Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview with Anna Durand

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

Anna Durand is currently my only pen name. I specialize in steamy romances, with a focus on paranormal; however, one of works-in-progress is a contemporary romance and I'm thinking about diving into historical.

Aside from my writing, I'm a freelance librarian—which means I create cataloging-in-publication data for other authors and small publishers. Once upon a time, I scrubbed the ashes off the floors of public libraries, waiting for my prince to come…okay, not really. But I did work in libraries and I have a master's degree in library science. These days, I devote as much time as possible to writing.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Intuition is the second book in the Psychic Crossroads series. Though this story completes the journey of Grace and David, who were the main characters in the first book (Willpower), Intuition stands on its own. The book is about alienation and redemption, for Grace, David, and the secondary characters too.

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

My work-in-progress, The Mortal Falls, centers on a healing vortex behind a rock shop that connects two worlds. The vortex was inspired by a real place in my home, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and it is really is behind a rock shop. The similarities end there, though, because—as far as I know!--the real vortex has no supernatural ties to another world.

Here's a glimpse of the real-life vortex:

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

My hobbies are pretty mundane, but I enjoy them. I live in the wild woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, so I love to explore the outdoors and the wildlife. Right outside my house, I have several birdfeeders and birdhouses, which afford me the chance to watch the birdies. I photograph them too, and I also snap pictures of nature.
Another hobby of mine is making jewelry, out of everything from fire-polished crystal to freshwater pearls.

Here's one of my favorite nature photos, of a wildflower:

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

I'd love to try historical romance and urban fantasy. I read tons of books in those genres, and I have some seeds of ideas.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

So far, my favorite is the hero from my work-in-progress, The Mortal Falls. Nevan is a sylph, a powerful elemental being, but he just can't understand mortal women—and the heroine, Lindsey, in particular. He has a wicked sense of humor and he saunters around in nothing but a loincloth. What's not to love? He has problems too, just like humans, and struggles with his forbidden attraction to a mortal. I'm having a blast writing him, especially in the scenes where he teases Lindsey with double entendres.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Intuition is the second book in the Psychic Crossroads series. I've already begun planning the third book, though as non-plotter, that means I'm letting the ideas percolate in my brain until a workable story pops out. Book three will focus on Sean Vandenbrook, who was a secondary character in the first two books. The story takes place five years later, when he's no longer a teenager and has settled into his psychic abilities—until he develops a new power he can't control, and gets into trouble with some nasty people.

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

I'm working on Reborn to Conquer, the third installment the Reborn series, as well as The Mortal Falls, the first book in a new series. I've also started writing a hot contemporary romance tentatively called Fired Up.

What book are you reading now?

Hunter's Moon by Lisa Kessler.

What is in your to read pile?

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones, Unseen by Rachel Caine, and The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell—among many others.

Psychic Crossroads
Book Two
Anna Durand

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Jacobsville Books

Date of Publication: 6/15/2015

ISBN: 978-1-934631-71-3 
ISBN: 978-1-934631-74-4

Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 106,000

Cover Artist: Lisa A. Shiel,
Five Rainbows Services

Book Description:

Book 2 in the multi-award-winning Psychic Crossroads series

Ultimate power comes at the ultimate price.

Torn apart by their haunted pasts, Grace Powell and her fiancĂ© David Ransom are struggling to reclaim their passionate bond. She yearns for a normal life — one without danger and paranormal powers — but David can't renounce his obsession with hunting down rogue scientist Karl Tesler, who abducts and tortures psychics. David endured Tesler's tactics himself, but despite what Grace believes, he's not out for revenge.

Tesler covets her unprecedented abilities and her connection to a vast and mysterious source of psychic energy known as the Golden Power. He will stop at nothing to possess her, and David will do anything — even abandon and lie to her — to protect Grace from the mad scientist.

With a psychic stalker on her trail, Grace charges into a desperate mission to uncover the truth about David's obsession and his secret past. But Tesler's agents are closing in on her, and a terrifying new enemy is rising…

As events drive Grace and David toward a battle of epic proportions, they must risk everything — their relationship, their lives, and even their souls — to defeat an enemy who wields unspeakable psychic power. Can a bond borne of true love save them, and the world?

