Wow, what a week it’s been, not only here on the blog, but in real life. My feet are tired, b=my brain is buzzing and my cheeks are tired from smiling so much–because I’m having such a great time at RWA.
So I’m going to turn it over right away to a sweet friend and awesome writer, who makes me warm inside with her support and enthusiasm. Having people like Bianca influence and be there for me over the past year…so wonderful.
Hi there! I’m Bianca D’Arc and I’m honored to be among those asked to participate in this awesome event. Our little Viv is all grown up and has a great new book out to prove it! Congrats, Viv!!! I really like this “One Week of Wolves” theme and having had my own dealings with sexy wolf shifters inside my books, I can honestly say readers are in for a treat. Viv writes great wolves!
Now it’s time for a confession. When I wrote LORDS OF THE WERE, my first werewolf book, it was more or less a self-imposed challenge. There were already a ton of vampire books out there, but not too many werewolf books. I wanted to write a paranormal but didn’t want to write vamps at that time, so I chose the werewolves as a sort of challenge to myself. For a long time, I referred to the book simply as my “crazy werewolf book.” I didn’t think readers would really be interested in it – certainly not as much as they have been. To date, LORDS OF THE WERE is, by far, my best selling book. That “crazy werewolf book” surprised the hell out of me and continues to do so as I write more in that world.
As I wrote it, I fell in love with the adventurous world it is set in. It’s our present day Earth, only slightly askew – where werecreatures of all kinds exist in secret from we mere mortals. I love their clandestine society where magic exists and the Earth Mother is the deity of choice. As my readers know, I really like to mix it up, and every once in a while I introduce some fey magic into the story. But these aren’t Tinkerbell-like fairies. My fey are more like Tolkein’s elves – warriors of light and intense magic inhabiting a realm just Underhill from our own, coming out to meddle in our world every once in while.
Eventually I did write some vampire stories and have since blended the two series into one paranormal world where vamps, weres, fey and mages all live in secret among us. They have their own societies with their own laws. And the fight between good and evil is as real as it gets. To date, there are three novels set in this world (LORDS OF THE WERE, INFERNO, and SWEETER THAN WINE) and four novellas (ONE & ONLY, RARE VINTAGE, PHANTOM DESIRES, and FOREVER VALENTINE). I do plan to write more of these tales as soon as I get a chance.
And though I know we’re talking wolves here today, I also want to say a word for the cats. Or cat shifters, to be more precise. I started a series of cat shifter stories with a book called CAT’S CRADLE and have two more planned for that series. Big cats make wonderfully sexy shifters. All that feline grace and cunning… It makes me want to purrrrrrrrrr. 😉
I also write aliens and dragons, of course, and my latest work is a series of military paranormal romances where the bad guys are zombies and mad scientists. If you like paranormal and military heroes, check out ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD published by Kensington Brava. Once I finish writing the last of that five book series – which I’m working on right now – I’ll be back to working on my other paranormal world and an intriguing half-wolf/half-fey character I recently dreamt up. He’s very powerful and super sexy. I think he and I are going to have a lot of fun together! 😉
In the meantime, my best wishes go to Viv for much success on her new release. I’m so happy for her! I remember well how it felt to hold that first print book in my hand. It’s kind of surreal even now to go into a bookstore and actually see my books on the shelves. Here’s to many, many more successful releases!
Come over to The D’Arc Side… www.biancadarc.com
Thank you, Bianca! To enter to win one of Bianca’s books, please leave a note about the shifter type you’d NEVER like to see.
Yeah, I know, weird question. Just making sure I don’t write them down the road…. 😉
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