Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wicked Awakening by Calinda B with Interview


1)      First, tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I live in Washington State with the man of my dreams and two red-head cats, overlooking the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Kids are handsome grown young men who live elsewhere.

2)      How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing fiction for three years. I’ve written other types of technical, website content kinds of writing for many years.

3)      Do you have a favorite place to write?

I have a great space to write. Big windows overlook the trees and the water. I get to watch ospreys and eagles soar overhead. We have a three story house so it’s like we’re in the trees, too.

4)      Why did you decide to write A Wicked Awakening?

A Wicked Awakening was a big awakening for me as well as the character. It started out as a “coming out” story about a young woman who had a traumatic experience in her childhood, overcame it and went on to become this amazingly powerful individual (I think each one of us has an epic tale inside and we can each be a superhero in our own lives). I made it such that the character has to access her sexy self in order to become this über powerful character. Not only that, her power depends on her being in a sexy, loving place. As you know, sometimes we just don’t feel sexy, loving, or all that cool so this can put a damper on her abilities. And, as Cherie starts to own and learn about her powers, she discovers all these Earth rules that kick in.  For instance, she has the ability to heal others but her physical form weakens and fades away when she attempts a healing (this starts to really come about in the revised Wicked Whispering, re-released late Dec.). In addition, just when she thinks she has things figured out, a curve ball gets thrown in her direction, making her have to learn new skills or ways of dealing with the situation.

5)      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

I’m in love with Cameron Delaney Tyson. I wrote the best of all the lovers I’ve ever had into him. He’s got flaws, quirks, a huge heart and a willingness to grow. Sexy as sin itself. And man, oh, man does that guy love to have sex with his woman!! He’s a creative lover, willing to try just about anything.

6)      How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Hmmm, I love all my characters. Even slimy Joe Dallas or evil Jill Primcott. They each give me an avenue to explore different characteristics and qualities. When I’m having a bad day, I love to pour some of my mood into the evil characters in the books!

7)      Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I have one of the best kick-ass, boss dog editors around! She’s a hoot to work with, makes no bones about telling me when something doesn’t work and gives me lots of support!

8)      What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m an avid scuba diver. I love to scuba with my partner and do the usual things that divers do after a dive - eat, laugh, drink and laugh some more.

9)      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I’m always listening to books via Audible. Standard favorite authors are Karen Marie Moning and JR Ward. I’ve been enjoying Carl Weber’s books, as well as Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries. I recently read Katy Evans series about Remington Tate “Riptide” - and not for the story, but for the sexy!

10)   What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

Q. Hey, Calinda, do you ever wish you actually lived in the worlds you create?

A. Who says I don’t? (grins) Actually, who wouldn’t want to wake up one day and find that you had super powers that you could only access when you were turned on? Imagine, your body streaming with electricity, being able to whip up gourmet meals just because you visualized them, being whisked into the galaxy to have ecstatic sex with your lover, while incarnating on Earth again and again to have physical sex with your Earth bound lover. Sounds heavenly!

The Wicked, #1

Nominated for Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy 2013 eFestival of Words Award Nominations! 

Chérie's got her hands full. Forces of evil want to destroy her. A powerful invisible guardian and his flaming haired associate are messing with her mind. Meanwhile, her gorgeous boyfriend wants to have sex with her all the time. Will she claim her destiny as a passionate, sexually potent cosmic force before darkness consumes her?

Chérie Abella Manhattan is in for a surprise. She thought she was just an ordinary aerobics instructor and adventure-loving woman living with her handsome, hard-bodied blond lover, Cam Tyson. Turns out she's one of the most powerful beings in the universe - she's a Galaxy Dancer, capable of using her potent sexual energy to transform not only herself, but the people she loves. 

When she meets a mysterious, dark-haired man, her life begins a series of strange, unfathomable transformations. She starts to see people who weren't there a minute ago. She starts to glow when she makes love. She'd always dreamed of being a big deal; she just hadn't thought she'd be an "out of this world" big deal.

All she has to do is face a few fears, sort through a few lies, get over a broken heart or two and accept who she is. That's the easy part. The hard part will be dealing with the sexy, sexy man known as Kayden, who can't, or just won't, leave her to her alone.


The Wicked, #2

Unable to accept his girlfriend's paranormal abilities as a Galaxy Dancer, Cameron Delaney Tyson took off to explore his own dark demons. Now he's left with no girlfriend, a lot of time on his hands and a terrifying creature from another galaxy stalking him - something called a Star Dreamling.

Only through facing this predatory cat-beast can he make amends with his abusive past and claim his powerful future. Will that be enough to be able to win his girlfriend back? Cam Tyson sure hopes so. And he's willing to risk dying if that's what it takes to recapture his heart - the beautiful woman and star being known as Chérie Abella Manhattan.

Available Now:

Wicked Whispering
The Wicked, #3
Six foot five. Dreamy green, gold and blue eyes like a far-away galaxy. Multi-hued hair. The ability to sense the desperate longings and dark secrets of everyone he comes in contact with. Kai Williams has always felt like the family freak. When his old pal Cam Tyson arrives on his Caribbean isle, star dreamling and other-worldly girlfriend in tow, will he embrace the mysterious world he’s being shown, finally accepting his incredible power, or will he sink deep into the darkness that’s threatening to destroy him and all he loves?

Wicked Whispering will be completely revised  and re-released on Dec. 21.

An award-winning web designer and certified SEO specialist, Calinda B has worked in the Internet industry as a web page designer/developer since the early 1990's. She has also taught web site design and computer graphics at community colleges in Northern California. In addition to writing, Calinda B creates fine art and music, and enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and bike riding. Calinda B makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life and her two cats. She is currently working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending, or the third book in The Beckoning Series or maybe those are done and she's working on.... She loves to write and does it daily.

$20.00 gift card and 3 eBooks of A Wicked Awakening

12/16 - 01/18 - Calinda B's A WICKED AWAKENING Blog Tour

12/16 Night Owl Reviews (Spotlight)

12/16 Read More Romance (Spotlight)

12/17  Book Monster Reviews (guest post)

12/18  Josie Cara Blog (Spotlight)

12/19  Charlene Blogs (guest post)
12/20 Monlatable Book Reviews (Spotlight)

12/22 Tome Tender (Spotlight)

12/24 Mythical Books (Guest Post)

12/26 Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews (spotlight)

12/28 Just Paranormal Romance (Spotlight)

12/30 Coffee Talk Writers (Spotlight)

1/01  Myla Jackson's Blog (Spotlight)

1/02  Elle James Blog (Spotlight)

1/5 Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My (Guest Post)

1/6 Eclipse Reviews (Interview)

1/7 Author Karen Swart (Spotlight)

1/7 Bookin' It Reviews (Guest Post)

1/9 Romance Junkies (Interview)

1/10 Book Pages and Dripping Ink (Spotlight)


1/12 Mad Hatter Reads (Spotlight)

1/14 Darkest Cravings (Spotlight)
1/14 For the Love of Bookends (Spotlight)

1/14 Why I Can’t Stop Reading (Guest Post)

1/15 Wicked readings by Tawania (Spotlight/Review)

1/16  Bitten by Books (interview)

1/17 Who's Reviews (Review)

1/17 You Gotta Read Reviews (Spotlight)

1/18 Dalene's Book Reviews (Interview)

1/18 I Smell Sheep (Guest Post)

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