Friday, October 10, 2014

Interview and Giveaway Borealis Ardor by Kay Phoenix

Are you a mom ? 
I’m a proud single momma of an amazing 1st grader.  I’m also a doggie momma to a rescued terrier named Rembrandt and reptile momma to two desert tortoises named Tank and Hummer.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? 

My son was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome a year ago, so that threw everything off track a bit.  He comes first, and always will.  So, yes I do find it hard.  I think anyone that says it’s a breeze to juggle motherhood and any career is suspicious. 

(WN-I find it suspicious too, either those moms have the perfect children or they have a nanny that does all the hard stuff. My son has several conditions that make parenting challenging- finding the time and energy to write after a long day is hard)

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?  

Of course I have!  But, I’ll never reveal who or what.  People always say “write what you know”, and that is the best advice. 

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?  

I’m currently addicted to Pet Rescue (the game). DO NOT download it if you haven’t already. As far as hobbies, I’m an amateur photographer and I’ve had my photos shown in several galleries around Las Vegas over the past few years.  I also have a part time job taking photographic records of plant and animal species at state parks around Southern Nevada. 

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?  

I wish I wrote “50 Shades of Gray”.  Why?  Well, because if I wrote it, it would be in my particular voice and style. Plus, being on all the major top 10 lists, with a big movie deal going on, can’t be a bad thing!  A girl can dream.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?  

When I was in high school I wrote horror to pass the time when I was supposed to be taking notes in math and history.  I’d like to tackle some horror now, as well as some erotica, and no, not in the same story.  It’s good to step outside of your comfort zone once in awhile. 

What book are you reading now?  

“Fashionably Dead” by Robyn Peterman.  I absolutely love her sense of humor.

What is in your to read pile? 

Uhhh, too many to list. But, my first priority is to read my critique partner’s submissions, so personal reading comes later.  But, I have a great critique group and I love watching each of their stories unfold.

Borealis Ardor
Seasons of Passion
Winter Winds
Kay Phoenix

Genre:  paranormal romance
Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing

ISBN:  978-1-77127-495-1

Number of pages:  58
Word Count:  14,709

Cover Artist:  Suzannah Safi

Book Description:  

Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth she had taken for granted was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion.

The only pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?

She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?

Available at Amazon


“You shouldn’t be here, Lauren.  Leave quickly.” The voice stopped me in my tracks.  It was David’s voice, in my head.  But, I shrugged it off and walked forward until I saw the new stone and the rectangle of earth in front of it that had noticeably less pine needles than the surrounding area.

I knelt beside it.

 “David Alan Wagner.  Beloved Son, Brother and Friend.”  The lines of the letters were etched deep and black, contrasting heavily against the light grey stone.  I gently lay the roses down and traced the letters with my finger.  There was a cross carved below the words.  I ran my hand along the entire edge of the top of the stone, feeling the rough edges in contrast to the freshly polished front and back.  I wondered how long the stone had been there.  Dad assured me he had taken care of the funeral expenses, and he must have made sure there was a rush order on the headstone.  There was a fresh bouquet of white roses lying at the base of the stone and it made me feel deeply saddened for his family, as well as for him.  As much as dad irritated the living hell out of me with his overprotective gestures, if I had to disappear forever and have him think I was dead, it would break my heart.  After we lost mom, we were all the family we had.

I loved David with my whole heart.  Even though we had only been together for two of the six months that he was assigned to me, I knew that he was the “one”.  I just knew it.  There was no explanation.  And, I was the “one” for him as well.  But, now he was gone, and it was unlikely that I would see him again, at least not any time soon.

I reached up to trace the “D” again and saw a strange light flash across the polished surface of the stone, which I realized with horror to be a set of headlights.

Who would be coming to a graveyard at this hour? Besides me of course? Teenagers with a Ouija board and bottle of Strawberry Hill wine in tow, perhaps?

I could take no chances.  I could have been followed.

About the Author:

Ms. Phoenix is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada.  She serves on the board of the Las Vegas Romance Writers and is also a member of the Kiss of Death and Women’s Fiction chapters of Romance Writers of America.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping and photography and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  She is also a member of the Vegas Artists Guild as a photographer.  Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for 15 years in the casino industry.

Kay writes in the contemporary and paranormal romance categories, as well as non-fiction articles.  Please visit her website at


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1 comment:

Kay Phoenix said...

Thank you for hosting me.