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    DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler was released in the U.S. on June 10, 2013 in eBook format and on June 14th in audio format. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and in eBook format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Carina Press, the story is 232 pages.

    DEFIANCE is the first book in author Stephanie Tyler’s New Adult series of the same name. The second book in the series, REDEMPTION, is slated for release on September 16, 2013.

    Note: This review is based on an eARC that I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was purchased for my collection.

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    Description…

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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    Dark, savage and wickedly sexy, DEFIANCE delivers on its promise. It brings readers into a post-apocalyptic world ruled by violence, dominated by those strong enough, brutal enough, organized enough, to stay in power. It takes them into the world of the Defiance Motorcycle Club where women are possessions and battles are often fought to the death.

    When Tru Tennyson left home, looking to escape a life she wasn’t sure she wanted and a father whose brutality wasn’t reserved only for his job, she thought she’d never return. But when the world fell apart and life outside the MC became more dangerous than the one in it, going back was her only option.

    Even though it meant turning to a rival Club’s leader to bring her back. And even though it meant she would likely be killed or be forced to face a fate much worse than death. But she had to try.

    Because she didn’t want to be some prize for the leader of the Kill Devils. She knew she wouldn’t be able to survive on her own. And she didn’t want what happened in her past to catch up with her.

    But gambling on Caspar, the Club’s Enforcer, to stand up for her was risky. She had no guarantee he’d be willing to put everything on the line for her safety. She had no idea if he cared whether she lived or died. The odds weren’t in her favor. And after seeing him again, she was certain she bet wrong.

    Told from three of its characters’ points of view – Tru, Cas and Mathias – DEFIANCE offers an exciting look at author Stephanie Tyler’s post-Chaos world where daylight is rare and violence is abundant. It is a story about survival – in the post-apocalyptic world and in the MC. About loyalty – to friends, lovers, the Club. About change – for outdated rules, for oppressive views. And at its core it is a love story.

    The author created two incredibly appealing main characters who are strong on their own but even stronger together. Tru is a kick-ass female protagonist. She is smart. She is a survivor. And she isn’t above doing what has to be done in order to survive. She knows her mind and she isn’t afraid to speak it. But she also knows when to keep silent. Although a former “princess” of the MC she is not looking for a prince.

    Cas is not a typical “bad boy” male protagonist. He is not hiding a soft interior under a hard exterior. He is not a hero in disguise. He takes dangerous to an entirely different stratosphere. And he makes absolutely no apologies for who he is or what he does.

    DEFIANCE is a fantastic start to this new series. The story is deliciously dark. The world is refreshingly different. The setting is harsh, gritty, brutal. The characters rough, cruel, deadly, but also brave and fiercely protective. All of which makes for a wildly entertaining read.

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    On a personal note…

    I knew I was going to love this book. The description screamed that DEFIANCE was my kind of book. It was dark. It was sexy. It was delectable. The world was dangerous. The characters were fierce, ruthless, violent, deadly.

    I did not want the story to end. Which makes me really glad that this is a series and not a standalone. Even if the next book focuses on different characters.

    I loved meeting Cas and Tru. I loved getting to see the story from each of their perspectives and was intrigued by a third character’s point of view that was offered. I loved getting peeks at their history from before Tru ran off. I loved getting to see what their lives as members of a Motorcycle Club were like pre-Chaos.

    It took me a couple of chapters to get comfortable with the clipped style the author used for the dialogue and for the characters’ thoughts. But once I figured out the rhythm and got used to their vernacular everything began to flow. It was the perfect style to use and it fit the story so well.

    The world was fascinating. It held me captive from the moment I began reading. It was one I haven’t visited in any of the many stories I’ve read. My typical post-apocalyptic reads involve looking in from the outside on violent motorcycle “gangs” and not being plunged into their world. It was exciting. It was shocking. It was wicked.

    But it was the characters that I was most drawn to. I loved that each and every one of them was strong. I loved that even though Tru needed help to get out of her situation, she wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was totally kick-ass. And while Caspar may have been her one weakness, she was also his.

    Seeing the story, and their story, come together from each of their perspectives was awesome. It allowed me to get to know who they were in a way I know I never would have been able to had this story been told from just one of their point’s of view. The face each of them presented would never have clued me in on what they were really thinking at those key moments in each other’s lives. So I’m so glad to have had peeks into both of their thoughts.

