Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interview & Giveaway - Syphon's Song (Mayflower Mages, Book 1) by Anise Rae

Syphon’s Song
Mayflower Mages, Book One
by Anise Rae
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington
Date of Publication: March 3, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61650-211-9
Number of pages: 359
Word Count: 98,000
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco 
Available at:   Amazon  
Book Description:
Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?
Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons--powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret.
Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together...forever.
Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.
CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
Bronte faced the senator. “I’m here to ask for your help.”
“Help with what, Bronte?” The gruff, hoarse words came from behind her, accompanied by a flood of vibes.
She wouldn’t have recognized his voice except for that energy pouring into her. She wrenched around in her seat to see the lion prowl out of the shadows.
His gaze targeted her like she was prey that might escape. “Tell us how we can help you. And then you can explain why you ran away from me.”
Her mind recorded him like a pencil scratching away at paper to save his image—his dark hair clipped short, eyebrows that formed stark lines with a skeptical bent near their ends. A crease pulled between his brows that hadn’t been there before. His rugged face had weathered storms his brother had avoided. Those storms had chiseled away any softness.
She closed her eyes, stopping the mental sketching—a necessity to save her sanity. She turned her whole body back toward the senator and only opened her eyes when she knew Vincent wasn’t in her line of sight.
“Vin!” Happy surprise colored every note of the senator’s voice. “How long have you been standing back there? Your energy is so subdued I didn’t even sense you until now.”
“I didn’t either.” Edmund’s voice was equally surprised. “Miss Casteel, your beauty has distracted us.”
Bronte fought to keep her calm mask intact. Her heart boomed like the senator’s voice and threatened to shake that mask right off her face. She couldn’t let that happen. Diplomatic words and composure were her only weapons in this battle, a quick escape her only viable strategy. She stood, one move closer to getting to the door. At her cue, all the men stood as well.
The closer Vincent came, the more his energy reached out to her. It touched her, filled her in places she’d forgotten were empty. Dangerous memories spilled back. If she knew how, she’d dump his vibrations out of her hidden vessel, turn it over, and sit on it like a metal bucket until it sank into the dirt with the force of her weight. She’d seal her hollow spaces shut and keep him out forever. To do otherwise would only invite death to creep close.
Vincent strode toward her.
She held her ground and looked him in the eye. “I do not need your help. I am simply the messenger. Here on behalf of the Casteels.” She cleared her throat to try again and turned to the senator. “Senator Rallis, my family requests your assistance.”
The senator’s wise gaze locked on Vincent, his expression thoughtful and full of silent words Bronte lacked the power to hear. Curiosity lit the dark depths of his gaze as they landed back on her.
Vincent leaned toward her. “And they sent you as their messenger?” His voice was soft, a caress against her skin. “The most vulnerable and weakest of them all, to fight their battles.”
“I am not weak.” She risked a quick glance at him. “I have plenty of strength to fight whatever battles I need to.” She bit her tongue to stop her aggressive tone. Arguing would not help her cause.
“Vincent, you are making our guest uncomfortable.” The senator’s tone went quiet. Deadly. The boom was much safer, she realized.
“No, I’m not. At least not with my vibes, Granddad.” Vincent’s reply was matter-of-fact. He held all the power between them, and he was going to use it. Running for the door would not help her now.
“My mage vibes do not make her uncomfortable.”
Her hold on her tongue wasn’t tight enough to stop her gasp. She’d messed up. Goddess, but she’d messed up. She closed her eyes for a moment at the realization. Instead of drinking Vincent in, she should have faked a reaction to his power, imitated the jittery anxiousness Nons felt around a mage who wasn’t suppressing his energy. Maybe that would have saved her.
“Vincent. She’s a Non. Of course you’re making her uncomfortable.” The senator’s reprimand was deceptively soft.
Bronte stared at Vincent as desperation swirled inside her. “Please. Don’t.”
“She’s not a Non.” Vincent’s words shattered her hope of escape.

Let's learn a little about Anise Rae

What is your writing environment?
My favorite writing spot is my screened-in porch, surrounded by trees and chirping birds. However, I do flit from spot to spot depending on my mood…or the weather. Somedays I’m happier writing in the chair in the corner of the living room or the couch or my bed. The key is silence. I wish I could write in noisy environments, but I’m easily distractible! 

