Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Scorching Authors Summer Giveaway.

Once again, I'm thrilled that Bloodgifted is part of a fantastic Summer giveaway (if you're in the northern hemisphere), along with thirty other amazing authors. Not only will readers have the chance to win books and other prizes, but also a Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablet loaded with each author's books—a complete summer read that covers fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, mysteries, suspense and adventure.
It's a brilliant prize.
For those readers in the southern hemisphere (like me), these books are the perfect winter reads to curl up with in front of a cosy fire - or electric heater.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Do The Survey on Sex in Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Books.

How do you feel about sex? In books, that is! Now this post is not about your personal, intimate relationships—some things should be kept private—but it's primarily to discover what you, the reader, likes and expects in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel. 

These days it's hard to find a book in any genre that doesn't include some sort of love scene in the story. It's almost expected. What do they say about sex selling? So, when I first began to write it was something of a dilemma for me. Should I, shouldn't I? How graphic should it be? Eventually I had to make a decision, for not only would strangers be reading my books, but my family - my new adult and adolescent nieces. Considering all this, I came to the conclusion that as long as the love scene was tastefully done, and enhanced the story and the relationship of the characters, I would include it. 

I have two short, graphic sex scenes in each of my books. The first one is usually more explicit than the second. How much I include in my third book is still conjecture. Hopefully, this survey will give me an idea what you—my readers—would like to see. 
So tell me. Do the poll, and have some fun.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Do You Like Dragons? Meet My Special Guest - Jane Hunt

I love dragons. Actually, I believe they once existed. Can all those myths and legends from around the world be wrong? They're even mentioned in the Bible. Just read the last few chapters of the Book of Job. And even if you're a sceptic, I'm sure my special guest this week, the lovely Jane Hunt, author of The Dragon Legacy and The Revenge Masquerade, will have you believing.

1. Why did you choose to write in your genre?
Writing a romantic fantasy wasn't a conscious decision. My first novels that never saw the light of day were a historical romance and a contemporary romance.
I got the idea for The Dragon Legacy when I started writing full time in mid 2012. I saw it, as a paranormal romance with elements of mystery but readers perceived it, more as a quirky fantasy romance. I guess some of the concepts in it are from the realms of fantasy. :-)

2. How many books do you plan to write in this series?
If I'm honest I wrote 'The Dragon Legacy' as a standalone novel. When my critique partner read the story, she loved Zane and Jasmine, who were secondary characters. Other readers agreed. So I wrote the wolf and witch's story in 'The Revenge Masquerade'.
There are two more stories in the series;' Egyptian Chaos', which is about Lorenzo who we meet in 'The Revenge Masquerade' and book 4 ' Searching For Her Dragon Soul', which is Larna's story, again a character from 'The Revenge Masquerade'.

3. Why dragons? Post a pic of your favourite dragon.
I love legends and mystical creatures. Dragons are the most iconic of them all; maligned in western legends and fairy stories, although revered in eastern culture. I wanted to show dragons as guardians of the world and those who live within it.
This is a favourite picture of mine from my Pinterest board 'The Dragon Legacy' https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/476185360570459056/

4. What scene in your book(s) do you like the best?
It's hard to choose. Both are full of action and romance.
I guess in 'The Dragon Legacy'. I like the scene close to the end between Xavier and Fleur. She is so courageous, even though her chances of overcoming the demon are slight.
I think the love scene in the Venetian garden between Zane and Jasmine is my favourite. They took so long to reach this point and the scene is full of atmosphere and sensuality.

5. Which actors would you like to play the lead characters if a film was made of your book?
The Dragon Legacy:
Lukas - Goran Visnjic 
Fleur - Evanna Lynch

The Revenge Masquerade:
Zane- Ciao Vaz (OK he's a model :-))
Jasmine- Karen Gillian

6. Which one of your characters would you like to be?
There's a little of me in both the female leads:
Fleur (The Dragon Legacy), when I was young and naive. Jasmine (The Revenge Masquerade), when I was young and wiser.
Also Grace, Jasmine's mother who is in both books, bits of me now.

