I’d like to welcome Ciara Lake to my blog today, as part of her blog tour with Sizzling PR. Ciara, how did you get started in this industry?
CL: One Christmas, I was on vacation from work. I ran out of things I wanted to read. I read a lot. So, I sat down at my computer to write up something. I started with Xihirah. The next one was The Triaxen. Now I don’t have time to read, I’m so busy writing my own tales.
What titles do you have published?
Ancelin Trever’s family is brutally murdered, she runs to the new colony world, Verrian. Wild and untamed, this alien world is full of dangers she is ill prepared for. Haunted by her past, she’s forced to trust a man she must struggle to hide her growing attraction from.
Krevan Vallex is an embittered Triaxen recently released from Hellgate Prison Planet. When he negotiates a land deal, he has no idea that he’s getting far more than he could ever imagine. Surrounded by the harsh brutality of a world without laws, Krevan is torn by his desire to remain alone and the burning passion he feels for Ancelin. When her past is uncovered and she’s thrown into an old danger, Krevan must face his own emotional upheaval and risk it all to protect the woman he loves.
Communication specialist Saleeya Stayvel was hired to ensure proper communication during the critical meetings on Xihirah meant to stop a war with The Realmist terrorist faction. With the universe hovering on war and at the mercy of those who are targeting non-earthen humanoids, more than just her linguistic skills will be put to the test.
The Xihirian Prince, Admoncor Kael Braeden, is the head of Xihirian Military Elite Force. Fierce, dangerous, and intuitive, he demands the respect of those around him. Unmated, his dark moods affect those around him until he finds himself in the presence of his mate. But in the midst of danger, deceit, and treachery, how can Kael and Saleeya’s romance blossom?
Leea, a young woman from Oklahoma engages in a heated sexting relationship with a man from Alaska. Lucan, on a hunt for his mate, advertised for a mail order bride. Leea aware of the risks, is still drawn to the Ketchikan man and his nightly naughty texts. Leea’s believes she’s behaved shockingly via text, now she’s embarrassed by the explicitness she shared with this virtual stranger. When she arrives in Alaska, she encounters an absolutely gorgeous male. Overwhelmed, she’s suddenly inhibited by timidity. However, Lucan is patient and determined to reveal Leea’s inner siren. His unique instincts tell him that she’s his.
Lucan is a local artist, a talented man. He’s part Native American with an extra component in his genes. Unknown to Leea, his honored ancestor passed a special gift to him.
Will Leea and Lucan’s passion survive the wilds of Alaska?
Do you have any upcoming releases?
CL: Forsaken: Curse of a Dragon’s Claim (Forsaken Series Book 2)
The realm of Dragons is a world of magic, danger and mystery. Embroiled in a brutal war with the Vampires, they’ve often travelled to our realm. Caught between two powerful immortal beings, humans and those once Forsaken by the immortal realm, have paid the ultimate in price. On the cusp of an ancient evils rising, a beautiful Forsaken, Arianna Mergliano will discover she’s something more than she ever imagined.
Clayne MacDagon, a powerful dragon warrior embittered by his twin’s death is sent on a mission to find the dracvipen. Seeing Arianna, he knows she is his fated mate. Embracing this truth, he takes her as his own. Together, they must face the shadows and evil that have long plagued the immortal realms and find a way to survive the coming war with their love as their only weapon.
Forsaken Norse Winds (Forsaken Series Book 4)
Life has been unkind to Breanna Devion. Trapped in a house of an abusive, foul stepfather, and her mother who seemingly has lost her mind, Breanna survives only by the strength of her heart.
Axel Venrick, a troll who lived among the Viking people, has spent centuries alone and isolated in his castle. When his friend, God Loki, suggests his meddling mother’s right, he needs a mate, Axel crafts a ring.
Be-spelled, blessed by Loki, the ring is meant to find his true love, Axel’s soul mate…and finds her just in time.
Claimed by Axel, Breanna’s world takes a turn for the better. Forsaken no more, her and her mother will once more join the realm of the immortals… while avoiding angry gods, wizards, and an evil vampire general out to break lose his chains.
