Love vampires? Love bikers? Then I have a treat for you! Get comfy and stick around awhile to learn more about a good friend of mine, Patricia Rasey. She also having a giveaway on Saturday so be sure to enter her contest below for a chance to win an e-copy of Viper! Yes, I'm a little biased but Pat IS an awesome writer! Pat, thanks for hanging with my readers and guests. Let's get started.
Tonya: Welcome Pat! I'm excited to be hanging with you all week. Readers love to know more about their authors. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Pat: I’ve been writing for twenty-one years. I was first published back in 1999 by a small press. I’ve written eleven novels to date and three novellas. For most of that time, I’ve also been a working mom. My kids are now grown, though.
Tonya: Do you have a day job?
Pat: Yes, I do. Like a lot of other authors, my writing doesn’t generate enough income to be a full time job. I do love the company I work for, though. I work for WriteWay software—great software for writing your novels. I use it to write mine in and highly recommend it. And their new company MyAuthorBiz, which will be a great tool for any author. Promotional tools like newsletters, virtual signings, online store, and much more. They hope to launch this fall.
Tonya: I also use WriteWayPro for my books and I love it! Authors out there - do check out the software. Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?
Pat: I grab my laptop and either an iced coffee or a glass of wine. I guess that depends on the time of day. I work from home, so sitting in my office to write after I have been there all day, isn’t an option. I need a change of scenery. But usually no music. I like silence. I can listen to something like David Garrett at time, but words would disrupt my thinking.
Tonya: Where do you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?
Pat: I’m not sure. Everywhere, I guess. I could be out shopping and something catches my attention. Be chatting with a friend and something said will spark and idea. I write dark romance, so my mind can be pretty dark at times. Usually I will ask myself what scares me, and that’s the opening of the book. But with my latest book: Viper, it was a merge of two of my loves: vampires and bikers.
Tonya: If you’re self-published, can you tell us a bit about that and how it’s going for you?
Pat: I used to be published with a small press and pretty much sold all my work through them. But about two years ago, I jumped into the Independent pool and self-published a couple of my previously published works. They far outsold my works through my publisher. So I gave my next first-time released book a shot. It works for me. I sell fairly decent and my income from writing has gone up considerably. I used to get royalty checks for about $30 every three months. It’s much better now. I have since pulled all my books and will release them independently. It may not work for everyone, but it does for me.
Tonya: Glad to hear it's working for you! Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?
Pat: Nights and weekends. Due to the day job, I save my writing for the off hours. As for being alone, not necessarily. Sometimes I’ll sit on the sofa with my hubby, watching television with my laptop. Other times, when I want silence, I’ll go to my bedroom.
Tonya: What advice would you give to new authors?
Pat: Never give up. Writing isn’t an easy career. It’s a long road to actually make a decent living, even if some of us never get there. But it’s fulfilling your dreams. Get it on paper, then get it out there. And then don’t read your reviews! Bad reviews squash creativity. I’ve learned that the hard way over the years. Our work comes from our hearts. We’ve strived hard to do better and make them the best we can. But that doesn’t mean we will please everyone.
Tonya: Very true! We can't please all readers out there...too many genres. Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?
Pat: I usually have a good understanding of what my characters look like. WriteWay has a great Character Profile section. I usually add images of people who I think my characters look like. This helps me as I write them, and then develop them into more than just an image on my computer.
Tonya: What attracts you most about men?
Pat: Everything. I am a bit boy crazy. I love men. I particularly love bad boy, alpha style men. Not really so much the pretty boys, the rough and tumble kind of guys.
Tonya: We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?
Pat: Viper, as I said, is a merger between two of my favorite loves: vampires and bikers. Viper and his twin head the Sons of Sangue motorcycle club and protect the town of Pleasant, OR. They have an agreement with the law: they keep the violence out of Lane County and the law looks the other way. That is until dead bodies start showing up with their necks slit and all clues point to the president of the club, Viper. Now, Viper must not only find the bastard trying to frame him, he must break club rules to protect the detective out to see him hang … one that he has desired for ten long years.
Tonya: Your books always have a great suspense theme to them also. Where can our readers find you and your books?
Pat: My books are now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books, and starting to become available through iBooks
Tonya: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
Pat: I want to thank you for taking the time to read the blog and the interview questions. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day.
Tonya: Let's try some fun questions. What is your favorite night time snack?
Pat: Ice cream.
Tonya: Do you like toppings on your ice cream?
Pat: No. And my favorite ice cream is vanilla.
Tonya: What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?
