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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Angel Lover by Tricia Skinner: Interview & Giveaway

Angel Lover
Tricia Skinner

Release Date: 6/30/15

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Tagline: There's no danger greater than falling for your enemy...

Book Description:

The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades--enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction.

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He traced his fingers under her tank top and made small circles against her back. A soft sound escaped her lips, then she relaxed.
“Mariel.” He barely recognized his lust-blown voice.
She answered by renewing their passionate kiss, full and open and bone melting. She kissed him thoroughly, drawing the oxygen from his lungs as she twisted her fingers into his long hair.
Kas lowered her on the comforter with care, never breaking their kiss. He eased back, and with his gaze on hers, he pulled his shirt over his head and dropped it.
Mariel’s gaze made several passes over his body.
What did she feel for him? Admiration? Uncertainty? He’d never hurt her. No one would ever hurt her again, not if they expected to live.
Then Mariel’s gaze fell away. “You are...beautiful.” Her shoulders drooped, and she pulled back.

“You don’t believe you are.”

She didn’t reply, except for the stubborn jut of her chin. Kas smoothed his thumb over her cheek then gently raised her head. She wouldn’t look at him. He wouldn’t allow her to withdraw from him, from them.
He touched her shirt at the waist, and her hands clamped over his, her eyes wet. Her fearful expression tore him apart.
“Trust me as I trust you,” he said gently.
Kas waited until her grip loosened, and her hands fell to the side. He infused a smile with warmth and then eased the material up in torturous increments. Time she could use to stop him.
Her flat stomach and tight abs were revealed. He smothered his reaction, afraid Mariel would mistake a groan for disapproval. Smooth, golden skin fed his hunger an appetizer.
“You have control,” he told her. “If you tell me to stop, I’ll stop.”
Mariel peeked through her lashes and nodded.
He lifted the shirt higher, stared at her breasts, and bit back another sound. God of All, they made him salivate, but he tapped more of his self-control.
Finally, the shirt was over her head and joined his on the floor. Mariel’s arms stayed locked at her sides like a soldier at attention.
Kas moved around her and climbed onto the bed next to her. “Lie on your side, facing me.”
“I do not know,” she said, whisper light.
Again his chest felt as if it had crushed inward. No woman should be made to believe she was ugly. None should feel shame about her body. He wanted to beat bloody any man who’d ever looked at her wrong.
Mariel expelled a long breath as if she’d resolved herself to do what he’d asked. She stretched out alongside him, chest to chest, her right arm pillowing her head.

He leaned over and planted a soft kiss on her cheek and lips. “Touch me.”

Author Bio

Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy. She is a features writer for Fresh Fiction and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.

Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency.

When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Danes (so far).

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Please welcome Angel Lover author Tricia Skinner to Diane’s Book Blog. 

What is your favorite part of the story, ANGEL LOVER? 

I’m a sucker for the quiet moments. In Angel Lover, my favorite scene has Mariel and Kas sharing a meal. At that point in the story, both are suffering from denial. They refuse to trust the sexual tension developing between them, but they can’t completely ignore it. 

How long did it take you to write Angel Lover?

Tricky question because this went through some serious revision after the first draft was completed. Let’s see. It took about four months to get the first draft written and through my critique partners. Then it went to the publisher and was shelved for a few months due to backlog. When it came back from my editor, I had about a month to revise it to include her suggestions. Then it sat around again until the big editor could take a look. Ha! No one said the publishing process is fast. 

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

Oh, Kas, without a doubt. He’s a wonderful hero. I love his open sense of humor, and he’s a geek like I am. We’d spend a lot of time quoting our favorite action movies. I’d probably get tired of him singing 60s and 70s classics, but I’d counter with every Duran Duran tune I could remember.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Truth? Angel Lover, simply because it was the most challenging in the series. I always struggle with how much balance to place on the action and the romance. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and forget that two people need to get some lovin’ going. I hope readers feel I found that balance.

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

I’m working on three projects. One is a novella called Angel Hunter, set in the Angel Assassins universe. It follows one of the characters from Angel Kin, which came as a surprise because readers pleaded with me to give him his own book. The other two projects are completely different from my angels. One is a trilogy and the other is…well, it’s much darker than anything I’ve written so far. I’m thrilled!


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