Monday, March 26, 2012

Love's Prohecy Book Tour: Interview

Love’s Prophecy 
By Brenda Dyer 
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal

Blurb: Dark warriors of might...

Mel is a vampire warrior sworn to hunt and kill demons in the dark streets of Vancouver. But he's burdened with a new assignment: find the meaning behind the Vampire Prophecy. Having no faith in the gods and their empty words, he believes there's no truth to the ancient legend until he meets Breeana, a human woman who bears the mark of the prophecy and resembles the mysterious woman haunting his dreams. When a vengeful demon spies Breeana in his arms, she is marked for death. He must take her from the world she knows until he can eliminate the threat. But the real danger is the role Breeana must play in fulfilling the prophecy and the intense feelings she brings out in him. Mel is forced to choose between his obligations to his kind, the world, and the woman he loves. Does he have the courage to let the one woman who could heal his wounded heart and soul go, or will he risk her life and bind her to him for all eternity?

Small warriors of light...

Veterinarian, Dr. Breeana Spencer yearns for love and companionship, but the disappointment of failed relationships have left her bitter. She now finds solace in romance novels. But when she meets a mysterious stranger, she's drawn to him by a connection so forceful it shatters all reason, leaving her incapable of resisting him. Yet there's more to him than smoldering good looks and a rock-hard body. As she's drawn deeper into his danger-filled world, she learns she's part of an ancient vampire legend. Breeana fears her future is no longer hers and will not include Mel. As their enemies close in, desperate to destroy them both, she must fight to convince Mel her place is at his side. A life-altering choice is before her—one that will take all her courage and love to make.

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An Interview with Brenda Dyer
RG: Why did you decide to self-publish? How has your experience been so far?

I decided to self publish before I sent out any queries. LOL, I know that doesn't make any sense so I'll explain. After I finished the tenth draft of Love's Prophecy--not an exaggeration--I had made the decision not to query agents. To be represented by an agent and to be published by one of the big six was my dream, but due to many, many changes in the publishing industry and how hard it had become to get an agent and to be published through one of the B-6, my dream changed. Around this time I had been hearing a ton about self publishing. I read article after article and I became obsessed with finding out all I could on the subject. Self publishing seemed like the route I wanted to take. Friends of mine suggested I try going through e-publishers. I listened and polished my query and my synopsis and made a list of e-publishers, then began querying. I did a half arsed job of it because my mind was still set on self pubbing. After I sent out five queries I sat back and waited. I received one rejection right away and then didn't hear a word from the others. After the allotted wait time, I then went ahead with my original plan to self pub.

My experience so far has been eye-opening.

RG:
 The reviews for Love's Prophecy have been stellar. Readers remark about the story having a "heart" and being a real romance. Can you share with us what you like best in romance novels, especially paranormal tales? 

First, I would like to thank everyone one who has read Love's Prophecy. And those who left me a review and let me know your thoughts, I appreciate it so much.

What I enjoy most about romance novels is the deep love between the characters. Years ago, romance novels really played up the emotional journey of the characters, but lately I have noticed a shift and romances have sort of lost some of the "romance" and now focuses more on the external conflicts and not so much the internal ones. I prefer character driven stories.

As for what I like best about paranormal tales, it's the danger factor. Dealing with a vampire, werewolf, shape shifter or demon is risky business, lol. Also, they don't always live by the same set of rules we do. They are primal--and they love for life!

RG: I have read your vampires are different from the others on the market. Can you tell us about your supernatural creatures and how they came about?

What sets my supernatural creatures a part from most is how they came to be and why they are here. Their creation and history is directly involved with ours. At one time, vampires and humans co-existed peacefully. In fact, they relied on each other for survival. But that all changed when demons...I won't give it away.

Another factor that makes my supernatural creatures different is I don't stick to what most believe about vampires. I would love nothing more than to give details, but I don't want to give anything away, LOL.

RG: What do you find appealing about heroes/heroines in general and was it important to include these attributes in your own characters?

What I find the most appealing about heroes and heroines is how deeply they love one another. As for physical attributes, I like the hero to be tall, dark and handsome, lol as cliché as that is. I like him to have a strong, confident personality, but also to have flaws and fears. I also need the hero to be vulnerable and show his softer side to the heroine. I want him larger than life, but not unbelievable, lol.

As for the heroine, I like her to be pretty--she doesn't have to be beautiful--and confident in herself as a person. I like her to be able to take care of herself. She needs to have strength of character, but she doesn't have to be an ass-kicker. In fact, I prefer it if she isn't.

