Thursday, December 29, 2011

PYN Review of Shield of Fire

Reviewed by SJ Byrne
PYN Reviewer

Shield of Fire opens with immediate action as Brother Powell of Menda Abbey supplies Icarus, son of the Demon Bane King, with an innocent victim in hopes of luring out bigger prey.
Ravyn lives in Menda Abbey and has been there as long as she can remember; it's the only home she can recall and her parents are a complete mystery. Being a little on the weird side, on top of all that, its little wonder the abbey sisters have practically branded her in league with the devil.
On the fateful night of the opening scene, Ravyn finds she must flee the only home she's ever known, only to be rescued from Icarus by a mythical warrior. Under the protection of Rhys Blackwell, she must embrace a world full of magic and secrets or forfeit her life to the demons hunting her like a prized relic.
Pulled into Rhys's world, Ravyn investigates the awesome gifts she has kept hidden her entire life.  Ignorant of her parentage and unsure of the full extent of her mystical abilities, Rhys and Ravyn open to each other and begin a wondrous adventure neither had thought possible.
This is a book that leaves the reader wanting more and promises much more is to come. I would definitely recommend Shield of Fire to anyone that enjoys a great paranormal story.
I thought the story line good enough to have been marketable in the mainstream arena, though the intimate scenes might/might not hinder it from doing so.
I am looking forward to the next installment from Boone Brux.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Interview with Boone Brux

Hey, Boone! Okay, oh my PETE! I looked you up and started researching and decided you are my peeps! LOL! You’re MARRIED to a vampire?! How did this happen?

I met him in Barrow, Alaska. The Arctic is the perfect place to winter if you’re a vampire. We’re talking some long, cold nights. He’s like the opposite of a bear, hibernates in the summer and is at his peak around December 25. Can I get an amen? Is he sparkly? *giggle* No. As a matter-of-fact, it’s difficult to get anything sparkly out of him. He told me I’ve hit my diamond quota and hands me the Cabela’s catalogue when my birthday rolls around. I have stories about when I dated a vampire. We definitely need to chat. That didn’t go so well. How’s it working for you? Good so far, but I’m not afraid to stake him if I have to. I think on some level he senses this.

Twin daughters, you say? I have two daughters that are three years apart and I had my hands wickedly full. How do you carve out time to write? 

Girls, they’re so cute, almost like real people sometimes. I depend heavily on the public school system and the internet, or what I lovingly refer to as ‘nanny’. They’re in fourth grade, so when they get on the bus, I hit the computer. My pirate, vampire husband is super supportive and likes to take the girls golfing or flying. At least I think that’s where he takes them. I should really check on that sometime. Anyway, I’m pretty focused when I’m working and have mastered the art of tuning out cat-fights and door slamming.

I started off thinking I knew something about writing, and then I hit the point where I “mastered” it. *nods* Yeah. I realize now that I know pretty much nothing about it. What was the moment you realized you needed to learn more? (For me, that would be daily. “Is ‘cautious’ a real word? It looks made-up.” @_@)

Every day of my life is like a little slap of reality when it comes to writing. Just when I think I’m pretty awesome, somebody or something gives me the backhand of truth. Remember when you were super innocent and announced to the world that you were going to write a book. Gee, I miss that ignorance. *gives a reflective sigh* There have been many days when I’ve wanted to light my manuscript on fire in the middle of my living room. Partly because I’m pissed at the book, but also because I want new wood flooring. Anyway, writing is in my blood and everybody’s journey is different. My journey likes to take a detour from time to time and stops at the Self Pity Lodge. Here you’ll find me curled in a fetal position, watching back-to-back episodes of Castle. (Dang I wish Beckett and Castle would kiss.) It’s either self-indulgence or self-medicating with Nyquil. (I love that stuff.)

Which book are we talking about today and what is it about?  Shield of Fire, Book One of the Bringer and the Bane series.

