Fellow Wild Rose Press author, Cera duBois, is here with an interview today. Her new paranormal romance A Hunter’s Angel (Book 1 of the Hunter’s Dagger Series) will release July 20 from The Wild Rose Press.
Hi, Cera, and thank you for being my guest! Congrats on the upcoming release. I love your cover. Tell us about A Hunter’s Angel.
Thanks so much for having me today, Babette!
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
Right now, I’m writing A Hunter’s Wings, book 3 of The Hunter’s Dagger Series. I’m also revising Gambling On a Heart, book 2 of my contemporary Western romantic suspense series The Colton Gamblers which will be published under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood.
Coming in 2013, A Hunter’s Blade (book 2 of The Hunter’s Dagger Series) from The Wild Rose Press (release date forthcoming). Under Sara Walter Ellwood, I have two contemporary Westerns: Gambling On a Secret (book 1 of The Colton Gamblers) releasing January 2013 from Lyrical Press and Heartstrings releasing May 2013 also from Lyrical Press.
Now, let’s hope the Mayan’s are wrong about the end of the world…. *g*
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like coming up with new stories, but my favorite part of writing is actually the revision/editing part. This is where I polish that lump of coal that is my rough draft into a diamond.
Do you have a favorite time of day for writing?
I prefer writing in the morning, but rarely get the chance because I work full-time. But when I do, I can get a lot done.
What is your favorite memory from childhood?
My favorite memories are of my grandma telling stories of when she was little and growing up in the Pennsylvania mountains during the Depression. If I got the writer/storytelling gene from anyone, it was definitely from my Granny.
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of different things. I like John Jakes’ historicals and I’m a huge Star Wars fan, but my favorite sub-genres in romance are contemporary Westerns and paranormals. I love Kat Martin and Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary Westerns. Recently, I devoured J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series…LOVED it! I’m also a fan of Amanda Ashley’s vampires.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. My family
2. Gardening (I love flowers)
“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.
His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”
“But you were once.”
He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”
His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”
Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”
She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take…some of it.”
He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”
Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.
“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”
His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.
Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams…
Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class. Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War. Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary. A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.
To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel, check out my website (http://ceradubois.wordpress.com/a-hunters-angel-the-book-tour/) for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
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