if I were a pantser. But I am impressed by any author who is a pantser.
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? I have a terrible fear of snakes and spiders, doesn’t matter if they are big or small, poisonous or not. I run for the hills! In Guarding Poppy I mention that Poppy has a terrible fear of spiders.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? I have another full-time job as a commercial interior designer so it is a bit of a juggling act at times. But because I love doing both careers so much, I find that I’m able to handle it. I just don’t sleep a whole lot. J
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Disaster, more than likely.
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I love to write while I’m at the coast. The sound of water relaxes me, and being relaxed is so key to successful writing. At least it is for me. My favorite comfort food is animal crackers, organic ones actually that I get from Trader Joe’s. The ‘organic’ tricks me into believing I’m doing something healthy for myself.
8. Writing inspirations? Obviously other author’s works, but also nature plays a big part for me. My stories are present day but involve supernatural beings that need to live in more concealed places. A lot of years of backpacking in remote areas with my Dad during the summer has inspired a lot of my stories.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Assuming they need to be alive I would say Lisa Kleypas. I would ask her what the one story is she wanted to write, but for whatever reason, hasn’t?
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. Since this is a series about five men, I won’t confirm for them who the five men are or which character is next . . . and it drives them crazy! But I love hearing their guesses.
by Christine Wenrick
ONE NIGHT . . . ONE VIOLENT, SUPERNATURAL BATTLE . . .
AND FIVE STORIES OF THE MEN WHOSE LIVES WILL BE CHANGED BY IT.
Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.
Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector, claiming he has all the answers to her problems. The real problem, though, is . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.
WILL ALEC FIND HIS WAY OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND SURRENDER TO HIS FEELINGS FOR POPPY BEFORE THE WARLOCK CHASING HER CATCHES UP TO THEM BOTH?
Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her writing. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.
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