Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Interview and Giveaway with Angela Dennis

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

First off, thank you so much for having me! I’m really excited to be here. My name is Angela Dennis, and I write both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Urban Fantasy wise, I’m writing the Shadow Born Series, which is published by Samhain Publishing. I am also starting a new series in the fall with Samhain called Soul’s Harbor Pride, which is a set of sexy paranormal romances about lion shifters.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Piercing the Darkness is a tie-in novella to the Shadow Born series. It stands completely on its own, so there’s no need to read the other two books first. It tells the story of Hilda, a character I absolutely adore. This book has a lot more romance than the other two books. It’s a story of two star-crossed lovers, with a love so strong, it conquers even death.

Are you a mom?

I am. I have a little boy who is almost three years old. He is definitely one of the biggest blessings in my life. I adore him.

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

It can be tough. My son has special needs, so we have a lot of doctor’s appointments, therapy appointments, etc. So a lot of times, I’m running on empty. But that’s okay. Both writing and parenting are incredibly rewarding, so you keep pushing forward.

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

Not intentionally. But I think that life experience plays a big role in the stories I create, so there are probably glimpses of people I’ve come across in each of my characters.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

The Shadow Born Series has an underlying message of redemption and forgiveness. That it’s never too late to be a better person, and make amends for your past. A lot of my characters have hit rock bottom, and are trying to rebuild their lives. There are some other messages scattered throughout the books, but that’s the one I hope people really take to heart.

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

Hobbies… I love music. I’ve been playing the piano and a few other instruments since I was small. My husband is also a musician, so there is always music in our home, which I love. I also love to horseback ride, although I rarely find the time these days.

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

Right now I’m playing around with an idea for a contemporary romance series with zero paranormal elements. It’s a stretch for me, but I’m really enjoying writing it.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Dance with the Devil, the first book in my Soul’s Harbor Pride series will release this fall. I’m really excited about it. It’s a complete shift from the Shadow Born Series. And it’s a lot sexier. I like to mix things up a bit.

Piercing the Darkness     
Shadow Born Series
Book 2.5
Angela Dennis

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Date of Publication: April 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-61922-626-5

Number of pages: 86
Word Count: 27,000

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Book Description:

Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.

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Everything hurt, even her teeth. Hilda eased to her hands and knees, spitting dirt from her mouth. She had no idea how much time had passed, and she didn’t really care. All she wanted to know was where the hell she was.

She tried to stand, but pain brought her back to her knees on the damp ground. Rubbing at her burning eyes, she shook her head. Her vision was blurry at best, and all she could see for miles was dirt and darkness. The air was thick with humidity and stank of wood smoke, burning her lungs each time she inhaled.

Wait. She was breathing. Ghosts didn’t breathe. And they didn’t hurt.

Her legs gave out and she collapsed onto the ground. She ran her fingers through the soggy earth at her side, realizing she could feel it. Fighting back her growing alarm, she brushed her fingertips across her face. She could feel that too, and it felt solid.

Holy shit, she still had a body. She had no idea how that was possible, but she was going with it. This time when she stood, she was prepared for the instant pain and weakness, so she managed to stay on her feet. She spun around, searching for something, anything, other than the endless darkness.

She definitely was not still on the Earthly plane. This place felt different. The air was gritty, felt dirty against her skin. And something about it seemed…wrong.

As her eyes adjusted, she realized there were globe-like fixtures scattered beneath the ground. They shimmered with pale blue light that barely penetrated the dense atmosphere.
But it was bright enough she could make out the outline of a hillside in the distance. Maybe if she climbed to the top she could get a better look around.

She wrapped her arms around her chest to try and get warm, realizing she was naked.
How she had missed that was anyone’s guess, but it was irrelevant. It wasn’t as if she could pull a pair of pants and a sweater out of thin air. She’d figure it out later, once she got her bearings.

Bare feet dancing across the rough, pebbled landscape, she kept her eyes focused on the hill in front of her, confident her salvation lay on the other side. The farther she walked, the more confused she became. This plane didn’t fit the description of any plane she’d heard of, and the education Brenna had given her had been fairly extensive. There was a tingle of doubt in the back of her mind, a part of her that was convinced she was finally completely dead and this was her afterlife. But she refused to believe that.

So she moved forward, step by painful step, against the wind’s resistance, through the thick layers of fog, until she was only a few yards from the hillside. Now that she was close, she realized the hill was made of a series of jagged stones, jutting out at various dangerous looking angles. It would take a miracle for her to reach the top, but she was known for beating the odds. She’d never know if she didn’t try.

Her hand was clutching the first notch in the rock when she heard it. A mix between a growl and a hiss echoed through the night. It was so loud, she unconsciously released the rock, pressing both palms over her ears to block it out. The ground shook with the force of whatever was coming and the wind stopped abruptly as if it too was running away.

About the Author:

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog

She loves to hear from her readers, so don’t forget to find her on Twitter to chat.

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