I’d like to welcome Valerie Twombly to my blog today. Valerie writes Paranormal Romance and she’s here today to tell us about her upcoming release, Eternal Flame the first book in her Immortal Guardians series.
Hi, Valerie, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself. How did you start writing?
I love to read and one day my husband said “Why don’t you try writing your own book?” At first I laughed, but the idea stuck in my head and I thought why not. I’m a day dreamer and just maybe I could get the people in my head on paper. I never dreamed I would take it this far.
What drew you to this particular genre?
I love vampires! I grew up watching Dark Shadows and have always loved Dracula movies. When I first started reading paranormal romance I was in love. I kicked myself for not knowing this genre existed sooner. I have since grown very fond of demons and shape shifters. If it has fangs, bring it on!
So you love the dark and dangerous element Well, I can certainly relate to that! What is the single most important part of writing for you?
If I can reach the reader and bring them into my world and make them forget reality for a brief time, then I have done my job.
I like how you think. I love to slip away in book and forget what’s going on around me for a little while too. Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I am a seat of the pants writer. Meaning I don’t outline or plot. I do sometimes have to research, but I usually do that as I write.
I start with an idea and just start writing. I will jot down ideas as I go of scenes I want to see or things that need to happen, but it’s very basic.
A woman after my own heart. I tried detailed plotting, but got bored with the story and didn’t want to actually write it anymore cause I already knew what was going to happen. LOL. What did you learn from writing your first book?
I like writing villains, especially if I’ve had a really bad day. It is a great way to get rid of pent up anger and you can pretty much do anything to anyone. I never knew I was so bad, lol.
Interesting, I never thought of it that way. Usually I just slam a few doors. If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing sooner, lol.
Oh, me too! If you could be any character in any one of your stories or somebody else’s – who would it be and why?
Cat Crawford from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. I mean who wouldn’t want to spend time with Bones?
LOL!! What’s next for you in terms of writing?
I am so glad you asked. November of this year, I will be releasing my first erotic paranormal romance novella, called Amazon Heat. I’m currently working on book two of Immortal Guardians called Fatal Desire. I hope to have that ready for my editor by the end of this year.
I’m also contemplating a non-paranormal erotic romance that I may start after Fatal Desire.
You certainly sound very busy. You must be so excited. Can you list a couple of your favorite authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing. Do you get a break?
Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Laura Wright, Rebecca Zanetti, Kresly Cole and Sherrilyn Kenyon to name only a few, lol.
Tell us a bit about your Eternal Flame. What inspired it? Or Did you know what it would be about when you wrote the first book in the series?
I had a character in my head, but I knew he was destined for bigger things so he could not be my hero in book one. I developed several other characters and began my story. To be honest, I really had no idea where it would lead, but it has been a fun ride.
What is your favorite part of this particular story, and why? (Hopefully you can tell us without giving anything away
Hmm, I have so many, but I think one of my favorites is close to the beginning. Cassie has a dream that she shares with us and well you just need to read it for yourself!
You twisted my arm!
A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream.
When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the Gods have gifted him with a mate, he is raging mad. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.
Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.
Two worlds, one desire.
When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?
She glanced at the clock, it was one a.m. But the last thing she wanted to do was sleep. She set her glass down and moved off the couch. “I’m not tired.” She reached for his hand and dug for her courage. She had a feeling he didn’t want to leave. “Kiss me.”
He pulled her close and ran his fingers down her cheek. He leaned down and brushed his lips against hers. Gently, he nibbled her bottom lip, coaxing her mouth open with his tongue. She parted her lips, he took full advantage, pressed his way deeper into her mouth, held the kiss before he broke away.
She opened her eyes and let out a sigh. “You’re a good kisser, Marcus.” She leaned into him and pressed her body against his. Wrapping her arms around his neck, she pulled him to her, and their lips came together. Her tongue did a deliberate slow dance across his, making him moan. Her core turned to lava, the heat almost too much to bear.
He pushed her away. “Cassie. I could stand here and kiss you all night, but I’d better go before I make an ass of myself and you end up hating me.”
She reached for his hand, knowing what his aim was. “Why do you think I would end up hating you?” She worried it might be the other way around. Would he think her a wanton woman? She tried to cap her desire, but the need to live what happened in her dreams overruled her common sense.
“I will not lie. I believe in the truth, always. I want you. I want to lie you on the bed and make passionate love to you until neither of us can move.”
“Then what’s stopping you?” she whispered.
“Love, did I hear you correctly?” Disbelief was written on his face.
She gazed into his stormy eyes. “I will admit, I’m not the type who sleeps with a man on the first date.” She looked down at his chest. “Hell, not even the second or third.” Her eyes moved back up to meet his. “I can’t say what it is, this connection I feel. I just know I need you.”
He pulled her close, his mouth crushing hers. Their tongues glided across each other in a play for dominance. Her nipples hardened and strained against the fabric of her dress. With only the thin layer of material between them, she felt his cock harden.
She pulled away and gasped for air as she led him to the darkened bedroom. Her courage wavered for a moment. She’d come this far, there would be no stopping now. She didn’t want to stop.
“Marcus, I don’t know how to explain it. I trust you, and to be honest, your touch sets me on fire. I need you, but if this isn’t what you want, then I’ll understand.” She held her breath and waited for his reaction.
He traced a finger along her cheek. “There’s no way in hell I’m leaving now, unless of course, you toss me on the street.”
She reached for his shirt, her fingers trembling as she loosened the first button. He grabbed her wrists. “If at any time you want to stop, tell me.”
Her head shook and continued with the buttons until they were completely undone. She pushed the shirt past his shoulders and onto the floor. Breath escaped her lungs when the moonlight filtered in the windows and danced across his chest. He was remarkable, better than her dreams.
He removed the clip that held her hair. Her chestnut curls spilled around her shoulders. He moaned when his fingers ran through the silky mass. The dress became a second skin, and she was ready to be rid of it, but before she could make a move, he reached behind her neck and untied the halter. The dress fell to her waist, exposing her bare breasts. His eyes became drunk with desire. He tipped his head down and ran his tongue over her nipple, causing it to pebble. God, she had almost come undone right there.
“You have too many clothes on,” she said, reaching for the button on his pants.
He moved off her breast, and she cried out from the ache he left behind. “I could say the same for you, love.” He kicked off his boots while she dropped her dress to the floor. She was left standing in a red thong and black heels. There would be no turning back now.
Grabbing the waistband of his pants, she yanked them to the floor, and his erection sprung free. Her tongue traced her lips, desperate to savor him. He was much bigger than she had experienced, but that only heightened her arousal. She dropped to her knees and ran her tongue over the tip of his shaft. He tasted of salt and seduction. He wrapped a fist in her hair and groaned. She sucked him in, taking every inch. Drunk by the pleasure she gave him.
He threw his head back. “Oh gods, Cassie, you feel so good. Don’t stop.”
As if she could. No, she was a woman possessed, determined to take him over the edge. At this moment, she wanted nothing more than to make him scream her name.
As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.
Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.
Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.
Amazon: Coming soon
Barnes & Nobel: Coming soon
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