Saturday, January 5, 2013

Giveaway and Interview with author Donya Lynne and her book Rebel Obsession

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… Let me clear a spot so you can have a seat.  Would you like some refreshments before you get started?
Maybe a bit of tea. I know, I'm boring in the beverage department.

Tell us a little bit about your book.
Rebel Obsession is the third novel in my All the King's Men (AKM) series, and tells the story of the ill-reputed playboy, Io, as he finds himself lured out of his Casanova ways into uncharted territory: monogamy. As you can imagine, for Io to discard his womanizing lifestyle, which he was quite content living, takes a pretty special female. Enter the king's daughter, Miriam. She's one such female, and not because of her royal connection. Io was smitten with her even before learning she was the princess. Unfortunately, her father stands in their way of being together, and when a rebel like Io goes up against the king to stake a claim to his daughter, sparks will definitely fly. But it sure makes for an entertaining story as we follow along and see how Io will overcome the adversity King Bain represents to take what's his, Miriam.

What first sparked the series idea?
Oh wow. Where to start?
Micah Black was how the series started. He was the male protagonist in my first book, and when I started his story, it was simply supposed to be a one-off. A stand-alone. But as soon as I started writing, a bunch of other characters jumped into the action. Very quickly, Micah had a whole gaggle of buddies who wanted me to tell their stories, too.
I knew I wanted to write a paranormal series about vampires, but not the run-of-the-mill vamps we’ve all seen in every vampire book around. I wanted something a bit different and more magical. Micah and his pals gave me that opportunity.
That’s the short version of what sparked the idea for the series. LOL.

Who is the character that in your opinion everyone is going to fall in love with?
Trace. No question. Traceon already has a massive fan following. Everybody wants to know more about Trace and how his story will turn out.

I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?
Transition scenes are challenging, because I don’t want to spend too much time on the mundane, but enough time to phase readers from one pivotal scene to the next to keep the story moving. Love scenes are challenging in the respect that I like to find new and better ways to describe what’s going on physically between the lovers without the scene reading like a play-by-play of a boxing match: “He touched her breast. She moaned her approval and arched into him. His mouth closed over hers. She gasped.” BOOOOORING.

How would you rate the sex scenes throughout the series?
Well, one of my readers said she went up in flames while reading the first love scene between Micah and Samantha in Rise of the Fallen.  A knife was involved. Those two are very creative and adventurous, and Micah’s a former dom who’s rediscovering his love of the lifestyle with Sam, who is curious about the BDSM scene, so sex scenes between them are pretty fun to write. Sam gives as well as she takes, and she and Micah have exceptional chemistry.
I also have a couple of M/M relationships, which are always fun to write. Arion and Severin were the first M/M couple to have a story with Heart of the Warrior, and Arion was…well…adorable. He was confused and shy…and embarrassed. I loved writing his first love scene with Severin, and a couple of readers on a discussion board actually referred to that scene, saying that they could feel Arion’s bashful embarrassment before it got all hot and spicy.
Believe it or not, the love scenes in Rebel Obsession were very romantic. I was shocked that Io gave me such romanticism, being that he has been a notorious womanizer. He just told me that the love of the right woman brought out his good side. LOL. Men! I love that duality, though.
In future books, I’ve got a male who loves to savor and takes his woman slowly. The slower, the better for him. He is exceptionally passionate and practically drinks his woman in, laving her with full-tongued caresses and long, luxurious suckling at her neck. There’s also some voyeurism, exhibitionism, and kink for a group that’s taking shape. Micah is sinking back into BDSM and loving it. Sam is enjoying being a submissive to Micah’s dom. And I’ve got another character who is an unbelievable, devastating romantic who knows how to do wicked things with a rose in the candlelight, as well as a deadly male who finds his outlet for passion and peace in a most unsuspecting female. And there’s another M/M couple brewing.
You could say I’ve got a little of everything, and the scenes range from 
simmering heat to molten hot.

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, lubes…and whatever else you can imagine J)
Yep. Micah is chuckling. If you could see his play room, you’d know that we have all that and more in the series. Micah just said, “But the real toy is in here,” and tapped his head with his index finger. He is an exceptional mindfucker. Can I say mindfucker on here? You can bleep that out if you have to, but Micah is a master at using psychological terror on his subs.

