What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
It’s a mixed bag. Anything from science fiction to romance to self-help and of course tons of writing books. There are some comics in there too. I’ve been collecting them since I was a kid.
Name some of your favorite authors who do not write romance.
One author I always mention is Octavia Butler, whose work continues to inspire me. Another author I love is Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, which was a life changing book for me.
Tell me your favorite pick up line, and did it work on you or for you?
Years ago when I was with some friends and we were leaving a club, a guy called out to us: “I bet you’re waiting for me to say something so you can ignore it.” He said it in fun – not snarky – and we all started laughing. It didn’t work on any of us, but it certainly was different!
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
Puts the toilet seat down. Yes, that is important especially when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and don’t put the lights on. I won’t go into details, but you can imagine the result.
How do you relax at the end of a long day?
That’s very hard for me. I always want to be doing something, which makes it hard to just sit and unwind. But I’ve found that listening to an audio book or music helps to take the focus off whatever happened during the day.
Finish this sentence: I’m addicted to…
Chocolate of course! Milk chocolate is my favorite, though recently I tasted a dark chocolate bar that had caramel inside. It was insane.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
In my other life I do technical and business writing. So I could say I write full-time, though to be honest, I’d rather be writing my stories full-time. They’re much more interesting than technical documentation.
Would any of your books make a good movie? Which actors/actresses do you see in the lead roles?
Of course they’d all make good movies! J But for the Family Pride books, I have two people in mind for the lead roles. David Gandy was my inspiration for Mac. He’s not an actor (as far as I know). He’s a model and you can get a look at him by putting his name into Google. You’ll see right away why I picked him. For Zora, I’d pick Meagan Good from “Minority Report.”
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
I’d have to pick Hathor Legacy: Burn as a book that’s dear to my heart. I’ve been writing for many years, and I’d started a few novels before I actually completed one. The first novel I completed was Hathor Legacy: Outcast, and I was a bit paranoid about getting it technically correct. I obsessed over word choices and whatnot and put a lot of pressure on myself. But when I wrote Burn, I relaxed and focused on telling the story. It was a better experience for me as a writer and that came through in the book. The lesson I learned from that has carried through to my other books. Just relax and tell the story. Stop trying to be perfect because perfection doesn’t exist.
What can readers expect from you next?
Right now I’m working on Hathor Legacy: Revelations, my third novel in the series. It’s going to tie up a lot of what has been mentioned in the first two books. I’m hoping to have it completed at the end of 2015. After that, I’ll be working on Family Pride: Love and Legacy. It’ll feature Mac’s brother Chris, though Mac and Zora will also be part of the story.
After claiming Zora Mason as his mate, and fighting off a threat to the MacKinnon pride, Mac is more than ready to get back to managing his coffee bar and settling into mated bliss. But just when it looks like things are quieting down, Mac and Zora find more challenges ahead.
Plans for Zora and Mac’s official introduction the to the pride, and the opening of the new coffee bar may be derailed when, gripped by a mysterious blood fever lingering after the leadership challenge, Mac is driven to the edge of his endurance as he fights to keep his inner lion under control.
Juggling her responsibilities in the business and her position as the mate of the pride leader becomes even more challenging when Zora is forced to confront her fear that Mac is changing into someone she doesn’t recognize.
As the fever pushes Mac to the edge, the revelation of an old, painful family secret proves to be the key to saving Mac’s life. Zora and Mac come up with a plan to end the threat of the fever forever, but that same plan can destroy them both.
Is their love strong enough to defeat the blood fever, so they can live happily ever after as mates?
She moved away from him again. It was a small movement that took her to the edge of the bed. There was nowhere else for her to go.
“Zora, you’re right. I made a mistake. I’m not sure sometimes how to manage our relationship now that we’re mates. I’m learning.”
She was more relaxed now. He could feel it. All he wanted to do was to touch her. But she’d moved away from him, and he had to know what that meant.
“Come closer,” he said. If she didn’t, then he’d let it be for tonight. He couldn’t demand anything from her. It had to be her choice. That’s why he’d been wrong. He’d tried to take her choice away.
She scooted back over to him, still with her back turned. Glad he hadn’t turned off the light, Mac pulled back the covers.
“Take off your shirt, babe. I want to hold you and I don’t want anything in the way.” Perhaps it was better she didn’t know how much he ached to feel her arms around him. Vulnerability was not something he’d been taught to show. A lioness mate wouldn’t have understood it, or respected it.
Zora sat up and pulled the garment up over her head. She threw it across the bed, and didn’t make eye contact. Yet again she was proving that she’d learned what he’d taught her. Though she was sitting up and was in a dominant position to him, she kept her eyes lowered in deference.
He’d explained these things to her when they’d returned from the challenge. As his mate, she needed to know what to do, and what not to do when it came to lion shifters. As mates, they’d have to learn new rules of interaction when they were being intimate.
Mac reached up and squeezed her arm, indicating she should lie beside him. Gathering her against him, he moaned as their bodies made contact. Inside him, the lion pushed him to claim her, as he’d done when they’d mated. Not just sexually, but in every way. He wanted her to know that every inch of her was part of him.
Taking a moment to steady himself, he kissed her, then settled her with her head against his chest. “Babe, you’re right. I should’ve told you about the fever. But I couldn’t…I didn’t want you to…I was afraid you would…be repulsed.” As hard as it had been to voice his fears, he’d managed to get it out.
She lifted her head and stared at him, her mouth open in surprise. “Repulsed? Mac, I love you.”
Icy fear melted, and he looked away from her. Seeing her raw emotion was almost too much. He had to keep control of himself.
“Will you tell me what happened out there? Why were you all scratched up?” she asked, as she relaxed against him.
Of course she was going to ask the very thing he wanted to hold back. “I didn’t run into another shifter. There was something out there. I saw a shape in the darkness, like another lion. But it moved so fast…I felt the claws and my instinct took over. I fought, but it was like fighting air. My claws went through the thing.”
Zora shivered against him. “Is that possible? That’s unbelievable.”
“Most people think shifters are unbelievable. But here you are mated to one.”
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About the Author:
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romances include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. She’s the author of the Science Fiction Romance novels, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” and “Hathor Legacy: Burn.” Her Paranormal Romance novels include “Family Pride: Love & Challenges” and “Family Pride: Blood Fever.” Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.” In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books and articles.
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”