Of Love and Darkness
Twisted Fate, Book One
Genre: Paranormal, Shifters
Publisher: Soul Mates Publishing
Date of Publication: June 24, 2015
Number of pages: 181
Word Count: 60k
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
OF LOVE AND DARKNESS kicks off the new Twisted Fate shape-shifter series. There are two kinds of shifters: Rakshasa and Light Ones. Rakshasa want to snack on human bones. Light Ones want to protect the humans.
Unfortunately, the Rakshasa are currently winning the battle, as the Light Ones are not fertile. Only one type of Light One, exceedingly rare females called Chala, are able to produce offspring. The Rakshasa know this, and have managed to nearly decimate the population.
Enter Gavin Rowan, a cursed Rakshasa who believes he is a Light One. He feels all his Rakshasa urges to kill, but has been cursed to protect the Light Ones instead.
Throw Sydney Amataya into the mix. She is a Chala– except she doesn't know it. At least not until Gavin saves her from a Rakshasa attack and then declares her as his mate.
But that’s not how Sydney operates. Encouraged by her cross-dressing Fate, William, she refuses Gavin’s claim. If he wants to mate with her–once she gets over the shock of discovering this supernatural world, that is–he's going to have to woo her, impress her, wine and dine her. Romance her. She deserves no less, end of the world be damned.
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Tami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they've overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.
Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and Soul Mates Publishing. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.
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Please welcome Of Love and Darkness author Tami Lund to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Of Love and Darkness?
I love the way Gavin gradually comes to respect and appreciate Sydney, without realizing it’s happening. Since he’s cursed to believe he’s a Light One, he’s naturally thrilled to have (as he thinks) inadvertently mated with the last Chala on earth. But when Sydney refuses to accept his claim and insists he court her instead, we get to watch Gavin gradually fall for her, despite himself. I loved writing that aspect of the book.
How long did it take you to write Of Love and Darkness?
The first draft only took a month or so, back in 2010. Then I kept going back to it, editing, tweaking. Entered it in a couple of contests, received good feedback. Actually wrote all three books in the series (rough drafts). Sent it to a few publishers. Then I moved on and started working on the Lightbearer Series and basically forgot about this one. I contracted the first Lightbearer book with Liquid Silver Books, and shortly thereafter, Soul Mates offered a contract for that same book. I told them I had already sold it to someone else, but I had this one, if they were interested? They were, and here we are today!
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
Actually, Of Love and Darkness is my current favorite. I love the world I’ve built, I love the characters I’ve introduced so far, and since I happen to know where the series is going, I’m excited to see what readers think about what’s in store next.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’m not sure if Nora Roberts is my favorite author, but her book, Birthright, is my all time favorite book. I love the characters, how real they are. I love the second chance at love trope. It’s my favorite. I love the mystery and suspense built into the book, and the secondary storylines, and how there were actually quite a few happily ever afters by the end. It’s really a magnificent book, and I strive to write like that, every single day.
What is your typical day like?
Insane. I work a day job, write books, edit books, and take care of two kids, a dog, and occasionally pay attention to my husband. I rarely sit down to watch movies or television. If I am sitting, the laptop is almost always in front of me, and I’m doing something writing-related. I even use my lunch hours at the day job to write.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I usually have multiple works in progress going at the same time, so if I hit a wall with one, I switch to another. I also write multiple genres, so usually switching to a totally different genre will do it. If none of this works, I read. Reading a quality book by another author always inspires me to get back to work writing my own.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I just finished the first draft of the fourth Lightbearer book, which is called Change in the Light. If you’ve read this series, you know it’s about magical beings called Lightbearers and the shifters who hate to love them. This book actually takes the reader to a new shifter pack, where the pack master ends up falling for a human, which is a big no-no. I hope readers like Josh and his pack, because they will take over several upcoming books in the series.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
No real preference between paperback and hardcover, but “real” books and ebooks both have their positive traits. I love reading paperbacks or hardcovers because you can see how far you are in the book, and whether or not you will be able to go to sleep soon or pull an all-nighter, because the book is that good. I also love to look at book covers while reading, and paperbacks/hardcovers allow me to do that easily. On the other hand, ebooks are easy to transport anywhere and everywhere. I have gotten stuck in traffic and pulled up my latest read on my phone before.
Paw Print Bracelet (picture attached)
Lightbearer collection – all three books currently available in the series (Ebooks)
Into the Light – first book in the Lightbearer series – free (Ebook)