Please welcome author Leia Shaw back to the blog!
I loved reading Destiny Divided and Destiny United. How does it feel to have two books published?
It feels amazing. I think anyone who completes an entire book (or novella, short story, etc.) should feel very proud of themselves. It takes a lot of work, a lot of focus, and a hell of a lot of time. A finished book is like a breath of fresh air after being inside all day. It’s a relief, but now I’m onto the next one!
Where did the idea of a supernatural world come from? Why did you choose to write in this genre?
Here’s a secret I’ll only tell you ‘cause I think you’re blog is cool. I’m still kind of a child. I’m obsessed with magic and super powers, and I refuse to grow up. But, like any woman, I still like a good love story. And I’ve always had a bit of a dark side (I know, it clashes with the inner-child). Blend that craziness all together and…well…you get the paranormal romance genre. It was a perfect fit for me. Like any fiction writer, my world came from my imagination. Too many grown-ups lost theirs. Not only did mine not cave to social pressure and disappear, but it kinda took over my life and demanded to be put to good use. So now I have my Shadows of Destiny series and I couldn’t be happier!
I fell in love with Marcelo - was there a specific Spaniard that he was based off of?
Hell, no, he’s his own persona. Marcelo is far too alpha to be a parasite off of another.
In Destiny United you alluded to Erin’s social anxiety, do you know where that came from as a writer?
Ah, yes, the controversial anxiety disorder. Well, both heroines from my first two books were raised in foster care. Why? 1) It worked for the storyline because I needed them to have mysterious pasts, 2) I wanted to give them challenges to overcome, and 3) Both my kids are adopted from foster care so it’s a passion of mine.
Erin also had a traumatic experience when she was a teenager and that sort of thing doesn’t leave a person unscathed. My first heroine, Sage, dealt with her past by lashing out at others, becoming aggressive, and pushing people away. I wanted my next character to express her pain differently. So she retreats inward. She keeps her world sheltered and experiences fear-based panic attacks in uncomfortable situations. I wanted her to be softer, more vulnerable than her sister. But her journey throughout the book is that of confidence and inner strength.
My only other answer to the question is a vague “we write what we know”. Even fiction writers.
One a scale from 1-10 how would you rate the hotness of your books?
Oh boy. Well, it’s so subjective, isn’t it? Okay, if one was a chaste kiss before a wedding and ten was Ann Rice…I think I would be seven. There is graphic sex but nothing taboo and the focus is the relationship. The sex is just a bonus!
Who is your favorite romance author? Any specific book or series?
I could go on about this forever. I’ll keep it simple. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. And Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Those are my top four. All have inspired me in some way.
Where are you going next with this series?
This is my favorite question to answer because I’m so excited about it. I have seven books planned. Book 3, Destiny Unchained, will be released in January. It will be a fabulous ride that takes you to Yellowstone and north through Montana, a little bit in the Underworld, and even Vegas! Marcelo’s wife from when he was human is the heroine. She’s turned into an ice-cold vampire assassin. She’s forced to work with a werewolf pack alpha to catch a dangerous serial killer terrorizing the northwest. Each of my books is a stand-alone that could be read out of order but the characters in the next four books are one’s you’ve met in the first two. You’ll just have to guess which.
Are you planning on writing anything else?
Seven books will keep me pretty busy for a while. I’m staying focused on this for now. Who knows what will happen after that. I might want to try my hand at an Urban Fantasy series. But I have to stay in these genres. I need a little magic in my life.
Thank you so much for stopping by Leia!
Be sure to check out Leia's website:http://www.leiashaw.com/ and her new Blog: http://www.leiashaw.blogspot.com to keep up to date with her series.
Pure power flooded her body flowing freely through her veins. She had just found an emotion stronger than anger and fear combined. Lust. And there was no containing her now.
After fleeing her native city — and nightmares of a traumatic childhood — Sage Peterson meets the overbearing, pretentious, yet haunted Professor Elias. He’s the only one who knows about her mysterious powers, which seem to be spiraling out of control. When he convinces her to train with him, she finds herself thrust into a five hundred year war and on the run from vampires, werewolves, and even worse — her budding feelings for James Elias.
James had been living a dull and empty existence for the past century and a half. When a fiery half-sorceress, half-witch with a stubborn streak and sharp wit enters his life, he sees her only as a potential weapon to use against his greatest enemy. But when he discovers the vulnerable woman beneath the angry mask, instinct screams to keep her safe. To protect and provide. And to claim her as his.
But will it be too late? As passion and lust ignite between them, vengeance is slipping away. And when Sage is confronted with fulfilling an unexpected destiny, will she choose to trust James with her heart?
“Enchantress? I have no magic.”
“'Ah, but you must have some,” he said, stepping closer, a hand resting over his heart, “for you have enchanted me.”
She flashed him a sultry half-smile. “Sexy, tempting vampire.”
Erin Bolton knows her former foster sister is a sorceress and a witch, but she wants nothing to do with that world. Fear dictates her life, panic attacks disable her, and only alcohol gives her the freedom she craves. The day before her twenty first birthday, a tall, dark, and terrifying vampire, Marcelo, turns Erin's world upside down. He convinces her that he was sent to escort her to the safety of the Underworld, where her sister is waiting. But she wonders, who will keep her safe from him?
Marcelo postponed his eight hundred year search for his wife to perform a small favor for the Queen of the Underworld. When the errand turns into a week long journey across the country toting a fragile female, his life takes a turn for the unexpected. Especially when, on Erin's twenty first birthday, he discovers there is more to this girl than meets the eye. And now instinct claims she's his. His mate. Meant for him, and him alone. Forever.
Can Marcelo give up his dream of reuniting with his long lost wife to be with the woman his body yearns for? Can Erin conquer her deep-rooted fears and confront the destiny only she can fulfill?