Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a phenomenal and one of the most elegant writers I've had the pleasure of reading - Poppet....
JET: Can you tell us about your most recent book?
Poppet: Master of Umbra is about Ewan, the chief of the Eagle clan in the Scottish highlands. The Frost giant series continues in this book saturated with humor, friction, and impending war. Someone has incited the Eagle's and Raven's to wage war with one another, the reason is clear when Emma displays her gifts which mark her as one of the last surviving Thurs (like Thor, but a race of them). The sexual tension is overwhelming when Ewan finds a lost eagle and takes her home. Little could he know Deliah was on the cusp of death, her ex boyfriend having reached her first. Given two choices by Odin, two friends come head to head to handfast with Deliah, all while dealing with outside stresses and drama. This is sexy, dark, and violent.
JET: What drew you to paranormal romance?
Poppet: Anything is possible in this genre, and that's why I love it.
JET: What’s been your most challenging hurdle on the road to publication?
Poppet: It's still challenging.
JET: What was your favorite moment in the journey?
Poppet: Being signed to Wild Wolf Publishing and finding that they are the best group of individuals to ever own a publishing house. I love them to bits!
JET: Which authors had the most influence over you growing up?
Poppet: Enid Blyton had a big influence as a young child, from there I jumped to Koontz and King, reading them before I was even a teen, finding I love horror. Horror movies gripped me early on in my life, I love being scared witless.
JET: When did you know you wanted to take the plunge into the writing world?
Poppet: Sometimes life circumstances leave you with just your dream as an option. I decided to try, or die trying.
JET: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of book research? Most interesting fact you uncovered?
Poppet: Drowning. I didn't mean it to be research but boy have I used that experience!
JET: Of all the novels and stories you’ve written - which one is your favorite? Why?
Poppet: At the moment my favorite is Ye Mistress of Baphos Hall. Why: because it's an olde worlde classical fairytale, set in mediaeval Alba, which is also three stories in one. No two people will read the same story.
JET: Any advice (from a writer’s standpoint) for the novices out there?
Poppet: Just hang in there. It doesn't get any easier, be careful who you trust, and expect to have your heart broken regularly.
JET: All right - now that I’ve hammered you with the big questions, let’s tackle my favorite (and geeky) quick ten. . . starting with...Paper or Plastic?
JET: Steak or Tofu?
JET: Beach or Mountains?
JET: Country or Rock-n-Roll?
JET: Leather or Lace?
JET: Angels or Demons?
JET: Paper or Digital?
JET: Silent Film Classics or Cheesy B Rated Horror?
Poppet: Silent classics
JET: Twilight or True Blood:
Poppet: True Blood
JET: Coffee or Tea?
JET: Thank you for indulging me. Before we wrap this up, can you tell us what you're working on now? What's next?
Poppet: The sequel to Darkroom (Over Exposure), Moonshine Express (a diabolical train ride), Viridian Vamporium (the final book in the series), Ascend in Ius (a new PNR series), and the final novel in the Valhalla Series, The Master of Skadi.
JET: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat on my blog. Folks, you can find out more about Poppet and her work at the following places:
But before I let you all go, I thought I'd give you a teaser - the book blurb for Master of Umbra and an excerpt, courtesy of Poppet...
Deliah is in grave danger, running for her life from a man who needs her dead, when serendipity plants her in the path of the Master of Umbra.
Inducted into the mysterious Eagle clan of the Scottish highlands, Deliah is torn between her fate and destiny when kin clash for her affections. Falling for the scandalous villain who heads the Berserkers of the Hebrides, her fragile hope is snuffed out early by revelation and impending war.
The only mantra she can cling to is the one uttered in heartfelt promise; that love comes back.
Because that's what love does.
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Weary after setting Emma up for the night, I walk into my chambers when a loud purr calls me to my bed. The ragamuffin stretches, lifting her tail to pad soundlessly over my quilts, pawing at my jeans for me to lift her.
“Hello Bella, why is your mommy sleeping in daddy bear's bed?” I whisper, giving her a chin scratch, distracted by Liah curled into a pillow, exposing the gun for all to see.
Circling the bed quietly, I silently take off my bloodied shirt as I don't want to alarm her. Peering closer, inspecting her pale cheeks, it looks to me like she's been crying.
What the hell happened now? I'm in just the right mood to crack open a few more skulls.
Foul tempered, I shake her, “Deliah? What's the matter darling?”
Brown eyes as dewy as a doe's open to engage my stare, her dilated pupils contracting against the light, when the waif jumps up to fling herself at me, clamping my neck with skinny arms and hiding her face in the crook, giving poor Arrabella enough of a fright to arch her back and crab-walk to the edge of the bed.
I've expended energy this day to heal Emma and am not inclined to deplete my reserves to scavenge her mind for the details. She can just tell me the old fashioned way.
“Sweetheart, tell me what happened.”
“Just...” she sniffs, pulling back from her noose tight grip to stare vulnerability up at me, kneeling on my bed, precious and pretty and far too lithe in those thigh hugging jeans. “I feel stupid now.”
“It wasn't stupid if you decided the only safe place in my kingdom is the king's bed. Who threatened you?”
Thanks for swinging by today.
Until next time...