Monday, January 23, 2017

Author Interview & Giveaway - Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand

Dangerous in a Kilt
by Anna Durand

GENRE:  erotic romance

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BLURB:

Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night of sizzling sex, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can't resist his offer to enjoy one month of sex and companionship with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?

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EXCERPT:

I swigged my brandy. A flash of fruity sweetness raced over my tongue, chased by a tangy burn. Why was I waiting for a man who didn't have the courtesy to call and cancel? Enough of this. I leaped off the stool onto my five-inch heels and tottered, mirroring my stool's motion. What the hell had I been thinking, wearing stilettos for the first time in my life?

Strong hands grasped my upper arms. "Easy there."

I craned my neck to behold my would-be savior. My heart thudded.

A giant of a man peered down into my eyes, his body towering several inches above me. Whoa, mama. The heels elevated my five-four to five-ten, which must've made him well over six feet tall. Thick muscles in his impossibly broad shoulders flexed as he maintained his hold on me. The lights glistened on his short, dark hair, casting it in unearthly hues. The sensation of his fingers on my skin and the proximity of his body flooded me with heat and my mouth watered at the sight of acres of hard, defined muscles straining his skintight black T-shirt. His powerful thighs vanished under a kilt, its plaid woven in pastel shades of green and blue with orange lines threaded through them. The blue in the fabric echoed his pale eyes, which studied me with electrifying interest. Black combat boots covered his feet but somehow, combined with his angular features, they lent him a rugged appeal.

I raked my gaze over his body, drinking in every inch of him, until our gazes intersected.

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Talking with author Anna Durand!

What is your writing environment?
I usually sit at my desk, surrounded by knickknacks and computer-related items. Also, I tend to have a cat sleeping nearby and two puppies bounding around behind me--and sometimes under my feet. Maybe some writers would find that distracting, but I like the chaos!

Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?
When it comes to romance fiction, I love a hero who is strong yet has a good heart, who cares about others but looks out for his loved ones above all. A man can be strong and aggressive while still showing a softer side. For heroines, I love the smart, spunky ones who have a wise-cracking side but are loveable at heart.

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
A few months ago, I discovered Sarah MacLean's books and I fell in love with the wonderful characters she creates. The heroines are smart and determined, while the heroes are wounded and stubborn but with hearts of gold.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I'd love to write a historical romance, and I'm working on that dream. The research takes time, but I finally decided to dig in and do the work.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
My list would include 1) visit Scotland, 2) visit Egypt, and 3) learn to speak more languages, especially German and Gaelic. I know a little German, but I'd love to be fluent.

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I have Scottish heritage on both sides of my family, and I've always been fascinated with the country. I also love historical romances, so last year I decided to start researching a Highland historical I still plan to write. But I got tired of waiting to finish the research and opted to get my feet wet with Highlanders by writing a contemporary story with a Scottish hero.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite scene comes near the end, after things have fallen apart and it seems nothing could salvage Erica and Lachlan's relationship. Of course, this being a romance, we know the happy ending will arrive, but first the characters have to fight their way back from the brink. That's where my favorite scene comes in. The song "Flight" by Lifehouse helped me find the right mood to write the pivotal moment.

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
As usual for me, I'm working on several projects. I've just started writing Wicked in a Kilt, the second book in the Hot Scots series, as well as Kinetic, the third book in the Psychic Crossroads series. My next erotic romance, Fired Up, is in final editing--and so is The Mortal Falls, a paranormal romance. I expect the last two will be released in early 2017, with the other two coming later in the year.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I go for walks every day, and I'm lucky enough to live in an amazing region where I need only step out my front door to bask in the beauty of nature. I also enjoy crafting jewelry, but it's my day job that takes up most of my non-writing time. I run a cataloging services business.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I can read and write ancient Egyptian. I taught myself years ago and sometimes make use of the knowledge in my writing. I'm obsessed with ancient history, and especially Egypt.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Anna Durand is an award-winning romance writer specializing in steamy romances populated with spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Her romances have to date won eight awards and her novel Intuition was a 2016 RONE Award nominee, while her short story Tempted by a Kiss was a finalist in The Romance Reviews 2016 Readers' Choice Awards. Anna also maintains a blog, Spunk & Hunks, where she writes her own articles and reviews romance books, as well as hosting wonderful guest authors.
Spunk & Hunks blog: http://www.spunkandhunks.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2j1EsRi

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Dangerous in a Kilt Buy Links:
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GIVEAWAY:

Anna Durand will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

8 comments:

  1. I liked the interview, thank you.

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  2. What books are you interested in reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway, I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it :)

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  4. I hope you do write an Historical Romance. A genre I enjoy.

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  5. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

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  6. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  7. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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