Today I welcome authors April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland here at Book Travels. We made an awesome interview.
Also, April and Danielle will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25Amazon.com gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour. So be sure to check out the remaining tour stops to increase your odds of winning (and to check out the other guest blogs and interviews).
Why did you decide to write an urban fantasy paranormal romance?
Danielle: Paranormal Romance is such a liberating topic. When writing paranormal romance a writer can pretty much make up the rules as they go.
April: NO RULES!!! Anything goes! I love fantasy. It’s a world that can bend and break any way you want or need it to. And the mystery of it can be amazing.
What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
Danielle: Our book is not they typical boy meets girl; girl falls in love, happily ever after. Our book has many hidden secrets and sideline stories that we feel the reader will enjoy learning.
April: We really worked hard to make this book different than everything else. There is some major action going on and a plot that is based on scriptures and mythical elements. Then we added a love triangle and loves of drama! It’s not an angel/fallen angel book. There is way more to it!
Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
Danielle: Music, I have music for every mood of writing.
April: Cigarettes and coffee. Oh! And of course Danielle. LOL.
What kind of books do you read in your spare time?
Danielle: I read everything from historical romance, to paranormal romance, to the side of a cereal box.
April: I like to read cereal boxes. I find them so interesting. Plus they have those little games on the back! It’s awesome! (Only kidding.) My love will always be paranormal romance. Boy meets girl; they fall in love; tragedy strikes and they must overcome it together!
Do you read the same genre that you write?
Danielle: I do. I know people say this is a no-no, but I love to read and write this genre.
April: Yes, because I love it. But I do read other things, like, just finished Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor. Totally loved it.
Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
Danielle: A wolf, a witch, and a seriously bad case of the blues. We are currently working on a paranormal romance novel called The Witch and The Werewolf.
April: As Danielle said, we are working on The Witch and The Werewolf. We also have She Haunts Me and Flesh and Flames, which is book 2 of The Flesh Series.
What is one urban fantasy paranormal romance book that you would recommend?
Danielle: I love YA so I would have to recommend Hush-Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
April: Gonna have to stick with Danielle on this one. I loved Hush-Hush! One of my most favorite books!
A curiosity you would like to share.
Danielle: Why is love so darn difficult?
April: Why was it that I was in love with Edward in the movie but in love with Jacob in the book? (I know someone can totally relate to this.)
Danielle: All I can tell you is that I am there and so is Damon
Salvatore off of Vampire Diaries.
April: Sitting on the covered porch to my beach house with coffee, my laptop, and my co-author.
Danielle: A world without cognac.
April: Not writing!!!
Danielle: Pride and Prejudice.
April: Is it bad to say Flesh and Feathers? Umm… ok, then I would have to go with New Moon.
Danielle: New age folk.
April: Metal all the way. And I will listen to Country on occasion. (But when I write, I have to listen to whatever Danielle is playing.)
Danielle: It is her world; we just live in it.
April: Anyone who knows something I don’t is my teacher. (I have worn this out over the years.)
Flesh and Feathers
April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland
Silver Publishing, March 31, 2012
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Male/Female, Romance, Shape-Shifter
Blurb: Azaleigh’s life was simple. Then she meets Kale and Gage, two very different and charming men – one she loves and the other she cannot live without. As she struggles with her feelings towards them both, she begins to realize they are hiding a secret – and to her surprise they are not the only ones.
Soon after, Azaleigh finds herself running for her life from a bounty hunter that is far from human, and with every narrow escape, she begins to unlock the secret that will change her life forever. In a world of good and evil, angel and fallen, Azaleigh must choose between fate or the one she loves. What do you do when hell won’t let you win and evil just won’t die?
“Aren’t you coming in?” I asked. He just stood there, not saying a word.
“Is that a, No?” I asked, not hiding my frustration.
“I have somewhere to be,” he said with that stupid matter-of-fact voice again
That’s all it took. I lost my cool… or something like that. “You know what? I don’t get you. You act like I can’t walk myself home from work because I need protecting. You take me out acting like I’m your girlfriend and the only person you can think about…. Then you come here and… do what you do–you know what I’m talking about. (I was thinking of how to say make me want to have sex with you, but that would have been blunt and pathetic). And now you act like this and like you did last night. You know what? Fine! If that’s how it’s going to be, then leave.” (I am sure that didn’t come out any better.) I followed up by slamming the door in his face.
I laid my back against the door and butted my head against it a few times. Then I thought about how that was the most ridiculous overreaction I had ever seen done by anyone.
My instinct was to look through the peephole to see if he was still there. Sure enough, he was and with the same expression on his face. I calmly opened the door, which made a creaking sound at the slow pace. Staring at the floor, I cleared my throat and began to speak. “I’m sorry. It’s been a long day. I was out of line and… um… I didn’t mean anything I just said… or screamed.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in The Flesh Series, "Flesh and Flames".
April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories.
The authors will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.
The winner will be posted on the Goddess Fish Promotions blog site after the tour ends. Goddess Fish Promotions will notify the winner.
Visit the other sites for more chances to win:
Flesh and Feathers Virtual Tour Sites
March 26: Urban Girl Reader
March 27: Novel Reflections
March 28: Curse of the Bibliophile
March 29: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
March 30: Magically Seductive Romance
April 2: Immortality and Beyond
April 3: Books Are Magic
April 4: Book Travels
April 5: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
April 6: My Odd Little World