Shield revolves around Ravyn and Rhys. She’s been locked in an abbey all her life and he’s the last full-blooded Bringer, a mythical race of people. (Or is he? *wink wink*) Rhys is what you call a Shield. He rushes around the countryside kicking Demon Bane butt and protecting humans. He ends up saving Ravyn from a particularly nasty demon named Icarus, and realizes Ravyn is much more than a pretty face. These two are the catalyst characters who ignite the events in what is predicted to be a war to end all wars between the Bringers (good guys) and the Bane (bad, naughty demons).  (Did that last sentence make any sense? I was trying for epic.)

What inspired this book?

It’s kind of a blur now, but I think it had to do with copious amounts of alcohol while watching Legend of the Seeker. Kidding…kind of. Actually, Shield of Fire started out as a historical romance. The current version being released by Entangled Publishing is nothing like the original version. Can I get a hallelujah for that? It’s been through the editor mill and I’m really happy with the results.

Tell us something about your characters that we wouldn’t be able to figure out by reading the book.

You mean like Ravyn has a gluten allergy or Rhys prefers boxers to briefs? Hmm, let me think. Well, Rhys has had three names. I refer to him as Rhys, formally known as Griffin, formally known as Drake. We still call him Drake around the house.

Is there a book 2 in the works? Can you tell us a bit about it?

Yes, and a book 3, 4, and 5.

Where can readers purchase your book?

Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, BAM (Books-a-Million), and Books On Board.

Where can your readers connect with you on the web?

Please connect with me on any of these sites. I love talking to readers!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Interview with Traci Slatton

Hey, Traci! I’m so excited to have this opportunity to get to know you! Tell us a little bit about yourself that’s not on your site

I love sci-fi movies, sitcoms, horse-back riding, and yoga; Cape Cod and Rome are my two favorite places in the world, with Paris coming up close behind them; Chocolate is one of my reasons for incarnating in the physical body; my husband sculptor Sabin Howard makes the most best shrimp scampi; “For fun and profit” is my usual answer when my kids, those opinionated creatures, ask “Why?”; 3rd Rock from the Sun is my favorite TV show and “Whom the Gods would Destroy” by Richard Powell is my favorite novel; Giotto, Cimabue, Raphael and Chagall are my favorite artists; I think the first TERMINATOR was a perfect movie; I love my dogs, my kids, my friends, sometimes my husband, sunshine, daisies, yellow roses, trees, time by the ocean, and teasing the people I’m close to.

So you’re from a Navy family. I am soooooo sorry! *helpless shrug* However, I must say that my Marine Corps father wasn’t too thrilled when I joined the Army. His only consolation was that I hadn’t joined the Navy. LOL!! How do you think your ingrained military background affects your writing,?

Your dad was a jarhead? Just joking! I have to defend my dad a little. J Being in a military family gave me an opportunity to experience two things: 1, the idea that service to our country is important, worthy, and honorable—which I think the current generation does not understand; and 2, moving around between cultures. The South is different from the Midwest which is distinct from the Northeast, here in the US. I got to understand at a gut level that there are different and equally valid ways of being in the world. I live now on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which has its own specific culture, and it astonishes me how so many folks here have an unconscious arrogance about their political beliefs and attitudes, as if theirs was the only intelligent way to live.

You were accepted into Yale in your junior year?! I’m feeling my brain cells shriveling already! LOL! I bet your prose just roll of the tongue in an almost musical sort of way. How did the other kids treat you when you were accepted?

I think about 10% of my class at Yale was young, having skipped at least one grade. It wasn’t uncommon. My high school classmates already thought I was weird and a brainiac. Sigh. I was just very passionate about becoming a writer, and thus getting the education I needed for that goal.

How did you get started as a healer? What drew you to this?

I was and am on a spiritual journey. I have never been able to get away from a profound sense of the Imminent. This is not at all related to religion, in my mind. To me, religion is a social/cultural construction that was formulated to ensure secular control by the priestly and aristocratic classes. At best, it’s a structure in which to live a family life and raise children with values about kindness, honesty, generosity, and integrity. At worst, it stifles free thinking, creativity, and the direct experience of the divine. Now, the Divine itself, whatever it is, fascinates me, and constantly taps me on the shoulder. I also have a deep sense of the suffering of others, and a wish to see them released from it.

