Triad: Book Three
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Price: $6.99 eBook $14.99 Print
Release Date: May 6, 2013
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Blood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.
Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.
About the author
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.
You can find out more about Poppy’s books on her website http://www.poppydennison.com/
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
Hey there! First off, thanks for having me on Pen & Muse! My name is Poppy Dennison, and I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee. That’s right by the Great Smoky Mountains, and not too far from the home of Dolly Parton and her famous Dollywood theme park!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Soul Magic is the final book in the Triad trilogy, which was supposed to be one novel but I got a bit long-winded (hush y’all who know me and are laughing! I can tell!) The series started with a conversation with a friend, who said he really wanted to read a gay paranormal romance where one of the main characters had a child. I thought…huh, I can write that book! I intended it to be a short story to give as a gift to him, but when he read the first draft, he insisted I find a publisher for it. Thank goodness he did! It’s amazing to have friends who believe in you heart and soul!
How do you create your characters?
My main character is the first one that pops into my mind, and I create the others to fulfill certain needs he has. In the Triad world, my mage Simon was alone in the world. His training meant that he needed to be solitary. Along came Alpha Gray Townsend, leader of the local werewolf pack and father to 10-year-old Garon. What Simon needed most was family, and through Gray’s pack, he just might be able to find what he needs.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
For the most part, I’m inspired by the people in my life. My friends tease me that I’m a bit of a “momma bear”: I’m always looking out for everyone and try to help with problems. I’m the ear folks often turn to when they need a someone to listen. As a writer, this works out perfectly because as we all know, sometimes when you’re listening, the best thing you can do is to keep your own pie-hole shut! I may have to zip my lips when I’m listening, but I can pour some of that advice into the thoughts and actions of my characters.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write in my office, which is really just a corner of my living room. I stare into the woods outside my patio door and envision the worlds of my novels. As to what I need…well, I might possibly be a bit of a coffee-aholic. *sheepish grin* I can’t help it! I love me some java. Other than that, it really depends on the book itself. Sometimes, I like music. Others, I have to have complete quiet. It varies depending on what my characters like and need, believe it or not!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Most of my ideas form from an emotion, usually one on the darker side of the spectrum. In Soul Magic, the focus is on fear. Every one of us has something we are afraid of, and the members of the High Moon Pack have some pretty big obstacles to face in this book. Other ideas have sparked from emotions like jealousy, conceit, or disdain. All powerful emotions that we’ve all felt at one time or another. The story, for me, is in how we use the emotions to grow.
What do you like to read?
Just as I like to write paranormal romance, I love to read it! Give me a sexy alpha werewolf or a surly vampire any day of the week and I’m a happy gal. These days, you’ll find me mostly reading m/m romance. There are some fantastic authors in this genre!
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Write. Sounds overly simplistic, but I think starting a novel is the easiest thing in the world, but finishing one is the hardest. Get that first draft out without freaking out over each and every word choice. That’s what editing is for! Tell the story from start to finish and then fuss over it. (And I’ll also add that several of my fellow writers tremble when I tell them how I work, but it’s what works for me!) My other bit o’ wisdom would be to find the process that works for you. None of us write in exactly the same way. Find what helps you get the most work done and go with it!
Anything else you’d like to share?
Just a quick thanks again for having me on the site and a big shout out to all my readers who have taken Simon, Gray, and Garon into their hearts. The Triad series is really a love story for family, and I’m thrilled that it has touched so many people’s lives.