Author Interview – Danica Avet (Plus Win a Tiger Mask!)

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I’m excited to host the lovely Danica Avet on the site today. Her steamy read Succubus-in-Waiting released this week. Without further ado, let’s learn a little more: Smile

ME: The second book in your Veil Series, Succubus-in-Waiting, released on March 8 through Siren Publishing. Tell us a bit about the series.

DANICA: The series is about the world known as the Veil and their struggle against their enemies, the Eturi. The Veil’s sole purpose is to co-exist in the human world without the humans finding them out while the Eturians want to take over. Each book reveals a bit more about the world and the Veilerian’s fight against evil. Of course, just because there’s a quiet war going on doesn’t mean the characters in this world won’t find love when they least expect it 😉

ME: Who is your hero and what is he like? What popular actor or celebrity does he resemble (if any)?

DANICA: Connor Griffin is the temporary Alpha of his pack. He’s a serious-minded man, a scholar, who was unexpectedly thrust into the position of Alpha when his brother died to a succubus which is why he hates succubi so much. If I had to pick an actor who resembles, it would have to be Gerard Butler and not just because I have a serious crush on Gerard. He has brown hair, icy blue eyes, and a gorgeous body. *shiver*

ME: Now tell us a little bit about your heroine. What popular actress or celebrity does she resemble (if any)?

DANICA: Piper Foxgrove does not want to be a succubus and she sure as heck doesn’t want to be a weretiger either. She’s in constant battle against her true nature because she believes in true love and wants nothing more than to settle down with one man and have children. Of course, her nature as a succubus demands more, but she’ll fight it to the end. Piper has tiger striped hair and golden eyes. When I picture her, I see her as looking a bit like Mae West, all old school Hollywood starlet.

ME: What do you think your readers will like most about your story?

DANICA: I think readers will enjoy the push and pull between Piper and Connor, and the situations they find themselves in. I think they’ll also laugh at some of the antics of my secondary characters, and I hope they’ll fall in love with Piper and Connor’s story as much as I did when I wrote it.

ME: What types of stories do you like to read and who is your favorite author?

DANICA: I’m a fan of paranormal romance and historical romance. I can’t pick just one favorite author because I have so many! My heroes though, are J. R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, and Julie Garwood.

ME: You write steamy love stories for Siren Publishing. What in particular drew you to this genre?

DANICA: To be honest, when I wrote this series, I had no idea they’d be considered erotic romance, LOL. To me, they were just hot paranormal romances. After some deep soul searching though, I realized that there are erotic elements to the stories, which I enjoy. The paranormal part though, was a conscious decision since I adore writing about special people with special abilities.

ME: What’s next for you? Do you plan on writing any other books in this series?

DANICA: I have a third book for the Veil coming out in April. I’m not sure if there’ll be anymore in this series though. I have another series I’m working on that involves the Greek pantheon’s brand new corporation, Olympus, Inc. and the immortals who work there and the sexy mortals who drive them crazy.

You can find Danica at the following Social Media sites:

Website: www.danicaavet.com

Blog: www.danicaavet.wordpress.com

Group blog: www.fourfoxesonehound.com

Twitter: @danicaavet

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Danica-Avet-Writer/108148517161

Blurb:

It isn’t easy holding onto your virginity in a succubus Pleasure House, but Piper Foxgrove has managed for decades. As a rare succubus/weretiger, Piper dreams of true love to the consternation of her mother. Forced to work with a bad-tempered, good-looking werewolf looking for his nephew, she’s determined to ignore his sexiness. Unfortunately, her succubus half decides he’s the key to unlocking her powers, while her recently awakened weretiger half thinks he’s perfect mate material.

Connor Griffin needs to find his nephew. The Veil can be dangerous and worry makes him take drastic measures. His brother died because of one of the “soul suckering” succubi so he doesn’t trust them. But something about Piper calls to his wolf and has him doing things he never thought he’d do: like work with a succubus, or lust after a succubus, or fall in love with a sassy, sexy succubus with tiger-striped hair.

Excerpt:

“Are you insane?” she screeched as she ran to his side. She fell to her knees next to him, her hands moving over his body as her face creased into a frown.

Connor was perfectly fine, but allowed himself the pleasure of having her hands run over his body looking for injuries. This probably wasn’t the best time to get a boner, but the minute her hands touched his chest, he was instantly hard.

“You could’ve killed us!” she shouted down at him after she satisfied herself he was going to live.

“You landed on your feet,” he pointed out once he caught his breath. Easing himself to his feet, he noted with glee that she looked shocked.

Evidently, even though she knew she was a shifter, she didn’t utilize her abilities often. Connor wondered why that was, but didn’t give it more than a passing thought. His keen ears picked up the sound of running feet in the house.

Grabbing her hand, he yanked her across the lawn to his waiting truck. Glad his unwilling passenger was a wereanimal, he pushed himself, running as fast as he could. Piper easily kept up with him even though she tugged at her hand with increasing strength.

“You don’t have to drag me anywhere, dammit,” she cried out as they reached his pick-up. “I’ll work with you. You don’t have to friggin’ kidnap me!”

Not bothering to answer, Connor tossed her through the driver’s side door and followed her in. She got caught on the gear shift and ended up straddling it, which was fine with him. The closer she was, the easier it would be to keep her in the car.

“This is ridiculous, Connor,” she said almost pleadingly. “Let me pack a bag, and I’ll come with you on my own.”

“No time to talk,” he gritted out, shoving the key in the ignition. His truck wasn’t the fanciest thing, but it could move when needed, and he suspected he was going to need it.

