Monday, January 18, 2016

BURNING NIGHTS { blitz } by Julie Wetzel

Burning Nights
Julie Wetzel
(Kindling Flames #6)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
After a wedding filled with werewolves, fay, and vampires, Vicky is looking forwards to a nice, quiet honeymoon away from the chaos of Darien’s daily life. But nothing is ever simple with an Ancient Vampire around.
When the Vampire Council of Hawaii finds out Darien and his new bride are coming, they are determined to see that Darien is honored properly. But vampire etiquette isn’t for the faint of heart.
The nights could burn when lines are drawn… and Darien finds himself in a turf war he never intended to start.
After a few moments, Darien shifted in his seat to face Elliot again. “Look. If you ever have a problem, I want you to bring it to me.” Elliot opened his mouth to protest, but Darien cut him off. “I know you’re a master unto yourself, but you’re also my friend, and I hate to see you suffering. Even if you don’t think I can do anything, just talk to me. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Elliot stared at him for a moment before nodding his head. “All right, but you have to promise me the same.”
Darien chuckled as he faced forwards and started the car. “Deal. Now let’s get going before Patrick sends someone out to find us.”
Elliot laughed as they pulled out into the night. Nothing had really changed, but his heart felt lighter than it had in weeks.

Author Bio:
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she's not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
And with the Kindling Flames series, she is now an Internationally Best-Selling Author.
I’m an author not a murder

“Julie?” my husband calls from the other room.
Walking into the living room, my heart skips as I see him sitting at my computer. “Yes?” I ask.
He waves his hand at the screen. “Should I be worried?”
Leaning forwards, I place my hand on the back of his chair so I can see what he is looking at. The man has foolishly opened my browser history and found my research on poisons. “No,” I say with a smile, “that’s just research for my book. What would you like for dinner tonight?”
Giving me a dubious glance, he looks at the website detailed the best way to make ricin and shakes his head. “I think we should eat out for a while.”
“Good, my caster bean plants haven’t finished growing yet,” I tease as I leave to get change for dinner.
Every time I start into a new book, my husband gets worried that I’m going to kill him in horrible and gruesome ways. But I’m not really researching the best poisons to slip in his meal, I’m finding out the best way to kill off my characters.
The backbone of a good story is how believable that story is. You can have great characters and a good plot, but if their actions aren’t possible in the real world, then the story suffers for it. So if an author comes up on a subject they haven’t had personal experience with, like making chloroform, they need to find a source of information to help. It’s amazing the things you can find on the internet. I’ve spent hours researching how the world works to make sure the details of the book match real world scenarios. But of course the cost of easy research is a browser history that would scare the pants off the local authorities.
For Kindling Flames Burning Nights, I spent many nights poring over endless documents on poisons looking for something that would kill quickly and how it worked. An on page death scene wouldn’t be complete without proper a proper description of how the person died. And night—while my son is in bed and not there to ask questions—is the best time to do this kind of research.
What’s even worse are the places that I’ve bookmarked because they’ve provided me with amazing information. Not only for my vampire series, but for other projects I’m working on. There is a wealth of information out there, but you really do have to go to some fairly shady places to find some of the darker subjects.
So to anyone that happens to come across my computer, please don’t turn it into the FBI. I’m really not a porn watching Satanist that’s looking for the perfect way to poison and dismember someone before feeding them to the crocodiles. I’m author doing vital research for my latest book.

{ interview } .

Burning Night Questions:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what your book is about?

Burning Night is the fifth instalment of the Ancient Fire Series. In this novel, Darien and Vicky finally tie the knot. For their honeymoon, Darien decides to take Vicky to the Hawaiian Islands for a little alone time. When he fails to follow protocols for a vampire visiting other locations and the Master of Hawaii thinks he’s coming to take over. Now Darien has to do some quick negotiating to ease the tensions before they declare him an enemy and come after him with everything they have.

How long did it take you to write this book?

This book took me longer to write then any of my others. Nearly six months, but most of that time was dedicated to doing research on Hawaii and trying to decide where I wanted the story to go.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I wanted to take Darien and Vicky out of their comfort zone. The story arch had them getting married, so the next logical step was to take them away on a honeymoon, and what better place to go than a tropical island? Originally I was going to have Darien square off with something from the Hawaiian mythos, but I didn’t know enough about them and the more I learned about the culture, the less I wanted to tangle with their gods. So I picked something that had a reason to be in the islands and found an interesting entity that would help to complicate the plot line. All in all it was a mix of things I knew and things I found running around online.

Why we should read your book?

Amazing things happen in this novel. A much anticipated wedding with all of the main characters in attendance, Zak shows Darien up at his wedding, and we get to see more of who Darien once was.

What do you think makes a good story?

It takes three things to make a good story: a sound plot line, compelling characters, and interesting situations. If your characters are good and your plot is solid, but nothing interesting happens to add tension, the story falls short. If the characters are sound and there are holes in you plot big enough to drive a Mac truck through, you’ll lose readers. And it doesn’t matter how solid your plot or interesting the story is, the narrative isn’t going to care flat characters well.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?
At the moment, I have four projects that I am actively working on. Yes, four. I know that sounds like a lot, but I’ve been very scatterbrained lately. I’d picked up my old job for the Christmas season and haven’t been able to concentrate on any one story, so I have been story hopping to the one that grabs ahold of my brain for that day.
In that list is the next of the Kindling Flames books. Flaming Moon. This novel takes a look at what happened in Brenton while Darien and Vicky were gone and how Elliot and Zak handle the building tensions with the werewolves.
The second book I’m working on is the fourth in the Dragons of Eternity series. For the Kingdom of Dragons will be the final book in the main story arch. I intend to tie up all the loose ends from the previous books. You’ll get to find out what happened to each of the couples and they will all come together to help Kyle stop the people killing and stealing dragons.
The third story is a stand-alone book about finding a bride for Death. This has been an ongoing project I’ve been working on for months, but I hope to have it completed within the next year.
The last story is based off a writing prompt from one of the facebook pages I follow. They put up a beautiful picture of a woman that was half skeletal and told us that was the cover for the book and we needed a blurb. I came up with this great idea about a woman accidently signing up as a part time soul reaper. That one has really taken off and I hope to have it ready to present soon.

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