Monday, October 19, 2015

Affirmation by Rayna Noire Interview & Giveaway

Pagan Eyes
Book Four
Rayna Noire

Genre: YA Paranormal/Wiccan

Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Press

Date of Publication: September 28th

ISBN: 978-0-9966411-2-8

Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 65,015

Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique

Book Description:

Stella’s college life transforms from sweet to rancid when her boyfriend asks her to do the unthinkable. How did she end up holding her best friend’s future in her hands? Anything she does will trigger the disastrous conclusion. If that isn’t bad enough.

Add in a lunatic minister, a demi-goddess, and a walk through another dimension full of vindictive shrubbery and wildlife. It’s far from the typical freshman year.

Available at Amazon

About the Author:

Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional time travel adventures and magick happens.

Where are you from?
Indianapolis, Indiana
Tell us your latest news?
Affirmation just came out. I also have a cozy mystery I’ve written with my husband due out in November.
When and why did you begin writing?
When I started writing at the young age of six, it was to provide a more exciting ending for the school reading books. The westerns my father watched influenced my early efforts. Now, news stories, overheard conversations, dreams, even what if musings make it onto the page.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Mrs. Pate, my 5th grade teacher, wrote in my permanent record that I was an imaginative writer. It might be code for creative liar.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a release for me while in an unhappy marriage. It has never been published. Ironically, it is a romantic comedy.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I must since readers tell me they like my style. I use realistic people as opposed to beautiful ones. There are mistakes, misunderstandings, maliciousness and humor in the story. Often, I sneak in a pet when possible. Both my older and female characters are strong, fully rounded characters as opposed to be two-dimensional. I think it is important to stay away the easy stereotypes.
How did you come up with the title?
A friend, LaNora Mangano, came up with it. I was trying to have titles that were similar, but still embraced the book’s meaning.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’ve spent a great deal of time teaching in high school. In that time, I’ve watched the female students debase themselves, throw away their future prospects, even attempt suicide when a certain boy rejects them. My primary message is to be true to yourself. The secondary message is if someone doesn’t accept you the way you are then you don’t need him or her.
How much of the book is realistic?
There is always literary license, but I would say it is between 80-90% could happen.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Female students crying their hearts out in the school restroom influenced me as well as my own work with the campus computers when I was in college. A similar incident happened while I was in college.
What books have most influenced your life most?
To Kill a Mockingbird probably because I taught the book, went over it several times, and saw the various layers that made up the characters. Atticus Finch was willing to stand up for someone no one else would.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jayne Ann Krentz (who also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle) is a wonderful writer and person. I’ve had the privilege of meeting her on three separate occasions and she was both funny and authentic.
Her books contain likable unique characters that get themselves in dangerous situations. The dialogue between the characters has me rereading her books.
What book are you reading now?
I finished Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee. I’m in the middle of Second Vision.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Sometimes I’m slow to pick up new authors just because I’m writing so much. Lily Iona Mackenzie is new to me and provides an enjoyable read in her book, Fling!

What are your current projects?
I’m working on Reclamation, and then I’m starting on my Druid Series.

What would you like my readers to know?
I’m open to suggestions as far as what to write next.
I’ll be at the Fishers Library on October 10th for their Author Faire.

I’ll be at the Indianapolis Fairground for the Christmas & Hobby Show on November 14th & 15th signing books.

Tour giveaway

Amazon Gift Card $40 International

2 Filled Swag backpacks US only


  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Sounds like an interesting read!

  3. Thanks for hosting Affirmation.
    w/a Rayna Noire

  4. Thank you for informing me about this book.

  5. thanks for sharing about this book. now I want to read more!