Wicked Passion (Under Realm Assassins: Book Three) by Amanda J. Greene (Interview)

Wicked Passion
Under Realm Assassins
Book Three
Amanda J. Greene
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication:  6/18/19
Number of pages: 130
Word Count: 50,000
Cover Artist: Kim Killian  
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Book Description:

James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate—an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can’t resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.

Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock dormant instincts within her, an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.

Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and wickedly seductive—his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.

Can Katya’s passion conquer the darkness within his soul?

 

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Excerpt:

He was too strong, too tantalizing. Forbidden. She could find another source. One not so threatening, tame. Surely, he could take her to a city where she could steal bits of energy from others. Happiness, laughter, contentment, love, she could leech off any positive aura. She’d survived doing just that within her tribe. None dared to touch her, or directly interact with her unless they required her healing gifts, so she’d been left to feed off scraps of emotion and energy.

She flattened her palms against his chest and tried in vain to push him away. Her cheeks heated in embarrassment, she was pathetically weak. “I—”

“Need me.” His rich voice was roughened with passion.

Katya trembled with yearning. Oh, yes, she needed. But would he demand she surrender? Could she? He was a vampire, an immortal immune to magic, invincible. Perhaps with him, she could let go. She could find pleasure. She could be herself, completely, like never before. He wasn’t like anyone else. He could withstand her darkness. He could match her cravings.

As if reading her thoughts, his hard bronze gaze swirled with challenge, hunger, and untamable lust. “Kiss me as if you want to live.”

“I do.” Her claws sharpened, the tips sliced his shirt and pricked his flesh. “I will.”

She claimed his mouth possessively, her tongue twining his until he groaned for more and took it. His hand clamped on the back of her nape, his grip tightened, holding her still as he slanted his head and deepened the kiss.

Long forgotten sensation rocked her. This powerful male was the embodiment of temptation and danger—irresistibly addictive.

He shifted as if to move away and dread lanced her. A harsh growl escaped her lips. Did he intend to end the kiss? No! She needed this. Needed him.

Katya wound her arms around his waist. Holding him captive, she arched against him, pressing her breasts to his solid chest, the contact delicious, perfect—right.

His mental shields lowered even more and lust battered her senses. Katya unleashed her magic and pleasure slammed into her. His. Hers. She didn’t know where one ended and the other began. It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered. His origins and her past of no consequence.

The first draw of his power hit her like a cannon, devastating her weakened body, leaving her a trembling mess of tingles and shivers. Good Lady, she’d never known anything like this. Never tasted so much strength. Her body hummed, her blood sizzled, her magic burned and her soul soared. On and on, intense vitality coursed through her, consuming, dizzying. She never wanted this connection to end.

Brazenly, seeking, demanding more of his desire, she stroked her tongue across one of his fangs. He stilled. Was he waiting for her to do it again? Did he want her to draw blood? The idea made her head spin.

Katya caressed his other fang. He groaned into her mouth and his large frame shook—from pleasure or restraint?


Interview with Amanda J. Greene

1. When did you first start your writing career?

I began writing when I was in middle school and braved the world of indie-publishing about ten years ago. It has been a wild journey, but it’s been one the most rewarding a fulfilling of my professional life.

2. What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?

I’ve always enjoyed the paranormal romance genre. I think the magical/mythical aspect of paranormal romance is what draws me in. The possibilities are endless.

3. What is your ideal writing time, place, and/or ritual?

I have to schedule my writing time as best I can between my day job, school, and family life. Most weekend mornings and afternoons I spend locked in my office with a mug of strong coffee and a wonderful smelling Bath and Body Works candle. That being said, I do the majority of my writing late at night, taking advantage of my insomnia. There is just something so peaceful about writing when the house is quiet and dark.

4. Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?

Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde was the book that sparked my love for paranormal romance. Lately, I’ve been reading Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter. But I’ve also been moving through Sarah MacLean and Monica McCarty’s romances and have started kicking around with the idea of trying my hand at historical romance.

5. Any advice for the budding authors out there?

I wish I had started self-publishing sooner. If writing is truly your passion there is no sense in waiting. Read blogs, articles, and maybe even pick up some “self-help” type books regarding publishing and advertising. Just go for it!

