Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton

UFI welcomes Author Felicity Heaton. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?
I’m a paranormal romance author who has been deeply in love with all the things that go bump in the night ever since I was a small child. My favourite stories back then were books featuring vampires, monsters or witches. That passion for the paranormal side of life has never left me and throughout my teen years I daydreamed that vampires lived in my world. Now I get to indulge my love of this genre by writing my own stories, playing in massive worlds populated by vampires, shifters, fae, demons and witches, and making them come to life for my readers, and for myself too. To say that I love my job is an understatement. I’ve written over forty stories focused on my favourite paranormal creatures and every time I write one, ideas for another two come to me. I don’t think I will ever stop writing paranormal romance, or stop enjoying it, not when I’m writing stories that I want to read.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
I love anime and manga, both Japanese in origin, and can happily sit watching a new anime series or reading a new manga, letting the world drift by unnoticed by me. I also have a passion for playing PlayStation games, especially ones such as Assassin’s Creed (I had always wanted to be an assassin), Uncharted, Tomb Raider, and the Final Fantasy games. I like exploring the worlds and the characters, and unravelling mysteries during the adventure. When I’m not holed up in my house, I’m outside at archery practice, honing my novice skills with a recurve bow.

What is your Favorite part of writing? 
I absolutely love the planning stages because I’m happiest when I’m spending hours dreaming up the world and getting to know the characters and their story. It’s fun exploring new things, discovering things that surprise you at times, and getting little ideas that I know readers will love. I think it’s well worth spending plenty of time on shaping the world too, creating something that seems real to readers and is filled with detail. I like to make my worlds rich and interesting, and fresh, with new takes on things that give readers something different from what they’ve read in other paranormal romances.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?
Not really. I have to have a full outline for the book before I begin. Sometimes those outlines get pretty big. I’ve had outlines for novels that have been over 25,000 words in total, the length of most novellas! When I’m working on other books, I jot down scenes for any other stories that come into my head and put them aside. When the muse is feeling particularly inspired, those notes can really begin to grow. I can flesh out entire chapters or have ideas for whole sections of the book. I think that’s why my outlines can end up very comprehensive. It really helps me write though. I still meander off course sometimes if that’s the direction the story or characters decide to take, but it’s great having a clear outline of events. It means I can write the first draft quickly and have it come out close to how I wanted it.

Once I have the outline completed, I just need my laptop and some music suited to the book and off I go.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?
I’m deeply in love with Lara Adrian and Gena Showalter, and also really like books by Sherrilyn Kenyon and sometimes read Lynsay Sands, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole and other paranormal romance writers. But to be honest, I can wait for their releases. When Lara or Gena bring out a new book, I have to have it that instant! They’re the only two authors on my auto-buy list.

How would you pitch the Eternal Mates Series to someone who has not heard of it before?
That’s a difficult one. I could only say that it’s an incredible, huge world populated with amazing paranormal species, from demons to fae, to beings of myth and legend, to angels and the Devil, and of course vampires and shifters too. And probably the most different take on dark elves you’ve ever come across. If you like the sound of immortal warriors with psychic powers, a touch of darkness, the ability to teleport and skin-tight black armour that they control with their minds, plus sexy fangs, violet eyes and pointed ears… well, this series is probably for you.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that the Eternal Mates Series is set in? 
The Eternal Mates series is a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. This series focuses on the broader world outside of the theatre and all the different fae, demon and supernatural species there, as well as a demon hunting organization called Archangel.

Readers will get to adventure in fae towns in our world, or in demon bars, and take trips into Hell where the dark elves live in their paradise-like kingdom and the seven powerful demon kings rule their grim realms, and often war with each other. Demons and elves aren’t the only immortal creatures living in Hell though. There’s the Devil and his loyal demons too, gods and goddesses, dark witches and fallen angels, among others.

Kissed by a Dark Prince is the first book, and it introduces the dark elves, a race that are actually the forefathers of the vampires and who have little love for that species. It’s packed with passion and tension, and some seriously hot action, and I think all of the books in the series will be just as hot and passionate, and dramatic.

Do you have a favorite scene in Kissed By a Dark Prince?
I love the scene where Loren pretty much declares war on Olivia’s defences and turns everything on its head in the process, going back on their original plan to undo their accidental bond somehow:

“No.” Loren kept her caged beneath him. Her frown hardened. He stroked her cheek and looked deep into her eyes, his expression resolute and serious. “I have no intention of breaking this bond, Olivia.”

She stiffened beneath him. “You dare.”

He shook his head. “I will not force it upon you... but I will not let you go so easily. I cannot, Olivia. I will fight to make you see that we were meant for each other. We were born to be together. I will fight until I hold your heart in my hands, and I can only hope you will be gentle with the heart you now hold in yours.”

Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?
In this series so far, my favourite character is Vail. He’s Loren’s brother and also an elf prince, and he’s a little bit insane and has the nickname “Mad Elf Prince” because of the things he has done and his behavior. He’s actually the enemy in Kissed by a Dark Prince so I can’t say much without giving spoilers, but it was difficult writing him in that book because I knew his story and it’s a very painful one. His romance will be the third book in the series, and I know I will be emotionally exhausted by the end of it.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?
I’m editing the second book in the Eternal Mates series, Claimed by a Demon King, and preparing for its release at the end of February. After I’ve finished editing this book, I’ll be moving on to writing another Her Angel series book and a Vampires Realm series book for release in 2014.

Felicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.
Find Felicity and her books

Kissed by a Dark Prince
Eternal Mates #1
 Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?
a Rafflecopter giveaway