I want to extend a warm welcome to a fellow writer and friend, Kay Dee Royal.
Kay Dee, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, and for the opportunity to read Staring Into the Eyes of Chance. I really enjoyed this book, even though Erotica is outside my normal reading sphere. The depth of the story telling and character development took this book way beyond the boundaries of what I expected from this genre. But I don’t want this to turn into a book review. I’m making everyone wait until Friday to get my take on Staring Into the Eyes of Chance🙂
Hello S.J., Hi everyone! *waves* Thank you for having me at your lovely place, and I promise to behave myself *grins – fingers crossed behind back*.
While I have you here, can you treat our readers to some inside information, the kind of thing they won’t find on the back cover blurb?
Staring Into the Eyes of Chance is a paranormal erotica romance, the first book in the LIIA series (Lycan International Investigation Agency). In the blurb it doesn’t mention Olivia’s ability to actually ‘psychically read’ animals. She can feel their moods, calm them, and understand their urges by connecting to their energy markers.
Chance also has a unique ability beyond those all Lycan possess. He gets premonition visions, images like a movie of what will happen in the near future. He can’t force these and when they happen, it totally controls him…he loses touch with reality.
These kinds of paranormal abilities are right up my alley and were one of the reasons I wanted to read this book. Since I have you here, I want to put you on the spot and ask you want kind of books you are drawn to.
My favorite to read and write is paranormal erotica romance, but I also like to read (and write) any kind of romance with sub-genre of mystery/suspense, humorous, historical, contemporary, YA…pretty much anything with the exception of thriller/horror. AND, I love, love, love Happily Ever After endings.
LOL I’m with you on the horror and on the HEA. What was your favorite scene to write?
Oh, man, I had a lot of favorites, but my first one was when Olivia and Chance (in human-form) first meet. He has a couple other pack members with him, and Olivia is reading animal energy markers and not understanding why…because there are no animals anywhere. She has never been able to psychically read people before that day.
There are other things that happen during this scene, but I don’t want to spoil those for you.
You did a great job with that scene. Olivia’s confusion and concern that her paranormal gift might be failing her, came off beautifully. Many people feel the PNR genre is on the way out. Do you agree? Are there any changes you’d make to stay on the cutting edge of this genre? Will you change genres?
What I see happening with PNR is the genre specifics are changing identification titles, like splitting into off-shoots, such as different kinds of ‘punks’ OR ‘urban fantasy’…the name may change, but it’s still Paranormal to me *grins*. There are so many cross-overs now with different genre elements, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more and more genre identification titles.
Coming up with new paranormal species is fun…and tough. So many new species have already been written, but I never tire of reading about any kind of shifter or Vampire
I write a few different genres, and not sure I would ever stop writing PNR, at least some element of it. It’s what I love most.
I know you love writing, too. But do you love it all the time? You must get frustrated with the process at times. Have you ever battled with any of your characters over their personality traits? Who won—you or the character?
Oh my gosh, Smoke, the antagonist/villain/rogue in Staring Into the Eyes of Chance spread havoc, despair, death in his wake and now he’s attempting to redeem himself in book 2, Savage Smoke. He is supposed to die, and now he wants to pack his bags and run to live another day. *LOL* I’m afraid the battle is still on with this one…I’m in the middle of writing the scene and Smoke won’t let go of my pen! You’ll find out how it comes out in Savage Smoke…at this point, even I don’t know how it will go.
So, Smoke was your problem child, eh? Every parent has a favorite as well. Who was your favorite character to write in SITEIC
My favorite is Chance, the alpha to his pack of LIIA agents and the hero of this story. I love his subtle power, definable loyalty, and his protectiveness over those he cares about…in particular, Olivia.
BUT, Olivia resonates most with me. I feel her aging, her tangle of emotions learning about her philandering husband, the emptiness of having no children, the love of wild life and the area she resides (Upper Michigan), and could picture me running a wildlife refuge and preserve. It feels like I’ve done it before; and maybe I have through her. *smile*
This was great, Kay Dee. I love getting the inside scoop direct from the author. And I get to spend time with you again on Friday, when I’ll be posting my review of Staring Into the Eyes of Chance.
Thank you for having me here today, SJ.
Staring Into the Eyes of Chance
Book one in the LIIA Series (Lycan International Investigation Agency)
by Kay Dee Royal
Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.
Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.
A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.
Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?
Where the hell is it?
Sharp prickles raced up Olivia’s spine as the deepest, longest, eeriest wolf howl she ever heard echoed through the forest. Her body froze and her fingers clung white-knuckled around the tranq rifle. A longer ominous howl answered. It came from the back side of the barn. She took a deep breath, stood up with gun ready, rounded the corner, and ran the length of the barn. Olivia paused for another breath before dashing around to the backside of the structure.
She stepped away from the building, intent on walking her yard perimeter, head pivoting in all directions, scanning the short grass and fallen leaves. Movement to her right alerted her too late as she pivoted toward the motion.
“Oomph!” She took a hit, like a truck slammed into her front side. A flurry of black and silver fur, claws, and teeth. She fell flat on her back, her head bouncing off the ground. The rifle flew from her grasp. No footfalls, no heavy breathing, but a pungent scent of musty dog fur lingered in the air. Olivia lay there, afraid to move, afraid the wolf had just called in his pack.
About Kay Dee
Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal and fantasy erotic romance—maybe because it’s also her favorite genre to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She’ll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dogs, her cats, her caged husband… you get the idea) You can reach her at her blog and find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.
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