Friday, March 31, 2017

Pre-Release Author Interview with Tibby Armstrong @tibbyarmstrong #SurrenderTheDark

Surrender the Dark
By Tibby Armstrong

May 23, 2017 | 263 Pages

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Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by to find out what the lovely Tibby Armstrong is up to. She was kind enough to grant me an extended interview because, well, I just had so many question and tidbits that I wanted to give light to. I hope this piques your interest in Surrender the Dark and Tibby's work in general. I know Tibby is happy to answer any questions you might have, so don't hesitate to comment below :)
You can read my full review of Surrender the Darkhere. 
INTERVIEW

Hi, my friend Tibby, I'm so glad you could share some insights into your big new paranormal project with us. Thank you for being here. I believe this is your first writing venture into the paranormal world, is that right?

My first published writing venture into PNR! The first three unpublished novels I wrote were all PNRs. It’s my first love, along with Urban Fantasy. 

How long has Tibby Armstrong been writing/publishing books?

I’ve been writing seriously since I was 35. Before then, I would have to have called myself a dabbler!

Can you tell us if you were inspired by other PNR authors? Favorites?

Oh, so many to choose from! I’ll pick from some Fantasy and Urban Fantasy authors too, if you don’t mind?

Charlaine Harris (Sookie of course, but also her Harper Connelly series)
C. S. Pacat (Captive Prince)
Maria V. Snyder (I adore Poison Study!)
Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake is a favorite, kickass heroine)
I just realized that none of these are m/m, so please everyone give me some great dark vampire m/m recs in the comments! I need them!

The setting for this book is Boston. Why Boston?

Before moving to Georgia, I lived in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts for three years. Walking around a city as old as Boston at night is inspirational, to say the least. So much atmosphere, it made my imagination run wild!

Is this vampire book scary?

I think the opening chapter can strike folks as scary or creepy. I don’t generally get scared when reading (and I know what a sweetheart Tzadkiel is underneath it all), so I’m probably not the best judge!

How long have you carried this story/these characters with you?

About three years!

Is there a hero? Heroine?

Two heroes! Benjamin Fuller, vampire hunter, and Tzadkiel Dragoumanos, his nemesis and a vampire.

Benjamin is blind. But he also has a ‘gifted-sight’. Can you explain this?

I’m assuming you are asking why I chose to give him a second sight although he is a blind character? It was a deliberate choice and one over which I struggled.

Ultimately, though I knew it was a trope that had been perhaps used a tad too often, I believed that the magic of the world supported the choice. It also allowed me to share with readers some unique moments during which Benjamin himself explores how he feels about having been blinded as a child. That aspect of his experience fascinated me, and continues to form some of my favorite parts of the novel.

Tzadikiel, the War King, is old. Is he immortal? Or just really long-lived?

Tzadkiel can be killed, but it’s not easy to do. Barring any mayhem, he is immortal.

Do you have a favorite scene, whether it’s the way it came to you or the end result?

The first is the moment when Tzadkiel first sees Benjamin in the Whiskey Tango Lounge. I saw Benjamin myself for the first time in that moment through Tzadkiel’s eyes.

I was going to mention another, but it’s a spoiler!

How should we pronounce Tzadkiel? And can you drawl out the gorgeous way Tzadikiel prounounces Benjamin in Greek? Yum.

Well, there are two pronunciations. The first is the one I prefer, and the second is the one I put in the book to make it easier on readers.

Zad-key-el
Zuh-dee-key-el
Benjamin’s Greek name is Veniamín, but I had Tzadkiel pronounce it with a B as in the Biblical Greek.

Benjamin starts out as a young boy in the beginning chapters. You aren’t particularly nice to him. Do you have something against children? Lol.

My agent, Deidre Knight, pushed me to up my game in that chapter several times before I struck what I think is the right balance. I am amazed every time I read that chapter that I wrote it, and I can’t thank Deidre enough for pushing me to not look away from the hard moments and write what needed to be written.

Can you tell us a little about Ben’s two best friends, Nyx, and Akito?

Benjamin met Nyx and Akito while in a children’s mental hospital in Boston. Nyx is the child of two of Boston’s most powerful magical leaders, and Akito is a lost soul with a hero complex that feeds his deep need to protect his chosen family—Benjamin and Nyx. I don’t want to give too much away, because each is getting their own book!

