1. Tell us something about your latest book. What is it about? What genre does it belong to?
Wild Wolf Claiming is a dark, sexy, action-packed paranormal romance about a hot-as-hell Lycan with a tortured past and the sweet, strong human female he not only wants to protect, but is also determined to claim as his. It takes place in the month of December, leading up to Christmas, and the villains are something that we’ve never seen before in the Bloodrunners’ world. That’s probably about as much as I should say, except that the heat factor is high, the sexual tension is intense, and the emotional connection between the characters is hopefully one that will truly reach in and grab a reader’s heart.
2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?
This is the 8th book in my Bloodrunners series, so you’ll see a lot of the heroes and heroines from the previous stories—but I do try to make it so that a new reader can jump right in and still follow along. Then, if they enjoy the story, they can always go back to the beginning, with Last Wolf Standing, and work their way through the series.
3. When does your book release?
On December 1st!
4. Which character of your book (or series) was the hardest to write?
I think each character has his/her own difficulties, but that’s what makes them interesting. When I start a book, I usually feel that the hero will be the most challenging that I’ve ever had to write, and it was the same with Elliot Connors. He had such a sad, traumatic background, one that obviously had a tremendous impact on him not only as a boy but also as a man, and yet, I didn’t want his past to overshadow his every thought and emotion. I wanted to show how strong he was, and the lengths he was willing to go to in order to make a relationship with Skye work, and that hopefully comes across in the story. Despite his efforts, he has some major setbacks, but his devotion to his woman is always at the core of his motivations.
5. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?
My family and I love to go to the theatre, cinema and concerts, and we’re lucky to live in an area of the UK that enables us to get out and see all kinds of awesome events. In the past month alone we’ve seen Hecuba at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Elf the Musical in London, and Spectre on its opening night. In September, we saw the Foo Fighters and Florence + the Machine in concert, Coriolanus with the lovely Tom Hiddleston at our local Picturehouse, Henry V on stage, and also comedian Michael McIntyre on his arena tour. We also love to watch American Football, though we all pull for different teams, and travel as much as we can. Our family vacation this summer was spent in warm, beautiful Sicily, and it’s now one of my most favorite places in the world.
6. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always know you just had to write?
I’ve always had a love of reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I found Anne Rice’s novels in my early twenties that I fell in love with paranormal romance and knew I wanted to try and create my own stories in this fascinating genre. She remains one of the most talented writers I’ve ever read and I still love to get lost in her rich, intoxicating worlds.
7. Any advice/tips for newbies?
I think the most important advice I could give to any new author is to write—write, write, write—and while you’re getting those words down, make sure you’re working on the stories that you completely and absolutely LOVE. It’s easy to look around at what seems to be the “hot new thing” and think that you should dive right in, but if your heart’s not in the story it’s going to show. At the end of the day, writing the stories for the characters that are truly calling to you is where you’ll find your passion and creativity.
8. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
I have several self-published stories that I’m working on at the moment, as well as the next Bloodrunners book, Wild Wolf Chasing. This is Max Doucet’s story, and much of the timeline overlaps with Wild Wolf Claiming. Max’s heroine, Vivian Jackson, is Skye’s roommate and best friend, and Max and Elliot are Bloodrunning partners. So there’s a lot of crossover between the two books, which makes things tricky, but also a lot of fun.
9. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)
It would definitely be a curse word! 😉 I’m only allowed to say “F*ck” so many times in my Bloodrunners books, so I have to be careful not to rely too heavily on other words like “damn” and “hell.”
10. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?
Snickers and peanut M&Ms! Omnomnom…
Rhyannon Byrd is the bestselling author of more than thirty contemporary erotic and paranormal romance titles, including the Dangerous Tides series and the Bloodrunners series. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful county of Warwickshire in England with her husband, kids and lovable Rottweiler. For more information on Rhyannon’s books and the latest news, you can visit her website at www.rhyannonbyrd.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhyannonByrd.
Wild Wolf Claiming Links:
★Series Reading Order: http://www.rhyannonbyrd.com/#!bloodrunners/c1d3a
★Pinterest Inspiration Board: https://www.pinterest.com/rhyannonbyrd
★Read an excerpt here: http://www.rhyannonbyrd.com/#!wild-wolf-claiming-excerpt/ivqai
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00ZPUN78W
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013L2O8T2
Rhyannon was so nice to send me a SIGNED copy of Wild Wolf Claiming plus some swag to give to one of you. Here is what you will get.
Here is what you will get. I should really stop using the flash when I take photos.
Look at that signing. Her writing is so beautiful!
All you have to do for a chance to win is click on the rafflecopter link.
And yes, this is open international.
Check out my review for Wild Wolf Claiming here
Also because this is my blog, here are some other links to my reviews for Rhyannon’s books
Blood Wolf Dawning (Bloodrunners #7)
Touch Of Seduction (Primal Instinct #4)