Here is the next in my Author Profiling posts!
Please welcome Alexandra Anthony!
I hope you all enjoy this new author!
Title: Tempted: The Dark Hark Chronicles Book 1
Author: Alexandra Anthony
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Blurb: When personal assistant Savannah Wood lands a dream job with up and coming rock star Nick Hart, it seems too good to be true. He’s devastatingly handsome, reserved and charming…but he has a secret he’s determined to keep.
Their attraction to one another is immediate and Savannah is determined to keep a professional relationship between them. She’s been burned before and has no desire to reopen old wounds.
The lines between professional and personal begin to blur when Savannah finds out Nick’s secret: he’s a century old vampire with a painful past. He’s also hesitant to open himself up to her, yet they find their temptation to one another is stronger than either can resist.
The paparazzi, a string of murders and cryptic, ominous letters threaten their budding relationship. Will their attraction and love be enough to keep them together…or will it tear them apart?
*This is an erotic, romantic book. It contains sexy vampires, graphic language, adult content and situations that aren’t for the faint of heart or those 18 and under. Consider yourself warned.
Release Date: March 30th, 2013
Where to buy: Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony eReader
Reviews: “This story was right up my alley. I love romance stories about tortured musicians & this did not disappoint. The romance between Nick and Savannah was hot yet sweet. During the love scenes, the reader may need to fan themselves from the heat generated. The author does a fabulous job pulling you in as the story moves along. The fact that Nick is a vampire and Savannah doesn’t know keeps the story interesting. The danger from an unknown source adds tension & intrigue. I loved the combination and couldn’t put it down. I’m waiting impatiently for the next installment.” Stacy S., Amazon
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- Illusion (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 2)
- Awakening (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 3)
- Ascend (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 4)
- The Vampire Destiny Series Volume One: Books 1-3
Before we move on to the interview could we have a little snippet from the book?
Rain dripped from his raven black hair to run in rivulets down the sharp planes of his handsome face. His dark eyes were luminous, glowing with passion as he stood before me, both hands bracing the doorframe.
“Nick…” I whispered. I took a shaky step backwards as he strode across the threshold forcefully and took my face in his hands. Our eyes met for the briefest of moments before he lowered his head to capture my lips in a toe-curling kiss, his tongue searching the contours of my mouth. Much too soon he pulled away, his teeth tugging at my lower lip. His fingers stroked down the length of my neck, cold and wet against my skin. My body trembled in response and when I raised my hands to embrace him, he stopped me and held them in his firm grip.
“I told myself I wouldn’t do this, Savannah. I know I promised to give you your space and that I’d be patient. You can see how well that worked. So here I am, standing here in front of you. I wanted it to be different…I wanted to do this right.” He closed his eyes and breathed deeply. He dragged me closer until I was pressed against the solid wall of his chest, soaking my t-shirt with rainwater. “But I can’t do this anymore. I can’t lie to myself and pretend I’m all right with just being friends. I fucking want you.”
His words ignited a fire deep within me, stroking the slow simmer that had been building all week. When he continued, his voice was husky. “I don’t want to talk and I don’t want to think if it’s right or wrong. I’ll deal with the fallout tomorrow, but now…now I want you more than I can put into words.”
His hands released mine and he cradled my face in his hands. His soft mouth whispered over my lips and the curve of my jaw. Powerless to think clearly, I simply lost myself in him and the emotion he’d unleashed inside of me. He made me feel cherished and desired, as if I was the only woman alive. Keeping myself emotionally unavailable had its drawbacks and I was almost desperate to feel connected to him. Unable to hold back when his lips tentatively covered mine again, I responded shamelessly. I slowly traced the outline of his lips with the tip of my tongue. His body reacted immediately to my unexpected reaction, the front of his rain sodden pants bulging.
“You’re soaked,” I brushed his wet hair back from his forehead. My eyes followed every line on his face, over his cheekbones and his full lips. As I studied him, I wondered fleetingly if once we made love, the attraction would be gone. Maybe I could fuck him out of my mind.
If only it was that easy, Savannah.
The corner of his mouth twitched. His head tipped back under my touch and the weight of my stare, baring his long neck to me. “Then you should undress me, love.”
Drawing in an unsteady breath, my hands didn’t waver as I swiftly unzipped his pants and flicked open the button of his dress pants. They fell heavily around his feet in a wet heap as my fingers pushed at his suit jacket, easing it over his broad shoulders. All that separated us was his dress shirt and my faded t-shirt.
