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Monday, September 29, 2014

Forged by Desire Interview + giveaway

A fear she can’t escape
Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she’s become a respected woman of the Guard, and she’s wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman…only this time, there’s nowhere left to run.

desire that can’t be tamed
Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them…or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London’s streets.

Interview:

What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about? As a paranormal writer, I love dabbling in myths and legends, and creating my own in-world mythology, or expanding upon it. I'd have to say my favourite to play with is the vampire. Taking the vampire and creating an alternate world is the core of my London Steampunk series, where the aristocracy is ruled by blue bloods (those afflicted by a craving virus that makes them semi vampiric), and where the end result of the craving virus is the slow deterioration from blue blood into a true vampire. 

If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why? Definitely the Victorian era. It's the period I write in for my London Steampunk series - or an alternate history version of it - so I'd love to be able to absorb all of the details and hope that I got them right. 

Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books? You've Got the Love by Florence and the Machine? Or for some reason I like Shatter Me by Lzzy Hale and Lindsey Stirling for Forged By Desire, but I don't know why. I'm not very good with vocal music when it comes to music to be inspired by - it's more the beat and atmosphere of a song I listen to. 

Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss? I imagine the thought running through my head was something like, "Really? This is it?" First kiss with my partner of twelve years? Totally different. That was all butterflies etc. 

What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you? I don't think I've ever used a pick up line - except in jest. Here's a little something my heroine, Rosalind, in My Lady Quicksilver uses on the icily-controlled Sir Jasper however: "Do you trust me?" "Not even an inch." "What about... a good ten inches?" I'll leave you to figure out what they're up to....

When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it? I'm more of a silent writer but I like bands like The White Stripes, Radiohead, Gotche, Florence, Smashing Pumpkins etc.  

What do you do when you think nobody is watching? I often do ballet leaps through the house when I'm happy. Don't ask me why. My dog just lies there and silently judges me.  

What was your favorite childhood book? The Hobbit - or maybe something by Enid Blyton, like her Faraway Tree series. 

What is your favorite addition to chocolate? Salted caramel. Mmm... I have this recipe for chocolate mousse with a salted caramel surprise in the bottom. It's delicious! 

What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books? My partner is possibly the proudest boyfriend ever. He gives my business cards out to people he meets all the time, though I don't think he really thinks too much about the heat level. It's more the fact that I write. He really thinks that's cool. As for my family? Some of them think it's cool, some of them we just don't really talk much about it. My Dad made a comment once and I was all, "Stop right there! I'm pretending you've never even seen my books." And my Pa prefers autobiographies and non-fiction so he often apologizes for not reading them. I'm like, totally cool, Pa. I would much prefer you don't.  

Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with? I have to pick just one?!?! Hmm, it changes all of the time, depending on what I'm in the mood for. I love the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher, they're always an autobuy, plus the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. And anything Meljean Brook writes. Oh, and I'm hanging out for the third book in C.S Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy. 

What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing? I would probably be a travel consultant. I love travel and talking about it, so I did a tourism course the year before I was contracted with London Steampunk.   

Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing? I love anything outdoorsy and I'm fairly competitive, so I love sports, especially netball. Skiing and snowboarding are something I wish we could do more of in winter, and we take the boat out in the summer and spend most of our days off skiing at the lake. Other than that, I read, go to the gym or bake. 

What is something you do to de-stress? Body Balance. I go twice a week and I love it. It's so great for my back and hips (it's kind of a mix of pilates and yoga), and we get to meditate for the last ten minutes AKA lie on the floor and daydream. 

We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing? I used to get up before school to fit in an hour or two of writing, so I've been doing this a long time. I honestly think routine is my key. I get up and sit at the computer and the words flow. Maybe watching movies? I'm very visual, so they often stimulate new worlds and ideas. 

10 Fun Facts 
  1. Weirdest food craving? Vinegar. I love it. I could drink it all day. 
  2. Latest TV show obsession? Black Sails. 
  3. Things a lot of people don't know about me? I've got my motorbike licence and I'd love to travel around the world ala Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round trip. 
  4. Spike versus Angel? Definitely Spike. Wolverine vs Cyclops? Wolverine all the way, baby! Iron Man vs Thor? Definitely Black Widow. Batman vs Superman? The Bat! It's entirely possible I have my geek hat on. 
  5. Favourite movie? Fast and the Furious at the moment. 
  6. Favourite actor? Cam Gigandet, because he reminds me of Blade, the hero of my first book, Kiss of Steel. Or Richard Armitage. Or Chris Hemsworth. Or Chris Evans. Can I have more, please?
  7. Favourite actress? Emma Watson after that UN speech. Or JLaw. 
  8. Older man crush? Daniel Day Lewis, especially in Last of the Mohicans. 
  9. Secret addiction? Tea. 
  10. Favourite place in the world? Russia. Amazing culture, amazing history... There's a story there somewhere, for me. 


FORGED BY DESIRE BY BEC MCMASTER – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2014
“You're my breath when I feel like I can't catch my own."
Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.


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