Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Cara Bristol, author of Destiny’s Chance.
Genre: erotic paranormal romance
Publisher: Cara Bristol
Date of Publication: July 25, 2016
Number of pages: 116
Word Count: 31,000
Fate gave her a gift. Is she brave enough to accept it?
Destiny Grable has loved Chance Everett for as long as she could remember, but he was never interested in her until a tragic act of fate grants her heart’s desire.
Chance is all hers—body, mind, and soul. But once they’re together, she discovers he has a kinky side she never knew about. Is she ready for it? Can she handle it?
And Chance isn’t the only one with a secret. If he discovers what Destiny is hiding, will he still want her?
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What inspired you to write Destiny’s Chance?
Unrequited love finally realized. What if you loved someone you couldn’t have, but when you finally got him he didn’t know it was you? He loved you back, but his love wasn’t really for you – it was for the person he thought you were. Would it be worth it?
How did you come up with the title?
“Destiny’s Chance” is an oxymoron, which is a figure of speech that is seemingly contradictory, like “jumbo shrimp” or “minor crisis.” How can something that is extra large be tiny? A crisis by definition is an emergency. So how can it be minor? Destiny is fate, an act that is predetermined. A chance is a random occurrence or a gamble. Both are at play in the story. Fate hands Destiny what she’s always wanted, but it’s still a huge gamble . So the heroine and hero are named after those concepts: Destiny Grable and Chance Everett.
If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?
“Other than our shared kink, what did you like about me?”
“Kink?” she squeaked.
He narrowed his eyes. “Beyond that. There had to be something more.”
“Do you believe in reincarnation?” she asked.
“Not at all?”
She rubbed her neck. “Because…because maybe sometimes people aren't who you think they are.”
Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.
I have my own office. My husband and I used to share an office and a computer until I started writing erotic romance. I now have my own office, with a lovely and large L-shaped desk and a view of the field across the street. I see deer and squirrels scampering outside. I have my laptop and all my writing reference materials at hand.
It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool?
My favorite is probably my author newsletter because I can reach out to my readers and fans directly and let them know about new releases, sales and discounts, and contests. I have prize drawings just for newsletter subscribers. Readers can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/9aRJj
Are your book/books available in audio? In other languages? If so, give us more details about where we can get them and what languages they’re in.
Only in English. Two books are available in audio: Stranded with the Cyborg and Mated with the Cyborg. Both are standalone reads in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. They’re available on Amazon and Audible.com.
What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
I write science fiction romance, paranormal romance, and contemporary spanking romance. I’ve also written one nonfiction book, a sex scene thesaurus for authors: Naughty Words for Nice Writers. I think I’m going to stick with these genres. It’s more than enough!
Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?
I write all three, but I prefer novellas. There’s less middle! The best part of writing a story is the beginning –starting a brand new story—and the end—wrapping it all up. A short story is too brief to develop the characters, and a long novel has a whole lot of middle. A novella is like baby bear’s bed – just right. My earlier works tended to be about 30,000 words. My sweet spot now is 45-55K. I should mention that Destiny’s Chance is a novella, a re-release of book that was previously published; it’s about 30K.
Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
Yes. I have three series. Thank you for asking. The Rod and Cane Society is a six-book spanking romance series. I may or may not write more in that series. Breeder is a completed science fiction romance trilogy (Breeder, Terran, Warrior). The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series is ongoing. It’s about a covert organization of cyborgs. The series theme is “Saving the girl and the galaxy one mission at a time.” It’s romantic, humorous, and action-oriented. Book 4, Trapped with the Cyborg, was published in June. All the Cy-Ops books are standalone reads. Book 5 will probably come out in January.
Thank you so much for having me today!
Destiny expelled her breath in a heavy sigh and reached for the phone to try her parents one more time.
What the hell? She’d been too wrought by news of Zoe’s death to pay attention to much else, but now she noticed her arm looked…weird. Her wrist seemed thinner, her skin paler, the hair so fine it appeared almost nonexistent. And when had she gotten acrylic nails?
Her pulse rate doubled. The arm, the hand, the silver infinity ring on the index finger weren’t hers, but she recognized them. She fixated on the ID bracelet encircling the skinny wrist. RICHARDS, ZOE. And her friend’s date of birth.
They got the bodies mixed up. Gave you the wrong wristband.
But they couldn’t have switched arms. She flipped her hands over.
Destiny ripped back the covers and swore in frustration when the bed rail fought her frantic efforts to lower it. She forced it down, but her hospital gown caught in the metal. She tore it loose and scrambled for the bathroom.
Bruised and battered, Zoe stared at her from the mirror over the sink.
A nightmare. Wake up! Wake up! “No! No!” Slapping her face, Destiny searched for her plump cheeks, her ski-jump schnoz, and the mocha-brown eyes she considered one of her best features. The image mimicked her movements but presented high cheekbones loved by the camera, a perfect nose, and large blue eyes gone feral.
She yanked up her hospital gown. Where were her hips? Her boobs! She stared at her flat chest. She dropped the gown and screamed.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has published more than twenty-five erotic romance titles, including contemporary, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling