AL: Hi Fiona Thanks for being in the “Author Spotlight” this week.
Fiona: Thanks so much for having me Ann!
AL: So, tell us what’s happening with you.
Fiona: I've recently moved to a new place and now living amidst boxes and bags. Between myself and my husband, we have a TON of books. I love having shelves and shelves of books - but man they are a pain to box up and move!
AL: You have a bunch of books for us to read. Which one would you like to tell us about?
Fiona: Today I'd like to talk about Night Haven, the first installment of the Bloodwolves series at Samhain Publishing. The novella is about Dina - a bloodwolf - who lost her ability to shift because she found herself wildly attracted to her enemy - a vampire. The story is about Dina's struggle to overcome preconceived notions - and expectations she has set for herself.
AL: What other works are you “whipping” up for us?
Fiona: I have a bunch of fun projects in the works! Night Legacy - a second installment of the Bloodwolf series, a sci-fi space opera, and a couple of romantic suspense stories. So many ideas and so little time:)
AL: Have you ever wanted to write your book in one direction but your characters wanted to go in another direction. What did you do in such a situation?
Fiona: I've definitely had a situation like that. Its both a blessing and a curse. I'm a plotter, so when my character insists on going another way, the control freak in me starts to well, freak:) But I also have a healthy respect for my muse. (Plus if I go against my intuition the words tend to dry up). If a character makes the story go another way, I pretty much have to let them - it always makes for a better story.
AL: Who is your strongest, sexiest, most lovable, hottest hero/heroine? Why?
Fiona: Oh man, I'm not sure! I love Mateo Rivera from my contemporary erotic romance Pas De Deux. And Dina from Night Haven is a strong stubborn kickass heroine - I just love that... So hard to pick one without upsetting the others:)
AL: Where do most of your ideas spring from? Music? Movies? TV? Dreams?
Fiona: Yes to all of the above:) Ideas are usually easy - and I got to a point where I'm consciously collecting them. I love going out to places and just overhearing people talk - there's a well of ideas to explore just from snippets of conversations. The hard part is fitting them together to spin a cohesive story.
AL: Summer is here. Grab a drink and let’s settle by the pool – What is your favorite part about this sizzling summer season?
Fiona: Hmm... shirtless guys walking around... And yummy BBQ:)
AL: If you could go anywhere in the world and in any time…where would you go? What would you do? And why that time-period?
Fiona: I think I would go to feudal Japan and study the way of the ninja. I'm fascinated with Japanese martial arts, especially the art of stealth. (Plus it would force me to get off the computer and work out)
AL: What annoys you enough to be considered a pet peeve?
Fiona: One of my biggest pet peeves is when people assume writing is easy. This is often the case with romance writing. You hear everything from "its just formula" or "if I had the time" or all sorts of other excuses. That kind of attitude bugs the heck out of me!
AL: What decadent delight must you have no matter what?
Fiona: I get a massage once a month :) Its one of those necessary luxuries that I simply have to have.
AL: What do you hope for your writing career in the next few years? Any goals that you have yet to obtain that you have set for yourself?
Fiona: My goal is write a full length 90k novel. I've finished a very rough draft of a contemporary romantic suspense - just short of the word count goal - but it should plump up with revisions :)
AL: Please share a favorite quote(s) with us.
Fiona: One of my favorite quotes if from the Tempest: "O brave new world, That has such people in't!"
AL: Thanks so much for joining us, Fiona.
Fiona: Thank you so much for having me Ann!
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Desire cuts both ways…
Nothing gives Dina more pleasure than leaving the vampires she hunts to the mercy of the dawn. And yet most humans she is sworn to protect seem all too happy to offer up their necks. She has vowed never to be like those needy creatures yet, three months ago, she allowed a vampire to kiss her. The memory still makes her body burn—and her skin heat with humiliation.
For over twenty empty years, Luke has lived in a world of dead pleasure and burning sunrise, feeding off those who long for immortality and taboo thrills. Only his art makes him feel half-alive. Until one night in a dark, moody nightclub, where a reckless, amber-eyed bloodwolf left behind her clean, sharp scent—and an ache in his blood nothing but another taste can ease.
Finally, with the chance to purge Luke out of her system, Dina moves in for the kill. But she comes to a horrifying realization. She can no longer shift, and the desire to taste him—body, soul and blood—is making her crazy. As an enraged bloodwolf threatens to rip them both apart, she may just be crazy enough to trust Luke with her life.
Warning: Contains interspecies lust between a bloodwolf and a vampire, and desire thick enough to cut with a blade.
She should have kicked his ass after she’d kissed him—tall, dark and undead, wearing ancient leather with a matching attitude. Dina should have guessed he was a vampire three months ago instead of being sucked in by those dark, smoldering green eyes that looked like they could pin her to the wall and leave her shuddering.
He hadn’t smelled like blood then, and she’d needed to wipe away a horrid evening. That night had been the first and last time that she’d agreed to be set up. She’d slammed her fist into her date’s arrogant snout the second time Roguell had said she should be having babies—no doubt with him—instead of out hunting vampires.
So she’d made out with one instead—a perfect way to end a hellish evening. And here she was dejaing this vu while a blonde armed with a sloppy smile draped herself over the same guy. Even in the dim lights of the bar, Dina could track them easily though the hip Thursday crowd.
Because it wasn’t party night, the music didn’t scream and bang with drums and vocals. Instead, the trio on the small raised stage plucked out cool blues. Tomorrow, the tables would be cleared to cram in girls sporting barely-there skirts and knockoff perfume. They would dance on the black shine of the bar secure in their own invincibility and youth. Just like the grinning blonde who leaned closer to the vampire Dina was hunting.
Brooding and handsome—another reason Dina had lost her mind that night. His type always appealed to her—the square hero’s jaw, wavy brown hair that glinted a bit in the light, the long lean body under the soft leather of his jacket.
He’d kissed like a wet dream.
He was a damned vampire, which was why she had spent the last few months haunting Santa Barbara bars until she found him again. As soon as he showed a bit of fang, she’d have enough justification to kill him and clear her conscience.
A bloodwolf making out with a vamp. If she’d heard that about someone else, she would have died laughing.