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Who’s afraid of the big bad hybrid?
Hart Clan Hybrids, Book 1
Amber Paulson’s wolf has chosen a mate for her, but Amber is not amused with its pick. Jake Meyers might look amazing in a wet T-shirt and have the cheekbones and strong jaw that artists drool over. Too bad he is missing a pulse.
Jake is a vampire, well, mostly. Then a tall, curvy redhead pops up on his radar and something awakens in him. Even though he tries to stay away, Amber gets under his skin, and his vampire/werewolf heritage starts to become more bark and less bite. For the first time, he feels the call of the moon, and he knows it’s all because of Amber Paulson.
Amber’s trying to stay away, and Jake’s trying to not turn furry. They both fail miserably—and with a lot of sweaty and enjoyable property destruction.
By giving in to her mating call, Amber finds out more than she ever wanted to know about herself, her family, and the rogue wolf who took so much from her so long ago. As her past comes back to bite her, she’ll have to decide what she’s willing to give up for her mate. Her home? Her pack? Her…heartbeat?
This book contains a snarky shifter heroine who could give Sookie a run for her money, a hot hunk of a vampire with a soft (and furry) side, and sex so sizzling that even an inter-species war can’t get in the way.
Thank you Roxy for joining our blog on your very busy release day! Congrats on on your new release!
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When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When you are writing, do you set it up in an outline first or do you just formulate a plan in your head and start writing?
Is it bad that I don’t really even formulate a plan in my head? That’s probably bad, isn’t it? My characters drive my story. Sometimes what I am going through in my life influences the storyline, but most of that ends up getting cut in edits. The story just tells itself to me. If I get to the point where I have to outline, I might be in trouble.
Advice: Sometimes it's helpful and sometimes... not so much. Have any authors offered you any advice that compelled you to move forward in chasing your dream of being an author?
I went to the RT conference two years ago for a single day. Sophie Oak was going to be just a state over from me, and I couldn’t miss the chance to meet her. I ended up weaseling my way into lunch with her. Then Shayla Black joined us. No…I’m not joking. I had both of these women talking to me about getting started in a writing career. They took the time to talk to me, and I will be forever grateful for that. The best words I left that lunch with were, “Someone needs your story.” I flew home that night, and that lunch combined with the friends I met that day, including Eliza Gayle, Peyton Elizabeth, Mary Abshire, and Dani Morgan had me in tears. I found what I was supposed to do with my life. All I had to do was be brave enough to follow my dreams.
Where were you when you found out your book was officially going to be published and did you do anything to celebrate?
I didn’t believe I was accepted for about two weeks after I got the yes. I didn’t go about getting in touch with Samhain the traditional way, and I refused to celebrate until my editor Lisa sent me the email that said “I am officially welcoming you to Samhain Publishing.” That night I popped a bottle of my favorite champagne and every milestone since then, I have done the same. I have the corks next to my writing area. I like the reminder that what I have already accomplished is worth celebrating.
What advice would you offer to others who really want to get their work published?
Now that you are officially published, what is your next big goal?
To bend the world over and give it a big O! ;p But seriously, my big goal is to create a book or series that resonates. I want to put something out there that makes someone smile when they think they can’t. And maybe to quit my crappy job someday. As far as one specific thing…I want to attend a real signing as an author and have someone want me to sign something. :D
How did you prepare before writing A LOVE WORTH BITING FOR?
I didn’t. Point blank. Nothing about this was preparation or good planning. This was a culmination of great people, Mary Hughes in particular, pushing me to get it done. I didn’t prepare. I experienced. I fell down. I wrote horrible stories, and then I let some people read them. I had to realize they sucked and then I re-wrote them and made them better.
Did anything or anyone in particular inspire the story told in A LOVE WORTH BITING FOR?
This began as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) novel. I wanted to capture how I felt when I fell in love with my husband. The first scene in the book is exactly how I realized I loved him. He ran by me shirtless and sweaty in a pair of shorts and a backwards ball cap, and I realized he was the one. That feeling evolved into mating pheromones in my story, and then Amber came screaming from the pages and told me the rest.
Your heroine, Amber Paulson is one tough lady with a killer sense of humor - is she modeled after anyone you know... or maybe she's a bit like you are in real life?
I can guarantee you I don’t turn into a wolf and eat rabbits. Amber is nothing like me. ;p There are characteristics of me in Amber, but by the end of edits, she had become her own person. I like to think Amber is who I would become if I had the balls and freedom to do so. I can drop a cuss word with the best of them, and I am a hard core smartass. The rest…that’s all Amber.
How many books can readers expect in the HART CLAN HYBRIDS series? Do you have a plan for the series or are you making it up as you go?
The Hart Clan Hybrids is a Trilogy. I have Book 2 in the hands of Samhain editors right now, and I am working to polish the rough draft I have done on Book 3. So the bones are done. There are a few characters that I am being drawn to as the trilogy wraps up, but I haven’t decided if I want to dip back into this world. While I was writing it, I knew the very end, but the journey to get there was totally screamed at me by the characters.
Are you planning to stick with Paranormal Romance, or do you have plans to branch out to other genres? If so, care to share what your next adventure might be?
Actually the rough draft I am working on right now is a contemporary. It’s much more of a traditional romance style. There is still some snark and spice, because that is just me, and I don’t think I could write without those features if I tried. After that, I have one more contemporary ménage banging around in my brain. I fell in love with erotic romance through PNR, and I think that is why it is only fitting that what I show the world first has some serious bite to it.
Now, everyone has to have that totally "out there" kind of question, so here is mine for Roxy:
If you were stranded on a deserted island with no chance of being rescued in the foreseeable future, what items/people would you most like to have with you in the following categories?
a) A man other than your husband.
Thor. No question. I like his hammer.
b) Food Item
c) Luxury item you can't live without
My kindle. Please tell me my deserted island has electricity and wifi.
Cage the Elephant. I have listened to this over and over, and haven’t gotten tired of it yet.
I get two. (Well... since you *asked* so sweetly ;-) It’s my imaginary island, and I will have Bite My Fire by Mary Hughes and Three to Ride by Sophie Oak.
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Roxy Mews wrote her first story at age six on an electric typewriter. It was about a cat and a haunted house. Thankfully, her stories and technology have matured since then. Roxy spends her days fighting the evil day job in hopes of conquering the stories that run rampant in her head. To connect with Roxy Mews, find her babbling on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, visit her Blog, or find all these links on RoxyRocksMe.com.
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