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Friday, November 18, 2011

Interview of Author Kathy Lane

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Kathy Lane.

Latest Book: Bloodsworn 2: Linked by Blood
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Kathy is a central Florida native who devours books on a regular basis. Fiction is her favorite because it allows her to exercise her ever active imagination. She started writing short stories and poems in high school, continuing to dabble in science fiction and fantasy off and on until 2006 when her spunky niece, Darelle, dragged her to a writers convention. There her desire to write morphed into the dream to write well enough to be published. Four years, three manuscripts, and numerous edits and revisions later, the dream became reality with her Bloodsworn series. Now Kathy writes for her fans, inviting them to return once again to the world of Avalyr and all its wonderful characters.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: I cried, literally. Then I jumped up and down for about a half hour while calling everyone I know. Family, friends, acquaintances, didn’t matter. I had to tell everyone the good news.

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: I’d say it’s a toss up between descriptions and dialogue. I love to describe settings, bringing the reader into my world. And when the characters get to sparring back and forth verbally and it sounds completely natural, like they’re in the room with you, that’s true magic.

Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: I suppose the hardest part for me is bringing out the internalization of the characters. As a reader, I understand the importance of getting inside the heads of the hero and heroine in order to make that connection. But as an author, getting my characters to let me in so I know what they’re thinking sometimes is such a struggle. When I’m writing in deep point of view it’s even harder. Never been a man before but I have to write like one? Know what he’d think and how he’d react in a given situation? Not always an easy task.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?
A: That’s easy. I’d save the computer for when the man gets too tired to ‘play’.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: I cut my romantic-reading teeth in my late teen years on Historicals, specifically Barbara Cartland. I later graduated to the likes of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers, then moved voraciously on to Stephanie Laurens, Amanda Quick, and others. I love the whole setting of Regency and Victorian England. Something about the gowns, the food, and the dashing heroes. Yet, for some reason, I haven’t tried writing a Historical yet.

Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: As an author, I am such a social media wallflower. Don’t utilize these resources nearly as much as I should. I have a MySpace page, but haven’t been to it in months. I have a Facebook page, too, but don’t get on it often enough. Same for Twitter. And my Blog? Don’t get me started. Or rather, yes, do get me started, please. I really need to blog more often. I suppose Facebook is my favorite because all my family and friends are on it and it helps me stay connected.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Publisher’s page:

The moment the mighty Blade, Bracca Cu-Laurian sees empath, Sheren Ni-Annun, he fights his desire for the young widowed mother. Not only is his life pledged to his Bloodsworn, but his past sins make him an unfit mate for any woman, let alone an empath. Never before has the line between desire and duty been so impossible to cross.

Sheren's late husband taught her to resent a Blade's duty, and she has since vowed to avoid those fierce warriors. Then Bracca awakens her empathic senses with a vengeance. How can she deny her feelings for him and possibly keep her vow? When her young son is linked to Bracca's Bloodsworn, the consequences that threaten to destroy them and those they hold dear, may also be the very thing that brings them together.

Breathing hard, Sheren ran through the exercise to put her normal shield back into place, concentrating on making it stronger, denser. It appeared to be working until she became distracted by a new emotion winding sinuously over and around the half-formed shield. Desire.

Potent, all consuming, and definitely not hers.

She snapped her eyes open and caught the longing in Bracca’s eyes an instant before he blinked it away.

“You want me,” she whispered, aware her voice trembled with wondrous discovery.

“Forgive me." He averted his eyes, pulling away from her. Even without his touch his guilt assailed her, the emotion strong, but not enough to overpower that yearning desire. “I never meant to frighten you. I only sought to keep you from injuring yourself. I’ll leave—”

She grabbed his retreating hand. Not even with Sayjan had she felt such breathtaking desire. Sayjan had loved her. But her senses had not blossomed under her late husband’s touch. Not like this. Compared to what she sensed now, she’d been blind before.

With her shield half up and only Bracca close enough to sense, she found the invading emotions easily bearable. More than bearable. Intoxicating. “You want me,” she whispered, aware her voice trembled with wondrous discovery.

“Bracca…” She reached up to touch his face. He stilled instantly. Pressing her hand firmly to his cheek, she said, “I feel you.”

He swallowed hard. “How can you even bear to touch me?”

She didn’t understand his question. Not bear to touch him because he was a Blade? Or because she’d swore never to get involved with a Blade again? How could he know? Not even Karess knew of her vow. At the moment, she had trouble even remembering why she’d made it.

Slowly he raised his hand and traced the edge of her face with calloused fingers. Wonder and longing swirled through the desire with a poignant sweetness that brought tears to her eyes.

“You are so beautiful,” he whispered. Head bending, he leaned closer.

Sheren knew she should stop him. Had to stop him. Yet the emotions pouring into her were like a heady draught of wine. She could no more stop drinking them in than she could stop breathing air. Merciful Luma, she wanted this.

The first touch of his lips went through her body like lightning. Her knees buckled. He caught her, one arm across her lower back, the other between her shoulders, his large hand cradling her head.

Sheren gazed up at him, clutching at his shoulders. Slowly, his gaze locked with hers, he lowered his head again, giving her every chance to turn away. She didn’t.

His lips were firm and warm. Insistent. His tongue stroked firmly against her closed mouth, demanding she let him in. She surrendered with a moan. He kissed like a warrior, invading, conquering. Sweet pleasure laced with the bitterness of desperation crashed over her. His? Hers? She could no longer separate her own emotions from those she felt coming from Bracca. Nothing in her life had ever prepared her for this…fusion.

Their bodies shifted closer. He deepened the kiss. Her hands slipped up his strong arms, fingers sliding beneath the edges of his sleeveless tunic. The hard muscles of his shoulders shifted and bunched beneath her touch. So strong, so hot…

Anything else you’d like to add?
I have a new Bloodsworn book coming out Spring, 2012. It’s a novella which will be available in e-book only. The story features one of Devlin’s Silver Blades, Kiel Na-Turesh, and the love of his life he left behind when he became blade-sick. The title of the book is, Reborn in Amber, and is all about second chances. ‘Sometimes you have to die to get a second chance at love.’


Fran Lee said...

Oh, WOW! So hot! I am definitely going over to buy!

Adele Dubois said...

I enjoyed your interview, Kathy. Best of luck with your release!


Liz said...

sounds like a great story...get out on the social networks girl!

artlover said...

Love the excerpt... gotta have more. Jean

Kathy Lane said...

My thanks to everyone who posted. If you get the book, hope you enjoy. My New Year's resolutions this year--finish Bloodsworn III and 'get out more' on the social networks. :)

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