Jen: It’s the final day of our spotlight on paranormal erotica and we are excited to welcome Jianne Carlo to Romancing the Book. Jianne, will you share a short bio with us?
Jianne: Award winning author, Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.
While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors and alphas. Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him.
Jianne loves hot and spicy food, stomach-plunging park rides, and is kept on her toes by her Viking husband of thirty-five years, and three, handsome grown sons. There’s nothing she likes more than hearing from readers.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jianne: My latest release is the first book in my new Prymal series, Prymal Lust. The idea for the Prymal world began as a nightmare after watching a horror movie alone at two in the morning. It was one of those dreams you try to stop, but can’t—know what I mean? It was all about one perfect, aristocratic group trying to destroy those who didn’t live up to their standards regarding physical and mental perfection.
Here the premise for the Prymal world:
The primal call of Mate Claim sparks battle among the three species of shifters—Wylfen, Feral, and Rogue—and has for generations. These violent feuds incite hunts by humankind, driving shifters near extinction.
To protect their people the aristocratic Wylfen ban the practice of Mate Claim. The Senior Council now decides all mate alliances to protect their pure blood and promote the politically premier families.
Feral and Rogue shifters still practice the primitive ritual. The Feral shifters are half-breed humans, while the Rogue shifters share two sets of animal DNA, big cat and wolf, as well as human.
Both are considered the basest of beasts in the eyes of the Wylfen. Secret schemes to eradicate the Feral and Rogue are put into motion backed by Wylfen wealth and power. Their success leaves less than a hundred Feral and Rogue shifters on the planet.
When a Rogue alpha claims a Wylfen female, the mated pair forms a coalition with a Feral male. An alliance is created: Prymal, a new species and pack born of Rogue, Wylfen, and Feral, fracturing all established traditions.
And war begins…
Here’s a short excerpt:
The room phone buzzed. Tania reached over and retrieved the headset. “Hello.”
“Morning sweetie. How’d you sleep?”
“Fine, Mom. What’s up?” Tania plumped a pillow and scooted back against the headboard.
“Change of plans. The graduation ceremony’s location’s been moved because of the dicey weather. They’re going to hold it indoors at the basketball stadium instead of on the commons. Dad and your other brothers have some sort of business crisis to handle, and your aunt’s invited me to her local children’s council meeting. I know we’d planned to do the consignment store tour today, but—”
“No probs, Mom. Are we all going to meet at the stadium then?” Tania crossed her fingers. She loved her family, but three days of constant company had left her yearning for alone time.
She didn’t need to flick into her wolf to hear the relieved sigh her mother blew out. “Do you mind getting there on your own? It’s going to be near impossible to organize it so we all travel in one vehicle. Dad and your brothers are going to be downtown, I’m going to be with your aunt, and well, what are you going to do all day long?”
Tania repressed a wide smirk. She had a no hookup policy, but enough was enough. “Mom, I’m twenty-five. I think I can manage. What time are we meeting and where?”
“Lobby of the stadium at six. Don’t forget we’re attending the cocktail reception preceding the ceremony and then there’s the formal dinner and dance.”
“I know, I know. And yes, I will dance when asked.” She had two left feet and no sense of rhythm unlike most females of her kind. But, tonight wasn’t about her. It was about her twin’s graduation from the private military college he’d attended the last four years. “Hard to believe Jazshuka’s graduating already. He’s the last of us. You’ve no more babies, mom.”
“All of you will always be my babies, Tania Dozene Alexandria Prakov. But, I know what you mean. It seems like yesterday that all of you were toddling around and learning to track and hunt. I promised myself and Jazshuka that there’d be no tears today. So, enough of this. Are you okay for money?”
Tania glared at a blue freckle on the ceiling tile. “I’ve been working for a living for over two years, mom. I think I can manage. Have fun and give my love to Aunt Dozene. I’ll see you at seven.”
“I will. Bye. Love you.”
“Love you too, mom.” Tania hung up.
How to wither a raging libido? Talk to your mother for more than three seconds. Not that it would take long for desire to resurge with a hitherto overwhelming vehemence.
Hit the gym.
