Please welcome my guest blogger today, the super talented Maia Dylan with XANTHE'S CHOICE
Sometimes, the easiest choices are the hardest to live with
Dane Smith and Hunter Reed are lion shifters, who have been battling the fact that they have a mating bond between them that shouldn't exist. Meeting Xanthe White and recognizing her as theirs now makes it impossible for them to ignore it any longer. At first she thinks that it's just Dane and Hunter who are fated, but it soon becomes apparent that all three are destined for each other.
Despite her past, Xanthe has made a home in Grey River. Under the impression that they were helping her to reunite with her sister, Dane and Hunter place Xanthe right in the path of the very danger she was hiding from. Just as the three of them are finally on the same page, someone from Xanthe’s childhood poses a threat.
Dane and Hunter know they must keep her safe, but by the time they are able to pinpoint where the danger is coming from, it just might be too late.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from? I live, love and work in beautiful New Zealand. I love being a kiwi! I have been extremely fortunate in my career and have travelled extensively and spent many years living abroad, but there truly is no place like home. New Zealand is the world in one country, with fiords, mountains, rain forests, geothermal areas, beaches you can walk for miles on and never see a soul, a strong indigenous culture and a beauty that has to be seen to be believed.
When and why did you begin writing? I only started writing properly this year. I was on a flight to Melbourne last year and I always travel with at least three or four novels to read. I was reading one paranormal erotic romance, and thought to myself that the ending was lacking. Then I found myself picking it apart a little. I was telling my husband about it later that night and he said “Well if you think you can do better, give it a go!” So, I did. Lost Faith is the first in the Grey River series and it was released in March this year
Do you have a specific writing style? In other words, are you a plotter or a pantser? I am a total pantser! I tried to write one of my books with a plan to it, I spent days working on the plan, then when I went to write it, my characters had other ideas!
How did you come up with the titles to your book(s)? I have the title before I have the story. I have no idea how or why, but I do! I am one of the writers whose characters plague me night and day to write their story, and the title comes very early on.
What book would we find you reading right now? I am re-reading The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and also the Ghost Walker series by Christine Feehan. I really love these authors!
What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek? I am currently working on Grey River 7, and also book five in The Shifters of Freedom Springs, series, which is said as it is the last book in that series. And sneak peek? Yeah, I can do that ;-)
“Your eyes flicker a little, and there is a bluish tinge that appears,” Parris tilted her head in curiosity as he moved to stand as close to her as he dared. “And I recognize your wolf in your eyes.”
“Yeah,” Rhys admitted, tilting his head to match hers and grinned when she giggled. “No one’s ever noticed it before.” Parris began to nibble on her bottom lip and Rhys’s careful plan to go slow and not to move too quickly went straight out the window. But he didn’t want to scare her either. “Parris, Jase and I have already told you that you are our mate. I know you don’t know what the truly means, but we hope to show you. We also want to have the opportunity to prove to you that we can be what you want at the same time.” Rhys lifted his hand and gently cupped her cheek. “Damn, you are so beautiful.”
“That she is brother,” Jase said from the doorway as he stepped into the pool area and walked toward them. Parris’s breathing rate sped up as Jase moved in behind her, and when he gently placed his hands on her hips, Rhys felt her shiver.
“Now, in a few minutes, we are going to go upstairs and Jase and I are going to prepare dinner, and try very hard not kill you with our cooking.” Parris giggled again, but this time the sound was slightly higher, and sounded a little breathless. “But right now, unless you tell us to stop, I am going to kiss you because I can’t think of anything else but getting a taste of your sweet lips.” Parris’s eyes widened and Rhys looked for any sign of fear, but saw nothing but need and desire. “You hold all the cards, baby. You want this to stop all you have to do is say so. I’m going to count to five, and then I am going to place my mouth on yours and I am going to kiss you the way I’ve dreamed about since the moment I pulled you out from behind our shed. One… two…”
“Five,” Parris whispered as she surprised him by moving into him, rising up onto her tiptoes and placing her mouth to his. As soon as her lips touched his, everything within him seemed to fall into place. It was as if up until this moment, with this woman, there was nothing that actually held him together. But now there was.
©MAIA DYLAN, 2015
Do you see writing as a career? Do you write full time? Or in addition to another job? I would love to be able to write full time! That would be a dream come true… well, writing while I sat on a beach somewhere drinking Mai Tai’s, but definitely a dream. At the moment there are bills to pay and kids to feed so I work full time as well.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add? I have only been published for a few months, but I have had the pleasure of meeting so many fantastic authors who have coached and mentored me, and readers who have liked my work. To all of you, I simply want to say thank you. Your words, your time and your friendship humble me. Thank you to everyone who has come with me on one of my journeys, and I hope you’ll join me on my next one!
Maia Dylan lives, loves and works in beautiful New Zealand. She married her best friend and they have two adorable, but stubborn children who obviously take after their father.
Maia’s career has featured a lot of travel, and she has filled her time at airports and in the air with books, books and more books. Her love of erotic paranormal romance has seen her amass a huge library. She has been an avid reader and lover of ménage romances since she read her first book in this genre about three years ago.
In January of this year, Maia submitted her first ever manuscript to Siren Publishing. She wasn’t at all confident that it would be accepted and in fact she was expecting a nicely worded email with a resounding no! Much to her surprise less than two weeks later she had an acceptance and a signed contract in hand. Since then she hasn’t looked back and currently has three books in her Grey River series set for publication.
Outside of writing, Maia loves to eat, so she loves to cook! Her herb garden is legendary, but she still has issues getting tomatoes to grow. She’s been a performer for years, and has even sung on international stages, she would love to own a classic Ford Mustang one day and of course have the opportunity to race it on a race track without fear of a speeding ticket.
Although ultimately her dream is to be able to write full time on a sandy beach with a Mai Tai at hand, she is quite happy to fit her writing in when she can. As long as someone reads her books, gets a laugh and maybe come to love her characters and much as she does, then she feels that she is living her dreams no matter what!
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Thanks so much for stopping by, Maia. :)