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Grace Powell slammed the front door. The cool air inside the house flushed away the sultry October heat pasted to her skin. She stalked across the living room, down the hall, and into the bedroom. She fumbled for the light switch, her fingers slipping off the plastic. Dammit. No one but David Ransom detonated her temper like this. She flicked the switch, and light flooded the room. The bed stood empty, the sheets crumpled at the foot.
They'd fled the house in a near-panic, racing from their home to the Cincinnati airport with tires screeching, all because of a thirty-second phone call David received at one a.m. Another tip from a questionable source. Another threadbare clue in his quest for vengeance. Another search that yanked him away from Grace. Away from their home, their life.
The emptiness of the bed tore at her heart like tiny claws. Sharp. Hot. Fresh tears pricked her eyes, and she gnawed her lip to stave off the downpour. No crying.
She fingered her engagement ring. A tear sneaked out of her eye to roll down her cheek, painting a hot trail on her skin. No crying, dammit.
She resisted the impulse to tap into their telepathic bond and check on her fiancé. It was an invasion, one she understood all too well, but how else could she know David was all right? She had to trust their latent connection, however faint, to warn her. If he stumbled into trouble, though, what could she do from here, over a thousand miles away?
Her heart clenched. Losing her parents ripped her world asunder. She could not lose David too. Her head told her she wouldn't, yet the fear chilled her down to the essence of her being.
She trudged into the bedroom, kicking off her shoes. The lonely tear crept into her mouth, infecting her tongue with a salty tang. She tugged the cell phone out of her jeans pocket and tossed it onto the bedside table. Her muscles, stiff and sore, begged for a rest. She collapsed onto the mattress on her back. Her gaze hit the ceiling, where little acoustic balls clung to the paint, stuck there against their will. I know the feeling.
When they'd reached the security checkpoint at the airport, she'd longed to plead with David to stay. Instead, she cranked her lips into a smile, pecked a kiss on his cheek, and all but shoved him through the gate. Her stomach wrenched into knots recalling that moment, as he strolled into the main terminal. When he paused to glance back, she prayed he would change his mind. But he simply waved, then strode out of sight.
Grace rolled onto her side. Her nose bumped into David's pillow. She drew in a long breath. The spiciness of his aftershave flooded her senses, along with another scent—a subtle, masculine smell unique to David. Indescribable. Delicious. Warmth suffused her, seeping into her heart and mind, smoldering in parts of her that ached for him. She inhaled another draft of his scent, her body responding as if he were there, caressing her. He may drive her nuts at times, but…
Oh, the way he kissed. Her lips tingled from the memory of it.
A chill whispered over her skin. Every hair on her body stiffened. Her sixth sense burst out of its slumber, clanging alarm bells in her psyche. Someone is here.
She bolted upright and whipped her head left and right. Nobody there. She swung her legs off the bed and pushed up onto her feet, nabbing her .357 Magnum revolver from the bedside table. A chill trickled down her spine. Eyes watched. Invisible, ethereal, but real. She turned toward the doorway. Nothing lurked there.
Why couldn't she pin down the source of the sensation? Her paranormal radar was blanked out, as if overwhelmed by  input.
Psychic energy crackled through her. Behind you. She whirled around, thrusting the gun up, clamped in both hands, and confronted—
The lamp.
Hell. She'd let her unease blossom into paranoia. Nobody hunted her anymore. Probably. Tesler wouldn't find her here.
Her cell phone buzzed. A text message had arrived.
David. She snatched up the phone, tapping the screen until the message popped up. As she scanned the words, a shiver rattled through her.
"Come to me," it said, "I can help you. 1325 Meroz Road."
She didn't recognize the phone number the message came from, and no name was given. Oh sure, she'd rush right out to the address texted to her by an anonymous whackjob.
The phone buzzed again. Another text message: "Your lip is bleeding."
Her lip? She dabbed a finger on her mouth. It came away wet. Blood stained her skin. How did the texter know she bit her lip? Her heart pounded. Without moving, she searched the shadows for a figure, a camera, something to explain this, though she knew she'd find nothing. A thick curtain shielded the window. The person sending the messages could either see through solid objects or had another means of viewing her. Extrasensory means.
The phone tumbled from her hand, clattering on the floor.
No, she was jumping to conclusions. An intruder must've stolen into the house. With the revolver in hand, she sprinted out of the bedroom, down the hallway, through the kitchen, and into the living room. Vacant. All vacant. She rushed back to the bedroom and dug through the closet, scoured the dresser, even dropped onto her belly to investigate the space under the bed. No cameras. No stealthy intruders. Not a damn thing. Which left her with one unthinkable possibility.
Maybe she should call the police.
What for? They couldn't help her with this kind of problem.
"You belong with me."
She jumped. Her head smacked into the bed frame. She clutched the gun tighter. Where had the voice come from?
No, no, no, not again. Nausea swelled in her stomach, bile rising high in her throat. The voice did not originate in this room, or from outside. The source was much, much closer. Someone rammed the words into her mind.
A psychic intruder just hacked her brain.

About the Author:

Anna Durand is a multi-award-winning writer, a freelance librarian, and an audiobook addict. She specializes in sexy romances, both paranormal and contemporary, featuring spunky heroines and hunky heroes. In her previous life as a librarian, she haunted the stacks of public libraries but never met any hot vampires hunting for magical books.

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