Sunday, February 3, 2013

Guest Author, Eden Glenn

Welcome Shapeshifter fans, joining us today is Eden Glenn.  She's here to tell us about her New Release Dar'kind Promises!  Grab a cup of your favorite brew or if it's noon where you're at a nice glass of the grape, sit back and enjoy...

Psst...keep an eye out for the special offer at the end of this blog.  :)

Eden lives in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee with a cat and a loveable nuisance dog that should be in Japan. Eden has blue eyes, but her hair color is subject to change without notice. (Ann McCaffrey always said that on her book jacket. Sadly she passed on last year and I say this first because it is true and second to honor that great woman) Eden is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and FCRW (First Coast Romance Writers).

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Hi Eden, thanks for being with us on this special day!

Thank you for allowing me to visit today. I am thrilled to be here on release day for “Dar’kind Promises” an erotic f/f paranormal romance. I have several shapeshifter Paranormal Erotic Romance short novelle’s that will be coming out in 2013. Whew, that’s a tongue twister…say that six times really fast. Also, we are having a contest so read on through to the end to find out more about what and how to win.

How did you celebrate your first release?
I took the family to a restaurant. We all had dinner and talked about my “contract” I felt very special and grand. We drank sangria and had wonderful food. I indulged myself in the fantasies we tell ourselves as ‘professional’ writers. For the first time I really felt like a writer. LOL

How long have you been writing and who are your publishers.
I started writing in 2005 to escape my real world, which at the time was consumed with illness and painful treatment. In 2007 I learned about RWA (Romance Writers of America) and joined a chapter, FCRW (First Coast Romance Writers). I published with Rebel Ink Press in 2011 with a short novella in one of their anthologies. We’ve since pulled out “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” and published is as a stand-alone.

Where do you get the inspirations for your books?
It varies. A special event, something in the news, something someone says, an object, daydreams. Just about anything can trigger a story for me. “Raynia’s Magic” was inspired by a necklace I bought myself. Now, I’ve been selected as a Rebel Ink Elite Author under exclusive contract with RIP. I write based on blurb. Meaning, I will write a blurb proposal and send it to them. If they like the idea I’m basically contracted for the piece and release dates are scheduled. Then I write the story and submit it to my editor under deadline to make the release date. Once they receive the finished work, we finalize the contract and my editor goes through the piece for revisions. The graphic artist takes a contact sheet I’ve completed about the story and begins the cover art.
So, inspiration isn’t nearly as organic as it used to be. I have to plan and plot and hit key points from the blurb. I have to do what I say I’m going to do. It’s like a real career. LOL.

Which book was the hardest to write and which was the easiest?
Hands down “Raynia’s Magic” was the easiest. I bought this amethyst quartz necklace for myself. The moment I touched the stone my imagination kicked in. On a Saturday I wrote for hours into the evening and ended up with about 7,000 words. I put the kernel away not really knowing what I would do with it. In 2011 I took it out and started working with it doubled the size and wrestled it the rest of the way to finished short novella.
Once I was in the wrapping up stages of editing, I knew the necklace would touch other lives. I just had no idea what or who. “Raynia’s Magic” has become vol 1 of the “Amethyst Desire Collection”. Vol 2 “Beverly’s Secret” will be out in Mar/Apr 2013 time frame and be followed by other stories of different lovers whom the stone ‘visits’.
The hardest was Dar’kind Promises. Zelia wasn’t very cooperative. It was also my first try at a f/f erotic romance. I wanted readers to come away from the read enjoying it and realizing love is love regardless of gender.

If you could travel through time to visit a special person who would it be?
I adore Ann McCaffery. She passed on this year. I loved her books as a young adult. As a young mother, I read her stories with my aloud children. I gifted my middle child a first edition picture book written by Ann McCaffery about dragons and illustrated by John Howe. I wrote to Ms McCaffrey and she graciously sent me an autographed book-plate.
If I could, I would wish to be her real friend. I would go back in time to ride horses with her at Dragon Hold. We’d talk of her Irish Horses and hound dogs and dragons.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

Dar’kind Promises

Released 2/3/13 at all fine ebook vendors

(BLURB) Novellette length (16,920 words)

Darkind Fairy Maura comes to the human dimension on a search and rescue mission for one of her race. The success of the mission rests on her wits and the skilled aid of her feline tracker, Zelia. Unfortunately, Zelia is experiencing unpredictable shifts between feline and human forms.

Distracted by the sultry woman in her bed, Maura struggles to stay focused on their quest. If they’re unable to figure out how to gain control of Zelia’s shifting, all hope for success of their mission as well as any possibility of their future together will be lost.

Worse yet, an ancient evil targets Zelia and Maura in a bid for power and control of their magic.

Zelia is willing to risk becoming trapped in feline form and losing the love she’s found if it means she can save Maura from the evil hunting them. Meanwhile, Maura searches for the strength to abandon the quest for her lost ‘sister’ if doing so will save Zelia’s life and stabilize her shifting abilities.

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So, contest deets. I’ll be choosing one luck winner to receive an E-ARC – (Electronic Advanced Readers Copy) of Dar’kind Promises. So you have three days to comment on this post for your chance to win. Tell me your top two—most  important qualities in a shapeshifter romance. Something specific to shapeshifters please!


Pat C. said...

Welcome to the blog, Eden! A fellow Anne McCaffrey fan says "howdy."

Eden Glenn said...

Hi there Pat. Always good to meet another fan. Thank you for having me here today ladies of Shapeshifter Seductions

Serena Shay said...

Hi Eden! Welcome and thanks for being here, today. :)

Congrats on the the release of Dar'kind Promises, such a gorgeous cover!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Eden, welcome. That is a gorgeous cover. Your fantasy world sounds fabulous, and I sure understand writing to escape not-fun circumstances.

May your success continue.

One thing I like about shapeshifters is the sheer unpredictability, and how their animal side interacts with their human side. Not to mention the different powers and abilities.

Amethyst is one of my favorite gemstones.

Solara said...

Hi Eden! Love the idea of the necklace inspiration. That sounds neat and a great way to tie many stories together around a central item and town. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

Eden Glenn said...

Thank you Solara The necklace did become quite an interesting focal point for future stories. Beverly's Secrete releases in April. Beverly' a clerk at Salynne's Crystals and Thyme gets distracted and ends up with the necklace in her pocket instead of put away in the display as she intended. A fun story ensues. No shapeshifters but lots of laughts and hot hot hot, a f/f contemporary romance.

Savanna. Thank you. That quality of shapeshifters is one thing that draws me to them as well. Zelia's predatory cat shape is primal and very unpredictable.

Thank you Serena. Rebel Ink press has the talented Carl Franklin do the graphic art for our covers. I think he captured Maura perfectly on the cover. As wonderful as it is you should SEE my next cover for Beverly's secret. Oh la la. Makala comes to live on that cover. It caused me to coin the tag line "Romance So Hot It Burns Off The Page"

Thank you all for your comments.