Friday, September 25, 2015

A Visit with Susan Squires, Author of One with the Night #AuthorInterview #Paranormal #Regency #Romance #Excerpt

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An Interview with Susan Squires

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Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the year’s most influential mass market books and One with the Shadows, the fifth in her vampire Companion Series, a Best book of the Year. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and three very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.

Liberty Ann:   Good morning and welcome.  We always love having authors stop by!  To get us started, do you think you can describe your writing style in 140 characters or less?

Susan Squires:  Thank you, I'm glad to be here.  Let's see... Well-written and intense emotional journeys for the hero and heroine piggy-backed on high adventure.

LA:  Very good!  That's really inventive.  Now if someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be and why?

SS:  Ooooh. This is a tough question but that’s good. I guess, Engaged Living, because I’ve always tried to be present in my life, work hard, and follow my dreams.

LA:  What a great title and way to live!So, is there a message in One with the Night that you want readers to grasp?

SS:  I ALWAYS have a message, though I try not to hit readers over the head with it. In One with the Night, it’s that you must embrace what you fear most to be fully alive. But there’s another one in there as well. You must always strive to be open to life, even when it’s hard, otherwise you’ll miss the best it has to give.

LA:  Did you learn anything from writing your book?

SS:  This one was fun to research. I went to Scotland, including Edinburgh, Loch Ness, and the wild country of the North. We visited old houses and castles, hiked the hills, looked for Nessie, and drank Scotch. What could be better? I also researched the history of the area around Urquhart Castle, and revisited my love of the use of herbs and plants in treating illness. I also learned something else. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to put your characters in extreme situations. Only then can they truly triumph.

LA:  That sounds like some seriously fun research.  Is there a part of the story you really liked but had to remove, and if so, could you tell us why?

SS:  I always keep an “Outtakes and Notes to Myself” file for each book, but this one had only notes to myself for revisions. I didn’t take out any scenes. I think that may be because I put in all the difficult or hard scenes to write. No self-censorship on this one.

LA:  An “Outtakes and Notes to Myself” file... I'll have to make a note of that.  That is a great idea.  Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

SS:  I loved Callan Kilkenny. He’s a great tortured hero, and he sacrifices the one thing he wants for Jane. Jane is a very intelligent woman who has never been given scope for her intelligence, so I loved her too. She can also be kind of funny in a dear, na├»ve way. But once they have met their match, I don’t want to go back to them. I do like the theme of self-sacrifice, and will revisit that. I love the theme of being open to life, never withdrawing, so readers can see that in my books quite frequently.

LA:  Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

SS:  Another great question. There’s quite a bit of me in Jane, which is probably another reason I love her. But it’s almost always the hero who speaks loudest to me.  Maybe it’s because men are always just a bit of a mystery that requires figuring out, but I just love my kilted hero.

LA:  If your current book became a major motion picture, whom would you want to play your leads?

SS:  I was thinking of Gerry Butler when I wrote Callan. I used his movies to get the accent right. So that’s probably obvious. (Though Sam Heughan, minus the red hair would be good too!) And for Jane? Gotta be Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s resilient, though Amanda Seyfried would capture Jane’s ethereal look.

LA:  All excellent choices but I have to say I do drool over Sam. *grin*  Tell us about your current project(s).

SS:  Next up in the Companion series is One With the Shadows, and I love that book. It’s about a beautiful charlatan with a horrible scar who bilks the aristocracy in 1820’s Italy by reading their fortunes in Tarot cards. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural at all. In fact she doesn’t believe in much of anything. Certainly not love, since she was abandoned by her parents, and trained to pick pockets by a man posing as her father. So when she meets Gian Urbano, the most perfect specimen of male she’s ever seen, she’s unprepared for what happens. When she tells his fortune, the words aren’t her own, and they paint a very enigmatic picture. She would never guess he’s a centuries-old vampire who served as the model for Michelangelo’s statue of David. When she begins to suspect what he is, and when she begins seeing visions, she poo-poos the whole idea of the supernatural. But they are thrown together when she steals a very valuable emerald that he wants badly, along with some other, not-so-nice vampires who will do anything to get it. And soon she finds that nothing is what it seems, including herself.

