Welcome to the Other Worlds Anthology Book Tour! Today I’m featuring Shawnee Small, one of the authors from the anthology, with her book Love Like Blood. Check out the interview below and enter the tour wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon/BN gift card. Follow the tour by clicking on the banner image above, commenting once on each blog stop increases your chances of winning.
By: Allyson Lindt, Award-Winning author A.D. Trosper
Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt
Akaria Gale and Award-Winning author R. A. Steffan
Jennifer Rose McMahon
Award-Winning author Amy L Gale
Shawnee Small and K. R. Fajardo
Award-Winning author Lea Kirk
Mychal Daniels and Laura Hysell
Shawna Romkey and Elizabeth Ryder
Award-Winning author Lindsay Avalon
LaVerne Thompson and Starla Night
Jayne Fury and Isadora Brown
Genre: Paranormal romance, Sci-fi romance
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Please tell us a little bit about your book.
My book is called Love Like Blood and it’s a title in my new Night Kind series. The story centers around a 22 year-old drug dealer named Rose Taylor who decides to sell her drugs in a rival night club and gets caught. Unable to go back to her boss empty-handed, she has to make a deal with the thug who took the drugs away from her in the first place. It all goes to hell in a handbasket very quickly as you can imagine.
I’ve always liked the darker side of things, and I spent a lot of time in my 20s in some pretty shady clubs in London. I wanted that feeling for this book – specifically because Rose is a reluctant heroine. She’s a drug dealer and yet by the end, I think you actually have some empathy for her and what she goes through. We’ve all made terrible decisions and then have had to live with the consequences of them.
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I absolutely 100% plot. If I didn’t, the outcome would NOT be pretty. Having said that, I do end up re-writing an outline at least 3-4 times as the book takes shape. Things I thought would work, don’t. Other things come out of the mouths of my characters and can’t be taken back. It’s painful. I hate outlining more than editing by a long mile.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
My favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, and Garth Nix, followed closely by Terry Pratchett, Clive Barker, and Stephen King. I don’t necessarily like everything they’ve written, but I get the most consistency from them. I have more favorite books than favorite authors. I have to say right now I’m reading V.E. Schwab’s a Darker Shade of Magic series and am hooked. And it takes a lot for me to fixate on a series, but this one has really gotten under my skin.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
Ooooh, that’s telling. Right now I’m working up a gaslamp fantasy series that I’m really really excited about. I can’t give away too many of the details unfortunately, but a lot of my worlds are based on places I’ve actually visited and/or lived in so I guess I’ve been lucky that way.
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
Neil Gaiman is my spirit animal. I have so much respect for that man. Every time I’ve had a chance to talk to him, he’s been kind and funny, and of course, he’s amazingly brilliant. He makes me want to be a better writer.
In terms of casting characters for my books, it changes all the time. I originally wrote the character of Adam Brightstar in the Shining Ones series for David Tennant because I was obsessed with Dr. Who when writing the first book, but if my series ever gets adapted, he’s probably going to be too old. I do have a tendency to use almost all English actors for my characters so maybe a new up and coming actor would be able to fill his shoes instead.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
Very carefully. I’m quite anal retentive about branding both in and outside of my books. And names carry a lot of meaning. I can agonize for a very long time over a name, but in the case of Poesy Wharton in the Shining Ones, I actually stole her name from my friend’s child.
Name one item you can’t live without.
This is going to seem ridiculously pretentious, but probably my Mont Blanc pen because I journal every day with it. And PG Tips tea bags.
What are some of your hobbies?
Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for hobbies these days now that my career has gone warp speed. If and when I do get spare time, I read and work out in the garden. In another life, I used to be a cake artist and worked in stain glass. I miss those days some times.
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
Probably late 18th century into early 19th century England so I could be on the ground when the Romantics came into their heyday and also to watch the gothic novel really entrench itself into the public psyche. I did my English Literature degree at the University of Virginia focusing on this same period and it remains my first love.
What’s next for you?
I have Destroyer, the final book in the Shining Ones to finish. Plus, there are two more books in my Night Kind series launching in 2018. After that, I’m back in another box set with another brand new book, and if I survive all that, I’m taking a well-earned holiday!
From Love Like Blood (a Night Kind novel)
Without thinking, Rose picked up her bag and turned it upside down on the cushion between them. The contents slid out in one giant heap – a couple of pens, a pink toothbrush, a condom, a mini box of tampons, a lipstick, her small wallet, an opened pack of Life Savers . . . and the brick of drugs.
Felix was oddly silent.
He leaned forward and brushed the rest of the detritus from her bag out of the way, leaving the drugs on display as if it were unearthed treasure. The expression on his face was unreadable.
Rose held her breath.
“You’re in over your head, I see.” He looked up at her. “Who?”
“Who what?” she asked.
Felix sighed and leaned back, crossing his arms. “Just say it.”
Rose swallowed her unease and met Felix’s gaze full-on. She didn’t flinch. What if he refused to help her after she told him it was Ivan? Worse yet, what if he turned her in to Ivan? What would Ivan do to her if he found out that she was trying to escape from the business?
#1 in Urban Fantasy, #1 in Paranormal Suspense, #1 in New Adult & College Fantasy
Shawnee Small is the bestselling author of Watcher and the Shining Ones series.
She began writing the first book in her new adult paranormal series, the Shining Ones, in early 2010. Drawing on inspiration from her life abroad, as well as, her time in the Goth subculture of the ’80s and ’90s, Watcher was published in February 2012. After a writing hiatus, Protector (Book Two) was released in 2016 with the follow-up book, Betrayer, launching in January 2017. Destroyer, the final book in the Shining Ones saga, is due out Winter 2018.
She is currently working on several projects a book of short stories based on ’80s hits and a brand new paranormal series. Her paranormal romance, Love Like Blood (a Night Kind novel), is part of the Other Worlds Collection, a special $0.99 boxed set bundle of 20 PNR and SFR novels for a limited time. Preorder now! www.OtherWorldsCollection.com