About Laura Kaye:
A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance and award-nominated HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), as well as an erotic romance novella, JUST GOTTA SAY. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in the 4-book Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura lives inMarylandwith her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bayevery day.
Good morning, Laura, and thanks for visiting with My Book Addiction and More today….
Thanks so much for hosting me here!
MBA: Laura, please tell our readers a little about yourself?
LAURA: I’d love to! I write paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance and have four books published so far. This is my first year as a published author of romantic fiction and several of my books have received awards and hit Amazon bestseller lists, so I’ve been very fortunate! I’m also a wife, mom of two young girls (7 and 5), college history professor, and total vampire addict!
MBA: Can you tell our readers what made you decide to write fantasy romance?
LAURA: Hmm…I never sit down to write in a specific genre. Characters start talking to me and they tell me who they are, what their story is, and how best to tell it—that includes everything from genre to point of view, etc. Truth be told, I always thought of this story as a light paranormal romance. I figured, ya know, magical creature with supernatural powers equals paranormal. But the powers that be deemed it fantasy, and I’m okay with that, too! LOL
LAURA: Sure! Right now, there are four books planned in the series: North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender and East of Ecstasy. The series features winds gods the Greeks associated with the seasons. In Greek mythology, there were four major or “cardinal” Anemoi (north, south, east, west) named Boreas, Notos, Eurus, and Zephyros, respectively, and another 12-16 minor or “ordinal” Anemoi (that is, the gods of the northwest, southwest, northeast winds, etc.). Mythology also supports the idea these gods had children, and some of those also play a role in the series, as is the case with Book 1’s hero, Owen, adopted son and destined successor to Boreas, Supreme God of the North Wind. There’s a kernel of possibility the series could be more than four books, but it’s too early to tell! *winks*
MBA: What do you hope your readers will come away with from reading North of Need?
LAURA: Well, on a most basic level, I hope they come away having been entertained. On a deeper level, I hope they take from the book the idea that, even when things seem dark and hopeless, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, that life has possibilities in store for us we can’t even begin to imagine. In my view, North of Need is a story filled with hope, and I sincerely wish that someone who needs a dose of hope might find it here.
MBA: Where do you see the future of e-books vs. print?
LAURA: I think both are around to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. While e-book sales are accounting for a greater and greater margin of all book revenues, less than 1/3 of adults own an e-reader right now, so that means print books are still in demand. I think it’s great to have the broadest range of reading formats available, and hope that remains true in general. I do feel it’s important to say, however, that you don’t have to own a special e-reader device to read e-books: almost all are available as html (basic internet-type page) and pdf formats, so if you own a computer, you can read an e-book!
MBA: What relaxes you, Laura, after a long day of deadlines, family and everyday life?
LAURA: Reading, watching TV (anything vampire related or otherwise supernatural!), or napping! LOL!
MBA; Now, Laura, tell our readers where to find you and where your books are available?
THANK YOU, LAURA FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO VISIT WITH US AND OUR READERS AT MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!
- Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLC (November 1, 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1937044473
(From the publicist)
About North of Need, which Paperback Dolls picked as THE romance novel for holiday gift-giving!
Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…
Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.
Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.
Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration–before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.
Out of the darkness, from the heart of the howling snowstorm, a hunched-over man staggered up Megan’s front steps. She wrenched back from the door, her heart pounding in her chest. Panicked, she skittered behind a couch.
EXCERPT FROM “NORTH OF NEED” BY LAURA KAYE:
Who the hell could he be? Nobody could have walked or driven here in this weather. Her breath came in fast rasps. The lights flickered again, then again. Her eyes trailed to the fireplace tools on the hearth.
Maybe she should grab the iron poker. Just in case.
The lights wavered, struggled to hold on. From outside, a solid, deadweight thump startled a gasp from Megan.
The words were so quiet they might’ve been a thought, but in her current state she still whirled, fully expecting the impossible—that someone else was crouched next to her behind the sofa. Of course, she was alone. She peeked around the corner of the couch, her panic subsiding into a feeling of absurdity.
Help who? The man. Just a regular, ordinary man. Who must be in trouble. She remembered how he seemed to stumble on the steps and the thump. He’d fallen. She rushed from her hiding place like a sprinter at the sound of the gun. Peering through the sidelight, she whispered, “Oh, shit.” She was right.
She tore open the door. Jesus, he was big. No one she knew from the neighborhood, though there were always tourists renting surrounding cabins to take advantage ofDeepCreekLakeand the Wisp Ski Resort.
God, he wasn’t dressed to be out in this weather. No coat. No shoes.
What the hell was she going to do with him?
Cold wind buffeted her and nipped at her skin, making her nearly frostbitten cheek tingle uncomfortably. Her hesitation wavered, then dropped away completely. What choice did she have? She couldn’t leave him out in this blizzard.
The bitter wind sank into her bones as she stepped shoeless and coatless—like him—onto the porch. She didn’t have to check for a pulse. Each shallow breath sent up a small fog from his mouth. Megan crouched behind his shoulders and wedged her hands underneath. Two fistfuls of red plaid flannel in hand, she pulled. He barely budged as she grunted and tugged. She tried two more times.
Shit, but it was mind-numbingly cold. “Come on, dude. Work with me, will ya?” she muttered, her hair whipping around her face.
Megan rethought the problem and stepped around to his bare feet. How could someone walk to this cabin without shoes? She shook her head and crouched, back facing him, between his legs. Securing an ankle under each armpit, she cupped his heels and pushed herself into a standing position. This time, when she moved, he moved. The guy was so big and heavy, she felt like Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh without the help of the other eight reindeer.
The warm air from inside the cabin embraced her body, its comforting tendrils drawing her over the threshold and into the slate-covered foyer. The lights flickered again, sending out a quiet electrical hum that raised the hair on her arms and the back of her neck. She tried to drag the man carefully, but his head still thumped as it crossed the shallow ridge of the doorjamb. She winced. “Sorry.”
As soon as he was clear of the door, she set his feet down and ran to close it. The indoor temperature had probably dropped twenty degrees while she’d been outside figuring how to lug his sorry butt in.
She engaged the dead bolt, and the lights died. She gasped and pivoted, flattened her back to the door. He lay, right where she left him, melting snow all over her hardwoods.
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