Thursday, October 1, 2015

An Interview with the Authors of Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology

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

Suzanne Johnson: I write urban fantasy under this name, and write paranormal romance and romantic suspense under the name Susannah Sandlin. I’m a displaced New Orleanian, so you’ll find New Orleans or south Louisiana in a lot of my books, no matter what genre I’m writing!

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Suzanne Johnson: DARK SECRETS is an anthology of six all-new novellas from six authors of paranormal fiction—Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan and myself. Our theme is “paranormal noir,” and it was up to each of us to interpret exactly what that meant. It’s a fun book because each of the stories is VERY different!

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

Megan Hart: NEVER OF COURSE NOT WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE CRAZY. Ahem. I like to say, all of it is fiction and all of it is true!

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

Suzanne Johnson: I still have a full-time day job (also writing and editing) so spare time is at a premium. But I try to do some type of art every day. I do mixed-media art journaling. I’m not very good at it, but it’s fun and therapeutic and uses a non-writing part of my brain.

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

Mina Khan: I wish I had written every single book that Rachel Caine writes. I love her stories and her writing.

Rachel Caine: Well, there are so many in the YA category I'd love to have written, like Holly Black’s Curseworkers series, and Libba Bray’s Diviners series! Brilliant stuff. I just love the depth and incredible craft that they put into those books.

Jeffe Kennedy: JD Robb’s In Death series or Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. Love both—so brilliant and satisfying.

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

Mina Khan: Steampunk! I love reading in the genre and would love to write a steampunk story one day.

Rachel Caine: I'd love to give straight suspense/thriller a whirl, because I love to read it. Also, some historical mystery!

Suzanne Johnson: I’m writing a lot of romantic suspense and romantic thrillers now, but I’d also like to write a straight suspense/thriller novel without the romance (travesty!). 

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

Megan Hart: I'm fairly partial to the devil in Ride with the Devil and Dance with the Devil. :) (Note: Dance with the Devil is in the Dark Secrets anthology.)

Suzanne Johnson: The early 19th-century New Orleans pirate Jean Lafitte is, in his immortal, undead form, a character in my Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, and he’s SO much fun to write. I try to keep his character pretty close to the historical Lafitte, and he was smart, sneaky, and sexy.

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

Jeffe Kennedy: I have more books in my Twelve Kingdoms series coming up. The trilogy ended with THE TALON OF THE HAWK, but I have at least two more books coming in the next phase, The Uncharted Realms. The first book in The Uncharted Realms is THE PAGES OF THE MIND, out May 31, 2016. Before that will be a novella that bridges the events in the aftermath of The Twelve Kingdoms trilogy to the beginning of The Uncharted Realms books.
Suzanne Johnson: I have a new novella about Jean Lafitte, PIRATESHIP DOWN, coming out as part of a story collection coming out in November. My new romantic suspense series as Susannah Sandlin, about a group of South Louisiana wildlife officers, starts next spring with WILD MAN’S BLUFF.

Dark Secrets:
A Paranormal Noir Anthology
Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden,
Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan

Genre: Paranormal Noir,
Romance, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication:  September 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-942840-05-3

Number of pages: Approx. 350
Word Count: Approx. 150,000

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design

Book Description:

Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine

Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he's been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won't let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner's a ghost, and he's the one who killed her. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.

FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden

PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…


When the devil starts the music, you'd better get ready to dance.

Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success...everything she's ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil's bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil's started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps.

THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson

Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her? An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.

HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella

A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix....With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong... if it ever can be.

THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella

A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother....Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

About the Authors:

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 45 novels that span the categories of horror, suspense, urban fantasy, science fiction, media tie-in, historical, and young adult. She’s also the author of more than 100 short stories.

Twitter: @rachelcaine

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Twitter: @cynthiaeden

Megan Hart is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author who writes in many genres including mainstream fiction, erotic fiction, science fiction, romance, fantasy and horror.

Twitter: @megan_hart

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, winner of the 2015 Holt Medallion and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. Her new Wildlife Wardens romantic suspense series begins in 2016 with Wild Man’s Bluff.

Twitter: @suzanne_johnson

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, an erotic  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, the fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms, and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under. The first of the Twelve Kingdoms books, The Mark of the Tala, has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Twitter: @jeffekennedy

Award-winning author Mina Khan grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns, ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as stories. She is the author of the Djinn World Chronicles, including The Djinn’s Dilemma and A Tale of Two Djinns, as well as Wildfire, a paranormal mystery with cowboys and dragons.

Twitter: @SpiceBites

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