Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies Tour Featuring Krystal Shannan


Hello, welcome to Enchantress of Books! I’m so excited you’re hanging out with us today!

Thanks so much for having me! I’m super excited to be here!

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Let’s see... I’ve been happily married for ten years. I am the mother of an adorable little girl with autism who is the center of our universe. I LOVE to read and I really LOVE to write! I’m a dog person, though we don’t have a dog in the house right now. Our Welsh Corgi passed away about six months ago. I look forward to finding another canine to liven the household in a year of so when my fairy princess is a little older. I don’t feel like housetraining a dog, when I’m potty training a child, LOL.

Where you find your inspiration for your stories?

Ahhhh….the answer to that question is….everywhere, LOL. Songs, conversations I overhear. Radio. But my favorite place to find stories are in art. I adore staring at portraits or landscapes until the voices start to whisper. Yes, the voices are real!

You said you enjoy reading PNR.  What is it about this genre that you enjoy so much as a reader? And as a writer, what about this genre made you want to write it in the first place?

My favorite genre is PNR. I really enjoy the world building. Reading is an escape for me and I prefer to escape from reality. A world of shifters, fae, aliens, or magick gives me the best means of escaping the stress of real life. I write it because 9 times out of 10 the voices in my head whisper of magickal tales! I just can’t help it.

Do you have a ‘writing cave’? What does your ‘writing space’ look like and what are your must haves while writing?

I have a desk in my bedroom. But I also write on my iPad, paper, laptop…I’ve even been known to write on pads of sticky notes. I will say that my favorite way to write is at my desk with headphones blaring thunderstorms (a little trick I picked up from Liliana Hart). It helps the focus and the noise of the house fade away.

Here is a commonly asked, but helpful question: What advice would you give new authors or someone who wants to publish their first book?

This might not be what people want to hear, but be sure you are ready… Most people say finish the book, make sure you get it edited, and get a professional cover. You need to do all those things, but in an age where it’s so easy to just put your work out there through self-publishing, be sure the book you are about to ‘press’ publish on is truly the right one. I have folders and folders of manuscripts that will NEVER see the light of day. If you are serious about being an author, you need to approach publishing like you are starting a business. You want to put out a professional product and represent yourself in a professional manner. Remember, you only get ONE first impression.

Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

I’m so excited about my upcoming release. WAKING SARAH is coming on November 3rd. It’s the third book in my Vegas Mates Series. This book was very different for me to write. Sarah and Chris’s journey was a very emotional ride. Fulfilling, but emotional. Here’s a little about it…

Council threats and Renata’s deadly attack leave the Vegas pack scrambling to regroup…

Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé and tortured by a voice in her mind that’s haunted her since childhood, Sarah McLain learns her true ancestry after attending her best friend Margaret’s wedding. Can the pack save Sarah from the darkness that threatens to overwhelm her? Or will the wolf inside drive her over the edge before they can show her being a supernatural being is a good thing?


Chris Michaels is in charge of training the new latent werewolves at the O’Hearn mountain inn, now known as Woodhaven. His focus is tested when he finds out the beautiful but sad redhead, Sarah McLain, is his trainee. The connection he feels to her is strong but not magickal, and his wolf claims it foolish to listen to his human instincts. Can Chris heal her broken heart in time, or will he lose the woman he knows is perfect for him.




