Today I welcome Sondrae Bennett .She’s here to tell us about her new release Kalindra and a little bit about herself.
I like having guests; it’s kind of like having a party. Everyone comes to see what’s going on, hopefully leaves a message or two for Sondrae and comes back often to visit the blog later.
Thanks for joining us today Sondrae! It sounds like we get our ideas from similar situations. I to have a few stories based on events – and yes, yet to be written. Have fun a Comic Con!
1) Tell us a bit about your new release, Kalindra.
Thank you for hosting me today, Cristal. Kalindra is about a harpy warrior who is chosen to guard the gateway between Earth and Outremer, the world of every paranormal or mythological creature imaginable. She discovers that a human, Cameron, has passed through the gate without her knowing, so she takes holds him hostage until she can discover his secrets, but the creatures of Outremer want whatever he has that allows him to pass through the gate undetected and assault the gateway to try and get their hands on it. Through all of this, Cameron and Kalindra develop a relationship and, eventually fall in love. It’s a romance so I don’t think I’m giving anything away with that last bit.
2) Where do you get your ideas? For example Life experience, fantasies, experiences and fantasies of friends, etc.
Everywhere and anywhere. I was once walking down the sidewalk, almost ran into someone and had a great idea for a scene. Of course, it was for a very specific book that I haven’t written yet, but is going to be my next project.
3) What do you find draws you most to write?
I love stories. I’ve always been an avid reader of just about anything I can get my hands on, romance once I was old enough, but even before that I would devour books. I just sink into a good book and can’t get it out of my head, even when I’m not reading. Writing my own stories is ten times more rewarding. I just love to do it.
4) What else do you have in the works?
I’m currently writing a story tentatively titled Bring Me To Life. It’s about a painter who is cursed so his paintings come to life and there is one woman who he’s been painting on and off his whole life who comes to him and…well I don’t want to give too much away, but I am extremely excited about this one. I think it is going to be really amazing once it’s finished. After that, I will be working on the next book in my Alpine Woods Shifters series, which will be Laurie’s story for all the anxious fans out there.
5) How do you name your characters? Any special tricks?
Sometimes a character comes to me with a name. Sometimes I figure out how old they are and look up popular baby names at the time of their birth. I do have a list of names I love that I eventually want to use for a story, but sometimes none of those fit so I have to go searching.
6) Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
I read on both my Kindle Fire and my iphone (kindle ap). I do read some hard copies, but I’ve mostly moved to electronic.
7) As a romance/erotica reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
I like them all. I know that sounds like a cop out, but I really do. I’ll get in the mood for a BDSM, or a ménage story, sometimes a historical or a contemporary. I guess I read more paranormal romance than the other genres, but I’ll crave most of them at some point. As long as they have interesting characters.
8) What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
My favorite guilty pleasure? This might be a boring answer but video games. I love to play video games but rarely have the time for them. So I sneak them in here and there for an hour or two.
9) Any vacation or appearance plans this year?
I am going back to high school for a reunion this summer, which I’m actually really excited about. I’m taking a whole week and planning to stay with my best friend, who is now teaching at our high school, and we always have a blast together. So I’m looking forward to that.
I’m also going to be at Comic Con this year! I’ll be wearing a t-shirt with my book covers (although my friends will be as well). I won’t have a booth, but if anyone is going, look out for me!
10) What would your readers by very surprised to learn about you?
Not sure. I’m pretty open about my geekiness on twitter and facebook, so that probably wouldn’t surprise anyone (see comic con appearance, lol). I have two dogs, but I talk about them all the time. I don’t know, I’m an open book.
What happens when a warrior woman meets her match?
Harpy Kalindra stumbles upon three human corpses who’ve mysteriously crossed from Earth into Outremer through the portal she guards. A human prisoner with two traveling vampires seems her only clue. She captures the man, and brings him back to her lair to discover the truth-not only why he came to Outremer, but how he got past the defenses of the gate. She expects answers. What she doesn’t expect is the intense attraction she feels for him…attraction he seems to share.
Cameron has a secret. For years, he’s used a shard of the gateway to cross worlds without detection-for his own gain. When the gatekeeper saves him from the clutches of vampires who want the shard, he learns she’s not just another monster from Outremer. He can’t resist his attraction to her human form, and before long he’s feeling more than simple lust for her.
Kalindra’s gateway comes under constant attack from creatures who want what Cameron has. The assaults are his fault, but he can’t hand over the shard, which is a family legacy. He must convince Kalindra he can help defend the gate…but how?
Kalindra’s anger drained away. This was her fault. She never should have let him get this close. Never should have let him kiss her.
“Damn it, you can’t do this. You can’t try and protect me.”
He snorted in response.
“I am a warrior, not a woman. Protecting the gate is my task, not yours.”
Cameron tilted his head, his eyes sweeping down her form in a slow caress that made heat rise to the surface. Biting the inside of her lip, Kalindra barely managed to hold off the shiver as awareness woke the insatiable hunger for him inside her. The desire in his eyes echoed the emotions whipping through her, destroying all control.
“You look like a woman to me.” His deep voice rolled through her, bringing the shudder she could no longer hold back. When he looked at her like that, she felt like one. Not just any woman, but a sexy one.
When he looked at her with naked desire shining from his eyes, she felt…alive. After coming so close to death moments before, she needed that feeling. Needed him. Passion tore through her until she shook from the force of holding herself back.
Understanding shone on his face, in the roguish tilt of his lips and the fire kindling his gaze. This time when he took a step forward, Kalindra did retreat. Not from him, but from what he made her feel. But he was faster. Wrapping his arm around her waist, he yanked her forward until she stood plastered against him. Every inch touching him.
She melted into his heat, her arms gripping his shoulders as she stared into his eyes. Her body, still churned up from the fight, demanded satisfaction. The fight had denied her any. Here stood a means of getting what she needed.
Their lips met in the middle. Tongues tangling together in desperation for the other. She jumped into his arms as he moved backward, slamming her back against the tree trunk behind her. She grunted at the impact.
He let up for a moment, staring into her eyes as if trying to determine if he’d been too rough. Sweet.
She didn’t want sweet. The fire inside her demanded to be conquered by the warrior inside him. She ached to be taken. Hard, and fast.