April 22, 2014

Interview with Romance Author Donna Grant!

Hi GCReaders! 

I am so excited to share with you all an interview I recently did with one of my favorite authors, Donna Grant. 

Donna Grant is here today talking about her new series, DARK KINGS

I've had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of book one, DARKEST FLAME, and let me tell you... it DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! Stay tuned for my review!

Here is a little about DARKEST FLAME -- The first in the series. 

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender - body and soul?

Her beauty is a weapon

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up - as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny - and a desire - that could destroy them both...

His passion is a curse...

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger.

All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your newest series, DARK KINGS
The Dark Kings series is one I've been wanting to write for a long time, and when my editor asked me to do a spin off of my Dark Sword/Dark Warrior world, I knew it was time to bring out the dragons! The series features Dragon Kings who have been around since the dawn of time. They live in human form among us, hiding who they really are while keeping humans safe from other realms/enemies who want to take over.

2. How many books can we expect in the DARK KINGS series?
I don't have a set number. I never plot out books or series. I like the process to flow naturally, though I know it will have at least 8 books (I suspect more however).

3. Who is your favorite character so far? Male or Female. 
Oh, that's hard. Kellan, who features in DARKEST FLAME has to be one of my favorites. I hadn't planned on his book being first, but he was adamant. I lost that fight, and I'm so glad I did. His story was so much fun to write!

However, there is Rhi. She's a Fae who comes to the Dragon Kings aid on occasion though there is a history there - she and a Dragon King were lovers. Who is that Dragon King? You'll have to read the books to find out. :) Rhi is fun and flirty, and has a penchant for manicures and collect nail polish. She's also a lethal Fae, with abilities that could wipe out a realm - or give it life.

4. What makes this series different from all the others?
I love that it features dragons. There aren't many series out there with dragons at the moment. It's also centered in Scotland amid the Highlands, which is a perfect hide out for the Kings while they distillery their famous Dreagan whisky.

5. You write so much, and a lot of different series. How do you not confuse them? 
lol. I get this question a lot. The simple answer is that I focus on one book at a time. I keep a notebook with "notes" about characters and races of characters to help me. It's also fun switching gears from one series or genre within romance to something else. It helps to keep things fresh for me, just as writing a novella or two in between full length books. Its a refresher of sorts.

6. Can you share a small teaser from Darkest Flame, book one in the series? 

The floor creaked as the irritated man walked around her bed. “You can open your eyes now.”
     For a split second, Denae thought of staying as she was, but the man knew she was awake. Why pretend? She opened her eyes and found herself looking at a chair covered in a navy-and-red plaid. The chair the man had been sitting in, she mused.
     It was close to the bed, giving him access to tend to her? Or to keep watch?
     Probably the latter.
     Denae turned her head to get a look at the room and found him standing with his back to her as he gazed out the large window opposite her bed. His hair hung down the middle of his back in thick, loose, caramel waves.
     He kept shifting his shoulders as if the deep orange tee was confining when it shaped his shoulders, arms, and back to perfection.
     His arms hung loose by his sides, but his fingers gripped the windowsill, telling her that being in the room was the last place he wanted to be.
     Her gaze lingered on his wide, thick shoulders that tapered to narrow hips. Slung low on those hips was a pair of dark denim jeans, which hugged his bum nicely.
     As much as she was enjoying the view, her mission had been compromised. If she survived long enough to leave Dreagan—because there was no doubt that’s exactly where she was—she wouldn’t be alive long enough to pack her bags and get on the first flight back to Texas.
     “Are you in pain?” he asked.
     Denae tentatively tested her left side before she carefully pulled herself up against the headboard. “It’s minimal.”
     The silence lengthened until she thought he’d fallen asleep standing up. Suddenly he turned to face her, and her breath locked in her lungs. Her mouth went dry and her heart pounded.
     The man before her was as beautiful as a god, as blinding in his anger as the sun. And she couldn’t look away.
     His caramel-colored hair was parted on the side and hung in those same waves around a face sculpted from granite. He had high cheekbones and hollow cheeks that gave way to a hard jawline and square chin. His lips were wide and seductively full. His eyes, a startling celadon, held her captive in his intense, almost cruel gaze.
     Somehow she pulled away from his eyes and looked down to his chest, which was just as impressive as his back. The tee molded to the thick sinew of his arms and chest.
     He was a man who took action, a man who suffered no fools. A man who wouldn’t rest until he had all the answers he wanted.
     “Who are you?” he demanded.



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