Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date of Publication: 7/27/2015
Number of pages: 189
Word Count: 71,000
Werewolves and humans don't mix. Until danger forces an alliance and desire demands satisfaction.
Leading his pack of werewolves keeps Vincent plenty busy, and now with a predator out to harm them, life is more perilous than ever. The last thing he needs is a woman to complicate matters, especially one who sets his body and soul on fire. She's a human and a witch — totally the wrong woman for him. Even if he could take a mate for his own, he refuses to put her in the danger his life has become. No way can they ever be together. Werewolf-style love is fine anyway. No permanent partner, no bullshit, no heartache.
Genevieve has never known true love. Cursed by an enraged woman long ago, females in her family are doomed to go insane if they fall in love. Life has been fine without a man around-- until a hot werewolf drops in and captures her heart. Though they have plenty of obstacles to overcome, Gen knows they can work past them. Tell that to Vincent, as he struggles with old pack rules about love, sex, and consorting with humans.
As Vincent searches for a killer, deals with death among his own, and tries to keep his hands off Gen, she attempts to end her family curse. Together, they must find a way to break free from the sins of long ago.
Heat level: 3 out of 4
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I got my first payment. I couldn't believe it! A publisher gave me money to do something I loved. I'm pretty sure I went online shopping and spent those few dollars on a totally, ridiculously fun item.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took over a year to get my first little novella out into the world. Fortunately, I'm kind of stubborn, so I kept plugging away and submitting until I found the perfect publisher.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I'm a massage therapist, which is the perfect "evil day job." It's really not evil; I love my business and my clients and I have flexibility to write. If I have a break between clients, or someone cancels, I whip out my laptop and get to work.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Sins of Long Ago. Okay, here we go. I love doing these taglines.
Werewolves and humans don't mix. A psychic vet, a cursed witch, hot alpha werewolves. Danger stalks them, desire pulls them together. (I kind of cheated, it's twenty-one words. J)
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I adore Liquid Silver Books. They've been fabulous to work with. I'm looking at self-publishing too and ideally, would like to be a hybrid author.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Too long! It really depends on the length of the book. Right now, I'm challenging myself to write faster. I want to have my current WIP done in another week or two. That means keeping my butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard, and not getting distracted by squirrels. Which in my case, are Facebook and Etsy.
What genre would you place your books into?
Sins of Long ago is paranormal/suspense/action adventure. I'm writing a contemporary right now that takes place in Key Largo. Since I live in Florida, I decided to let readers enjoy my beautiful surroundings through this book.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Paranormal is such fun to write, because I can make up my own world and the rules in that world. There's nothing hotter than a wild man with a werewolf lurking just below the surface. I think romance blends well with action/adventure and I truly enjoy the challenge of weaving a suspenseful storyline into the romance.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Right now, I'm in love with Vincent. That could be because I based a lot of him on my honey. He's so alpha, but deep down, has a tender heart longing for love. That love comes out when he's with Gen. Sometimes. Other times, they fuss at each other. Kind of like me and my true love. J
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do, good and bad. I learn from the bad ones, which I actually consider a critique. Unless they're just plain weird, and then I ignore them and move on.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title always pops up when I'm writing. I like to take a line from the book and make that the title. Seriously, my files are named "Book one", "Book two," etc., until the perfect name hits me.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I go to a baby name website for the characters. I make sure none of the names are too similar. Ideally, they won't even start with the same letter. I also research place names, because I don't want anyone to get offended if a lot of weird events happen in their town. Or to send me an email telling me I got the details wrong. I build my cities and towns in my mind, sometimes based on a real one, but cleverly disguised.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I start with a basic idea of what the character is like. They usually don't change too much, but they do morph a little, as I add more layers to their personality. Like, I'll give them some quirk that develops as I'm writing. Sometimes good, sometimes weird. That's one of the best parts about being an author, getting to see characters grow and turn into real people as I move through the book. And being in total control. Bwa-ha-ha!
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Always, I want to celebrate strong women. It's so difficult these days, trying to be feminine and tough. But I believe it can be done, and my female characters are proof of that.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Depends on my mood du jour. Sometimes I like holding an actual book, but since my honey often goes to sleep before me, having the light on in bed bothers him. So I cuddle up with my tablet under the covers and read. It feels like being sneaky and staying up past my bedtime.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Some of them do, some not. I always feel sorry for the authors whose books turn into crappy movies. I'm reading J. D. Robb books now, and would love to see one of those become a movie. I can't really say a favorite or worst, though I did enjoy seeing The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings on the big screen.
Your favorite food is?
That changes with my mood. These days, since it's so hot, I'm craving salads and veggies. But last night, after a couple of glasses of wine (okay, it was more like three and a half!), I really wanted ice cream. We stopped at a gas station on the way home from dinner and got a pint. Yum!
Your favorite color is?
Purple. It sings to me of creativity and imagination. There are so many beautiful shades of purple. I'm kind of a pen freak, and trust me, there is a lot of purple in my collection.
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love. So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible.
Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!
Visit her at http://www.naomibellina.com/