Is everyone in the book redeemable, or are there real, true bad guys?

There are some characters who do not choose to be redeemed. The back story for the villains comes out in books two and three. Because of what they have done to the characters in these stories, I can’t see a way for them to be redeemed except by an act of extreme self-sacrifice. I haven’t decided yet whether that is something that will happen. Stay tuned!

Benjamin is an admitted alcoholic. Some readers could be off-put by that. How were you able to handle this tough subject and still allow the reader to care so much about him? 

I think not flinching away from what Benjamin has been through, and by showing him as a child, we gain sympathy for him. That is why it was so important not to flinch away from his accident in the prologue. Establishing character motivation can go a long way toward engendering relatability.

Also, let’s face it. Some demons can only be shut up by twenty pounds of good chocolate or a few fingers of whiskey. Me? I choose the chocolate.

Benjamin and Tzadkiel are just downright hot as hell. Together they exude sexuality. Was it hard to give them both so much sex appeal?

An author doesn’t often have characters leap onto the page who were as easy to write as Benjamin and Tzadkiel. Their motivations sang, and their conflict was genuine. I wondered multiple times how I’d ever get them to stop hating each other long enough to have sex.

All that waiting and hatred, however, translated into some serious sexual tension. It was so much fun to write. I can’t even describe how vivid these scenes were to me. It was a true gift from the Muse!

I know you spent a long time creating these characters and developing the world, were you surprised at anything in particular as this all came together?

Two things. The first was how important it was to understand character motivation for everyone on the page, not only Benjamin and Tzadkiel, in order to write the story.

The second, I already mentioned, but it bears repeating. I was surprised at exactly how difficult it was to get these guys to pounce on each other! Tzadkiel just wanted to bite Ben, and Ben was like, “Bite me.” Having read the book, you’ll understand why that was problematic!

The feeling is very much contemporary, but you definitely delve into other timeframes and settings. How were you able to cover so much ground?

I’m so glad you picked up on this! Boston is such an old city. By making the city a character of sorts in the story I could evoke a time long past without time travel. The fact that Tzadkiel lived through those times and saw the city grow up around him also helped elicit that feeling. His archaic and formal speech patterns—those that are not of a native English speaker—helped too, I think.

Back to the world-building, we see old-Boston walk-ups, subterranean dwellings, ancient Greek mythological settings, a tavern, and even a glimpse of ‘heaven’ (no, I don’t mean in Benjamin’s bedroom). Did you use any graphic images as inspiration? 

Because I lived in Boston, I didn’t need too many graphical representations. An amazing (cough—Lisa—cough) Beta reader found a map for me that is a spoiler if I share it here. That contribution broke the wider plot open for me. The story would not exist in its present form without that map!

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What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope readers have a great read! I also would like them to understand that despite our differences we all have common experiences that can bring us together. No matter how great the divide, we are all human . . . or perhaps vampire, or were, or witch, or fae . . .

Thanks Tibby, as always, you are a delight!
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May 23, 2017 | 263 Pages
The Dark Series

Surrender The Dark
(May 2017)
Taste The Dark
(August 2017)

    Contemporary Paranormal 
    M/M Romance

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    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    5 Star Pre-Release #BookReview - Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong @tibbyarmstrong


    Surrender the Dark
    By Tibby Armstrong

    5 Stars

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    May 23, 2017 | 263 Pages
    The Dark Series
    Surrender The Dark
    (May 2017)
    Taste The Dark
    (August 2017)

    Contemporary Paranormal 
    M/M Romance


    Blurb

    As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

    Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

    After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.
    REVIEW

    How do you tell people about a book that you’re so in love with that, even though you’ve read it over and over…and over, it becomes more cherished with each reading? How do you explain that each scene is better than the last and it would be impossible to choose a favorite part? How do you describe that the author’s words in this romantic and thrilling love story pierced your heart and lifted you away? I guess by asking them to trust you enough to read it.

    Surrender the Dark is a book I have had the most wonderful pleasure of being involved with from early on. I was able to see this story develop through many revisions. And boy, did it evolve. With each rendition it grew wonderfully more complex, compelling and beautiful. I have a rather biased review for you, as you can tell, but please know that this book is special regardless of my rapport with the extraordinary and lovely, Tibby Armstrong.

