Thursday, December 5, 2013

Return of The Assassin Blog Tour

Return of the Assassin Blurb

All the King's Men - Book 5

3rd place winner - RWA Heart of the West contest

"If you've been waiting for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood, this is it…" -GraveTells Review

Assassin Gina Carano doesn't have time for love. In fact, the last thing she wants is a mate. But Gina can't stop thinking about Malek, the handsome AKM enforcer she met in Chicago. And now she's beginning to fear Malek's memory is the reason for her crippling panic attacks, which have assaulted her relentlessly since she left him.

Malek has never dealt with the centuries-old death of his first mate, but now that he's formed a new mating link to Gina, he has no choice. Stuck between the agony of mourning and the despair of being without Gina, his mind fractures as he attempts to reconcile the two halves of himself.

When Gina botches a hit on two vicious vampires in Miami, she reluctantly flees back to Chicago, where Malek must choose between the past and the future before he loses Gina forever.

Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, sensitive subject matter, references to non-traditional/alternative lifestyles, and profanity.

Welcome to Dark Desires Book Blog! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Donya Lynne the author of All The Kings Men Series, and Arms of Winter (stand alone M/M book) Her newest release Return of The Assassin is out at your favorite retailers! 

Donya, you’ve been writing for a little over a year now. Writing full time for a few months. How do you like it?
I love it. Love every second of it. I'm working more hours per day than I did at my day job, but it doesn't feel like work. They say if you do what you love, you'll never work another day in your life, and I believe it. A 16-hour day doesn't feel like a 16-hour day when I pack it in for the night.

Is there anything that you miss about the pre-published era?

Not really. I always felt like I was wandering through life without purpose before. My life was pretty bleak and I was in going-nowhere jobs and felt a general sense of unhappiness. Before Rise of the Fallen was published, I had been unemployed for over a year-and-a-half, as well, and I knew it was time for a change. In many ways, I feel as though my life only just started with the release of Rise of the Fallen. Isn't that funny? It took me until I was 42 years old for my life to start. Up until now, I've simply been building the experiences and emotional baggage necessary to make my stories the conflict-laden roller coaster rides that they are. Now I'm very happy with my life. The happiest I've ever been, even though I work seven days a week, and usually pull 10-16 hour days.

Are your characters happier now that you can devote more time to their stories?

Yes. When the characters talk now, I can listen. I no longer have to hastily jot down notes in my notebook until I can get home from work.

What is one thing about being an author that you are OCD about and why?

Edits. Usually, authors can't edit themselves. You'll hear it said again and again that authors are too attached to their work to effectively edit and rewrite…and to "kill their darlings." I am the exact opposite. I have no problem killing a sentence, paragraph, scene, or chapter if it doesn't propel the story or fit into the rest of the plot. I will edit right up until the last day. I have a rewriting and editing process that lasts for months through several re-reads of the manuscript, but each pass brings the book closer to tight, and I've gotten to the point that I crave this part of the writing process.

Is there a favorite author that you HAVE to read, when you’re not writing, editing…etc?

It used to be J.R. Ward, but the two authors I'm most fascinated with now are Gayle Forman and Alma Katsu. They're writing is simple and yet complex, and very inspirational.

You have a few other stories waiting patiently in the wings, is there anything you want to share with your fans?

Just to hold on tight, it's about to get crazy. The Mark Strong Chronicles promise to be an erotically charged, humorous, and touching contemporary romance that exploits how a casual meeting can become the greatest moment in a person's life. Good Karma is the first of four books I have planned for the series, and the first draft is currently in rewrites.

As for All the King's Men, the series is about to split into two. In Return of the Assassin, we met Trevor Knight, who started a security agency similar to AKM in Miami with his ex-boyfriend Talon Justice. Fittingly, the agency is called the Knights of Justice, which will be the sister series name, as well. There won't be as many books in KOJU as in AKM, but eventually the two series will join back into the Progeny Series, which will extend for as long as there are stories to tell and readers who want to read them. I'm very excited about Progeny, but I have about 8-10 more books to write for AKM and KOJU before Progeny starts.

Other than that, I have several stand-alone projects I'm working on, including some more m/m romance and contemporary romance.

Is there anything the guys want to share about themselves or their mates?

We could be here all day. The guys adore their mates and dote on them no end. Micah is beside himself to see Samantha get pregnant, and Sev and Ari are madly, passionately in love—still in their honeymoon phase, but talking about options for kids of their own. Io is a changed male now that he's mated Miriam. Who would have thought he would shun his playboy ways and settle down, but Io is head over heels and ever-worried over the growing baby inside Miriam's belly. Malek is over the moon for Gina and loving every minute of exploring the Kama Sutra and Tantric sex with her. And of course, Tristan is enjoying his house arrest a little too much, being that he gets to spend his time with Josie, who's only four months away from her due date. There's a little baby boom about to happen at AKM, hence the reason for the Progeny Series.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

You mean it's not all about writing? LOL. When I'm not actually writing, I'm thinking about writing. Even when I'm watching TV, my subconscious is working on my stories, and it's not uncommon for me to have an epiphany during dinner. I had one last night. I was eating and just broke out laughing. I told my hubby, "I just got the part of Trace's story that will make fans cry."

