Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Interview with Cindy Paterson (+Review/Giveaway)


I'm pretty tickled to have author, Cindy Paterson, with me today. I've been hooked on her Senses series, so it's a pleasure to have her here today to celebrate her third release in the series, Fall.

***Cindy is also offering one lucky commenter a digital copy of Jump or Step. Be sure to comment with your email so you can be contacted if you win! :)***

Melissa: I suppose with start off with the basic question, can you tell the readers a bit about yourself? Maybe something we might not know about you already?

Cindy: Wow, tough. My author bio covers so much of me. I’m shy until it comes to something I believe in. Haha, so don’t put a Betta fish in a cup or abuse an animal if I’m around. I keep a Twix or a Carmilk bar in the freezer and take one bite every day, and it can be first thing in the morning or late at night, doesn’t matter.

I write every day except Mondays as I work a twelve hour shift at the veterinary hospital. On the weekends, it’s from seven in the morning until usually nine at night with breaks to walk the dogs. And I can’t wait for my weekends so I can do this. Spending the entire day writing is a dream come true.

Melissa: That's awesome, Cindy. I'm glad you can spend a lot of time focusing on your writing. So how, in the name of the little baby jesus, did you come up with The Senses series? Did you just wake up one morning with the idea? Or did a particular character come to you?

Cindy: I used to carry a note pad with me (now it’s my iphone) and jot down ideas throughout the day. So, I was constantly trying to think of new ideas that hadn’t been done before. In the paranormal genre many ideas are exhausted, so this took me a while. But since my life revolves around animals, my mind started whirling about their senses and how they are much more heightened than humans. How animals have this incredible intuition. Dogs can sense a seizure before the person even has one. A bloodhound can track shed skin cells, pretty remarkable. My horses know how I’m feeling better than I do. Their instinct is what keeps them alive in the wild, so it’s ingrained in them. So, the Senses were born and from there. I started digging for a history that was based on something that actually happened. The witches of Zugarramurdi fit perfectly and everything snowballed from there.

And since I know you’ll want to know, Melissa, Waleron was my first character to come to life (well in my head).

Melissa: Ha! I did want to know! Apparently, you have "senses" of your own. :) Now here’s something I was curious about. You've been posting a chapter of Run on your blovel (blog/novel) each week, which I love reading every Monday, by the way. Run is Anstice and Keir’s story which happens before Jump. I was just curious if you had written Run before or after writing Jump? Can you explain a little more about that?

Cindy: Oh, great question and it’s kind of a mixed answer. Run I’m writing week by week, and it’s pretty raw writing in that I have no clue as to what the dialogue is going to be or how each week’s scene will play out. However, I do know where Run is going as I wrote a detailed novel-like outline before I tackled Jump.

I really wanted to know the characters and build a history behind them. I’m a little crazy when it comes to character building, I want to know everything about each of the Senses. I need to know. For me, the characters have to breathe.

Melissa: Well, you definitely accomplish that in your writing. Right, so I won’t give spoilers of Fall, but have you always intended that particular book’s ending that way? Or was it something that changed over time?

Cindy: OMG, if you knew what Fall went through. Ha. It was completely different. I wrote it. Loved it. But not enough. I didn’t crazy love it. So with help of my amazing supportive new editor, we rebuilt it so that it became the novel it is today. My passion behind the story came alive through the changes, and boy, did I fall in love with everything about it. Now I crazy love it.

I never want to put out a novel that I can’t stand behind one-hundred percent. I have to really passionately love it. Doesn’t necessarily mean the readers will love it, but I hope they do.

Melissa: I don't see how they couldn't. Man, the entire series has been awesome reading for me. Speaking of planning, you had some surprises in Step. With the way the books are so well thought out, is this something you’ve really planned all along with the complete series, or is it something that comes to you as you write? You do like to surprise us readers a bit.

