Today, I have the oh-so-fabulous Carrie Ann Ryan visiting me! Yes, you heard right. That Carrie Ann Ryan, bestselling romance author and blog hop organizer par excellence! And I couldn't be happier. Not only that, Carrie Ann has offered to do a great giveaway of some of her terrific swag to a lucky commentor, so be sure to leave a comment and your email address.
Thanks for being here, Carrie Ann!
Hi! And thanks for having me here today!
1) Did you always want to be an author? If not, what else would you have done?
No! This was a surprise to me. I’ve always had an imagination and loved to make up my own worlds, but it wasn’t until recently that I put it on paper. I’ve been a chemistry professor for a local university for a few years and done the whole scientist thing for a while now. But now I’m a full time author!
2) What is the strangest job you ever had and why?
Hmm…I’ve always either been a teacher, writer, or worked in food service. During college, I worked at a Denny’s to pay for my tuition. I worked so much that at the end of the week, I’d have over $1000 in ones—most covered in syrup. I still can’t eat syrup. But as I’d go to the bank to put my ones in the bank, I’d always get that look of, “Uh, so where’d you get all the ones?” I mean, thanks for saying I’m a stripper, but dude, their sticky, that’s just gross! LOL
So yes, I think that’s the strangest part of that job.
3) What is your favourite book of all time and why?
You’re talking to the girl who has read over 5,000 romance books. How about I pick my favorite novel this week. (And yes, that will be different by the time you read it LOL). Hmm…Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost was freaking amazing. I love her humor, sexiness, and world building. Plus, Vlad was a sexy hero!
4) Describe your ideal hero (details please! *wink wink*)
Hmm…So Spade is from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost is my favorite Hero of all time. (Ironic since I mentioned her books already this post). Though Roarke from JD Robb and Charles from Patricia Briggs are a close second and third.
Yes, that’s an Vampire, a Werewolf, and a futuristic Irish Billionaire. LOL But what do they have in common? Well, they’re strong. Yes, they are sexy, have hair I want for myself. DEAR GOD! LOL. They have humor when they need it. Some more subtle than others. *cough* Charles *cough* They have sexy eyes. Yep. That’s a turn on.
But each of them support their heroines. All there heroines have been through so much. Whether it be rape, loss, or more, their heroines were more broken then they’d realized. The heroes of each book helped the heroines learn to pick up the pieces on their own, they didn’t do it for them. They also support and let their heroines be kick-ass when they want. Though the heroes are kick ass themselves.
So yes, my ideal hero is sexy inside and out.
5) If you could share a romantic evening with any character from romance literature (any genre), who would it be and what would you do to him (ahem! With him)?
Hmmm…okay I pick Shade…again. Let’s see…we’d go to the Cherry Room in Vegas with that glass shower with no walls to block it from the bedroom. Yeah…use your imagination.
6) What comes first for you: plot or character?
Character. I know who they are and then think of where I’m going to put them to break them.
7) Who is, hands down, the sexiest male actor of all time?
Uh, right now I’m in love with Chris Helmsworth. It’s the accent and hair. OMG.
8) Describe your writing style please.
I’m a plotter. I outline and pick apart my characters before I start. Then as I write, I find out more and more and add into my outline. So yes, I know what’s going to happen and how I’m going to get there, but the details come as I write.
9) Who is your favourite author and why?
Oh God, you can’t ask that. I love too many. But I will say that Lauren Dane and Maya Banks are two authors in which I will read all 100 series of theirs and love every single one. I’m sure there are others, but I love those two.
10) What is on the horizon for you? Any interesting news or books we should know about?
Oh my! LOL. Dust of My Wings is the first in the Dante’s Circle series, so there are SIX more books coming up in that one. In October, Charmed Spirits comes out and is the 1st book in the Holiday, Montana series that has 5 books. THEN in November, I have Enforcer’s Redemption out which is the 4th book in the Redwood Pack series…and is Adam’s book. I’m a little busy! LOL
Carrie Ann is giving away an autographed swag pack to someone who comments. Be sure to leave your email so we can get ahold of you.
About the Author:
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
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Dust of My Wings Blurb
Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.
Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.
Dust of My Wings Excerpt
Lily huffed out a breath and placed another tile. “I don’t hate my job, exactly. It’s just not that big of a deal.” She gave a triumphant smile. “And I win.”
Shade looked into her eyes and groaned. Damn, she was sexy when she looked so confident.
“Indeed you did. Congratulations, Lily.” Now for the part that could hurt them both. “How about I buy you a cup of coffee as your winnings?”
Lily looked taken aback, but Shade didn’t budge. He needed to know exactly what she knew about this dust. Breaking into her lab and stealing it would do nothing if the die were already cast.
“Oh, you don’t have to do that. In fact, I really don’t even know you, so I can’t. But thank you.”
She gathered the tiles quickly and started to stand up, but Shade touched her wrist. She jumped, knocking a few tiles back on the table. A jolt of electricity ricocheted through his arm and they both gasped. His erection pressed against the zipper of his jeans and he groaned, but he didn’t let go. Lily’s breath quickened and her pupils dilated. Her strawberry scent wrapped around him like velvet, intoxicating.
Thanks for spending time with me, Carrie Ann. Now, about that Cherry Room....