Friday, November 21, 2014

Author Interview: Heart of a Rocky by Kelsey Jordan


Hi Everyone! Please welcome author Kelsey Jordan! She hanging out with us today and sharing about her latest release "Heart of a Rocky"


Welcome Kelsey! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I’m kind of a control freak. For me this is a big reason why paranormal/fantasy works for me. In this genre I get to build and remake worlds as I see fit. World building allows me to think creatively and come up with the answers to the various “what if, how about, and why do” kind of questions I ask myself when I get inspired to create something new.

What is it about the paranormal that fascinates you so much?

The thing that most fascinates me about paranormal is the ability to change the world however I see fit. I love the ability to build and destroy worlds at will.

What inspired you to write this book?

This series started from a song by Within Temptation called The Howling. Heart of a Rocky is a continuation of the universe that I started and the characters that live in it.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Heart of a Rocky is a continuation of the Gardinian World Novels, where we meet two members of the Order of Rockys, an elite group of Lycans bound together by duty, honor, and the blessing of Nivar, the God of Gods.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

For the Gardinian World Novels I don’t have a specific formula for character names. I do have a formula for the specific words used to represent formal Gardinian titles and terms. Typically terms come as a combination of Latvian and Slavic words. For fun I throw in a few Celtic and Latin words to create a bit of interesting sounds, but those terms are used on other worlds in the Gardinian universe.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another and if so which one?

The character that is the hardest to write is one I haven’t fully gotten to know is Tuyir. The things he has revealed to me make him one of my favorites, but his reserved nature makes him hard to write in a way that respects who he is and still manages to convey his story. I hope by the time I am fully focused on book 5 (currently writing book 4) I can have a firm grasp on his story.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

Trent. He’s present in Heart of a Rocky, but I loved writing him in book three, the First of Spring. I can’t wait for you guys to meet him as an adult. I think he’s awesome.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course? Sure here is an excerpt for you!

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Tyson didn’t remember moving, but he pinned Isis against his refrigerator. He crushed her phone and tossed the broken pieces on the floor.

“I’ll get you another one tomorrow, but know this, Isis. I am defending her. You may not like the way I’m doing it, but I will not give her what you think she needs. You don’t know me well enough to know the type of male I can be. Trust me when I say that the gentle male she needs in this moment does not live in me.”

“Oh, shut the f*ck up. Do you honestly think I have no idea what kind of male leads us? You’re so violent that they just gave you the title of Asim. Just f*cking gave it to you.

“We’re Lycans. We love, f*ck, and fight. You only live for the fight, so yes, I get it, Tyson. You’re a big, bad monster. That female needs you to slay her Rut. Be a bigger monster than the one keeping you cowering out here. And I do mean cowering because there’s no excuse that keeps you out here while a female who has suffered gods knows what is forced to suffer more because you won’t do anything to stop it.” She pushed at his chest. “Now move. I have a solution for her problem. You don’t have to like it, but right now, the needs of one of your people trumps yours.”

Tyson leaned down and whispered in her ear, “You’ll pay for this later.”

He walked to his bedroom door and stared at it as if it would open on its own.

“Good god, go in there already,” Lykil said. “You have more feelings than an emo love song.”

Tyson flipped him off and closed his hand around the handle.

Opening the door was just as bad as he imagined it would be. The hormonal wave of lust that slammed into him almost sapped his willpower to do anything beyond parting her thighs and embrace his biological instinct to f*ck until they were both senseless.

***

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

Honestly my characters are exaggerated or muted parts of me. For example, Omar is the aggressive yet loving part of me, while Anise is the overly cautious and protective mother part of me. Authors may like to think our characters are not like us in any way, but it’s a lie. You can’t truly separate yourself out of someone who lives in your head.

What can readers expect next from you?

Right now I’m working on Soul of a Rocky (book 4) and the tentatively titled fifth book: Lykil, the final two books in the Gardinian World Novels. Next, I hope to start work on Tidy, my thriller-romance, but it’s still in the research stage. Also in the works is the beginning of my War of Queens series which takes place on Larka, the Fae world in the Gardinian universe.


Thank you so much Kelsey for stopping by and sharing about her latest release. Scroll down to read more about "Heart Of A Rocky" and Kelsey Jordan. Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway!!




Heart Of A Rocky
By Kelsey Jordan

Blurb: 

The Takeover
Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender
Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?



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EXCERPT 


TYSON STARED DOWN THE HALL where his office was to the door of his bedroom. 

It had been more than half an hour, and Isis still hadn’t exited the room. He took two steps before he became aware that someone else was in his house. 

“You’re a dumbass.”

He turned to his left to see the last god he wanted occupying his personal space leaning 
against the bathroom door.

“Meaning?” he asked the God of Destruction. He didn’t really care about the answer, 
because Lykil would likely say something meant to piss him off. 

“Who the hell declines sex?”

“Me.”

“Admit it, you’re scared.”

“What exactly am I scared of?”

“Intimacy. Poor you. Lost your Soul’s Mate, and now you can’t deal. Boo-fucking-hoo. 

Life is terrible if you let it be.”

Tyson watched Lykil for a few moments before he simply nodded. He walked down the 

hallway to his living room where he relaxed on the sofa. He hoped by turning on his TV he’d find a distraction and discourage the god from hanging around. 

“Ignored by a mortal. Lykil, that’s a new one.”

Tyson turned to the sound of Ronan’s voice. 
“What the fuck are you doing here?”

“Forced compliance,” Ronan answered with a shrug. 

Tyson froze, hoping Ronan wasn’t implying they would soon be joined by more Rockys. 

Ronan—an observant fucker from growing up surrounded by females—didn’t miss his facial twitch. 

“Yeah, you’re readable as shit when you’re irritated,” Lykil said, obviously reading his 
thoughts. “And calm down. The Rockys aren’t here. They don’t really like you too much right now, remember? 

You have the benefit of Ronan and a contingent of the Blue Ridge fighters on call if the 
need arises. Omar also has some local Alesers from Zareb Joey’s pride ready when we say the word.” 

“Five Lycans showed up here looking for her. I killed them. I’m waiting until her Rut is 
over until I hunt down the ones who took her in the first place. Why in the hell would I need so many Lycans to help me do a one-person job?” 

Lykil sat next to Tyson on the sofa, making him uncomfortably aware how much space 
an eternal being could occupy. 

“I can make you more uncomfortable. We could cuddle and watch one of Ronan’s movies. There’s a lot of moaning and bodily fluids.” 

Ronan and Tyson answered in unison. “I don’t watch porn, asshole.”
“I’ll pass.” 

Lykil shrugged. “Your loss. That goes for both of you. I can cuddle like no one else, and 
porn is amazing. The things people do to get off inspires the worst parts of me.” 

“There’s something worse than this conversation?” Tyson asked, shifting away from 

Lykil. 



About The Author


Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.


You can find Kelsey at 


            


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