Do you see yourself writing anymore stories in this series or a spin-off?
I have at least eight more stories in this series, and right now I’m seeing a spin-off, as well as a follow-up series for the next generation.

Are any of your characters reflective of you?
Believe it or not, Micah and I are pretty similar and symbiotic. He and I were both going through an extremely dark time when I began his story, and through writing it, we both got better. Micah is my inner self, which I rarely show the world. I relate more to Micah than any other character in the series.
I am working on a stand-alone contemporary romance that is semi-autobiographical, though. It’s been deeply emotional to work on that piece as old wounds and memories open in my mind.

Tell us about some up and coming books.
We could be here a while. LOL.
I’m working on the next book in the series. It’s titled Return of the Assassin, and I’m loving how it’s starting out. Very dark, very anguished…seeped in conflict and adversity. This is Malek’s book, and we saw his story beginning to take shape at the end of Heart of the Warrior. We saw it continue to develop in Rebel Obsession, and now it’s his turn. He has refused to accept the death of his mate from long ago, but he has met someone who is forcing him to do just that, and it’s tearing him apart to the point he’s losing his mind and falling into depraved behavior that will see his death if he doesn’t wake up and accept reality. ROTA, as I call it, will also introduce some new, pivotal characters who will shake things up.
After ROTA is Bound Guardian Angel, Trace’s story. Talk about pressure. Fans are so excited for this one that it’s daunting to even think about it right now. But I think fans will like the relationship(s) that develop in Trace’s book. Trace is special, and what I’m getting from him for his story is good. He’s at a breaking point, and I’m getting excited about tackling him. I think fans want to know if something will develop between him and Micah. I guess they’ll just have to wait and see, because those two are being very wishy-washy when I try to talk to them about it. I do know that Trace wants a female. Whether he and Micah go down their own path, he wants a female all his own. He cherishes the idea of belonging to someone…and he holds too much love for feminine beauty to ever be fully satisfied without a lady in his life. But it will take a very special female to keep him satisfied, because he has some pretty messed up needs.
I’m also working on some stand-alone novels. I already mentioned the semi-autobiographical story, but I’m also working on a contemporary M/M piece that is both tragic and hopeful. I think fans of M/M will love it, and I think readers who’ve never given M/M a chance will become converts from this one. I’m also working on a couple of anthologies of my erotic short stories, as well as a few holiday pieces for next year.

Where can we find you for future updates?
Fan Page:
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?
Micah is laughing at me. Bastard. He’s telling me to go for the chains.
Cat-o-nine, braided leather, or chain length whip? Collar and Leash or Adornment?
Micah sooo wants to answer these questions. He said chain link whip and a leash. And now he’s all excited.
Leather studded bodysuit or corset top?
Corset top
Fishnets or garter-belt?
Leather pants, mini, or a long skirt slitted up both sides?
Long skirt
Lace up boots (with or without heels) or come F*** me high heels?
Micah’s about to pop his zipper at the high heels, but I like the lace up boots without heels. Micah says, “Booooo, you puss!” at my answer.
Ball gag, manacles, or blindfold?
Blindfold. Micah even says blindfold. Finally we agree.
The rack or the whipping post?
The rack.
Candle wax or clamps?
Wax. And once again, Micah and I agree. He loves playing with fire (and will in Trace’s book).
Blonde, red-head, Brunette, or Supernatural J?

Now let's take a look at the books:

For a limited time, ROTF is FREE at:
Amazon & Smashwords
Also available for $0.99 at B&N:
B&N / Smashwords

In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks. Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community. Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.

When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever. Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive?

Heart of the Warrior (AKM #2)
Amazon / B&N / Smashwords

Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion.

Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin.
Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

Micah's Calling (AKM #2.5)
Buy Now:
Amazon / Smashwords

Author’s Note: This is a novella supplement to the All the King’s Men series. It is highly advised that you read Rise of the Fallen before reading this novella. Reading book two of the series, Heart of the Warrior, would also be beneficial, but not absolutely necessary before reading Micah’s Calling.

