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Glad to have your here today, Stacey. I suppose we'll start of with the usual. Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?
Thanks for inviting me over! I grew up in the wilderness of Minnesota and loved it. I’ve always had an active imagination, so the idea of writing and doing that for a living has always appealed to me. When I’m not reading, I enjoy creating stories about exotic worlds and grand adventures…then shoving my characters in to see how they would survive.
When I first picked up a book, I hated it. I couldn’t read worth a darn. I forced myself to struggle through the book, but soon fell in love with the wonderful new worlds opened up to me by reading, and I haven’t stopped since.
I can understand that. I love getting lost in imaginary worlds in books as well. :) How long have you been writing? And what inspires you?
I started off as a doodler. I fell in love with reading, and it just seemed natural to give writing a try. I did it for fun at first, then grew serious about it five or so years ago.
What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever offered you about writing?
I’ve picked up a lot of advice from writers over the years, but I think there are two that impacted me the most: You can't fix a blank page and just because you finished a book doesn’t mean it’s ready to be published. Writing is hard, getting ready to have it published is harder.
Bah, I dread that publishing part. So in your latest release, The Demon Within, how did you come up with the concept for the story?
I usually get a short scene of one of my characters, a quick peek into their life, and the first person that came to me was Caly. Her struggle with her own personal demons touched me. Then things became more complicated when she tangled with an angel. I only knew a little about angels and demons, so I purchased a few research books and after reading all the lore, their story sort of fell into place.
Well it seemed to work out very well in my opinion. Can you share one of your favorite excerpts from The Demon Within? And why is it your favorite?
One of my favorite scenes was when Caly met Ruman for the first time. It’s one of the first scenes I wrote for the book. Here’s the excerpt. I think you’ll be able to see why…
Excerpt: (First meeting with the hero)
Caly met the open-eyed stare of the stone man, forever captured in time. Caly’s lips parted, and her breath stuttered out of her mouth.
There was a God.
The man — and from her view kneeling on the moss covered ground, he was most definitely a man — was absolutely gorgeous. Not in the normal sense, not by Hollywood standards. Prominent cheekbones, a full, sharp nose and a strong jaw kept his face from being too feminine.
Desire twisted through her. A deep yearning tightened her chest, and a bubble of hope swelled. This was a man she could depend on to not let her down. When she looked at him, the chaos inside that defined most of her life settled.
She felt normal.
Then reality crashed over her.
Desire for a damn statue.
How ironic she could be attracted to stone when living men left her cold. But here, in the middle of nowhere, she found a man who turned her on like nobody else, and he wasn’t real. It was enough to make a grown girl cry.
Little details filtered into her brain, and a thrill of excitement thrummed under her skin. The answers she sought about her condition were stuck in the past; she only had to uncover the clues. Since they’ve landed, he was the first concrete hint something was off.
This was why she came here. What quieted her protests against the mission. All for the chance to learn if there was a possibility for her to be fully human again and finally destroy the demon infection that had taken root and flourished in her body. Every day, it ate away her humanity. Relished the fighting a bit too much. Each time the darkness opened up in her, the more she wondered why she fought it at all.
The mission forgotten, Caly took her time to catalog the odd details. The statue wasn’t what she’d come to expect from this region. Instead of native garb, the grey stone man had chiseled, close fitted pants.
Two inch carved straps crisscrossed his chest, appearing to almost dig into the stone. His long hair, wild with waves, was tied back from his face. Her fingers twitched to run her hands over him. Though his complexion was tinged green with age, the fierce expression drew her gaze instead of repelling her.
The turn of his lips was anything but sensual, yet their fullness made her think of sex and what a man could do with a mouth like his.
Strong shoulders led down to a lean, sculptured chest. His open shirt did little to disguise his physique. The statue shouldn’t have impressed her, but it was as if the stone called to her. A streak of light filtered through the canopy, wavered a moment then illuminated him like an offering.
Something just for her. She had to curl her fingers into a fist to resist touching him.
As she watched, she swore his chest moved to breathe. It took a physical effort to pull her gaze away and longer to tuck away the desire to stake claim.
That was a great excerpt. Thanks for sharing! So what’s in the works for you, Stacey? Are you currently working on another book?
I’m working on a new book called BloodSworn.
There is a tentative peace between vampires, shifters and witches, but all that goes to hell when the first bloodsworn witch is born in hundreds of years. She is known as a scepter, and anyone who possesses her will rule. Now, each group wants to either own her for their own or kill her before the others get their hands on her. A small group thinks she might be the only one who can prevent the oncoming war…if they can keep her alive long enough. And only one man would risk everything to win her love for his own.