Let’s talk about your book a bit, shall we? LOL! What is it called and what is it about?

I have two paranormal novels out very recently: FALLEN, which is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times, the AFTER Trilogy; and THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR, which is a playful romp through the art history byways of vampire lore. FALLEN is a dystopian love story, a tale of survivors in a ravaged world who are haunted by strange psychic gifts and devastating mists that have killed billions of people. TBA is about a frisky art forger trying to go straight while she searches for her missing father and a fabled lost painting. She’s pursued by lethal vampires and falls for a half-souled vampire who can’t consummate their passion.

What inspired this book?

FALLEN came to me as a situation: a man and a woman, each with secrets, who fall in love despite themselves, and can’t be together. I had a sense of the intensity of their longing for each other. I felt their despair and their tenderness in the face of cataclysm and death, and I always knew it would take 3 books to tell their story. TBA came to me as Laila’s voice, which I found intriguing. She’s strong, tempted, kind-hearted, quirky, a bit zany, goofy, idiosyncratic, hot-blooded. I could hear her in my head.

Tell us something about your characters that we wouldn’t be able to figure out by reading the book.

Emma the female protagonist of FALLEN will loose everything before she gains everything; Laila in TBA has a dark and vengeful side.

Is there a book 2 in the works? Can you tell us a bit about it?

The second book in the AFTER Trilogy is called COLD LIGHT, and I am working on it now. Emma is back in Canada and her oldest daughter Beth gets kidnapped by a rogue band, so she sets out to rescue Beth. Laila shows up in THE CODEX CAPER looking for a Mayan Codex that heralds the end of the world, while also pursuing vengeance for her father’s murder. Laila meets a dashing hedge fund manager named Chris Davenport who tries to seduce her away from John Bolingbroke.

Where can readers purchase your book?

FALLEN and THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR are everywhere on the internet!, Amazon, as ebooks on Amazon, iTunes, smashwords and Readers can also find the recently released and very gorgeous sculpture book, THE ART OF LIFE, which I wrote with my husband classical figurative sculptor Sabin Howard. THE ART OF LIFE has over 100 color photos, and it surveys figurative sculpture from the earliest times to now, showcases the work of Greek sculptors like Polykleitos and Kritios as well as Renaissance and Baroque masters Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini, the great Neo-Classicist Canova and the modernist Rodin, culminating in the work of modern day master Sabin Howard. THE ART OF LIFE touches on the philosophy of art and why beauty is important. There’s a lovely back section that shows Sabin’s figure drawings, from which he taught for 16 years. It’s like looking at Da Vinci’s or Raphael’s drawings!

Where can your readers connect with you on the web?

They can find me at, at, and at  They can find out more about my husband Sabin and his work at


Friday, December 2, 2011

PYN Review of Once a Goddess

Reviewed by SJ Byrne, PYN Reviewer

'Once a Goddess' is a unique Celtic tale of love, family ties, and duty to ones community. Brigid, is a member of the legendary clan of the Tuatha de Danann, 'Eire's earliest inhabitants, and has been pressed into the service of her people. Sacrificing any possible chance of finding her soul mate or 'anam cara', in order to protect the future of her family from being wiped out by the enemy clan of Fomorians, Brigid marries into an enemy clan.
Living in a foreign camp, that has taken over parts of her beloved land, Brigid somehow finds within her heart the ability to accept and adjust to her new position. While forging a stronger bond with her husband Bres, son of the current Fomorian chieftain, whom she admires but fears she will never love, Brigid discovers her 'anam cara' is a member of the new community she calls home. Together, the inappropriate couple learns what it means to sacrifice all for the benefit of others.
With 'Once a Goddess', Sheila R. Lamb has created a work of historical fiction that enlightens and entertains. Some of the concepts put forth about the fabled Tuatha de Danann are simplistic and reasonable, leaving the reader asking why they never thought of it. An engaging tale, with only a few technical errors that don't distract from the experience, I enjoyed reading this book and exploring the mythical world created by Shiela R. Lamb.