    But I wasn’t too sure what to make of Mathias’ point of view when it was introduced into the story. I wasn’t sure why I was seeing the story from his perspective. And while I absolutely adored him, I am still not entirely sure seeing things through his eyes was absolutely necessary, even though it appears that the sequel will focus on him and his friend Bishop, a character who is a bit of a mystery.

    The Motorcycle Club culture is one I am not in the least bit familiar with. So I can’t say how closely the Defiance MC resembles a real one or whether it was modified significantly to fit in with a world that had been ravaged by storms. I’m guessing the general structure is the same, but that everything was amped up. Which made it incredibly appealing.

    This story is not one without violence. It was bloody. The characters were on edge, the world was on edge, so things tended to escalate pretty quickly. And Tru’s arrival put things that were already set into motion on the fast track.

    But I loved following along as all the pieces came together and the end game was revealed. And no, I’m not going to say whose end game that is. Or whether they won.

    Power struggles – internal and external to the Club. Secrets. Betrayal. Brutality. Sex. A love story. DEFIANCE brought it all. And I want more.

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    Favorite passage…

    There were a lot of passages that I considered favorites. Some were a bit too violent and some were a bit too sexy to reveal here. And while this one between Cas and Tru may be just a tiny bit spoiler-y it is one of my very most favorite ones.

    “You have to tell me things. Have to.”

    “Will. And you gotta play your game in public till all the shit finishes.”

    “I can do that.”

    “No can. Have to. Means your life. Means mine. And, Tru, in case you don’t know it yet, you’re my life. Yeah?”

    “Yeah,” she murmured back.

    This review is based on an eARC that I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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    My Reading Pile #119

    The books I traded for arrived this week, or at least three of them did. And I am totally stoked that I’ll have a chance to read all of them just a bit early. I’ve been pining for a couple of them for a really long, long time so I feel all sorts of lucky this week.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I didn’t receive any review books in the mail this week, though one of the books I did end up requesting after last week’s My Reading Pile post was approved. And I did receive an electronic copy of Stacey Jay’s OF BEAST AND BEAUTY in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on in July. So I did receive some awesome books in addition to those I traded for.

    I’ve been dying to read REPLICA by Jenna Black since last year. When I first heard about a new YA series by the author I couldn’t wait for its release. Now I’m excited that I won’t have to. While it is Sci-fi, not my typical read, I just love the sound of this series and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to check it out.

    I’m also super stoked to have received 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I’d heard chatter about this book and I just decided it was a must have. Of course, until I created this post I hadn’t actually checked out the description. But yes, it sounds amazing. Doppelgangers and parallel universes. How awesome is that?

    And of course I can’t wait to read THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. While I hadn’t known it was a series-ending book until just the other day, I love its characters and world and am so excited to be able to read it early. And while I am giving this copy away as I requested and received the eARC since making, but before receiving, the trade, it is a book that I’m dying to get on my reading pile right now.

    But as I have two books already planned for this week, it will have to wait just a bit. For now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 23, 2013 – June 29, 2013)

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    First up on the pile is ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey. While I did get the chance to read this quite a bit early, it was only a beta read and I want to read it again for review. At least that is my hope.

    I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Philomel, a couple of months ago and now that its release date is almost here I want to read it once more. While I never typically write reviews for books I beta read, I’m hopeful that since it’s been so long since I had read it and that this is a more finished version than the one I had previously, I will be able to write one.

    At the very least I’ll get the chance to read this amazing and gorgeous book again. Which is not a bad thing at all. Because I haven’t had much of a chance to re-read books this year. And this is one of those books that I really, really want to.

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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    Defiance

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    Next up on the pile is DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler. I received an eARC for review a couple of weeks ago from the publisher, Carina, and I’ve been just dying to check out this New Adult title by the author. Bad boys and Motorcycle Clubs make this book sound incredibly appealing. And I can’t wait to meet the characters.

    Since the label “New Adult” was created I haven’t yet read a book that fell into this category, but when I read the description for this book I decided to take the plunge. It sounds dark and gritty and more than a little bit dangerous. And I can’t wait to enter this world of “semi-darknesss and near-total anarchy.”

    As I have no idea what to expect, I am not going to even try and guess. But as it sounds like just the kind of story I’m definitely in the mood for right now, I can’t wait to dive into it this week.

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    PROXY by Alex London is my wishful thinking read this week. I never thought I’d become so fascinated with dystopia but I find myself drawn to these books more and more lately. And right now I want to see what this author has to offer with this first book in the series.

