I’d like to welcome my guest, Amber Kallyn. Amber’s talking about her new Paranormal Romance, Bloodstorm. Not only is she going to share a taste of her novella, she’s got loot to give away too! We love prizes, Amber, thanks!
Amber is giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner at this (and every) stop in the blog tour. Just comment below to be entered.
Amber will also be giving away a $20 Amazon gift certificate to the wonderful host who has the most comments at the end of her tour.
And she will be giving away another $20 Amazon gift certificate to the reader who leaves the most comments on all the blogs she’ll be visiting.
Let’s get started, Amber. If someone were writing a story about you, what would your blurb say?
A chocolate and coffee addicted mother busily runs around her life like a mad woman, while inserting a healthy dose of snark into every situation. Her dreams keep her sane as she puts them to paper every day when she can notch out the time.
I totally get that:) Which genre are you drawn to as a reader? Do you prefer to read in the same genre as your books, or do you mix it up?
As a reader, I’m a mutt. I read just about everything from romance to mystery to horror. I love the variety, because every type of story brings something different to the table, but at the same, all genres have common elements. I think this is reflected in my stories, which are paranormal romances, but there’s always a bit of mystery and something scary in there too.
What made you decide to write romance?
It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part. When I first started writing, my stories were urban fantasy (basically paranormal without the romance). But slowly, the romances became a bigger part of each book. I love happily ever afters, and I believe everyone has a soul mate out there, you just need to find them. Of course, the path to love is never easy. I try to reflect that in my books, and even though a HEA isn’t guaranteed in life, I can make sure my characters find it.
Is there any paranormal element you read, but will never write about?
That’s a hilarious question, because a year ago, I would have said vampires. Look at me now. I’ll never say never again. These characters and their story came to me and I couldn’t ignore or get rid of them.
Who’s your favorite character in this story and why do they resonate so much with you?
In most of my stories, it’s the hero. But with Bloodstorm, the heroine Niki really captured me. She’s been through horrible things, but managed to come out the other side strong if a bit tarnished. She’s willing to do what’s needed to save herself and those she loves, and she can back it up by kicking butt.
What’s the most exciting part of your writing process?
When I read or write, the story unfolds in my mind kind of like a movie. The best stories, to me, are when the movie is in color and full of sound. I try to find that ‘zone’ when I’m writing, and when I reach it, the writing flows. I can picture my characters, hear them talking in my head and it’s almost like I’m following them and just typing what they show me. I love those times, because when I go back to look at what I’ve written, it’s usually pretty darn good.
For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.
When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.
There was little warning as the air stirred. The sheriff slammed his hands on the fence, one on either side of her, trapping Niki between his body and the wood.
She glanced up at him, amused.
He practically bit out his words. “I have a dead shifter with vampire marks, a truce close to breaking, though hell if I can figure out all the whys, and a Rogue vampire in town.”
His scent overwhelmed her and Niki couldn’t resist playing with fire. Just a little. She leaned closer. “And I’m obviously guilty. After all, I’m a murderer merely because I’m a vampire.”
She bared her fangs.
He didn’t flinch. His face reddened and he glanced past her, to the wooden fence, before meeting her gaze once more. His voice softened the tiniest bit. “I didn’t mean that the way it sounded.”
“Oh? It was pretty clear to me.”
He opened his mouth, then snapped it shut. Niki continued to stare at him, wondering what he’d been about to say.
“Look,” Shane said, his voice soft and seductive now. She didn’t trust it. “I believe you didn’t do this. But if you know who’s behind the killings, I need to know too.”
“You can’t con me with sweet smiles and pretty words,” she replied, though her breath came just a little faster at his nearness. He smelled of soap and smoke and spice. It set her nerves on edge and she could barely think as his scent filled her.
His eyes widened as if he could read her thoughts. She licked her lips and his gaze drew lower, to her mouth. He swallowed loudly, drawing a tiny bit closer.
As if pulled by some magnetic field emanating from him, Niki leaned in.
She stared into his golden eyes, unable to break from his gaze, to move back from the hot energy rolling off his body.
“Niki,” he whispered huskily, need filling his voice. His shoulders tightened and his jaw clenched.
If she hadn’t been who she was, her body would have melted into a puddle, right then and there. She couldn’t bring herself to pull away.
Time stood still, the rest of the world fading into nothingness. Thoughts of her duty faded. All she could do was stand before him as her body came alive, reminding her she was a woman.
Shane growled, crossing the last hairsbreadth of distance between them. He pressed his lips to hers, firm and warm.
Gasping against his mouth, she drank in the feeling.
His touch was electrifying. Inside her, something long dormant and frozen for centuries began to wake. The short stubble on his chin scraped against her skin deliciously.
An unbidden desire to embrace him fully pushed at her. Her hands curled with the thought of what his skin, his flowing hair would feel like. The thought finally gave her a sliver of control. She broke away, slipping beneath his arm and backing up to the other side of the alley.
She stared at him, breathing fast and sharp.
He seemed shaken. As unsteady as she felt.
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About the Author:
One of those rare breeds, Amber Kallyn is an Arizona native who can trace her family’s history through six generations in the state. She lives with her sexy husband, and their four very active children. Included in the menagerie are two cats (though there’s always room for more) and two dogs. We won’t count all the fish. She also writes urban fantasy under the name Higley Browne.
Amber loves the paranormal, from dragons to werewolves to vampires. She’s currently at work on her next book, probably running around the house acting out a fight scene with her collection of swords and daggers. Or maybe, wishing she had claws to practice the other fight scenes.
A voracious lover of the written word, Amber found at an early age that she could read fast. Really fast. She devours novels by the day, novellas by the hour, and is always looking to get her hands on more.
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