Monday, November 28, 2011

PYN Review of A Traveler's Guide for Lost Souls

A Traveler’s Guide for Lost Souls
Reviewed by Jenn B. PYN Reviewer

This book took off from the beginning and gathered momentum as it went.  As a reviewer, I only wish that I had been able to read the book in larger pieces, because it was a little disorienting to read in bits and pieces where I was able to steal time for reading.  The storyline is original and intriguing and it wasn’t long before I found myself attached to “Booda Ray” and the other key characters in the book.  The book is written in such a way that I wasn’t able to detect that it was part of a series prior to reaching the end. 
As a whole, a solid story and I look forward to Vol. 2 of the series!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Interview with Amy Tupper

I love it when authors choose creatures we don’t know a lot about. Your introduction of the Fossegrim intrigues me. Where did you find out about this? What can you tell us about it?
When the three main characters of Jules, Andrew, and Nick appeared, I wanted to discover their back stories. Since I enjoy urban fantasy and magic realism, I wanted Jules and Nick based in an existing culture that people might not be familiar with. I spent three years traveling Europe as a teenager with my family and wanted to draw on this experience since I was in a position to voice what that was like. One of the places we visited was relatives in Sweden so I had first-hand experience. I also had many friends in school who were from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. One of them even taught me the three little Swedish words Andrew says!
Once I chose Scandinavia as the anchor for the back story, I couldn't help but trip all over the folktales of trolls, gnomes, elves, and fairies captured in Grimms' Fairy Tales. In their version, the Fossegrim is a troll-like creature who lives in a waterfall and plays a fiddle. If you brought the Fossegrim food, he would teach you to play. But beware the person who tried to cheat him! On the surface, it's a moral story about cheating and theft. but for me, it was just a nice juicy morsel of back story!
What can you tell us about the Fossegrim that we wouldn’t know after reading your book?
The Fossegrim is a type of Troll in a larger community of magical creatures. The one we meet in Tenderfoot is one of a handful in existence. In my take on the Fossegrim, the Trolls taught the Vikings war. I reference this in a short story on my blog titled "Predator."
How does Nick fit into the story? He seems to be a driving force in the blurb.
Nick is a 250 year old Fossegrim. He looks and acts like a human, but that's just a facade that allows him to operate unnoticed as he takes advantage of people's judgments and expectations. He's a creature of secrets with unknown motivations. Rest assured, everything he does is for a reason. His job is to be there for Jules as she comes to terms with what she is. Best of all, he's the character you love to hate.
Jules is well-traveled. Where are some of the places she’s traveled to and what drove her to all those places?
Jules is a typical international kid. Her parents moved from Manhattan to France to follow a job when she was eleven years old. Several years later, her family moved again for a job, this time to Stockholm. Like the kids I grew up with, she's experienced the larger world and gained both historical and personal senses of freedom. Most importantly, she's gone through the agony of being ripped away from everyone and everything she knows twice. Her mother died while they lived in Stockholm, so loss is this huge thing for Jules. When she arrives in Chapel Hill hoping for a fresh start, she's pretty much one big untended wound.
What inspired you to write this story?
My characters took me hostage! Really, for a while there, they were all I thought about. I'd be making lunch for my kids while trying to figure how exactly how Nick was getting under Andrew's skin.
After starting a family and having two daughters, I felt a little lost. I've always written my way through my problems so it just seemed time to write another book and express myself the way I enjoy most.
What can you tell us about Blinded, Book 2 of the Tenderfoot series?
While Tenderfoot is from Jules' point of view, Blinded is from Andrew's. I wanted to stretch and see what it was like to  be in Andrew's head. He's such a sweetheart. I wondered, what does he really think about Jules and her little quirks? Does he notice the things going on with her, or is he content just to let sleeping dogs lie?
The other thing I can share is that Andrew and Nick finally duke it out. It's a great scene!
Where can readers purchase your book?
Readers can purchase my book at:
and the Amazon websites for other countries as well.
Where can readers connect with you on the web?
I post news, six sentence excerpts, and weekly flash fiction on my blog. I also feature other authors with a feature called "Writers And Their Chosen Settings." I am always interested to find out how other authors chose settings for their books and what that contexts means to them.
May we read an excerpt from the book?
Nick began playing his guitar again. This time was different. My perception changed. It tightened into focus. It was like I could hear beyond the music. There were a few pulsing seconds of faint pain in my gut but then it faded away.
I turned my head toward the waving shadows on the grassy ground. Like before, things I should not have been able to see at such a distance became instantly clear. They popped into focus as if I was standing a few feet away instead of hundreds. The noise of the leaves grew louder as the leaves brushed against each other. I raised my head to better hear the whistle of the wind. I picked up the tinkling sounds of piano from Person Hall. The smell of sticky honeysuckle drifted in from some place nearby. I inhaled deeper. There were traces from people who had walked through. Each scent was somehow unique. The smell of exhaust and diesel wafted down from the cars on Franklin Street. How could I have not noticed all of this before?
The music itself was louder now. It sounded like a folk tune I used to know. Nick continued to play and I relaxed, closing my eyes to tune in. Before long, the song came to an end. I opened my eyes. There was an aura surrounding his body, a wave of changing color rolling out from him in all directions. It mingled with the music spinning out of the guitar. A blue aura surrounded him at the center of the wave. I screamed.
In a flash, he was up on his feet and crouched down in front of me. As soon as the music stopped, the stream of colors vanished, the aura gone.
I abruptly shut my mouth and covered it with both hands, frozen.

