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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Changed by Heather MacKinnon: Interview & Giveaway

Heather MacKinnon

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Heather MacKinnon

Date of Publication:  10/31/16


Number of pages: 225
Word Count: 76,800

Cover Artist: DesignsbyDanielle

Tagline: A captivating novel that explores the link between love, possession, and the lighter side of the myths that lurk in the dark.

Book Description:

Adrienne’s post-college plans were shattered the night she was attacked. She woke up in the basement of a restaurant and finds she can see perfectly in the dark, is stronger than she’d ever been before, and can move impossibly fast.

Testing her new limits, Adrienne zips down a NYC street, passing people by in a blur, only to be stopped by a strange man who’s stronger than she is now. Nicholas explains that she’s been Changed into a vampire, like him. Adrienne is forced to accept the strange turn her life has taken, but struggles with the growing feelings she has for Nicholas. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the man who Changed her shows back up, insisting she’s his property.

Now she’s on the run from a centuries old vampire who’s determined to make her his wife. Can Adrienne outrun and outsmart the man who Changed her into a vampire? If she sticks with Nicholas, the vampire who’s taught her all she knows, she might have a chance. As long as their budding romance doesn’t get in the way.



“Adrienne.” I watched his lips sound out my name. “Just what the hell did you think you were doing?”
Not a fan of being scolded, I crossed my arms over my chest. “What did it look like I was doing?”
I watched him take a deep breath, his nostrils flaring. “It looked as if you were running full speed down a New York City street in full view of humans.”
“As opposed to a street in full view of aliens?” I scoffed and rolled my eyes.
“This isn’t a joke, Adrienne.” I liked the way he said my name. “Do you know how bad it would have been if someone had seen you? Luckily the only people on this street are the meth heads a few doors down and no one would believe them if they talked.”
“How do you know they’re meth heads?”
“I could taste it.”
“How could you taste–”
“Enough!” He yelled, and I jumped a little. I watched him take another breath as if to compose himself. “Excuse me, I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m trying to convey to you the gravity of this situation.”
Standing there effectively cowed, I waited for him to continue. His eyes narrowed as he looked me up and down. “How old are you?”
“Twenty-two. What does that have to do with anything?”
He ignored my question and shook his head. “No, how long have you been Changed?”
Now it was my turn to narrow my eyes at him. “Changed into what?”
He stood there looking at me for a moment longer before he sighed and rubbed his hand against the back of his neck. “That explains a few things,” he said quietly, almost to himself.
“Well, that’s great for you but it explains nothing.”
He sighed again. “Where is your maker?”
“My what?” It was like this guy was speaking another language. He sighed a third time, and I’d had enough. “Do you think you could quit sighing and tell me who you are at least?”
He looked abashed. “Excuse me. Where are my manners? My name is Nicholas. Can you tell me when you awoke?”
“Awoke?” Who talks like that? “I awake every day.”
He shook his head. “That’s not what I meant. When was it you awoke and noticed a change in your senses? Better vision, sense of smell, greater strength?”
Oh. That change.
“Just tonight. I left my friend’s party and woke up a few hours later in the basement of a Chinese food restaurant over there.” I pointed in the general direction of the store.
“Was there anyone there with you when you awoke? Do you remember how you got there?”
“No. I was alone and I don’t know how I got there.”

Nicholas seemed to be deep in thought, his thick, dark eyebrows drawn together forming a crease between the two. Seeming to decide something, he nodded his head and held out his hand. “All right then, come with me.”

About the Author:

Heather MacKinnon is an author living in the research triangle in North Carolina with her husband and two troublemaking dogs. She grew up on Long Island and spent her young adult years in various states in New England.

This led to her subsequent addiction to Dunkin’ Donuts latte’s and her gratuitous use of the word “wicked”. She’s tried her hand at many jobs throughout the years as she strove to find the one that made her happy. Heather has sold chicken, kitchen knives, auto body supplies, PR packages, and computer software. She’s been a cashier, a waitress, a cook, a hotel concierge, a phlebotomist, and an Uber driver. Though her jobs have been many, her passion has always been reading.

She’d hide in the bathroom and read between sales calls, or find a lonely corner in the kitchen and whip out her kindle between waiting on tables. After a lifetime of enjoying other people’s words, she decided to write down some of her own.

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Please welcome Heather MacKinnonto Diane’s Book Blog. 

What is your favorite part of the story, Changed? 

I’d have to say my favorite part of Changed was when Nicholas took Adrienne up to the training facility and the various tasks he gave her. A particularly fun part to write was when she was tasked with peeling an orange and she had to not only catch it without it bursting in her hand, but then had to try to peel it without mauling the fruit.

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

I think Anthony would be a fair choice. Although he’d have to burrow under the sand or find a cave during the day, I’m thinking having an actual Roman gladiator with me would significantly improve my survival odds.

What inspired you to write your first book?

About ten years ago, I wrote a full-length novel that was heavily influenced by Twilight (Eclipse had just been released, cut me some slack!). So I’d have to say the Twilight series was my biggest influence. Thankfully, that first book is buried somewhere in cyberspace and I took the prologue and first chapter of that original book and wrote the rest from scratch.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I need to knock on a whole lot of wood here, but I haven’t hit a writer’s block yet. I’m going to send a quick prayer to the writing gods before I’m smote for saying that. But really, I haven’t. I think a part of the reason why I’ve yet to have a block, is I spend a lot of my workday thinking and plotting my books. I’m an Uber/Lyft driver and anytime I have a quiet passenger, I don’t force conversation; I get lost in my head and think up new scenes and situations and obstacles for my characters to overcome. So far, that thinking time has prevented any blocks. Once I quit this job, I might have to take long aimless drives to make up for the loss, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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

My new book is another paranormal romance called Shift. It’s set in North Carolina (where I live now) and is about a lawyer who takes a vacation in the mountains and is attacked by an animal that turns out to be a serial killing werewolf. Her attacker is interrupted so she survives, but his bite is enough to turn her world upside down. Over the next month, she has to learn how to deal with becoming a werewolf, along with figuring out where she fits into this tight-knit pack. I’ll be releasing this book before the end of the year!

What book are you reading now?

I just started Heir of Skies (The Starbright Series Book 1) by Rachel Higginson. She’s the author of one of my favorite series, Love and Decay. If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should!

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks? 

I’m on my second Kindle. The Paperwhite was a total gamechanger. Although I love the feel and the smell of a good paperback, they’re too hard to read in the dark and I’m a night owl. The Kindle Paperwhite just fits my life perfectly!

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

Thanks for taking a chance on me. I know there are millions of other books out there and you didn’t have to, so really, thanks so much. I promise to keep improving and writing as much as I can. So, stick around, things are only going 


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