Thursday, April 11, 2013
Brenda Sparks Tour and Giveaway
Title: A Midsummer Night's Demon
Author: Brenda Sparks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Daelyn Torres is determined to break free from her over-protective brother. Born a demon, she knows little of the world outside her home and work. A chance blind date promises adventure and perhaps a walk on the wild side. But her night on the town takes a deadly turn when she is gravely injured and left to die. A handsome, mysterious stranger comes to her rescue and brings with him a passion she has never experienced.
A dark guardian sent to investigate a series of missing person cases, vampire Ky Robinson is ready for anything, except the insatiable desire that engulfs him when he meets Daelyn. He senses their destiny is intertwined and vows to do everything in his power to keep her safe. The only problem: demons and
vampires go together like fire and ice.
Daelyn never believed in things that went bump in the night but is more than willing to be seduced by the sexy vampire who marks both her body and soul. Will Ky be able to keep them both alive long enough to prove that vampires and demons can be so much more than friends?
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He ghosted behind the couple. Following them on silent feet, staying deep in the
shadows of the buildings. Ky noted the way the woman walked as they made
their way along the sidewalk. Her legs appeared unsteady, most of her weight
supported by the male’s arm around her waist, which seemed strange because
she had not consumed all that much alcohol at the bar. Only two glasses of wine,
by his count. The agent heard her speaking throughout the night and she had
annunciated clearly. Yet now she seemed unsteady, and her words slurred as
they left her lips.
She stumbled. Catching on a bit of raised sidewalk, her shoe flew off
behind her in Ky’s direction. She turned and looked over her shoulder. When her
eyes met his, Ky’s heart hitched in his chest, time froze.
The bronzed skin of her heart-shaped face appeared flawless. Long dark
haired flowed around her shoulders with the turn of her head. Her chocolate eyes
captured his, holding his gaze. The fall of her lashes broke the spell, creating
dark crescents on her delicate cheekbones. Her petite nose led to full, pouty lips
that sent a surge of desire through his body. His sure strides faltered under the
weight of her beauty. She was a goddess.
And she was in grave danger.
Title: Weaver of Dreams
Author: Brenda Sparks
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
When guidance counselor Maggie O’Connell is plagued by terrible nightmares, she believes stress is the reason for her torment, but she couldn’t be more wrong. Unfortunately for Maggie, in the shadows of her dreams lurks a Dream
Stalker who is addicted to the dark emotions produced by her night terrors.
Zane, a Dream Weaver from another dimension, visits Maggie in her nighttime fantasies to discover there is more than just a Dream Stalker after her. As the man of her fantasies becomes real, Maggie’s true nightmare begins.
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Humans had no idea Dream Weavers used what they called mirrors as portals.
The reflective glass was a perfect cover to hide what lay within. Looking from the
human world, people only saw reflections of themselves and their surroundings.
But from the other side the vortex was an entryway from the Dream Weaver
world. A threshold he used to enter or see into the human dimension.
This night Zane opted to use it as a window, remaining in his dimension as his
eyes scanned the room. He needed to be sure not to alert the Dream Stalker.
The negative emotions from the human’s dream came through the portal, making
him feel uncomfortable. They coated his energy, wrapped around him like
He’d never experienced such strong emotions. They weighed heavily upon his
energy, surrounding him. Enticing him. But he pulled back, grateful for once that
the only way he could absorb the strong emotions would be to push through into
the human dimension and take human form.
His gaze swept the modest bathroom. The walls were painted apartment white,
blue towels hung from a bar across from the mirror. He looked down on a
utilitarian sink and white counter top. Zane was just about to push through the
portal and take his corporeal form when movement from the corner of the room
caught his eye. He froze, waiting.
Was this the source of the negative emotions? The Dream Stalker?
Before him appeared a human form wrapped in a white towel. The person stood
facing away from the mirror, but Zane knew two things. One, there was no doubt
this was a woman. The way the towel hugged her slight curves, conforming to
her toned body told him that. And two, this was not one of his kind. He’d have
sensed another Dream Weaver immediately which meant she had to be human.
Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State with her loving husband and son. Balancing her professional commitment to the local school district with her writing is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romances is a passion that won’t be denied. Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure. Brenda loves to connect with readers. Please visit her online or stop by her website to say hi.
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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
About five years ago, I was driving to work one morning and a scene popped into my head where two vampires were dueling it out in a bloody battle to the death. As that one scene morphed into others, I felt compelled to write down my ideas. That’s when I realized I wanted to be a writer.
How long did it take you to write your book?
A Midsummer Night’s Demon is a novella, so it took much less time than a full length novel. The basic story was completed in 10 days, with an additional week for revisions before I sent it into my editor.
What genre is your book? What made you choose to write in that category?
My story is a paranormal romance. I love this genre because the only thing limiting my characters is my imagination. If I need a character to walk through a wall, get from New York to Moscow in the blink of an eye, it can happen. I love it when pesky mortal limitations don’t get in the way of the story telling.
What was your work schedule like when you were writing?
My creative muse is a morning person, so I wake up early, make some coffee, and write. I don’t have a set amount of time or words per day. Instead I write until a chapter or two are complete. Some days it takes 4 hours, other days it may take 9 but either way I don’t stop until the chapter I’m working on is complete.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My best ideas come around 3:00 a.m. so I get up and write. Most people think I’m nuts for getting up so early on the weekends, but what can I say, I’m just quirkly that way. ;)
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I find inspiration all around, in the pink and purple hues of a sunrise, the silly story told around the lunch table about a bug in a co-worker’s pants. My mind takes the ordinary and twists it into something dark and paranormal. At any given time, I have at least two stories running around my head, which can be chaotic but fun.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written six novels, one novella and a short story. My favorite story is the third book in my series. I fell in love with the hero, Nicholai, and had a really hard time ending the story. It is my longest story to date and when my editor gets a hold of it I can only imagine what she’ll want to cut. :)
Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?
I am currently working on book 6 of the Alpha Council Chronicles series. Book one, Alpha Mine, releases later this year.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love exploring new places. When I’m not writing (which isn’t often), I am on vacation or trasping around local spots of interest.
What does your family think of your writing?
It depends on the age. My teenage son thinks it’s really “cool” as long as he doesn’t have to read the love scenes. My father continually wants to know where I get my “wild” ideas, which I believe really means he doesn’t understand how in the world his sweet little girl ended up with writing paranormal romance. My husband is jealous that I have an imaginary world to live in with a bunch of sexy characters. And
my mother is totally supportive, just as she’s been throughout my entire life.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
I learned I could write. Who knew? Seriously. I am not one of those authors who started writing stories in grade school. I was pushing forty before I started my first novel. When an early reader told me I should go for publication after reading my first manuscript, I was pleasantly surprised.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read. Reading and writing go hand in hand. You learn to write by reading what others have written.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say
I adore hearing from readers. Most of them share what they liked about the story they read and I love that. I want to know how they felt reading the story, which character they liked (or didn’t). Reading a fan letter makes my heart sing.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher—and I was for about thirteen years, before I moved into administration.
Are you self published or do you have a publisher? If self published, what made you decide to go that
I write for two publishers, SoulMate Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. They are both e- publishers and I love them.
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