Jen: Shield of Fire is your debut novel. Tell me a little about the journey to get it to print.
Boone: This has been a long haul, mainly because Shield was the first full-length novel I ever wrote. It started out as a historical and through many rewrites, finally became a fantasy romance. I have to admit, my poor editors had their hands full with this story. They did a stellar job guiding me through the process. It was such a learning experience.
Jen: For new readers, could you talk a little bit about the world of the Bringers and the Bane?
Boone: The story takes place in the land of Inness. A thousand years before the Demon Bane besieged the land and began building their army by stealing human souls and converting them to demons. The queen beseeched the Bringer King to open the Arch of the Mystics and rid her land of the Bane.
Jen: Do you have a little snippet you could share?
She made no move, only stared at him. After several torturous seconds, she reached for the hem of her shift, and pulled the garment over her head in one quick motion. His eyes opened and he sat up, no longer interested in pretending.
Ravyn gasped and crushed the shift against her breasts. He pushed back the covers and stood, his naked body lit by the moon’s glow. The whites of her eyes rounded but she didn’t retreat.
He refused to accept her embarrassment—not with him—not ever. With only inches separating them, Ravyn’s desire and apprehension rippled along his skin. The beast stirred.
He’d give her one chance to leave. “You shouldn’t be here.”
She nodded. “I know.”
He took a step toward her. “I can’t give you what you seek, Ravyn. I can’t be who you need me to be.”
She stepped toward him. “I understand. Please don’t send me away. I want this.”
His honor faded with her words. He pulled the crumpled material from her hand and exposed her naked form. Heat radiated from her. He stepped closer, but she wouldn’t meet his eyes.
“Don’t hide yourself. Not from me.” He tipped her chin so she would look at him. “Do you understand?”
She nodded, but her posture remained stiff. He trailed a finger across her shoulder, down her breast, and over her nipple. The tips pebbled under his caress. Ravyn sucked in a breath and grabbed his hip for support. He loved the way she responded to him, the way her body nearly sizzled under his touch.
He palmed one full breast and rolled the extended nub between his thumb and index finger. She answered by arching into his hand. With tentative strokes, Ravyn smoothed her fingers across his torso. Her light touches delivered spikes of pleasure through his body as her nails scraped across his flat nipple. He wrapped his free arm around her back and pulled her close, needing to feel her body. His erection pressed fully against the soft skin of her stomach.
Ravyn tilted her head to look at him, her lips parting in an invitation—one he instantly accepted. Mouths met and tongues danced. This part she’d learned well. No inhibitions muddied the execution of her kiss. She matched him stroke for stroke and moan for moan. The beast pushed against him, wanting more, needing to take control. Rhys held the urge to dominate at bay and sank into their kiss.
Jen: (*fans self*) Wow. Will the next book feature Jade and Luc? Will we learn more about Ravyn’s parents/ history/ mysterious look-a-like?
Boone: Yes, Kiss of the Betrayer focuses on Jade and Luc. Those two are a couple of mischief makers. Neither one makes the wisest choices, so they tend to get in trouble. Plus Jade hates Luc, for reasons that will be revealed in the book.
Anybody who has a significant part in the series will have their character arc grow and will hopefully have their story tied up either at the end or before the last book. There will only be one dangling threat, which I won’t say anymore about. (Mimes locking lips and throwing away the key.) So yes, you’ll find out about Ravyn’s parents later in the series. The look-a-like woman will be revealed within the next two books.
Jen: How many different types of Bringers are there? Will they all eventually end up with those awesome tattoos?
Boone: There are four different types of Bringers: The Shields, who have groovy tattoos on their backs of dragons or phoenixes, or any other creature I may want to throw in there. Shields protect and serve.
There are the Redeemers, who have sun tattoos on the palms of their hands. They’re healers, but can be brutal when yanking a soul back from death or healing injuries. They really aren’t the gentle womenfolk of lore.
There are the Tells, who have a single line tattooed from underneath their lip to the indent above their chin. They know things, not mind reading, but are rather like a medieval Magic Eight Ball. The sense when things are false or which direction someone traveled, but they don’t know specifics.
Last is what Ravyn is, which I can’t tell you about yet, sorry.
Jen: Tell us about Everything Erotic Anthologies—Just how dirty are we talking about? (**Wags eyebrows*)
Boone: Read them with a fire extinguisher. There are some seriously hot, down and dirty scenes. Thus the erotic title. I’d never written erotica before I teamed up with this incredibly talented group. Wow, what a lesson. I learned so much from them, which definitely carried over into chapter seventeen in Shield of Fire.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Boone: I love Janet Evanovich, Darynda Jones, Karen Marie Moning, and Christopher Moore. These are my “I’ll buy anything they write” authors.
Darynda is actually an AAD author I think. Lucky me. I’m going to stalk her.
Jen: I'm totally going to stalk her too. Do you write full time? How do you spend your day?
Boone: I do write full-time, though that term is relative. I have ten yr. old twins, so writing full time often times means make our lunch and drive me somewhere.
I am lucky to not have to punch a time clock. I try to write while the kids are in school. The balance between actual writing and all the other stuff, like promo, still eludes me, but I’m getting better. Summer gets a bit tricky. I try to squeeze in exercise because my butt is growing with all the sitting I do during the day. I usually have a coffee date twice a month with a writer friend.
Other than that’s it’s just the glamorous life of a writer, cooking, cleaning, mentally flogging myself for not having enough time for everything.
Jen: What are you most looking forward to from AAD in NOLA?
Boone: I answer this question the same way because I really mean it. I’m looking most forward to talking to readers. I have tons of writer acquaintances, but seeing readers in their element is sure to be a learning and rewarding experience.
I’m also looking forward to the suffocating heat. Okay, I say that now and may change my mind by August, but it’s 11 below out this morning. My skin hasn’t seen daylight for months. Can’t wait to sink into the hot, moisture laden air of NOLA.
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