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Friday, March 23, 2012

Interview of Author Brynna Curry

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Brynna Curry.

Latest Book: Fire’s Ice (Elemental Magic #5)
Buy Link: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=341

BIO:
Paranormal romance and romantic suspense author Brynna Curry is a lifelong believer in the importance of reading. She enjoys the writing process, helping others hone their craft by lending her time to review books, critique manuscripts and serving as a writing contest judge. She loves hearing from her readers.

When she isn’t writing, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read, at the park with her children, or just spending an quiet evening at home with her husband Jackie watching old westerns on TV. She makes her home in North Alabama where the history is rich with music and culture, forests and lakes are abundant and beautiful, and every day is another adventure.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: Printed out the email, then kept a lid on the news until I got home from work. I wanted Jackie to be the first to know.

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write?
A: Why? Dialogue comes quickly to me, but setting the scene is something I agonize over. Every detail has to be just so and work with the next and previous scene without being jarring, unless I want it to do that. I probably spend more time researching setting than anything other aspect of the book.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Devin McLoch has been my favorite character out of all the books I’ve written. He’s the son of a Scottish highlander, a laird who has been alive over a thousand years thanks to his cousin’s spell. Dev is a phoenix—an extremely powerful witch whose element is fire. He is a just wicked enough to be fun and fiercely protective of those he holds dear.

Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: Never. They usually come to me as a complete image with a hint of their personality that unfolds during the course of writing the story. For instance while writing Earth Enchanted, Liv has a conversation with Skye, her twin. His coloring etc. are set in stone because they are twins, but when he speaks of Rhiannon (Sea’s Sorceress) she is a new whole and complete image in my mind and entirely different from Liv. Almost like an instant knowledge thing. I’ve tried changing characters to fit what I want them to be instead of the way they are, but the story suffers for it. Sounds crazy I guess, but it works for me.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I love to read. If I’m not writing, I’m reading mostly. I like to play video games with the kids. Dragonball Z (tournament game), Sonic, Mario and Zelda are some of our favorites.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: I would love to write a true fantasy/sword and sorcery novel complete with dragons and otherworldly settings. When I wander around the library or bookstore, I head to the fantasy shelves first, then paranormal romances. When I can dedicate the time solely to one project, I do have a couple of ideas for that fantasy novel brewing. Trouble is I tend to write sequels and right now the Shadows of Seven books have me chained to my computer. There are seven of them, so I plan to be busy playing with vampires for awhile.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
http://www.brynnacurry.com
https://twitter.com/#%21/BrynnaCurry
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brynna-Curry/123687767669232
At Lyrical: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=105
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Brynna-Curry/e/B0043WRLUS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

BLURB:
Ultimate power, or endless love?

Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan. However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.

Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love--a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.

WARNING: Two stubborn sexy wizards using magic with no bounds, scorching love scenes, and happy ever after. Ever play with fire?

EXCERPT:
Dark, rich chocolate colored bedding picked up echoed the tile on the fireplace. Dainty furniture, curved legs and soft cushions, yet the poster bed was large and sturdy. She’d seen it before while she visited his dreams. Definitely Devin’s room. And remembering didn’t help the ache snaking through her body.

Walking into the en suite, the first thing to catch her eyes was the floor-to-ceiling mirror covering one wall. Arianne studied her reflection. Her long, dark curls were mussed and tangled around a pale face. Her lips were pink and just a bit swollen from Devin’s kiss. The only thing she wore was a long white shirt. Sniffing the collar, she smelled the crisp, clean fragrance clinging to the material. His shirt, not conjured. Devin didn’t wear cologne, but the scent of his soap always stayed with her. He must have changed her clothes. What else had she missed?

Because I love you. Men were ever a puzzle. Still, hadn’t she known? The dreams they shared had changed over time, slow and sweet instead of hot and fierce. A softness came over his face each night she visited his sleep, the same one she had seen this morning. Just that look was enough to have her quaking inside.

She found a bottle of bubble bath on the side of the tub. Thanks to Devin's dreams and Allie's influence, she had knowledge of modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing. Turning the faucet on hot, Arianne poured two capfuls under the stream and let the water run until the big round tub filled. Reluctantly, she unfastened the shirt buttons and let the material fall away to the floor. Slipping into the frothy bubbles, she sighed and let the reality of her situation sink in.

I am finally out of that wretched circle. True enough, but she was still in a prison of sorts. One with running water, walls, food that didn’t taste like air, and a sexy male witch bent on driving her to frustration. Not so bad, all things considered.

