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Monday, January 14, 2013

BBT Book Tour: Heart by Jacqueline Paige



Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. We're so excited you could stop in during your tour today.

BK: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

That would be right after I wrote the first one in 2006. The first one I wrote as a way to have the last word with a friend of mine, but about half way through I realized I could do this and loved doing it. I’ve been writing daily ever since then.

BK: Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

My most current release is Heart : Animal Trilogy. It’s a shifter/paranormal romance. I tend to give away too much when I start describing a story, so I’m going to cheat today and just give the blurb. 

Torn from her sheltered life, Rayne is alone and scared after she discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. Unable to accept the corrupt world he belongs to, she flees to the furthest possible location she can reach on her own. Nothing could ever prepare her for the journey and what she finds out when she arrives.
Is she strong enough to survive on her own?
The epitome of the lone wolf, Devin stays in the wilderness and far away from people, avoiding the decision of whether to accept his title as leader and alpha of the pack. One alluring woman stirs up his resolve and passion when she disturbs his solitary world. The man inside is tempted in a way he can’t understand but his wolf knows he’s found his mate.
Can he have her without succumbing to the responsibilities waiting for him?

BK: What inspired this particular novel/book?

Honestly, I’m not sure. It takes the strangest thing for stories to come to me. Heart started forming in my mind when I was on vacation at a nice quiet lake up North… why my brain started thinking about wolf shifters and a woman that ran from her home while I was canoeing across a beautiful lake, I have no idea! By the time we were ready to go home, I had a ton of pictures and half the story written inside my head!

BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

This is my first shifter story, previously for paranormal I mostly did witches, curses and physics, so this is a new thrilling trip for me. Basically I suppose my stories are different because I don’t follow the rules. Even though it’s fiction when you read three or four books that are roughly the same topic/genre they seem to have similar ‘rules’ or facts about the characters. I don’t follow those, at all, to the point where I’m even shocked sometimes when my characters do things.

BK: What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

I thought I’d struggle with the dynamics of having a character shift into something else, but that wasn’t where the challenge was for me at all. I’m a very outdoor type of person, having lived in the middle of nothing most of my existence, so seeing things from Rayne’s point of view was quite difficult. I had to stop and really look around to see where I had Rayne and what she was seeing, I may know the name of a plant or bug, but she definitely didn’t.

BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

It definitely be Rayne. The way she was at the start of the book was hard for me to grasp, she was so afraid and naïve. I really enjoyed pulling her out of her shell and comfort zone to see where she could go. Of course in the last few chapters of the book, she shocked me by how far she’d come.

BK: Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…

It would be the scene where Rayne is setting up her little camp area. She has a car full of purchases she knows nothing about, having relied on a teen to tell her what she’d need to go camping and then she decides to rely on the instructions to guide her. I’ve set up a tent on my own and let me tell you, she did fabulous for her first time! Rayne’s thoughts: “How hard can it be to set up one tent? Can’t be that difficult,right?”


BK: Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?

This was supposed to be a single book. Apparently by the time I introduced Devin, the characters had decided this was going to be a trilogy. I didn’t have a lot of history on Devin planned until he was on the phone with his mother, and then the ideas began brewing. By the time I met Calum, I knew he had to have a story of his own, so this is where that went…

Three women without knowledge of their true heritage...
Three men that have waited for their mate all of their lives...
Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts
in the Animal Trilogy
~
Heart
Scent
&
Passion


BK: Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

Busy.
I’m a mother of five (four still at home – even though two are ‘adult’ age and busy with school or work they still add to the mayhem) which translates into a world of Xbox, Wii, laptops, youtube video’s blaring, three different stereo’s going at any given time and endless drama.
I’m the full-time general manager of a popular café and eatery franchise (yes that means free coffee, lattes and cake!) and to get a whole day off means I have to hide and pretend my phones are off or I didn’t get the text message regarding the latest mishap or excitement.

Basically chaos is my every day. If it’s quiet I’m not quite sure what to do. Oh, and I write between all of that when my eyes are able to stay open.

BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I noticed you said ‘like’ to do and not have to do, so I’ll go with that. Aside from sleeping, oh, hang on that’s what I fantasize about, I like to read – anything, everything and if the weather is ‘summer’ like going hiking is one thing I’d like to do more often.

BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I don’t have TV. Years ago we got rid of cable and haven’t missed it. There’s a few programs we like, so we just subscribe to them online, but other than that our televisions are for movies and games.

BK: What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

Paranormal fiction would be my favorite genre (big surprise there huh?), but I will read just about any genre. I don’t have one favorite really, there are far too many amazing authors out there to narrow it down, but my top five would be:
Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Nora Roberts and Gena Showalter. At least that’s the list this month, until I discover another and have to read ALL of their work.

BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Keep writing! Whether you’re submitting the work or not, just keep going. At some point you will write something that you have to submit and share.

BK: What are you currently working on?

That’s a long list!
I have an over active muse, so it’s a scramble to keep up sometimes. In addition to the Magic Seasons series (fifth book will be out in February), I have three Trilogies on the go and two other stories that I’d like to say are not going to turn sequel, but I have a feeling they might.
On the Editing desk right now is the third story in the Hidden Senses Trilogy – Inner Reflections. This is my physic/ suspense trilogy.
On my proof list before it goes to the beta readers Book I in a new witch Trilogy, Ancestor’s Enchantment Trilogy – the Witch Within and I am trying my hand at a New Adult/YA , The Alterealm chronicles – The Cross Over Huntress.
Waiting to be written is the second book in the Animal Trilogy – Scent.
All I need is a few more days in a week, a few more hours in a day, to quit my day job and find a way to survive without sleep and I could finish all these up in no time!

