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I love the title and cover for this novel and would like to introduce the author, Hadena James:
What is your greatest temptation:
In men: Green eyes, a man could be the worst person in the world and if he had green eyes, I’d still fawn over him a little.
In food: Mexican, I have never had a time when I wasn’t in the mood for Mexican food. When that day comes, I will know there is something terrible wrong with me.
In clothes: T-Shirts… I hate having to dress up for any reason. And I am dorky enough that if I do have to dress up, but let’s say, I’m going to have a coat on the entire time, I’ll wear a T-Shirt under the coat with a skirt or dress pants.
What is your greatest weakness (example: buying shoes)? My Kindle. I resisted moving into the digital book age for a long time because I knew that it would become a problem. Then my husband bought me a Kindle Fire for Valentine’s Day. It allows me to read and download instant videos from Amazon. It never leaves my side…
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? A Hummer, the original. I know it isn’t environmentally friendly or even “cool” now days, but I am an accident magnet. I was once parked at a stop light and had a guy merge into me. My SUV was fine, his had to be towed away. At the time, I was driving an Isuzu Rodeo, and that isn’t the first or the last time odd things like that have happened to me while driving. So something large and well-built is a good idea for me.
Your dream home – mountains or ocean? A forest with a pond. I love to sit by the water and read, but I also love wandering around in the woods.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it? When I suffer from writer’s block it’s usually because I know what I’m about to write is going to be gruesome (I also write a thriller series) and I need to wrap my mind around all the details. Normally, I talk through these problems with a specific group of people. On more than one occasion, this has gotten me funny looks because the conversation has happened in public.
What are you currently working on?
I just published the 4th book in my thriller series and am diving into the first book of a new fantasy series, which I’m hoping to release in August. However, the fantasy series is still very hush-hush.
Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Nope, I have copies of each completed novel printed and bound to give to my friends and family before it even goes to the editor. This ensures that I know where most of the confusing parts are and can fix them immediately.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. What I’ve discovered over the years is that I love to travel, but regardless of where I go, Columbia is my home, so I continue to live there.
If you could hop on a plane now, where would you go?
Berlin, Germany. I went several years ago with my best friend and loved it. We spent nine days wandering around the city. The map seems to be permanently etched into my brain and I would go back in a heartbeat.
Have you ever been abducted by aliens? 🙂
No, if I was, I would feel sorry for the abductors. I’m a very curious person, constantly trying to learn new things. I would have at least a bazillion questions to ask. And there’s a good chance I’d write a story about it.
Thank you, Hadena. Nice to know something about the author. Now, let’s talk about Dark Cotillion and see it’s intriguing cover.
Brenna Strachan is half-Demon, half-Witch and it’s the eve of her 30th birthday. This means that she will stop aging and come into all her Demon powers. But there are forces at work hoping to keep her from Maturing. They must kill her in the short time that she is mortal. If they fail, she will take her place among the most powerful beings on Earth. What will it cost her to survive?
While most Demons were red, green or blue, I was purple. Not a deep, rich purple or even a dark, shimmery purple, but a soft, pastel purple, lilac to be exact.
This was where half-breeds had problems. Demons were denser than humans were. Everything was slightly larger in a Demon and more compact. The bone density of a Demon was nearly three times that of a Human. When Demons said they were big boned, they meant it. On top of that, most Demons had an impressive rack of horns. Not like deer horns, but like elephant tusks that could weigh nearly a thousand pounds all by themselves. My father kept his ground down using to make them manageable.
My pitiful horns might weigh 9 ounces. That means, I have a height complex and horn envy.
I’ve been writing for over two decades and before that, I was creating my own bedtime stories to tell myself. I penned my first short story at the ripe old age of 8. It was a fable about how the raccoon got its eye-mask and was roughly three pages of handwritten, 8 year old scrawl. My mother still has it and occasionally, I still dig it out and admire it.
When I got my first computer, I took all my handwritten stories and typed them in. Afterwards, I tossed the originals. In my early twenties, I had a bit of a writer’s meltdown and deleted everything. So, with the exception of the story about the raccoon, I actually have none of my writings from before I was 23. Which is sad, because I had a half dozen other novels and well over two hundred short stories. It has all been offered up to the computer and writing gods as a sacrifice and show of humility or some such nonsense that makes me feel less like an idiot about it.
I have been offered contracts with publishing houses in the past and always turned them down. Now that I have experimented with being an Indie Author, I really like it and I’m really glad I turned them down. However, if you had asked me this in the early years of 2000, I would have told you that I was an idiot (and it was a huge contributing factor to my deleting all my work).
When I’m not writing, I play in a steel-tip dart league and enjoy going to dart tournaments. I enjoy renaissance festivals and sanitized pirates who sing sea shanties. My appetite for reading is ferocious and I consume two to three books a week as well as writing my own. Aside from introducing me to darts, my SO has introduced me to camping, which I, surprisingly, enjoy. We can often be found in the summer at Mark Twain Lake in Missouri, where his parents own a campground.
I am a native of Columbia, Missouri, which I will probably call home for the rest of my life, but I love to travel. Day trips, week trips, vacations on other continents, wherever the path takes me is where I want to be and I’m hoping to be able to travel more in the future.
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