What are you working on now?
CL: Tallusian Nights (Xihirian Shifters 2)
The war goes on between the Realmist and the rest of the universe. The Xihirian military comes to the planet Tallusia’s rescue. Princess Zalora Zimbali is rescued by Kael’s son, Val. Val and Zalora have many heated nights in the wild forest of Tallusia. In Tallusian Nights, Felix Tomron, the new leader of the Realmist encounters Val Braeden. They clash. Felix is out for revenge. Val must save his family from Felix’s torment.
An Angel for Avery (Son’s of Aiden)
This is the first book in the series Avery’s Angels, the Sons of Aiden. It’s a modern day story taking place in Maine. Avery’s a pastry chef at an historic Inn. Fresh out of college Avery’s lonely and has some struggles adjusting to her new life. She’s far from her home and family. One morning she wanders into Granny’s Cupboard on Bay Street. There she finds a gorgeous cut glass antic ornament. An angel with a huge sword sparkles grabbing her attention. She purchases the ornament, makes a wish, and her life will never be the same.
Forsaken Waves of Time
Jax Aquilla a Merman, son of Poseidon visits the 21st century to find the key to their problem with the evil vampire general, Saltar. Jax is told the key is, Tabitha Lock, a glamorous lawyer protecting a pharmaceutical giant. Jax takes on the role of an environmentalist lawyer and encounters the Ms. Lock. Their encounter is heated from the very beginning boiling over to unending passion.
What genres do you enjoy reading? Writing?
CL: I love to read everything. But, my favorite is paranormal, sci fi, and fantasy. These are the genres I am enjoying writing.
Who is your favorite character from any of your books? (Can you include an excerpt involving this character?)
CL: Krevan Vallex the hero in The Triaxen. Krevan is so hot and so alpha. I would love him to be my man. He’s handsome, powerful, he loves passionately, he’s brilliant, and his love is only for his mate. What a man!
“Mr. Vallex, how much farther is the property?”
“We have about three more hours of driving left. Silos is about four hours from my property. The information I provided indicated the property is remote and rural. The property is out in the middle of nowhere. There’s the town of Coti. It’s a smaller settlement closer to the property. There isn’t much in that town. Let me know when you want to go back to Earth.” Krevan glanced over at Ancelin as if to gauge her reaction. They resumed their semi-tolerable silence to ride for another hour until the darkening sky lit up with an outstanding lightning demonstration. Booms of thunder shook the vehicle as it sped across the gravel and dirt road.
“Oh, wow, was that thunder?” Ancelin’s voice sounded strained. She gazed up and out the front window.
“Yes, it’s only getting started. The storm has arrived a lot sooner than it was expected. Welcome to the storms on Verrian. They’re powerful and not for the faint of heart. The weather here is an authentic Verrian experience. Hopefully, we’ll get home before the roads and fields get too muddy and slick.” Krevan looked over at Ancelin, his eyes mirrored back at her, reflecting in the low light oddly.
Ancelin gasped. “You’re not an Earth human or any humanoid I’m familiar with. What are you? Your eyes reflect like…like some of the carnivorous predators on Earth. What humanoid species are you?” Ancelin tried to steady her trembling hands.
Krevan smiled, and the lightning flashed, illuminating his striking face. “I’m a Triaxen humanoid. I’m sorry my eyes alarm you. I promise not to bite.” Krevan watched her with his eerie, inhuman eyes. His full smile framed his beautiful white teeth. They looked surprisingly sharp, especially his canines. His smile wasn’t sincere.
“A Triaxen, which would explain your height and size. I’m sorry for reacting so rudely. I’ve never met a Triaxen humanoid before. I’ve never seen a humanoid’s eyes reflect like yours. It surprised me.” Ancelin attempted to apologize for her overreaction, clasping her hands together to continue to try to keep them from shaking.
