Long and Short Reviews welcomes Kerrelyn Sparks who is celebrating the release of the first book in her a brand new fantasy romance series called The Embraced, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (see our review here). She has agreed to answer a few questions for us.
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Teleportation. But unlike my Vamps, who have to stay in the dark, I would want to teleport in daylight. It would be amazing to travel anywhere I wanted in just a few seconds.
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
You mean like a werewolf or dragon? Can I have Superman or Thor as a pet? I would take really good care of them! I just finished watching a Korean television show about a goblin. He was very handsome, could conjure up gold whenever needed, teleport, make a sword appear to smite the enemy (I used the word ‘smite!’ Ha!), and he was very romantic. So I’ll take a Korean goblin, please, with a side order of ManDoo (dumplings).
What is something that you absolutely can’t live without? (Other than family members)
Creativity. I need to create, whether it’s stories or crafts. And I need to absorb creativity, whether it’s reading, watching movies or dance, listening to music, seeing artwork or gardens. There are so many ways for people to create, and I love experiencing and celebrating what fabulous things human beings are capable of.
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
I would choose my daughter because we would work together well. She’s an excellent writer (unpublished as yet, but I expect that to change), and we have similar styles and very similar senses of humor. Whenever we brainstorm together, we end up laughing our heads off.
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
Well, she’s not a historical figure to anyone else but me, but I would want to spend a day with my grandmother who passed away over 25 years ago. She was a librarian, so I suppose I would spend a day in an enormous library with her, and we would talk about stories and life and let our imaginations go wild.
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
My new release, of course! And I’m not just saying that to promote myself. I actually think the book has a lot of action (ziplining, parkouring, sword fights, chase scenes, dragon attacks, etc.) that would look great on the big screen.
Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
Filled with romance, humor, and a beautifully imagined new world, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS is a fantasy in the vein of Game of Thrones with all the fun of The Princess Bride. Luciana is a vibrant leading lady that will have readers rooting for her spunk and devotion to her family while the Beast is a swoon worthy hero worth taming.
Enjoy an Excerpt
Anticipation swelled inside him as he reached the first set of cliffs. Another lightning bolt ripped through the sky, this one hitting only fifteen yards away. It blasted through the rocks, causing the cliff to crumble away. As the ledge beneath his feet trembled, he ran and leaped.
He landed on the next cliff six feet away as thunder cracked and the first cliff tumbled down the mountainside. More energy surged into him, and he scrambled higher up the mountain. Faster. In a race against the next strike.
He reached the highest cliff. Nearby on the mountain summit, the beacon tower stood, deserted in the storm, its flame long smothered by the rain. The village lay nestled in the valley far below. He spotted houses built of stone with their thatched roofs burned away. The chapel of Enlightenment partially destroyed. The village lookout tower stood as high as the chapel bell tower and was manned by a lone villager. No doubt, he was keeping an eye out for the last two dragons.
Nevis and his troop arrived, and the villagers poured from their homes to welcome them. Leo winced at the sight of small children running about. Dammit, Nevis, get them back into the cave.
A rumbling noise echoed through the valley, sounding much like thunder, but Leo knew better. It was the beating of dragon wings. The last two dragons had waited for the people to reappear.
Leo ripped off his gloves and threw them down, along with his bow and quiver. Then he drew his sword and pointed it to the sky. “Now!”
Lightning broke through the dark clouds, racing toward him. He widened his stance and braced for impact. It struck his sword, fracturing so that a dozen smaller streaks shot off in a circle around him.
The major portion of the lightning sizzled down his sword, eager to reach his flesh. It hit his bare hand and jolted him so hard he fell to his knees and dropped the sword. The dozen fractured shards rebounded, drawn to him like a magnet. They pounded into him, jerking him back and forth. Thunder cracked over him so loud his ears rang.
Power surged through him, so fierce and scorching he thought his skin would melt, his guts would boil, and his head burst like a kernel of corn dropped into a fire. Pain and power, power and pain, he could no longer tell the difference. He only knew he wanted it, wanted to drink it in, soak it up, and claim it all.
About the Author:KERRELYN SPARKS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Love at Stake series.