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Friday, October 5, 2012

Interview with Azura Ice, author of Absinthe Dawn!

About the author:

Azura Ice writes several subgenres of romance, which includes but is not limited to het, ménage, m/m and can be set in contemporary times or even in a far away world or another dimension. Azura's muse leads her by the hand, and her fingers do the light-speed typing.
Who is Azura Ice? She's a full-time author who is owned by two crazy felines of tabby descent (although they swear they're of Egyptian lineage). Azura writes in an attic study that overlooks a beautiful valley, and enjoys her husband's company when he's permitted to enter her domain. However, if he brings offerings of coffee and an occasional chocolaty treat, she's inclined to let him in her office more often.
Azura takes her writing seriously, so she doesn't hang out on group loops (she tries to avoid shiny object syndrome), but if you'd like to contact her, interview her, etc., you can reach her at,visit her at,or you can visit her other pen name sites at and


Holly: Hi Azura Ice!  Can you tell us a little bit about your book, Absinthe Dawn?

Azura Ice: Absinthe Dawn is book 3 in The Crimson Bane Bane Battles. This is a post-apocalypse story—an unusual type of demon has infiltrated our world—full of paranormal elements, adventure, some mystery, and loads of suspense. Oh, and if you’re a fan of m/m romance, books 1 through 3 center on Skorpe, a Parallelan from an alternate dimension, and Ian, a human, or an Earthie as Parallelans call us.

In Absinthe Dawn, Skorpe and Ian have been separated and go through many trials of fire to find one another again. In the process, Skorpe discovers a clue to what is changing people into the Bane’s Converts.
Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Azura Ice: You’re out demon hunting (because you’re that kind of awesome) and you come across one about to kill a young couple. He has not seen you yet; what is your first course of action?

Holly: Where can we purchase Absinthe Dawn?

Azura Ice: If you want Absinthe Dawn and the rest of The Crimson Bane Battles, you can get them at Decadent Publishing here and you can find the series at,,, Smashwords, and most other e-book distributors.
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Azura Ice: Oh, yes... Well, maybe, lol. Decadent recently contracted three more of my manuscripts, but I’m unsure if these three will be out in 2012 or early 2013. I have an erotic contemporary fantasy romance called Fire in Winter which is part of their line, The Edge.

There there’s book two of the Sky Streamers SFR series titled Sacrifices. And I also have another 1Night Stand book coming out called Something to Howl About.

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Azura Ice: A paranormal romance novel my agent will handle, a sequel to a paranormal/fantasy menage romance, and I’m revising a how-to series for writers into an updated version all in one volume. Plus I have a lot of Absinthe Kisses, book four of The Crimson Bane Battles, already mapped out.

Holly: Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?

Azura Ice: My very first real, made-some-money publication was a short YA story for a magazine that has now closed its doors. I still have the photocopy of the check in a frame hanging in my upstairs office.

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

Azura Ice: Dealing with the fickleness of traditional publishing.

Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news, what are your plans for 2012/2013?

Azura Ice: By the first part of 2013, I plan to have my latest full paranormal romance novel turned into my agent. Other than that, I have several books in three series to write.

Holly: Where do you see yourself at in five years—writing wise?

Azura Ice: I plan to attend several book signings and conventions. However, I hate to travel alone, so I’ll have to find someone to go with me. Any takers? LOL!

Holly: What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?

Azura Ice: Just sitting down and getting in the zone. Then you look up thinking only fifteen minutes have passed when it’s actually two and a half hours later.

Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just can not?

Azura Ice: Crime mysteries. I love the genre, but don’t have the time or the resources needed for all the legal research involved in crime fiction.

Holly: If you are published with a publisher, how long did it take you to get published?

Azura Ice: I started submitting my material when I was seventeen, but began serious submissions for a writing career when I was about twenty-one. My first story was published within a few months, but I didn’t begin submitting to publishers until about ten years ago. At that time traditional publishers were only taking agented submissions, so I didn’t have my current agent then. As for e-publishers, my first serious submission to one was nine years ago and I’ve been writing for e-publishers ever since. I write under several different pen names. A couple of my pseudonyms are exclusively for those two or three publishers.

Holly: What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?

Azura Ice: I’m usually fine with the first drafts. I will revise a day or so after that first draft, fleshing out the plot, characters, and maybe some settings. However, I let a manuscript sit for at least two weeks before I begin second, third or even a fourth revision. I believe with all my heart that one huge mistake writers make is not letting h/her work sit long enough before submitting the ms. If work is polished until it’s pristine, the acceptances will begin outweighing the rejections.