“You mean like an animal, a carnivorous predator? Isn’t that what you compared me to, Ms. Trever?” Glaring at her, his annoyance was obvious. “My ancestors were deadly predators. I inherited many useful and lethal abilities. However, I won’t harm you unless you harm me. I can be civilized even though I lived five years of my life on the uncivilized Hellgate Prison Planet. I thought you should know that before you hear it from someone else. Most people on Verrian are wary of me. Not many people survive Hellgate Prison. My being a venomous male Triaxen also makes people uneasy.” They resumed their uncomfortable silence as the thunder boomed, and then the rain cut loose from the sky and poured down in torrents.
“Can you see where you’re going?”
Krevan didn’t respond to her question. Ancelin hugged the side of her door. Any closer to the door or farther from him and she would be sitting outside on the vehicle’s running board.
With a sudden jolt, their vehicle left the dirt road as Krevan cut off across the pasture. The jolt bumped Ancelin away from the door and closer to Krevan. Their legs touched. Ancelin anxiously yanked her leg back. “Is this the way to the house?” Her question broke their heavy silence.
“Yes, both of the houses are in this direction. There’s no road to the property. We’re almost there. Your house is within sight of mine. Since it’s raining so hard, I’m taking us into my garage. We can go inside and wait the rain out before I take you to your house. I have no desire to get drenched tonight. Your house doesn’t have a garage or port. I hope waiting at my house is all right with you. The rain could last awhile.”
Krevan looked over at her quiet, stiff form as he explained his plan. Ancelin made no reply. The rain came down so hard it was difficult to see out the windows.
Krevan drove the vehicle confidently, as if he could see through the onslaught of rain and darkness. “You scared of me, little girl? Krevan’s voice was hushed. “I told you to go back to Earth. You’re on this untamed world with a Hellgate ex-con as your only neighbor. Alone, with a stranger, a Triaxen male nearly three times your size. That’s gotta suck for you.” Redirecting his attention out the front window, he seemed not to expect any response.
“Mr. Vallex, I appreciate my precarious situation. I’m grateful for your considerate warnings.” Ancelin had her own degree of sarcasm. “I’m here now. I would be grateful if you would…I don’t know…not be so negative and give up trying to scare me back to Earth. If you’re going to be big and bad, let me know now and get the good stuff out of the way.” Despite her bold speech, Ancelin continued to hug the side of the door.
“All right, Ms. Trever. I’m not sure what your definition of ‘the good stuff’ is,” Krevan responded as their vehicle approached a large, modern structure. It was a remarkable house built out in the middle of an isolated landscape. It was reminiscent of the luxurious homes that lined the streets of many of Earth’s affluent neighborhoods.
“Remember, Ancelin.” Krevan stressed her first name. He seemed to want to make sure her attention focused on him as he stopped the vehicle in front of four garage doorways. “I didn’t knowingly sign up for a female neighbor. Your arrival has caught me off guard. In the past, my being caught off guard has proven to be fatal to others. I’m willing to make the best of this uncomfortable situation.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?
CL: Don’t give up. Follow your dream. Even after published, it is hard work getting your voice out there, creating a reader’s base. Have a thick skin, some people will love you and other may not. Regardless, keep on writing and submitting. Also, if having troubles, look for a good editor to help you prior to your submission. Have people you talk with about your ideas and dreams to keep you on track and motivated.
Where can my readers find your books?
CL: You can buy my books at Siren Publishing, eTreasures publishing, and Beachwalk Press
Go to my web site and it will take you to the buy link if you click on cover.
Ciara Lake bio:
Reading and writing is a wonderful diversion from an often-difficult world. I love to create my own stories and have control over how things will end. It’s exciting to create brand new worlds and characters. My imagination can come alive.
In sci-fi and paranormal stories, I can invent wonderful places and people. Anything is possible in these genres and that’s limitless. I’m able to create an escape into a special world filled with unique and fantastic things and there is always a happy ending.
A high school teacher inspired me to write. However, instead of initially pursuing my writing career I became a lawyer. I work in divorce court, so romance is a great escape. There can be true love and happy-endings, at least on my pages.
My two children and I have two good-humored dogs that share our home and ease our stress. I have traveled and lived all over the world and these experiences have given me great creative ideas. I look forward to creating many more adventures in romance.