Cindy: My editor says I’m a panster, meaning I write and have no idea where I’m going. With Jump it was more thought out because I had the characters histories mapped from the outline of Run. But Step was completely blind. I knew Rayne had anorexia nervosa, and obviously I knew Kilter was going to play a big part in helping her escape her husband/guardian. I didn’t know about Jasmine’s part, nor the big secret which I can’t tell for those who haven’t read Step. For me, I like writing and not knowing where it’s going. Keeps the passion alive. I love sitting down and suddenly a new idea hits me and I write like crazy. If I knew where it was going I think I’d lose some of that excitement. And yes, I love surprises.

Melissa: Ha, apparently I do, too. I already know the answer to this question, but who is your favorite Senses warrior? And why him above the others?

Cindy: Yep, in my bio I’m with Xamien, but truth be told, Waleron is who started it all. His tortured past, his undying love for one woman, his unwavering commitment to the Senses. Oh, and the badass look with a snake tattoo is hot. Romantically, Xamien is my book boyfriend because he has a sense of humor, can be playful, definitely sexual, is obviously a hot Alpha badass, but there is also this sweetness in him, at least out of the bedroom there is. In the bedroom, all Alpha.

But, despite all this…Just so you know, Melissa, Jasper is coming into play, and I might have to change my bio.

Melissa: Ha! I knew it. You totally have me curious about Jasper. I still love Kilter. :) Now, I have to ask, can you share one of your favorite excerpts from Fall with the readers? And why is it one of your favorites?

Cindy: Well, I can’t share my favorite excerpt, but I will share a scene that is close to it.

Two Taldeburu Alpha males, Waleron and Xamien, meet to talk business. Dominant hot men that don’t back down from anyone. It was so much fun to write because they are involved with the same woman, and the dialogue became much more than business.

" Silence. Neither looked at the other, but the unspoken words were there between them.

“You’re being an ass,” Xamien said.

“Yes.” Waleron respected Xamien. Even though the Taldeburu requested to be removed from council over a century ago, Xamien was still valued for his skills as a warrior—his strength, composed nature, and fairness. It was the reason Waleron trusted Xamien to keep Delara safe. They’d sat on council together twice before, unexpectedly, Xamien rejected the duty. Surprisingly, the Wraiths had agreed. “I need her safe, Xamien. And I need her gone.” He’d Trace her there, but his wounds from the steel room were not healed and he had no intention of letting Anstice heal him.

Xamien came up beside him, so they were standing shoulder to shoulder. “What does she need?”

Waleron stiffened. The tension in his neck coiled like a spring. “She isn’t thinking clearly.” He hoped Xamien understood the double meaning.

“Perhaps you’re not either.”

Waleron curled his hands into fists and turned to look at Xamien. “Do not think that you can even begin to understand what is between Delara and me.”

Xamien’s brows rose. “But I do. I was the one who brought her mind back from the depths of despair when she thought you were dead.” Xamien paused. “I’m the one who was there for her when she thought she lost her child. And again when you made that bargain with Trinity. Where were you?”

Waleron’s snake Scar awakened and its movement seared his skin. What was Xamien saying? Delara was with him back then? After Trinity? Because of Trinity? Christ, after their child was lost?

“I didn’t know, Waleron. But I get it now. I see it. You still love her. And I know her love for you was immeasurable.”

Xamien said was. No, Delara still loved him. Waleron saw it in her eyes, felt it in her kiss, her touch. That would never fade. Did Xamien think he could walk into her life and erase everything Delara and he had been through? Expunge their love? “She has been using men for years to hurt me, Xamien.”

Silence.

A cool gust of air swept across the yard and a swirling dusting of snow danced across their clothes. Waleron waited for Xamien’s response. Waleron knew his words were hurtful, yet Waleron had never been one to worry about hurt feelings. He’d lost that ability the day he escaped Jasmine to save Delara and started taking the pills.

“And is that not reason enough to stop what you’re doing?”

Xamien’s words blasted into Waleron like a cold bucket of water. His instinct was to slam his fist right through Xamien’s chest, but he had lived a long time by not reacting spontaneously. Instead, he opened his Pez dispenser and popped another pill. Already over his daily limit.

Xamien met his glare. “Do not think I will stand by and watch you hurt her. I protect those I share my bed with. Delara is also my friend. Best you remember that.”