It was very important I include these characteristics in my own characters. If I couldn't respect and like my characters then I couldn't expect others to.

RG: Will this be a series and how do you see happening in the other titles?

Yes, this will definitely be a series, but with each book, the main characters change, but the backbone stays the same throughout. In Love's Prophecy, the story is centered around Mel and Breeana, but the reader is introduced to Kal--he will be the hero of book 2, Prophecy's Child. Book three, Prophecy's Power, is Soren's story. I'm planning eight initial books to this series and then three books will come in the future to bring the big finish to this series. 

RG: Which character(s) were your favorites? Were any difficult to write? 

Hands down, Mel was my favorite character, but he wasn't easy to write. I really connected to him. Actually, he wore me down with his deep emotional scars. Sometimes when I'd write in his point of view, I'd end up with a splitting headache. 

Now Kal and I share a deep bond, LOL. Out of all my characters, Kal and I have the most in common--personality wise. 

Breeana was harder for me to write for some reason. I took specific character traits from friends of mine to create Breeana. LOL, to me I made the perfect friend. I could see myself hanging out with her. 

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About the Author: Brenda Dyer lives in the small town of Sooke off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, two teenage boys, and an assortment of animals.

She is a graduate from LongRidge Writers group.

When she isn't writing you can find her out in her gardens or working with her two miniature horses.

Brenda loves to hear from readers. If you would like to contact her, visit her website.

This tour is hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.

44 comments:

  1. Lovely interview, Brenda! You know us girls stick together!!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. And yes, we all need to stick together.

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  2. Awesome interview. You'll have to wait until Wednesday for my review of Love's Prophecy - read it on the beach.

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    1. Should I be scared???

      Thanks, Daryl. You're the best--for stopping by and for reading LP.

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  3. Hi Brenda. Great interview. :)

    Marika

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  4. What a excellent way to get to know you and your book. Great interview!

    Nichelle

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    1. Nichelle, thank you so much for coming by.

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  5. Awesome book, awesome author!!!
    Tandie N. Jupiter Fl.

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  6. Great interview! And for the record I like my heroes tall, dark and handsome too...no matter how cliche that is. lol!

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    1. LOL, I love cliches.
      Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Wow those were some really great questions and awesome answers! Love's Prophecy rocks!

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  8. One of the best author interviews I've read to date! I had no idea the series would have so many forthcoming books. I look forward to each and every one! Awesome book!

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    1. Wow, thanks, Sheri. That makes me happy. And yep, there will be lots of books in this series. But I feel each warrior needs his own book. And then their children...

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  9. Great interview Brenda. I loved your book and am glad to see I will have many years to enjoy your sexy vampire's :D Love me a hot man with fangs, lol.
    Good luck!

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    1. Anya, you are so sweet. Thank you! And yes, barring any unforeseen incidences, I will be writing for years to come.

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  10. Loved the interview. Congratulations on your release.

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  11. Each interview is so different and insightful with you, Brenda. I love it. You really shine :)

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    1. LOL, I try to make sure there is something a little different in each. Thanks for stopping by, Nikki.

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  12. Primal Vamps and Brenda. What a combo! Loved the interview.

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    1. Casea, you are the perfect combo of sexy and sweet, lol. You rock!

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    1. Thank you so much for the interview. Your questions were perfect.

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  14. Great interview. I've pubbed with Loose Id and then self-pubbed. I do hope to go Big-sixing one day.

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    1. Thanks, Maggie.
      Yes, my dream is to one day be pubbed through one of the B-6, but if it never happens, that's okay too. But a girl can dream, right?

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  15. Another great interview, Brenda. I learned lots more about you and your characters. And yay--more Kal soon! :)

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    1. Aw, Jenna. Thanks do much.

      Kal is coming up--but he is giving me fits.

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  16. Okay Brenda, I've been following you around on this book tour but I have to say each interview is a bit different and this one was one of my favorites. I especially liked how you ended up self-publishing as it is something I've wondered about in general. Thanks for sharing and this book really sounds great.

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    1. Toni, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support through my blog tour. I really enjoyed this interview myself. The questions make all the difference and these question were great and they made me dig a little deeper for the answers.

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  17. Hi Brenda. Great interview. I love vampire stories especially when there's a twist to the vampire myth. I'm really looking forward to reading Love's Prophecy.

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    1. Hey, Jordan! Thank you very much for coming by.

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  18. What a great review! And I learned something new about this great series--there's going to be a lot of books to love. Lol, Brenda, you better get writing!

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