    While I know that I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to have time to sneak it on the pile during the holiday week next week. So for now it’s just a really big wish I have.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I managed to read all those novellas that I wasn’t sure I’d finish from the previous week’s pile before the challenge ended on Sunday. And I even managed to post my reviews for them throughout the week. I also managed to, finally, finish and post my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH which I read in May.

    I still haven’t had time to review INDELIBLE or finish writing that review for GODDESS but I hope to be able to complete both reviews this week. And while I did manage to read IF I SHOULD DIE, saying goodbye to the one series proved a bit too much and I still haven’t yet read BOUNDLESS.

    But I hope to do so this week. We shall see. As I really want to read CLOCKWORK PRINCESS for my reading challenge, maybe I’ll try for an easier series-ending book to tackle instead of BOUNDLESS, which I know will make me cry.

    I did end up giving in to temptation and went off pile to read THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, which would have been a one-sit-read if it weren’t for work. But it was amazing. So worth it. Of course I read the introductory teaser for the next book in the series and now I’m all grumbly because I want to read more.

    I always find it fascinating how one story can resonate differently than another for me as a reader. The shape of the story was similar to so many dystopians. It was the very reason I didn’t fall madly in love with The Hunger Games books. I never really made much of a connection. I didn’t care about the outcomes except for a clinical interest in them. I didn’t connect with the characters in any real way. And I thought the first book was too derivative of books I had read.

    Yet, THE TESTING captivated me right from the start. I connected with the characters, I was engaged in the story and the one question I had that was bothering me was answered moments after I voiced it aloud.

    I suppose it’s how the words are put together on the page, how the story is presented. So no matter that it’s a competition, a “kill or be killed” environment, a journey fraught with peril – something I’ve read about time and time again – I fell in love.

    Anyway… now that I have read a couple more books, books I have yet to review, it means I have some catching up to do. And while I don’t think that’s going to happen this week, I’m hopeful for the next. But we shall see….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    While I didn’t put any new requests in at NetGalley this week, I did end up getting approved for one title I requested just after last week’s My Reading Pile post went live. And that is…

    Time After Time

    TIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

    I just had to request this sequel so I could read both books in this series back-to-back and not have to wait for this book’s release to do so. And now I don’t. So I’m totally thrilled that I’ll be able to add each of them to the pile in August and finally get to meet Anna and Bennett.

    I still haven’t heard back about CONSUME, but I’m keeping fingers crossed.

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    I didn’t find a ton of new books on NetGalley this week. Whether it’s the quiet before the storm or not, I’m not sure. But I did find a few…

    IMPERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 16 2013)

    LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott (Pan Macmillan, Jul 1 2013)

    FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 22 2013)

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    I spent much of the past week out for the count. Sick. So I didn’t get as much reading or blogging done as I’d have liked to. And with a bunch of real life stuff going on this week, I’m not sure how much I’ll get accomplished. But I hope to squeeze in a few hours of reading time. And perhaps a few more dedicated to writing those reviews I’m behind on.

    And with just the one blog tour stop this week, I should have a day or a few when I can actually post those reviews. I just have to write them.

    I’m still desperate to read EARTHBOUND so I hope I don’t go off pile to read it or forego writing those reviews I need to write. And I hope I can shake this desperate need to read more dystopian novels so that I do end up reading the two books planned for this week.

    As I found myself peeking at WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, it’s also very possible I’ll deviate from plan to read that book this week. Which may not be a bad thing as I haven’t exactly been successful at the YA Contemporary Challenge I’m participating in.

    But I shall try to remain on pile and if I don’t you’ll find out next week as I guiltily reveal just what was left behind.

    Anyway… as always, I hope you received some amazing books for review or ones just to read purely for pleasure. And I’d love to hear what you plan on reading this week, as it may tempt me away from my current pile. Not that I want to be tempted away from it….

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Q&A with ‘DEFIANCE’ Author Stephanie Tyler + Giveaway

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    I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Author Stephanie Tyler to the blog to answer a few questions about her new book DEFIANCE which releases TODAY!

    DEFIANCE is a New Adult title and the first book in the author’s new series of the same name. When I read the book’s description and the short excerpt, which is included below, I just had to make it my first New Adult read. It sounds so deliciously dark, with a fierce heroine and a bad boy or two.

