Meet Damien Delanciennes

Damien Delanciennes
Portrait of Damien by artist Kyle McGill

Welcome to my third character interview. This time you’re meeting Damien Delanciennes (DD), older brother of Selene who you met earlier and eldest child of Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.

I was, once again, invited to the Delanciennes’ house, but this time I was treated to some time in the gardens. They actually have a hedge maze, how cool is that?

I hope you enjoy getting to know Damien a bit better.


RdlF: Damien, thank you for taking time to talk to me. I’m sure you must have a lot on your plate with a double major.

DD: It is not so bad. There is less work between midterms and finals.

RdlF: Remind me of your majors.

DD: International Relations and Diplomacy, and International Business.

RdlF: With an international focus, I’m assuming learning foreign languages is highly encouraged.

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Friday Reads: A Hunger Like No Other

2017 has ended, 2018 is here! Happy January, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season. Let’s hope 2018 is a great year.

It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means Friday Reads! In case you missed it, you can take a look at last month’s Friday Reads on Memnoch the Devil.

Cover of A Hunger Like No OtherA few weeks ago, I decided to re-read A Hunger Like No Other (AHLNO) by Kresley Cole. AHLNO is a very special book to me. A gift for Valentine’s Day nearly 11 years ago, it was the first “adult” book I read.

I absolutely adored, still adore, Ms. Cole’s take on the various mythologies. Valkyries, vampires, werewolves, Ms. Cole eventually includes everything that’s “mythical” in the series in one way or another.

But beyond how great the story is, AHLNO, carries a lot of meaning for me. As I re-read AHLNO, I realized just how much my writing was originally influenced by reading it. The Most Special Chosen would probably be very different if I’d never read AHLNO. There’s even a chance that I would never have finished The Most Special Chosen, much less published it. AHLNO gave me ideas, some of which were incorporated into The Most Special Chosen, some that live on in the dark recesses of my brain that house fantasies.

If you haven’t read AHLNO or any of the rest of the Immortals After Dark series, I highly suggest you do so. They’re fun, sexy, and well-written.

Have you read any of the Immortals After Dark series? Did you like them? Which one was your favorite (if you can choose)? Leave me a comment below. I love reading comments. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous time reading.

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Cover Reveal

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve scheduled a cover reveal for The Most Special Chosen for January 24th.

I’ve scheduled it though Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’re an author, or know one, I suggest checking out Lola’s services.

So far, the planning has gone smoothly and Lola has been incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I’ll keep you all posted on the progression of the “event” planning.

If you’d like to be a part of the reveal, check out the event page for more information.

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Meet Shawn Dooley

Portrait of Shawn Dooley
Portrait of Shawn by artist Kyle McGill.

Welcome to my second character interview. This time I sat down with Shawn Dooley (SD). For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Dooley, he is Elysabeth’s roommate and has been her best friend for the past eight years.

We met in the quad between his classes, and I’m thankful he was able to fit me in at all. The life of a math major gets busy.  

I hope you enjoy getting to know Shawn a bit better.


Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Shawn, thanks for taking some time to talk to me. I really appreciate it.

SD: No problem. Lys mentioned she’ll be speaking to you, so I figured I might as well do it, too.

RdlF: You two are such good friends. How did you meet?

SD: She asked me about making games for my calculator on our first day of high school.

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Author Spotlight: S. L. Perrine

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on award-winning author of many genres, S. L. Perrine.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Advertisement for Turning The StoneMy next book Is Turning the Stone. It’s the 2nd book in The Blood Rites Trilogy, published by Vamptasy and CHBB Publishing.  It releases in January of 2018. To find out more information you can check out my website www.slperrine.com  I always post my release dates and news about upcoming releases.

How well would you fit in one of your books?

It depends on the book. The Crawford Witch Chronicles is set in this time period. So, I could fit in that series well enough. I’m also a witch, so maybe they’d let me join their coven.

The rest, not so much. I’m not a fighter, nor am I a dragon, and I don’t think I kick anyone’s ass in this lifetime. My body is to fragile lol

Do your characters talk to you?

