Romancing September author Kylie Sabra (Day 24)

Day 24 and we are meeting author and artist Kylie Sabra a very talented lady. Step over to Stephanie’s blog later to catch up with her views on writing romance in today’s society.

Kylie Sabra authorLet’s find out more about Kylie;

1) Where is your home town?

I was born in Topeka, Kansas–an Air Force brat. I was shortly transplanted to Texas and finished my “growing up” in the small town of Liberty, about an hour east of Houston. I’ve called Seattle my home for the past 19 years and it ever shall be until they spread my ashes over Puget Sound.

2) How long have you been writing?

I started writing poetry, music and short stories in grade school, then went on a long hiatus to raise kids. Honestly, no clue why I stopped. Began writing again in the mid-eighties as a staff writer and corporate communications professional. I got all the touchy-feely articles. (grins) I wonder why?

3) You have a beautiful book cover, who designed it?

I am a graphic artist and designed my own cover. I escape to my art when I need to cry “refuge!”. Wow you are very talented!

4) “The Singing Dagger” is primarily a fantasy novel, but it contains romance too. Can you tell us the significance of the title?

There is indeed a dagger and it does sing. It is the embodiment of a depraved soul that seeks to own Erin. The dagger is the only way he can take her.  I’d say more, but . . .

5) This is book 1 in the “Caitriona Prophecy” can you briefly tell us what the prophecy said?

Ahh! I’d share more that even.  The book is based upon a poem I wrote.

The Bane of King Adaire

by Kylie Sabra

His son and his favored, sent King Adaire

to take them wives in Tara fair.

To steal their magic, so rich, so rare;

lay claim alone for Me’Doshaire.

The maidens found their hearts ensnared,

did steal the joy of King Adaire.

His hatred boiled that they should dare,

to slip so deftly through his snare.

Into their midst, a conspirator he set,

to mix and stir and brew events.

Ensure the king’s dark plot unfold,

e’re none deliver challenge so bold.

His anguish, would their issue reap,

lest others dare their sin repeat.

For naught but blood could now appease,

and bring his torment to its ease.

The Shadows tho, their will thus proven,

alas shall right ascend from ruin.

Two hearts so pure, shall bear an heir,

blood of his own and his favored fair;

Caitríona, the bane of King Adaire.

6) Tell us a little about some of the main characters, entice us to read your book.

Erin begins as a wounded young woman who finds solace in the arms of Aidan and strength in the eyes of Bradach. Both men want her and are determined to have her. Bradach is the fierce one of the immortals—possessively protective of Erin. Aidan wears his depraved past like a dark, prickly hair coat. As much as he loves Erin, he never feels worthy of her. As the two men tug at her, Erin feels herself rent asunder.

Finn and Brie are the second couple pronounced in the prophecy. Finn is Aidan’s brother and Brie is Erin’s life-long best friend. Brie is the Earth mother. She is sweetness and light and banshee all rolled up in an angelic soul case. Finn, her golden counterpoint, is the jester that hides his unspeakable pain behind his ready wit.

The foursome are brought together by powers far greater than their ken. They are aided by four immortals. Murtagh, their leader,  appears to be an ancient, but has an aura of congenial wisdom. His greatest power lies in his softest whispers.

Then there is Cormack. Ahhh! Cormack, the one sent to “mix and stir and brew events”, and he does so with impeccable grace. If he were not insidiously evil, one might take him for a stately gentleman.

7) Readers have praised your colourful descriptions, did this aspect of the writing come easily to you?

It does come easily. I took to reading from the time I learned and never stopped. I’ve read a wide variety of literature and I know that feeds into my work as well as have provided me an extensive vocabulary to lend just that right nuance to the thoughts I want to convey. There is so much to be said for that one perfect word. On the other hand I quail at lengthy descriptive paragraphs and tend to skim them. I prefer to convey descriptions within the context of dialog and thought—giving just enough data for the reader to begin to build the set in their own mind. I don’t think it hurts that I see the world through an artist’s—that intense attention to detail that an artist possesses. I also feel things very deeply. I’m curator for a famous art gallery in the Second Life Virtual grid. Artists ask me what I look for in the work I curate. I have one simple answer. Make me feel. I take this  approach in my writing as well. If I can’t make the reader feel deeply, then what’s the point? A brilliant answer!

8) The love interest looks complicated, will there be many twists and turns?

For love to be interesting, there must be push and pull, hope and disappointment, vision and delusion. The triangle between Aidan, Bradach and Erin begins early and doesn’t let up until the end.

9) How hot is the romance?

There is sex. I have jokingly referred to it as Tolkien with sex. Jokingly, Mr. Tolkien!  There is one brisk, violent sexual scene. The other sex scenes are between committed, loving couples. I’d describe my writing as sensual, but not pornographic; but then each must decide for himself. Sex is not the focus of my writing, but rather evolves from the plot(s).

Does it need an age warning?

I would be comfortable with my 16-year-old reading it, back when I had one of those that is.

10) You’re working on the sequel “The lost Child”, do you have an expected publication date yet?

I’m shooting for release in time for Christmas. I’d like to see it in my stocking.