    But it was the “post-Chaos world,” “near-total anarchy” and the Motorcycle Club that made this book a must for me. Well, that and a quote from the excerpt – “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.

    As I did ask quite a few question… again… and there are all sorts of awesome details about the book and author to check out, I will skip the long intro.

    But just one thing…

    Be sure to check out the DEFIANCE page on the author’s website for an awesome image of the MC’s logo and for a longer excerpt from the book.

    … or two.

    And the second book in the series, REDEMPTION, is slated for release on September 16, 2013 and is available to pre-order at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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    About the Book

    Defiance

    Title: DEFIANCE (Defiance #1)

    Author: Stephanie Tyler
    Publisher: Carina Press
    Release Date: June 10, 2013
    Format: eBook
    Genre: New Adult (futuristic/paranormal)

    Description…

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home…and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough–and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response…and the inevitable fallout.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    About the Author

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    Stephanie Tyler was a Secondary Ed teacher for grades ranging from middle school to college while she pursued a PhD in English Literature, all while trying to convince herself that she would get back to her dream of writing as a career eventually. When her daughter was born with serious medical problems, Stephanie found inspiration in the fighter her child proved to be—and found her own way back to writing.

    Today, Stephanie writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense with military heroes. Stephanie also co-writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the name Sydney Croft. Stephanie is a member of RWA and NINC, both professional organizations for authors. She lives in New York with her husband, children, and Gus the Weimaraner, and she is always working on her next novel.

    She loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to peruse her website at www.stephanietyler.com.

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    The Interview

    Hi Stephanie, I’m so happy to welcome you to the blog for an interview/Q&A. Your new adult novel DEFIANCE grabbed me immediately. It sounds a little bit dark, dangerous and sexy and totally kick-a**.

    Thanks for having me! And yes, those are great words to describe Defiance — and especially Caspar. 🙂

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    Q. As my blog has largely focused on YA, my readers may not yet have had the pleasure of “meeting” you. If you had only 25 words or less to describe yourself, how would you do so?

    I’m a voracious reader who loves bad boys, alpha males and tattoos. I’m a writer who gets to write the stories I like to read.

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    Q. And if twenty-five words just weren’t enough, what one other detail would you like to share?

    If I had to pick another career, I’d be a singer in a rock band. (This could only happen if I was granted a wish that made me un-tone deaf.)

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    Q. You have an impressive number of successful and enticing titles to your name, but DEFIANCE is your first novel in the new adult genre. What made you decide to take the leap into this genre?

    I don’t really have enough control over my characters where I can sit down and say, I want to write a New Adult book. For me it was such a natural progression of the way I already write — I think exploring a character’s past, especially those years between 18 & 25, because they’re so fraught with angst is so important and I realized that I could actually write about characters at that age now instead of making them older and going back and describing their past. I can show them living it.

    Plus, Tru and Caspar just arrived in my mind – they are who they are, you know? I couldn’t change their ages anymore than I could change the fact that they’re part of an MC. 🙂

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    Q. How has writing a novel for the new adult genre differed from writing paranormal romance and romantic suspense? Were there any changes to the process? To the plot? To the characters? Did you find it easier? More challenging? Did you keep a different audience in mind?

    This book has fewer POVs — I typically include lots of subplots in the suspenses and the PNRs. But this book found me shifting to mainly the hero and heroine’s pov, with several of Mathias’s scenes. And nothing about this book was hard. I got the spark of the idea when I was on the treadmill (I tend to plot and talk to myself while I’m walking and listening to music, which is why I can only do it in my house and not at the gym — or they’ll cart me away) and I went to the computer and within three hours, I had the first several books mapped out plus the first five chapters written. When a book and its characters shout that loudly at me, I tend to pay attention.

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    Q. While it may be too early to tell, what do you like most about writing new adult?

    For one thing, it was my first time writing in first person — not the heroine or hero, but a secondary character whose voice came through that way. I absolutely loved it, and his book will definitely see me writing more first person pov. But also, I simply love that timeframe between the ages of 18 − 25. They were such an amazing time in my life — first time freedoms as well as mistakes.

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    Q. You mention on your website that you pitched DEFIANCE as “Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse.” Without revealing too much, what can readers expect from this first book in your new series?

    In Defiance, you’ll learn about the Chaos, a series of massive storms following a meteor hit close to an active volcano. Picture hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, but all happening at the same time. The world’s struggling to rebuild three years later, but the Defiance MC was really in a perfect position to thrive. They’re built on violence and chaos and anarchy and they’ve always been tough enough to survive most anything.