Excerpt

PROLOGUE

Sarah’s mind drifted as her friend Margaret recited her vows and became Scott O’Hearn’s wife. She stood silently holding the bridal bouquet. They were calla lilies. She would have been carrying calla lilies two weeks from today. They were her favorite and Brad always got some for her on her birthday.
Her thoughts moved to the unworn wedding dress hanging in the back of her mother’s closet. When she glanced up at Scott, the look of adoration he had for Margaret nearly broke her heart all over again. Brad would have looked at her like that. 
Margaret had practically begged her to stand as her maid of honor. Sarah wanted to be here for her friend’s wedding. She really did. But neither Margaret nor Sam knew she’d been engaged to Brad. None of them knew she and Brad had picked out a wedding date. Or that it was two weeks from today. September twenty-second. They hadn’t had the time to tell anyone…
She shook her head and sniffed quietly, clearing the image from her mind.
Now, he was dead. That future they’d both been so excited to share with their friends had been stolen.
Nearly six months had passed since she’d gotten a life-altering knock on the door from two Houston police detectives. Sorry to inform you, but life-as-you-know-it has just ended. That’s not what they’d said, but it might as well have been.
She’d dropped out of college and come home to Vegas to find one Sam already married and Margaret in a rapidly-becoming-serious relationship and now married as of today.Margaret had told her earlier that day she’d wanted to get married in May, but somehow her big bear of a fiancé convinced her September would be better weather. Of course, Margaret had also shared they’d had a few snafus getting the inn up and running again, too. It was an older building. So the extra time had been needed to accommodate the repairs needed to house everyone.
Sure.
She’d listened to Margaret ramble on, but most of it had fallen on deaf ears.
The happiness in the room was suffocating. She should be happy for her friends, but she wasn’t. Then she felt guilty. Their lives weren’t perfect. Both Sam and Margaret had both recently lost their fathers. She couldn’t imagine losing her Dad, but right now the only thing her mind kept circling back to was that they both had their soul mates.
Hers was gone.
The forests outside the inn called to her soul. Dark thoughts of disappearing into the forest forever crossed through her mind. It was a big mountain. Her dreams over the last few days here had tortured her sleep and she’d doubled up on her prescription just to make it through the night. The pills helped silence the voice, but no treatment or therapy had ever successfully gotten rid of it.

She was so tired of the pain.



So we’re hanging out today as part of the ALL HALLOWS EVE INDIES Tour. Tell me, do you have your Halloween custom and if so, what you’re dressing up as?

I do not have any Halloween customs other than handing out candy for about an hour, then turning off all the lights curling up on the couch with popcorn and watching movies all night. NOT scary movies. I don’t watch creepy Halloween movies. *shudder*

What are some of your favorite Halloween memories as a child? And now, as an Adult?

I’m a bummer on this holiday, LOL. We never really did much and I still don’t.

What do you think is one of the most fun things about Halloween?

I enjoy the festivals! Lots of fun to take the kids to the pumpkin patches and church festivals around town.

What don’t you like or least like about Halloween?

I for one, believe in God, spirits, angels, ghosts, demons, and whatever else might inhabit different planes of the earth. I DO NOT like to be outside on Halloween after dark. Never have never will. It’s a night that truly fills me with the eebie jeebies. It’s a night for the spirits of the realm, not me.


Lighting Round:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? DARK
Beer or Wine? WINE
Dining in or Dining out? BOTH
Favorite Color? GREEN
Favorite snack? CHOCOLATE
Cats or Dogs? DOGS

Sweet or Sour? BOTH




Thank you again for hanging out! I had a blast!!

Now, check out the rest of the awesomeness below!! 


SPECIAL OFFER
Anyone who subscribes to my newsletter and leaves their email address in a comment below, gets a free e-copy of CHASING SAM, Book 1!

About the Author

Welcome to the world of Krystal Shannan, where magick,  adventure, and romance thrive in all realms!  Whether it's in a contemporary setting or in a book filled with goddesses, fae, shifters, and magic.

Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

She is an active member in her local RWA chapter DARA.



You can stalk, I mean follow Krystal here

           



Giveaway

Grand Prize: 
1 Kindle 7" HD Fire and 100 books (mostly ebooks!)

2nd Place Prize: 
FUC (Furry United Coalition) t-shirt from Eve Langlais and 19 ebooks! 


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway and Krystal's new book. evamillien at gmail dot com
    I already have Chasing Sam! and I loved it.

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  2. Love the cover, Krystal!!! I already get your newsletter though! Followed your blog too, Viviana! :)

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