Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Interview and Giveaway: Desecrated Beauty by Kyleigh Castronaro

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

My name is Kyleigh Castronaro and I write Paranormal Romance. I currently live in England with my husband and miniature dachshund Hera. I’m originally from Canada and plan to move back there in September. I write dirty, sexy stories about humans and their supernatural lovers. I love tattoos, 50s repro-culture and bad boys. I’m a bit of a new age spiritual hippy, I love crystals and aromatherapy and believe in ghosts. 

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Desecrated Beauty is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with vampires. It takes place about 50 years in the future after the world has changed drastically. Supernaturals have begun to out populate humans and as a result their existence is becoming more and more known to humans. Quill learns that what the humans refer to as the “blood baths” wasn’t actually a culling of humans with undesirable traits (such as criminal records or violent tendencies) but actually an uncontrolled vampire smorgasbord that resulted in the city being locked down in order to control the human population by a military operation that is in cohorts with the vampire council. Quill rebels against the system and lives as an outlaw outside the walls with a band of kids known as The Desecrated. 

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not entirely sure there is something they would be surprised to know because I try to be pretty straight forward about myself. Honesty is the best policy after all. I would have to say if anything it would probably be my age. I turned 24 this year. 

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

When I’m not writing I’m usually glued to Netflix. I also take classes online for aromatherapy, crystal healing, life coaching, hot stone massage, hopi ear candling, and colour therapy. I give tarot readings as a part time gig and continually work on developing my spiritual side. 

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

I would love to write a historical fiction novel. I’m a history buff and I would love to do something with the classical period or the Tudor period. Even the French Revolution would be fun. 

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

The next book that’s ready to go is a retelling of Rumplestilskin, instead of vampires the main supernaturals are Faeries from a realm known as Aithar Gloine. A human woman gets catapulted into the realm by a Fae known as Aviur when her daughter is kidnapped. There she meets the King of the Faeries who promises to help her find her daughter if she’ll become his mate.  

In Desecrated Beauty there’s a struggle for dominance but in this book there’s more submission, m/m themes and a ménage a trois. 

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

Tyranny of a Prince is my next release. The date isn’t confirmed but hopefully it will be available in early/mid September. It’s the third book in my Grace of Gods series. 
After that will be the next book in Twisted Fairy Tales, I think, but there are several other projects I want to tackle so you never know. I have a serial I’m working on so that might be the next thing available. 

What book are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, A Love of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland and Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Yup, I’m one of those. 

What is in your to read pile?

Oh gosh, that list is LONG.

Here’s a quick summary: 

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Insanity – Cameron Jace
Gypsy Soul – JC Gordon 
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater 
Descendant – Toni Kerr

Desecrated Beauty
Twisted Fairy Tales
Book One
Kyleigh Castronaro

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: July 6th

Number of pages: approx. 180
Word Count: 58,883

Cover Artist: Kyleigh Castronaro

Book Description:

Once upon a time, that’s how most of these stories start. But this isn’t one of those stories… Sure, it has the heroine and the hero but they’re not as you would expect them. Both of them have a bloodlust, one different from the other.

Quill was born and raised as a cold killer who takes enjoyment from the kill. Nero is the son of a Viking and a 1500-year-old vampire whose never been denied his pleasures before.

Until he meets Quill. He forces her to exchange her life for Rose’s, his indentured servant and Quill’s little sister. Drawn by her fearlessness and strength he has to have her but such a woman cannot be possessed. Both must learn to give up their carefully afforded control to let the other in. Only then may they have their happily forever after.

Sink your teeth into this dystopic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and satiate your booklust.

Excerpt 2:

She moved through the crowd, following the Lieutenants with her eyes to ensure they didn’t go anywhere as she crossed to them. Nearly there, she stepped through two bodies and almost collided right into someone’s chest. She stumbled back, her face screwing up into a glower.

“Excuse me.” She said sharply, turning herself to try and go past him, but he only stepped back in her way.

“I saw how you play pool…”

“Listen.” She said, looking up at him finally and stopping short for a moment. He was gorgeous. Easily the best looking guy she’d ever seen in all the guys she’d ever seen - and she’d been around a lot of guys. His jaw was chiseled so sharply under smooth alabaster skin, full rosy lips that seemed to pucker naturally and his eyes were so deep she felt like she was falling to the bottom of an ocean. His hair was brown, maybe even black it was so dark, and hung longer in the front than some guys felt comfortable wearing it, but it suited him so much.

He seemed to wait, patiently listening for whatever she was going to attempt to tell him but her brain had completely stalled and she’d forgotten where the clutch was.

“Listen?” He prompted, raising an eyebrow to silently ask her to continue.

“Yeah. Listen…” She wasn’t nearly as cold and to the point as she had been before. “I’m here on business…” The words were sticky on her tongue and it took way too much effort to get them out. Slow to start but once they started to come back she shook herself from her reverie. This was ridiculous why was she fawning over this stranger?

“I’m here on business and whatever lame pick up line you were going to attempt on me I’m not interested. So you need to fuck off because I’m busy.”

“Well, that’s rude.” He said with bemusement as she peered around him, noting that the Lieutenants were getting up and getting ready to leave.

“Maybe but it’s also presumptuous of you to come over here and make some cringe-worthy statement about how I’m so good with balls and I’m welcome to play with yours.”

“And who said I was going to let you anywhere near my balls? Do I look like I have a death wish?” 

Her eyes finally flicked back to him, somewhat taken aback that he wasn’t coming on to her. That was arrogant of her and she felt foolish for thinking it immediately but then one look in those eyes and she didn’t care.

“No…” She said dreamily, another frown forming in the middle of her forehead. “I have to go…” She protested weakly.

“Mmm, I’m sure you do.”

“I do.” She insisted, tearing her eyes painfully away from him. The Lieutenants were getting away. 

“Now get the hell out of my way.” She tried to shoulder him out of the way, but it was like slamming her shoulder into a rock. Her body ached from the force she exerted and the minimal reward she’d gotten. She glanced up at him once more, imagining for a moment the state of his body underneath those clothes for him to be so hard.

About the Author:

Kyleigh Castronaro is the author of the debut series Grace of Gods. She is a self-published author who tackles many of her projects entirely on her own. She designed the cover of her first novel, self-edited and prepared all formats of the book for publication. Originally from Milton, Ontario, she currently lives in Nottingham, England with her husband and their adorable miniature dachshund Hera.

When not writing Kyleigh enjoys spiritual development, crafting, travelling, spending time in nature, going to the movies, cooking and baking (and then eating), working on self-improvement and spending time with friends and family.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for interviewing me! I'll be here all day for any follow up questions :)