Blog Tour Giveaways
1. I will be giving away a free ebook of Return of the Assassin on each blog.
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2. Two Grand Prizes will be given away at the end of the tour, drawing to be held on Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!). A rafflecopter code is included below for each blogger to include in their post. The first name drawn will have their choice of the following two prizes, and the second name drawn will receive the other. The two prizes are valued at $210 each and include:
Grand Prize #1: Coach bag and a $50 Amazon gift card
Grand Prize #2: The newest version of the Kindle Paper White, leather cover (winner’s choice of color), and an AKM blanket
Grand Prize Rafflecopter Code:
Donya Lynne Bio
Donya Lynne is the author of the award winning All the King’s Men Series. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, they had dubbed her Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she made that dream come true by publishing her first two novels and two novellas. She has several more stories planned for the AKM Series, as well as two sister series that are in development.
Return of the Assassin Blurb
All the King’s Men – Book 5
3rd place winner – RWA Heart of the West contest
“If you’ve been waiting for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood, this is it…” -GraveTells Review
Assassin Gina Carano doesn’t have time for love. In fact, the last thing she wants is a mate. But Gina can’t stop thinking about Malek, the handsome AKM enforcer she met in Chicago. And now she’s beginning to fear Malek’s memory is the reason for her crippling panic attacks, which have assaulted her relentlessly since she left him.
Malek has never dealt with the centuries-old death of his first mate, but now that he’s formed a new mating link to Gina, he has no choice. Stuck between the agony of mourning and the despair of being without Gina, his mind fractures as he attempts to reconcile the two halves of himself.
When Gina botches a hit on two vicious vampires in Miami, she reluctantly flees back to Chicago, where Malek must choose between the past and the future before he loses Gina forever.
Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, sensitive subject matter, references to non-traditional/alternative lifestyles, and profanity.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I live just north of Indianapolis, Indiana, in a nicely-appointment city called Carmel (emphasis on the first syllable, almost like you’re saying caramel. Makes you want to eat a sundae, doesn’t it?) At any rate, I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. I started writing poetry before first grade, won my first short story contest in fourth grade (my prize was a pack of Hubba Bubba bubble gum), and started writing romance stories for my friends in junior high. We would stay up into all hours of the morning, reading them on the phone to one another. By our sophomore year, they had dubbed me Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. Well, I’m living the dream today.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Return of the Assassin is the fifth book in my award-winning All the King’s Men Series, and it’s about an AKM enforcer and an assassin who must let go of their painful pasts if they are to find love with one another. The hero and heroine have both suffered horribly, but now that they’ve found one another, they could heal if they would only get out of their own way long enough to embrace the future they could have together. But both have been so severely scarred that letting go isn’t easy, and by the time they do, it could be too late. This is an emotionally charged book, and admittedly a bit on the dark side, and I haven’t talked to one reader yet who hasn’t cried at least once while reading it. I love books like that, don’t you?
As for how Return of the Assassin came to be, it was the next logical story in the series. But on a more personal level, I’m learning to leave my own past behind in real life, and as a wise woman once told me, every book written reflects a piece of the author. In my case, the hero and heroine in this book reflect my own journey toward letting go and moving forward. But it sure makes for good fiction.
How do you create your characters?
My main characters come to me from all sorts of inspiration. The first character I wrote about in this series was Micah, and he had been a roleplay character I had toyed with for several months until he grew so large in my mind that he demanded a book. So I stopped roleplaying and started his novel. As I wrote it, several more characters came to me, and each of them had a voice and wanted a story, too.
Moving into Return of the Assassin, I’ve begun to introduce some new characters into the plot who used to belong to another project I had written with a coauthor. But when the partnership dissolved and the decision was made not to publish what we had written together, I decided to bring those characters into my AKM world because they were too good to waste. Kieran, Searcy, and Lorena are three I’ve brought over so far, but I’ll be bringing a few more in the next few books.
Once in a while, a picture or a song inspires a character. For example, one of my new characters named Savill is one such character. I saw a picture of this fabulous model on Facebook who had these incredible, almost demonic tattoos and a long, thick scar down his torso. Suddenly, Savill sprang to life inside my mind as this gentle, tortured soul with a horrific story of abandonment who matures into a male who pushes everyone away so he’ll never have to suffer the pain of loss again. I love duality in my characters, so the idea of the gentle interior combined with the scary exterior screams of good story to me. I can’t wait to write Savill’s book, but you’ll see this theme in a lot of my characters.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I’ve been writing so long it’s hard to say what got me started. I think I was just born with a pen and paper in my hand…with stories in my head that wanted to be told from a very young age. I would lie in bed at night and dream up tales of heroes and heroines, of damsels in distress and their knights in shining armor. But it wasn’t until I saw The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers that I was smacked between the eyes with an idea of immortal love that forced me to spend every waking minute at my computer, writing. At the time, I had no formal training as a novelist, and I had no idea how to write for story, even though I had been writing all my life. So I started taking extensive courses to learn about publishing and writing for fiction. That story still isn’t published, but it will be, even if I have to alter it and bring it into my AKM world, although I’d love to write it as part of a separate series.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I have a converted spare bedroom at home that is my office. That’s where all the writing gets done. I tend to prefer music while I write, but when the weather is nice, I will open my window and let nature sing to me instead. I love to write while listening to it rain. I also enjoy having hot tea while I’m writing; otherwise I forget to drink. LOL. I get so into it while I write that sometimes eating, drinking, and bathroom breaks take a back seat.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Like my characters, my ideas come to me from a variety of places. Sometimes, all it takes is getting in my car and taking a drive, and ideas flood me. Other times, an article in the newspaper will spark an idea, or a commercial, or a TV show. Or even another book. I’ve seen pictures or heard songs that have spawned entire stories to the point that I’ve begun work on a series I’m calling Songs of Love. Each book in the series will be a stand-alone, but the premise for each will be that the story was inspired by a song and/or a picture to go along with it. Right now, I have three Songs of Love story ideas.
What do you like to read?
I prefer romance right now. I’m on a contemporary and new adult romance kick, but have enjoyed young adult and paranormal in the past. I also like suspense and engaging horror, but not like Stephen King type horror. The kind of horror I enjoy is hard to find and usually ends up being more paranormal than horror.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Be prepared to work. Writing isn’t for the hobbyist. People think it’s easy to write a book…and then they try to write one. It’s not so easy then. You have to learn to shut off that niggling voice in your head that tries to tell you that you aren’t good enough and bust your buns even when you just aren’t feeling it. I always say that you can’t edit nothing, but you can always edit crap. Just write, even when it hurts and even when it’s crap. You can edit that crap draft into a bestseller later. J
Oh, and you have to have an extremely thick skin and can’t take anything too personally, because no matter how hard you try, you will not please everyone, and some people will outright hate your books, no matter what. And they will tell everyone that they hate your books. I recently received a review where the reviewer said they hated my book so much they would hunt me down and break my hands. Sure, that’s extreme, and reviews like that are rare, but you simply have to let stuff like that roll off your back like water off a duck’s feathers. I laughed at that review, and then got back to work on my next book. The way I see it, I write for the 95% who love my books, and to waste energy being upset with the 5% who don’t is counterproductive and leaves my 95% without my full attention. The 95% who love my books deserve my full attention, so that’s where I choose to focus my energy and time.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Just that I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy holiday season…and to not forget to show some vampire love this Christmas. Vampires celebrate Christmas, too. At least mine do. J
Thank you for having me on your blog today.