Yes, almost all the time. When I’m not writing they speak to me and tell me what they want to do next. While I’m writing they speak to me when they change their mind about what they want to do next. It’s a horrid cycle, but it keeps things interesting.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I read other things. Sometimes I read in the genre I’m writing just to keep the tone of my writing even. Sometimes I don’t, and it makes me veer off. For instance, I’m moving out of writing YA, but I love to read it. I have to coax myself into getting bolder with my writing while I read a new YA novel. It’s a little frustrating, but at least I’m not getting inappropriate while writing a YA novel, while reading an erotica. That was funny. My characters suddenly wanted to rip each other’s clothes off.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I’ve never considered that I hadn’t been asked the proper questions in an interview. I think I’ve been asked an array of questions, just depends on the interview.

Ms. Perrine took some extra time out of her busy schedule to answer a few follow up questions via Skype. Check out her video interview for some fun additional information about her.

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Photo of S. L. PerrineThank you, Ms. Perrine for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you want to know more about S. L. Perrine, she can be found on numerous websites:

Her books are on Amazon.

 

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Meet Selene Colette Delanciennes

Selene Delanciennes
Portrait of Selene by artist Kyle McGill.

In the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, Miss Selene Colette Delanciennes (SD) was kind enough to respond to my request for an interview and grant me a few minutes of her time to let you all get to know her.

For those of you unfamiliar with Miss Delanciennes, she is Damien’s youngest sister, and the 5th child (of 6) to Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.

She invited me to join her at her family’s house, and treated me to authentic, according to her, chocolat chaud. It was delicious.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Selene a bit better.


Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Selene, thank you for introducing me to chocolat chaud. My only complaint is that I won’t ever appreciate hot chocolate again.

SD: [carefully cradling her own cup of chocolat chaud] You’re more than welcome to come back when you’re craving it.

RdlF: Thanks! I’ll take you up on that offer. Now, you’re my first interviewee, so I hope you’ll forgive any mistakes I might make.

SD: I’m sure you’ll do quite well.

RdlF: [grinning] I appreciate your confidence. Perhaps it would be best to start by having you pronounce your name properly.

SD: Yes, that’s probably wise. It’s a French name, so it may be difficult for some to pronounce. It is Deh-lon-see-ehn.

RdlF: Thanks! Now, I understand your Grand Coming Out is less than a year away. Have you started planning it?

SD: Absolutely. My parents and I have been working on the plans for nearly a year already.

RdlF: In that case, I suppose it’s safe to assume you’re happy with the planning so far. Are you getting excited yet?

SD: I am. My parents have been kind enough to allow me to take the lead in the planning. As to being excited [she shrugs nonchalantly], there is still too much to do. I’ll be excited when the planning is over.

RdlF: I can understand that. If I recall my etiquette lessons correctly, you’ll have an official escort that day. Is there anyone special in your life to take on that role?

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Author Spotlight: Jean Ecrivain

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Canadian erotica author, Jean Ecrivain. Don’t worry, this post is PG, even if her books aren’t. 🙂

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of Steamy Shorts 4My most recently published book is Steamy Shorts 4. My most recent books are Steamy Shorts 5 which is getting ready to be published [Note: this is now published], and Well Met in Dragon Light, which I’m currently writing. They’ll all be available on Amazon before Christmas but the best place to find out about them before then is my website https://jeanecrivain.wordpress.com/ . I post my news about sales and information on my new books there. You can also sign up for my newsletter there as well as get links to my Facebook and Amazon pages.

Has anyone ever made a suggestion for one of your stories that you liked so much, you altered said story to include it?

Oh, yes. I’ve never actually altered a story because of a suggestion. But I’m always asking for suggestions for my Steamy Shorts series especially. And several of the stories in that series were written because somebody asked for a particular fantasy. In the intro to Queen Bee, I talk about how someone asked me to do a scene between two males and I couldn’t do it properly because I was too hung up. Queen Bee was written specifically because I didn’t want to leave the request undone. I wanted to do a proper job of that request. So, yes, I take suggestions and requests seriously and I’m always writing what my readers ask for.

Do you write in a linear or non-linear fashion?