That ought to drive the lust out of her. And if that didn’t work, she’d shower and dress, and check out the human stud talent in the hotel bar.
Not ten minutes later, dressed in sweats, a baggy T, and running shoes, Tania swiped her keycard over the electronic lock to the hotel’s version of a real gym, and stepped into the warm, humid room. The small, dimly lit chamber held only one other occupant who had his back to her.
A damned magnificent back too, sheathed in thin armless black cotton. He had the treadmill cranked up to max incline and speed and ran at a blurry roadrunner pace.
She blinked and halted in the midst of grabbing a towel from a stack on a shelf.
No human ran at that speed.
Tania sniffed and stilled.
Male pheromones thick, heavy, overpowering, and crushing swamped her nostrils. She didn’t detect the distinctive odor of a Wylfen male. No human to date had ever smelled so mouth-watering. She could get high on this man’s incredible, unique aroma.
Sexual avarice froze her in place, and she couldn’t yank her focus from the play of powerful, sinewy thighs stretching and flexing as the heavily muscled man pounded the mat.
Her heart hammered with such force the pulse in her throat drummed, and her blood thundered through her veins making it impossible to think far less hear. She bit her tongue and tasted blood.
Though she hadn’t made any noise, the man suddenly seemed aware of her presence. He tensed all over. Skin, the color of deep walnut, stretched tight over a thick, defenseman’s neck. She had the insane urge to bite the mouthwatering fuzz napping his damp hair.
Their gazes collided in the mirrored wall opposite the exercise equipment. Eyes the color of rich pewter stared unblinking directly at her. She shuddered under his intent and piercing scrutiny. The man stabbed STOP on the treadmill’s controls. Immediately the room went silent.
Still trapping her stare in the mirror, he swiped his cheek with a towel, and said in a deep rich voice that had her thinking of Sean Connery and Pierce Bronson all rolled into one, “It’s all yours.”
Flustered, Tania licked her lips.
He honed in on her tongue, the heat in his look so intense, hot molten lava replaced the blood in her veins.
She felt little-girl first-crush swarms in her belly and her blasted mind refused to get words to her mouth.
When he hopped off the machine and loped in her direction, she held her breath. He moved with animal grace, and his long legged stride ate up the distance between them. The damp tank he wore clung to a massive, rock-hard chest.
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Jianne: A great smile that’s reflected in his eyes
Jen: Favorite dance move?
Jianne: One foot-pivot twirl
Jen: Favorite piece of jewelry?
Jianne: Precious stone bracelet that has every color on the spectrum in graduation—I can wear it with anything.
Jen: Who is your hero?
Jianne: Historical – Eric the Red & Shakespeare : Contemporary – Neil Armstrong, my father, & my dh
Jen: How far from where you grew up do you live?
Jianne: 3,000 miles air distance or 4 hours by jet
Jen: Where are you in family order? youngest? oldest; etc
Jianne: Oldest and only female of four children
Jen: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one thing do you want to have?
Jianne: An air-conditioned mall with every shop needed for luxury living and my dh.
Jen: Most surprising item on your bucket list?
Jianne: Fly an F16 and do a rollover! Does it count that I actually did a roll-over and was in an REAL dogfight?
Jen: What is your favorite genre to read?
Jianne: Arrgh—I have to pick one??? Viking, no romantic suspense, no paranormal suspense…oh forget it. How about I admit to the one genre I don’t read much of—romance sci-fi
Jen: What book family would you want to be a part of?
Jianne: It’s kind of dated, but Linda Howard’s McKenzies
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Jianne: Bed and Breakfast or Inn – I know I’m contrary
Jen: Chocolate or vanilla?
Jianne: Allergic (it doesn’t bother me, but it bothers everyone else) to chocolate, so definitely vanilla
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jianne: Prymal Obsession – Release October 2, 2014
Brut Jurango’s pack is one of butt-ugly misfits, and he’s devoted to each and every member. When his mate and his entire pack’s slaughtered, he lives for one sole purpose–revenge. Brut’s a mixed breed, wolf, panther, and human. He had a mate, and shifters are supposed to have only one in a lifetime. So why can’t he resist Sidonie Walker’s call? Or is this just one more lie proliferated by the Wylfen?