BK: Where can readers connect with you?


About The Author:
Jacqueline Paige is a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children with an over active imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance.
Jacqueline lives in Ontario, Canada and avoids the ever changing weather of the region by creating other worlds to fall into in her stories of all things paranormal.

She began writing in 2006, not submitting her first story until 2009, since then fourteen of her original and entertaining books have been published. She is always writing and currently has more than a dozen stories in one stage or another of the writing process.



Heart
Book I in Animal Trilogy
By Jacqueline Paige

Three women without knowledge of their true heritage...

Three men that have waited for their mate all of their lives...

Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts in the Animal Trilogy
~
Heart

Torn from her sheltered life, Rayne is alone and scared after she discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. Unable to accept the corrupt world he belongs to, she flees to the furthest possible location she can reach on her own. Nothing could ever prepare her for the journey and what she finds out when she arrives.

Is she strong enough to survive on her own?

The epitome of the lone wolf, Devin stays in the wilderness and far away from people, avoiding the decision of whether to accept his title as leader and alpha of the pack. One alluring woman stirs up his resolve and passion when she disturbs his solitary world. The man inside is tempted in a way he can’t understand but his wolf knows he’s found his mate.

Can he have her without succumbing to the responsibilities waiting for him?

TBR November 1st at Eternal Press http://eternalpress.biz/people.php?author=428

Excerpt:

If nothing else she was warmer now. How long would the rain last? Do I want to wait it out and then try to find a washroom – in the dark? Rayne shook her head before she could go any further with that thought. There was no way she was getting out of this car until it was light out, rain or no rain. How many hours until daylight? She debated very briefly whether she could squirm around and reach the purse to get her phone. Highly doubtful. Besides being cocooned in the puffy material, the phone was off for a reason and turning it on just to check the time wasn’t worth the risk of Aiden being able to trace the location. Truthfully she didn’t know if that was possible even though all the movies referenced it being so, but understanding what type of man Aiden was and what he was capable of, she wasn’t taking any chances.

Working one arm free from the bag, she shifted far enough forward to reach the ignition; he couldn’t track the cars clock. Turning the key, her heart sunk when she noted the time, there were too many hours left until dawn. She looked out the windshield and froze, her heart jumped into her throat. Afraid to so much as breathe, Rayne stared at the animal a few feet away from the headlight. Her brain first said dog, but that was no dog. That was a wolf; it had to be a wolf. Were wolves that big? It seemed bigger than in any pictures she’d seen.

She sat there looking at it, not sure if she should honk the horn or just sit and try not to get hysterical waiting for it to leave. The car may be metal, but the roof was something this animal could probably get through. As she continued to stare at it she couldn’t help thinking it was a beautiful creature. It’s grey and brown fur looked soft and thick, not that she’d ever be able to find out if it was. It was the way the haunting grey eyes watched her that made her decide not to honk the horn or scream as loud as she could, which had crossed her mind briefly. Rayne was fairly certain it was as surprised to see her as she was to see it. Didn’t wolves travel as group? A pack? She wanted to look around and see if there were more in the trees, but the logical part of her brain said she was better off not knowing. Never argue with the logical part.

She was sure she stopped breathing all together when it took a step closer to the car and then turned quickly back towards the trees. As she was reaching for the keys it stopped and looked back at her for the length of two heart beats before it bolted into the trees and disappeared.

Turning off the key, she sat in the dark leaning back against the seat while she tried to remind her body how to take air in. In this moment with her heart beating so loud she could hear it, or at least it felt that way, Rayne reached the decision that she was not getting out of the car until daylight, and even then was questionable. One more conclusion was also not turning the lights on again; her mental state was much better not knowing what else was outside of the car. She checked to make sure the door was locked, she did know a wolf wouldn’t just walk up and use the door handle, but she felt better knowing that she was locked in and more importantly other things were locked out.

Pulling her arm back into the sleeping bag, Rayne shuffled down as far as she could and closed her eyes. The sooner she slept, the closer daylight was to getting here. Over the noise of the water beating off the car, she thought she heard a howl.



Autumn Dance
Book IV in the Magic Seasons series

At the autumn gathering twelve angry and determined witches use their power to draw out the killer before anyone else can become a victim.

With his magic ability Dade has control like no other— if he had that in his everyday life he could have the one thing he wants.

Coralee is a woman that represents grace and simplicity.  She has the skill of being able to feel emotion, aura and see beyond the now.  The pain sometimes associated with this gift has forced her to live her life from a distance.  She decided early in life what she wanted, and returned from her years away at school set to obtain her biggest dream. Unfortunately she has found the past few years lacking just that as she waits for the man she wants to stop and look at her instead of every female that throws themselves in his path.

Dade is a man that follows life simply, yet his charitable personality brings him a wealth of   satisfaction.  He is the first to lend a hand, the last to stay and help and the one everyone calls when something goes wrong.  Even though his own generous nature fills his life, he still manages to find time enough to get himself into a mess at every turn and spends most of the time imploring forgiveness from the one sexy voodoo woman he can’t seem to get close to.



6 comments:

Jacqueline Paige said...

Thanks for having me here today!!

I've been browsing your blog and almost forgot why I was here. lol

Nightly Cafe said...

Thanks so much for chatting with me Jacqueline :) Glad you enjoyed the blog.

Rebecca Graf said...

Great interview! :)

Shar Simms said...

Loved the interview!

Rhomy PP said...

The cover of HEART it's just breath-taking!

Teddy Rose said...

Wonderful review and thanks for sharing an excerpt!

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