Genre: Fiction – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 18, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mature Content & Explicit Sexuality
Number of pages: N/A
When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.
Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.
If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.
Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.
But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.
Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.
Time becomes irrelevant to the immortal.
But to one human woman, every second counts.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
I’m a pretty easygoing person, and so I’ve always been able to go with the flow…until I started Legacy. I learned very quickly that I couldn’t plot to save my life, and if I tried to force it, whatever I attempted to write from the plot notes was absolute and utter crap. At first this made me a little wacky because, as a writer, I felt like I was supposed to plot. But it didn’t take me long—no more than a day or two—to figure out that by writing as a true Pantser, my productivity was not only higher but the quality was as well.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Every book has its own playlist. In my iTunes account, you’ll find the titles of books down the left hand column, as well as folders entitled “Potential,” “Sexy,” “Fight,” “Chase,” and more. When I find a song I love, I classify it under one of these folders and then, when my next project begins, I start pulling music together in order to create the perfect list.
That said, I have to admit my absolute, all-time favorite writing music is Two Steps from Hell’s album entitled “Invincible.” (Parents, it sounds worse than what it is.) It’s actually soundtrack-type music. Very inspiring!
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they? The only thing I wish someone had been brave enough, or kind enough, to say to me when I first started writing is this: have unshakable faith in yourself. There will be plenty of dissenters, plenty of people who find fault in everything you do. You don’t need even one more.
What hobbies do you actively pursue?
I absolutely love photography. I like to challenge myself to capture that one moment in time and immortalize it to share with others. I also love to garden. I have a small cottage garden in my front yard. Unfortunately, this year’s heat and drought really did a number on it, but I’m hoping to coax it back to life next year.
Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?I absolutely hero-worship Diana Gabaldon. She’s my total literary rock star. Her storytelling skills are beyond any other that I’ve read. I re-read her first few “Outlander” series books now and again to remind me what type of style I want to cultivate.
What would we find under your bed?I love this question! It’s so telling… When I was a child, I loved horses. I collected the Breyer model horses. I have two of the long, shallow totes full of them under the upper half of the bed. The lower half is taken up with the walker I had to use after my last back surgery. Thinking about this question, I suppose the answer is “history.” Under my bed you’ll find snapshots of my personal history.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
The British Isles! The Niteclif Evolutions are set in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and I’d give almost anything to be able to go over and research the myths and mythologies, some of the local ghost stories and to walk the hills. It would make me so happy to spend several weeks learning everything I could about the countries and meeting the people. Just thinking about it makes me a little light-headed!
What makes you happy?
I’m a pretty easy-going person overall. I love a crisp fall day with an endless blue sky. Those cozy days when it rains all day and you don’t have to be anywhere? Another favorite. The sound of my niece’s laughter is so genuine it makes me smile. I love my husband, and seeing him walk through the door at the end of his workday gives me butterflies. I love it when one of my parrots falls asleep on my chest or when one of my dogs sighs with happiness as I rub her ears. Typing “The End” to a novel and seeing the finished product makes me giddy, and hearing someone enjoyed something I wrote makes me happy enough to get teary.
I could go on and on, but I would imagine I’d use up my welcome! Suffice it to say I’m a pretty happy person.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I greatly enjoyed your questions. You can find out more about my debut novel, Legacy, by clicking the publisher’s link to my story, Samhain Publishing, or by visiting my website, http://www.denisetompkins.net/.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Tompkins lives in the heart of the South where the neighbors still know your name, all food forms are considered fry-able and bugs die only to be reincarnated in aggressive, blood-craving triplicate. Thrilled to finally live somewhere that can boast 3 ½ seasons (winter’s only noticeable because the trees are naked), her favorite season is definitely fall. It’s the time of year when the gardens are just about to pass into winter’s brief silence, and the leaves are out to prove that nature is the most brilliant artist of all.
Denise is married to the love of her life. Both she and her husband are owned by two dogs and three opinionated parrots who keep her in stitches — literally and figuratively. One bird hates broccoli, one scared the pizza man to death upon delivery, and one bird loves to call out and invite stranger to “Come on in!” The birds thoroughly enjoy scolding the dogs. One dog, the mutt, has turned a deaf ear. The Bullmastiff, however, probably needs emotionally reconstructive therapy.
A life-long voracious reader, Denise has three favorite authors. Why three? Because favorite authors are like chips: a person can’t have just one. Her little house was so overrun with books last year that her darling husband bought her an e-reader out of self-preservation. He was (legitimately) afraid she might begin throwing out pots and pans to make room for more books, and he didn’t want to starve.
Along with reading, Denise loves travel, is obsessed with the British Isles, practices photography, enjoys cooking and looks forward to Christmas as an excuse to bake.
Her debut novel, Legacy, is the first book in The Niteclif Evolutions and will be available in both e-book and later, in print, from Samhain Publishing.
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