Tonya: Readers, I hope that lets you learn a bit more about Pat. Do check out her other books. I'm sure you'll find more than a few that interest you. Here's a bit from Viper:
“Because you’re a pawn in his game. The primordial likely killed Tab. And the other women? They all looked very similar to you, Cara. That’s not by accident.”
“I don’t understand. Why target my looks?”
The last thing he wanted to do was freak Cara out, but she had a right to know. And even though she was his preferred type, she was far different from the rest. Truth be told, it was because of her that he preferred his women blonde and blue-eyed. “Because it’s my preferred type.”
“Women I like.” He glanced back at the floor, not wanting to see the reaction in her beautiful gaze. Christ, she was likely to think he stalked her. “Women I like to fuck.”
Kane heard her slight intake of air. He brought his gaze up, and before he could offer her any sort of explanation, she stayed his words with a raise of her hand.
“What you’re saying is that I’ve been targeted by this psycho vampire because you want to fuck me?”
He nodded, feeling like a heel. “If he’s after you, then his real target is me.”
“Oh, that’s just rich!”
“I can’t help how I feel. You have to know I would never willingly get you involved in anything that would see you harmed.”
Her throat bobbed as she swallowed, her eyes glassed over with unshed tears. “How do you know he’s been here?”
“Because I can smell him, Cara. His scent is all over your room. He didn’t merely stand over your bed. He paced the fucking room. And you know what I think?”
“What?” she asked, her voice catching.
“He did it on purpose. The motherfucker wanted me to smell him all over this room. He was sending a message to me, Cara. Otherwise, he would have just killed you when he had the chance.”
The scent of her fear seeped from her pores. Good, he needed to frighten her. And the fact she now probably hated him would work in his favor as well. She wouldn’t let him come within ten feet of her, let alone toss her onto the bed like he so desired. Kane needed to keep his head on his shoulders and stop breaking MC rules. He needed to get back to business and catch this motherfucker. Getting involved with the detective would only complicate matters and turn his brothers against him. And right now he needed their help.
“He wants me to know that he’s targeted you.”
She wet her lips, the tip of her pink tongue nearly having him forgetting his latest resolve.
“I don’t understand any of this.”
“I know what he’s capable of, Mia Bella.”
“But why would they use me to get to you?”
“Damn it!” Kane shoved his hand through his hair and pushed it from his face. “Just pack your bags, Cara. I’m moving you to the MC clubhouse where I can better keep an eye on you.”
“I’m not moving, Kane, not until you tell me how I got involved in the middle of a pissing match between you and some ancient vampire.”
He ground his teeth. Damned stubborn woman. “Why can’t you just do as I say? I can’t protect you here, Cara.”
“Well, apparently”—she stepped so close he could smell her blood rushing through her veins— “had I not ever met you, I wouldn’t need protecting. So I think you owe me the truth, Kane.”
“I don’t know the answer, Cara … other than he wants you dead. Why? Because it would hurt me.”
She spread her arms out, the gesture causing her robe to slip, revealing more of her cleavage … answering the question of what lay beneath her robe. Nothing. His breath left his chest in a hiss. How much could one vampire take? They were sexual beings, for crying out loud, not used to practicing restraint. His cock hardened. He wanted to bury himself to the hilt, feel her walls surround him like a silk glove and forget this primordial even existed.
“How could my death possibly hurt you?”
“Because I want you, Cara, I have for ten years.” When she didn’t comment, only gaped at him, he continued, “Is that what you wanted to hear, Mia Bella? You have one vampire who wants to fuck you senseless, who can barely contain himself in your presence, and one who wants to take your life because of it.”
Kane’s eyes blackened as his fangs elongated in his rising desire. He could see his crazed reflection in her gaze. Damn, but he wanted to throw her on the messed bed she had just crawled out of, push aside her robe and run his hands along her silken flesh, take what he’d fantasized about as he watched her sleep. He didn’t think his actions through, just knew the need sluicing through him was more powerful than anything he had experienced before. Grasping her biceps, he pulled her flush and slanted his mouth over hers, his tongue sliding between her parted lips. God help him, but he was a hair’s breadth away from losing all control.
Bio: A daydreamer at heart, Patricia A. Rasey, resides in her native town in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Todd.
Ms. Rasey is a three-time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and a three-time winner of the prestigious RIO Award Of Excellence. She is also a three-time EPPIE finalist and was a 2001 nominee for Romantic Times Magazine's Best Electronic Book. Additionally, Twilight Obsessions and Twilight Visions, two anthologies she was a part of, was nominated for the PEARL, the Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature, in the Best Anthology category. Her short story, In The Mind of Darkness won the P&E 2002 Horror short story category.
When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping with her husband and two sons. Ms. Rasey is currently a third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.