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

Azura Ice: If you’re looking for books that are unique as in some dark humor and focus more on plot and character growth than sticky, sweaty, dripping sex, I invite you to investigate my books. And if you like the sticky, sweaty, dripping sex—LOL!—many of my titles have that, too. Also, if you’re a fan of m/m romance, check out The Crimson Bane Battles. The first three books are m/m romance, but book for will be half het romance and half m/m.

Holly: Have you ever read a book that made you so mad, sad, happy, and excited and so many other emotions that even though you loved it your might not ever read it again? If so, what book?

Azura Ice: Yes, Billie Letts’ Where the Heart Is.

Random Quickies!

Holly: When do you prefer to read?

Azura Ice: In the evenings after supper and the kids are home from school and settled for the night and when my late-night programs start around 9PM.

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?

Azura Ice: I like both, but lean toward werewolves the most. Vamps are just overdone.

Holly: Witches or Zombies?

Azura Ice: Zombies, even though I find them very disturbing, lol. I love The Walking Dead, but every episode will give me nightmares that same night.

Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?

Azura Ice: Both. I have crowded bookshelves and an iPad that’s bursting with e-books.

Holly: Favorite color?

Azura Ice: Red.

Holly: Pepsi or Coke?

Azura Ice: Coke.

Holly: Favorite movie?

Azura Ice: Hmm...I’ve been watching and re-watching the Blade Trilogy of late. Yeah, I know what I just said about vamps, but the Blade movies are unique to me.

Holly: Swimming pool or ocean/lake?

Azura Ice: Ocean and lake, although that doesn’t mean I’ll swim if the water’s not clear, lol.

Holly: TV Shows or Movies?

Azura Ice: Both, but I tend to watch TV shows more. I’m really hooked on several series such as Falling Skies, Being Human (U.S. version), Pretty Little Liars, and several others.

Holly: Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?

Azura Ice: Dark, it’s good for you and has a richer, deeper flavor.

Absinthe Dawn
by Azura Ice

When explosions at the Standoff Point separate Ian and Skorpe, one is left with a concussion and the other is forced to take command of a small group and flee north.
The two lovers vow to find one another a second time, but there’s only one problem...Regina, Ian’s old fiancée, is determined to mend fences and make him hers again.

Stuck in the mountains, and regardless of the Bane spreading across the countryside, Ian begins a long trek, making his way back to the man he loves. However, Skorpe has a problem, too—a very handsome one. Can Ian and Skorpe’s love survive distance and temptation?

Finally, he asked, “So, do you have any idea how we can protect ourselves from the mutated Bane?”
Shrugging, Regina stretched her legs out in front of her and kicked off her sneakers. “I guess the medical and science teams will have to collaborate on methods of detecting these things.”
“How long will it take for them to come up with something to do that?”
“I don’t know,” she replied, her tone grave. “We might not be able to come up with anything at all. We know very little about the mutations’ anatomy or their abilities. Total physicals will be necessary, but who knows if a Convert can hide their abnormalities?”
“Oh, this just gets better and better.”
“Look, the only things we can do are”—she held one hand up and ticked off her fingers—“to be extremely careful, question everything and everyone, and to watch for anything that seems even slightly suspicious.”
“Since you’re a pro at all that, you shouldn’t have a problem surviving.” The moment the words left Ian’s mouth, he winced. He hadn’t meant to voice his thoughts or for them to sound so mean. “Regina, I—”

She burst out laughing. “Don’t worry, Ian. Your honesty is one of the things I’ve always loved about you. Besides, you’re right. My suspicious nature will probably be one of my best survival assets.”
Their gazes met across the cargo hold. A pang of regret pierced Ian. Things might’ve been different if Regina hadn’t been so neurotic or unpredictable, her love of materialistic things overriding everything else during their long relationship. He loved Skorpe—there was no doubt about that—but regardless of his volatile love affair with Regina, a part of his heart still softened whenever he looked at her.
“Is there any chance you’ll leave Skorpe and take me back?” she asked abruptly.
He blinked, his thoughts scattering. Leave it to Regina to cut to the core of a matter.
“No.” He shook his head. “I love him, Regi, and we’re life partners now.”
A frown marred her pretty features. “I just don’t get it. How can you bang a dude?”
His eyebrows rose, and his mouth dropped open. Finally, he found his voice again. “Can’t we talk about something else?”
“I’m just trying to understand what made you switch sides.”
“I didn’t switch sides,” he protested. “I fell in love.”
“With a dude.”
Ian groaned and swiped one hand over his face. “This conversation is pointless.”
“Feminine wiles can be very difficult to fight off.”
“So can feminine teeth and claws.”


  1. Thank you for having me at Full Moon Bites!


  2. Wonderful interview ladies! Wow, Azura, you certainly are busy, but that's good, right?

    All the best!


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