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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Interview with Laura Kaye and Giveaway!

Today I'm really thrilled to have Laura Kaye here at Books to Brighten your Mood! Laura is here to tell us all about her newest release, Her Forbidden Hero (you can read my review here), and satisfy my need to learn as much as possible about Marco, one of the most intriguing protagonists I have ever encountered.

So, welcome Laura and don't forget to check at the end of the post for your chance to win a copy of her latest release.

Anna: Hello Laura and welcome at Books to Brighten your Mood! Could you please tell us a bit about your newest release, Her Forbidden Hero?

Laura: I’d love to! And thanks for having me here! Her Forbidden Hero is my new contemporary romance about a prior Army Special Forces soldier struggling to resist his attraction to his best friend and teammate’s younger sister. Here’s the blurb:

She's always been off-limits...

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than
his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.

...but now she's all grown up.

When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection--not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she's determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...

Anna: Marco is a character who returns home from war traumatized in many ways. What were the challenges of telling his story?

Laura: I think the biggest challenge in writing Marco was keeping him sympathetic and relatable even when he’s striking out in anger or resisting Alyssa’s love. For a lot of reasons, he doesn’t believe he can or should give in to what he wants, and that adds a layer of longing and frustration on top of the physical and emotional injuries he’s returned from Afghanistan with. But underneath all this, I think Marco is quintessentially a good guy as well as an unqualified hero.

Anna: A large part of your story was focused on Marco's feelings and the way he tried to overcome his traumas. Since your descriptions of his condition were quite accurate I was wondering if you researched before writing your story or if you talked with people with a similar background.

Laura: I have two ways of answering this. First, I did do a lot of research into what kinds of issues could result in a medical discharge from the Army and then I read a lot of interviews with wounded veterans. I actually based Marco on a wounded Navy SEAL I read about. Second, four years ago, I experienced a traumatic brain injury myself (mild), so I had firsthand experience with some of the consequences and changes one experiences after such an injury, though my own consequences were not as pronounced as Marco’s and have largely now been overcome. It was very important to me that Marco's traumas come across as realistic, because there are simply too many of us now who know wounded veterans after a decade of being at war.

Anna: Do you plan on returning to the same set of characters in the future, writing maybe Brady's story?

Laura: Yes! And I’m so excited about how often I receive this question about Brady! *grins* I am writing his story right now and loving it! His story is tentatively scheduled for a September release!

Anna: What are your plans for future stories?

Laura: In addition to these books, I’m in the middle of writing two other series. The Vampire Warrior Kings series has two books out, the most recent called Seduced by the Vampire King, and at least two more yet to come. And the mythology-based Hearts of the Anemoi series has one book out and the next, West of Want, scheduled to release on July 10—my first book that will be on bookstore shelves nationwide! I’m SO excited about that!

Anna: Are there any authors that influenced your work?

Laura: I grew up reading Stephen King and Anne Rice, and they definitely developed my interest in the paranormal. Now, my favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon, and I feel like a lot of what I’ve learned about writing male point of view I learned from them.

Anna: What is your favorite genre to read and could you share some of your favorite books with us?

Laura: I enjoy reading a lot of types of romantic fiction, but paranormal romance is my hands-down favorite. My favorite series is J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series, which I’ve reread many times! I also recently read Lisa Kleypas’s Sugar Daddy and totally loved it!

Anna: Is there a fictional character you really wished was real?

Laura: In a way I’d love for J.R. Ward’s Zsadist to be real, because I adore the bad boy anti-hero from Lover Awakened, but he might be kinda scary if he were real! LOL

Anna: When not writing, how do you like spending your free time?

Laura: Reading! I love to spend time with a good book! I also enjoy the movies, a few TV shows, and hanging out with my family!

Anna: Which place in the world are you dying to visit?

Laura: Ooh! Fun question! I’ve had some opportunity to travel, so I have gotten a couple of favorites off my list, but I’d love to travel to Ireland!

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~GIVEAWAY~~~~~~~~~~~~~

She's always been off-limits...

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.

...but now she's all grown up.

When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection--not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she's determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...


Entangled Publishing has generously offered an e-book of Her Forbidden Hero to one lucky winner. (Open Internationally)

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20 comments:

  1. Just saying HI. Marco is going to be so done for and it will be delightful to watch unfold. Thanks.

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  2. LOL So true! Thanks for kicking off the comments, Victoria! :)

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  3. Laura just wanted to say HI and hope Her Forbidden Hero keeps moving up!!

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  4. Hey Laura, You know I love everything you write. And your work just keeps getting better. S
    steph AT fangsWandsandfairydust DOT Com - or if signed in under FB
    Stephanie Takes-Desbiens

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    1. xoxo Steph! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Love the interview and giveaway, i´d like to rec the Dark Hunter series by S Kenyon and Immortals after Dark by K Cole. If you like BDB - you´ll enjoy this too. All though these two series are always a HEA, (no half ass endings here imo =) )
    Happy Thursday! //Linda xo

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    1. Thanks Linda! - I'm about half way through the Dark Hunters series and love it! I haven't started Immortals after Dark yet but it's definitely on my TBR!

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  6. Congrats on your success so far, Laura! I, too, love those paranormal romances. I don't read too much contemporary, but recently read Hearts In Darkness and really enjoyed it. Caden is so HOT!! This one sounds like a wonderful story also. :)
    How many books do you have planned for this series? Will the next books be following Marco's unit?
    Thank you for the opportunity to read it.

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    1. Hi Tina - paranormal is sooo good, isn't it?! :D Really glad you enjoyed Caden, too! I am currently writing a follow-on book to HER FORBIDDEN HERO that will focus on Brady, Alyssa's brother and Marco's Special Forces teammate. After that, I'm not sure yet! :D

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  7. Thank you for the interview and giveaway! And you really should go visit Ireland! I love it there! Great countryside and very welcoming people.

    claudigc at msn dot com

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  8. Lovely interview and giveaway!
    And Congrats on how the book is doing :D

    dark_gothic_angel_tr @ hotmail DOT com

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  9. Just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVED Hearts in Darkness was the best novella I've ever read it was awesome. :-)
    -Jenese
    www.readersconfession.com

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  10. Hey Laura,

    Hope you have continued success and I look forward to seeing what else you've got cooking! I have recently started writing again, is there any websites or forums I should check out? Thanks!

    BTW- I lived in Virginia, Ireland for 5 weeks on an intership and I loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to go back, it was worth every sacrifice I made!

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    1. Good for you, Elizabeth! You might consider joining Savvy Authors - savvyauthors.com - which has great workshops, editor/agent pitch events, lots of networking opportunities and ways to help you improve your craft. I've been a member for two years and really find it valuable! If you're writing romance, you might consider joining the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and your local chapter of it--local chapters are often a great way to discover critique partners, learn craft, and just generally feel supported while you're writing!

      Oh, and lucky you to live in Ireland! So glad you loved it!

      Thanks for all the comments everyone! :)

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