Author interview with Keri Lake and giveaway chance!
Hello all! I had recently posted a giveaway and cover reveal of Soul Avenged. Now that the book has been released I am ecstatic to say I had the chance to interview the lovely and darkly talented Keri Lake. Look for the giveaway link at the end of her interview to win a copy of Soul Avenged! So take a seat, get comfy, and please help me welcome Keri Lake!!
Twigs: Hi Keri! Welcome to Bitten! Let's start off by telling everyone a bit about you.
Keri: Sure, but before I do that, just want to say thanks for having me on your blog today, Twigs!Let’s see … I’m a married mother of two who lives in Michigan. I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I’m addicted to writing flash fiction and short stories.
Twigs: So glad to finally have you on here!! I have read your flash and shorts you have posted on your website....awesome!!!! If anyone else is interested you can find them here: http://www.kerilake.com/category/flash-shorts/ (I think my favorite has to be Imprisoned.)
For those of you who have not had the chance to read Soul Avenged and for those of you who cannot wait to get your hands on more of the brothers, I highly suggest checking them out! ;)
Twigs: What was the hardest part of writing Soul Avenged?
Keri: Honestly, the hardest part about writing this book was forcing myself to stop every night. I wrote the novel in about six weeks based on the fact that I just couldn’t wait to slip back inside the world of the Wrath brothers.Twigs: Wow! That is pretty amazing considering its 500+ pages. Did you have Soul Avenged bouncing around in your head for a while then?
Keri: Yep. Ayden had been rattling the cages for a while inside my head, but I ignored her up until I couldn’t ignore her anymore. Then one afternoon, on a long drive to my nephew’s basketball game, I finally decided to ‘take a few notes’ that turned into a couple of chapters. It snowballed from there!
Twigs: What books have influenced your writing?Keri: Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter and the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole.
Twigs: Who is your all-time favorite author?Keri: More goth than romance, but if I had to choose a single favorite author, it’d be Anne Rice.
Twigs: Who is your favorite character that you have written?Keri: This is actually a really tough question because I have loved writing all of the characters so much. Ayden, Logan, Gavin and Zayne. Even Wade, as evil as his character can be, was fun to dive into sometimes. My all-time favorite though is Zeke. He challenges me the most and has been named as a least favorite (wink). But rest assured, when his story is told, I think he’ll surprise readers—this is my goal.
Twigs: I know what that wink is for and I must say Zeke was not one of my favorites...I think he would have to go through A LOT and change that attitude of his before you have me convinced!! Hehehe!
Keri: I can assure you, Zeke will be put through some hell. No character of mine is safe. Muahahaha! I may give them happy endings, but they have to work for them.
Twigs: If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, who would it be and what would they say?Keri: Ha! What a great question! Hmmmm. Well, since the spotlight’s on Kane this time round, how bout I hand him the mic:
You know, I used to think a bad day was getting a caramel latte with skim milk when I clearly asked for whole. But since having my head nearly severed from my spine by an 8ft tall wolf-hybrid freak of nature, I’d have to say my perceptions have changed a bit. Call it a newfound appreciation for the little things in life... These days, I try to look on the bright side.
So when I found myself at the mercy of a lycan-slaying psychopath and her proclivity for serving up blue balls on a silver platter, yeah, I could’ve sobbed like a bitch and begged in futility for my freedom. But what’s the point? At least this way, I get to ditch the work pager for a week.
And besides, humanity is so overrated.
Twigs: Can you share a little with us on what you have coming up in the future? Please!!! ;)Keri: Ooh….what to reveal without giving anything away, hahaha! I’ll tell you that book 2 of Sons of Wrath is written and ready for some hardcore edits. If you can believe this, it’s actually darker than Soul Avenged. It’s Logan’s book and I’m anticipating some open mouth moments when readers get their hands on it. There were scenes I sat cringing as I wrote them, so I can only imagine the reactions. All in the name of tension and conflict!
I’ve also plotted a couple of novellas that will explore some of the relationships between the characters **cough** Gavin and Ayden, Zayne and Shey.
And then book 3 will begin sometime early this summer and I’m so excited to write this one.
Twigs: I cannot wait for back stories!!! I might have bugged you a bit about Ayden and Gavin a bit while beta reading Soul Avenged.
Keri: Nah! I prefer to use the word, ‘encouraged’. Haha! Gavin & Ayden seem to spark some interest in readers, so I feel compelled to tell their story.
Twigs: Can you sum up Soul Avenged in 30 words or less for the readers who are hearing about it for the first time?
Keri: Oh man, you’re testing my pitching skills! I thought 150 words was bad enough, hahahaha! Okay, I’ll give it a go …
After being brutally attacked by lycans, a female seeks Wrath demons for revenge. But time is against her as she’s forced to choose between her passion for vengeance or love.
Whoohoo! Exactly 30 words baby!
Twigs: What are your pet peeves?
Keri: As a self-published author, one of my biggest pet peeves is unprofessionalism toward critique. If you can’t take the heat … well, you know the rest. The industry is subjective—some readers will not care for a particular story that others will love. Move on. There isn’t a product in existence that hasn’t come without negative reviews. Use it constructively to grow and sharpen your craft.
