Thursday, June 2, 2016
Interview- Electra Gajdos Author of Ambushing Malachi
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Malachi Keen is a powerful and aggressive genetically altered half-human and half-wolf weapons designer on his planet, Valkas. When one of the weapons he invented is unable to get a job done, it put his reputation on the line. As a Lone Wolf who doesn’t play by any rules but his own, he takes matters into his owns hands and rescues the kidnapped female himself. Malachi’s ego and pride gets in the way when he forgets to pick up his sister, Kiara.
On his way to retrieve to his sister, Malachi’s world changes when he is ambushed with a kiss by a mysterious female, who is his mate. Their first kiss leaves him drugged and knocked out, lying on the floor.
Jez Baldovino owes a life debt to an influential Wolven, who saved her life. The tasks she was given to pay back her life debt sounded simple enough—get close to the Alpha of the Northern Province and steal the data needed. Except she’s not the seducing kind or the spying type. Nothing has gone right, and now she on the run. Jez does the only thing she can think of when she sees a very large, grey-eyed Wolven coming in her direction; she kisses him and hides a silver bracelet in his pocket.
When the Wolven cashed in his debt, she had no clue she’d help uncover a group of alphas that seek to repeat history by evolving the genetically altered Wolvens into a race of shifters, become mated, and meet a new alien race.
But the dangers don’t end, and Malachi has a few problems to overcome like deal with a psychopath Alpha, who is holding his sister hostage for the return of Jez and the stolen data, and he must make a deal with a rebel leader to help him get them both back.
If you are a parent, do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Any tips for time management or sneaking in writing time?
OMG, yes! Especially the nights where we get home late from a sporting event, choir, dance lessons, or gymnastics—the list goes on. As my kids get older, my calendar is filled with what goes on in their lives, but I’ve realized I am a person too and have to plan out those times when Electra can be Electra, and not so and so’s mom or wife.
The two biggest tips I can give is to embrace and say the word, “no!” It keeps you from over committing and stressing out.
Second, plan a time, preferably the same time each day or night. At 9 p.m. each night, I write for two to three hours. Social media, email, and phone calls (unless an emergency) are ignored after 9 p.m. My husband and kids have learned not bother me at this time, unless it is important.
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Absolutely! If a writer or story teller doesn’t put a part of them themselves, their experiences, or relationships into their books, it takes away from the characters and the book as a whole. I would compare a book written without an author’s experiences, to a zombie; a body is there, but the mind and soul is missing.
In Ambushing Malachi, Malachi and Jez’s fast-paced relationship is based on my relationship with my husband. My husband and I had been friends for years, but not romantically involved—not even once! One night he called and said he wanted to hang out with me. The same night he told me he wanted me to be his forever. Six months later, we were married, and 15 years later I am still happily married to the same man.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
Not that I can think of. If there is, it wasn’t intentional.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Umm . . . I love tattoos!
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
Makeup! I see a color in pink, purple, blue, green, and brown. It doesn’t matter—if it catches my eye, I got to have it. Then I go home put it in the drawer, LOL. Years later I might pull it out.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Choosing Riley, by S.E Smith. I have never laughed so hard reading a book. It was so bad my husband kicked me out of bed so he could sleep.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
Not at this time, I am good with writing Sci-Fi/Paranormal for now.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Saber O’Connor. He is a character from the Eastern Providence Series. He hasn’t been introduced yet, but he’s a prankster and uses humor as deflection in almost very thing. He’s over-confident and laid back; nothing really bothers him. What he doesn’t show is that he doesn’t like to lose and has the biggest heart.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
Kiara’s Choice is book two in the Wolven series.
Kiara is accepted to attend a hunt during the Gathering of Prey, and she is chosen for the hunt by Commander Blade. Blade only attends the hunts to support his men when a scent catches him off guard. He feels the mating pull with Kiara, but she fights the bond at every turn. She causes as series of diversions to deter the commander. What Kiara doesn’t know is Commander Blade has never been told no and won’t allow it from his mate, no matter how many times he has to hunt her down.
What book are you reading now?
Chris by Mikayla Lane.
What is in your to-read pile?
Hands down, I own every book from these authors: Susan Bliler, Hazel Gower, Michelle Howard, Mikayla Lane, and S.E. Smith.
Wolvens, Eastern Province
Genre: Paranormal Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Electra Gajdos
Date of Publication: December 29, 2015
Number of pages: 118 pages
Word Count: 35,640 words
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
An unexpected kiss starts a chain of events that will change his life…
Malachi Keen’s frustration grows as he hunts for his sister, Kiara. The search leads him to more trouble than just an irritating sibling when he finds himself in the embrace of a tantalizing stranger. What turns out to be a chance encounter will change his life forever.
Jez Baldovino owes a life debt to an influential Wolven. To pay up, she must complete what she thought would be a simple task – retrieve some stolen data. The situation quickly becomes complicated and she is forced to use a handsome, unsuspecting stranger.
Malachi realizes that not everything is what it seems; unknown enemies and a beautiful female determined to escape him was not in his plans for the day. His plans change when danger surrounds Jez. There is only one male that is allowed to hunt the woman who ambushed him with a kiss – him!
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/dY-W2L4Vlms
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Turning the final corner, Malachi suddenly came to a halt.
Three guards. One paced the length of the corridor, and the other two stood watch over the cell. So far, Malachi had remained unseen as he tested out his new cloaking device.
Lifting his head, he scented the air and caught the unmistakable smell of humans.
Damn, he was hoping the abductors were Wolvens. He’d wanted to see how well the device worked against the heightened senses of his breed.
Slowly making his way to the far end of the tunnel, he waited for the guard to come back down the underground burrow. Once he was in close range, Malachi fired an orange energy star, knocking out the pacing guard.
“What the hell? Robby, you okay?” One of the guards shouted out. “Hey, Robby?”
“Shit, Cooper,” said the other male standing at the cell. “He just dropped to the ground. He might have had a heart attack.”
“Stay here,” the one called Cooper said, making his way to the body on the floor.
Okay, so only one out of two came to investigate.
Malachi watched as Cooper used the toe of his shoe and nudged the unconscious body. Then the short blond-haired guard bent to his knees, tilted his head, and listened for any signs of life from his friend.
Turning back to his fellow guard, Cooper called out, “He’s out col—”
Before Cooper could finish, Malachi shot the single guard at the end of the hall, sending him falling to the ground.
About the Author:
Electra Gajdos is from Winnemucca, Nevada and currently lives in West Michigan. She is a wife and the mother of two beautiful genius children. (Maybe not true geniuses, but a mother is always partial to her kids.) She won’t bore you with her childhood love of all things sci-fi and the game of chess. But she will let you know she once called the police to save a man from jumping off a three-story building. What she didn’t know was the man was a mannequin and part of an advertisement. No lie! Thankfully, it gave the police officer a good laugh for the night. This is just one her many good deeds gone wonky, and she looks forward to sharing more of them with you.
Chat with http://Electra at www.electragajdos.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Electra-Gajdos/e/B01A2985CS/