I would like to go to movies more, though. I enjoy a daytime matinee during the work week. I love having the theater all to myself, more or less. And I read a lot, too. As I write this, I'm also waiting on my new elliptical trainer that I bought for my birthday (and to celebrate the release of Return of the Assassin) to arrive. I used to work out every day. Hardcore kind of workouts. But since I injured my back several years ago, I haven't been able to. So I finally broke down and bought an elliptical, which is a lot easier on the back and joints than most gym equipment. So, I'll add exercise to my list of things I do when I'm not writing, as well. J

If there was one bit of wisdom that you felt compelled to pass on to other aspiring writers what would it be?

Have an exceptionally thick skin and don't take negative reviews personally. In fact, don't even read your reviews. I rarely read mine, but I find when I do, the negative comments can still negatively affect my psyche, even when they're part of a good review. It's not that I get down, but if I'm having a bad day or just feeling a little emotional, such comments can pull the creeper voice into my head that whispers, "You aren't good enough." I'm pretty good about moving past it now that I'm comfortable with my process, and there's a stronger voice in my head that drowns out the negative one, but for an aspiring writer who hasn't yet gotten comfortable with his or her writing process and/or hasn't yet established an audience, those negative reviews can be huge mountains that can kill their career before it even starts. New writers have to remember that they will always have critics. There will always be readers who hate—and I mean, HATE—their work. I've been threatened in reviews. I've been lied about in reviews. I've been accused of things I never did in reviews and been the subject of a large-scale Goodreads attack that forced me to go shadow for a couple of months (I didn't even write on my blog for months, because my blog posts were being bastardized and misquoted to attack me). But I can't let those hooks catch me and drag me in, because if I do, two things will happen: 1) If I retaliate or go on the defensive, I will suffer in more ways than I can count; and 2) I will take my energy and focus away from the 95% of readers who love my work. I owe it to the 95% to focus on them, not on the 5% who don't. Aspiring authors need to take a similar approach, and if they find themselves the victim of attack, they need to simply delete anything that's being used against them and go away for a while until the riff-raff move on. If you provide no ammo, they have nothing to talk about.

What is the most frustrating thing or things about being an author?

Not having enough time to write everything I want to write. I joke all that time that I need four more of me so I can get all my stories written faster.

Have you had any rabid fan moments yet?

A couple. I've had a couple of fans who went fangirl when I posted "Happy Birthday," on their Facebook wall. That was funny. And I've had a couple of fans get excited when I posted on their Facebook posts. I'm just a person, too, and I’m on Facebook a lot more than any other social media site, and when I see something I like, I post. So, you never know where I'll show up next. J I will say this: I'm realizing that even though it was never my intent, I am developing a celebrity persona. To me, I'm still the same person I was five years ago…the person who got fired for being "different," the person who likes hot tea and opening my window to listen to it rain while I write, and the person who thinks the movie, The Thing, is the coolest horror movie ever made, bar none. But as readers react with these cute fangirl moments, I have to be aware—as does anyone with a celebrity persona, no matter how small—that others see me differently than I do. With that comes tremendous responsibility, like it or not. So, perhaps this is another piece of advice for aspiring authors: Be aware of your influence, and make sure you don't abuse it or use it for harm…and that you protect your image by not doing or saying anything publicly that will get you into hot water and put egg on your face. Sometimes that can be very hard to do, but you have to if you want to protect your image. Have one trusted friend you can bitch to when need-be, and then smile for the world. 

 Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you D.L. I'm sure your fans are anxious for you to finish writing Trace and Cordray's story, I know I can't wait to read it myself! 
 Thank you to all the fans that stopped by my Blog today as well, you can follow Donya on Fb, her blog, and her website for interesting little teasers that she loves to drop on us! 

Donya Lynne Bio
Donya Lynne is the author of the award winning All the King's Men Series. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, they had dubbed her Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she made that dream come true by publishing her first two novels and two novellas. She has several more stories planned for the AKM Series, as well as two sister series that are in development.

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Blog Tour Giveaways
1. I will be giving away a free ebook of Return of the Assassin on each blog. Bloggers are free to run this contest however they like, but if Rafflecopter is used, please include any or all of the following elements for contest entry:

A.      Tweet: " #NewRelease #RWAFinalist RETURN OF THE ASSASSIN #RaveReviews #SexyVampires #AKM @DonyaLynne "
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2. Two Grand Prizes will be given away at the end of the tour, drawing to be held on Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!). A rafflecopter code is included below for each blogger to include in their post. The first name drawn will have their choice of the following two prizes, and the second name drawn will receive the other. The two prizes are valued at $210 each and include:

Grand Prize #1: Coach bag and a $50 Amazon gift card
Grand Prize #2: The newest version of the Kindle Paper White, leather cover (winner's choice of color), and an AKM blanket

Again Thank You so much for stopping by, and Best of Luck to all that entered the giveaway!