This interview is part of our Paranormal Romance Author series of interviews where we interview some of today’s top paranormal romance authors! Be sure to check out our past Paranormal Romance Author interviews to learn more about various authors working in this growing genre!
For this week’s interview, we talk with USA Today and Kindle World Best-Selling author- Elianne Adams! Elianne burst onto the PNR scene in 2014 with her debut novel Call of the Dragon which is part of the successful Return To Avalore series. She followed up this series with her Dragon Blood series, numerous short stories and novellas which have appeared in numerous best-selling box sets.
For our interview, Elianne talks about her first series, Return To Avalore and her follow-up series, The Dragon Blood series and how she plans to write follow-ups for both series! She also talks about her newest Amazon Worlds’s release, Northern Sass which is part of the popular Sassy Ever After series. We even have an excerpt from her short story, Bump in the Night, which was collected in the newly-released box set, True Loves! Enjoy!
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For those who are new to you and your work, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi everyone! I’m Élianne Adams, and I write sexy paranormal romance. If you love alpha dragons, werewolves, or any other kind of sexy male hero, then my stories just might be right up your alley.
I’m the mom of three amazing kids, and wife to my very own hero, who even after nearly fifteen years of marriage still makes my heart race just by being near. We have two cats, and one elderly dog that makes our little family complete. We live in northeastern Ontario all the way up in Canada, but hope to make a move soon to someplace a little warmer and not quite so far north.
What led you to begin writing and putting out your own books?
I still remember back when I was in high school (too many years ago to mention) sitting down and writing the first chapter or two of a romance story. Of course, back then, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to write a whole story, much less all the ins and outs of publishing, and gave up. I followed other career pursuits and moved on with my life. I was happy.
Then one day, my husband and I were having one of those introspective talks about life, goals, and dreams, and he asked me… “if there was anything at all that you once dreamed of doing, and could now do it, what would it be?”
I mentioned to him my all-but-forgotten dream of writing romance, and he gave me a follow-up question… “so, what’s stopping you now?”
I just looked at him and told him I was a nurse, not an author. Of course, that didn’t fly. After quite a bit of nudging, pushing, and prodding on his part, I decided to go for it.
This is a case of my husband being the one responsible for me chasing my dreams, and yes, making me happier than I’ve ever been.
Your first series, Return To Avalore, came out over two years ago and is still a fan favorite. Looking back on the series, do you have a particular book which stands out as your favorite?
I hate to admit it, but yes. I love all of them, but I’ll be honest and say that Rise of the Phoenix is still my favorite of the series.
The connection I felt with the characters, and the emotion that flowed through me as I wrote the scenes all came together to make it the one that resonates the most with me. Rise of the Phoenix isn’t my best-selling book by a long shot, but I still love it and I hope readers can sense that when they read the story.
You followed that series with the Dragon Blood series which you just re-released the first four books with new covers. Can you tell us more about this series? Does it share the same characters or world(s) as Return To Avalore?
My Dragon Blood series is a completely different world than the Return to Avalore series both in characters and setting. Although the Return to Avalore series does feature dragon shifters, it’s not focused solely on them. The setting for the book is in a magical place called Avalore, as opposed to the Dragon Blood series, which is set right here on earth.
Dragon Blood is a series of novellas that focuses on dragon shifters and dragon shifters alone. The heroes are larger than life and sexy as sin.
In this series, our heroes are fighting to find a place in the world. Dragon shifter females are rare, but fortunately for our lonely heroes, human women can be, and sometimes are their fated mates.
Do you have any plans on revisiting your Dragon Blood series?
This is a funny question. Do I plan to? Yes, absolutely. I think my readers would hunt me down and do me bodily harm if I didn’t!
Saving His Dragon is due to release in June of this year. I’ve had many readers asking me about Austin and Tulia’s story, and I’m happy to say that it is definitely on the way!
Once Saving His Dragon is released, then I’ll be working on Keeping His Dragon, Mateo and Sloane’s story, and I might even be convinced to write a story for another secondary character that appeared in His Secret Dragon. Rory has a lot of shortcomings to make up for, but he’s really sorry for what he did, and needs to find his redemption. I hope my readers can forgive him, because he’s a really good guy down deep inside.