Thank you for having me here with you today and for hosting a stop for Wicked Passion (Under Realm Assassins #3) blog tour.

I’d like to wish you all happy reading!


 

About the Author:

Amanda J. Greene is the author of the captivating Rulers of Darkness and the enticing Under Realm Assassins series. Fans of Nalini Singh’s, Gena Showalter, and J.R. Ward will fall in love with Ms. Greene’s dangerously sexy heroes and strong, kick your teeth in heroines.

She lives in Southern California with her supportive military husband and their two fur babies—a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious black mouth cur mix. Between working full time in higher education and family life, she finds time to write and create detailed worlds with exciting characters for her ravenous readers.

“Amanda’s vampires are seriously sexy and I can’t get enough!” – Kristina’s Books & More

“Fans of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld, and J.R. Wards’ BD are in for a treat…” – That’s What I’m Talking About

Blog: http://www.amandajgreene.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaJGreeneAuthor/

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Enticing The Boss by Lily Bly (Interview)

perf5.000x8.000.inddEnticing the Boss

by Lily Bly

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GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss.

 David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.


EXCERPT:

“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog.

“Jean.”

He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.

“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.

He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.


About the author…

authorphoto_lblogo_whiteLily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.

Web: www.LilyBly.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LilyBlyLove

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lilyblylove/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LilyBlyLove


Interview With Lily Bly

1.) When did you first start your writing career?

Lily Bly: I started seriously pursuing it about five years ago, but I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. Story ideas come easily to me. I was that nerd who spent her afterschool hours hanging out in the library stacks, and I’ve never been able to pass up a new notebook and pen.

2.) What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?

Lily Bly: I write erotic romance, and I like the uncompromised entirety of it—its completeness. There are no sweet pan-aways to waves on the shoreline. The characters’ full experiences are laid bare.

3.) What is your ideal writing time, place and/or ritual?

Lily Bly: I usually write between breakfast and lunch and then at night after the kids are in bed. I have a comfy desk set up, but sometimes I’ll switch to using a laptop or paper and pen in another part of the house or even outside for a while. I can write anywhere so long as I have access to my WIP playlists.

4.) Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?

Lily Bly: Every time I read a book, I’m inspired to write. If it’s a book that I didn’t particularly care for, I want to write a better one. If I really loved the book, was drawn into the story, and left wishing it wouldn’t end, I’m reminded of why I write and inspired to do more of it. I hope to be able to give readers that experience some day.

5.) Any advice for the budding authors out there?

Lily Bly: Develop a thick skin. You will have to face rejection before acceptance. It’s guaranteed. Also, consider writing rules (even the multitude from Stephen King) with the Captain Barbossa approach—They’re “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Stay true to your story.


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Obsession Of A Djinni By Claudia Herring (Interview)

OBSESSIONS OF A DJINNI by Claudia Herring, Romantic Fantasy, 374 pp, $15.99 (paperback) $.99 (Kindle)

Title: OBSESSIONS OF A DJINNI

Author: Claudia Herring

Publisher: Caravanserai Publishing

Pages: 374

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

 
A djinni seduces his master’s young bride, forcing her to make a fateful choice.A world of mysterious powers and tumultuous intrigues comes to life
in Regency England as a djinni, burdened with a dark secret, is thrown
into a love triangle fraught with subterfuge.

Will he defeat his nemesis or be betrayed?

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Prologue

I am Djinn. I am abandoned.

Another day of countless days. Waiting. A torture, but not the worst I have endured.

The light of this place sets me on edge. I know not its origin. Where the brightness falls illumines my carpets, colors rivaling my jewels, the finest weave of silk from Persian masters, treasures on which to tread. But I would gladly tread a floor of dirt strewn with rushes if I could be free.

I stretch my arms above my head. My kurta shimmers around my body, the gossamer silk the hard work of thousands of industrious and sacred lepidopteran larvae and their keepers. I see the gleam of silver and gold, the glimmer of gems on my ivory tabletop reflecting the rubies’ blood red, the emeralds’ echoing green and the ancient amber of the topaz as if it were a soft, tranquil pond.

I will be called. I know not when. My impending summons looms over me like the sword Dionysius hung above Damocles. I pray my next master will be kind, for I have had enough of cruelty. And if I could have wishes, if I could follow my heart, I would search for my Thalia.