A big thanks to Amy for this week's interview. If you'd like to hear more, we'll be chatting with her again on Wednesday at 3:30 PST. You can set a reminder here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Interview with Author, Jim Lindsey

Hey, Jim, I see that you’re quite passionate about Rowga. What is that?
I’ve been a Buddhist since 1986 and have practiced, studied and taught sitting meditation in the
Buddhist way, at the same time observing how Westerners react to it as a whole. In those twenty-five years, I’ve seen our society speed up and become even more materialistic and aggressive. The result for a great many people is that they have little time and money, and incessant demands for both, and so are run ragged. They may realize a need for the deep sanity meditation can bring, but they also want to exercise and stay fit and have fun, so sitting on a cushion motionlessly feeling their legs go numb has problems winning  them over. 

At the same time, people are getting into enormous debt trying to entertain themselves, buying big TVs and boats and four-wheelers and other things they can’t afford. I’m passionate about rowga, or the yoga of rowing, because it’s an all-in-one solution. One, It’s great exercise, not only for your arms but for your whole body as your muscles continually adjust to the constant variation of movements caused by ocean waves. Two, It’s great entertainment – there’s nothing like being out on the big water under the big sky with that fresh-as-creation sea breeze, seals popping up to check you out, dolphins crossing your wake, seabirds swooping for a catch. Three, it’s great meditation – instead of sitting in a room trying to keep from falling asleep, you are guiding and propelling a boat through the waves as you watch your mind. As you let go of thoughts, you come back again and again to the here and now of the stroke of the oars, sharpening your awareness, being vividly alive. And you can get the exercise, entertainment and meditation all at once in the same place in the same way, so four, it’s a great time-saver. And a good rowboat is inexpensive and requires almost no maintenance and no fuel , so five, it’s a great value. And you are one with the ocean, not polluting it, not crashing through it, not lazing along on it letting the wind do the work, so it’s very nitty gritty and six, a great way of connecting the vastness of the ocean with the vastness of natural mind. Those are the six points of rowga, and that is why I’m so passionate about it.
You have a new book out, A Flaw in the Fabric, book 1 of A Traveller’s Guide for Lost Souls. Tell us a little bit about this book.
The Flaw in the Fabric explores possibilities of time and space and love that normally are never considered, because we shun death and ignore the possibilities of what might happen afterwards. The hero of the Flaw, Raymond Kidd, sees things he’s never dreamed of: ghosts reincarnating, living people appearing as skeletons, himself being whirled back to an earlier life so that he is torn between his love for two different wives. In the course of his travels, he is tasked with taking care of the lost souls stranded between lives, and he is pitted against a demon who devours them.
What inspired you to write this?
I’ve lived by the sea, for the last sixteen years, in a 200-year-old house that has ghosts in the basement. It may not be so, but I often fancy I hear them talking in the basement when I lie awake at night. And there is a tale in the village of two brothers who lived and died here back in the mid-eighteen-hundreds. The real trigger was a dream I had. I’d been working as an historical tour guide at the Alexander Keith Brewery in Halifax. We dressed up in nineteenth century costumes to lead the tours, and so ‘went back in time’ every day. One night I dreamed that I was talking to one of the other guides. I told him I wanted to write A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls. He said I had to do it.  He said it as if it were an order, and I’ve never forgotten that. Beyond that, being a Buddhist, I have studied closely the process by which we die and by which we move onward to other lives, and how some people are unable to make the move because they are too attached to their former lives. Inspired? When I was writing the book, I woke up every morning champing at the bit to get started. I never worried about what to say. It all came to me as if being delivered Fed-Ex.
