Thursday, October 3, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Lia Davis

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

Hi! I’m a mother, wife, sister, and soon to be grandmother (that’s a scary thought). I also write paranormal romance with the heat levels from sensual to scorching. I got my love for reading from my mom. At the young age of 16 I dove into the romance world, picking up everything in the historical romance genre. I loved the worlds and history. They took me to another place and time.

It wasn’t until the first Twilight movie came out that I discovered the paranormal worlds. I read the saga in about two weeks and had to find other paranormal romances, starting with vampires and moving to shapeshifters, then other paranormal worlds.

During this time my muse starting developing stories of her own so much I had to start writing things down.

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?

Vampires have fangs and bite. *grins* The paranormal worlds hold danger, suspense, bad boys, and strong heroines. What’s not to love?!

Please tell us about your latest release.

Surrendering to the Alpha is book 3 in the Ashwood Falls series and tells the story of the leopard Alpha and the Pack Scribe. The heat level of this story, on a scale from 1 (being sweet) to 5 (being scorching), is about a 3.5.

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?

I use Behind the Name website to search for names. I try to match the names with meanings that are close to the character’s personality. Sometimes a name will just come to me that fits.

Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

My characters just come to me. I start off with a basic story idea and they just show up and start telling me about them.

How does this world differ from our normal world?

Ashwood Falls is different from other shifter series in that I’ve merged a leopard Pack and a wolf Pack into one. Throughout the series you’ll get to see how these two Packs live and had learned to trust each other while fighting the rogue Pack, Onxy.

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?

 I do write the stories so they can be read as stand alones. However, there are a couple of characters who stories start in previous books and a common story arc that carries through each book. I would recommend readers to read them in order. Here’s the reading order so far

Winter Eve, prequel
A Tiger’s Claim, 1
A Mating Dance, 2
Surrendering to the Alpha, 3

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

Oh yes. I call them times the muse takes a vacation. She does this without consulting me first. LOL.

When I find that I hit the block and can’t seem to finish a story or have trouble with a certain part, it is usually because there is something wrong with the plot somewhere. So I got go back to the plot board, which means I get my pen and note and start brainstorming on paper. Once I’m discover the issue, I’m able to move on.

What can readers expect next from you?

I have two more Ashwood Falls coming before the end of the year.

A Rebel’s Heart, #3.5 (part of the Fated Desires’ anthology, Ever After, coming November 12th)
Divided Loyalties, #4 (coming Dec2013)

Where can readers find you on the web?

My website is:

Surrendering to the Alpha
Ashwood Falls #3
By Lia Davis

Tag Line: She's given up hope of peace, yet the Alpha's touch offers promises too hard to run from.


Ashwood Falls’ leopard Alpha, Keegan Andrews holds onto the pain of his deceased mate as his own personal hell—a reminder that not all things are what they seem. The Pack Scribe, Addyson Lewis is no exception. She’s intrigued him like no other since the day she stumbled into Ashwood territory about twenty-five years ago. When he discovers that just being near her calms the storm inside him, he can’t stay away even if it means exposing her to the evil she tried to escape.

Over a hundred years of psychological torture at the hands of the rogue Onyx Pack has left Addyson with no memories of her life before captivity and with the inability to control her psychometric nature. Anything or anyone she touches sends her into their darkest past and secrets, causing her pain she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Without the ability to control it, she’s forced to deny her leopard the connection she craves from the Pack that welcomed her with love and without judgment. That is, until the day Keegan involuntarily touches her bare skin and she finds the peace she’d craved for far too long.

Warning: Contains one sexy alpha leopard who craves the most decadent of dreams, a hidden treasure contained within a spunky woman, and the ability to create a mating bond that’s the most explosive yet.

Find it on: Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo

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He stepped closer and studied her as she turned back to the omelet. Keegan ground his molars, took a deep breath, and calmly asked, “Do you like it here?”

She peered back at him, her eyebrows bunched together before she smoothed out her features in that practiced control she used around others. “It’s not home, but it’s nice. I don’t need much, Keegan.”

He took another step toward her. She turned the stove off and handed Will his plate. The boy stood, watching Keegan as if he would harm Addyson. It made Keegan proud of the kid that he’d want to protect Addyson.

Without looking at the teen, Keegan said, “Will, take your breakfast in the living room and eat before it gets cold.”

From the corner of his eye, Keegan saw Will peer at Addyson. When she gave him a nod, he left them alone. Keegan took another step forward, stopping inches from her. He heard her heart beat speed up and smelled her strawberry scent intensify, but not in fear. She was turned on by his presence.

He inhaled deeply, taking in her scent. His leopard rubbed up against his chest, trying to feel Addyson. He’d never imagine in the past thirty-seven years that he’d find another mate. 
Then Addyson stumbled into his life about twelve years after losing Cate. He wasn’t ready then, the pain still too raw to see what the leopard tried to make him see.

He’d finally started to accept it, accept the fact that Addyson has a place in his heart and in his bed.

About the Author

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing started out as a stress reliever that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs. Now it has become her career. A real life dream come true.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.


Lia will be giving away an eBook and Coffee prize pack, which includes a Starbucks coffee cup, a cold cup tumbler, a $15 Starbucks GC, and ONE eBook copy from her backlist (winner’s choice). Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Giveaway ends Oct. 15th.

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Lia Davis said...

Thanks so much for having me over today!

julie beasley said...

soun good wish Lia all the best. thanks for the chance

Eva Millien said...

I love this series. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

ViviMachine (Shi'Asia) said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I get a chance to read something new.

Karen Arrowood said...

I really love the Ashwood Falls books - they are terrific! Thank you for sharing today, Lia Davis :-)

kazza16 said...

Fantastic interview Lia!!! And…you know how much I love this series!

Risha Crider said...

Thank you for the awesome reads...and the giveaway!