Date of Publication: May 7th 2013
Number of pages: 244 approx.
Word Count: 98,000
Cover Artist: Mark Paterson
“He’s destroying me—us. I need him like my next breath, yet I’m suffocating.”
An unrequited love that has ripped her to pieces.
Delara has loved Waleron for over a century. Their intense chemistry is sensual, gripping, irresistible. But tragedy struck, and after sixty-one years of believing he was dead, Waleron returns a tortured man. He claims the man she loves is dead, yet the undeniable sexual tension still pulls them together.
“I am no longer the man you love, maitagarri. I am incapable of it.”
Waleron has given his oath to protect the Senses. He will sacrifice everything for them. But there is one Senses he has vowed to protect more than any other—Delara. He will do anything to make certain she is safe, even if it means he must deny her the love they once shared.
She is the hunted.
Delara’s life is in jeopardy and Waleron will do anything to protect her. But he never suspected that Xamien, the man he brings to help protect her is way more important to her than he ever knew.
Torn between two men and hunted by another, Delara must fight her hardest battle—herself.
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I used to carry a note pad with me (now it’s my iphone) and jot down ideas throughout the day. So, I was constantly trying to think of new ideas that hadn’t been done before. In the paranormal genre many ideas are exhausted, so this took me a while. But since my life revolves around animals, my mind started whirling about their senses and how they’re much more heightened than humans. How animals have this incredible intuition. Dogs can sense a seizure before the person even has one. A bloodhound can track shed skin cells, pretty remarkable. My horses know how I’m feeling better than I do. Their instinct is what keeps them alive in the wild, it’s ingrained in them. So, the Senses were born. I started digging for a history that was based on something that actually happened. The witches of Zugarramurdi fit perfectly.
4. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I came up with the title and keep each book with the theme of the Senses series—Jump. Step. Fall. The characters in each book have real issues and the title says it all with a simple action word. Hmm, I wonder what’s next?
5. Which came first, the title or the novel?
Novel came first, definitely.
6. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
My first review. It was on Smashwords and it was a five star review. I called my mom super excited that someone actually read my book and loved it. What a ride that was. It still is. When someone says anything nice about a novel you’ve put so much heart and soul into, it hits you hard—in a good way. Let me just say, there have been a few happy tears shed after reading reviews.
7. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’m constantly reading books and sometimes a few at a time. I pick up the one I’m in the mood for. Right now it’s “Knight and Stay” by Kitty French and it’s so good, I won’t be sharing reading time with any others.
Also, every night I put on my Kindle anything I’ve written that day, then lie in bed and read it. Sometimes, I get a better feel for what I’ve written if I read the work as I would any other novel instead of on my computer screen at my desk.
8. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
Oh my god. Ha. A Scottish highlander novel I wrote in my early teens. I actually finished it and wrote it in my school notebook. I still have it tucked away in my closet. Oh, wouldn’t it be fun to bring that outJ
9. What is your writing process?
I write whenever I have a free moment. Even during my lunch at work. If I have a break, I write. On the weekends I get up early and write until bedtime. Since I work fulltime at the veterinary hospital, and I’m trying to write fulltime, every waking moment I write.
10. Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Hmmm, this changes week by week. There are so many authors that are truly remarkable at drawing me in with their charismatic writing. So, I’ll just name one that holds the key to my favorite novel of all time.
“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. A masterpiece in my opinion. I felt like I was there with Claire and Jamie. Her writing is poetic, capturing every detail, but not so you want to skim paragraphs, the complete opposite. She makes you crave the details. Don’t know how she does it.
11. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Well, I have this crazy idea that I can change the way of how Betta fish are kept. Ha. Not so easy. Don’t know why I got onto this. I found it really difficult and heart wrenching to see these poor fish in cups in stores, then watching people buy small containers and sticking these fish in them so they barely had room to swim. I wanted to save them all. Still do, but it’s about making people aware of what these fish need in order to live in a healthy environment.
I also eat one bit of a Carmilk or Twix every day. My dad used to do this and I’ve kept up the tradition, one that I love. Who wouldn’t.
12. How do you react to a bad review?
Great question because all authors experience this one time or another. Well, some of the bad reviews have been really helpful actually. They make valid points and I try and take the criticism and use it to my advantage. The other ones that offer nothing but unkindness, I just ignore. You have to or you’ll find yourself in tears every day.
13. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Think I picked up my computer and began furiously working on the next book. Really for me, it’s about hearing the reader’s excitement over my book. Now that gives me a reason to celebrate.
Thank you Alisia for having me on your blog today. It’s been a blast!
About the Author:
I am Xamien’s secret lover. Well, in my head I am and since I’m single this is completely allowed. Some of you may ask, who is Xamien, don’t worry you will meet him soon enough, but no falling in love with him. He is all mine.
Writing books is a fantastic way to have adventures that are impossible to have otherwise. I mean do you really want to fall in love with Waleron? He is so unstable and would never pick up after your dogs or clean the litter box. Not to mention the fact that he is always out killing disgusting grave robbing bug people.
Curling up with a good book and losing yourself to another time and place is the greatest reward. Being able to feel a character’s emotions, their fears, pain and love. Now that is incredible. I relish in the books that stay with me long after they have ended. This is what I strive for in my writing. To give the readers, and myself, an escape into another world, my world.
I have been writing since I was twelve. My parents, sorry mom and dad, would send me to my room for an hour every night to do homework, and instead I wrote stories. Oops, guess that is why I did so bad in math.
I have never stopped writing since then and never will. It’s like an addiction, but a good one. I adore stepping into the shoes of a character and deciding their fate. The characters are why I write. I want to fall in love with them (even the bad ones), so that I care about what happens to them in a story. If I can’t care about the characters then why bother with the story.
I live in Toronto with a menagerie of pets that keep me on my toes.