Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Marie Johnston, author of Ancient Ties, Book two in the Pale Moonlight series.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: 1/27/17
Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 59000
Cover Artist: P and N Graphics
Born to be Guardians…
Chayton Eagle comes from a strong line of wolf shifters, his father an ancient in their pack. Chayton proudly acts as a Guardian, defending the colonies from danger—both from outsiders and from threats inside the pack. The one thing he doesn’t need is a human-raised female on his team—especially not one who passes out each time she shifts! Never mind that she was trained by elite Guardians, Chayton doesn’t need the distraction of a tall, sexy-as-hell redhead when he’s working. He has to focus. And he has to remember he’s scheduled to take the blood oath with a female, a long-ago pairing arranged by her parents. It doesn’t matter he and Kaitlyn are fated mates.
She can’t be his. Not now. Not ever.
Destined to be Mates.
Kaitlyn Savoy knows Chayton is supposed to be her mate. Too bad he’s such an ass about her human upbringing making her weak. Too bad she’s been assigned as his partner to take down the feral shifters threatening one of the colonies. Too bad she’s so damn attracted to him. As the mission continues, Chayton is captured by the ferals, and Kaitlyn proves her worth as a Guardian. During the rescue, she uncovers the secrets of her past, secrets that will affect her future. Despite his best efforts, Chayton’s opinion of her begins to change, his respect growing—along with feelings he can’t deny. She’s become part of his life, part of his heart. A fact his soon-to-be inlaws notice—and they intend to put an end to the temptation Kaitlyn poses to Chayton.
No matter what.
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How did you come up with the title?
Easiest title ever. Sometimes, the books name themselves and that’s what happened. When it came time to think of a title, I thought I’d try to use ancient since ancients are pivotal in the story and boom! Ancient Ties popped to mind. Love it when that happens.
Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.
They’re both shifters, but they were raised completely different. Chayton was raised with a father who’s an ancient, the oldest and purest of their kind. His colony was isolated and full of shifters who took immense pride in the strength of their bloodlines. Then there’s Kaitlyn, who was raised human and didn’t know she was a shifter until her twenties. Not only that, she has the misfortune of passing out after every shift. Chayton uses it all as a reason to keep his distance from her because while she’s his destined mate, he’s already sworn to someone else. But! The bonding hasn’t taken place yet, so there might still be time for Chayton and Kaitlyn to work it out.
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
I’m having so much fun with Bishop! It’s the third in my vampire spin-off, set in the same world as Ancient Ties. Bishop was tricked into bonding with a mischievous fire demon, but it backfired on her and she’s on the run from him and the rest of the underworld. Only, it’s too easy to track her because has trouble controlling her fire when she gets emotional. I think the beginning of this book was the most fun I had writing any of my books.
Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.
Since my main job is still a stay-at-home mom, I’ve written anywhere and everywhere, and at all times of the day. So I love, love, love preschool days when I can drop my youngest off and head to the coffee shop. Only it’s not your normal coffee shop. It has the atmosphere of a bar and grill: dim, loud music, and (my favorite) booths. I order a mocha, or go wild and try a seasonal special, and I do nothing but write for two solid hours. The only downside is that it makes it harder to park in a corner of the house and write amidst all of the chaos and noise like I used to.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
It’s about the same time frame for each and I’ll be the first to admit I shouldn’t have done that. I had a bad case of “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” I had wanted to write for forever, but had only done scientific and technical writing and talked about writing a book one day. The day I decided to self-publish, I started writing. The only thing is…writing well takes years. Telling stories well can take years. For some, it all comes naturally. For me, I needed to learn and I hadn’t realized it. But honestly, I’m confident there’ll always be something to learn no matter how long I write.
What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
Two reasons why I like writing romance: One, weaving in chemistry is a fun challenge. Not too much, not too little, and don’t forget halfway through the story. Two, happily-ever-afters are what it’s all about. I want all my characters to have one and I want my stories to have one.
Paranormal romance is a riot. There are few limits and so many choices. But the more I write contemporary, the more I’m getting into it. I’m happy in these two sub-genres for a while.
Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?
I write very short stories each quarter for my newsletter subscribers. They hover between two and three thousand words and it’s so nice to jump in and get ’er done. I love writing novels, but the word count can be intimidating where it’s not as much of a concern with novellas. The more experience I have telling stories, the more comfortable I become spending time with my characters and not rushing them through the process. But how writers can crank out a hundred thousand word books amazes me. I have word count envy.
Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
I can’t write a onefer. I just run into so many characters with interesting backstories and promising futures. All of my paranormal books are in the same world. The first series, The Sigma Menace, resolves its main conflict and opens up a new path for the paranormal creatures. But I didn’t know how to blend them. I wanted to write vampires, but I’d committed to more shifters. So, I did two spin-offs and I’m really happy with the decision. The shifter series, Pale Moonlight, can be read as standalone stories. But the vampire series, New Vampire Disorder, has an overall series storyline.
I also dabbled in the contemporary world with my Fleet Week romance series. It’s a series of standalone novellas about sailors meeting their love during Fleet Week, then trying to keep the fire going during the long separations that are experienced in Navy life.
Soon, I’m rolling out the first in my Fanboys series, Unmistaken Identity. It combines the sleek lifestyle of the rich and powerful with geek subculture. Instead of the starry eyed young girl being introduced into the high class world, I take the rich guy down to the realm of dollar stores and bar and grills.
Chayton stormed to his cabin.
A four hour drive. With Kaitlyn.
Spending the night. With Kaitlyn.
Roaming the woods. With Kaitlyn.
His heart pounded, his nostrils flared, and he huffed like a bear after a marathon. Slamming his front door open, he charged through and kicked it shut behind him.
Only then did he double over, hands on his knees, sagging to catch his breath.
The sexiest thing he’d ever laid eyes on.
The shifter he was never supposed to meet. His mate.
And she was oblivious to it.
He stomped through his cabin. Her lack of mating insight was for the best. If he had his pick of shifters, she’d be the last on the list. Besides, he was promised to another. Kaitlyn was young yet, and based on her blasé to distasteful reaction to him, she’d have no trouble moving on. Or not. Her sanity may last longer than most who don’t anchor their souls with a mate. But if she needed to bond, she wouldn’t have a problem finding someone. Like that bartender at Pale Moonlight.
His fangs bared and a growl escaped before he stopped himself. He’d never caught her with him, but stories had it the bartender helped her assuage the physical needs shifters of their caliber experienced. She hadn’t been with the guy since Chayton had been around. That decision had increased the bartender’s life expectancy considerably.
No. No. It shouldn’t matter. She needed to move on and he had no say with who. Chayton straightened and wiped his brow, which had dotted with sweat. It was always an effort to contain his reaction around that female.
Ancient blood—pure, undiluted shifter blood—ran through his veins, thanks to his father. His Sioux mother would roll over in her grave. Chayton’s bloodlines were rich with history and honor.
The female he’d sworn himself to, Tika, would make a lovely mate instead. Soft brown eyes, feminine curves, and ancestry as strong as his. In fact, she was coming of age soon. For him, that was twenty-five. Her parents had pushed for their union when she turned eighteen, but that had seemed too pervy for him. At two-hundred and twenty-nine, he wasn’t about to jump a girl the second she was legal. If it was up to him, he’d wait even longer, but even Tika had pushed for their binding.
His stomach rumbled, alerting him that he’d missed dinner. Not that he’d eat at the main lodge anyway; it was a tactic he used to avoid Kaitlyn.
About the Author
Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Johnston/e/B00R6SC79Q/