Monday, January 18, 2016

Blitz : Burning Nights

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Kindling Flames Burning Nights has been a much anticipated instalment in the Ancient Fire series, and while the concept of the novel wasn’t hard to come up with, it execution had me stumped.
After the end if Stolen Fire, the next most logical step for the series was Darien and Vicky’s wedding. Most of our favorite characters had some part to play in getting of main couple hitched and writing that part was a breeze, but I ran into issues when Darien and Vicky left for their honemoon in Hawaii.
If think the biggest problem was my unfamiliarity with the setting. The rest of the novels were set in Brenton, a town I was familiar with. Even the short excision to New Orleans didn’t throw me because I had been there. The locations were comfortable to me. Going to the islands was another world to me and I froze up in trying to get into the feel of the novel.
No matter how many travel shows I watched, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the place I was trying to write about, so I put the novel down for a while.
It was actually several months later before I picked the book up again and tried to get into the story. I’d decided to change the main bad guy from Pele to something I was a little more familiar with. This alleviated some of the block that was keeping me from the story, but I was still not comfortable in my story, so I set it down again and moved on to the next of the dragon novels.
Finally, after a few more months of letting the story stew, I decided to have another go at it. I’d received more than a few requests for the continuation of the series and it was getting hard to justify putting it off anymore. So, after binge watching everything I could find on YouTube about Hawaii, I had the ladies at CTP set a release date and I dove in.
Writing the final half of the novel only took about six weeks, but I was wreaked when it was done. My beta readers had assured me that it was sound and good, but I wasn’t feeling confident in the final draft. Unfortunately, I was up against my deadline at that point and didn’t have time to scrap the manuscript and try again.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the final novel, but my confidence in the story jumped as I started to get responses back from the ARC readers. They loved it.

Now, as we release Kindling Flames Burning Nights into the world, my mind turns to the next novel in the series, Flaming Moon. This one will follow Elliot as he takes care of Brenton and the growing troubles with the werewolves while Darien is away. It’s also been planned for quite some time, so I hope to have it out very soon. Until then, I hope you enjoy Kindling Flames Burning Nights.

Burning Nights by Julie Wetzel

(Kindling Flames #6)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
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After a wedding filled with werewolves, fay, and vampires, Vicky is looking forwards to a nice, quiet honeymoon away from the chaos of Darien’s daily life. But nothing is ever simple with an Ancient Vampire around.

When the Vampire Council of Hawaii finds out Darien and his new bride are coming, they are determined to see that Darien is honored properly. But vampire etiquette isn’t for the faint of heart.

The nights could burn when lines are drawn… and Darien finds himself in a turf war he never intended to start.

Sneak Peek:

After a few moments, Darien shifted in his seat to face Elliot again. “Look. If you ever have a problem, I want you to bring it to me.” Elliot opened his mouth to protest, but Darien cut him off. “I know you’re a master unto yourself, but you’re also my friend, and I hate to see you suffering. Even if you don’t think I can do anything, just talk to me. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Elliot stared at him for a moment before nodding his head. “All right, but you have to promise me the same.”
Darien chuckled as he faced forwards and started the car. “Deal. Now let’s get going before Patrick sends someone out to find us.”
Elliot laughed as they pulled out into the night. Nothing had really changed, but his heart felt lighter than it had in weeks.

What are 10 fun facts about you?

  1. I am the middlest child of four. I have an older sister who photographs marathons, a younger sister who locks people in a room and laughs at them while they try to escape, and a baby brother also in the Navy. My brother is currently serving aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77).
  2. I am terrified of living spiders, but I have spiders on everything. Earrings, necklaces, shirts, table cloths, and many other things. I figure if it terrifies me that much, I need to immerse myself in it. Same thing with zombies.
  3. I have been accused of being a ‘well of useless knowledge’. If you give me a subject that isn’t too specific, I can probably come up with some fact about it. I pick up little things everywhere and stuff them away for later use. Make me a real contender in Trivial Pursuit.
  4. The author picture in my books was taken during a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS George H W Bush with my sister. When the ship came back from her maiden deployment, they arranged to host members of the sailors’ families for a few days as they sailed up the east coast. They picked us up in Mayport, FL and took us up to Norfolk, VA. That picture was taken as we crawled through the floor hatch after going down to look at the bilge.
  5. Although I live in Mississippi now, I’m originally from Ohio. I love to travel and see new places. So far I have seen 32 states(Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, and California.) One of these days I will hit all fifty states. I’ve also visited Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Someday I will invade the rest of the world too!
  6. I love Halloween! Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and anything creepy. Vampires are my favorite, but any monsters are welcome. Just please, keep me off the menu. Thanks
  7. I’ve only been writing for a few years now. This whole thing started in 2011 when my sister wanted us to send her the stories. She was deployed at sea and couldn’t get online to read her fanfictions. So, instead of her strange mashups, I decided to write her stories. Things got out of hand from there.
  8. I’ve broken nine bones. My aunt punched me in the face during a self-defense class and deviated my septum. I took a fall wrong in Jujitsu and broke my thumb. A friend tightened my corset wrong and broke a rib (yes you can break bones wearing clothing wrong). I walked into a doorway and broke my nose again (that does count as twice). I was rough housing with a friend and took a knee to the chest breaking a rib on the other side. I fell off a cooler at work and broke my fibula (no I was not drunk or drinking, I stood up on it to hang a sign and it rolled). Finally I rolled my car in the waterworks curve of I-55 in Jackson, breaking my manubrium and crushing the t3 and t4 vertebrae. And of those nine bone, not one plaster cast for my friends to sign.
  9. I can’t get to sleep if my feet are uncovered. I have to have them tucked in no matter how hot it is. I know it’s weird, but I’m still afraid that something under my bed is going to crawl out and chew on my toes while I’m sleeping (Hey, it could happen, you haven’t seen what’s under my bed!).
  10. I can not sleep in a room with a closet door open. My imagination runs away from me and I can see eyes watching me from that crack. It doesn’t help that Krys has several xenomorph statues tucked away in the top of the closet. Those things creep the hell out of me! And no, he is not allowed to put up the life size poster on the back of the bedroom door! 
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Author Bio:

Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.

Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she's not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

And with the Kindling Flames series, she is now an Internationally Best-Selling Author.

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