Monday, January 18, 2016

Burning Nights  Julie Wetzel (Kindling Flames #6)

Burning Nights
Julie Wetzel
(Kindling Flames #6)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
After a wedding filled with werewolves, fay, and vampires, Vicky is looking forwards to a nice, quiet honeymoon away from the chaos of Darien’s daily life. But nothing is ever simple with an Ancient Vampire around.
When the Vampire Council of Hawaii finds out Darien and his new bride are coming, they are determined to see that Darien is honored properly. But vampire etiquette isn’t for the faint of heart.
The nights could burn when lines are drawn… and Darien finds himself in a turf war he never intended to start.
After a few moments, Darien shifted in his seat to face Elliot again. “Look. If you ever have a problem, I want you to bring it to me.” Elliot opened his mouth to protest, but Darien cut him off. “I know you’re a master unto yourself, but you’re also my friend, and I hate to see you suffering. Even if you don’t think I can do anything, just talk to me. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Elliot stared at him for a moment before nodding his head. “All right, but you have to promise me the same.”
Darien chuckled as he faced forwards and started the car. “Deal. Now let’s get going before Patrick sends someone out to find us.”
Elliot laughed as they pulled out into the night. Nothing had really changed, but his heart felt lighter than it had in weeks.

What are 10 fun facts about you?

1. I am the middlest child of four. I have an older sister who photographs marathons, a younger sister who locks people in a room and laughs at them while they try to escape, and a baby brother also in the Navy. My brother is currently serving aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77).
2. I am terrified of living spiders, but I have spiders on everything. Earrings, necklaces, shirts, table cloths, and many other things. I figure if it terrifies me that much, I need to immerse myself in it. Same thing with zombies. 
3. I have been accused of being a ‘well of useless knowledge’.  If you give me a subject that isn’t too specific, I can probably come up with some fact about it. I pick up little things everywhere and stuff them away for later use. Make me a real contender in Trivial Pursuit.
4. The author picture in my books was taken during a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS George H W Bush with my sister. When the ship came back from her maiden deployment, they arranged to host members of the sailors’ families for a few days as they sailed up the east coast. They picked us up in Mayport, FL and took us up to Norfolk, VA. That picture was taken as we crawled through the floor hatch after going down to look at the bilge. 
5. Although I live in Mississippi now, I’m originally from Ohio. I love to travel and see new places. So far I have seen 32 states(Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, and California.)  One of these days I will hit all fifty states. I’ve also visited Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Someday I will invade the rest of the world too!
6. I love Halloween! Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and anything creepy. Vampires are my favorite, but any monsters are welcome. Just please, keep me off the menu. Thanks
7. I’ve only been writing for a few years now. This whole thing started in 2011 when my sister wanted us to send her the stories. She was deployed at sea and couldn’t get online to read her fanfictions. So, instead of her strange mashups, I decided to write her stories. Things got out of hand from there.
8. I’ve broken nine bones. My aunt punched me in the face during a self-defense class and deviated my septum. I took a fall wrong in Jujitsu and broke my thumb. A friend tightened my corset wrong and broke a rib (yes you can break bones wearing clothing wrong). I walked into a doorway and broke my nose again (that does count as twice). I was rough housing with a friend and took a knee to the chest breaking a rib on the other side. I fell off a cooler at work and broke my fibula (no I was not drunk or drinking, I stood up on it to hang a sign and it rolled).  Finally I rolled my car in the waterworks curve of I-55 in Jackson, breaking my manubrium and crushing the t3 and t4 vertebrae. And of those nine bone, not one plaster cast for my friends to sign.
9. I can’t get to sleep if my feet are uncovered. I have to have them tucked in no matter how hot it is. I know it’s weird, but I’m still afraid that something under my bed is going to crawl out and chew on my toes while I’m sleeping (Hey, it could happen, you haven’t seen what’s under my bed!). 
10. I can not sleep in a room with a closet door open. My imagination runs away from me and I can see eyes watching me from that crack. It doesn’t help that Krys has several xenomorph statues tucked away in the top of the closet. Those things creep the hell out of me! And no, he is not allowed to put up the life size poster on the back of the bedroom door! 

Burning Night Questions:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what your book is about?

Burning Night is the fifth instalment of the Ancient Fire Series. In this novel, Darien and Vicky finally tie the knot. For their honeymoon, Darien decides to take Vicky to the Hawaiian Islands for a little alone time. When he fails to follow protocols for a vampire visiting other locations and the Master of Hawaii thinks he’s coming to take over. Now Darien has to do some quick negotiating to ease the tensions before they declare him an enemy and come after him with everything they have.

How long did it take you to write this book?

This book took me longer to write then any of my others. Nearly six months, but most of that time was dedicated to doing research on Hawaii and trying to decide where I wanted the story to go.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I wanted to take Darien and Vicky out of their comfort zone. The story arch had them getting married, so the next logical step was to take them away on a honeymoon, and what better place to go than a tropical island? Originally I was going to have Darien square off with something from the Hawaiian mythos, but I didn’t know enough about them and the more I learned about the culture, the less I wanted to tangle with their gods. So I picked something that had a reason to be in the islands and found an interesting entity that would help to complicate the plot line. All in all it was a mix of things I knew and things I found running around online.

Why we should read your book?

Amazing things happen in this novel. A much anticipated wedding with all of the main characters in attendance, Zak shows Darien up at his wedding, and we get to see more of who Darien once was.

What do you think makes a good story?

It takes three things to make a good story: a sound plot line, compelling characters, and interesting situations. If your characters are good and your plot is solid, but nothing interesting happens to add tension, the story falls short. If the characters are sound and there are holes in you plot big enough to drive a Mac truck through, you’ll lose readers. And it doesn’t matter how solid your plot or interesting the story is, the narrative isn’t going to care flat characters well. 

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?
At the moment, I have four projects that I am actively working on. Yes, four. I know that sounds like a lot, but I’ve been very scatterbrained lately. I’d picked up my old job for the Christmas season and haven’t been able to concentrate on any one story, so I have been story hopping to the one that grabs ahold of my brain for that day. 
In that list is the next of the Kindling Flames books. Flaming Moon. This novel takes a look at what happened in Brenton while Darien and Vicky were gone and how Elliot and Zak handle the building tensions with the werewolves. 
The second book I’m working on is the fourth in the Dragons of Eternity series. For the Kingdom of Dragons will be the final book in the main story arch. I intend to tie up all the loose ends from the previous books. You’ll get to find out what happened to each of the couples and they will all come together to help Kyle stop the people killing and stealing dragons. 
The third story is a stand-alone book about finding a bride for Death. This has been an ongoing project I’ve been working on for months, but I hope to have it completed within the next year.
The last story is based off a writing prompt from one of the facebook pages I follow. They put up a beautiful picture of a woman that was half skeletal and told us that was the cover for the book and we needed a blurb. I came up with this great idea about a woman accidently signing up as a part time soul reaper. That one has really taken off and I hope to have it ready to present soon. 

Author Bio:
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she's not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
And with the Kindling Flames series, she is now an Internationally Best-Selling Author.

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