Usually a linear fashion. I’m a little bit lazy. I’m always looking for an easier way to write. When I write short pieces like short stories, I usually have only the barest idea of what I’m going to write. The idea being that even if I mess up the investment of time isn’t that bad. Unfortunately, lately I’ve had a couple of serious setbacks with pantsing on short works, so I’m not sure if that was false laziness or not. We’ll have to see. Hen Party ended up way out of hand at almost twice its target length. And I really wasn’t that happy with the result although it was good enough. So I may rethink my process.

However, when I’m writing book length stories, I always plot them first. There’s a number of advantages to being a plotter, one of which is that I can write non-linearly if I wish. But I’ve always preferred to tell the story the way the reader will read it. That is linearly. That way if I decide to make a change, I don’t have to throw out any work. For example, in Well Met in Dragon Life, I decided to add a whole chapter. If I had jumped to write the chapter after and then added a new chapter, I’d have had a major rewrite. However, from time to time, I do suffer from writer’s block. I just don’t want to write the scene I’m working on. In that case, I’ll jump ahead, write a different scene and then come back to the scene I was having problems with. But generally I dislike writing non-linearly.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?

Pay off my debts so I’m not always worrying about money. Then I’d either travel or buy a tiny hobbit house in the woods somewhere.

Since I already live in a cottage town, the only reason to buy a hobbit house is because I’ve always wanted to live in a fantasy house. It used to be a real castle but now I’d like a hobbit hole. Not a nasty, slimy hole but a proper hobbit hole. One that doesn’t need the cleaning that this place does.

As for travel, I’ve always wanted to see the places that gave rise to the fantasy homes I’ve dreamt of. New Zealand and the movie hobbit houses. England, Scotland and Wales for the forests and castles and Doctor Who. Oh, and Harry Potter, of course. France … well, Paris, Toy and I. What can I say?

Maybe I’d just hire a maid service.

Living the dream that’s me.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

The question I’d like to be asked is, “If you could do anything else with your life, what would it be?” Because I’ve done many other things. I still have to do other things to keep the wolf from the door. And the truth is they all suck. The thing that makes me feel most alive, the thing that I most want to do, is write. I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve always dreamed of writing for a living. So the thing I most want to do is to be read. Because if enough people read my books, I can keep writing and publishing my books for a living. And that would make me very happy. And horny. Mustn’t forget that. There is another advantage to writing Erotica, after all.

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Cover of Steamy Shorts 5Thank you, Ms. Ecrivain for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about Jean Ecrivain, you can check out her Facebook and website, and you can find her books on Amazon.

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Friday Reads: The Other Boleyn Girl

Wow, it’s November already! Where has the year gone? You know what the first Friday of the month means: Friday Reads! If you missed it, take a look at last month’s Friday Reads on Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed.

Cover of The Other Boleyn GirlI’m going back to Tudor England this week with The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Before I go any further, if you’ve seen either movie, store that memory away for now, this is about the book. In typical book-to-movie fashion, neither did the book justice. That said, The Other Boleyn Girl (TOBG) book has been a favorite of mine for years. When I first bought it, I had this edition, which I *THINK* is the original paperback edition.

TOBG was one of the first “adult” books I read. It was either end of high school or early in college, when I had my own money and could buy whatever I wanted, without parental input. It sparked the realization that books could contain a lot more than what I’d been reading, and sparked an interest in several other genres and styles. TOBG was my adult “gateway book”, if you will.

TOBG was also the book that sparked my interest in Mary Boleyn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with that name, she was sister to Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and Henry’s official mistress before he fell in love with Anne. There’s also a high likelihood that 2 of her children were his.

SIDE NOTE: This post will contain what some people would consider spoilers. I don’t, simply because TOBG is based on history, and major plot events are common knowledge.

One of the things I like most about Philippa Gregory’s early books (I don’t know if she still does this, because I’m rather behind in my reading) is that she presents “what if” scenarios. For example, in TOBG the reader is given major hints that Anne Boleyn really did sleep with her brother. This adds a different feel to the story that most books about the Boleyn sisters don’t have.