    But Caspar, the head enforcer of the MC, doesn’t know if he’ll survive Tru’s return. She’d got the power to ruin all his plans, and he’s got a tough choice to make — claim her, or kill her.

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    Q. Characters are such an important part to the story. In DEFIANCE, your leading characters are Tru and Caspar. What can you tell us about each of them?

    You’ll meet Tru Tennyson — former princess of the Defiance MC. Her father was the head enforcer, which entitled her to a lot of privilege in the club. Before she ran away, she was dating Silas, the son of the head of the MC. But she’s really in love with Caspar, Silas’s illegitimate brother. And Caspar’s my favorite kind of character — a true bad boy who respects the woman he loves.

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    Q. Did you have a favorite scene to write in DEFIANCE? If so, what made it your favorite to write?

    I had a lot of favorite scenes, but a particular favorite was the fight and party scene when Tru first comes back. Mathias asked Caspar when they’re going to be allowed to finally have some fun (although he asks far more colorfully than that!) and it was awesome to watch the younger generation of the MC dance and party and go wild, even in the face of the Chaos. They still had some normal in the face of all the adversity.

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    Q. What is it about romantic suspense/paranormal romance that appeals to you as a writer? Do you prefer creating the relationships or writing the action sequences?

    My books begin and end with the characters — they’re the driving force and so they yank me all over the place. I follow their lead and try to keep up, whether they’re doing relationship stuff or fighting for their lives.

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    Quickie ‘Favorites’ Qs

    Favorite writing spot… Bed.

    Favorite writing tool – mac, pc, pen, pencil, etc… Mac or Clairefontaine notebook and Pilot Precise V7 Fine.

    Favorite time of day to write… Between 11PM and 2AM. Always been a night owl.

    Favorite way to write – silence, with music, etc… Music, the louder the better.

    Favorite book you wrote… Always the last one I finished 🙂

    Favorite character you created… It’s a toss up between Jake from Hard to Hold and Caspar from Defiance.

    Favorite book you read in 2013… I don’t know if either of these are 2013 releases but it’s a toss up so far between The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Labon and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.

    Favorite writing snack… Chocolate. Any kind.

    Favorite moment as a writer… Hitting the New York Times Bestseller list was pretty cool 🙂

    Favorite source of inspiration… Everywhere. But reading and TV are top choices.

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all those questions for me and my blog’s readers. I, too, am a fan of bad boys, alpha males and tattoos and cannot wait to discover them all in DEFIANCE.

    I love that the story and characters screamed at you to be written. And that Tru and Caspar are exactly who they are and there’s nothing you could do to change them. Those are the best kinds of stories to read. Everything connects, makes sense, flows naturally.

    And I really cannot wait to learn more about the Chaos and what Caspar decides to do about Tru. It sounds like he doesn’t have an easy decision ahead of him.

    DEFIANCE sounds incredible and its characters are ones I can’t wait to get to know. Thank you so much for sharing just a little bit more about them, your book, yourself and your writing.

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    The Excerpt

    “You can’t give up on me now.”

    “I already did that, a long time ago.”

    “I don’t believe you.”

    “You didn’t know me, Tru. Never did.”

    “But you know me. And I’m not giving up — I won’t give up enough for both of us.”

    He muttered — mainly curses — under his breath. She ran a fingertip over his lips. “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.

    “And then I’ll put you back together.”

    “You have no idea what you’re asking.”

    “I do. You want someone to stand by you while you try to fix everything here. You told me.”

    His eyes flickered, a little surprised. “You were too drunk to remember anything that night.”

    She smiled, trailed her hand along to cup the back of his neck. “I remember everything about the time we spent together.”

    He waited a beat, a muscle in his jaw twitched as he clenched it, his eyes searching hers. Looking for something that she knew she could give him. “That was before,” he told her finally.

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    The Giveaway

    I am offering up for giveaway a Kindle eBook copy of DEFIANCE to THREE (3) winners.

    The giveaway is open to anyone, 16 or older, who can accept Kindle eBook gifts from the Amazon US store.

    Just leave a comment about what most appeals to you about DEFIANCE and enter in the Rafflecopter, below.

    (There are a couple of extra entry opportunities for following the author on Twitter and liking her Facebook page.)

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