An erotic paranormal romance…
Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.
Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she’s reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.
Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?
Thanks so much for hosting me on my virtual book tour for my new release, Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves. I really appreciate the opportunity to do an author interview. It is great to be here with you and your readers! J
Where did you get the idea for the novel?
Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is the third book in the Immortals of New Orleans series. Tristan is a wonderful character, and I couldn’t wait for him to get his own book. He’s a funny, sexy and oh so alpha wolf.
Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Well, I knew that I wanted Tristan’s name in the title. I was researching words that had to do with wolves and Lyceum came up in my search. Lyceum is actually a term that refers to a gymnasium in ancient Athens (6th century BC). It was named for Apollo Lyceus (the wolf-god). From there it just flowed…Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves. Lyceum Wolves is the name of his pack.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title and novel evolved together, but I knew before I started that it was Tristan’s book and his name would be in the title.
Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Every time I release a new book, it is an exciting experience. I’m very grateful to all the readers who enjoy my books and write me. It is very exciting to hear from a reader who liked my book.
What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’m currently reading Slayer’s Kiss: The Shadow Slayer by Cassi Carver. I literally just started it. I’m halfway into Chapter One, and it seems like a great book already.
What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
The first book I wrote was Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1). It was published March 2012.
What is your writing process?
I don’t start with a word count on Chapter One, but once I really get into it, by Chapter Two, I try to write around 3,000 words a day. It forces me to keep going and remember what’s happening in the book, the previous scene, etc. I write a scene at time, but the words and actions of the characters have to be in my mind before I start. So when I’m writing it is like I can’t shut my mind off. Whether I’m at the gym or in the shower, I’m constantly thinking about what is going to happen in the next scene of my book, exactly how it’s going to play out and what the characters are going to say. It just goes on like that day after day until the book is finished. Then I let it sit a few days and run back through every word for my own edits before I send it off to my editor.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
There are so many great authors out there; it’s difficult to pick just one. If I had to narrow it down, I would say JR Ward. Her stories literally pull you in and won’t let you go. I can remember reading all of her books over the course of a month, one after another, and thinking, ‘this should be an HBO series’. I literally was up all night reading her books. She creates a new world in which there are traditions, culture and intrigue that is so realistic, you feel you are there in their world. You find yourself emotionally tied to fictitious characters because her writing makes you feel like they are real people.
Other authors I love to read are James Patterson and also Dan Brown. They both are unbelievably creative and are able to develop incredible mysteries.
At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I’ve never done a physical book signing. But I often sign books for winners of my giveaways, beta readers and friends. I usually try to personalize the book and thank the reader for reading my book and/or helping me by beta reading.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Sometimes when I’m writing, I read the love scenes out loud to my husband to see what he thinks. There are advantages to writing romance. J
How do you react to a bad review?
This is tough question. In general, I try not to read a lot of reviews but if there is constructive criticism within a negative review, I will take that information and use it to help me improve my writing, and ultimately my next book.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Wow, you know, I don’t know that I did anything special. My husband and I did celebrate privately. The funny part is when you release a book, there’s a lot of work to be done with promotion. I’m a busy bee after my books release, that for sure.
Stunned by her beauty, he could barely breathe. Goddess, the woman was spectacular. The fiery red gown clung to her in all the right places, and he noticed a small smile grow on her angelic face, presumably pleased that she had castigated Alexandra. He needed to get to her, hold her. As he rushed across the room, Mira stopped him with a hand to his arm. She gestured toward an elusive client standing to her left.
Logan laughed, seeing Kalli triumph over the demon spawn who ran the vampires. “Hey girl, I hate to point it out, but man you laid her out…and that growl. What was that?”
“Dance with me, Logan,” Kalli declared, needing to move.
“Your wish is my command.”
They crossed the floor, and Logan swept her into his arms. As amazing as Logan looked, she yearned for Tristan. She could feel he was close. As the music grew louder in her ears, she swayed along to the classical beats, hyper-aware of his presence. Leaning her head on Logan’s shoulder, she finally spied Tristan near the buffet, surrounded by Mira and a short bald man.
His eyes caught hers, and her heart started to race. She wasn’t sure whether it was his pensive expression or aggressive stance, but she could clearly sense he was agitated. Logan spun her, and she lost his eyes only momentarily, then caught them once again. His predatory gaze electrified the room, sending goose bumps over her skin. As he stalked toward them, her breathing hitched. Like a rabbit alert to the wolf, she froze save for the mindless dance steps she made while blindly following Logan. As Tristan came upon them, she forced herself to face him directly. Larger than life, Tristan was sophistication etched in dripping sexuality. His dominance was apparent to every man, woman and supernatural in the room; there’d be no denying him.
Even Logan stopped dancing to respect his Alpha. Lowering his eyes in submission, he bowed slightly. “Thank you for the dance,” he whispered, releasing her.
Before she had a chance to say a word, Tristan wrapped a hand around her waist, pulling her tightly to him so they pressed together. She could feel his barely restrained erection nudging her belly. Suppressing a moan, she felt herself grow wet. She clenched her thighs hoping to hide her arousal; every supernatural within fifty feet would know of her excitement.
“Don’t,” Tristan ordered.
“Don’t what?” she managed to ask.
“Don’t try to hide it. Your delicious scent.”
“But they’ll know I ...” Kalli’s words trailed off as she lost her train of thought. God, he felt incredible.
“I want them to know. I want them all to know you’re mine.”
“But I thought…I mean you came with her.” Her eyes darted to Mira.
“Business only, nothing more. Still, I’m very sorry I didn’t bring you with me. Clearly I was an idiot to leave you alone with my beta. Every man in this room is looking at you, Kalli.”
“No,” she denied, shaking her head.
“Yes. And they should. Because you’re magnificent. Everything about you from that alluring dress I bought you to your sexy growl. My Goddess, do you know what you do to me? Feel it,” he whispered, grinding his groin against her.
“Tristan,” she breathed. She was on the verge of orgasm from just dancing with the man. She couldn’t imagine what would happen if they made love.
“Did you enjoy dancing with Logan?
“Yes, Logan. Did you enjoy having your sweet body pressed to his?”
“Oh God, Tristan.”
“It’s all right, Kalli. Did you find it arousing? Tell me the truth.”
“Another test?” she sighed.
“Okay yes, but he’s not…he’s not you. No one I’ve ever met in my life is like you,” she admitted.
“Ah, see how easy it is to tell the truth, ma chérie? Perhaps you’d like to explore two men at once?” he teased with a sexy smile as if he’d thoroughly enjoy it.
She blushed, not denying it.
“Someday we’ll explore that little kink of yours, but tonight you are mine. In fact, I think you’ll be mine for quite a long time.”
“Confident, huh, wolf?”
“Would you ever expect anything less?”
He spun her around, continuing to brush against her. Tightening the grip around her waist, he ran his palm up her arm to her neck, until he reached her face. Caressing her cheek, he ran his thumb across her lower lip. “I want you so much, Kalli. I’m so sorry for everything. I shouldn’t have sent you to Logan’s. I was angry, but damn, I need you.”
She groaned and threw her head back, publicly baring her neck to him. Submission, truth, she’d give it to him all right. But what he needed to learn was that he was hers as well, and after tonight she had no intention of letting him go.
About the Author:
Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. Both of her novels, Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1) and Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), are currently available via Amazon, digitally and in print. Tristan's Lyceum Wolves is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013.
In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains. On any given night, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.
My Autism Website: http://www.AutismInRealLife.com
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