Meanwhile, I am here, in Bramley House, for many years now. I sense I am in the East wing, upstairs, in one of the older bedchambers. Of over a hundred rooms in this centuries-old manor, this is one rarely used. In here are cast-offs of years gone by.

Among the clutter and jumble sits a marble bust of some long-forgotten statesman, transported to these misty isles to adorn the august Roman villa of one of England’s early conquerors. A magnificent, life-sized bronze stands by the window—an Indian god with four arms, dancing, dancing, dancing, a Natraj, Shiva, who keeps this world, where I am forced to exist, in motion. A few steps away, above the mahogany escritoire, hangs a drawing, elaborately framed in burnished gold leaf, the flowing black ink magically coalescing into my lady, my Lavinia, my Thalia, fixing you in her grave gaze, her somber eyes conveying the tragedy I made of her life.

And on the mantel the etched brass urn, securely lidded, where I am prisoner—for how long I do not know.

I remember being in this great house, living in its rooms, a real person in a real place. Happy. Reunited with my beloved, my heart, my Thalia. I remember sunlight streaming at an angle through the wavy old glass, warming my black velvet jacket, dust motes floating in the rays like stars within a galaxy. My hair pulled back in a queue secured with a black velvet ribbon, the style of the time. I took it all in, my treasures, my manor, my love, my life.

Even I never realized how quickly it could change.

 

 

Claudia Herring writes romantic fantasy novels. Her
Djinn Chronicles series are set in a world of mysterious powers and
tumultuous intrigues fraught with subterfuge. They begin in Regency
England where sensible mortals interact in disbelief with djinnis,
magicians, sorceresses, and soothsayers.She would live in a library if she could.

Is afraid of her cat.

If you like Diana Gabaldon or Carol Berg, you’ll love Obsessions of a Djinni.

Website: https://claudiaherring.com/

Twitter: @claudiakherring

Facebook: claudia.herring.writer

 


Interview with Claudia Herring

1. When did you first start your writing career?

I’ve always created things—I’m a graphic designer, an illustrator, a painter. Writing is another creative medium. I’ve been writing almost everyday and working seriously on novels for about seven years. So far, there are three novels, starting with Obsessions of a Djinni, then Ties of Smoke, and Whispers of Deceit, all part of the Djinn Chronicles series.

2. What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?

The Djinn Chronicles series is a fantasy with romance as its core. I’m drawn to fantasy romances that are more literary, like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, like Debra Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy — stories involving strong romantic attractions that lead more often than not to disasters. These are not usually your more common romantic tropes—just like Obsessions of a Djinni is not a normal romantic trope.

3. What is your ideal writing time, place, and/or ritual?     

Best time for me is early morning when I’m still in a kind of alpha state. But I can write anytime I have a spare moment, even if it’s just fifteen minutes. I can write anywhere, but I don’t like to write when there’s music in the background. I need to hear the rythm of the words, and can’t do it when there’s another tune playing.

4. Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?

Elizabeth Kostova’s The HIstorian was and is always an inspiration. I don’t want to give the marvelous plot away, but It handles a common subject of fantasy in a unique way and is a literary delight—I’ve read it around nine times. I like to reread my favorites.

I love Diana Gabaldon, Debra Harkness, N.K. Jemisin, Martha Wells. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, If Noboby Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman.

The above are a mix of genres, from science fiction, fantasy, horror (!) and nonfiction. I read anything and everything, and am inspired by all.

Caravan by Dorothy Gilman. I read this a long time ago, and the characters and story made a big impression on me. When I wanted to read it again, I couldn’t remember the name or author. But I recalled that finger puppets played a key role. I googled the phrase and there it was. I’ve never been so happy to find a long lost book, and upon rereading it was thrilled to find I liked it even more than I remembered.

4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 

I never feel wise enough to give advice, but below is some advice that I’ve heard and that has made me more motivated to go through the ins and outs of writing a novel: 

Write every day, but don’t stress if you miss one—you’re just resting and will come out stronger for it.

Every writer feels discouraged at times, that’s part of the process. Power through it.

A walk (leave the the headphones behind) makes a great break and can give that story in your head time to gel.

 

 

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