I am so happy to welcome author Willow Rose to The Book Tart! She writes paranormal romance, fantasy and mystery stories. And I recently finished her paranormal romance novel, Savage. And I’m still thinking about it! Soooo, Drum Roll please ( or me beating on my soda bottle lol)
Me: Welcome Hon! Take a sit on my virtual couch. Can I get you anything? I noticed that you are a fellow soda drinker 🙂 I have coke, tea, water… which of course is better for you lol But right now, I need my caffeine. *sits on couch and pulls bowl of dark chocolate m&ms closer on coffee table* Ok, let’s get cozy and talk books and boys and beautiful dreams…
Willow: I’ll grab a coke if you don’t mind … and some of those m&ms!
Me: Oh! I adore you even more *passes the m&ms and a coke*
Your story, Savage, is written in the first person- from a male’s point of view! Honestly, I was a little concerned about that… I can’t think of the last paranormal romance story I read from the hero’s perspective. But it surprised me by how well it works <g> I liked getting into his head and knowing how Christian felt about the changes in his life… moving from Denmark to Florida… and other life changing adventures. How did you come to write Savage from the male protagonists’ voice?
Willow: I have always written books taken from a female perspective so when I started planning the new series I felt like I wanted to do something different this time, something I hadn’t tried before. And as it turned out it was actually a lot more fun than I had expected. And challenging at times. I had to consult with my husband on several topics because it was very difficult as a woman to understand how men react. We tend to overthink and overanalyze them and often female writers make men too soft and too much like a female character when they write about them.
Me: You’ve got that right! Men are from Mars and all that lol but you wrote Christian in a very real way and it seemed to draw me deeper into his way of seeing things.
Savage is the start of your Daughters of the Jaguar trilogy. The adventure begins in 1983. I enjoyed the blast from the past and reading about walkmans and cassettes, Michael Jackson and the cars, clothes and mindset. How did you prepare to write this tale? I hope music and movies were involved…lol Do you have a favorite movie from the 80s that you re-watched?
Willow: The series is somewhat inspired by husbands adventures from 83 when he went to Florida for a year and lived with a very wealthy family. The cultural differences were much bigger then for a Danish boy than they are now. I love the 80’ies. I don’t know what it is, but somehow once we get like thirty years of distance to a decade then we tend to romanticize it. I did a lot of research and read a lot about that time and soon I remembered all the horrible things as well. The fear of the A-bomb and a nuclear war, the fear of AIDS and all that. I did watch Dirty Dancing, The breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s fire (I love Rob Lowe!)
Speaking of movies, I am so happy to find that we are both Chris Hemsworth fan’s… though really, what’s not to be a fan about? *deep sigh* I read, in another interview, that you could see him as your Chris, I immediately agreed. Christian’s Viking build, blond hair and athleticism and Hemswoth accent as Thor! Lol What movie of his grabbed your attention? *flips open laptop and IMDBs him- yep that’s a verb!)
Look at him Willow! He was in The Saddle Club tv show <g> I’ll have to dig out my series and find him :p
Willow: I have seen him in Thor and knew he was perfect lol. I didn’t know he had done TV-shows either but I see that he has done several. Could be fun to find them.
Me: Please tell me what you’re working on now. *puppy eyes* Do you have a blurb to share for the sequel to Savage?
Willow: I have actually just finished the sequel “Broken”. It is at my editor’s and I hope to have it back next week so I can put it up for sale. I can’t wait to get it out. It’s such a great story. When we meet Christian again ten years has passed and he is now a grown man. He is married and has a child. But even if ten years has passed Christian hasn’t changed a bit. He hasn’t aged at all. He has become a very rich man and known eye-surgeon. One day at a charity event something happens to him. His muscles are hurting, his body is burning up and his eyes blue starts glowing. Does he have a fever or is something happening to him? Something that will change his life forever?
Me: You, my girl, are a tease! I want to read Broken now! hmmmm…. Can you be bribed? I need to know what is going on with Christian- NOW! lol
OK- it’s time for The Book Tart quickie!
Lace or satin? satin
Black or Pink? pink
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Bath or shower? Bath
Morning person or night owl? A little of both which makes me constantly tired
Half-full or half-empty? Half-full
Piercings? only the ears
Me: Yay! Thank you so much for visiting The Book Tart. I am excited to see more in your Daughters of the Jaguar series and any other stories you choose to tell.
Thank you for the giveaway too!
There is a Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post with two chances to win! Willow is giving away an ebook and a signed print copy of Savage!
PS. My review is in the next post 🙂
Savage: Daughter’s of the Jaguar
The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up.
It is the first book in a family saga that covers three decades of the character’s lives. The sequel is expected in September 2012.
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Excerpt from Savage
Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
I am the author of the Afterlife-series. It is a Y/A Paranormal Romance-novel for the young reader with a twist of both fantasy and mystery in it. Currently I have released three books in the series, Beyond, Serenity and Endurance. They are both available on Amazon.com, Smashwords, Barnes and Nobles, etc. and as paperback if you prefer that. I have also written a mystery-novel called One, Two… He is coming for you, and a fantasy novel called The Eye of the Crystal Ball.
Willow Rose is graciously letting The Book Tart give 2 prizes away!
1 signed print copy of Savage
1 ebook copy of Savage
This contest is for US residence age 17 and older and runs from Sep 7th-21st . The winners will be chosen on the 22nd and notified via email and in this post and will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen.
To enter, leave a comment telling us if you’ve experienced a close call that made you look at life differently- like the hero of Savage.
You can also earn extra entries by following Willow Rose and me.