Today I’m pleased to have Taryn Kincaid drop by. Her new book, Wolf’s Song is part of the Black Hills Wolves series with Decadent Publishing. My contribution to this exciting series, Your Wild Heart, will be out in a few months.
Being the good sport that she is, Taryn agreed to answer a few questions so we can get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:
What draws you to write paranormal?
Even in this era of romance stories pushing the boundaries, paranormals are less confining than any other subgenre, I think! You invent the world and the rules of the world as you go along. You don’t have to research to find out if they used the word “cupcake” in Wyoming in 1878. (The answer is: Possibly. A cookbook entitled American Cookery by Amelia Simmons first offered up a recipe for “cakes to be baked in small cups” as early as 1796. The actual word “cupcake” was used in Eliza Leslie’s 1928 “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats.” Info courtesy of Wikipedia. Which is what happens to me when I get involved in researching! Interestingly, since we’re talking paranormal, the Brits and Aussie also call them “fairy cakes.”) So, what were we talking about again? Oh, yeah, paranormals. They can be as true to life or as far out there as you want. My SLEEPY HOLLOW series of 1Night Stand stories for Decadent Publishing, for example, take place in a highly fictionalized version of the real village of Sleepy Hollow, which is not too far from where I live and work. And though the characters are paranormal creatures like demons and succubi…the stories are paranormal light — almost contemporary romance…except for the otherworldly and magical elements! Reminds me of the Star Trek intro…Paranormals, the final frontier.
When you start working on a new book, what comes first character, plot or something else?
Character. And usually it’s the hero. I have to fall a little in love. Although lately, because I’ve been invited to write for a few publishers’ new special lines, I’ve had to come up with little plot summaries first! Since I’m pretty much a pantser, that’s been a novelty for me. Also tends to keep me on track, though.
What do you like best about your heroine from Wolf’s Song, Summer?
I love that she doesn’t quite fit into her clan of cat shifters and so understands the hero, Brick Northridge, a lone wolf, banished from the Black Hills Wolves pack. And that, as a skinwalker, she prefers to take the form of a raven. When she was a young cub, she once fell out of a tree, and has preferred to soar the skies ever since. I envy that. I like also that she has long loved the damaged hero from afar, watching over him and helping him heal through her gifts, her presence and her songs.
What’s next for you?
My contemporary foodie romance, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, releases from Fated Desires Publishing on February 24, for FD’s new “Give Me a Taste” special line. And I’m working on a fairy tale (or two) for Decadent, and another contemporary romance for another of FD’s new special lines. We should see that one around December of 2015!
Thanks for having me in!
Ten years ago, visions of death and the babble of lupine voices in his head, drove lone wolf Brick Northridge to challenge his cruel and greedy pack alpha. Beaten by the alpha’s thugs and banished from the pack, Brick lives a life of seclusion in a mountain cabin in the Black Hills.
Born into a rival clan of feline shifters, skinwalker Summer McCoy, in her guise as a raven, watches Brick from afar, giving him back a reason to live through her sweet songs and special gifts.
But when her clan attempts to tear them apart and threatens the pack that banished Brick so many years before, will their love be strong enough to withstand the forces bent on their destruction?
She did not move, except to lower her raised arm from its frozen position. “Why do you call me that…? Annabel Lee?”
“I don’t have another name.”
“Summer,” she said. “I’m Summer.”
Yeah. Def. When the berries plumped sweetest. “Suits you.” His raging arousal made the words hoarse and jagged. Too harsh for this gentle female. “Turn,” he murmured. “I want to see your face.” A low growl escaped him before he could bite it back. “Your breasts.”
She turned then, slowly through the water, rounding to face him.
He sucked in his breath, his heart slamming against his chest. She was stunning and glorious. The beads of water rolling down her golden body sparkled in the sun. She glistened. All natural. No makeup. No artifice. Everything a female should be. And more. Much more.
Another pheromone cloud engulfed him. Her eyes went large and rounded, as if she guessed she’d zapped him with her hormonal lures, but couldn’t help emitting her sex juice any more than he could. Her nose twitched and she sighed, as if enveloped in a vat of melted chocolate, or whatever the fuck his own mating scent smelled like. He could only hope he gave off an aroma as rich and delicious as she did.
He struggled to control the raw savagery of his attraction and had to tear his eyes from her face. But her breasts…God, her breasts. Full and high, the exact size to fill his large hands, rose tips jutting toward him. He remembered how she’d touched herself, how much he’d wanted to replace her hands with his. Hell. He wanted to bury his face between those breasts, lapping at her, licking and sucking, take each one into his mouth, between his lips, grazing the pointed nipples with his teeth until he tore moans of delight from her.
His throat closed, his tongue swelling, filling his suddenly dry mouth, cutting off his ability to utter either animal sounds or inane words. After a beat or two of silence, she glanced away.
“What do you think?” Not shy exactly. Expectant. An undercurrent of doubt laced her question, as if she could not bear to disappoint him, and did not know what to make of his continued speechlessness.
“Perfect.” He rubbed his eyes. “Ah, Christ. You’re perfect.”
“No, I’m not.”
“You are to me.”
Author Bio and Links:
Taryn Kincaid is a former award-winning reporter and columnist, covering everything from fires and homicides, to corrupt politicians and hero dogs. Nowadays, she haunts courthouses (in least paranormal way).
She is the author of the Sleepy Hollow series–LIGHTNING,THUNDER,FROST,HEAT WAVE and IN FROM THE COLD — sexy paranormal romances for Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand series; BLIZZARD, a short erotic romance for Decadent’s The Edge line; HEALING HEARTS, a Regency romance from Carina Press, and SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, an erotic paranormal romance from The Wild Rose Press. Books 1-4 of her Sleepy Hollow series, plus Blizzard, have been compiled in the SLEEPY HOLLOW edition, available in paperback and digital formats.
Coming January 30, 2015, WOLF’S SONG, a sexy paranormal romance for Decadent Publishing’s new Black Hills Wolves shifter line. And coming February 24, 2015 from Fated Desires Publishing, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, a contemporary foodie romance.
Check out the fun videos for Thunder, Lightning and Frost. Visit Taryn at her website http://tarynkincaid.com, or her blog http://dreamvoyagers.blogspot.com, as well as Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.