    CHARACTERS

    Benjamin Fuller – Impertinent, cocky, insolent and cantankerous. And also none of those things. Benjamin is driven, skilled, and deeply, deeply troubled. Quite a package. And all those eccentricities come in the fair-haired lithe and agile form of a blind hunter dressed in leather and weapons.

    Tzadkiel Dragoumanos – Battle-hardened, sophisticated, lethal, and virtuous. As War King, Tzadkiel exudes power and confidence. His unquestionable honor drives his sense of duty, no matter his conflicted heart. 

    Nyx – I believe you are going to completely dig Nyx! One of Benjamin’s two best friends from his youth, and a full-fledged badass all on her own.  Nyx has the wisdom of a sage, the patience of a saint, and the swift acumen to keep a tetchy Benjamin in line.

    Akito – He breaks my heart in this book. I think you might find a little of yourself in Akito. I did. It’s not easy being the ‘regular’ guy.

    STORY

    I won’t say too much here (I want you to discover this all on your own), but this story spans some 20 plus years with exciting and engrossing circumstances that capture you from the very first pages.
    Benjamin’s family has been hunting monstrous vampires for eternity, it is their sworn duty. Benjamin, a hunter born, a hunter bred, is raised to continue his family’s legacy. He and his friends take the responsibility seriously, and they’re good at it, working as a team to protect Boston from these heinous creatures.

    Tzadkiel’s family has been torn apart and now their home, Boston, is at risk of ruin because of an imbalance between warring factions. It is up to Tzadkiel to protect his mora at any cost. And to do this he will need a sacrifice.

    WRITING

    Writing like this proves romance can be so much more than just a scintillating read. This beautiful composition weaves rhythm with harmony, witty repartee with fiery passion, reasoning with turmoil. Tibby Armstrong has amplified her writing prowess exponentially with this book. She skillfully crafts a paranormal romance book that is convincing, sumptuous, and most of all splendidly entertaining.

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    AUTHOR

    Tibby Armstrong has been a romance reader since the age of eleven, when she snuck a very bad historical from her aunt's shelves. In her late twenties, she fell in love with paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Now she writes LGBT contemporary and paranormal stories with strong relationship threads and a healthy helping of steam.

    Blog - Tibby's Blog
    Twitter - +Tibby Armstrong 
    Facebook - Team Tibby
    If you enjoy sexy and fun LGBT contemporary romance, check out the Hollywood Series

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    I would like to thank Tibby Armstrong and Random House-Loveswept for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    #CoverReveal - The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden $25 Amz #GiveAway #MMRom


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    Title: The Rainbow Clause
    Author: Beth Bolden
    Release Date: April 3rd 2017
    Genre: MM Romance, Sports

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    BLURB

    Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody to share it with. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him – because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all.


    Unexpectedly, the solution comes in one neat package: Nick Wheeler, lead journalist for a leading sports and pop culture blog. Hired by Colin’s team, Nick comes to Miami to shine a spotlight on the NFL’s most private quarterback.


    The heat in Miami rises when Nick discovers that Colin is nothing like the hollow personality he pretends to be in interviews and he’s even hotter in person than on his Sports Illustrated cover. Nick knows this is the story of his career, and after spending his teenage years as a bullied, closeted teen, it hits very close to home. What he needs is to help Colin share his story while keeping their growing relationship from boiling over in the press, but what he wants is to tell the world.

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    EXCERPT

    “Not just a pretty cover model, then.” Nick gave him another one of those thoughtful perusals and the blood Colin had just been bragging about fizzed in his veins.

    ebook-cover“I’m going to personally burn your Sports Illustrated,” Colin said without heat. They were definitely flirting; the question was why. Was this just what Nick did? Or did it actually mean something? And what were they going to do together, living in the same house? Flirt until Colin wanted to bang his head against the wall?

    “That,” Nick said, taking a long sip of water, “implies that I only have one copy.”

    No, they were going to flirt until Colin wanted to bang Nick against a wall.



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    About the Author

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    Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with her supportive husband and their beloved cat. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. She’s a fan of fandoms, and spends too much of her free time on tumblr.

    Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published three novels and two short stories, with her next novel, The Rainbow Clause, releasing in April 2017.


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