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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Shayla Black!

Please help me welcome Shayla Black to Full Moon Bites--New York Times bestselling author of over 30 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers; to name a couple of her series’ The Doomsday Bretheren and Wicked Lover.

Holly: Hi, Shayla, so glad to have you here! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Shayla Black: Sure! I live in Texas with my fantastic husband, my munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In my"free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.  Especially when I am writing.
I enjoy getting together with friends when time allows and am an avid “Rock Band” lover.  LOL

Holly: The reason you are here today is to help promote your up coming Doomsday Bretheren novel, Embrace Me at Dawn which came out May 29, 2012. What was your first inspiration for the world that the Doomsday Bretheren is set?

Shayla Black: I first saw the movie “Excalibur” many years ago and I thought to myself, In today’s world of technology, science and logic, few people realize that magic lives and breathes-and walks on two legs-among mortals. Or that magickind possesses a weapon that can hurt, heal, comfort, destroy, grant fantasies, bring peace. Or, in the hands of someone terrible and strong enough to call forth its power, the weapon can bring about Doomsday.
Created during the days of the Round Table, it resurfaces in modern-day London and is sought by a wizard of evil brilliance with one goal: dominion over human and magical worlds alike. Only a band of wizards, enemies who must learn to become friends and accept love, can save the world from destruction.

The idea took off from there and the characters started telling me their stories.

Holly: The first novel in the series, Tempt Me with Darkness, is about Marrok and Olivia Gray. The first book in a series is usually always the most important and where we get the really ’big’ characters that will be important to future books in some way. Can you tell us a little bit about this first novel and the main characters?

Shayla Black: Well, Marrok is an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction. As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body. . . Morganna!

For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned the witch.

Olivia is a modern woman about to discover ancient magic.Olivia shares a mystical—and irresistible—connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful—and intimate—than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna’s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love—with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren—can save them.

All of the other characters like Bram, Sabelle, Ice, Simon and Shock play into the stories as all of it comes together.

Holly: The second novel, Seduce Me in Shadow, followed a little over a year later; did you find it more difficult to write this second novel than you did Tempt Me with Darkness?

Shayla Black: All of the books unfolded with a few surprises for me, but Caden’s story was a very interesting one because he was in denial of his heritage, and I knew that it would have lasting effects on the Brethren and his Mate was going to have to be one super special lady.  I love Caden and Sydney and think they bring a really intense dynamic to the series.

Holly: The following two books in the series, both getting 4.0+ ratings according to Goodreads, Possess Me at and Entice Me at Twilight have been called captivating, intense, and sexy and action packed. With praise like that one has to wonder about what kind of pressure it puts on the next novel.

Shayla Black: I am always a little humbled and surprised by readers reactions that are so positive and above all grateful.  The pressure for me is always making sure I am true to the characters and writing the best story I can write and then I just hope they will enjoy it. 

Holly: How many novels do you plan for this series?

Shayla Black: That really depends upon the readers!  LOL  They have told me they want Bram’s story and to see him find his Mate Emma, and of course, everyone wants to read Shock’s story.  So at the very least those two. There may be some surprises – I am not sure. 

Holly: Before 2010, you had a book out a year, if you do not mind my asking why the interval between Entice Me at Twilight and Embrace Me At Dawn?

Shayla Black: Besides other deadlines for other books, I made the decision to buy out my contract for the Doomsday Brethren because I felt the need to have total control and freedom to take the stories where I knew they wanted to go.  This is never a fast process, so that is the reason for the delay.  I am thrilled with this creative freedom and think that the books will be even more exciting and intense.

Holly: Now in 2012, looking back to the first novel in the series published in 2008; has the general idea you first had for the series then stayed the same or has it changed with the books?

Shayla Black: The general idea is still exactly the same, but now with all of the control in my hands I can really be free to write the stories that I want to, that the readers will hopefully love and be in control of release dates as well.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to readers?

Shayla Black: Thank you so much for everything!  Really.  I love the Tweets and Facebook interactions and I really appreciate the patience and support everyone showed while waiting for “Embrace Me At Dawn.”  I am really a people person and love meeting the readers and have had some great fun this year already and want to say thank you for coming to where I am for signings and to say hello.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Authors After Dark in August and RAW in September.

Holly: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Shayla Black: I have to plot and I have to talk about it.  I think that goes back to being a people person.  I like to talk it out.  J 


 


Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.


Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink's Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader's Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance.


A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.


Have something to say? Contact Shayla or visit her on her Facebook page.



In honor of Shayla being here on FMB I am going to giveaway a Kindle copy of Embrace Me at Dawn! Enter via the Rafflecopter below to win!


Description:

No man will ever define her again.


No woman can ever take her place.

Lucan’s world crumbled when Anka escaped Mathias and sought protection from his long-time rival, Shock. Now she has returned, and Lucan must train her to confront a new and terrible danger that threatens magickind. With every punch, blow, and parry, Lucan discovers that Anka isn’t the demure wife he once knew, and his growing desire for this woman is a need he can’t control. He vows to do whatever it takes to reclaim her heart and make her his once more. But when the Doomsday Brethren are forced to make an unlikely alliance, it will test Anka’s resolve like never before. To survive, she and Lucan must rely on one another, face their deepest fears…and expose the dark secrets that threaten to destroy everything, including their love.
Anka MacTavish lost everything when Mathias D’Arc captured her, shattered her bond with her mate, and broke both her body and spirit. Determined to heal her bleeding soul, she joins the Doomsday Brethren’s fight to vanquish the evil wizard and seize her revenge. But becoming a magical warrior will require close contact with her former mate, the love who’s never left her heart, Lucan. And she’ll have to explain why she left him and fled to the arms of another lover…


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