Today we're talking to Tina Smith on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the paranormal romance series, "Wolf Sirens".
Tina will be awarding jewelry in theme of her books (wolf charms, charm bracelets etc), 3D book marks in shifter themes (Wolves, tigers, panthers etc) and Sun catchers (beaded glass and crystal) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (this is an international giveaway), so comment today AND follow this tour (if you click on the banner above, it'll take you to a list of tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a really cool prize!
Thanks to Tina for answering all my prying questions!
Why do you write in your genre?
What draws you to it? I write paranormal because it is limited only by your imagination, readers of all ages enjoy it and there’s a part of all of us that wishes we could do magical or amazing things. I like to add some attitude and realism too.
What world-building is required?
I researched Artemis and Greek myths, but that was it. The rest of Wolf Sirens is based on my life and experiences and my childhood haunt of the Bega Valley New South Wales, on the far south coast of Australia. I am also inspired by Jim Henson’s work like Storyteller.
Name one thing you learned from your heroine.
Lila is my doppleganger, so I learnt from her what I learnt in my own life – that we don’t always chose where our heart will lead us and sometimes we do the unexpected because destiny has a different path for us than our family and friends have expected. We have to figure out who we truly are and not be afraid of it, despite outside criticism and influence. Tread your own path.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
I don’t know? I am messy. I have a note book I constantly jot ideas down in. I love inventing names and collecting words. I like to be melodramatic and random for a good laugh. Meeeeow. (laughs).
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Probably a pantser, though now I have to Google the phrase. Oh okay – Yes I fly by the seat of my pants – all the way and back. I’m a rebel. I don’t like routine, it’s boring.
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
My dog Billey, and closer is a Buddha head lamp, a gift from my critique partner. On my left is a mountain of paper, manuscripts, notes, a copy of A New Earth? And bill for car registration – that reminds me, I better pay it.
Anything new coming up from you? What?
More books in the series. I am working on Night Fall, Wolf Sirens 3 (WS3), and have started Wolf Sirens 4 (WS4). There will be six in the series. So stay tuned for more romance and intrigue, betrayal and wolf slaying. More on the intimate lives of the pack and some sexual tension, what can I say, I like the gritty stuff.
Do you have a question for our readers?
Do you like books with a lot of description/character description or very little - and why? (Be candid and honest in your answer).
Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest.
Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rival in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart.
A shadow has fallen over the heart lands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.
But is it love or revenge which motivates her?
Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.
If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will
The sun shone in the windows downstairs. Clean skinned, I descended the staircase in the silence, dressed in my grass-stained, ripped, thinning jeans and a clean singlet top, my dark hair soaking the material. The air was warm, it was late summer. The sounds of birds singing and fluttering in the birch and sycamore trees outside the kitchen screen door told of a fine day. Buds bloomed on the purple Agapanthus. I opened the fridge and made breakfast, surrendering to the hunger in my deprived stomach. I needed to keep my strength up.
Chewing my cereal with little appetite, I could feel that my nose had dried up; the sharp pain in my throat had subsided completely. The horrible dread, though, dragged through me still like the hands of death raking down my skin. The nightmare feeling of reality was worse than a dream, torturing me. I had to localize this feeling… and then I caught her scent.
When I turned around in the kitchen, Cresida was there. I had smelt her shiny olive skin. I knew I had waited for this opportunity.
“Teach me…everything,” I said dully, turning back to the sink.
“You look better,” she commented. Apprehension kissed her tone. I wasn’t to be trusted anymore - hence the missing bullets.
I turned again and stared at her, my lip curled. I knew what she meant. My skin was pale and glowing and the ghostly grey was gone from under my eyes, which glistened a clear green/blue hue. A stranger’s face had looked back at me from the bathroom mirror this morning, with pale smooth, luminescent skin. I had awoken as her or had she awoken as me? Any evidence of pain and sorrow was not apparent from the outside. I now donned the huntress’s shell. My hands were her hands now. She had become me.
“Rich, complex, and deeply fascinating. Smith’s creation stands apart from other books in the genre. Wolf Sirens has raised the bar for paranormal romance.”- Kevis Hendrickson, author of Rogue Hunter
"Smith weaves a thrilling and beautifully crafted tale that sinks its fangs in and refuses to let go."- Michael Alexander, author of The Vessel
“Fever does not disappoint! Tina Smith captures her readers on the first page and leads them on a fast-paced journey full of suspense and adventure as heroine, Lila, struggles towards the truth.” - Beverley Eikli, author of A Little Deception
Ebook Wolf Sirens Forbidden. Discover the Legend.By Tina Smith.
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The sequel Wolf Sirens Fever. Many are Born, Few are Reborn. By Tina Smith.