Jen: Today we welcome Laura Kaye as she continues her blog tour. Laura, will you share a short bio with us?
Laura: I’d love to! And thanks for having me here! AND…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
I’m a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance with four books releasing in 2011 and five more (so far!) scheduled to release in 2012. I’m also a mom of two young girls (ages 5 and 7), wife, college history professor, and total vampire addict!
Laura: North of Need is the first in the four-book contemporary fantasy romance series, the Hearts of the Anemoi. The Anemoi were directional wind gods the Greeks associated with the seasons, and the first one is about Owen Winters, the son of the Supreme God of the North Wind. Here’s the blurb:
Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…
Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.
Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.
Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration–before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.
Laura: I’ve been a writer all my life. I did write several pieces of fiction as a teenager—one even won an award by the county Board of Education! LOL In my profession as a historian, I write all the time and have published two non-fiction books in my field. I began writing fiction for publication, though, a little over three years ago. I had a head injury that apparently knocked some things around in ye olde braine and left me with an urgent desire to write, so I did. My first “call” was actually an email—selling the first novel I wrote (my vampire romance Forever Freed) was a complete and total thrill because it was my first. I’ve only received one actual call, and that was from Harlequin this past June when I sold a dark paranormal mini-series of vampire novellas to them. It’s really hard to talk in a normal voice when you’re jumping up and down and victory dancing!
Laura: Lucien Demarco, my reclusive, empathic, Italian vampire hero from Forever Freed, is really the character of my heart and the one I most identify with. However, I’m pretty much in love with all of my heroes—the guys are my faves hands down!
Laura: My laptop. That’s it. I’m easy!
Laura: I grew up reading Stephen King and Anne Rice—they really fostered my love for all things supernatural. My current favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon, and I am a complete nut for both the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Dark Hunters series. I’m not currently reading a dang thing right now because I am up to my eyeballs in writing deadlines!!! The last book I read, though, was Jaci Burton’s The Perfect Play. I never tire of
drooling on looking at that cover.
Laura: I have two series I’m currently writing—the rest of the Anemoi series, and the Vampire Warrior Kings mini-series for Harlequin. I have lots of other story ideas demanding my attention, though, but it remains to be seen which will receive it.
Laura: In the spirit of Halloween, what is your favorite supernatural creature and why? Also, do you have a favorite book that features this creature? I love adding new titles to my TBR list!!!
Thanks again for hosting me, and thanks to everyone for reading!