It's saturday again and time for another guest! Today I have Nancy Corrigan! A fellow author of Red Hot Author's Cafe. She has been kind enough to answer my crazy questions.
First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
I’m a geek turned erotic author who believes in unending love and fairytales. I love weaving tales that transcend the boundaries of reality to take my readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey. Currently, I write the Royal Pride series for Ellora’s Cave, but I’ll soon be unveiling another series, the Wild Hunt. That one will also go to Ellora’s.
On a personal note, I’m married to my college sweetheart and have three wonderful children. When I’m not writing, I work as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.
Tell us about your latest release
My latest release is Beautiful Mistake, book 2 of the Royal Pride series. This story centers on saving the twin of a lion shifter cub that is introduced in book 1, Unexpected Find. Both little girls were experimented on and Devin vows to save Molly, the missing twin, before she’s sold to another pride. Devin, however, has been tortured himself and because of what he’s endured, his mind is broken. He suffers from blackouts and must constantly keep his unstable cats under control. He meets his mate under difficult circumstances and their HEA journey is one riddled with mistakes. It’s an intense read full of love, heartache, jealousy, loss and of course, hot sex.
Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.
1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?
Darth Vader from the Star Wars saga. From prodigy to villain, his story is a complex one. He’s been influenced by the world around him and the disastrous choices he’s made set him down the path of evil. I love a tortured hero (or villain) and I especially love Darth Vader as his final sacrifice redeems him. In fact, I love him so much I named an important secondary character from Beautiful Mistake after him. I can’t wait to write Vader’s story.
2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?
Josh. He’s a human introduced in Unexpected Find. He tries to fit into a world he’ll never belong to so he can claim a woman he can never have. His story, Favorite Obsession, releases soon from Ellora’s Cave.
3.) What genre do you write? What made you pick that one?
I write paranormal romance mostly because I’ve always loved fantasies. I read (and write) for the romanticism and escapism books provide. I love fairytales, knights in shining armor and heroes that bite. I honestly don’t know if I can write a story without a paranormal flare.
4.)What are you working on now?
I’m working on Hunter Betrayed, book 1 of the Wild Hunt for Ellora’s Cave. It’ll release this summer. It’s an erotic paranormal based off the Wild Hunt myth—spectral horsemen and their hounds.
5.) What got you to start writing?
I was challenged. I mentioned to a friend that I wished I could write something hot and was basically laughed at because I’m a scientist, not an author. It’s true, but I’m also stubborn. I had to prove her wrong. Two years later, I have two published novels and a two more releasing in the next few months. Now I’m addicted to writing. I can’t stop.
6.) Where do you get your ideas from?
I’ve always had an active imagination. Most of my story ideas are ones that have bounced around my head, but many of my characters are inspired by people I know.
7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?
Hmm…I’m afraid of ladybugs. I’m a huge coffee addict and have a slight obsession with numbers.
8.) Do you have any special talents?
Sadly, no. I’m pretty ordinary.
9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?
Write what you love, not what you think will sell. Writing is cyclic. What might be ‘hot’ today might not last. I took this to heart because when I started writing, I was told paranormals had run their course. Maybe they have, maybe not but I love my shifters and wicked Huntsmen. They have stories to tell so I’ll write them.
10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?
Nora Roberts. I think every aspiring romance author needs to read her books. She is simply amazing. I’d love to know how she’s stayed inspired and weathered the ups and downs of being an author.
Thanks so much for joining me Nancy - BTW I've need writing for over twenty years and the "powers that be" have been saying that paranormal has run it's course the entire time. I don't think our readers agree.
and I love this cover!
Here's the book blurb for Nancy's latest:
Book 2, Royal Pride
Lena will do anything to protect the shifter child her family takes in, even turn herself into bait. Although she knows better than to fall for a shifter, Devin, the man who captures her, is unlike any she’s ever tangled with. Their desire is unquenchable and the draw to him is undeniable, but their relationship is riddled with mistakes and loving him has the potential to destroy her.
After shouldering his twin’s torture, Devin hovers on the verge of insanity. His life revolves around his family and recovering kidnapped shifter children. He never thought he’d have a mate or kids of his own until a rescue mission turns deadly. The beautiful female caught in the crosshairs stirs his mating instincts and tames his wild nature. Only her confusion over their intense attraction stops him from finishing their bond, but Devin’s persistent. He’ll convince his stubborn female that he’s the man she’s been waiting for—one passionate encounter at a time.
A Romantica® Paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
And here's the Blurb:
Several minutes passed before the doorknob turned and the scent of evergreen and moss swept into the room. The soft click of the bedroom door sounded overly loud in her ears. She froze, suddenly very aware of her racing pulse. Nerves or anticipation? She sighed. With the way her body reacted to him, probably both.
The bed dipped as he crawled toward her. His slow approach made her heart knock hard against her ribcage. She hated how much she yearned for him.
He skimmed his fingers across her shoulder, down her arm to linger at her wrist. “Morning, baby. How are you feeling?”
His rumbly voice made her stomach flutter. She clenched her hands until her nails dug into her palms. The bite of pain distracted her from thinking about the man she should fear but couldn’t help desiring.
“Better.” She swallowed hard. “I…umm, want to…” Strong hands lifted hers and the slight contact zapped her thoughts. The unexplainable lust returned and mixed with the longing. She couldn’t get her mind to work. “Talk. I want to talk.”
“Me too. We have a lot to talk about.”
Instead of asking any of the questions she knew he had, he gently pulled back her fingers, kissing each one before pressing his mouth to her palm. His touch branded her and filled her with warmth. Her breathing quickened. An answering groan spilled from his throat.
“My sisters…I called them.”
“Are they safe?”
His question and the emotion laced into it eased some of her tension. She nodded. “They’re safe.”
A long moment passed while Devin brushed his cheek back and forth over her inner wrist. “You’re not going to tell me where they are yet, are you?”
She shook her head.
“Look at me, Lena.”
Unable to resist him, she opened her eyes and his breathtaking feline ones stared back at her. Strands of patchwork hair framed the face that had occupied her dreams all night. Harshly cut cheekbones, up-tilted eyes and the wider, flatter nose made it unique, a mixture of beauty and power. Devin was the type of man you never forgot. One glimpse and you were hooked.
He knelt next to her on the wrinkled sheets, looking deliciously hot with his disheveled hair, bare chest and loose sweats. She let her gaze travel over him from the bulge in his pants up to the lips she wanted on hers. One corner of his mouth lifted. Her heart skipped a beat. Dear god, if she wasn’t careful, he could own her.
“You can trust me.”
She wanted to. “I need to make sure.”
He stretched out on the bed next to her and pulled her into his arms. He didn’t say anything. He simply held her. The tension in her limbs drained and she relaxed in his embrace exactly as she’d done in the hotel. She didn’t know how long they snuggled but he finally shifted closer and placed his palm over her heart.