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Welcome, Celia! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thank you for the warm welcome, Laura. Let’s see... I live in San Francisco with my family. I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance and also line edit and read slush pile for an indie publisher. Vampire obsessed, though I also have a soft spot for the Fae. I seem to have a serious Starbucks Chai Tea Latte addiction. And lastly, I’m a mega Joss Whedon fan. Seriously, the man is a Genius.
My debut novel, Haven, releases tomorrow! *Happy dance*
It’s an urban fantasy romance starring Carina Tranquilli, a San Francisco nightclub owner. A witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday, heralding a slew of surprises for the birthday girl: one hot guy-slash-fated soul mate who happens to be a vampire, three undead family members with a secret agenda, and lastly, a latent and unwieldy power of great interest to her family’s enemies. Carina is delighted by the boyfriend prezzie, on the fence about her family, and understandably unhappy about Team Evil shaking up her life.
LOL! Love this! Which character is your favorite and why?
In truth, all of my Haven characters hold a piece of my heart. But I hope Carina will forgive me if I confess her mentor Jonas is my favorite. An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence in a pretty package. He’s a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and violently protective of those few people he loves (such as Carina).
I adore Jonas so much I gave him his own story, a prequel to Haven entitled The Vampire Code. It releases this October, also from Champagne Books.
Cool! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Yes, indeed. Vampires, love, and mayhem are three of my favorite things.
We have similar tastes, I see! *winks* What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Pardon me while I *blush* here, LOL... The first novel I ever wrote was a “Harlequin” romance. I was young, maybe 12 or so? It was set on a Texas ranch and featured a college student named Amanda who meets and falls in love with the rancher’s son. It’s probably buried in a box somewhere in the basement of my mother’s home.
I love it! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
Most everything I write has Love at its core. For Haven, a key question is - to what lengths will you go to protect the ones you love? I’d answer that but I have a strict “no spoilers” policy. :-)
Got it! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?
Okay, Laura, I’m going to go all Fan Girl on you for a moment, LOL. I love your Hearts of the Anemoi series. And also, Hearts in Darkness. I’ve read the latter multiple times. Total Awesome Sauce!
OMG! Thank you! *blushes* Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
I recently completed a paranormal romance starring a human-merman surfer. Pierced, tattooed, crazy smart, he hides his true identity from the world and believes he will never find love. And when he does, oh boy...watch out world.
But let’s keep this between us, Laura. If Jonas finds out, there could be bloodshed!
My lips are sealed! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark, all the way.
Salty or sweet? Both!
Bed or kitchen table? Bed
Beach or mountains? I’m just back from a lovely vacation in the mountains of Northern California, but I live by the ocean. Beach is definitely my fav.
Releases July 2!
Releases July 2!
The Tranquilli Bloodline Series, Book 1
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life...without getting killed in the process.
I froze, my moment of weakness chased away by a jolt of adrenaline. I resisted Adrian’s pull. “Did you hear that?”
“Nothing, I guess.” A wave of energy rolled into me, curled itself possessively around my body, and gave me one hell of a head rush. “Oh, wow.” I bit my lip, bracing against reaction.
Adrian tightened his grip on my waist. “Rina?”
Mark and Ren stalked over, faces grim.
“Did—? Do you—?” My mouth was so dry I could barely speak. “Do you guys feel that?”
Adrian squeezed, capturing my wandering attention, concern etched in the stern set of his jaw. “Feel what? What’s wrong?”
I started to tell them the Invisible Man hugged me against an electrified fence, but a second wave of energy bowled into me, making me tingle from head to toe. The sensation walked the line between pleasure and pain. A moan escaped me.
Mark took me from Adrian. “That’s it. We’re out of here.” He tried to pick me up, but I shook my head. Bad idea. Dizziness took the hall, and me, for a little spin.
Turn around. Turn. Around.
Was it a voice or instinct urging me on? Either way, the desire proved irresistible. I pulled away from Mark, pivoted, and forgot how to breathe.
The electric energy pulled back. The dizziness abated. All extraneous noise and people drained out of my perception until there was only Him.
Tall, fit, and bad-boy handsome with skin like pale honey, his thick, walnut brown hair hung tousled in a sexy, I-just-got-out-of-bed way. A hip, black, button-down shirt accentuated a sculpted upper body before it tucked into slacks painted on long, lean legs. The whole package made my mouth water.
Hot. Yummy. Totally my type.
“Who are you?” I whispered.
His mouth twitched in a hint of a smile as if he heard me—impossible given the distance between us. Heat spread, loosening my muscles, and my pulse sped up. Nerves. What’s wrong with me? Guys never made me nervous, not even gorgeous ones.
I nibbled my lower lip, mind racing to make sense of my reaction. His gaze tracked the movement and then slid back up. The heat from his stare hit me full force, driving a shaft of need through me. Energy rocked me again, a warm, electric breeze bathing my skin. My eyes widened in comprehension. The energy came from him.
Thanks for visiting, Celia! Where can we find you on the web?
Thanks for having me over for a visit, Laura. This was fun! :-)
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Thanks for reading!