THE LOST | July 26, 2011 | 978-0446584616 | GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING
The first book in the exciting new SIN HUNTERS paranormal romance series
Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .
Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My absolute favorite is J.D. Robb (aka Nora) and her IN DEATH Series. I am such a fan so this is a fan girl moment coming up. Nora's language is amazing in the way she describes things. The relationship between Eve and Roarke is just so heartwarming and loving. Eve - what a heroine. Kick-butt, but tortured in a way that with which we all can identify. Roarke. Oh man, Peabody moment here of drooling. Of course, there is Peabody, McNabb, Feeney and the whole Scooby Gang of friends. Wonderful ensemble cast.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In the fifth grade my teacher assigned a project: to write a 20 page (typed) book on any subject to be placed in a class lending library. I had always been an avid reader and it intrigued me to do this. I went home and started writing (a romance of course). Near the end of the school year my mom had to help me type up 120 pages! I was hooked.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I have two pieces of advice actually. The first came from my mother: Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. The second is from me: Never give up. The publishing industry is rough and unpredictable. You have to not only work on the craft of writing, but also understanding the business aspects of it. But if you can't imagine not writing, you have to give it your all and not let rejection deter you. We all go through it and somehow, we survive and are stronger for it.
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Please describe your writing environment.
I'm the kind of author that just picks up and writes anywhere and everywhere. I write on the train on my commute to and from work during the week. At home I write will lounging on my couch (okay, maybe more plopping than lounging). Summer weekends are my favorite because I have a little balcony and head out there to write and read. I love being outdoors and writing, so that's the best combination.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The most challenging part of the writing is balancing that career with my family, friends and my full time job. Sometimes it's tough, but I always make family and friends first. Balancing the writing and my day job requires me to walk a fine line, but so far I've somehow managed to do it and most of my clients know I write and think it's pretty cool.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My family and friends have been my constant support and for that I am eternally grateful. I could not do it without them to help me out and cheer me on. My friends, especially my writing friends at the awesome Liberty States Fiction Writers, are always there for me. You guys rock!
Do you like to mix genres?
I love to mix genres. I think a lot of my paranormal work, from THE CALLING Vampire series to THE LOST, involves mixing paranormal romance and romantic suspense. THE CALLING leans more toward the suspense part while THE LOST is a really dark and sexy paranormal suspense. I love what the elements of both those genres bring to the table and love mixing them up in varying amounts.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I am reading CONSPIRACY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. I've got a short break between deadlines and am trying to catch up on my TBR pile. I'm really enjoying this one, which is one of the earlier ones in the series, I believe (there are so many it's tough to remember). This story involves someone who is killing people by stealing their body parts. Exciting so far. Touching when Eve and Roarke share some fun during a blizzard.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
Well, I love swag. Who doesn't? So I sign up for e-mails from some of the more well-known producers of promotional materials. Some will even ship you free samples for you to explore so you can make up your mind about whether to get them. I love getting the e-mails and seeing what swag my readers might like. Plus, the e-mails often include special pricing that makes the swag much more affordable. I love bargains. Readers who want some swag can contact me via the website. I do send out some of the smaller items to fans. (While supplies last of course).
Thank you so much for having me with you!
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