Thursday, October 8, 2015
Interview and Giveaway Sins of Long Ago by Naomi Bellina
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thanks so much for asking. I'm Naomi Bellina and I write paranormal and contemporary romance. I've also had a New Adult novel published and that was big fun. Right now, I'm trying an experiment. I'm writing something totally different, under a new name. Why? When I'm Naomi Bellina, I find I write a certain way. When I sit down at my keyboard and get typing, under my other identity, I get to be someone else. Like I said, it's an experiment. We'll see what happens.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Sins of Long Ago is the second in my paranormal series based in the town of Nocturne. It's about a witch and a werewolf, trying to get past their problems and differences, because they really like each other and want to start a relationship. They have the usual obstacles we all do. Old family curses, a killer stalking the werewolf pack, an ancient feud. Hmmm. I guess they have different issues than most of us. *grins*
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I'm a pinball fanatic. My honey just took me to this great place for my birthday. A pinball lounge with over twenty machines, where we could pay one price and play as much as we wanted. Beer, pinball as far as the eye could see…I was in heaven! He totally surprised me with this one. It's so sweet when he puts out that much effort, to find something new and different for us to enjoy.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I love mysteries! I'm currently hooked on J.D. Robb's "In Death" series. Yeah, I wish I had come up with that theme. Slightly in the future with a tough detective, a hot billionaire, exciting mysteries. All my favorite things.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I'm adding more mystery to my books and one day, I'm going to throw in a little horror. Maybe. I'm not sure I can do that without giving myself nightmares. I like spooky stories, but only up to a certain point. It's getting time to check out a few scary ones, though. Halloween is almost here, right?
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
This might sound clichéd, but I love them all. The more I write, the better my characters get. I do have a soft spot for Gen in Sins of Long Ago. She combines the attributes of several women I know, all of them wonderful and fun.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
I've got book three in the Nocturne series going. There will be a big surprise for readers right at the beginning. Someone's world get turned upside down. I can't wait to get this one out there, and I hope to have it done soon.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I always have a book taking shape. I'm challenging myself now to complete my short experiment (see above) in record time, and then to finish up book three in the Nocturne series. *sigh* If only I had a clone, or a minion, to take care of the details of the day, so I could write as much as I want to. Any minions out there like to cook and clean? Grocery shop? No pay, but I'll read aloud to you while I write and scratch you behind the ears, if you nudge the cat out of the way.
Thanks so much for having me here today, Wenona, and thanks to all your readers for buying books and being fans. I appreciate it so very much!
Sins of Long Ago
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date of Publication: 7/27/2015
Number of pages: 189
Word Count: 71,000
Werewolves and humans don't mix. Until danger forces an alliance and desire demands satisfaction.
Leading his pack of werewolves keeps Vincent plenty busy, and now with a predator out to harm them, life is more perilous than ever. The last thing he needs is a woman to complicate matters, especially one who sets his body and soul on fire. She's a human and a witch — totally the wrong woman for him. Even if he could take a mate for his own, he refuses to put her in the danger his life has become. No way can they ever be together. Werewolf-style love is fine anyway. No permanent partner, no bullshit, no heartache.
Genevieve has never known true love. Cursed by an enraged woman long ago, females in her family are doomed to go insane if they fall in love. Life has been fine without a man around-- until a hot werewolf drops in and captures her heart. Though they have plenty of obstacles to overcome, Gen knows they can work past them. Tell that to Vincent, as he struggles with old pack rules about love, sex, and consorting with humans.
As Vincent searches for a killer, deals with death among his own, and tries to keep his hands off Gen, she attempts to end her family curse. Together, they must find a way to break free from the sins of long ago.
Heat level: 3 out of 4
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Excerpt 6 rated PG Thanksgiving 800 words
“I can’t stay here.”
“Why not? You afraid to be alone in a hotel room with me? I’ll get two beds.”
“No, it’s not that.”
Vincent bent his head to his phone. “Then what is it?”
“I’ve got to be at work tomorrow.”
“We’ll get up early, get you back on time. It will take us hours to get home tonight, and it’s too dangerous to travel if we don’t have to. You said you weren’t opening early, and you have an assistant, right? Have her open for you if you’re not there on time.”
“Stop telling me what to do.”
Vincent paused and looked at her. “I’m not telling you what to do. I am telling you, the roads are dangerous, and we could very likely get into a serious accident, with all these crazy people sliding around, on the ice, in the dark. There’s absolutely no reason for us to leave until the highway is reopened, and I don’t intend to spend the night in Denny’s. I’m tired and so are you, judging by those circles under your eyes.”
“I do not have circles under my eyes.”
“Whatever. Listen, we’ve both just been through a pretty rough time. I need to rest. We don’t have to stay all night. As soon as the road is clear, we’ll go. You planned to spend the night with me anyway. Didn’t I see you put a suitcase in the back of my Jeep?”
“Yeah, but that was before…”
“Before I knew a lunatic lurked nearby, doing experiments on people.”
“That lunatic is likely stuck somewhere, just like us, with his pissed-off wife. Can we get a to-go box? And throw in an extra piece of pumpkin pie,” he called to Anna as she flew past their table. “Looks like there’s only one hotel in this area. I’m calling now to get a room. These other travelers might get the same idea.”
“Fine. I’m going to the bathroom.” Gen slid out of the booth.
“Make it fast. I’ll be at the register. One bed or two?”
A hotel room with Vincent. Gen looked in the mirror as she washed her hands. Sally’s glamour had totally faded. Only her face looked back. Maybe a little smudge of tired under her eyes but not circles. What was that bossy butthead talking about? She should have listened to Morgan when her friend warned her how overbearing werewolves could be.
Shit! Morgan. She was supposed to check in. A quick text would have to do.
All is fine here. Very strange, but we are ok. Going to stay in hotel, roads bad. Happy Thanksgiving.
Vincent stood at the front door, a plastic to-go bag in one hand and her coat in the other. She shrugged into it, and they walked out the door, a blast of frigid air greeting them. Gen took two steps and slipped, saved from going down to the ground by Vincent grabbing her.
“See? It’s icy. No way we want to be on these roads. I got the last room at the hotel. It’s right across the street.”
Probably a good idea, she had to admit, but not out loud to Vincent. And, she realized as she sat down in the Jeep, she was exhausted. He must be too, after what he’d been through today. She waited in the vehicle at the hotel, rubbing her hands together to warm them, while Vincent went inside to register. He didn’t look happy when he came out, and when she turned on the light in the room she saw why.
“This is, uh, different.” Gen plunked her purse and overnight bag on a chair and looked around.
A heart-shaped bed with a hot-pink spread dominated the center. Mirrors made up the headboard, and when she looked upward she saw they covered the ceiling too. Hearts and flowers adorned the wallpaper.
“What is that thing?” Gen pointed to an object in the corner of the room. Vincent walked in further and turned on another light.
“It’s a hot tub.”
More like a giant red-and-white bathtub, also shaped like a heart, with swirls of red and pink marbling the exterior. Mirrors surrounded this garish apparition also, and for a moment Gen feared they had accidently wandered into a carnival funhouse.
“This is the honeymoon suite. It’s the only room they had left.” Vincent averted his gaze and shoved his hands in his pockets. “I’m calling the front desk to see if they have another room.”
“No, no, this is fine. Don’t worry about it. We’re not going to be here long anyway, right? We’ll just watch a couple of movies or something until they clear and salt the roads.”
Or something. Looking at the bed again, a flicker of heat flared between her thighs.
About the Author:
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love. So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible.
Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!
Visit her at http://www.naomibellina.com/