Who is your perfect hero and why?
If we’re talking about the perfect hero from a book, I’d say Rhys Trahaearn from Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke, a Victorian steampunk romance. Rhys is strong and capable and he respects his heroine, including the fact that she has a job and she’s darn good at it.
If we’re talking movie heroes, I vote for Thor. Naturally, one can’t go wrong with the entirely hunky Chris Hemsworth. Thor is captivated by Dr. Jane Foster, an astrophysicist. Though they come from two different worlds and have two different approaches to solve their problem, he respects her work. (Apparently I have a thing about that!) The romance between the two is sweet and tender. There’s one kiss at the end when he promises to come to back for her. Oh, be still my heart! 

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
Lately I’ve discovered Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series. It’s a paranormal romance (mediums, death spirits, etc.) that’s heavy on mystery. There are only two in the series so far, but they’re fabulous. I love the worldbuilding. Setting the story in the 1920s is a unique twist.
 I’m also a fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s Rogue’s Pawn and Rogue’s Possession in her Covenant of Thorns series. They’re romantic fantasy…rather dark. The main character accidentally transports herself to Faerie and winds up with magic that she must learn to harness. I’m anxiously awaiting the September release of the third book. 

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I want to write a sci-fi that takes place on a space ship and has everything from soul mates to dying gods to futuristic battles. I have the beginnings of the story so clearly in my head. I’d love to tackle it, but for now it has to go on the TBW…the to be written list.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Vacation in a tree house.
Take my kids some place where we can see the stars. They have no idea of the potential of the nighttime sky.
Go sailing or paddling on the lake that’s in my neighborhood on my own little boat.

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
The Mayflower Mages series poofed into creation during a daydreaming session. The necessity of daydreaming is one of the absolute best things about being a writer. I have an excuse for sitting around and staring into space while my mind departs, slips the confines of common sense, and plays with the impossible. On this particular day, I was playing ‘what if.’ What if it wasn’t Puritans who sailed on the Mayflower to the New World seeking freedom from persecution? What if it was witches? Fast-forward three hundred years or so and voila! Welcome to the modern day Republic of Mage Territories.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
One of my favorite scenes is when Bronte walks into her hero’s house for the first time. She slowly paces through, exploring and discovering little hints about his character from the items in his house. He stands behind her, watching and commenting, handling her very gently because he doesn’t want to spook her and scare her away. I love his sweetness in that scene. 

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
I’m working with my editor on Enchanter’s Echo, book two in the Mayflower Mages series. It stars Edmund, the brother of Syphon’s Song’s hero. I don’t have a definite release date yet, but I’m hoping it will be winter or spring of 2015.  

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read! That’s not a surprising answer for author-types though. Let me try to think of something more original…I do love to play ping-pong and Frisbee and badminton anytime I can convince my kids to play with me. (Play with your kids, you guys. Eventually they get big and then you have to wheedle them into playing with you instead of the other way around.)  

What would you consider a perfect date?
I’m a simple girl at heart. My perfect date is a picnic with yummy food at our local lake’s little beach. I’d wear a dress, a pretty one I could move in. (I’m a practical girl, too.) We’d cap off the picnic with a sunset sail around the lake.  

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I ran two marathons. Running a marathon is a lot like writing a novel. You have to want it with all your heart because there will be days when the training sucks and it’s the last thing you want to do. But you go do it anyway because you want this goal, darn it! 

That’s it about me! In those moments when I have time to read, I’m always looking for new books. Would you be so kind to leave me a comment which books have caught your attention lately?

About the Author:
Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. Thanks to her soul deep love of chocolate and a lack of natural grace, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing. 
Now transplanted to the south, Anise lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her kids and a dog gifted with the power of finding dirty socks.
Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, is the first book in the Mayflower Mages series. 

Tour giveaway:
2 e-copies of Syphon’s Song 
1 $50 Amazon gift card

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  1. Thank you, Booklover Sue, for having me on your site! If anyone wants to chime in about books that have caught your eye, I'd love to hear!

  2. And one more thing...I'd love to hear everyone's perfect date too!

  3. This books sounds like an awesome read and I would love to read it. A nice date for me would be dinner and a movie. entering under the name of Virginia

  4. A classic date night, Quilt Lady Virginia! Can't go wrong with that one. Good luck in the giveaway!

  5. I love the sound of this book! It has a hint of the tv show Salem, which I am loving right now. My perfect date would be something fun, like a fair or themepark!