In between series, you released a handful of short stories and novellas such as Torment, Black Velvet, and others which were featured in some USA Today Bestsellers. If you could recommend one of your short stories or novellas to someone new to your work, which would it be and why?
Torment is the first book of my Dark Wolves series. That series is a spin-off of the Return to Avalore series. If readers read the Avalore series, they would recognize the heroes in this one. I’ll give a hint, they’re dark, and dangerous, and totally deserve their stories told.
I’d totally recommend Torment to anyone who loves a good wolf shifter romance. As of right now, there are four novellas in this series, Torment, Wrath, Betrayal, and Burden. Each story is a stand-alone and has it’s very own HEA.
Speaking of short stories, you have a new one called Bump in the Night which is part of the newly-released True Loves Boxed Set. Can you tell us more about it and the True Loves Boxed Set?
The True Loves Boxed set is a compilation of paranormal romance from some of today’s hottest PNR authors. This set includes a story from Harmony Raines, Julia Mills, V. Vaughn, J.K. Harper, Isadora Montrose, Michelle Bardsley, Vivian Arend, as well as myself.
I loved writing Bump in the Night. It has everything in there from a sexy werewolf (hero), a badass daemon/witch (heroine), and all other kinds of creatures that go bump in the night.
Libbie, our heroine, keeps the human world safe from creatures from the shadow realm, but when things go horribly wrong one night, she loses her confidence, and hides in her home. After months of seclusion, her best friend convinces her to go out for a Halloween party. Little does she know that pushing herself to go out for one night would change her life—forever.
Jay, our hero, is a bona fide werewolf. Not the pretty kind that we find in most wolf shifter romances. When he shifts, he turns into a huge creature that stands on two legs, has long claws, and teeth, which for anyone other than Libbie, would scare the daylights out of them. He knows the instant he sees her enter the bar that she’s his mate, and he will not take no for an answer, no matter how much she might want to hide herself away again.
Do you have any plans to write in any other genres besides paranormal romance?
That’s a loaded question. As an author, I always want to stretch my wings and try something new.
I have written one Sci-Fi Romance (which I have yet to publish). It was a lot of fun to write. A lot of fun! Once my release schedule clears up a little, I’ll see about putting that one out there, and then maybe writing a second book to go along with it.
I’ve been thinking of doing some contemporary romance as well, but haven’t dipped my toes into that pool yet. It’s tempting, though.
Besides the short story, Bump in the Night, and Saving His Dragon, what else do you have coming out in 2017?
Just this past week, I released a brand new story, set in a new to me world. When I say new to me, it’s because this story, Northern Sass, is part of Milly Taiden’s Sassy Ever After Kindle World. I’m really proud of Northern Sass, and I hope readers will love it. The second story in the series, Candy Sass, will come out in August.
I’ve already mentioned Keeping His Dragon from the Dragon Blood series, as well as Rory’s story.
On top of that, I’m going to be publishing the follow-up book after Black Velvet called Black Satin.
I’m still working on Taming the Gryphon, which is book five in my Avalore series. That one has been percolating for a long time, but I want to write it so bad. I’ve missed writing in my Return to Avalore world. I’m aiming its release later this year.
One that most people don’t know about yet, is a vampire story that I’m working on that will be released in a set in August. It’s for a new series called Night Siren, so readers can keep their eyes peeled for that one.
What else can fans of your work expect from you in the next year?
I’ll be attending the Ignite Your Soul conference in London, Ontario in September of this year, so I’m looking forward to meeting fans and hanging out. It’ll be my first signing—ever—so I’m sure I’ll be nervous, but I’m super excited about it, too.
Before we let you go, could you share an excerpt with us from Bump in the Night from the True Love box set?
Absolutely! Here’s Libbie, and Jay’s first kiss…
“Was that what I think it was?” Jay looked at her, then back to the spot where the goblin had disappeared. “What the hell are you? You’re no ordinary witch, that’s for sure.”