The Singing DaggerThank you Kylie for a very interesting interview, I shall be reviewing Kylie’s book in October here on the blog. If you want your own copy before that here are the links to find it on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

“E” on the AtoZ Challenge

The letter “E” brings us a book written by Brianna McKenzie, Brianna was recently a guest author on the blog http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-l0

Brianna gives us some inside information about her book;

I’d like to tell you a secret about “Enchanted Heart”. This book is very dear to me because, as a child, one of my favourite places to visit was the Enchanted Rock. This pervasive pink, round rock juts out over the landscape of Texas near Fredericksburg. When we were little, we would climb to the top of the rock, shout into the canyon below, and then listen to the chasm yell back at us. I wanted to introduce this same childlike enchantment into one of my books but the perfect story never came to me. But then one night, I had a dream where
nearly the entire story unfolded before me. And one of the scenes was Marty and Caid professing their love for each other on top of the Enchanted Rock. This heart-warming story follows Marty and her twin sister Greta from their native country of Germany to central Texas while tragedy and misery shadow them until Fate brings hope to their Enchanted

Product Details

Hearts. Links to the book are http://amzn.to/EnchantedHeart_US  and http://amzn.to/EnchantedHeart_UK

After emigrating from Germany at the age of seven, Marty Hirsch watched her father die on the arduous journey from the coast of Texas to the new settlement in New Braunfels. While Papa took his final breath, Marty assured him that she would fulfil the dream of owning the land that had been promised to him by the German Immigrant Society. And while she watched her twin sister Greta and Mama trudging the many miles to their new home, Marty vowed right then and there to bring them happiness, no matter the cost to her own contentment. As time passed, she struggled to fulfil that self-assigned task, but more tragedy assailed her in the form of miscarriages with her husband before he was killed in the Civil War. When their cousin convinced her and Greta to move westward to the new German settlement at Fort Concho on the San Saba River, Marty was ready for a change in her life. That change came when she encountered Aiden Kincaid McAllister, the handsome stranger who guided their wagon train to their new home. She found herself falling hopelessly in love with the dark-haired, blue-eyed stranger. But would that love last or would more tragedies cause Marty to give up on love altogether?
About the Author Brianna Lee McKenzie was born in Corpus Christi, Texas where she spent most of her childhood summers listening to Grandma Ruby tell stories of her adventurous life. Having nomadic parents, she never lived in any particular town for very long. Making friends was difficult in this situation, causing her to, at a young age, retreat into her own little world where the characters that she created were her companions. As she grew, she developed her ability to mentally visualize vivid scenes which she revisited later when she learned to take pen into hand. As an adult, she submitted several examples of her work to publishers, but was disappointed by rejection after rejection. But with encouragement from family and friends, she took that giant leap joining her new family at Fantasy Island Book Publishing. Brianna lives on a yacht on the Chesapeake Bay where she finds inspiration in the magnificent sunsets and the romantic gestures of her husband. Her ultimate goal is to make her family proud of her accomplishments. Selling books is just a blissful bi-product.
Here is what one reader thought about the book;
Enchanted Heart takes you on a really emotional journey from start to finish. The twin’s lives wrap themselves around your heart, and you just have to know what happens to them. Brianna builds up the tension slowly to begin with but little by little she leads you along many paths until you ultimately discover whether Marty and Greta find the peace and happiness they so richly deserve.
Todays randomly chosen links to other AtoZ Bloggers are;

“A” The AtoZ Challenge Day 1 of 26

A Very BIG WELCOME to my first day of the AtoZ Challenge, there are over 1200 bloggers taking part in this years challenge. My challenge is to blog about books which have titles all beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. It’s been great fun discovering all of the books which I am using in the challenge. PLEASE drop by each day to read about the next book. During the challenge we are encouraging everyone who visits to LEAVE A COMMENT. So here we go then, the first book that I have chosen is; A Love never lost by Stephanie Hurt. Stephanie writes romance books, take a look at this one below;

Friends since early childhood, Lilly and Zane have always been inseparable. After four years apart, will their relationship change? Upon seeing Lilly again after such a long absence he realizes his heart belongs to her. When a wealthy ranch owner from Texas offers Lilly the job of a lifetime, will she leave knowing the effect it will have on Zane and their relationship? Will her new boss expect more than just an employer/employee relationship? Just how far will he go to win her over? Will Zane be able to pull her from the ties of the ranch or will it be A Love Never Lost?
 Product Details

A Love Never Lost – This book came to me one day as I was just sitting watching television. I got up and started writing. It only took me about two months to totally finish this book. What’s funny is the book changed constantly as the characters developed. My favorite character is Zane because he loved with all his heart and he never gave up on the love of his life. This book was entered in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and has made it to the second leg of the contest.

Stephanie has been a great supporter of my blog since the start and her books were among the first that I reviewed. She has also joined me as a guest author and you can read all about her here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-dv. I featured one of her books in my Rosie’s Good reads slot in the January issue of Fleet Life Magazine.

http://www.amazon.com/A-Love-Never-Lost-ebook/dp/B009IQ0LQ0

To celebrate the first day of the challenge I’d like to send out a special thanks to the founder Arlee Bird, click over to his site and lets show our support  http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

Here are 5 randomly chosen blog sites to other AtoZ Challengers;

http://andisbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

http://danibertrand.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.odetoblogging.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.achristianmomsguide.blogspot.co.uk/

http://mpaxauthor.com/blog/