I am happy to welcome Chacelyn Pierce to my blog today! I don't think we've met before, Chacelyn so I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Your cover is so eye-catching, beautiful!
Let's get going with the interview...
1) When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
It was early 2009, I had an idea for a book, wrote it, but I knew it needed help with it. So I started researching what it would take to get it published. While learning the business, I started writing another book. The rest is history. In fact, I find I am doing the same now as I was then. Learning the business, practicing my craft, and eagerly waiting on a word back on things I have out on submission.
2) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
The best thing is that, no matter what, I will have things that need fixing in my book. The worst thing, is that there is nothing I can do about it.
3) Favourite author/s?
Oh, I have a big list. J.R. Ward, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Larissa Ione, Karen Marie Moning, and Jeaniene Frost.
4) What is your typical day?
Usually, I work the day job as a dog groomer and plot scenes all day. On my days off, I wake up and make sure at least one of those plotted scenes is put onto a white screen.
5) Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us
Being a rogue Akasha Mage is no easy feat for Aribelle Delano. Neither is summoning Riaz, a djinni that makes her knees go weak in a way that would shame her ancestors.
A new threat of demons intent on killing Ari for nefarious purposes has her putting all her trust in Riaz, who swears to protect her in the face of evil. But she's been taught that fully trusting Riaz is unwise, and he's constantly looking for a way to break free of her control.
Ari must face the new demonic threat and handle the Sultan of Old Magic who dominates her mind…and eventually, her body and soul as well. Together, her and Riaz must find a way to stop the demons and their summoner, even if that means breaking the rules that have been in place between the Akasha and Djinn for millenniums.
6) Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?
Hmm, well the only man I've been able to closely resemble Riaz has been Indian actor/model Alok Arora, there are not a lot of photos of him on the net, but if you're interested I posted on my blog about it with a few of his best, yummy shots. http://chacelynpierce.blogspot.com/2012/01/riaz-motivation.html
As far as Ari, I see her similar to Aishwarya Rai.
7) Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
A little of both, I wrote the general plot out and typed away. There are some things that didn't make the final cut.
8) What surprised you the most when you became a published?
For one, that I had author friends to share it with and that I'd actually accomplished what I'd been trying to do for what seemed like forever.
9) Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
A mess. It's in the corner of my bedroom, a college room size glass table with notebooks, scrap papers, and supernatural dictionaries stacked in one corner. Right now, the candy corn is the pinnacle of the mountain. Candy is never buried.
10) What’s next for you?
At the end of the year, my first book in my new fantasy romance series comes out. Then I'll be kicking 2013 off with another new romantic fantasy series.
Finish with details of where readers can find you – website, Facebook, Twitter etc.
You can find me at:
Website - http://www.chacelynpierce.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/chacelyn
Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/chacelynpierce or @chacelynpierce
Blog - http://chacelynpierce.blogspot.com/
Tumblr - http://chacelynpierce.tumblr.com/
Title: Mage's Bane
Author: Chacelyn Pierce
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: 40,500 words
Genres: Paranormal Romance (Adventure)
Heat Level: Steamy
Dates: Sept 24-Oct 7
I stumbled into the musty room, trying to see through the hazy shimmer. I kept attempting to blink it away with no success. A cold sweat gave me clammy skin, and I was sure it was because of the venom being pumped faster by my erratic heartbeat. I was slightly nervous by the Djinn healing to come. The demon venom threatened to kill me at any moment, but I was actually more worried about Riaz's hands on me, touching me in my most intimate spots. Even though I'd known him a quarter of my life, I couldn't rid myself of this childish discomfort…or was it anticipation? This isn't a big deal at all, so stop acting like it is.
It wasn't like it was the first time. Riaz had healed me once before when I was a teenage girl. I'd tried to be a smart ass and show off to the big, bad Djinni my new driver's license—as if he cared about mortal things—and I got showy-flashy with my driving. I plunged us off the highway and down a steep embankment, hitting damn near every tree on the way down. The rescue crews and newspapers called me a lucky girl for over a year. Had it not been for Riaz's healing touch, I'm pretty sure internal bleeding would've taken me out at the tender age of eighteen. I'd been pretty out of it, but I remember Riaz had been fast-acting on keeping me alive. I know I hit my head pretty hard because after all his insults calling me a foolish girl, I thought I saw compassion in his eyes. I even thought I heard him telling me not to die and leave him. Well, I figure he said that out of fear he'd waste away on earth as nothing more than a specter.
He saved me to save himself then. But this particular night, I expected him to demand I send him back while I rotted away from demon venom. Just to prove he didn't care I needed him, I thought he might make me beg for my life. But he did none of that as he silently trailed behind me. I turned—a bit unsteadily—to see him close and lock the door with a tight-lipped expression.
The fast motion sent me into a dizzy state, causing my stomach to churn. I covered my mouth until the wave of nausea passed. Good lord, I'll be mortified if Riaz sees me puking or hears me spilling my guts in the bathroom like some college frat party. It was bad enough he'd probably never let me live any of this down. After a few deep breaths, I was finally okay enough to remove my hand and place it against my stomach.
"Take your shirt off and lay across the bed." Riaz's authoritative voice caused my pulse to jump a notch. Hesitantly, I lifted my grubby shirt over my head and let it fall to the floor. I glanced at him to see what emotion—if any—Riaz felt and sighed. All I saw was indifference—and me half-naked before him.
In fact, he didn't even try to catch an eyeful of skin as any normal male would. Granted, Riaz was no normal male, but most males, human or not, would soak up the exposed skin of a female. I wondered how he could look at me with irrelevance when I stood before him in only a bra. I couldn't keep my eyes off him at any given moment.
It was unfair he had a willpower I didn't possess. I mean, I wasn't drop-dead gorgeous, but I assumed—hell, I don't know what I assumed. Riaz was ancient. He'd had at least fifteen Akasha Mage handlers before me over the eras, so me parading around fully naked would only get a raised eyebrow and him asking if I'd fallen off the deep end again. I hated that the attraction was one-sided in our relationship.
It was immoral for an Akasha to become sexually involved with her Djinni. It would never end well for either party, and according to my former mentor, Yasmin, it was forbidden. But I couldn't help but wonder if he'd ever gotten intimate with any of his past mages. Someone must have slipped up to realize that bonking a Djinni wasn't the best tactic in any given situation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A rocker by heart, Chacelyn Pierce is constantly ear plugged with heavy tunes blaring to stir up the phantom personalities that swarm her mind. It’s no surprise that she enjoys writing and reading to satiate her appetite for the male antagonist in a story. Married to a blatant redhead and mothering a diva, there is never a dull moment in the house. As a native Texan, she doesn’t personally own a horse but follows the unwritten southern rule of knowing how to ride one. When she’s not testing the emotional capacity of her characters, she works part time as a dog groomer.
Link to Schedule: http://cblspromotions.blogspot.com/2012/09/scheduled-vbt-mages-bane-by-chacelyn.html