Piper grunted at him and tried to lift her leg over the gearshift so she could sit completely in the passenger seat. Connor grabbed her thigh, pushing it back down so it pressed up against him. Desire zinged through him at the contact. Immediate heat infused his body from where his hand was pressed against her leg. His heart stuttered then, galloped wildly. Without conscious thought, his fingers curled into the soft skin. He heard Piper’s breath catch, then the sweet perfume of her desire scented the close confines of the truck.

“Don’t move,” he ordered, ignoring the lust. He threw the truck in drive and spun through the yard, turning back towards the road.

“If Persephone doesn’t kill you for kidnapping me, she’ll kill you for messing up her yard,” Piper said with vicious glee.

Not bothering to respond, Connor kicked the truck into gear and hightailed it down the driveway. Glancing in the rearview mirror, he saw lights pulling out from the back of the house. If Persephone came after them in the Porsche, his truck wouldn’t stand a chance of outdistancing her. At best, he could force her off the road.

“You do realize this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever had happen to me?” Piper said conversationally. “And that’s counting the time I fell and broke my leg during burlesque lessons.”

Connor snapped his head around, his mind immediately filled with visions of Piper with nothing but two huge feathers covering her naked body. “Burlesque lessons?”

“Uh huh. Mom made all of us take them. I’m not naturally graceful though, so when I went to remove my panties, I got caught up in it, fell off the stage and broke my leg. That was ridiculous, but this has it beat hands down.”

His eyes closed in supplication. Gods help him, he couldn’t catch his breath. His mind kept picturing Piper removing tiny bikini bottoms, her ample curves swaying and shimmying in time with a risqué song. Sweat beaded on his forehead, and his erection was rubbing against his zipper with every bump he hit.

“Um, do you want me to drive?” she asked suddenly, her voice hesitant, her body suddenly tense.

Opening his eyes again, Connor cursed as he saw he’d driven them off the paved drive and onto the shoulder. If she hadn’t said anything, they’d have ended up in one of the sugarcane fields.

“So, this is totally weird. If you hadn’t insulted me within Mom’s hearing, she’d have invited you to spend the night,” Piper continued. Under her breath, she said, “In my room.”

He jerked the wheel again. “Stop saying things like that!” he shouted at her, his blood like molten lava.

She blinked innocently. He wasn’t fooled. The succubus was lethal with her big gold eyes and kissable lips and her stories about G-strings and bedrooms.

Feeling completely overwhelmed by his lust, Connor punched the gas, sending the truck roaring through the night. The headlights followed but began to fall farther and farther behind.

A niggling doubt crept into his mind. To his way of thinking, if Persephone had been hell-bent on catching them, she would have. Instead, the headlights disappeared completely as though the driver had given up the chase. Frowning, he stared at the road, filled with the belief that something else was going on.

Buy Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/succubus-in-waiting

Danica has graciously volunteered to give to one lucky commenter a gorgeous tiger mask like the one shown above! She’d love to know what draws you into a story. Is it the hero and heroine’s interactions, the plot, or something else?

Update: The winner of the tiger mask is sapphyredragon! I’ll contact you privately. Thanks so much to Danica for graciously agreeing to an interview. 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Author Interview – Danica Avet (Plus Win a Tiger Mask!)

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    March 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Danica, thanks so much for being here today. Your story sounds hawt. And I love how Connor just can’t help himself, falling for Piper even though he thinks he hates succubi, lol. 🙂

      danicaavet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for having me today, Rosalie! I loved writing Connor and Piper’s story; there’s nothing more interesting than watching hate turn to love as far as I’m concerned 😉

    Fantasy Man Friday | Unearthly Musings said:
    March 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    […] before I can do any of that, I’m over at Rosalie Lario’s blog today for another interview and giveaway. I hope y’all will stop by for a visit and a […]

    Christine Ashworth said:
    March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Looks great, Danica! I’ll add this to my TBR list!

      danicaavet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Thanks, Christine! I hope you enjoy the story 🙂

    desiree said:
    March 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

    hi well i love to read all books and then both the women and men in the books are great
    and if i won the mask my bf said it go on wall or on the tiger bear i have hint hint
    but i love to read up to 3 week and then bog on them

      danicaavet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      LOL, The winners are entirely up to random.org, but that would be a great mask for your tiger bear!

    Rebecca Zanetti said:
    March 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    A wonderful interview, ladies! I’ve been under deadline, but can’t wait to read this book when things slow down! 🙂

      danicaavet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Hi, Rebecca! I can’t wait to get my paws on YOUR next book 🙂

    sapphyredragon said:
    March 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Love the interaction between Piper and Connor. LOL I’ll have to put this one on my TBR list, too. (Glances nervously at the towering pile…)

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      March 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      I feel your pain, Sapphyre. If my TBR pile fell over on me, I’d be crushed under the weight, lol.

      danicaavet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      I know that feeling, Sapphyre! I have so many books in my pile, if they weren’t e-books, I’d be buried 🙂

    Jack Ferguson said:
    March 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Ladies, do you feel that the artists, models and the photographers are true to your writing when they make your cover?

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      March 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      That’s a really good question. I would imagine that more often than not the cover art is not particularly true to the author’s vision. There are far too many variables for that, and what are the odds of the models looking like the characters you’ve envisioned? But that being said, I do think most publishers try their hardest to make the cover art representative of the author’s work. Does anyone else have a take on this one?

      Danica Avet said:
      March 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      So far, I’ve been very pleased with the cover art. The artist has managed to capture Piper’s innocent sensuality in this cover. For my first cover, I thought Ruby’s independent nature and sassy attitude was evident. The models might not be exactly like I imagine them, physically, but their personalities are dead on.

        Jack Ferguson said:
        March 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

        I have talked to 2 authors (Kathy M. + Harvey T.) who were a little frustrated , however they were both able to find the humor in it.

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