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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tina Smith, Author of the Wolf Sirens Series: Interview & Spotlight


I would like to welcome Tina Smith author of the Wolf Sirens Series to Diane's Book Blog.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

We discover the paranormal world in Shade along with the main character, sixteen year old Lila Crain. She has been in and out of trouble and her mother has just moved Lila to her home town in the country as punishment.
Lila is a lonely and somewhat spoilt teenager and soon she is introduced to a world of cursed wolves, which she ultimately wants to join.
Wolf Sirens is a passionate tale full of angst, frenemies, first love and a town shrouded in myth – set in a place where you don’t go out after dark.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I like strong female protagonists and reality. My heart lies in fantasy, I like dark themes. Paranormal fit my style.
I love fantasy and I enjoy the edge of realism paranormal introduces to the genre.
I thought I had a story to tell and I wrote what I wanted to read. I think understanding the demographic that you are writing for is important. I wrote what I wanted to read – a story with a strong female protagonist who develops and grows as a character throughout her journey. Lila is stubborn, determined and vulnerable. She unleashes a strength within that she didn’t know she had as the story unfolds.
I have been told that I have taken the genre to a new level. I injected a lot of myself into the pages. I explored deep themes such as jealousy, desire, bullying and everything that goes along with coming of age stories.

Tell us about yourself?

I live in Adelaide Australia, I’m a student Naturopath and Herbalist, I have completed my exams and just have to complete less than 100 hours of clinical experience – I am almost there! I work as a Health and Wellness Consultant by day, in a health store, bagging dried goods and serving customers.
I’m a mother and I have cavalier cross named Billy, who is the best company, especially when I am in the writing cave.

How long did it take you to write Wolf Sirens?

I have studied for over eight years. During that time I have had a college closure and at one point in time I couldn’t afford to continue to study. So there have been plenty of ups and downs but I have soldiered on, I don’t give up easily. At those tough times I sat at my laptop with nothing to lose and wrote Wolf Sirens, I chipped away at it for a couple of years and when I thought it might be ready I had a close friend read it. She confirmed that I wasn’t wasting my time and from then on I polished the rough draft again and again until I had something great. It was a lot of work and an enormous learning curve.
Now my heart lies more with telling the Wolf Sirens series than anything else. Writing has consumed more and more of me and continues to do so with each passing day…

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

Cres, for sure. She really emerges as one of the strongest and most liked characters from book #1. In book #2, Fever, the reader learns more about her as she helps Lila discover more about her skills in the underworld. I enjoy book #2 the most because their relationship is really solidified as friends, even though Cres may or may not be an enemy herself. I love all the scenes about them hunting in the mountains and Cresida’s quirks make her interesting to write about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

This year I plan to publish two anthologies of paranormal stories with nine other female authors. Night Life, and a New Adult genre short story collection called Lacing Shadows.
I will release the fifth book in my Wolf Sirens series in October 2014 and I have plans for a sixth book in the series due for release next year.

Please check out my work, especially if you want more depth from the paranormal genre.
Thank you.

Forbidden: Discover the Legend 
(Wolf Sirens #1)

The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure ... of Hunter & Prey
Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment - Shade High. But she can't begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. 

The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school. 
Reid's stunning friends - including icy top dog Sam - invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention she answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.

Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader's off-limits boyfriend, Sky. 

Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs.

Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle.
Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her...

Inspired by the legend of the femme fatale goddess, Artemis, Wolf Sirens is a compelling gothic masterpiece of paranormal romance. 

Forbidden, Fever, Night Fall, Dusk in Shade and soon to be released Dawn in Shade - all continue the tale of Lila Crain, the heroine with the chip on her shoulder, on an epic paranormal journey in which forbidden love threatens to destroy the underworld.

Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn 

(Wolf Sirens #2)

Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire…

Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest.

Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rivalry in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart.
A shadow has fallen over the heartlands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.

But is it love or revenge which motivates her?

Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.

If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will

Fever, the sequel to Forbidden further unfolds the tale of the heroine femme fatale, on her journey in the underworld between the lands of myth and reality.

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Night Fall: What Rises must Fall 
(Wolf Sirens #3)

Uncover what Happens after Dark in Shade... In the rainy valley the sky is covered by cloud as the Thunder God wars with his son, Apollo. As dusk descends the wolves haunt the forest. A crescent moon rises and all days are nights for the huntress, until the ancient battle is won. What lurks beneath the surface in the heartlands of myth and reality is a tale as insidious and devious as the wolves themselves. The sun has not yet set forever on a love that has defied time in a valley cursed for centuries. Lila has nothing to lose, except for the one thing that means everything. The unwilling heroine with a chip on her shoulder treads between two worlds on a path of inescapable fate that the Goddess has chosen for her. Lila must follow a dark path towards a war that no one can win. Suspicions rage as the fight takes her into the belly of the beast. Lives will be lost in a vicious clash. Who will be left standing after the fray? The hunter's legacy must be fulfilled in a vivid tale of heartbreak and betrayal as what rises must fall and those that have fallen must find the strength to rise again. No one will emerge unscathed.

Dusk In Shade: The Wolves Rise at Sunset
(Wolf Sirens #4)

There is no escape from fate… 
Dark clouds gather as the legend continues. In the town where secrets lie and natural justice rules, the sirens have fallen – captured and defeated. The fate of the hunters is in the hands of the wolves. In the grip of the largest full moon in centuries the stakes climb higher. 

Aided by a thwarted enemy, Apollo unleashes a long-awaited plan to defeat Artemis once and for all. Wolf venom spreads across the Valley like a catastrophic virus. 
Those that Lila loves most must choose to take cover or go on the defense as the battle for supremacy reaches new heights. 

Bonds are tested as devastation and mistrust escalates to breaking point. The tumultuous relationship between wolves and hunters reaches a bloody climax. 
What will the huntress uncover and who will be lost in the cross fire? 
Lila combats a new breed of predator in a war that will ultimately decide the fate of Shade

About Tina Smith

Tina Smith lives in Adelaide South Australia, having spent most of her life as an un-diagnosed introvert in country N.S.W. She is the Author of four books in the award nominated paranormal series, Wolf Sirens. 
Tina inspires, entertains and examines life. She writes paranormal, romantic and suspense fueled tales about cursed wolves. She learnt to shoot for Wolf Sirens.
Night is the time her creative juices flow and she loves exploring the lives of her protagonist's within the paranormal genre, under the light of the moon.
She is driven to write and connect with readers through her mad-capped imagination - you could say it's a calling...
Dawn In Shade, the fifth novel in the series, will be released later 2014.Please leave reviews online.

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