Monday, June 15, 2015

Interview and Giveaway with Brandy Nacole

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I’m a mother of three kids who I hope inherits the love of reading like I do, and considering my daughters book shelf, I’d say it is looking good. I’ve loved reading from a young age but rebelled in school due to the fact we had to read the classics instead of goosebumps, which was my favorite. While falling behind in my reading points, I would write my own paranormal stories and dream of a day when all my friends could go to the library and get a copy of my book. Why paranormal? I blame it on my Aunt Penny, who would stay up late at night with me watching scary movies as far back as I can remember.

What inspired you to write this book?

I started this series after a long drive home. The only supernatural being I had never wrote about was a fallen angel, and I so badly wanted to create a unique story that included them. On that long drive, with plenty of time to ponder, I came up with that story and am now writing the fourth book in the series.

Please tell us about your latest release.

In Darkest Reaches, fallen angel Kayson and vampire Sabrina’s story continues as they face their fears and fight for freedom. Kayson has to travel to Iraja’s mansion, another fallen angel who doesn’t do favors without some leverage, in hopes to find a way to reach Sabrina in Hell. Sabrina has to fight against temptations as she struggles to stay alive after Lucifer reveals his intent for her.

Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

In this series, both. The fallen angels all have their roles in the lower realm of Heaven. I searched through names that meant whatever power that fallen angel held. With the other characters, especially the older ones, I did a popular search for their time era.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

In this series, I like them all because they play off each other so well. But if I was to pick one character it would be Sabrina. Not only is her past interesting, but she’s willing to face against those who want to kill her to save those who were created to be her enemies – the fallen angels – with a touch of snarkiness to boot.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

Asher nods in greeting but says nothing. That's because he can't. Thick black twine is sewn into his skin, sealing his lips.

"Look at it this way," Braylee says, optimistic. "He can't yell at us for slacking."

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?

Currently I am working on a standalone novel called Deep in the Hollow that is based off a local legend in my area. Instead of doing research on the internet, I interviewed my great uncle and a few of his friends. I was so honored to get to here there stories.

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

The series cannot be read as a stand-alone. Each book builds the overall story arc and new characters are introduced, whose stories may be told in book 2 but when then introduced in book 3 they have a small overview.  

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

I usually do not suffer from writer’s block, but on occasion when I do, I read. No better way to get the motors running again than to submerse yourself in a story.

Do you write in different genres?

No, but I am considering writing a dystopian.  

When did you consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always considered myself a writer, I’ve been writing from a very young age. But it never took on the meaning it holds now to me until I published my first novel, Uniquely Unwelcome. I owe all the thanks for that push to my husband who urged me to take my writing to the next level.

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

Reading, of course.
Dr. Pepper.
Trail riding in my Jeep.

What can readers expect next from you?

Deep in the Hollow, which will be released later this summer.

Here is a short blurb:

A year ago Jo's life changed forever, and everyone thinks what happened is her fault. But the mystery that lurks behind this small town will reveal not only Jo's innocence, but centuries of blood and despair.

Where can readers find you on the web?

And to follow my book blog:

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Closing the door and following the others through the narrow stairwell, I do my best to shake the unease I have, and the taunting smile Katarina gave me before our departure. What have I done? Gabriel is going to flip his halo when he finds out. 

Light fills the dark tunnel as Stille opens the door to Iraja’s office, then lets out a string of expletives. “Jesus Christ, could you guys not wait until you were somewhere private?” 
I emerge from the passageway to find Gabriel and Rainn struggling to straighten themselves. 

“My brain is forever scarred,” Stille complains. 

I laugh and clap my hand on his shoulder. “No worries, it was already damaged. I’m sure no one will notice.” That earns me a jab to the ribs. 

We turn our back to Gabriel and Rainn as they straighten their clothes. We all snicker as Rainn, embarrassed, mumbles under her breath. A slight pang of jealousy tears through my chest, but I am quick to squash it. As much as I wish that was Sabrina and I getting caught expressing our love for one another, I’m glad to see Gabriel and Rainn get the chance to steal as many happy moments as they can. Sabrina and my time will come. 

When Gabriel clears his throat, we all turn around. His hair is still disheveled, and noticing our glances, he runs his hand through it. “How did it go?” 

“Where’s Saja?” Stille asks.

“She went to check out the house and talk to the others, and maybe find some food.” Ah, good ole Saja. She knows when romance is in the air and just how to help it along. 

“I’m going to find her and see if she can help me locate some crystals.” Stille leaves Iraja’s office, his face tight, and worry in his eyes. It’s hard to tell what’s going through his head sometimes, but not when it comes to Saja. He has always watched out for her, though never would he admit he had feelings for her. He’s always been good about keeping himself at arm’s length from everyone. 

“Well…” Gabriel says, still waiting on an answer. 

“She’ll do it,” I answer and then rush the rest out. “After I perform a blood oath with her.” 
Gabriel shakes his head. “You just can’t stay out of trouble, can you?”

“Guess not.”

“Another problem,” Zalman adds, “When Katarina creates the opening, only six of us can enter. With Falon.” 

Did he have to bring that up now? 

We explain everything to Rainn and Gabriel, who of course don’t like it, but agree with me that it’s our only option. 

“I’ll call William to have him bring everyone to the perimeter for safety precautions. Once we are through and come back, they may retaliate and follow. It’s best to be prepared.” 

Gabriel’s right, better safe than sorry. 

“We will also have to wait for William and Noam,” he says. 

“Why?” Rainn snaps. Uh-oh. Here comes the lovers’ spat. 

“I think,” he starts slowly, “it’s best if you and Saja were to stay behind with the others.” 

We all wince, knowing Rainn is going to be pissed. While I would feel the same way about wanting to protect Sabrina from going to Hell, telling her that would earn me a punch to the face I’m sure. I shake my head, waiting for the storm. Gabriel should know better.

“Are you saying you don’t think I can take care of myself?”

The pause Gabriel takes before starting to answer is all it takes for Rainn to sum up his answer. “Perfect. Do me a favor, will you Gabriel? Pluck a few feathers from your ass and join reality.” 

Darkest Reaches
Spiritual Discord Series
Book 3
Brandy Nacole

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Ponahakeola Press

Date of Publication: April 30, 2015

ISBN: 9781329102743

Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 84,000

Cover Artist: CCRBookDesigns

Book Description:

Kayson and the other fallen angels have risked their lives to keep Sabrina safe as she recovered from a Hell hound’s bite.  Just when she began to improve, Hell was unleashed as the hounds attacked, and kidnapped Sabrina. 

Now, only days after the fight between the fallen and the hounds, Kayson is determined to find Sabrina and bring her back from Hell.  The only thing standing in his way is a dangerous fallen angel named Iraja. 

Iraja has the means to find Sabrina, but he doesn’t do favors without a price. 

Sabrina is now facing the nightmare she’s been running from since being turned into a vampire a century ago: her eternal condemnation to Hell.  Knowing her only chance of survival may rest by playing nice and turning Hell hound Falon against Lucifer, Sabrina gives into the bitter darkness and now has to fight to remember the good soul she truly is. 

But when she discovers the role her and the innocent human Emma are forced to play, will her fear get the better of her, and will she be lost forever?

In the third installment of the Spiritual Discord series, the will to survive is tested, worst fears become a reality, and for one, betrayal becomes the only option. 

Available at Amazon and Lulu

About the Author:

Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books.  She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press.  A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night. 

Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and one mellow turtle.  She is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri.  Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh. 

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