Interview w/ Krystal Shannan, Author or FINDING HOPE

Title: Finding Hope 
Author:
Krystal Shannan
Series: Pool of Souls, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self
Release Date: March 10th 2013 
Length: 185 pages
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Warning: The plot thickens with a passel of pissed off Olympians, but Ares and Aphrodite are in for a double dose of trouble! More Olympians join the mix in Finding Hope: Pool of Souls Book 2. A jewel addict, a kick-ass possibly-virgin huntress, and an insatiable ancient oracle are just a few. But don’t worry; Ares and Aphrodite are still front and center.

Addison Connelly has given up on men. She is disappointed yet again when her best friend tries to play matchmaker, and the match falls flat…or does it? Her friend knows all Addison needs is a chance, a little hope, and maybe a dropkick in the right direction. With an extra push from Aphrodite, will this lonely soul learn to trust again? Or will she run from the only man who could make her happy?

Adrian Colter, Nashville Police Detective and certifiable bachelor, puts his foot in his mouth in a big way when his roommate’s fiancé tries to match him up with her best friend. After making a horrible first impression, can he earn the trust of a woman who won’t speak a civil word to him?

Adrian isn’t the only one trying to earn the trust of a beautiful woman. While Ares fights to rebuild the trust he lost thousands of years ago with the Goddess of Love, his parents do what they do best —show off their greed and selfishness. Will he find the hope and forgiveness he so desperate seeks or will his parents destroy his chance at happiness?  

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Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Arlington, Texas, and still call the booming suburb home!

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

Everything around me inspires me to tell a story. I can watch a movie, tv show, listen to music, look at artwork, the list goes on. Most of the time it’s a song or a painting that really inspires a neat idea. I have been writing stories down since second grade, but I’ve been trying seriously to become published since 2010. I published my first book in October of 2012.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Finding Hope – A story where two couple both find what they are looking for.

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

LOL! I love this question.

Warning: I love to laugh and I tend to have gutter-brain whenever possible. Be prepared to laugh and blush if you hang out with me.

>What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

I think we would all get along great! I think they probably don’t like me much during the story, but by the end they see the reasoning. I always give them their happy ending.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

I’m going to plead the fifth on that one….but, I do like to base some characters off of some of my favourite tv/movie characters.

Do you have a specific writing style?

ACTION PACKED!

How did you come up with the title?

This title actually changed a couple of times before I arrived at FINDING HOPE. Usually I know the title before I even start writing. Finding Hope is a play on words, which is my favourite thing to do if I can. Addison, Adrian, Aphrodite, and Ares all find hope in different ways in this story. You will have to read it to find out!

How did you come up with the cover design?

The covers were designed by EDHGraphics. The two models represent Ares and Aphrodite.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Writing as my full time career.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Greece.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

I actually just got to meet one of my favourites – Kallypso Masters! But, I would love to meet Carrie Ann Ryan, Laura Kaye, Eden Bradley, and would definitely go all fan-girl on Gena Showalter!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I like signed paperbacks to collect, but I actually prefer to read ebooks on my kindle.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I seem to be leaning toward more paranormal, so that will be the mainstay of my books, but I have a few contemporary novellas planned and one contemporary BDSM series in the works for 2014. I’m one of those type of people who like to jump all over the place, so…you never know.

How do you market/promote your books?

Twitter, FB, printed media, blog hops, blog tours, and word of mouth.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I LOVE to read, lol. But, my favourite veg on the couch with a coke and popcorn usually involves the tv shows Revenge, Vampire Diaries, and Lost Girl. A nap is always good too. I have a three year old, so I don’t get many of those anymore.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

Yes.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

Keep going. Even when it’s hard and you just stare at the page, write something. It will come.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs.

White wine or red?

White

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Favourite food?

I love Italian.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Phone, wallet, writing journal, chapstick.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Either, but usually laptop.

One of your favourite quotes –

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

It changes sometimes…. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair, and Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter.

List 3 of your all time favourite movies?

The Underworld movies, The Jason Bourne movies, and the Iron Man movies.

An actor you have a crush on –

It’s a tie between Tom Welling and Ian Somerhalder

“Now you listen here, Adrian Colter.  I agreed to let you take Tom out hunting last weekend. If you can’t do this little favor for me… so help me…”

Adrian snorted a laugh.  He heard her hitting Tom and telling him to stop laughing.  There was a short period of golden silence, but Adrian knew better.  Missy’s brain was switching gears for another angle of attack.

“You won’t have to talk flowers and dresses with Addi.  Lord knows, I can’t even remember the last time she wore a dress.  She lives on a ranch in Montana.  Surely you can come up with something to say to a cattle rancher’s granddaughter.”

Adrian ran his hands through his hair.  He grabbed his brown leather coat from the edge of his bed.  “Fine.”  He took a few lumbering steps to the door, and then he opened it to Missy’s smiling face.  Tom was standing a few feet back – grinning. “If I didn’t know better, I might think you two planned this little scene.”

He caught a downward glance from Missy and another from Tom.  “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. I have no desire to be set up with anyone, especially a wedding hookup.  How lame do you think I am?”  Adrian shook his head and stomped past Missy into the living room.  “This is really low, you guys.  I am not desperate.”

“Adrian,” Missy started, “we know you’re not desperate, but Addi…”

Realization struck.  The setup wasn’t for him; it was for her friend. Adrian whirled around to face Missy again.  “Dammit, Missy.  There’s a reason some women can’t get a man.  Usually it’s because something is wrong with them.” 

