Please join me for an author interview with Thea Landen! Also do not miss the excerpt and giveaway below! :)
Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)
Thea Landen: I pretend to be a classy, sophisticated published author of erotic literature…but in reality, my life is filled with mundane occurrences such as pushing the vacuum cleaner around and coming to terms with the fact that I will never be able to apply my own eyeliner and have it look good. In addition to writing, I like to knit and play video games. I have yet to discover a way of doing all those things at the same time (and still stay on top of the vacuuming as well).
Holly: I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Thea Landen: Write. No, really. Thinking about writing is not the same as writing. Talking to your friends about writing is not the same as writing. Going to websites and reading up on techniques and asking questions can be helpful, but those are not the same as writing. It can be a big scary leap to get started and put yourself out there, but it’s the only way to do it! Also, accept right now that not everyone in the world is going to like what you write. Writing is an art form, it’s subjective by nature. Hearing “ugh, this story sucks!” is going to sting, of course, but don’t let it stop you!
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Thea Landen: I’m about ¾ of the way through a sequel to my first novella, Searching the Skies. (The sequel has yet to be named. I need to get on that.) I also have a few chapters written of my first foray into lesbian fiction, but I really want to get the sequel done first!
Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?
Thea Landen: After saying I would never go into that genre, I have an idea for a YA book that I might try to get “traditionally” published. That’s still a ways in the future, though, as there are still plenty of erotic romances I want to write.
Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?
Thea Landen: Though I haven’t set pen to paper yet (or fingers to keyboard), I do have a sequel planned forDisintegration. Just one follow-up; this most likely is not going to be a series.
Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just cannot?
Thea Landen: I LOVE mysteries (Agatha Christie is my favorite), but I’ve always said I’m not smart enough to write them. I can never figure out who the killer is on my own!
Holly: If you are published with a publisher, how long did it take you to get published?
Thea Landen: Honestly, not terribly long. I wrote my first original novella (the aforementioned Searching the Skies) in August/September of 2011, and it was published in January 2012. However, I did get rejected from the first publisher I submitted to, and I credit any success I may find to my editor at Carnal Desires/Double Dragon. She took a chance on me (which was awfully nice of her, considering how sloppy I was when it came to certain things) and really helped me clean up my writing. I’ve learned so much from her, and she’s always been wonderful to work with.
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thea Landen: I can never thank the people who support me enough. Nothing ever beats the thrill of hearing praise for a creative endeavor you’ve put so much time and hard work into. I know “I couldn’t do it without you, the readers!” gets thrown around so often, but it’s true!
Holly: What are some of the pro’s and con’s of being published by a verses being self-published in your opinion?
Thea Landen: I do have some experience with self-publishing (I released a set of FREE short erotic prequels to Disintegration - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/279206), but for the most part, I prefer going through a publisher. There are so many aspects of publication that someone else takes care of – formatting, cover design, and distribution are the biggies – that I am SO glad not to have to deal with, which leaves more time for writing!
Holly: Pepsi or coke?
Thea Landen: Pepsi! Bonus points if it’s cherry-flavored.
Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?
Thea Landen: I usually keep a bag of Ghirardelli squares on hand.
Holly: Favorite movie?
Thea Landen: It’s a tie between One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Clue. (The answer I give depends on how high-brow I want to be at that given moment.)
Holly: Why do you like eReaders more?
Thea Landen: I love being able to browse and purchase from anywhere, including my own couch. I’m free of the restrictions of brick-and-mortar stores (they can’t stock everything!), and there are a lot of great cheap and free reads to be found. Best of all, my Kindles take up far less space in my house than my old books!
Holly: Favorite color?
Thea Landen: Green
Holly: Do you own a laptop or desktop computer?
Thea Landen: Laptop
Holly: If laptop what kind do you own ands would you recommend it to other authors?
