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Archive for November 23rd, 2010

Got the following from RWA’s website. As often as I’m in the bookstores, locally, and in Raleigh, I keep telling myself I’m helping the economy with my book-shopping. To me, there is nothing better than being in the bookstore, browsing for books. What about you? 😉

Shop Bookstores This Season!

During the excitement of the holiday season, bookstores offer shoppers the perfect opportunity to select some remarkably personal gifts for friends and family. A mother can buy her daughter her first young adult romance novel. A grandmother can seek out a baby book for her grandchild. A man can find the hottest new historical romance for his love. The possibilities are limitless.

RWA wants to encourage you to support the bookstores in your community. And more than that, we want you to spread the word and make this a season of joy for our bookstores, too.

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Saving humanity from the supernatural has been challenging lately—even for a well-trained earth Sybil like Bela Argos, who must harness the magic of a fractious group of warrior sisters and battle a new wave of paranormal attacks. Another challenge is Duncan Sharp, the hunky NYPD detective who might turn into a demon overnight and devour Bela in her sleep. Still, the darkness taking over Duncan’s body can’t stop the molten heat unleashed by the intense attraction between them.

Duncan has two major problems: First, he has the soul of a suspected serial killer hitching a ride on his vibe. Worse (yes, worse) he’s got a demonic fever raging inside that promises a world of hurt for everybody, especially Bela. Now he’s all about getting even with the demons that put this freak curse in his blood—satanic forces that dare to unleash their savage lust on Duncan’s soul, his city, and the woman he loves.

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NT: Hi Anna! Thank you for being our guest today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Anna: Hi! I’m Anna Windsor, and I love writing paranormal romance. I also write for teens under a different name, and in my “day job” I work in state psychiatric facility–one of the oldest functioning asylums in the U.S.

NT: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Anna: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. I’ve been writing since I could first move a pencil.

NT: You have a new release this month, can you tell us about CAPTIVE SPIRIT?

Anna: Captive Spirit picks up the story of Bela Argos, a character readers first met in the BOUND books–though she was secondary, and it’s not necessary to read those first three to enjoy these new ones. Bela isn’t a cooperative, meek “good girl” by any means. She grew up rough and she’s had a tough road as a Sibyl. She’s determined to redeem herself and rebuild a fighting group, and she’s barely gotten started when some wicked new demons hit the scene in New York City. The last thing Bela needs is a serious distraction–so that’s the first thing she gets.

Duncan Sharp fought hard in the Gulf War and he’s been with the NYPD since he left the Middle East. He’s tracked a serial killer, a man he once considered his best friend, all across the city. The night he catches the bastard, he’s attacked by monsters and saved by beautiful women in leather. Duncan figures he’s died and gone to some weird heaven until he understands that his best friend his dead, his best friend’s ghost is hitching a ride in his head, and oh, yeah, the monsters infected him, and he’s turning demon himself. His only hope lies with the Sibyls, and one Sibyl in particular.

Duncan and Bela have their hands full with a new breed of wicked demons–and with each other.

NT: What inspired the idea for this series?

Anna: I’ve always been fascinated by natural magic, earth magic–powers that rise from nature herself. I wanted to create warriors who weren’t necessarily witches, but drew on some of the same energy that traditional witches use. Legends of wise women from different cultures inspired me, and the Sibyls were born.

NT: What aspects of your life have you found creeping into your stories?

Anna: My work with the seriously mentally ill always bleeds into what I write. Character quirks, motivations, and human frailty permeate my work–and because of the old state hospital where I work, I can rarely resist describing weird ancient buildings that become something close to characters themselves.

NT: Is there anyone you use as a sounding board when you’re stuck on a scene?

Anna: I use a couple of friends, one in particular who is even patient with me when I need to make sure bodies can really do what I’m asking them to do. Judy, Gisele, and my old buddy Chey McCray really help me out.

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time? (If there is such a thing *G*)

Anna: Spare time? Spare time. . .  I know I’ve heard that phrase before . . . .

Well, I farm, bake bread, and try to exercise. I try to eat whole foods now, so cooking takes a lot more time, but I hope it’s worth it.

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

Anna: Captive Soul comes next, and it tells the tale of Camille Fitzgerald, a fire Sibyl who struggles to find her spark. After that is Captive Heart, where all the Andy fans finally get to read the story of the world’s only water Sibyl. I just turned in a proposal to my agent–a recurring human heroine, an old asylum, and a much wider range of supernatural characters. Fingers crossed!

NT: How can readers contact you?

Anna: anna@annawindsor.net

I love hearing from readers!

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Many thanks to Anna for joining us today! For a chance to win a copy of CAPTIVE SPIRIT, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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