I’d like to welcome Dena Garson today. Dena writes sensual/erotic romance. Her current/upcoming release is Mystic’s Touch.
Hello, Dena! I’m so happy to have you back. Why don’t you tell my readers who don’t know you so well, a little about yourself. How did you start writing?
I have been an avid reader of romance for years. My great aunt had a subscription to Zebra Historical Romances and always passed her books on to my grandmother who passed them on to me. That was the start of a life-long addiction to the genre.
I’ve always played scenes out in my head. Ideas roll through like movie clips. So when my BFF suggested that one of us should be writing books, I decided to put all those ideas to use. I studied the world of publishing, took lots of writing workshops, and watched and listed to already published authors.
Eventually it paid off. My sixth book with Ellora’s Cave has just been released.
Congratulations! What’s your favorite “non-writing” activity?
I make beaded jewelry and trinkets (ornaments, key rings, sun catchers). I love playing with the different colors and materials. And it keeps me and my BFF accessorized without spending a fortune!
Great idea! My young daughter is into making bracelets for all her friends. Now I hav eto convince her to make one for Mom! What’s next for you in terms of writing?
Actually, I have several manuscripts going. One is a contemporary romance – another office-romance. I finished the story but it needs some work before I can pin a bow on it and call it done. I’m also about half way through the sequel to Mystic’s Touch. This one is about one of Ceros’ friends and fellow warriors, Knepf.
Sounds very busy! What is your favorite part of this particular story as compared to the previous book or even your other series? And why? Hopefully you can tell us without giving anything away :)
There were several places I giggled even as I wrote it. Ceros kept his sense of humor alive even as he was trapped inside a body that wouldn’t work.
But my favorite thing about this book was exploring the idea of having a connection with someone that allowed you to share thoughts. I’m sure it would be uncomfortable at times – especially at first – but you would never, ever doubt how the other person felt about you (hopefully it would be in a good way!). And you would always know if they needed something.
Talk about intimate!
Sounds very intriguing. And you certainly have a knack for writing about unique things. Last time you visited we talked about ghosts in castles. Do you have any tours/events planned that you’d like to let us know about? Where can we find you over the next little while?
Yes, actually, I’m touring for the next two weeks celebrating the release of Mystic’s Touch. I have about a dozen more stops and I’ll be giving away lots of goodies at the end! The list of stops is posted on my blog site (http://denagarson.wordpress.com/).
Be sure you sign up for the drawings. I’m giving away ebooks, a Dena Garson gift basket, a grab bag of author promo items, a Love: Defined necklace, Naughty/Nice earrings, and a swirl ring made by Designs By Jewelee. Here’s the link to my Rafflecopter:
Ooh…sounds fantastic, Dena! But, before we share your book with the readers, I understand you’ve got a treat for us? Dean has graciously offered to provide us with a recipe! I just love when my guests to this because it means I have new things to try out on my own family!
So, Dena, is this a favorite of yours or is there a connection to the story? And OMG, I peeked. This looks so easy and so yummy!
I have a confession. I am a lousy cook. I burn nearly everything I attempt. My nine year old son does a better job than me, so I avoid the kitchen as much as possible. My mother however, loves to bake and has a fabulous collection of recipes.
So, I immediately sought her help in finding a recipe that would fit my new book, Mystic’s Touch.
The following was her suggestion for two reasons: It’s one of her favorites (as we speak she is searching the kitchen to see if she has everything she’d need to make one – yay!) and we believe most of the ingredients could have been found in ancient Egypt (the basis for the fantasy kingdom in the book).
10 small saltines (crushed)
10 chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
1 generous tsp sherry
- Mix first four ingredients. Add sherry.
- Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Fold into the saltine mixture.
- Bake in greased pie pan at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
Suggestion: Top with whipped cream when served.
What a fabulous name! Thank you, Dena for stopping in and visiting with me today. My congratulations to you on your new release. I so hope you’ll come back again. And feel free to bring more pie
Now let’s get back to Dena’s newest release, a sensual fantasy romance,
When Prince Ceros returns home to take his place on the throne, he falls prey to a mysterious malady that leaves him unable to speak or move, though his thoughts and awareness remain intact. Danet, a talented healer, realizes the prince is alert inside his body. The two are able to share thoughts telepathically. Unfortunately her connection with Ceros may bring unwanted attention to her abilities and result in her banishment from the city.
Their unique bond grows as Danet races to find a remedy for the prince’s condition. Desire turns to love, which makes Danet fear for their future when he awakens. They seek out the villain attempting to take the throne and endeavor to find a way to stay together.
Inside Scoop: Ceros’ secret shifter status adds complication and intrigue to their budding romance.
[As a preface – Danet and Ceros have learned they are able to communicate telepathically. That is why the following conversation is in italics instead of quotes.]
Danet turned to look at the prince. He was a handsome man. It was a shame to see him trapped in his body this way.
Don’t try to distract me, the prince said.
How was I distracting you?
You were thinking of touching my hair.
I was not.
Yes, you were.
Danet harrumphed. What was your second reason?
My second reason?
You said you had two reasons for asking about my family but only mentioned one.
Ah, yes. I was trying to figure out how your family could be so intertwined with mine, but I don’t remember meeting you before now.
We were introduced once, long ago. As I have already explained, it would have been improper for me to have served you or spent any time in your company. Besides, you have been away from home for many turns of the suns.
Why is it acceptable for you to be in my service now?
I am no longer an innocent maid. I was married for a short time. Besides, completing my apprenticeship allows me a great deal of freedom even though I am not mated. I believe your mother is more concerned with your well-being than any sense of impropriety. Besides, there is little danger of your ravishing me while in this state.
How does she know that you won’t ravish me while overseeing my care?
She shot him a look that would have spoken volumes had he been able to see it. Because your mother knows me better than that.
Yes. With one word, she made sure there was nothing to argue.
An image flashed through her mind of her straddling his very naked body, both of them sweaty and flushed. Danet tripped over her own feet. She quickly stamped the image down, not knowing if she had conjured it or if he had.
Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.