Saturday, January 31, 2015

Exclusive Giveaway: $10 Amazon gift card and Reluctant Prince with author interview with Dani-Lyn Alexander

Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
Reluctant Prince
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book One
Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.
Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.
Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.
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Interview Dani-Lyn Alexander
--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Ryleigh is a human chosen by a prophet. Jackson is a Death Dealer, banished from his realm. Together they set out to save his dying kingdom.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I’ve always been fascinated with alternate realms.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I would probably most like to have dinner with Jackson. I’m fascinated with his realm and would love to hear all about it from him.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
Lost Princess, Kingdom of Cymmera Book Two, is with my editor now and due to release in July. I also have a cozy mystery series contracted under the name Lena Gregory, which is due to release in fall of 2016.
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to read anymore, but some of my all-time favorite books include; Gone With the Wind, Harry Potter, Twilight, and the In Death series by J.D. Robb.

--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I would probably pick Harry Potter, because there are so many fascinating things to see in the world JK Rowling created.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
While I’m writing, I need quiet (as much as you can get in a house with three kids and three dogs anyway) and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. But much of my writing is inspired by music.
Some of the songs that inspired Reluctant Prince are: Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi, A World of Fantasy by Triumph, Make You Feel My Love by Adele, and My Own Prison by Creed.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
That’s a hard one! I think I’d love to be able to teleport anywhere I wanted to go.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time playing with my kids, reading, and shopping (especially in book stores.)
--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
Whatever your dreams are, always keep trying to achieve them!

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I always love the opportunity to say thank you to my readers. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of you.

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Video or Board Games? Board Games
Summer or Winter? Summer!
Edward or Jacob? Jacob
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Paper
Salty or sweet? Salty
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Phone call
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Messy (but organized J)
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince:

"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!"
~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

"Reluctant Prince grips you from the beginning and won't let go...fresh and engaging." 
                                                        ~ Ally Shields, author of the Guardian Witch series.

"A thrilling ride on a rollercoaster of danger that'll keep you gasping for breath with every turn of the page."  ~ Laura Diamond, author of The Zodiac Collector.

"Dani-Lyn weaves a tale of family bonds, untapped abilities and an alternate world of fantastic wonders, all discovered by a courageous heroine and a swoon-worthy hero I want to see again and again!"
                                                              ~ Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa DaLayne.

“Reluctant Prince takes readers on a heart pounding journey through the realms. Fantastical world building and a captivating hero keep pages turning to the end.”
~ Julie Anne Lindsey, author of Prophecy and Deceived

Oh, man. He was in trouble. He pushed away from the wall.
Images of his target taunted him.
He shoved a chair aside and tore through the pictures scattered across the table in a desperate search for salvation. There. He pulled the shot from the mess but found only condemnation. The long blond hair flowing behind her in the snapshot had not been visible to him, but there was no mistaking the deep blue of her eyes.
The pounding of a fist against the heavy wood door released him from whatever spell she’d cast.
“Jackson.” Another loud thud punctuated his name.
He struggled to get his bearings, tried to slow the racing of his heart. “Yeah, one minute.”
“Now. Your father wants to see you, immediately.”
Kai, his father’s most trusted warrior. He was in more trouble than he’d originally thought. Was it possible the king would sentence him to death for ignoring a direct order? Surely not without offering him a fair trial, or at least granting him the opportunity to explain. But what could he say? What explanation could there be for failing to deliver the girl? None.
“I won’t knock again.” The warrior would soon break down the door and drag him before the throne.
He crumpled the offending photo, the evidence of his disgrace, into a ball. Instead of tossing it in the trash as he’d intended, he shoved it into the small leather satchel he wore at his waist. With a deep breath, he released the latch and pulled open the door.
“Come.” Kai turned his back on him and strode purposefully down the corridor, their footfalls echoing through the silence of accusation.
The thought of escape taunted him, but he would never make it out of the castle. He had only recently completed his warrior training under Kai’s watch and would be no match for the seasoned soldier. Besides, Kai was a stickler for the rules. If he tried to run, the warrior would surely take him down, protégé or not.

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
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  1. This sounds like a book packed with a lot of potential action in it, through the adventure! As for writing with quiet, I can understand. That's how I usually write. I am glad to see Make You Feel My Love by Adele inspired this book because I love that song <3 Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Interesting, thank you for sharing!

  3. I would want to teleport too. Great choice.

  4. Thank you, teleporting definitely seems like fun to me.:)

  5. This was a fun book to write, because there's action from beginning to end. Thanks for stopping.

  6. Thank you so much for hosting me, Brandi. And thank you to everyone who entered. Congrats, Bonny :)


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