Thea Landen: I own a laptop. I like being able to move around my house as necessary. I just got an HP (after being a Dell customer for years) with Windows 7, and I love it. With it, I ordered MS Office 2010; I’d heard the new MS Word had some great features, and while I haven’t explored all of them yet, I do like the little changes I’ve noticed so far.
by Thea Landen
Erotic Fantasy/Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Carnal Desires/Double Dragon Publishing
January 28, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 53,000
Double Dragon Publishing: http://double-dragon-publishing.com/single.php?ISBN=1-77115-060-2
Dutiful soldier Callum Renwick wakes up in the underground laboratory of a mercenary organization. He learns he was the sole survivor of an attack that destroyed his unit, his hometown, and his family. In addition to the loss of his loved ones, he discovers that due to his injuries, half his body has been supplanted by artificial skin and cybernetic parts. Once he has recovered, he is assigned to the care of Ro Bernard, who leads the effort to turn him into a powerful assassin. She is outspoken, yet secretive, and uses unconventional means to mold him into a depraved killer. Mind games and rough sex are in her repertoire of training tactics, and Callum is both infuriated and fascinated by her. As he comes to terms with his grief and his new role, many of his biological body parts fail and must be replaced. Will he adapt to survive in Ro’s world and exact vengeance on the woman who ordered the attack that changed his life?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
“Where…where am I?” Callum’s throat was dry, and he could manage little more than a choked whisper. “Who are you? What happened?”
“One inquiry at a time. You’ve been through a lot, after all.” The man adjusted the collar of his pristine white coat. “I am Dr. Zedek. You’re in my laboratory, which is part of a larger underground facility.”
He swallowed and was able to muster a louder volume. “How did you know my name?”
Zedek tapped his wrist, below the restraints. “As soon as we saw you were a member of the Tektani military, we located and scanned your chip.”
“Military….” Memories wafted through his mind like a cold breeze. “There was an attack…at the border.”
“Indeed there was.”
Callum furrowed his brow as he recalled the images of the grotesque weapons that had hit his tank. “Where are the others?”
The doctor’s smile disappeared. “Unfortunately, you were the only member of your unit we found alive.”
He closed his eyes. Grief and panic formed a nauseating pit in his stomach. There were so many questions, but his top priority remained unchanged. “Meyta…I need to get out of here. I need to get home to my family.” He struggled to sit up and couldn’t. “Let me go.”
“We can’t. Not yet.”
“I need to go home. I have to get back to Serne.”
He cringed, not wanting to hear what he was certain the next words were going to be.
“Serne is gone. Everything within thirty miles of Tektan’s border was decimated.”
“No.” He fought against the restraints. “They were supposed to be safe there. Everyone moved far enough away.”
“No!” The cuffs held him in place, and he thrashed against them. His exertion was futile.
“Doctor, his heart rate’s all over the place,” spoke a second man behind Callum.
Zedek leaned forward. “Callum, listen to me. I know you’ve had quite the shock, and there was no good way to break the news to you. But we went through an awful lot trying to save your life, and you may not be out of the woods yet. You need to calm down.”
He attempted to relax and slow his breathing. “Okay…I’m okay.” He swiveled his head to the opposite side to see who the second person was. Before he could get a good look at the man, he caught sight of the other side of his body.
His arm was a pure black hue, and gave off a glossy shine. When he twisted his wrist to see the underside of his palm, he saw the mechanical joints of his fingers. Lifting his head, he saw the smooth material extending down the line of his torso. His leg looked utterly inhuman and unnatural. It responded to his commands, and he rotated his ankle without difficulty, but it was a poor match for the tanned flesh on the opposite side.
He trembled, and the sickening feeling increased. “What did you do to me?”
“We saved your life. You were badly injured, and—”
“What did you do to me?” he screamed. He put all his strength into breaking free of his bindings. Though he didn’t know where he was, he needed to escape. He was trapped in the worst nightmare his imagination could conjure, and he was desperate for any way out.
Zedek stood up. “Sedate him.”
Callum wanted to beg him for answers, to choke an explanation out of him. His limbs grew heavy, and he was unable to speak. Through the haze of the drugs that coursed through his system, he thought he saw a woman appear at the side of the table. He didn’t have time to examine her closely before he was thrust back into unconsciousness.
Thea Landen lives in
husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to
encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to
help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a
special fondness for science fiction and fantasy and anything that pushes the
imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about
writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing
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