Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Guest author Kiki Howell

Please welcome Kiki Howell 

In writing my latest series, I looked at the paranormal clans in my stories – vampires, witches and werewolves – and put them up against each other, strengths to weaknesses, in war and in the bedroom. I wanted to see who had the upper hand where, but also, how I could increase the heavy breathing, the orgasms, the relationships that broke all the rules in my little resort town of The Willows.

I started with a vampire and a witch for my main characters in Book I. When the vamp sweeps through with his increased speed and strength to kidnap a witch before she even knows what has her, I gave the vampire a bit of a shock too in that he could not only feel, but he recognized her magic. She was able to then dominant the mind games between them, and he questioned everything he felt. Even his true feeling he could blame on one of her spells when they were not. But, in bed, his dominance, his strength got to her while she used magic to…well basically freeze him and have her way with him and his stuck in a twenty-something body. Isaac was what I love in a vampire, all dark, a tragic past, forced into a life to survive, scarred inside and out, living a life in the shadows, doing a morally questionable job. So it was really sexy and steamy, to have such a dark and powerful creature sub-comb to magic, to make someone always strong weak in one tiny way though he maintains his alpha-male personality all the way through, weakening only for the forbidden love of a good witch.
In Book II, I pit a female vampire against a male werewolf. They both have supernatural strength. Who is toughest, I think that usually is just a decision of the author. So, I really didn’t make it an issue for them. With Amberlyn, my vampire, she fought her bloodlust, and Kane, my werewolf, he fought his urges to turn, to fully mate, as he would with a female wolf. I walked a fine line with these two, one that became very intense, in that Kane does turn in a moment of passion in the beginning of the story, and one that became very emotional in Kane wondering if it was possible for him to become a vampire too. But, not to give away anything, let’s just say I will let my witch, Winter, from Book I answer that question. Again, the sex is raw and sexy, patterned like a war in the bedroom -  one we humans only can dream of being part of *blushes* -with this pair as the war in the Willows gets more intense and more dangerous.
So much went into this series, at war or during sex, it was just so much fun, so intense, so arousing to write when you get to mix several paranormal creatures together. And, you can’t forget those wonderful human that are lucky enough to get caught in the otherworldly crossfire from time to time.  There will be much more on them in Book IIIDescription: :)

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At War in the Willows Series Blurb:

The Willows is a resort town run by vampires, werewolves and witches. Here, their true identities are kept secret from humans, and intimate relations between the individual clans are strictly forbidden.

When it becomes known that the vampire Amberlyn has fallen in love with the werewolf Kane, the tedious line of their co-existence has been crossed. Caught in the crossfire of this revelation, Drake, the vampire clan leader and Amberlyn’s maker, is killed along with an innocent witch. These deaths spark a series of horrific events leading to an all out War In The Willows.

In Book 1, Amberlyn’s vampire brother, Isaac, always one to kick ass first and deal with the consequences later, kidnaps a witch, Winter. He intends to find out what type of retaliation the witch clan is planning against the vampires and werewolves. In doing so, he finds so much more than he bargained for.

By Book 2, Isaac and Winter devise a plan to try to get the Elders of the clans talking peacefully. But, things don't go as they'd hoped, and the fighting between the clans becomes more devious - deadly. Now, Devin, another Vampire of Drake's making, steps in to help pick up some of the pieces as his sister, Amberlyn, fights to be with the werewolf, Kane. 

When Book 3 begins, it is Devin who hides the biggest secret; he’s in love with a local human. In a moment of desperation – of love – Devin sweeps this human, Sara, away to his home in order to keep her out of harm’s way.

Unexpected close encounters, bodies ripe with need, and situations beyond their control lead to forbidden relationships. Now three vampires, a witch, a werewolf and a human must ride along the edges of the rules. They will attempt once unthinkable romantic entanglements despite all those who oppose their relationships while fighting for their lives as well.

With the Willows full of violence and bloodshed, meetings and magic amiss, will the clans ever be able to find peace among them again? Or, will this war destroy the Willows?

Genres: Erotic, Paranormal (Vampire, Witch, Werewolf) Romance

Book I, The Vampire's Witch - Available Now at AmazonNNP Store and All Romance eBooks 
Book II, The Vampire's Wolf - Available Now at AmazonNNP Store and All Romance eBooks
Book III, The Vampire's Human - Coming Fall 2012
Reviews for Book I, The Vampire's Witch

“This is the first adult book I've read by Kiki Howell. And it was delicious! Good plot, great characters and sexy enough to raise the temperature in my house about 20 degrees... It's a very fast read, only about 50 pages. But it's a real page turner!” ~4/5 Stars by Lilac Wolf

“Ms Howell weaves a spell binding web that ensnares the mind and lets the reader drift away in to another world. I highly look forward to the next two books in this series!” ~4/5 Stars by Phoenix Johnson

The Vampire’s Wolf, Book Two, Excerpt:
Into his arms she fell, knocked them both off balance until they landed on the bed with the grace of lovers long kept apart. That’s to say, no beauty or finesse at all; just two bodies which came together, joined as close as they possibly could from head to toe, connected by what felt like the beat of only one heart. Even though the fall was enough to take one’s breath away, Amberlyn felt like she’d really taken her first real breath in a long time when Kane’s mouth took hers. His lips claimed hers, pressed down hard, consumed her own. He nipped at one spot, kissed another, parted her lips with his tongue. She relented, gave herself more than willing, ready and able.
As they rediscovered all a simple kiss could be, their limbs tangled together, warred for closeness that would never be enough, could never be enough unless joined as one. Sometimes, even not then.
No matter what people were, no matter what the social laws, regardless of the social conventions, beyond the uninformed beliefs, the rulers of their clans could not police or keep apart two hearts such as theirs – so hopelessly in love. Her vampire heart wanted a werewolf and she had to live with the consequences of her actions. They’d held back, not seen each other since her maker, Drake, had been killed when her relationship with Kane went public. Still, no amount of time apart, blood shed, threat of war or all-consuming guilt was going to change the way she felt about Kane.
This week her traitorous, dead heart had broken, had missed Kane and Drake. All she’d really done with her time was lay low as if she’d been told and get pissed about with the way things were. In their small resort town of the Willows, in the mountains of Tennessee, witches and werewolves and vampires were supposed to co-exist, mingle for show in public, but not form relationships and never, ever fall in love. But, sadly, the announcement that she loved Kane had gotten Drake killed and a witch dead in the crossfire. Now it seemed war had been declared against the clans.
She’d had hours to pine away the last few days, lost in all of her losses, to think on such things – what she’d done right, what she’d done wrong, how to make herself love no one – but there was no reasoning with the cold, dead organ which beat no more in her chest. Though the guilt was a bitch, she would forever long to be in Kane’s arms. These were the sad facts, her own catch-twenty-two.

About the Author:
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
She has now had over twenty stories published between seven different small presses.  She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. Although, a bit of caution, most of her stories tend to hang out on the graphically sexy side of town.

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