I’m also working on a contemporary series, the Magic Series, about a modern-day family who has inherited the DNA of Merlin of Camelot. The magic was dispersed through the ages, and now it is coming together again to change the world. Each book follows one of the Tremaine siblings on their journey as they find another with the magic gene, fall in love, and find their destiny. Of course there are those who inherited their gene from Morgan Le Fay, and they want very different things than the Tremaine family. This is the first series I’ve written that benefits from being read in order because of the overarching story, and because you get to know the family and watch the younger kids grow up as the series progresses. The first in the series is Do You Believe in Magic? There are now five books and a novella in the series, and I’m working on the sixth. I’d planned that to be the last, but I’ve grown to love the family so much, that I may just write a seventh!

LA:  You are one busy, talented lady!  Wow!  One last question for you:  Is there a word, phrase or quote you especially like?

SS:  My absolute favorite quote is from Hemingway. He said that “great books aren’t written, they’re rewritten.” When I’m struggling with my first draft, I think of that quote, and get the courage to go on.

After all, I can always do another draft. ;)

LA:  Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us.  It's always so exciting to get to know our authors better and get a peek into your lives.  Best of everything to you.  I know we will be seeing plenty more of you in our readers and on our bookshelves.

SS:  Thank you for having me.

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TITLE – One With the Night 
SERIES – The Companion Series 
AUTHOR – Susan Squires 
GENRE – Regency Vampire Paranormal Romance 
PUBLICATION DATE – August 11, 2015 
LENGTH - 326 pages
PUBLISHER – Independent 
COVER ARTIST – Rebecca Poole, Dreams2Media


Far from the glittering lights and shallow bustle of 1822 London lies another world—a realm of shadows and secrets, where desire holds dominion and passion know no limits…

Jane Blundell’s keen intellect and wit have always set her apart from her marriage-minded peers. But such differences are nothing compared to the change that comes upon her when she is infected by a blood sample in her father’s laboratory. Suddenly her veins resonate with a terrifying, exhilarating power. Dr. Blundell takes Jane to the Scottish highlands to research a cure, where she collides with the only man who can understand her hunger—and slake her unending desire…

Callan Kilkenny has returned to England from Marrakech, still filled with self-loathing at the deeds he committed in the name of a beautiful, depraved vampire. Now that he has tracked down Dr. Blundell in hopes of a cure, he has also found a kindred spirit in Jane. Her passion and her blood call to Callan, fueling a carnal need that shocks them both with its intensity. But others have come in search of the cure too…for reasons that are deadly. And to save Jane and the rest of their kind, Callan must risk everything—even his last chance at redemption…

“When it comes to combining extreme sensuality with dangerous drama, no one does it better than Squires.” --Romantic Times BOOKreviews



There was no denying her. She ran her long-nailed fingers through his hair as he sat, naked, beside the chaise on which she lay draped. His hair was as dark as hers. But her eyes were almost black, while his were light gray-green, his skin fair against her golden glow. She had chosen him for his coloring. How long would he pay for the sins of some French and English crusaders long dead? Until he died. He had prayed for death so often. Blood oozed from various cuts and punctures in his body, but she was careful not to kill him.
Heat poured from a dozen braziers and a low fire in the center of her tent. She liked heat. His skin was damp with sweat. He fixed his gaze on the intricate carpet, trying to avoid what would come. But she willed him to raise his gaze. For the thousandth time he struggled. He clenched his fists and grunted, panting.
Her laughter tinkled over him like shards of broken glass. “You know you cannot win out, English.” He wasn’t English. She twisted his head up by his hair and showered compulsion over him. The need to obey her surged through him. His gaze jerked to her face.
Her eyes glowed with more than firelight as she chuckled. How could laughter frighten him so? His chest heaved from the effort to resist her. The fine skin between her breasts gleamed with perspiration. Her nipples peaked under the diaphanous fabric of her burgundy gown. He found his own desire rising, whether he would or no.
His stomach clenched in despair as he lifted his chin to bare his throat to her. She would use him to slake several thirsts tonight. She was always thirsty.
She bent to his throat. He shuddered at the familiar twin pains just under his jaw. She stroked his nipple as she sucked at his neck and then slid down onto the rug beside him so she could grasp his swollen member.
“You still resist me," she whispered inside his mind. “How can I make you truly mine?” She rocked against him, her breasts pressed to his chest. He moaned, partly with desire, partly in dread. He didn’t want to know the answer to that question.

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