Monday, September 7, 2015

Devil’s Playground by Helena Shaw Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Devil’s Playground
Night Hunters
Book 4
Helena Shaw

Genre: Paranormal Romance  

Publisher: Jynxed Moon

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2015

ASIN: B013YR988K

Number of pages: 275
Word Count: 65,000

Cover Artist: Helena Shaw

Book Description:

She finally thought she was free.

Dawn Garrett has been on the run from her past since the day she turned eighteen. A new name, a new life, and a new love have kept her safe from the one man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Together with Jase Byrnes, Dawn has stood up against werewolves, witches, vampires, and so much more. She’s learned to be a hunter and with Jase by her side, she’s finally found the strength she’s been looking for.

But the man she’s spent so long running from is hot on her trail and Dawn is out of places to run. She’ll need to stand and face him, but she’s trapped in his playground and he’s got more tricks up his sleeve than she ever thought possible.

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The snow showed no signs of slowing down as it whipped and whirled through Dawn’s hair. All her sweaters were gone, her makeshift scarf, her boots, everything.
And yet she wasn’t cold.
When she and Jase had gone out earlier, the snow had been so cold that it hurt, and it had been even worse when they got back to the hotel and her toes and fingers started to warm up again. The pain and itch had combined into pure agony and part of her wanted to bury them in the hotel’s ice bucket just to alleviate the pain, but in time it had begun to subside on its own.
Maybe I’m going numb, she wondered to herself as she marched through the snow. She’d read that was a sign of hypothermia. The body numbs itself to the cold and eventually you just go to sleep, but never wake up.

But she wasn’t tired. She was looking for something, and she couldn’t sleep until she found it.

About the Author:

Helena Shaw has been writing ever since she was a child. Always with a book in her hands, she started crafting her own stories at a young age. She has always loved the world of the paranormal and inspired by her favorite stories, she set out to create a world of her own.

Her first full length novel, Harvest Moon, was released in November, 2014 and she is currently hard at work on the sequel. She hopes to keep Dawn and Jase's story going for many years to come.

Helena Shaw resides in a small town in western Ontario. When she is not writing, she is taking care of her two boys and her husband.


Where are you from?
I’m from a small town in Southern Ontario. I’ve spent time in cities and small towns, and small towns are the way to go.

Tell us your latest news?
September has been really exciting! With the fourth book of the Night Hunters series out, I’m now working on a totally new shifter romance novel I’m calling Pride. I hope people like lion shifters!

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since before I can remember, but I’ve been writing to share with other people for a couple years now. I spent so much time daydreaming that I started writing things down and actually working at it for my own enjoyment, and decided to publish a couple years ago.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I started writing! I know it might not be how everyone feels, but if you’re writing anything, then you’re a writer. It doesn’t need to be perfect, polished, published, or popular, you just need to write.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first serious novel was inspired by my love of my favorite duos in paranormal fiction. Mulder & Scully, Elena & Stefan (& Damon), and Sam & Dean (okay… not romance there… for some). I’d been tossing the idea around for a long time and I finally said to myself, “Start writing!”

Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve always been inspired by Stephen King, and loved his book On Writing…, which every aspiring writer should read. Basically – write how people talk! I try to make my characters believable, and unless they’re a Harvard professor, they probably talk just like you or me.

How did you come up with the title?
Titles are the hardest part and I almost always leave that until last. Trying to be original while making sure it makes sense? Horribly difficult. I tend to brainstorm with other writers and bounce ideas around.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never give up. I think it’s a message that gets ignored by people (including myself!) all too easily. Just because things get hard doesn’t mean you should stop fighting for what you want.

How much of the book is realistic?
Well, as much as I am a believer, I don’t know how many demons, werewolves, witches, vampires, and ghouls are running around Manhattan these days.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’ve been asked this before, and honestly – not really. A few things here or there come up that are probably based on my own life, but no major plot points. A character’s favorite food, maybe, but important life moments? Not really.

What books have most influenced your life most?
So many books! Just about anything Stephen King, I loved Life of Pi, and oddly Jurassic Park had a pretty profound effect on me.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh jeez, I doubt I could pick one. Now to actually sit down and be able to pick someone’s brain? Either Stephen King or Christine Feehan.

What book are you reading now?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Oh man is it creepy!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lana Grayson’s books are a guilty pleasure of mine, and when I want supernatural and a bit different, I go with Amelia Faulkner.

What are your current projects?
I’m nearly done and ready to publish Pride, a lion shifter romance novel I’ve been plugging away at for a long time now. I hope everyone enjoys it!

What would you like my readers to know?

I’ve said from day one that Night Hunters would be a four book series, but my God, I love Dawn and Jase so much that I can’t really say the series is over for good. Maybe it’s just on a hiatus, I’m not sure. The story is a complete one, that’s for sure, but I won’t rule out coming back to my favorite couple.

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