Twigs: If you were deserted on an island, what would be 3 things you can’t live without?
Keri: Assuming my family is a given here, three things I couldn’t live without would be my laptop, my playlist and an adirondack chair.
Twigs: Laptop or desktop for writing?
Keri: Laptop, hands down.
Thank you Keri for visiting Bitten today!!!! Below is where you can find Keri and also her giveaway for Soul Avenged. And of course if you have not read the book yet check out the excerpt of chapter one!
You can find Keri at the following pages!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Keri-Lake/e/B006VY7EM6
Title:SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1)
Author: Keri Lake
Release Date: February 6, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Dark Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 533
Here is a little sneak peek of Soul Avenged! Enjoy!
Ice water.The frigid sensation sliced through Ayden’s veins, leaving a numb trail in its wake as she stepped through the remains of the abandoned factory—one of many havens for the crack addicts and prostitutes. The old Packard Plant had become no more than a ghostly haunt for tormented souls.
Shitholes were cropping up everywhere, much more rapidly than ever before. Detroit, once a thriving city, brought to ruins. Gray and lifeless like the suffocating overcast that loomed during daylight.
A vile stench assaulted her nose, a potent blend of piss, sex and rotted meat, as garbage crunched beneath her boots. Foundation had collapsed all around where she stood, crumbled as if the building would fold into the depths of hell.
The graffiti spattering the walls gave the impression that gangs were the real threat—‘We don’t die, we multiply.’
Right. Like gangs own any part of this city, anymore.
A Beretta, loaded with silver bullets and a silver parrying dagger rested at one of Ayden’s hips, a silver bullwhip at another, as she moved past comatose bodies and decaying corpses.
Feeding grounds, like a bait pile.
Deadened eyes slowly tracked her movement in the darkness, squinting, as though craving the light that hers didn’t need to see. Humans so strung out on drugs, they failed to recognize the half-eaten carrion were once their own kind.
Not that knowing would stop them. They’d apparently chosen to face danger rather than kick their addiction, roaming the streets every night in search of their next high.
They were already dead. Death just hadn’t come to collect yet.
The blissful sigh of a hopped-up junkie reached her ears. She snarled her lip. “Enjoy it while it lasts, asshole.”
It’d be one thing if they were homeless. Hell, she might’ve fired a warning shot to evacuate.
The homeless didn’t come here, though.
Neither did the police—making it the perfect spot to get wasted and hustle some money.
Shots fired would’ve been nothing more than a momentary distraction before their minds slipped back into their ignorant state of euphoria.
For any other girl, the place promised very bad things—an opportunity for a sadist to live out wild fantasies without ever getting caught.
For Ayden? Humans posed no threat. Their fragile bodies would shred like paper dolls against the work of her hands. Luckily for them, she sought something else to sate her thirst for bloodshed, something far more threatening than their most psychopathic criminal—and she’d tracked it right to the surrounding cornucopia of human flesh.
A thin, black mesh hoodie beneath her jacket concealed her face while the shiny black leather covering her body acted as a beacon in the moon’s light.
It didn’t matter.
Contrary to the fairytales and movies, they didn’t need a full moon to change.
Werewolves, some called them—like a supernatural Bigfoot on the loose. Nothing more than fodder for the tabloids, not to be taken seriously.
Lycans is how those ‘in the know’ referred to them.
The bastards could transform at will. In the middle of the day, if they wanted. Though, like a true predator, they’d evolved throughout the centuries, eluding humans by hunting them at night, catching their prey in their most vulnerable state.
Ayden reached a door in a darkened corner. The stubborn panel held stiff against the push of her palm, giving way only beneath one heave backed by exceptional strength. Beyond, a spiral of stairs wound above and below. Visuals flashed through her mind as she imagined the stairwell bustling with men in suits who passed each other with carefree visages—every one of them ghosts that roamed the destruction.
A quick scan showed no movement.
She tipped her head back and inhaled the repugnant scent the beasts had left behind.
Her feet took light steps, hardly making a sound against the concrete as she descended further into the pit of hell otherwise known as the lycan’s lair.
With each step, she wished her heart would pound wildly in her chest, or that her pulse rate would surge—both human reactions to fear. Neither of them did.
What fragments of her human soul remained had been stripped bare the night the Alexi made her one of their own. Even that, as tortuous as the unrelenting pain that seared through her body while it underwent its transformation, was a memory she could hardly summon anymore. Only a silent blackness dwelled in the place where snapshots of her life would have roamed free, a void that she couldn’t see beyond, separating her present from past.
She’d become one of them: an Alexi soldier. A cold and remorseless killer designed to eradicate in one sweep.
A noise piqued her sensitive ears.
Two flights below.
It could’ve been the skittering feet of a mouse beating against her skull like a base drum.
The thirst for blood moved like a dark storm cloud through her veins, a mix of raw adrenaline and something else—the something that came with her transformation.
Her feet moved on impulse, carrying her closer to whatever it was, rendering it nothing more than a thread-width away from its death.
In the corner of a landing, he sat hunched over on himself, body convulsing.
A grin skated across her face as she approached her first kill of the night.
Soul Avenged Blog Tour “Fire & Ice” Giveaway
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