Welcome to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked, where the women are kick-ass and the men are intrigued. :D I'm sure you've experienced the Next Big Thing Blog Hop on several other authors' blogs, but I think I've dropped the ball. I was out of town for the day my "tagger" Alison Packard posted her Blog Hop post and didn't promote her. :( Then I didn't tag 5 more authors who I think you all should check out. Sigh.
So to make up for my obvious short-comings, I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to promote Alison now and you can check out her Next Big Thing Blog Hop Post. She really is a wonderful writer and storyteller, so I highly recommend her writing. Her first book is already out from Carina Press.
I'm also going to mention five authors I think you should check out. They are some of my favorites and they're writing is worth the reading. I was an avid reader before I became a writer and these folks have made my "auto-buy" list. But first, the questions I'm supposed to answer. ;)
What is the title of your next book?
Not a Dragon's Standard Virgin
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It actually had a working title of Double Standard because I'd been thinking about the "walk of shame/fame" issue that comes up when men or women come home from spending the night somewhere. The men get kudos, the women get ridicule and derision. So I started to think about what would happen if a woman set out to lose her virginity? And what's so valuable about virginity anyway? That gave me Isabelle Andersen, tavern keeper's daughter who'd rather not be fed to the dragon.
What genre does your book fall under?
I think you could say it's paranormal historical romance because there's a dragon shifter and it's set in 1547 Scotland.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don't like this question because I very rarely base my characters on actors alive today and I'm not a big TV person (which means I don't see the actors much). So I'd have to say the actor who might wear a face similar to Jonarrion (the dragon shifter hero) would be Colin Farrell. Jonarrion is Irish and tall, athletic with a darkness riding him.
As for Isabelle, the heroine, the actress most similar would be Scarlett Johansson. Isabelle has a fire and a strength to take care of business despite the obstacles and Scarlett brings that to her characters.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sacrificial virgins are so sixteenth century, but unless Isabelle finds a man to take her innocence, she may be next.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be represented by a publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I think all told it took me about five months, but I rarely write one story consecutively. I'm usually writing several all at once and when I get stuck on one I move to another, but then I return once the obstacle has percolated in my mind for a while and I see a way through to the ending.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My writing is sexy, action-packed, and full of humor, which might be compared to the stories of Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione within the genre, but also can be compared to the stories of Karla Doyle, Gem Sivad, and Cara Michaels, who don't necessarily write paranormal, but their action and humor are first class.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I really try to write stories that appeal to both men and woman, regardless of the romance genre. There are male readers out there who love action adventure and sex just as much as women do, and so I try to write stories to entice them all. You can check out Her Devoted Vampire and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack right now, and Not a Dragon's Standard Virgin should be out in early 2013.
One last question: If you had to choose between being fed to a dragon or losing your virginity, consequences be damned, which would you choose?
And now the authors you should definitely check out:
Karla Doyle - Contemporary Erotic Romance
TJ Michaels - Paranormal Romance
Goran Zidar - Science Fiction/Adventure
Kris Norris - Action/Adventure Romance
Deborah Coonts - Murder/Mystery with Romantic Elements
Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy New Year and happy reading! :)