Thursday, December 13, 2012

Breaking the Nexus Blog Tour

 
Welcome to the official release tour for Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon! This action-packed paranormal romance will be released on 12/12/12 on Amazon in ebook and print!! To celebrate, Lindsay will holding giveaways throughout the month and a release day party filled with games and plenty of prizes!
 
The blog tour runs from Dec 1-31 and there are over 40 blogs participating! Join her on each stop as she shares exclusive snippets from the book, answers interview questions, or guest posts, and leave a comment to enter for your chance to win prizes!  Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter grand prize giveaway while you’re at it! Prizes include Breaking the Nexus swag, ebooks, custom jewelry, and more!
 
For a complete list of blogs participating, dates of special giveaways, the grand prize rafflecopter, and a list of the amazing authors generously donating books and swag, check out the special page on Lindsay Avalon’s blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com/p/breaking-nexus-blog-tour.html
  
Blog Tour and Release Day Party Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/174143076057719/
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Hello and Welcome to The Dungeon!  I’m so happy to have you here visiting and sharing your newest work.  Don’t mind the noise from the prison… err guests, they get noisy during their…treatments..lol.  Let me clear a spot so you can have a seat.  Would you like some refreshments before you get started?

So I have to ask…Why paranormal romance ?
I believe in magic and have always wanted special powers. I used to day dream that the world was so much more interesting than it really is, that people had the ability to wield magic and shapeshift. With books, I need a happy ending. Books are my escape from whatever is stressing me out, so a happy ending is imperative. It was natural to gravitate toward paranormal romance for me J
 

Tell us a little bit about your book.
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

What first sparked the series idea?
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure. My sister drilled into me a love of fantasy and mythology, and I’ve always wished my every day life included magic and mayhem. I think it just sort of morphed into the story I created. I knew it would be a series, because my characters began to take on a life of their own and several demanded their own books. The Mythrian Realm series will have sub-trilogies within it as well. Breaking the Nexus is the first in the Phoenix Trilogy.


What is the key element in your character creation?
I need my characters to have something special about them, be it a special power or character trait. I use that to build off of it and create the rest of the character backstory as I write. I don’t ever start a story with a full backstory. As it reveals itself to the reader, that’s how I learn it.


Who is the character that in your opinion everyone is going to fall in love with?
I think Sha. My betas all adore her humor, sarcasm, and ability to kick ass. She was a blast to write and I can’t wait to see how she develops in the rest of her trilogy. I hope people will fall in love with Connor too. I see him as a strong alpha male who’s protective of Sha but also doesn’t want to stifle her.
 

I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?
The sex scenes. I had never written a sex scene before and I was so apprehensive about it. It ended up not being that bad, but it took me forever to write it. For the longest time I had a page acting as a place holder that just said something like “INSERT SEX SCENE HERE” lol.

 
How would you rate the sex scenes throughout the series?
I tried to make them hot and pretty graphic without being pornographic if that makes sense. I want the sex to add to the stories, rather than being a major focus. First and foremost, my series is a paranormal romance instead of erotica. That being said, who doesn’t love hot, steamy sex?


Are there any of these in your books?  (Hands one of the toy boxes on the right which is filled with sex toys, whips, body creams, lotions, lubs…and whatever else you can imagine J)
At this time no, but sense I do love some good toys, that’s not to say I won’t end up using them in the future ;)


Do you see yourself writing anymore stories in this series or a spin-off?
Oh yes, most definitely. Breaking the Nexus is the first in a trilogy featuring Sha and Connor. I had originally planned on featuring them in a stand alone book, but their story morphed into something epic. When this arc is complete, I’ll start a new book in the Mythrian Realm featuring a new lead couple, but Sha and Connor will definitely make an appearance. Whether this new book will morph into a story arc remains to be seen. I have at least three characters in mind for getting their own stories.
 

Are any of your characters reflective of you? Without a doubt. I based a number of Sha’s character traits on my own, because it was the best way to make her the most real. I can be pretty sarcastic but she tops me by far. I’m also a very impulsive person, and I think I did a good job of bringing that into her character. Although she’s a bad ass, she’s impulsive and it can land her into hot water more than once. It also drives Connor insane which is fun. Connor was based on my husband J


Tell us about some up and coming books.
I ended Breaking the Nexus on a cliff hanger of sorts and the next book, Waking the Phoenix, picks up directly where Breaking left off. I can’t tell too much without giving away spoilers, but where Breaking took place primarily in Denver in the Human Realm, Waking the Phoenix will be set primarily in Mythria.


Will any of your characters from this series cameo in other future books?
Oh yes. As I mentioned before, Sha and Connor will star in their own trilogy and will continue to make cameo appearances in future books. Secondary characters from Breaking the Nexus will get their own stories once this trilogy is finished.

 
Where can we find you for future updates?
Blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com



Twitter: @LindsayAvalon

 

Any future touring in the works?
I’m having a month long tour for Breaking the Nexus right now! You can check out my tour page on my blog here for a list of all participating blogs: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com/p/breaking-nexus-blog-tour.html

I also have a Facebook event going with loads of giveaways and fun! Join here: http://www.facebook.com/events/174143076057719/

 
I’m so happy you have made this a stop.  Would you like a tour of the..err…levels?  J I can introduce you to the “guests”, if you just hand me that box back.
Let’s get you suited up:

Wine, mixed drink, or straight up? Mixed drink

Leather straps or chains? Leather straps

Cat-o-nine, braided leather, or chain length whip? Anything leather

Collar and Leash or Adornment? Collar and leash

Leather studded bodysuit or corset top? Corset

Fishnets or garter-belt? Fishnets

Leather pants, mini, or a long skirt slitted up both sides? Long slitted skirt

Lace up boots or high heels? Lace up boots

Ball gag, manacles, or blindfold? Blindfold

The rack or the whipping post? Whipping post

Candle wax or clamps? Either J

Blonde, red-head, or Brunette?  He is my personal favorite, but I have a thing for dark haired tattooed demonsJ.  And the nipple piercings just add that little bit of kink.  The humans are kept on the upper levels even though I’m slowly weeding them out.  They just can’t seem to handle our….services.  And of course, the further down you go the more of the paranormal comes to light.  So …what’s your posion?   We also have a new level of shapeshifters that can take on ANY form you want……it’s actually quite amusing if you want to switch during….you get the picture!!!
Brunette! J

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?  
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now. 
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
 
 
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.
My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.
 

3 comments:

Liz S. said...

Thanks for the contest. Your book looks really interesting and I am adding it to my TBR pile.

Sherry Johnson said...

another blog hop going on called warm up those winter nights.

dragonkeep62@gmail.com

Abinormyl said...

I like that the sex scenes were hard to write. I feel a lot of authors ut them in simply because they feel it is a requirement, not because they really feel it and when that happens I usually end up skipping the scene or being disappointed with the writer.

Thank you for sharing and thank you for the giveaway.

Melissa C.

abinormyl@gmail.com

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