I’ve read an excerpt and from your prose, I gather you’ve learned a lot. What wisdoms are you hoping to share through your work?
The main one is that people have an invulnerable sanity they can tap, that is the result of the natural mind they were born with, and which is always available.
What in life drives you to write?
I was driven once. I’m not anymore. It happens to be my metier, so doing it is like living life to the fullest, like playing a guitar with the concentration of a Segovia, like returning to the wonderment of a child.
How did you come up with your time travel theory?
In our time, things are wearing out. The glaciers are melting, the weather is strange and unpredictable, there is a sense of things wearing out. I thought, how would it be if the very way things are wore out, or was sabotaged. The seemingly solid border between past and present, how would it be, I asked myself, if it became porous? Especially in an unpredictable way. So I just let the possibilities arise and followed them where they went.
Can you tell us a little bit about Book 2?
In Book 1, Raymond is presented with his task of rescuing lost souls but is prevented by circumstances from doing much about it. In fact, he finds himself stranded in the in-between realm between death and birth. In Book 2, another flaw in the fabric allows him to proceed with his quest. He reincarnates in the 21st century and leaves Nova Scotia to follow his estranged wife Cat  to California. There, in the land of wine, women and song, he finds lost souls on a scale he never imagined possible, among them his recently deceased parents. Here his task is truly daunting, as the attachment to the good life in the land of eternal summer is stronger than super glue.
Where can readers purchase your book?
Where can readers connect with you on the web?

A big thanks to Jim for this week's interview. If you'd like a copy of his book, please leave a comment below with your email address. Also be sure to tune into our Blog Talk radio show to learn more about Mr. Lindsey. You can schedule a reminder for it here

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A PYN Review of Ruined

A PYN Review of Ruined
Michelle, Guest Reviewer

For the last couple of years, I’ve been reading spiritual and self-help books.  So in an effort to step outside my comfort zone, I’ve decided to read some fiction.  Not just any fiction, but paranormal fiction. 
The first book I was introduced to, was Ruined by Kinley Baker.  It is set in a town of shadow shifters, whose king is missing and presumed dead.  When I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down.   It proceeds with a series of twists and turns, that left me asking for more and looking find out how the story progressed. 
In reading this book, I found that it spoke to me on different levels, even though it is fictional.  One of the main characters is a Senior Healer who heals the king whenever he is sick or hurt.  But the town and current king believe that she also served as the previous king’s mistress.  On the one hand, she doesn’t like the association, but on the other hand, she knows she wasn’t, so why try to prove them wrong?  It speaks to me, because people will always believe what they want about you, no matter what, so as long as you know what’s in your heart, that’s all that matters.  I identified with the Senior Healer because in one part of the book, the current king is poisoned and in order to heal him, she must take the poison from him into her own body, which almost kills her.  But as caregivers and nurturers, how many times do we do that for our loved ones? 
The author, Kinley Baker did a fantastic job of allowing the story to flow and letting the readers know the back story, so you wouldn’t feel lost.   I truly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to books from her in the future, she definitely has made a new fan out of me. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

This week's interview is with author, Viki Lyn. She's giving away one ebook copy of The Hunter Within. After you read the interview be sure to enter for a chance to win!