Libby flinched, not knowing what to expect, but when she looked at him, he was smiling wide. Even with his mussed up hair he looked good enough to eat. She swallowed a groan. Using the magic always left her with an excess of energy. Most of the time, she could go for a long run and burn it off, but with Jay so close, and power still clinging to his skin, all she could think of was ripping his clothes off. Taking a deep breath, she turned away. “You’re covered in goblin dust,” she said, rather than respond, or worse, give in to her impulses.
“So are you.” Jay’s voice sounded right behind her, his breath ruffling her hair by her ear. She wanted to bask in the heat rolling off him, drown herself in the power still clinging to him. It tormented her, making her breath catch in her throat. “Let me get him into a cab.”
Unable to face him, Libbie only nodded. The moment he stepped away, she missed his warmth. She followed the sounds of his footsteps all the way back to the street. A sharp whistle cut through the air, and then he was coming back. She finally got the courage to look at him as he hoisted Kurt up off the ground. He half carried, half dragged the drunken man to the waiting cab. Rifling through Kurt’s pockets, Jay found what he was looking for. He gave directions to the cabbie, then pulled some money from his own wallet before closing the door.
Libbie had yet to move an inch from where he had left her. He came back, slowly, his head tilted down a little, yet his gaze never leaving hers. He was the hunter, and she was the prey, but she had no desire to run. In fact, she had the distinct impression that if she did run, he would give chase, and there was no doubt in her mind who would win.
Jay didn’t stop until he was directly in front of her. He didn’t speak, didn’t break eye contact, then with a low moan, he crushed her lips with his.
Libbie melted against him. She met the thrust of his tongue with her own, grinding her hips up against his. His hands tunneled in her hair as he held her in place, ravaging her mouth. She didn’t even realize they were moving until her back met a hard brick wall. His hand in her hair cushioned her head as they made impact. She brought her hands down his chest, lingering for a moment on the planes of his chest on her way down to the edge of his shirt. A nasty alley was the last place she would choose to be intimate with anyone, but she couldn’t help herself. She wanted to touch every inch of him, taste him—take him—and from the husky growl rumbling in his throat, he wanted to be taken.
It took everything she had to tear her lips from his. “We can’t do this here,” she protested even as she slipped her hands up under his shirt, smoothing her palms over the hard ridges of his chest, finding his nipples drawn into tight peaks.
He nipped her jaw, then her neck before grazing his teeth along the sensitive flesh. “You’re right. We can’t,” he said as he nuzzled her.
His hot breath sent a fresh wave of need pulsing through her. No longer caring where they were, she lifted his shirt, revealing the muscles she’d known she’d find. She dipped her head and flicked her tongue over one taut nipple, then did it again when he threw his head back and moaned.
The fingers still grasping her hair tightened. “Libbie…”
Grinding her hips against him, she moaned when she found him hard and ready. Dipping her hand lower, she stroked the hard bulge beneath his jeans before bringing her fingers to the snap, and popping it open. “My place is forty minutes away,” never had she regretted buying a place on the outskirts of the city more.
“We can make it to mine in fifteen,” he growled.
Jay pulled her back up for another hard kiss. She’d barely slipped the tips of her fingers behind his zipper when the sound of high-heeled footsteps tore them apart, both panting.
“There you guys are. For a minute there, I thought you’d deserted me,” April drawled. She looked from her to Jay and back again, then grinned. “Looks like you got your hair a little mussed up, and you might want to touch up your lipstick, Libs. Not you, Jay, no you have plenty on. Funny how it matches Libbie’s.”
“You have no shame, April. None at all,” Libbie accused with a laugh. She wouldn’t apologize for what had almost happened—what she still wished was happening.
“Hey, I’m all for you guys hooking up, but I haven’t been out with you in ages, girlfriend. Your little bump and grind will have to wait.”
Jay just grinned and shook his head. Angling himself away from them, he readjusted this clothing and took a long deep breath before coming to stand between her and April. “Shall we head back inside, then, ladies?”
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