Being trapped in the stone dance didn’t mean she hadn’t noticed changes in the world around her for a thousand years. She tipped her feet out of the water, waved toward them, and turned her toenails a bright fiery red. Allie brought her little things from the modern world. Mostly books filled with sweet love stories; more than a few of them brought a blush to her cheeks. What would Ryan think of his daughter’s taste in novels? Better not to head down that road. Allie had dreams of being a writer like her aunt and uncle. If what she liked to read was any indication, she’d write hot. Very hot. Speaking of hot, a soft tapping sounded at the door. Her maddening laird had returned.

“Okay in there?” His voice sounded hesitant. “Breakfast is ready.”

Time to ruffle the phoenix’s feathers a bit. “There is no need to be shy, Devin. You can come in.”
*****
The sound of splashing water rippled past his ears. Temptress.

Knowing Ari was just on the other side of the door, naked and wet, willing to succumb to every fantasy he could imagine, was a torment in itself. All he had to do was accept her sultry invitation and toss aside his plan. But she deserved a sweet slide into love, not the wild, mad rush of pleasure he craved. One palm rested on the door of its own volition, ready to comply. Not yet. Now, if only his traitorous body would listen to his heart. “That depends, sweetheart.”

“Oh?” she called out from the other side. “On what?”

Devin chuckled at the line, but he just couldn’t resist teasing her. “What are you wearing?”

She laughed. “Bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Share them with me.”

He saw it so clearly. Ari’s creamy skin peeking through the frothy bubbles. Open, welcoming. Need clawed under the skin, screamed at him. Why the hell not? Feeling a quiver of desire vibrate through his body, he called her bluff. “And what would you have me do with those bubbles? Hmm, Ari?”

“Oh, I am sure you could think of something. Something deliciously wicked. I have shared your dreams. I know your fantasies, Devin.”

Oh, you have no idea. His mind made up, Devin opened the door.

She lay in his huge garden tub, feet propped up on the rim, eyes closed, waterfall of black hair piled on top of her head. A soft smile graced her face. So she was enjoying their teasing banter. “Have you changed your mind and decided to join me?”

“Maybe.” No reason he couldn’t push them both to the edge. Pulling the t-shirt over his head, Devin tossed it into the corner. He laid his cellphone on the sink--out of danger--kneeled by the edge of the tub and dipped one hand into cooling water, using his magic to heat it.

“Mmm. Nice.”

He let his voice drop to a whisper as he leaned close to her ear. “I want to slick my hands over every inch of your skin until you shiver from the heat.” His fingers found the back of her knee in the water and trailed higher along the inside of her thigh. “And then…”

A soft “Devin” slipped from her lips as Arianne’s eyes flew open. “And then…”

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14 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Beautiful cover - sounds like a great read. May you burn up the internet with your sales!! :)

Paris said...

Brynna,

Great cover! Best of luck with Fire's Ice!

Adele Dubois said...

Very nice interview. Thanks so much for visiting with us! I wish you all the best with your release.

~Adele

Adele Dubois said...

Very nice interview. Thanks so much for visiting with us! I wish you all the best with your release.

~Adele

Sandy said...

Fire's Ice sounds like a great story. I wish I had a vision of my characters. I have have to develop with a character outline.

Polly McCrillis said...

I go through the same characterizing process as you, Brynna. Their appearance, voice, how they react to being spoken to, all those elements are so clear to me, like I'm watching a stage play from the audience perspective and following the blocking. If I try to alter the character, to mold them into someone different, the story just falls apart. Great interview, thank you. Fire's Ice is a wonderful title!

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thanks for inviting me to visit today!

@ Tina --Thanks so much! *smiles*

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thanks, Paris!

jean hart stewart said...

Lovely excerpt and cover. Your characters really come to life as you read...Many sales to you.

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thank you, Adele! It's a pleasure to be here and share Devin's story with you.

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thanks, Sandy! My characters can be pretty persistent and sometimes just won't wait to have their story told. Devin was like that. He kept popping up in every story.

Author Brynna Curry said...

Hi, Polly.

Thanks!

Yay! A kindred spirit. It's like watching a movie unfold in my head, but then reading has always been that way for me too. It's wonderful to connect to your characters that way.

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thanks so much, Jean! Happy writing.

Author Brynna Curry said...

Thanks again for allowing me to visit with y'all today! Thanks for stopping by everyone. I'm going offline, but I'll check back in the morning for any late comments. Have a wonderful evening.

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