Hey, Viki, it’s really great to meet you. Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing for a few years now and don’t see myself slowing down any time soon. I especially enjoy writing paranormal/fantasy romances because it’s just too darn fun to create new worlds! I write the occasionally contemporary, because that’s my favorite genre to read J. I was pleased to win the Rainbow Award last year for the 2010 Best Paranormal for Last Chance. This is the first book of my vampire series published by Loose Id. Fighting Chance, the second, was released this summer. I love to travel and just returned from a tour of Eastern Europe – Hungary, Austria, Germany and Czech Republic. I spent a week in Prague which was so cool because I set a part of Fighting Chance in Prague. My favorite color is red and so I treated myself to a red (white top) Mini Cooper for a milestone birthday! My best times are spent with family and friends, which come first over my writing career. I truly feel blessed!

How did you get started?

Ah, well, I started with fan fics and found I really enjoyed writing stories, but that was limited. I wanted to create my own characters and settings. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, making up stories in my head, creating whimsical mermaids, princesses, explorers with time machines. That sort of thing. I didn’t pick up a pen to seriously write until a few years ago. It’s been quite a learning curve, and, always challenging. I hope to keep improving and writing better books year after year.

I have been enjoying reading up on all your books! How many do you have out there and how long have you been publishing your work?

My first book was published in 2006 under another pen name. I wrote hetero historical romances for about three years when I decided to change genres after seven books. My first gay romance was published in 2009. I just wrote and published my eighth m/m romance! I love writing in this genre and have plenty more tales to tell. Series, sequels, stand-alones.

What drew you to gay erotica?

I’m an avid Japanese yaoi reader (boy’s love). I’ve collected over 400 books for my library! Crazy I know. I feel comfortable writing gay characters, having lived in the San Francisco area and having close gay friends since my college days. I love the idea of two men in love, and the courage it takes for them to be openly gay in a society that at times is very intolerant of people’s differences. 

What can you tell us about Hunter Within and can you give us a little blurb of it?

This is the second book in my White Tiger shape shifter series. It's a continuation of Antoine and Jack's story.

Here's a short blurb: Jack is shocked to learn his wife is engaged to another man. She believes Jack died during the war, and has no idea he was altered into a soldier of super human powers. Now he's a Sentinel agent fighting supernatural beings. He remains dead in her eyes. But now he wonders if he should tell Alice the truth. All he wants is to have his old life back and to be normal again. Alice can save him from his crazy life and his sexual need for men; especially his burning passion for a shape shifter who claims his body and now wants his heart.

Shape shifter Antoine Fortescue travels to New York City to find out why Jack went AWOL. What he discovers disturbs him. Jack has traveled to California to spy on his wife's fiance. Was Jack going to confront Alice with the truth that he is alive? Or the real truth - that he is gay? Antoine will stop at nothing to capture Jack's heart.

What inspired this book?

There was so much left unsaid in the first book – The Tiger Within. It’s a novella and I see it as an introduction to the characters and their situation. Jack didn’t come to grips with his sexuality and his attraction for the tiger shape shifter, Antoine. So book 2 focuses on Jack and his struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality and his deep need to reconnect with his wife. He believes he wants his old life back – his wife (who thinks he died in the war), a home and family. This means leaving the Sentinel and his French tiger. But love does crazy things to Jack’s heart, and it’s not so easy to leave Antoine behind. There’s a lot of angst and conflict in this story!

What can you tell us about Jack and Antoine that we wouldn’t know by reading the book?