Granted, having these “what if” scenarios means that the book isn’t “real” history. So take what you read with a grain of salt. After all, it’s categorized as historical fiction for a reason. But just because you aren’t being handed a factual account of Mary Boleyn doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

And enjoy it, I do. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read TOBG. I read my first copy to death, literally. The pages started coming unglued and falling out of the book. So I went out and bought a second version. Then an ebook, which, thankfully, can’t ever fall apart.

Part of what led to me reading TOBG so much is the amount of compassion I felt for Mary Boleyn. She’s written as a very kind, somewhat naive character, and many times I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her things would turn out alright in the end, despite knowing they wouldn’t.

Have you read The Other Boleyn Girl? What about other historical fiction books? What’s your favorite era in history? Leave me a comment and let me know, and make sure to check back for next month’s Friday Reads. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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Author Spotlight: C L Barber

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on history teacher and author of the Chronicles of Kilion series, C L Barber.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of Keeper Of The KeystoneMy current book is Keeper of the Keystone, available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon. I am in the final editing stages of my latest book, the sequel, “Key to Dragon Falls which is due out [in a few days] and which I am very excited about!

How well would you fit in in one of your books?

I think I would fit in well with the three main characters as I think each one has an element of me in them and would be people I would like to spend time with. They also end up in Kilion in a castle which I would love! As a historian, I used lots of ideas of medieval history in my work and created a place I would personally like to visit. 

Would you rather your book(s) be filmed for a movie, or a tv series?

I would rather my book be made into a film but think that with the different characters and scenes, that it would also work really well as a tv series. There are lots of likeable character, colourful places, creatures and scenes that would lend it to the screen. In fact, many of the reviews on Amazon state they think it would make a really good film. Fingers crossed.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I am always reading a book as I run a Facebook book club. However, the genre is very different, reading lots of contemporary work and mysteries at the moment so that I don’t lose my voice for my fantasy novels. I have read very few fantasy novels so that I am not tempted to include ideas from other fantasy writers.

What is the hardest scene you’ve ever written?

I wrote about an attack and murders at the start of my first book. I edited it about 20 times and still am not 100% certain I got it completely right. 

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Mother, wife and someone who made a difference.

Would you rather be invisible, or able to read minds?

I would love to be able to read minds. People are so diverse and to know what they think while they are saying something else would be really interesting. 

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?

If I won millions, I’d start an organisation to help people but by surprising people with gifts for what they need. 

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Photo of C L BarberThank you, Ms. Barber for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Have you heard about the Chronicles of Kilion series? Are you a fan of fantasy books? Leave me a comment and let me know.

If you’d like to know more about C L Barber, you can check out her Facebook and Twitter. You can find her books on Amazon.

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Get to Know the Cast

If you have an author friend, or are an author yourself, then you know how talkative characters can be. Mine are no exception. Sometimes I feel like I’m just their conduit, their way for them to speak to the world, rather than their creator.

That said, in the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, I’ve convinced a few of them to grant me interviews. I want to let you, let the world, get to know them. I promise you the interviews will be spoiler free. I’ll be posting one a month in November, December, January and February, each of which will also feature original portraits by the immensely talented Kyle McGill.

I realize that while I’m intimately acquainted with them all, the stars of the Exalted Bloodlines series are all new entities to you. So allow me a moment to introduce my main cast. Elysabeth Vance, daughter of Estel and George, is a senior in college who lives with her best friend of eight years, Shawn Dooley. At this point, they’re more like siblings than friends.

Damien Delanciennes stars opposite Elysabeth. He lives with his rather large family: Donovan and Selini, his parents; and Alyssa, Demetrius, Sebastian, Selene, and Eziano, his siblings.

So far, Selene, Shawn, Damien, and Elysabeth have granted me interviews, and I’ll be posting them in that order. I “sat down” with them before the events of The Most Special Chosen, so take the chance to get to know them before their lives change forever. Perhaps they’ll grant me additional interviews after the release to find out how they’re adjusting.

Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any of the interviews. For now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of Selene’s portrait.

Sneak Peek of Selene Portrait

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