He regretted the words as soon as they’d left his mouth.  Missy’s eyes watered, and even Tom’s gaze held utter loathing. His own self-disgust made him grimace.

“You are an asshole, Adrian Col
ter.”  Her voice was sharp, anger clipping every word. “Daddy will pick her up.  You can just sit here and drink your beer. Alone.”  She grabbed her yellow handbag from the couch and her coat from the hook at the front door.  “Tom?”

Adrian frowned as Tom hurried to her side and helped her into her long pink wool coat. 

“You need to chill out, Adrian,” Tom shouted before slamming the door closed.

Damn it all to hell! Adrian kicked off his boots and sank into his huge recliner.  He’d made a mess of this one. 

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Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.

Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the "movies in her head" with the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!

If you are interested in receiving emails when new new books are released, please sign up for my distribution list by visiting www.krystalshannan.com and clicking the "contact" tab.

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Title: Organic Chemistry 
Author: Andrew Grey 
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24th 2013 
Length: 134 pages 
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Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him.

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Ambrose Griffin is older than most, if not all, civilizations. As each year passes, he submerses himself into his training, only relaxing around his protégée and friend, Shade. After losing his wife and children in the last Angelic Wars, he guards his heart and has no desire to share it with another.

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Title: Take Me
Author: T.A. Grey
Series: The Untouchables (# 1)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic (high heat level with graphic language)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Feb 28 2013
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She makes his blood burn

Dominic Blackmoore meets the woman who captures his mind and body with a look and he’s instantly taken with her. When he was ordered to take another mate quickly after separating from his ex, he loathed the idea. However, after catching sight of his bruid he quickly changes his mind. He finds her utterly captivating, sensually erotic, and yearns to learn everything about her.

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The woman he’s mistaken as his bruid is none other than the event planner, Felicity Shaw, for his mating ceremony. Now Dominic will do everything it takes, even lie to the woman he craves, to keep her at his side. He needs to mate with his bruid in order to win his political campaign but he finds himself falling in love with Felicity Shaw. In the end he must choose between work or love. He may make the right decision, but is it too late to save his lies from hurting Felicity?

He takes her breath away

Felicity Shaw wants more in life. She’ll even lie to get it, which is exactly how she lands a job with the illustrious Blackmoore family. However, it’s the head of the vampire household, Dominic Blackmoore, that has her heart racing and breath catching. The man consumes her unlike anyone ever has before. She can’t resist him though she tries. As she’s forced to work with Dominic she tries to keep away from him but he doesn’t make things easy.

She may want him with a passion she’s never experienced before, but she will not be with him when he’s mating to another woman. It’s either her or no one. But one terrible lies seals their fates together in ways neither of them imagined, threatening their love and the very fabric of their relationship.

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Title: Life in Suitcases 
Author: Melissa Kendall
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1st 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 6,940 words
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After a tragedy changes the course of Elise Morgan’s life leaving her without a family and in foster care, she meets Anthony Scott. It doesn’t take long for them to become fast friends and they do everything together. When Elise manages to get a scholarship to college and Anthony doesn’t. They find themselves separated. As the years pass, they lose touch.

Feeling restless with her life, Elise sets about trying to find what is missing in her life. After breaking up with her boyfriend she takes a trip home hoping to find a sense of peace. One hug reveals that what Elise thought she was missing wasn’t a place or a thing it was a person.

Can she find true love with the one man she thought she might never see again?
 
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Title: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Author: Melissa Kendall
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Military, Romance
Series: Romance on the Go
Release Date: March 16th 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 10,147 words
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Sergeant Jason Holt and his boyfriend Sergeant Patrick Wentworth have been in a secret relationship for almost ten years. When the daily paper brings news of the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, they think their prayers have finally been answered. Yet things aren’t always as easy as they seem, with not everybody at work supportive of their lifestyle and even their parents skeptical. Will they finally be able to be out and proud?
 
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Title: A Wild Ride 
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary, Western, M/M, Romance, BDSM/Kink 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 8th 2013 
Length: 200 pages
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Dante Rivers just lost the rodeo by two one hundredths of a point: he’s frustrated as hell, needs to get laid, and he knows just where to go. That night he meets Ryan Abbott and catches his eye—Ryan watched the rodeo and is still riding high on the rush. The chemistry between them ignites, but Dante, unable to deal with complications, leaves while Ryan’s asleep.

Ryan figures he’ll never see Dante again, but they’re fatefully reunited when Dante’s grandfather, Hy, hires Ryan to help straighten out some old investments. The attraction between Ryan and Dante still sizzles. Sex slowly turns to more, but obstacles abound: Hy’s failing health, Dante’s homophobic sponsor, an attack on Ryan, and Dante’s own struggle with his identity. Any one thing would be enough to separate them permanently… unless they both decide to hang on for the wild ride.

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{Blurb Blitz} OPEN HOUSE by Krystal Shannan

Title: Open House
Author:
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Series: Pool of Souls, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self
Release Date: October 19th 2012
Length: 60 pages
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Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates.

Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but…How far will the gods go to get their own way?

Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?

 

Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.

Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the "movies in her head" with the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!

If you are interested in receiving emails when new new books are released, please sign up for my distribution list by visiting www.krystalshannan.com and clicking the "contact" tab.

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Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Release Date: 18th 2012
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What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him. But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking. When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict. But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

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