Bash, Volume I
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club
Genre: Motorcycle Club,
Paranormal Romance, BDSM
Date of Publication: October 16, 2015
Number of pages: 425
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
What do you get when you mix a bad-ass werewolf biker with a beautiful she-wolf who grew up as the MC President’s daughter?
Book one of the Bash trilogy…
Angelica was raised not only as a biker’s daughter, but as Bud’s daughter — the president of the Atlanta RTMC, which meant she also had dozens of ‘uncles’ who made sure she was safe, happy, loved, secure.
Needless to say, her virginity was still solidly intact when she left for college.
Warning: Lots of hot sex, a touch of BDSM, and an abundance of bad-ass werewolf bikers who are used to getting their way.
This is book one of a three book story. There’s a tiny cliffhanger at the end, but only three weeks until book two releases.
Eight years ago
Kayla met me in the bathroom after last period, and watched as I changed out of my super tiny mini-skirt into jeans. God, if my dad saw me in this skirt he’d have an aneurism.
“I can’t believe you lost Brain. God, Ang, he’s the best biker-bi**h you’ve had yet.”
Speaking of aneurisms, my dad nearly had one when he found out Kayla called me Ang. He calls me Angel, but says no one else is allowed to shorten my name. One of the reasons I love Kayla is she isn’t afraid of my dad, or any of the other bikers, and she just kept calling me what she wanted.
About the Author:
Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 17 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes BDSM Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and is currently writing a kick-ass Motorcycle Club series.
Her Safeword Series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different BDSM issue to resolve.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world where weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires, as well as a variety of other mythological beings exist.
Candace's two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and give some secondary characters their happily ever after.
Where are you from?
I’m from Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is where most of my books are set. I’ve explored the world and lived in lots of places, but the south is my home.
Tell us your latest news?
So much news! For those who follow my bikers, Bash’s story got kind of out of hand (this is Bash, after all) and turned into a trilogy. His books will release two to three weeks apart. A secondary character is introduced in the Bash books, and she’ll play a prominent part in a short story to release shortly after the final Bash book. You’ll have to wait to find out which of the Chattanooga Supernaturals will co-star with her, though.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written stories all my life, but always got hung up on editing them before I finished, and thus never finished. NaNoWriMo urged me to just write the story without looking back at what I’d written, and it worked. My first finished novel is horrible and will never be published, but within a few years I felt I had something good enough to submit to a publishing house, and the rest is history.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I received my first substantial royalty check. I know some people feel like – if they write, they’re a writer, and that’s fine for others, but personally, I needed more. I felt the same way when I used to dance and juggle — unless I was making enough to substantially help support me, I didn’t consider myself a dancer or a professional juggler.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My favorite genre is urban fantasy and some paranormal romance, and I’ve had a paranormal universe in my head as long as I can remember. However, I started with contemporary BDSM romance, because at the time there were only two or three authors writing intense and loving BDSM from the standpoint of someone who lived the lifestyle. I felt I could do the genre justice, so I gave it a shot.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so. I write in both first and third person, depending on the book, and how I think the characters can best be shown within the story I want to tell. I don’t follow the romance formula of “put them together, tear them apart, put them back together” because I so often get annoyed by it in books. It happens in a few of my romances, but it’s a natural progression of events, and not forced, when it happens.
How did you come up with the title?
I’m terrible at titles. The Safeword series came ready made with titles — just come up with a cool safeword and you have your title. I’ve done something similar with my biker books, because each book is titled after the biker who gets his HEA. Bash turned into a trilogy, so I just made his books volumes one through three.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Some of my novels do, but my biker stories are fun romances. I’m exploring the whole anti-hero thing, so it might be argued I’m taking a closer look at good versus evil, and showing how society’s rules don’t always give a clear (or accurate) answer. Mostly, I wrote them as romances — two people coming together to join their life, and the emotions that make them want to fight to stay together.
How much of the book is realistic?
The details are realistic. I’ve shot guns since I was a small child, and Angelica carries the gun I carry. I used to race motorcycles, and I know what the inside of an engine looks like, and what all the parts do. But the werewolf stuff is totally make believe!
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I put little pieces of real people into my characters. My husband organizes the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, one of my kid’s teachers has this fluid walk I just had to give someone, and my daughter’s friend’s dad is a super-hot personal trainer with cut abs and a nipple piercing you can see through his oh-so-snug t-shirts.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Johnny Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann and Andy series, which I read as a small child — the ultimate urban fantasy for kids. Then, The Hobbit in elementary school, closely followed by The Lord of the Rings.
I read an excerpt from The Story of O in a college psych textbook, and then it took me months to find the book (I’m old, this was pre-internet). I found the Beauty series shortly thereafter, and it would be years before authors like Joey W. Hill and Annabel Joseph started publishing BDSM Romance showing the love and caring in this kind of relationship, and not just the kink.
What are your current projects?
I’m plotting out the next Only Human book at the moment, as well as two novellas I’ve promised for anthologies. I have two Chattanooga Supernaturals books trying to write themselves in my head, but I need to write these other books before I can get to them.
What would you like my readers to know?
My Safeword series is intense BDSM, so if that isn’t your thing, please don’t try them. However, my paranormal full-length books and novellas are either vanilla, a little kinky, or some light BDSM, and I’ve tried to stay within what I believe the average erotic romance reader is used to seeing. My two paranormal short stories — Pride and Indentured Freedom — are dub-con and rather dark. Everything is written under the same pen name, so just pay attention to the warnings if you aren’t into the rough stuff.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins.
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