Monday, 17 February 2014

Interview with Lyn Croft, author of Blood and Lilies

Blood & Lilies
Released: 29 November 2013
Genre: Paranormal
Published: Beau Corp
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
Once cast from Heaven, Zillah has vowed to destroy God and overtake his kingdom. But a key is needed to open the gates between the two realms.
The Key to the gate walks the earth in the form of a woman...young, innocent and completely unaware of her importance in the battle between good and evil. Once her blood is shed, Zillah can open the portal to release her father...Lucifer himself.
Cara, a college sophomore, is quickly thrown into the world of the supernatural, as well as learning of her true ancestry. Vampires, werewolves and the Nephilim are now a part of her reality. As the beings struggle to protect her, she fights to keep her sanity as her mortal realm is crushed.
Secrets are revealed that could shatter Cara’s new found love, as well as lead to her ultimate death. A family is torn apart as the battle to save the key leads them down a road of betrayal and heartache. Loved ones are lost, lines are crossed, and nothing is as it seems. Lies and truths twist and turn, leaving us with only one question…
Could you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?

Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek
The evening sky pulsed, hues of deep purples and blacks engraving blurry lines above the earth. The night echoed its cries, carried by angry breezes through the hills of the land. The cemetery, cascaded in carved tombstones that sprouted from the ground, laid empty and dormant, except for the busy, yet silent whispers of the dead.
The ground, wet and damp, gave way beneath Cara’s bare feet as she trudged through the mud pushing between her toes. Her eyes traveled towards the ground to study her soiled feet, finding her body was draped in a simple, yet elegant white dress which graced her pale legs just below her knees. The plunging neckline stopped just beneath the cleft of her breast as the thin silk straps hugged the tops of her shoulders, exposing her bare delicate skin.
She scanned around her, alone and frightened, like a young child strayed from its mother. It was so dark, and the crested moon, swarmed by rolling darkened clouds, offered no safe haven of light to guide her way. Slow and unsure, she stepped cautiously, waiting blindly for an edge that would send her spiraling down into a never-ending abyss, swallowing her whole. The shadows danced in front of her, playing tricks on her unfocused eyes as her feet took her step by step.
Where was she? How did she get here? She could hear faint whispers of the dead crying out to her from the spirit world. Their words made no sense as they all jumbled together like a soft but unmelodic hum in the air. Her ears strained to make out parts of the words, hoping to piece together some language so she could better understand why they’d brought her here.
Realization struck. The voices had guided her here. She turned around to where the whispers grew, louder and more needful. She followed them as they increased, vibrating through her head as if they were coming from inside her brain, instead of churning in the air around her. The darkness frightened her, yet she still continued, following the only guidance she had.
She could hear it now. Through the vast echo of the whispers, she could make out her name. They called to her, begged her to come near. She obeyed.
Something hard struck her toes, shooting instant pain up through her legs, like lightning igniting through her to her very core. Her body flew forward as she reached out to stop her fall. She expected a large stone to split her head. Or perhaps the tip of a metal cross would impale her through her chest and end it all, without her knowing or seeing it in the darkness before her. But there was nothing as her body hit the soft ground beneath her.
Grass laced itself through her fingers as she looked up to the gravestone in front of her. The clouds that had hugged the moon so well broke, lighting the etched carvings before her so she could see. What she read on the engraving shook her to the core. Her eyes couldn’t process, couldn’t comprehend what she was seeing.
Cara L. Chadwick
Beloved Friend and Student
We will miss you always
Oct. 18, 1992 to Dec. 21, 2012
A cry escaped her lips as Cara pushed herself up from the ground as fast as she could, stumbling backwards. She wanted to turn away, run and never look back. There was no way in hell she was going to stay here to hang out with her own tomb. And the date…it was this Friday’s date…or had it already arrived and was now in the past? Cara realized she had no idea of what time it was, or the day, but she needed to escape and get out of this place as fast as her bare feet could carry her.
Author Bio:
Lyn Croft is a sci-fi fantasy writer born and raised in sunny Southern California. There, she raises her daughter, works full time, writes novels, and plays video games in her spare time.
Her new book, "Blood & Lilies ~ Bloodlines" is her debut novel, and the first in a series of epic tales for the battle between good and evil.
Find Lyn:Goodreads  |  Website  |  Twitter

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I was with Hellfire Publishing before I joined with Beau Coup. I’ve also one a few writing prompt contests that will feature a short story of mine at the end of the year, through the Vigilante Publishing.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

How the heck did I get here! It is truly awe inspiring to know your work is being shared with the world.  The first week was tons of fun, lots of promoting, and a little R&R after a lot of hard work.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve always been an avid reader and was always mesmerized how authors created worlds so vividly, with characters you could intimate with, and grow with. I also love all things sci-fi and paranormal, and wanted to see if I could bring to life, the world that was playing inside of my head.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

I’d like to say I’ve been lucky and haven’t received one. But, I’ve also heard that you haven’t truly made it as an author, till you’ve received a bad review. So, I’m still working on making it. When I do, I will look at it constructively to see where I could improve.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?

My first book took a few years. I was new at it, and I also have a full time job, so I could only write part of the time. My second book is just about done, and I’d say I spent a good year on it.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

It was amazing to see the cover when it first came out. I was actually lucky to be able to give input on the design. But, yes, there was definite inspiration. All I wanted to do was get working on the second book.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Blood and Kindred (Book 2 of the Bloodlines Series) is getting ready to be sent to the publisher, so hopefully we’ll see that one out soon. I also have a Sci-Fi Fantasy novel I’ll be finishing up as well and starting book 3 for the Bloodlines series.

8. Top 5 books

Book of the Damned – DA Fowler
The Hellbound Heart – Clive Barker
The Stand – Stephen King
Queen of the Damned – Anne Rice
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

Anne Rice with her Vampire Chronicles series. No one has ever made a vampire sexier than her. I admire her a great deal for her talent as well.

10. Why read your novel?

 Sexy Halflings saving the world! What else is there? Seriously though, it’s an exciting page turner, with lots of twists and surprises. Oh, did I mention there were hot vampyres too…

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