Hey everyone! I have a very special guest today at Book Savvy Babe. Author Anita Clenney is here with an interview, and Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway of 2 Copies of Anita Clenney’s new release, Embrace the Highland Warrior! Let’s start with a little info on the book:
Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney—In Stores November 2011 (my 4 star review)
They were driven apart by a timeless secret…
Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay’s true identity was revealed, and the fated pair’s chance was gone…
But danger will drive them back into each other’s arms…
Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she’s determined to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can’t let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned…
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney writes mysteries, and paranormal romantic suspense. Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory and a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia. To find out more information, please visit http://www.anitaclenney.com/, follow her on Twitter @anitaclenney, or like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anitaclenneyAUTHOR.
BSB: Are you the type of writer who has an entire book series planned/mapped out, or do you just write as it comes to you?
AC: With this series, as soon as I started the first book, I knew it would be a series, and as the characters and plot developed, the other stories just seemed to happen.
BSB: Along those lines, Embrace the Highland Warrior is book 2 in the Connor Clan series. Do you know how many books will be in the series total?
AC: I don’t know yet. On the one hand, I could write this series for a long time. I adore these warriors and want to tell all their stories. I do have other projects. In fact, my agent just sold a paranormal relic hunter series to Amazon publishing, so I’m going to be very busy.
BSB: Do you base your characters on people you know, or do you create them all from scratch?
AC: No. I suppose there may be influences that I’m unaware of, but to the best of my knowledge, I create them from scratch and have a blast doing it. For instance, even though there are castles and demons in this story, it’s full of adventure and humor. There are two old ladies in this story who get caught up in the battle and drive the warriors batty. These ladies were so much fun to write. They’re hilarious, and often I would catch myself laughing at them.
BSB: Do you have any interesting writing quirks (things you do or have to have while writing)?
AC: I love a Diet Pepsi or Coke by my side, and lately I’ve become addicted to Sunflower seeds. Actually, I do need quiet. I can occasionally write while it’s noisy, but it isn’t very productive.
BSB: What is one of the most surprising things you have learned while creating a book?
AC: That I have talent. I’m a good storyteller. That’s remarkable to me.
BSB: What have you found to be the most challenging part about writing?
AC: Deadlines and promotion.
BSB: There is a bit of time travel in your books. If you could visit any time period, what would you pick and why?
AC: I would love to travel back to many different times. It would be great to meet my ancestors, but even if I could, I wouldn’t for fear of getting stuck there. Can you imagine getting stuck and leaving behind children?
I’m with you, I wouldn’t want to get stuck in another time either. Just for fun, I always like to play a little game of Would You Rather (please explain your answers):
BSB: Would You Rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?
AC: OMG. I’m a really nice person so this is torture. I would hate to not speak ever again, so I would have to go with speaking my mind.
BSB: Would You Rather make headlines for saving someone’s life or for winning a Nobel Prize?
AC: Saving a life
Thanks so much for the interview Anita! I know that I am looking forward to a hopefully long series! Readers, here is an excerpt from Embrace the Highland Warrior!…
Cody sighed. Might as well get it over with. He removed the shackles, returned them, and bent over her. “Shay, wake up.”
Her eyes flew open. She planted both hands against his chest and shoved, knocking him on his back, then sprang on top of him. “How dare you handcuff me to a bed?” she yelled, punctuating each word with a shake that rattled his brain. He didn’t fight back. She had to get it out of her system, and he didn’t blame her. He’d be more than pissed if someone shackled him.
She landed a fist into his stomach, and the breath rushed out of him. Okay, enough was enough. He captured her hands and rolled, trapping her under him.
“Get off me, you oaf.”
“I’ll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me.”
She let out a war cry and lunged for his throat, teeth bared. Intrigued, he hesitated a second too long, and she sank her teeth into his neck. A jolt of desire shot straight to his groin. He’d never been one for the rough stuff, but damn! He pulled back before she could do more than leave a bruise. He trapped her legs with his and held her hands above her head, letting his full weight press her into the soft mattress. She still struggled but could move only enough to get him excited.
“I’m sorry, Shay. I had to do it. It was too dangerous to let you go traipsing through the woods. I had to keep you safe.”
“What if he was hiding in one of the other bedrooms and sneaked in here while I was handcuffed to the bed? You left me so I couldn’t even protect myself.”
“Lach heard him out in the woods, but that’s why I locked the door, just in case. If this guy had broken it down to get to you, you would’ve screamed, and I would’ve come running. I was never far from the house.” He’d heard every name she called him.
Her eyes still flashed fire, but her breath was steadier, and she kept glancing at his mouth. He thought that was a good thing. He wondered if she’d calmed enough not to hit him, because he should move. She had to notice the effect all the wiggling around was having on him. He felt her hips push against his, and he groaned. He relaxed his grip and lowered his head, letting his lips touch her chin. He kissed his way to her mouth, and she head butted him in the nose.
While the stars exploded in his head, she shoved him aside and bolted out the door. He jumped up and went after her as she pounded down the stairs. He caught up with her outside. She was swinging her purse like a whip, headed for the car.
“Where are you going?” he demanded.
“Get away from me.”
“You can’t leave.”
“Watch me.” She opened the door. “I’m tired of people hiding things from me. I thought you were going to stop. Now you’re handcuffing me to the bed.”
“I explained it to you.”
“Don’t touch me,” she said, jerking away when he grabbed her arm.
“You’re not leaving.”
Shay straightened her shoulders. “You can’t stop me.”
He grabbed her, tossed her over his shoulder, kicked the car door shut, and stomped up the steps.
“Put me down!” Shay kicked and twisted, cursing at him. He dumped her on her feet inside the door.
She blew her hair out of her face, and as soon as she could see, she threw a punch at his chin. He deflected it and grabbed her arm. “Stop hitting me.”
“How dare you throw me over your shoulder like some kind of caveman,” she spat, trying to wrench her arm free. It didn’t work, so she used her knee.
“Ah, not there.” Cody trapped her knee. “I made the mistake of letting you leave here nine years ago without listening to me. By God, I won’t do it again. You’ll listen if I have to sit on you,” he growled.
She drew back her other arm, and before she could throw the punch, he had her on the floor and was sitting astride her, pinning her wrists to the floor. She bucked and twisted, but he held her down. “We can do this all night if you want, but you’re going to listen to me this time.”
“Listen to more lies? You’re still hiding things from me. Like the fact that you have Nina’s entire house under surveillance. Like the fact that you’ve got a Bat Cave in your basement. Like the fact that you were in Scotland when the stalking started.”
“You think I’m your stalker?” he yelled. “Me! I’m trying to keep you alive. We’re all trying to keep you alive. That’s what the clan’s been doing your whole damned life, trying to keep you alive! And just like always, you’re making it hard as hell. Your father wasn’t a bloody spy, and that thing in your living room wasn’t a man!”
Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway for 2 copies of Embrace the Highland Warrior. Since this giveaway is from the publisher, the contest is open to US/CAN entrants. The giveaway will run from today, November 16 through midnight on November 22. To enter, comment with your answer to Anita’s Question (below), and fill out the rafflecopter. Here is the question:
If you had to be a literary character, who would you choose?