Waleron’s Scar hissed. It took him several seconds to control the roar of fury that wanted to escape his throat. The thought of Delara lying in Xamien’s arms was debilitating. “I don’t take threats lightly, Xamien.”

Xamien’s brows rose. “I know. That’s why I’m making myself clear. You let her go twenty years ago. I’m not.”

Both men stared at one another, daring the other to make a move. The standoff broke as a scream sounded and they ran for the house. "

Melissa: Well, good jesus, now I have to read it again. Well, okay so, I’m not begging per se…but can you tell us what you’re currently working on? Perhaps, tease us a bit with what’s in store for some of the Senses warriors? *nudge nudge, wink wink*

Cindy: Hmmm, well…like I do in every book, I put a text or email at the end of the novel to tell the reader which book I’m working on next.

But since you begged…I plan on a fast paced book, and you will see more of Waleron, Xamien, and of course, Delara. An ancient Senses will make a play. A Senses will die. As to the hero and heroine, well the text message in Fall says it all. 

Melissa: I'm so anxious to read the next now! Well, since we are talking fiction after all, let’s just say you encountered a weirdo with fangs, creepo eyes, and smelled of licorice. What would you do?

Cindy: Scream for Xamien. Hahaha. Damn, Melissa. Good question. Freeze in terror then pull out my pepper spray, but obviously I’d be too late as vamps are fast and I’m a mere human. So, in novel land, I’d telepathically reach Xamien and he’d Trace to my rescue, and I’d have to kiss him to say thank you.

Melissa: LOL! Good answer. Hell, I'd kiss him, too! So, if you were one of the Senses, which type would rather be and why? Tracker, Healer, Sounder, etc? 

Cindy: Healer. Healer. Healer. No doubt. No hesitation. As you’re aware, I’m in the veterinary field and spend pretty much all day in surgery. I love it. I love knowing I’ve made a difference and helped save an animal’s life. Sure, there are times when it sucks, but the good outweighs the bad in the field. I get to sit with an animal as it wakes up from a successful surgery and smile knowing I get to send him/her home with their family.

So, it’s in my nature to be a Senses Healer even though it sucks to feel the pain a Healer goes through. I’d take the pain in order to save a life because nothing is better than looking into the eyes of a happy animal.

Melissa: Awww, that has to be an awesome feeling. That's was a fantastic answer and definitely says a lot about your character. Thank you so much for stopping by today, Cindy. I love our chats and I'm very glad to have made your acquaintance. I think you're a fantastic lady and an outstanding writer! I'm wishing you tons of success with Fall's release. I know I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series.

Cindy: Melissa, thank you so much for having me on your blog. It is always a pleasure chatting with you, so much fun. Thank you to all the readers and fans, you guys rock and I love hearing from you and chatting about books.

Book Three in the Senses Series
Blurb “He’s destroying me—us. I need him like my next breath, yet I’m suffocating.”

An unrequited love that has ripped her to pieces.

Delara has loved Waleron for over a century. Their intense chemistry is sensual, gripping, irresistible. But tragedy struck, and after sixty-one years of believing he was dead, Waleron returns a tortured man. He claims the man she loves is dead, yet the undeniable sexual tension still pulls them together.

“I am no longer the man you love, maitagarri. I am incapable of it.”

Waleron has given his oath to protect the Senses. He will sacrifice everything for them. But there is one Senses he has vowed to protect more than any other—Delara. He will do anything to make certain she is safe, even if it means he must deny her the love they once shared.

She is the hunted.

Delara’s life is in jeopardy and Waleron will do anything to protect her. But he never suspected that Xamien, the man he brings to help protect her is way more important to her than he ever knew.

Torn between two men and hunted by another, Delara must fight her hardest battle—herself.


Review: If anyone has read my last reviews for the first two books in this series, it's not entirely hard to deduce that I loved this one every bit as much. 

It's actually a bit hard for me to talk about the book in any manner of detail without giving spoilers, which I try to refrain from doing in most all of my reviews.

