First off I want to thank Stephanie for giving me the chance to take over her blog. Since I just published my first book, Witch Way Bends, Book 1 in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy, I decided to share a little bit about why I love the story so much.
Devan Stowe is a woman on a quest. She has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and… the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Old friends and new will come together to help Devan unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.
I absolutely adore my characters. I feel them, see them, hear their voices and know them well. They’re a part of me and more importantly they’re all intricately tied to one another in some of the most extraordinary ways.
To start, there’s the romantic relationship between Kent and Devan. There’s a tense draw between them from the very beginning, complicated by the strange interactions of their powers. But the attraction is something they just can’t deny…
“Auras. Do you see or sense auras? Have you ever had a premonition of something to come, not déjà vu, but a visible premonition? Dreams, have you traveled in your dreams? Have you ever touched someone and felt energy, a spark of who they are?”
“No, no, no! Of course not. What? Do you think I’m a witch?”
Devan watched the expression in his blue eyes as he approached her slowly. She was again stricken by the absolute refinement of each movement of his body, the swing of his arms and the subtle twist of his torso. He stopped in front of her and his mouth was so close to hers that she could feel the warmth of his breath against her lips. Their eyes searched each other for a moment, then in anticipation she closed hers just before he kissed her.
Her body dissolved against his as her arms clasped tightly around him. She wanted to be closer, to taste him more fully so she stood up on her toes to bridge the gap in their heights. As Kent’s arms snaked around her waist, he bent his own legs slightly and brought her tight between them. When one of his hands clasped her backside and ground her hips tightly to his, she moaned into his mouth, their breaths becoming one.
The relationship between Kent and Devan is second only to Kent’s long-time friendship with Langston. The affection and attachment between the two men is evident from the very beginning of the book. I wish I could share a piece of that with you, but Langston’s character wraps intimately and yet unobtrusively into almost every aspect of the story – it’s nearly impossible to pull out a single snippet! Langston’s wise, strong and mysterious. Readers who fall in love with him won’t have to worry because he’ll get his own special story all to himself one day.
If I love Kent, Devan and Langston, many of my readers tell me they love Roon. Devan’s heard Rooney’s voice in her head since she was just a child and the relationship between them is sometimes juvenile, sometimes warm and most of the time comical…
Damn! I hate it when that happens, just as things were getting hot. Boomchikawowow.
Shut up, Roon! I don’t want you here when I’m–when I’m–and even inside her head she could hear the frustration in her words.
About to get laid?
Screw you, Roon!
Gladly, just turn on that power of concentration I told you about and I’ll –
Witch Way Bends is Book 1 in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy. Each book will continue the original quest developed in the first book, but with a focus on different characters. Check out Book 1 and then look for Bitten Shame Book 2 to be released in the Spring of 2012.
Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie. Check out her blog at www.oliviahardinwriter.wordpress.com
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This book gets FIVE pointy hats!!