Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Brain by @CandaceBlevins #interview #giveaway

Paranormal Romance / Motorcycle Club
Date Published: July 17, 2015

Someone has hacked past Brain’s firewalls and sold the MC’s information. Brain and Bash are on a mission to catch the hacker, find out who hired him, and then make him pay.
Until Brain discovers the hacker is a woman, and just as smart as him. She’s so clever, he chases her a full week before he finally catches her.
She’s the enemy, and yet his wolf wants to protect her from Bash. Worse, his wolf is beginning to decide he wants to claim her.
This isn’t going to be pretty.

Warning: Fights with full-on violence and lots of blood, as well as descriptions of horrendous tortures to a captured female.

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

I don’t believe I have a singular message in Brain’s story. I tend to write strong, capable women who fall for even stronger men, and readers who’ve read most of my books seem to grasp the idea of a woman who is capable of surviving on her own, without a man, but who chooses to merge her life with one because she wants to. Because she falls in love with him, and not because she isn’t complete without a man, or because she needs someone to rescue her or take care of her.

The girl in Brain’s story is just as smart as him, and quite literally gives him a run for his money, so I haven’t moved away from writing strong women. However, Brain’s book is mostly about me getting to play around with the whole antihero thing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My favorite genre to read is Urban Fantasy, and it’s taken me many years of writing contemporary BDSM romance before I felt capable of taking on the challenges of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

I think the challenge now is in balancing the genres, finding the time to write so I don’t neglect a particular series. I warned my Safeword readers it would likely be a full year before I released another, as I needed to dive into this new universe and immerse myself in it. I look forward to getting back to writing contemporary, but for now I’m having a blast playing around with all of the possibilities available in a paranormal universe.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve published sixteen, though I’ve written more than twice that number. The first books I wrote will never be published, but there are a few later attempts I may eventually pull out and rewrite. As for a favorite? There’s no way to answer. I could never tell you which child is my favorite, either.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Ethan from the Safeword: Matte series is a combination of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, in my head. I’d gladly watch either of them play him.

I have no idea who I’d cast as Duke, Brain, or Bash. If anyone who’s read their stories has an idea, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

When did you begin writing?

I’ve tried to write many times in my life, but had never managed to finish a story. In 2006, NaNoWriMo changed that for me, with the idea of writing and not looking at what you’ve written until you’re finished. The first book I finished is crap and will never be seen by anyone but me, but it set me on my path towards writing and finishing books, until I eventually had something I felt was good enough to submit.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

I finished that first book during the month of November. It was just over 80,000 words, and I looked forward to writing every evening so I could find out what happened next. It never went through the editing process, so from a publishing standpoint, it isn’t “finished.”

My first published book took a good bit longer, as it went through a critique stage, a rewriting stage, and a ton of edits before I ever submitted it. Then my first professional editor got ahold of it, and it went through even more changes. I honestly don’t know how long I worked on it, though.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Ummm, all of them? I don’t think I can point to one in particular.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Writing the first draft.

I get to know the characters in my head a while before I start writing. So, when I begin the book I know who they are, how the book starts, mostly how it ends, and what their primary conflicts and obstacles will be. Beyond that, I have to write the story to find out what happens. Sometimes my fingers just can’t go fast enough.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Super-smart people are dangerous.

Okay, so hyphenating super-smart into one word might be cheating, but four words is impossible!  Here’s another four:

Bad can be delicious.

Can you share a little about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I’m working on Bash’s story now, and he’s turning into much more of an anti-hero than Duke and Brain. I love the challenge of making him bad, while still making people root for him and want him to get his HEA.

As for the future, I intend to keep writing in all of the series I’ve started. I’ll likely write some erotica short stories from my paranormal universe, because those ideas are in my head and need to get out, but I have no idea what to do with them. Perhaps I can put them in anthologies, or release them as shorts. I’ve written two, once I have enough three or four, I’ll see what makes sense.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog! Readers can always contact me at  ( candace@candaceblevins.com or facebook.com/candacesblevins ) if they have more questions.

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Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 17 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place, she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes BDSM Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and a smoking hot Motorcycle Club series.
Her Safeword series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different BDSM issue to resolve. Books are standalone and can be read in any order, with the exception of the two Davenportbooks, and the four Matte books.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world were weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires exist, as well as a variety of other mythological beings.
Candace’s two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and gives some secondary characters their happily ever after. Her three paranormal series are written so you can read one series, or all three, should you prefer only a particular genre.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads atgoodreads.com/CandaceBlevins. You can also join facebook.com/groups/CandacesKinksters to get sneak peeks into what she's writing now, images that inspire her, and the occasional juicy blurb. You can visit Candace on the web and sign up for her newsletter at candaceblevins.com.

Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)
• Only Human
• Book two – title tba (late 2015)

Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)
• The Dragon King
• Riding the Storm
• Acceptable Risk (June 2015)

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club (Paranormal Romance)
• Duke
• Brain (July 2015)
• Bash (late 2015)

Safeword series (BDSM Romance)
• Safeword: Rainbow
• Safeword: Davenport
• Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon
• Safeword: Quinacridone
• Safeword: Matte
• Safeword: Matte – In Training
• No Safeword: Matte – The Honeymoon
• No Safeword: Matte – Happily Ever After
• Safeword: Arabesque

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