You know, I read the 'sneak peak' for Bloodsworn at the end of The Demon Within and I was already hooked. Right so I stumbled across this picture. Now that’s a bit exciting and daunting at the same time. I mean, good Jesus, it's like your own personal library, literally. Can you name a few of your most favorite authors and books of all time?
I adore books, so this is a tough question. My favorite authors change each time someone asks me. Here is a list of my top five series in no particular order:
· Devon Monk - Allie Beckstrom novels
· Lili St. Crow - Strange Angels novels
· Michelle Sagara – Chronicles of Elantra or Cast series
· Ilona Andrews – Magic Series
· Shelly Laurenston -Anything
Ha, I love anything by Shelly Laurenston as well. So what’s your ideal, perfect day? What makes Stacey Brutger a happy lady?
Maybe not surprising, a perfect day would be the one where I can just lose myself in a book by either reading one or plucking words out of the ether to create one. I love to travel as well, so sightseeing would be a close second.
Forgive my silliness, but I have to ask this. You wouldn’t happen to sound like one of the cast from the movie Fargo would you?
Um, I’ve never seen Fargo, though I’ve heard a lot about it. I’d like to think I don’t have an accent, but I’ve had some people ask me if I was Canadian.
Right, you'll just have to check that one out sometime or something. :) Now if you had your choice, which supernatural being would you choose to be and why?
I’ve always been partial to dragons. I’m not sure I’d like to be one, but I’d like to meet one…er, as long as they don’t like skinny blondes for dinner. lol Now if we were talking about powers, there are a few that I’d love to put on my wish list. :)
Ha, lately, I wouldn't mind the superpower of long distance teleportation. Right, so purely fiction of course, but you wake up tomorrow, and the world is being overrun with demons. Who you gonna call? Ha, sorry, always wanted a reason to say that. But really, to counter the invading demons, what would you do?
Wow, what a tough question. I’m good with a blade, but I’m not sure I would be able to survive without help. During the day, the possessed could be killed by a bullet if you were quick enough and could spot them. At night, I would have to pray for rescue. I might be able to survive zombies, but demons are a whole other thing.
Lol, you're good with a blade? Lord, that sounds ominous. And you're one up on me. I doubt I would survive zombies much less demons. Say you were walking in the park one day and decided to stop for a moment near a statue of a man. Now say this said statue sprang to life. Besides screaming bloody murder, how would you handle the situation?
I’m not sure I would scream, but I would swear up a storm. lol I would most likely think it was a joke, but I’d like to think I would be curious enough to stick around to find out what’s going on. Then again, I wouldn’t underestimate the scaredy-cat in me.
Lol, I don't blame you. I'd probably incapacitate him out of surprise. Thanks so much for stopping by today, Stacey. I look forward to reading many more of your books. And you are always welcome here. :)
Caly doesn’t trust the mysterious stranger who came out of nowhere and risked his life for hers. As a demon hunter, she knows there is something not quite human about the sexy bastard. Her ability to detect demons is infallible. She should know. She used to be one.
War is brewing between demons and humans. The demon infection that Caly had always considered a curse might just be the key to their survival...if Ruman can keep her alive long enough. Despite the volatile attraction between her and her sexy protector, Caly’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep everyone alive. The more Ruman learns about his beautiful charge, the more he questions his duty and loyalty...and dreads the call to return home. If they can’t learn to trust each other in time, one of them will die.
Review: So, I've read Electric Storm by Ms. Brutger and I really loved it. Of course, I had to give this one a try as well.
And yet again, I was not disappointed by far and was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. It was impossible for me to put the book down once I started even though it was way past my bedtime. This author has a distinct voice that makes it easy for you to delve into the world she creates and into her character's heads. And I have to say, I'm totally in love with her action scenes. I can actually feel my heart rate kick up its pace while my eyes are devouring each word to discover the main characters' fates.
The heroine, Caly, is one of those types that's easy to sympathize with. She's a stubborn, kick butt warrior that protects all those in her tight circle of friends and team mates while she's fighting her own demons, quite literally. The hero, Ruman, is also quite likeable and extremely protective of Caly. Gotta love a hero who will willingly sacrifice his life for his love. *Le sigh* Of course, after reading this book and the character, Ruman, I'll be sure to examine statues a bit more carefully in future. Just saying.
In my opinion, I thought this was an awesome book with a fluent flow that engages the reader easily, great action scenes, and tortured main characters begging for their own happily ever after. This is definitely a read to check out. I'll be waiting for Ms. Brutger's next release!
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