Dreams of a Wild Heart
Dr. Cecilia—Ceci— Bradford at your service.
I dance, rock climb, and have mastered MMA, because just being a twenty-six-year-old doctor isn’t enough. It doesn’t keep me from remembering the terrifying night my life changed, the night my true love died. I was nearly seventeen.
Life goes on, but the secret I keep is that I still talk to him in my dreams. That was getting me by until Tabron showed up—or, more specifically, until the six-foot-two brute of a Viking whisked me off to another planet because his leader is dying. And the joy didn’t end there. I’m being forced to choose a mate. The Brausa are facing extinction.
Tabron has no need for a mate, himself, and he’s told me as much. Multiple times. What he does have are hands and wicked lips that stir feelings I thought lost forever. Choosing him (just to play along until I can find a way home) seems to irk him and I find this surprisingly fun. But surviving a hidden conspiracy and the dangers of this alien place might be more difficult than I could ever imagine…
About the Author:
Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain.
Always a lover of adventure, she and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it continues to be the best trip they ever took.
Extensive travel and trying new things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives in Claremont with her biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons, and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler.
Her debut novel, Quicksilver Dreams, Book 1 of the Dreamwalker series, was released January 6, 2014, and Dreams of a Dark Summer, Book 2 of the Dreamwalker series, is set for release June 9, 2014. The next book in the Dreamwalker series is set to come out in December, 2014.
Please welcome Dreams of a Wild Heart author Danube Adele to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Dreams of a Wild Heart?
There are so many scenes that I fell in love with. One of the scenes near the beginning that shows us who Ceci is and where she comes from is the family party where she interacts with all of her extended family in a celebration of her parent’s wedding anniversary. There is love and support. Some of the characters were based off of my real family members who are so lovely. Scenes between Ceci and Tabron always grab me. Building their relationship was the best part of writing this story. It’s hard to pick just one scene.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d just finished reading Playing With Fire, by Gena Showalter, a fun, fast-paced, lighthearted story written in the first person. It had been so engaging, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in a single sitting and was inspired. I’d never written in the first person before, so I gave it a try. I wrote a scene and really liked it. A year later, I had Quicksilver Dreams, Book 1 of the Dreamwalkers series.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I was seven when I first wrote the story of my dogs falling love and having puppies. Of course, I got ultra creative thinking it would somehow benefit my pups to have seven arms and legs. Who knows why I made that choice, but my mother was always encouraging. She enjoyed writing as well. I would bring my work to her as I got older, and she would show me how to edit my sentences to vary them and make them stronger. She was my first writing teacher.
What books have most influenced your life?
The romance genre as a whole has had a significant influence on the quality of my life. I still remember the first book I read in junior high. It was Nora Roberts’ Irish Thoroughbred, and I was hooked from page one. What strikes me most about the genre, and what I consider to be a positive message for young girls is that these stories require heroes and heroines to demand love, respect, kindness, tenderness, communication, and understanding of each other. Abuse isn’t tolerated in a happily-ever-after story. Settling is never an option. Because of these ideals that I learned so well after reading countless books supporting them, I found my husband who is all that and more. We’ve just celebrated fourteen years of marriage.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Kresley Cole is a current favorite author of mine. She writes the Immortals After Dark series. Her writing flows smoothly, the characters are always interesting, the dialogue is quippy and smart, relevant to today, and her plots are always well-structured with interesting twists and turns. She is an automatic buy for me these days.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
What I’ve learned is that writer’s block means I haven’t done my homework. The characters or plot haven’t been fully developed, leaving holes, so my next step is to take a break from the writing to further shape the internal or external conflicts, maybe learn more about a character’s background and family to help discover how he/she would behave in a given scene that’s giving me trouble. When I’ve taken moments to do this, I’ve returned to my computer knowing what I needed to do next.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I finished plotting Book 4 of the Dreamwalkers series and will begin writing it during this holiday season. The story will be about Cynthia and Nick, characters first introduced to the series in Book 1 who are Sunan.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks are wonderful because I can go on a trip or just to the doctor’s office and bring along a hundred books easily. The store is at your fingertips if you need to make a purchase. Having said that, I still have a special place in my heart for particular paperbacks I’ve kept, read and reread. Holding them just feels good. I do not like hardcover. I like to recline while reading and the hardcovers are just uncomfortable and heavy for my hand over a long period of time.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you’re looking for a great romantic read with emotional depth this holiday season, Dreams of a Wild Heart pairs a dark, brooding warrior from another planet with his match, a kick*ss trauma surgeon who’s escaping her own pain by living an intense life of medicine, mixed martial arts and anything else that will keep her from having to remember the worst day of her life. Sparks fly as secrets from out of this world, literally, shove them into the middle of intrigue, betrayal and a passion that burns brighter than the two moons of Te`re.