7. What song would you choose as the theme song of your book?
I didn't listen to music when I wrote the first two books of The Dragon Legacy series and so they don't have a theme song. Maybe I should write one?
'The Dangerous Gift ''s playlist reflects parts of the book and what helped me to write the story. http://jolliffe01.com/2014/07/28/the-dangerous-gift-playlist/

8. Who is your favourite character, and why?
Like most authors I love the characters that I am writing about at the time, most. If I had to choose. In 'The Dragon Legacy', Fleur because she experiences a life changing journey and survives. I like survivors. In 'The Revenge Masquerade', Jasmine, again she experiences so much as the story progresses but her acceptance of her duty and power is spine tingling for me.

9. If not the Lake District, where would you like to set your next book?
The setting of the story is usually one of the first things to inspire me to write. I choose places I have been, or would like to go, or in the case of 'Egyptian Chaos', the choice is obvious because of the events in The Revenge Masquerade, set in Italy partly due to its association with masque balls.
I have also written a romantic suspense novel - The Dangerous Gift, set in Texas. Past Shadows my current work-in-progress, set in Regency Derbyshire.

10. Do you believe dragons ever existed? Why or why not?
Yes I do and maybe still do, in a parallel existence. Most things are possible and physical evidence is not a requirement for me to believe in them. This is probably why I thought my story was an urban paranormal tale and others saw it as fantasy. It's a matter of perspective and belief and everyone's is unique.

11. Do you write full time for a living, or do you have another daytime job?
In theory, I write full time but as everyone who has a family knows, there are so many calls on your time. My writing has to compete but it's what I truly want to do.

12. Are any of your characters based on real people?
My female characters have elements of my personality, at certain life stages but mainly like my male characters; a creation of my mind and experiences.

13. What advice would you give to new or aspiring writers?
I still consider myself a new writer and each day is a learning experience for me. So I would say be open to new ideas and advice but remain true to yourself and your beliefs about your stories. Ultimately they are a reflection of you and that is priceless.

Thanks Jane J

Book Description

Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
 The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch's snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?

Present day Venice, Italy.  
Zane slowed his pace. His nostrils twitched. No humans in the immediate vicinity. The Piazzetta San Marco with its decorative, lit archways appeared deserted in the predawn light. Zane padded across the square enjoying the breeze, which ruffled his silver fur. He kept to the shadows conscious he must remain hidden from the city's early risers; lovers enjoying the romantic Venetian dawn and the gondoliers who wouldn't pass up on a chance of an early fare. His keen silvery-blue eyes scanned the network of narrow streets for the secluded spot he used to shift into his wolf the previous night.
His wolf persona made a greater impact on the city's shifter community. His keen wolf's gaze identified the darkened corner where two houses met; the presence of his distinctive leather boots and other clothing confirmed this was the place. Mindful of discovery he shifted quickly. Moans he couldn't suppress echoed around the tunnel like street, as muscle ripped and bones cracked until he became outwardly human again. Breathing heavily he looked around. No-one disturbed him.  
Zane emerged from the darkness into the warmth of the dawn sun. He pulled up the hood of his cotton hoodie and put on his designer sunglasses, compulsory attire for the fashionable in Venice or so his friend Larna insisted. Larna so quintessentially Italian; beautiful, fashionable and fiery yet despite her undoubted attributes he only saw Lukas' kid sister. He smiled at this misnomer, still everything was relative even in the paranormal world and at eight hundred years old she was the baby of his dragon friend's family. He jogged along the narrow streets and alongside the canals, which defined Venice until he reached a spectacular palazzo resplendent with gothic arches decorated with Moorish and Byzantine designs.
His Cuban heeled boots clattered on the polished ceramic floor, which stretched the length of the grand entrance. He pushed back his hood and took off his shades; no need for disguise here among friends, the last step of his mission to alert the supernatural world about the fate of the infant dragon. Zane gagged, as the stench reached him at the bottom of the elaborate staircase. He recognized it immediately but sniffed again because he wanted to be wrong. The last time he smelled the putrid odor was in England when he fought with Lukas, the dragon lord, against the demon to save the last dragon egg. The dragon destroyed the demon snake and its demonic essence, but the smell was so similar... Every step on the stone staircase resonated as he hurried towards the galleried landing. The priceless art he usually loved to linger over passed in a blur. All his senses focused on the danger ahead. He stopped. The smell wasn't as strong here. He retraced his steps until the elaborate carving of the drawing room door imprinted his back. The door was uncharacteristically shut. His hackles rose as his hand made contact with the marbled knob, it shimmered with radiated heat. He ignored the warmth and twisted the knob. The door creaked as it opened…   

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