When he swept me into his arms and carried me up the stairs to my bedroom, I didn’t offer any challenge. He swaggered across the room, laying me across the bed in one fluid motion. My hooded eyes devoured him as stood before me, roughly tugging off his tie and dropping it carelessly on the bed beside of me. His agile fingers slid over his dress shirt, each button slowly falling open to reveal a sliver more of his pale chest until it draped open at each side, his rippled abdomen shadowed in the darkness of the room.
“Savannah. Come here, love.”
My heart was racing as I crawled to the edge of the bed. Reaching out to him, my hands twisted into each side of his shirt and I tugged him against me. Our bodies collided and our mouths met impatiently, the fiery caress of his lips searing through me until I was afraid nothing would be left of me but ash.
His hands tangled in my hair our kiss deepened. He was unrelenting but in control, sexual but sensual. His taste on my tongue was mindless and drugging, leaving me breathless and longing for more.
Nick eased me back onto the bed, hovering lithely above me. As his fingers began a provocative path down my neck and over the curve of my breast, my hands slipped under his shirt and dragged down the flexing planes of his back, cupping his tight ass and dragging his hips to mine. Every inch of our bodies molded tightly together and the air around us seemed to shimmer, growing taut with anticipation. It seemed we were both longing to explore what we’d denied ourselves of for so long.
My bedroom was suddenly filled with the erotic sounds of deep wet, open-mouthed kisses and wanton moans. Our tongues teased and tangled together until I was in desperate need of air. Nick slowly kissed back up my jaw to my ear as he grasped the nape of my neck.
“I’m not going to lie. I’ve wanted this since the first moment I saw you,” Nick rasped against my ear. His tongue licked over the shell, causing a shiver to run down my spine. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of you.”
His voice and sensual words caused my head to arch back into the bed. “I wanted it too. More than anything,” I whispered softly. My fingers combed through his damp hair, his delicious spicy scent overpowering me.
Swallowing back a strangled groan, he pulled away and shrugged out of his shirt. My trembling fingers stroked over his sculpted chest and down the flexing muscle of his arm, absently tracing over the large tattoo on his upper bicep. I finally let them drift over each raised ridge of his stomach, my hands continuing their unhurried exploration. He was flawlessly beautiful. His pale body was long, hard and powerful. He was more perfect than I ever could have imagined.
1 When did you first start writing?
I’ve always written…but professionally, I’ve been writing for a year and a half.
2 Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I enjoyed writing, but didn’t think I wanted to pursue it. I actually wanted to be a crime scene analyst…but that didn’t happen either! So it was kismet that I began writing!
3 What drew you to writing paranormal, erotic romance stories?
I love vampires and I was tired of reading fade to black sex scenes in some of the vampire novels available. I took my love of sexy scenes and vampires and threw them together!
4 Where does your inspiration for these stories come from?
My love of vampires and the idea that you can have a soul mate that crossed centuries of time to find you.
5 What has your experience been like publishing with Smashwords?
They are very hands off and I have no deadlines and no one to stop my creative juices from flowing. They do all the distribution for you, so it’s a win/win.
6 What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
It was the snippet of the chapter I shared in the snippet. We’d watched Savannah and Nick try to remain professional and removed, but their desire for one another was just too much for them to fight. This is the scene where they finally surrendered.
7 Where is your favourite place to write?
Actually, on my couch! Some of my best inspiration comes to me when I’m relaxed and my mind roams.
8 Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Music is a definite factor in setting the mood and is part of my routine. I also have to remove myself from all social networking.
9 Do you use a computer/laptop for your first draft or are you a pen and paper writer?
Laptop. I do take notes on the notepad on my phone though!
10 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Many times, the characters speak to me. I do research on things that interest me…especially with my vampires. I enjoy genealogy and Norse mythology, so I do reference those interests of mine for my books.
11 Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I learned a lot about Norse mythology-and it’s fascinating! I love Odin’s two ravens, Huginn and Muninn. One was his eyes and the other his ears.
12 How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends. I usually allow 3-4 months for my 50,000-60,000 words. The bigger books, 80,000 plus take a bit longer.
13 Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
Scared, excited and anxious!
14 Who are some of your favourite authors?
Anne Rice, Stephen King, Daphne du Maurier to name a few.
15 Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Yes! Usually my writer’s block happens when my own deadline and the demand for the book just overwhelms me. I try to write around the block and usually that helps me break through.
16 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Keep writing. And write some more. And then, write again.
17 Would you share a deep dark secret about you with us?
I don’t think I have a deep, dark secret. I’m an open book!
Thank you for letting us get to know you and your books, Alexandra Anthony. This book sounds rather exciting and thrilling I must say! Plus you do have a lot of books under your belt 🙂
Everyone, please remember any questions or suggestions for Alexandra please write them in the comments section below.