With the threat of Apostle behind him and Samantha’s life finally out of danger, Micah’s mating phase, known as the calling, unfurls to full strength. Unable to resist the demands of his body and the hormonal heat that drive him to propagate the vampire race, Micah loses himself in the pleasure Sam gives him, yearning for her body to receive his seed to create new life. But after what Sam has been through – barely surviving Apostle’s venomous bite, and then Micah’s own venom to counter Apostle’s and make her immortal – Micah knows Sam’s body has suffered too much to accept a child so soon.

But the desire to nest and start a family isn’t the only thing Samantha has awakened in Micah. She has also stirred Micah’s long-dormant love of domination. With Sam, Micah finds himself longing to re-open his dungeon, and Sam wants to know more about this kinky world she has heard so much about but never tried. When Micah takes Sam to a scene party to introduce her to the BDSM lifestyle, their lives are turned upside-down when Micah is asked to assist in dominating a fellow dom's submissive, only to discover the submissive is his friend, Traceon.

Throughout her journey in this new world Micah has introduced her to, Sam begins to realize several hard truths about herself and what she wants. Will Micah allow her to explore her new interests? And will the new direction in his friendship with Traceon prove to be too much and break the bonds that have begun to tie them to one another?

Micah’s Calling is a story of devotion beyond the level of friendship that will light your imagination on fire.

Strong sexual content, voyeurism, exhibitionism, BDSM, knife play, mild ménage, and much more.

Rebel Obsession (AKM #3)
Just Released - JANUARY 2, 2013
Amazon / Smashwords / ARe

Former cobalt addict and AKM drug counselor, Io is a male vampire known as much for his abrasive personality as for his playboy lifestyle. In other words, he's not the likeliest to make friends and settle down. Life on the edge suits him, and he lives full throttle, making his own rules, and damn the consequences. What he wants, he takes, and what he wants now is Miriam. If only he can find a way to see her again without getting himself killed, but her father stands in the way.

Miriam is the daughter of the king. Strong-willed and defiant, she feels like a prisoner in her own home and struggles to break free from under her father’s oppressive hold. The king’s law surrounding Miriam is explicitly clear: No one touches her. Period.

In a fit of rebellion, Miriam has turned to cobalt to find relief and freedom, but now she’s a prisoner to addiction as much as to her father’s strict control. What's more, she can’t get sexy Io, who tended to her so gently as she recovered from her first overdose, off her mind. Will she ever see him again?

When Miriam overdoses a second time, she and Io are thrust back together, and all bets are off. Seeing each other was the one thing both wanted, and not even the king’s laws and threats of punishment will be enough to defuse their rebellious obsession with one another now that they’ve found each other again, even if the consequences are death.

A little more about Donya:
Donya resides in Indiana, with her husband and a small zoo of cats and dogs. In fact, her writing buddy, Lucky, might become more famous than she is, based on the feedback the ever-present feline receives on her Facebook page.
As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and dreaming up stories. Seems writing was her destiny.
Donya loves music and often finds inspiration for her stories in the wide range of music she listens to. Nothing like a little Korn to propel the angst in a scene, or Enya to evoke softer and more romantic storylines.
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 Now for the fun stuff!!  Donya is offering you a choice of one of her books in the series plus some awesome swag!!  Just fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!!  Good Luck!!!


laurie said...

thank you for such a great giveaway

gamistress66 said...

enjoying the series & happy to see that won't have to wait forever for traces' story :)

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

PM350 said...

would LOVE to win & read
I'm excited about your world!!
I snapped up books 1 and 2!!

Kassandra said...

Thank you for the chance at another book in such a great series!


Booklover Sue said...

This series looks so good, got my free copy of the first book!

susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

Victoria said...

Thank you so much!

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This series is fantastic. Can't wait to read Rebel Obsession. Thanks for the giveaway.


Emily said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I love your books Donya!

Linda said...

Congrats on the release of Rebel Obsession. I like the sound of the book; the playboy who falls hard! This is a new series to me & I loved the overview of the vampire species that you've created. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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