Jack is a great cook in the kitchen. He loves to cook, garden, and is quite the homebody. This isn’t brought up in the books. Antoine wears his emotions openly and is a romantic, but he is very forceful and pragmatic when dealing with politics and business. He can be quite hardnosed in his liberal views. We haven’t seen Antoine in action when he’s fulfilling his ‘princely’ role as the alpha of his demesne.  

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Several places have my books – the publishing houses, of course. Amazon sells the Kindle versions and All Romances Ebooks has all my books for sale. My books are in several digital formats but not in print.

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May we read an excerpt from the book?

I thought you’d never ask. *g* Here’s a short excerpt:

Unedited version of The Hunter Within, copyright Viki Lyn, 2011:
Lowering his gun, Jack kept his gaze on the beautiful creature. A sleek tiger wrapped in snowy white fur and chocolate stripes. Le Tigre stopped a few feet from where Jack knelt, icy blue eyes blinking. Then the body shimmered, and before Jack could stop him, Antoine transformed into his human form.
Naked, on all fours, licking his lips, Antoine grinned. A dazzling smile lit up that aristocratic face, a face belonging in the past.
“Darling, it’s been too long,” Antoine drawled, then sat cross-legged on the ground.
Jack averted his gaze from that too-tempting thatch of dark curls. He stood up and put away his gun, swallowing the lump in this throat.
“What are you doing here?”
Antoine’s mouth puckered into a sultry pout as he rose to his feet and brushed off pine needles from his body. “I’ve missed you.”
Jack rolled his eyes as he slipped off his coat. He walked over and draped it around Antoine’s shoulders. If he stared at that sleek, strong body for much longer, he’d do something rash, something totally foolish.
Returning to his surveillance, he could hear Antoine stir behind him. Then a moist, hot tongue licked the curve of his ear. Shivers raced along his arms and legs. He parted his mouth, yet his breath caught in his throat. A groan formed, but he held it back, afraid if it escaped, he’d be lost to Antoine’s charms.
“Antoine, stop.” Jack twisted and pushed away the roaming hands. He looked Antoine over and noticed how his coat hung like a sack on him. Had the shifter lost weight? He’d always been slim, but his cheekbones were more pronounced, and there was a hint of fatigue in his eyes. “Where did you leave your clothes?”
“Near the highway, safely tucked away in my suitcase. It’s lovely here.” Antoine inhaled deeply and swept back his tousled curls.
The man insisted on keeping his hair in the style of his youth. Unfortunately the eighteenth-century do screamed flaming poof. But the truth was, Jack loved the springing chocolate whorls, how soft they felt when he buried his fingers in their thickness, and the long hair, much as he hated to admit, looked devastatingly sexy on Antoine.
Now if he could just talk him out of his frilly shirts…
Wait -- what did he care? He should end the absurd relationship between them. If he could just concentrate on his task and not be lured by the temptation Antoine presented…naked under the coat…willing…
“You haven’t answered my question.” Jack scowled to cover up the nervous excitement coursing through him. Already an uncomfortable swelling fought against the confines of his pants.
“I’m here to help you,” Antoine said.
Jack narrowed his eyes. “How did you find me?”
“Ricky. He’s a lovely young man. He misses you. He doesn’t like to go to the cinema alone. You really should send him that postcard you promised him.”
Jack turned on his heels, away from Antoine’s prying eyes and dripping sarcasm.
Antoine turned Jack around by the shoulder to face him and slid his hands around Jack’s waist in a viselike grip. It always surprised Jack how such a slim body held such strength. He had seen it -- experienced it -- firsthand. This silly fairy could wrestle him to the ground and completely overtake him if he so desired. And the way Antoine looked at him -- passion leaping from those ice blue eyes.
God have mercy.
His cock stirred as he breathed in Antoine’s scent.
“I’ve longed for you, my khalid.”
Jack stiffened and pushed away from the warm embrace. He missed the companionship of holding a man who he cared for, but the comforting sensation was the problem. He refused to acknowledge Antoine’s belief that he was the shape-shifter’s khalid. They were not soul mates.
Hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you so much for having me today. Happy Reading! Viki Lyn

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