Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ancient Heat by Kira Shayde Interview & Excerpt

Ancient Heat
The Followers
Book One
Kira Shayde

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kira Shayde

Date of Publication: June 10, 2017

ISBN:  978-0-9990183-0-9

Number of pages:       379
Word Count: 94,400

Cover Artist: Kira Shayde

Tagline: When evil follows, the brave can no longer run and hide.

Book Description:

Her mind is in another woman’s body…and the other woman is a werelion.

Nicole Abramson gains more than razor-sharp claws and a taste for raw meat. With a latent telekinetic talent, she’s a weapon to be used in a millennia-long war, but will she serve or resist? Fighting for her life, Nicole rails against the thief who stole her ordinary and safe life, even as she seeks comfort from the woman’s intended mate, the gorgeous Sander Evans.

Although drawn to her outspokenness, Sander keeps Nicole at bay while he defends his clan. Werelions and humans don’t mix, yet he can’t deny the passion igniting between them, particularly with her body in heat. But as the danger around them amplifies, they’ll need more than courage and strength to fight for their newfound attraction—and their lives.

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Excerpt 2

Sander eyed the irate woman standing before him. From the moment she arrived, she’d baffled and frustrated him. Gone was his reserved and polished intended. In her place stood a creature who screamed, pouted, grimaced, slapped his sister, and nearly destroyed his brother-in-law’s procreativity. She was brash and out of control. An evolutionary step backward.
And yet…fascinating.
He’d never been close to a human. His kind blended in with their kind, worked alongside them, but remained insular. Safe.Hidden.Occasionally studying them from afar. Never interacting beyond a polite nod or greeting.
Why would Marseille switch with a human? To punish him? Humiliate him?
He’d find out why and promise to be more attentive. He had no intention of meeting new potentials. He’d chosen her. Marseille Renaud.
She was strong and graceful. And useful.
He clenched his jaw. Damn it, his intended wasn’t a mere tool. She deserved more respect than that. More than a vision of beauty, Marsi saved their hides during the last Follower attack. His clan needed her. Although her talent wasn’t the reason he chose Marseille, he’d be a fool to let her go now.
Was his sister right? Was the switch a mere ploy, a demand for more control?
“Let’s go, everyone,” he said, forcing the what-ifs from his mind. “I want to get to Nicole’s home by this afternoon.”
The woman in question stared at him. “Exactly where are we?”
“Minnesota. Outside Minneapolis.”
That seemed to relax her somewhat. He guided her to the foyer where they nearly collided with his brother, who’d raced down the stairs with a backpack slung over his shoulder.
“Gotta bring my books along so I can study on the ride.” Tyran tore into the hallway ahead of them.
“He’s a college student?”
“Medical student.” Sander ushered Nicole into the utility room and opened the door to the garage. “Makes sense since he’s one of the healers for our clan.”
“Uh-huh.” She jerked to the side as Calia sashayed past on her way out of the house. “Is a clan like a pride?”
“No, a related group of families. Because our numbers are few, matings are arranged between clans. Once I met Marseille, I didn’t bother with meeting any remaining potentials.”
And now Marseille was gone. Except she wasn’t. She watched him with big dark eyes, her luscious mouth slightly puckered in contemplation. Devastating even in the shapeless sweater the human woman had selected to wear, something obviously dragged from the back of the closet. He’d never seen it before.
She tilted her head, and her long black hair draped over her shoulder. Hair he loved to twist in his hands as she lay beneath him.
“So what’s your talent?” she asked.
“What?” He shook off the sensual vision. “Um, my physical strength and power.”
“I’m the most feline of us,” Calia boasted, her hand on the door of a dark sedan. “Exceptional jumper and climber, and I always land on my feet.”
Sander leaned in close to Nicole. “Within reason. I wouldn’t throw her out a ten-story window, although sometimes I’d like to.”

His sister glared. “I heard that.”

About the Author:

As a paranormal romance writer, Kira Shayde explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can’t help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing romance, passion, and happy endings.

Kira enjoys studying love, sex, and relationships, and has a thing for shapeshifters, demons, mythological gods, and the fae. On a personal level, she is devoted to animal and ecological conservation…and devil's food cake.

Where are you from? The Midwest. I’ve lived my entire life in areas that border the Great Lakes. I’m not into boating or fishing, but there is no better drinking water than from the Great Lakes.
Tell us your latest news?We have a badger in our neighborhood. Oh, you mean writing news? I’m working on the follow-up book to Ancient Heat and the third novella in my Primal Shifter series.
When and why did you begin writing? I actually wrote my first romance in fifth grade, and I wrote poetry in high school. In college I began writing sci-fi and paranormal short stories and a sci-fi romance novel, which I didn’t finish;I lacked confidence as a writer. Then I didn’t write fiction again for twenty years.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I think after the second novella in my Primal Shifters series was published.
What inspired you to write your first book? A dream. I’m a lucid dreamer. In fact, all of my books are inspired by dreams.
Do you have a specific writing style? I’m a pantser. I jot down notes, but usually I wait for the characters to tell me the story. This can be a very slow process sometimes. I’m not sure my characters trust me.
How did you come up with the title? Ancient Heat went through a number of title changes. The original title was “Theft of Seed”. I’m glad I didn’t stick with that.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Accept those who are different.
How much of the book is realistic? Well, the heroine is a body-switching telekinetic werelion…that’s realistic, right? LOL. The feelings the characters have are very real, even if the “world” is not.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Some of the characters have traits based on people I know, but for the most part, nothing in Ancient Heat is based on actual events (at least not in this universe).
What books have most influenced your life most? I’ve always loved escapism. As a child, I loved mystery books. As I grew older, I devoured sci-fi books; I particularly liked those that crossed into paranormal territory. One of my favorite series is the Gandalara Cycle by Randall GarrettandVicki Ann Heydron.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I love the writing styles of Lora Leigh and Jade Lee.
What book are you reading now? Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Kristin Cashore (author of the young adult Graceling Realm series).
What are your current projects?I need to finish Ancient Bond (The Followers Book Two) and Cool Blue Desire (Primal Shifters Book Three), then I have a sci-fi romance set on another planet that needs to be written. Also a parallel universe romance.

What would you like my readers to know?My books are not standard paranormal romance. Maybe that comes from my years as a scientist; maybe it comes from my, um, quirky personality.

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