Though, I can tell you what has hooked me on this series. It's definitely the well-developed world building the author has done, solid writing style, and the characters that do it for me. As a whole, it all meshes together oh so well to create a satisfying series that will leave you anticipating the next book in the series, as I am now. The author likes to surprise the reader in some cases, and you can't help but feel the growing tension between the characters. For me, who really hates not "knowing" and is an impatient reader, I flew through the pages to learn the characters' fates. It became crucial for me to "know" what would happen to each.

Plus, hot possessive, alpha men.. come on, now. Need I say more?

When I finished this book, I know I released a long sigh of relief and immediately felt the urge to re-read it again. While I am no authority, and this is strictly my opinion, if you haven't tried this series, you are truly missing out. Go on, go grab a copy. 

Be sure to pick up your copy at: Amazon
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Author Bio: I am Xamien's secret lover. Well, in my head I am and since I'm single this is completely allowed. Some of you may ask, who is Xamien, don't worry you will meet him soon enough in FALL the 3rd Senses book, but no falling in love with him. He is all mine.

Writing books is a fantastic way to have adventures that are impossible to have otherwise. I mean do you really want to fall in love with Waleron? He is so unstable and would never pick up after your dogs or clean the litter box. Not to mention the fact that he is always out killing disgusting grave robbing bug people.

Curling up with a good book and losing yourself to another time and place is the greatest reward. Being able to feel a character's emotions, their fears, pain and love. Now that is incredible. I relish in the books that stay with me long after they have ended. This is what I strive for in my writing. To give the readers, and myself, an escape into another world, my world.

I have been writing since I was twelve. My parents, sorry mom and dad, would send me to my room for an hour every night to do homework, and instead I wrote stories. Oops, guess that is why I did so bad in math.

I have never stopped writing since then and never will. It's like an addiction, but a good one. I adore stepping into the shoes of a character and deciding their fate. The characters are why I write. I want to fall in love with them (even the bad ones), so that I care about what happens to them in a story. If I can't care about the characters then why bother with the story.
 

Be sure to visit Cindy atWebsite

***Be sure to leave Cindy a comment with your email address to be eligible to win a digital copy of Jump or Step! Good luck!***   

18 comments:

  1. Great interview ladies. I enjoyed reading it. Cindy, I love that you have a yummy treat stored in your freezer you indulge in with one bite a day. I don't think I'd have the restraint and I'd down it all in one sitting .lol

    Enjoyed your excerpt and love your bio...nicely done! Congrats on your book!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christine! :)

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  2. Hey Melissa. Hi everyone. I so enjoyed doing this interview, what fun it was. Melissa, I'm coming back here lots, just so you know:)
    Cheers Cindy

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    1. I hope you do come back lots. You're always welcome here. :) So glad to have you on today. I had a lot of fun with our interview.

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  3. Love the interview Cindy! It is great to hear tidbits about you and your writing.
    macti39@yahoo.com

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  4. Nice interview!

    Wow, great excerpt. I really need to get caught up in my reading! This series sounds fantastic! Adding to my wishlist.

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    1. Oh you have to try this one, Stacey. It's a fantastic series. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I'm not entering the giveaway, but I HAD to stop by for the interview which is fantastic, by the way :) Awesome questions, Melissa. And thanks for digging into Cindy's mind there for a bit ;) Book 4 here we come!!!

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    1. Oh, Book 4.. why do you tease me. :) Thanks for stopping by and reading the interview, Michelle. :)

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  6. I love the titles of the books. It totally makes me want to pop them open and see why they are named that way!!! :) fishinlovingal@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Meghan! Oh, the titles are so appropriate for the books. Once you read them, it really makes sense. I'm so hooked on this series.

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  7. Oh wow. This was a fantastic interview--both questions and answers.
    Love the titles of your books and love the cover of Fall!
    brenda_dyer212@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! I really think you'll enjoying reading Cindy's Series. :)

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  8. I've heard Melissa talk about your books before, and that peaked my interest. After reading this interview and reading the excerpt - I'm hooked!!

    sherifredricks @charter .net

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    1. Hurray! Glad I could hook another since I keep talking about these books. Thanks for dropping by, Sheri! :)

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  9. Fantastic interview. You do such a great job getting authors to talk. And fantastic excerpt.

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  10. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I wonder what kind of events or people inspired the author while writing this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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