Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interview and Giveaway - K.D. Grace - Elemental Fire

Q. What is the one thing you wish you knew before you tried to get published? 

KD: First of all, I’d like to thank you for having me over at Donna’s Blog Home. It’s a pleasure to be here and talk to you about my new, and final novel of the Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy, Elemental Fire. What I wish I’d known before I tried to get published was just not to get discouraged by the long, slow process and by all the rejections along the way. Fortunately I was stubborn and didn’t give up, but a lot of people I know do give up before they get there, which is really too bad. 

Even more importantly, there’s also something I’m glad I didn’t know, or I might not have had the courage to carry on when things were rough and I wondered if I’d ever get published. I’m very glad I didn’t know just how much work I’d have to do to promote and to make sure my books got the attention they deserved after they’re published. Even though I didn’t know it in the beginning, getting my books published was the easy part compared to trying to make sure those books out there every day getting some attention and some press. Then there are readings and public appearances and keeping all the social media balls in the air and making sure the blog always has plenty of new and interesting content. For an introvert who would love nothing more than to get caught up in a story and just write, what happens after getting published is really hard work, but also essential.       
Q. What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldn’t mind giving up?

KD: As I said, I wouldn’t mind handing over more of the PR that has to happen. I don’t really mind doing it, but it takes up time I could be using to write the story, and that’s always the best part. The best part really is getting stuck in the world I’ve created and the adventure my characters are embarking on. I love it when I can almost feel my characters living and breathing and moving around me. I love it when I’m eating, breathing and sleeping the story, feeling it unfold and surprise me with each new paragraph. There’s no other rush that compares to what I feel when a story takes an unexpected turn that I could have never imagined when I started to write. It’s almost better than sex.

Q. What city would you love to set a story in but the right one hasn’t come along yet?

KD: I’m dying to set a story in Las Vegas and the desert surrounding it. I have been ever since my first visit to Las Vegas two years ago. At last I’m going to get my opportunity! I’ve just been in Vegas and the Mojave Desert doing research for the sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly, which will hopefully be out next Spring. I’m very excited for the opportunity.

Also, I would love to write more stories set in the Lake District. Any excuse to go there is always welcome. I’ve just been reading Sarah Hall’s stunning historical novel, Haweswater, set in the late thirties when the village of Mardale was flooded by the building of the dam on Haweswater. I’ve walked the fells around that area, seen the area where the old road and the stone walls disappear into the lake. It still gives me chills to think about. I would love to set a story there.
Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?

KD: At the moment I’m reading the whole Game of Thrones saga. I have all of that on my Kindle, so all of it’s on my nightstand.  I’m also reading Nora Roberts, The Witness, which is a paperback. There’s still nothing like the feel of a real book!  

Q: What is the best thing you have done in the name of research?

KD: I think one of the best experiences I had in the name of research was a descent off the Newlands Horseshoe ridge walk on a route that took me through the ruins of the Rigghead slate quarries. This was research for the Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy, since a lot of the story takes place in or around quarries, slate mines, and caves. While I was on this all-day walk, I had the chance to climb down into some of the ruined quarries and do a bit of exploring beneath the fells. I never went deep enough to be completely out of the sunlight, but it was quite a rush to pick my way across the uneven footing of broken slate and the slick surfaces of rock, beneath the constant drip, drip, drip of water from the earlier rains and the spring run-off while my walking companions looked on from above. Fortunately my husband had the presence of mind to take some pictures of me while I was down there, and those pictures have always inspired me when I was writing the trilogy. I’ve often looked back at them for a reminder of what it was like beneath the fells. Elemental Fire has more than a few underground scenes, and since it’s been nearly a year and a half since I wrote Body Temperature and Rising, book one of the trilogy, it’s great to be able to look back and remember that day. 

Lucia moved to stand in front of him. He would have tried to cover himself, where he knelt, but the weight of his arms was terrible. He could tell she was looking down on him, and whatever it was that aroused him so suddenly intensified, flashed bright and settled low in his chest into a tight knot of fear. And yet he wanted, deeply, irrationally needed her to touch him.
Then, she did the unthinkable. She curled a finger under his chin and lifted his face until he knew if he opened his he would die from looking up at her face.
When she spoke, it was as though he were glass shattering, falling into tiny pieces in the ecstasy of her voice. ‘We’ve met before, Kennet Birch. You had not grown so tall back then. But then adolescence is unpredictable, I hear.’ Her hand closed around his chin to a nearly painful grip. ‘Look at me, Kennet Birch. If you have come this far, then you will look me in the eye and tell me why you are here.’
Painfully aware of his vulnerability and his hard-on, he opened his eyes slowly and looked up at her. For a split second it was as though he were looking into the sun at mid-day, but before he could shade his eyes, the light of her softened, dimmed, cooled and the face he looked upon was achingly beautiful, young slender, pale, with lips full and pink, with hair that hung in long golden ringlets around her shoulders and down over the robe she wore, which seemed to be dancing flames.
Involuntarily, he moaned softly and everything in him turned molten in the roil of fear and rage and helplessness all wrapped up in almost unbearable lust.
She relaxed her grip on his chin, and offered him a smile that made all of his nerve endings sing with its beauty. ‘I’ve not worn human form in a while, but if my form is to be the last you see before you pass beyond the land of the living, then I shall offer something that will not send you thence with terror in your heart. That would be terribly unkind of me, would it not, Kennet Birch?’
‘Thank you … my lady.’
She laughed softly. ‘Your lady, I am not, Kennet Birch. Nor is my ego so delicate that whatever you call me would matter one way or another. I will ask you again. Why have you come?’
Obsessed with revenge, KENNET LUCIAN makes a deal with a demon, a deal he comes to regret when he meets TARA STONE, head of the Elemental Coven, and a powerful witch with a desire for revenge at least as great as his. Even though the attraction between the two is magnetic and the lust combustive, Kennet must betray her to accomplish his goal, which is ultimately her goal as well; to put a final end to the demon, Deacon’s, reign of terror. But can Tara trust the man who has wormed his way into her heart and the heart of the Elemental Coven? Can she trust LUCIA, the demon with whom Kennet is allied, a demon with her own agenda. The path to Deacon’s destruction is far from clear, and the price that must be paid to be free of him forever may be too high, even for Tara Stone.

K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she, cuz otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband recently walked the Coast to Coast rout across England. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots.
K D has erotica published with Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel,Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, books one and two of her Executive Decisions Trilogy are now available.

Giveaway – two PDF copies of the first book in the Lakeland Heatwave trilogy – Body Temperature and Rising.


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