Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Destiny Calling by Maureen L. Bonatch
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thank you so much for having me here today! My name is Maureen Bonatch and I hail from Pennsylvania. I enjoy writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy laced with humor, maybe some suspense but always including the quirky characters you might already recognize from your own life.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Destiny Calling was released on December 22nd. This is the first book in The Enchantlings series that follows Hope’s journey as she struggles to learn to accept herself in order to let other people into her life. It’s a paranormal with romantic elements laced with humor and light suspense. Once you peek inside you’ll find the ordinary world with an underlying element of extraordinary such as magic and demon-like creatures.
Are you a mom?
Yes, I’m a mother of thirteen-year-old twin girls. (Yes. Gasp…teenagers! And gasp…teenage twin girls!)
If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
I still find writing to be a challenge when I’m trying to balance the time I spend with my characters with the time I spend with my family. It has gotten a little easier in recent years as a nice side effect is that I’ve inadvertently/genetically spawned a new generation of readers/writers in my girls. It’s so cool when they ask me questions about my book and my characters and tell me about some of the stories they are writing.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I’d love to have written Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan Urban Fantasy series. She amazes me with her ability to grow her characters from book to book without leaving the reader bored or left finding the series becoming predictable. I absolutely love the humor in her stories and adore her characters and feel like I know them personally.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
Someday I’d like to write a YA and a Horror story. (Or a YA Horror J ) I’ve read fairly extensively in both and have had thoughts of stories in the back of my mind that would fit these genres. I’d like to write these stories someday when I catch up on all the other stories I’ve started already. (My characters get impatient when I make them wait to tell their story.)
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I’m hard at work on Book 2 in The Enchantlings series but I’ve also written several other books in the interim. They’re in different stages of writing and editing, but I hope you’ll be seeing one of those relatively soon!
Maureen L. Bonatch
Genre: Paranormal Romance
subgenre: suspense, fantasy. Theme: New Adult, demons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: December 22 2014
Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 80,630
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor (DCA Graphics)
Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil's spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.
Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn't know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.
Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn't lose.
I strained to release my arm from Griffith’s vise-like grip while scanning the surrounding trees, trying to determine which was less of a threat, the beast of a man holding me or those who might be waiting for me in the woods.
“You will come inside, now.” Griffith spoke slowly and deliberately as if I were a small child.
I batted at the hand Griffith placed on my head. “I’m not a puppy, quit petting me.”
“I will protect you.” Griffith’s warm breath caressed my ear. “If for no other reason, to find out what I’m giving up and why she wants you so badly.”
I inhaled his masculine scent, like musky earth. It washed over my face, and the tension in my jaw released. I stopped struggling. “Are you the devil?” My tongue was thick and heavy so the words came out slurred.
“Not even close.” His words soothed and comforted, like having a weighted blanket cocoon me. Each movement was an effort. It wasn’t the same as the thing in the woods. This was more like the feeling after a long massage or bubble bath.
“It’s not safe.” Griffith wrapped his arms around me, and I rested against his broad chest.
“It’s not safe.” I nodded. My muscles relaxed and my eyelids grew heavy.
“It’s cold. We’re going inside.” Griffith kept his arm supporting me as he steered me toward the house.
“We’re going inside.” I parroted and walked up the steps, leaning heavily on him.
Out of the corner of my eye, something was cautiously moving at the edge of the woods. Branches snapped as whatever was observing us crept closer.
About the Author:
Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.
Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful.
Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).
Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.