Hey there all of our Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Teresa D'Amario to our sites today.
Teresa was born in Atlanta, GA the daughter of an Army Soldier during the early stages of the Vietnam war. She spent her childhood traveling from state to state, finally ending up overseas in Germany where she graduated high school six months early.
Her writing career, however, began as a young Airman in the Air Force writing monthly articles for the weekly base paper. The articles ranged from climatological data to full centerfold articles on the destructive forces of hurricanes. As she increased in rank, her writing changed to more technological instruction, including such works as WSR-88D Doppler Radar Data Interpretation Guide for North Carolina Stations, and Station Operating Procedures.
Her early writing wasn’t limited only to the technological side though. Teresa had written multiple dog training and behavior articles for canine websites such as Sonora Canine Freestyle, including her work for the Ask Blackjack column, a fun training instrument presented in the voice of her Labrador retriever who was then just a young pup.
Teresa is married to a wonderful man named Doug, who is also retired Air Force, and they just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They live in North Carolina with their two dogs.
Teresa is the creator of two amazing series, the MAXEY WIZARDS and TRUE MATES. The MAXEY WIZARDS series currently consists of two books, "Tigress by the Tail" and "Lone Wolf". The TRUE MATES series also has two books currently, "She Wolf" and "Dark Succession", though the next installment, "Blood Moon Betrayed", is due out this month.
Teresa's books have gotten rave reviews. Her plot lines are interesting, her characters are endearing and of course there is lots of HOT sex. It has been said that "her books pull me in from the first page and hold my attention until the very last page. D'Amario's books have it all: it's well-written, has believable characters, lots of suspense, and HOT romance." Now if that's not a good enough reason to go out and buy her books, we'll give you another. We're gonna tease you and give you a brief look at what each book is about .
Now that we've learned all about the books, let's get to the interview so we can learn more about the great author behind the books.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Teresa! We’re happy to have you with us today! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!
Teresa: Thanks so much for inviting me! I love dropping in and visiting different blogs. J
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We’d like to start out getting to know you a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Teresa: Now that’s a difficult question. I guess the one thing I can say is I spent a few years in Alaska as a child. I hated it. I hate cold weather in general, and always have, so Alaska was almost like torture for me. Though I do remember how kewl it was to watch King Kong (the original, as a repeat of course) at midnite, when it wasn’t dark.
2) What made you decide to become an author? How long have you been writing?
Teresa: I had always wanted to sit down and write a book, and knew I could easily write romance, but couldn’t seem to come up with plots, until I read paranormal. Then I knew I’d found the one place where I was at home when writing.
3) What do you love to do when you're not writing? Do you have any special hobbies or interests?
Teresa: When I’m not writing, reading or working, I’m playing with the dogs or going to movies. I’m a huge movie buff, which to this day seems to help spark my creativity.
4) Do you have a specific routine you follow when you're getting ready to sit down and write? Anything in particular you always have to have with you?
Teresa: My only routine is to turn off the TV. If the TV is on, I can’t seem to bury myself in the world. Oh and music – if I turn on music there must be no words to it, so I have to have total “Verbal” silence. If the music has words, I start to sing, and trust me, Nobody wants to hear me sing! It scares my writing right out of my head!
5) We would love to hear more about your "Ask Blackjack” column. Can you please tell us more about it and how you decided to do a training column from your dog’s point of view?
Teresa: At the time I was very active on a few dog training message boards. The internet was still fairly new, and I ended up giving a lot of dog training advice to people with Labrador retrievers. Friends kept suggesting I write a book because they loved my advice, but I didn’t want to. There are plenty of great training books out there, and unless I create my own “new style” of training, I didn’t see where I had anything to offer. But the questions kept coming, and so I came up with the idea of something like an Ann Landers type column on my website. But since I wanted to have fun too, I decided to use Blackjack’s voice. At the time, Blackjack was a six month old pup, and the happiest dog you ever met. He can make anyone smile. We answered a lot of questions and had a lot of fun with the column. Blackjack is now thirteen years old, so that tells you how long ago that was. And he still makes everyone smile. J
6) Who are some of your favorite authors and what books are currently in your TBR pile?
Teresa: Oh that’s such a difficult question. I’m sure I’d leave important people out. I can tell you that I love most paranormal romance authors out there. Both small published and NY press books. And right now I can tell you I’m reading Never Cry Wolf, by Cynthia Eden and before that was Lara Adrian. J Like movies though, I can’t say what’s my favorite, cuz I love so many of them out there! I will tell you I’m waiting with breathless anticipation for Larissa Ione’s next one.
7) Can you please tell us a little bit about the MAXEY WIZARDS and TRUE MATES series?
Teresa: The Maxey Wizards are a series about 5 siblings who are magical wizards. Four men and one woman. The series tells how each of the wizards comes into their own only after meeting the mate meant for them. The boys all worked for an organization who they originally believed were to protect human kind when paranormal events occurred. It isn’t until Lance Maxey meets a shapeshifter named Cassie that he realizes the organization is NOT what it appears. Lone Wolf will be re-released very soon, with updated edits, and you’ll be able to see when Krystal Maxey comes nose to nose with a former experiment from the GSA. A shifter who can’t quite remember who or what he is!
True mates is the story more of interspecial behaviors. In other words, all about the local pack behavior, and the interaction between other shifters. The only outside conflict is predominately from other shifters. In some cases there are human mates, and in others, it’s pure wild shifters. In SheWolf we meet a half breed who doesn’t even know she’s a half breed, and when she runs into the world of shifters, her life takes a significant change. Will she grab hold? Or will she retreat to the world she already knows? In Dark Succession, our world takes a dark and treacherous turn initiated by the death of a pack leader which occurs in the first few pages of SheWolf. Ryland inherits a pack who’s social skills need serious work, and after bringing home a female he claims is his True Mate, his pack starts to die one at a time. Is she to blame? Or is something even darker than his own history haunting the shadows of this unexpected pack?
For Blood Moon Betrayed, the death and murder comes full circle. When Sean rescues a human from the clutches of her would be killers, he opens a pandora’s box of pain and death. Can their newfound love survive the deepest of losses? Or will fear and blame throw them into a world of chaos?
8) Can you give us some information on what we can expect as the MAXEY WIZARDS series progresses; maybe tell us when/if we can expect a third book in the series?
Teresa: I’m not sure when book three is going to come out, but in book three Jared will meet his match in Serena, a cougar bred and trained as a killer. The Maxey family will be revealed, as well as some of the goals of the GSA.
9) How many books do you have planned for each series?
Teresa: The Maxey series has a plan for 5 books, and the True Mates doesn’t exactly have a set number of books planned, though in the 4th book I’ll be bringing in fresh characters, as we move from North Carolina to Alabama.
10) What's next for Teresa D'Amario? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?
Teresa: Well in the coming months you will see first Blood Moon Betrayed, then you will see the rerelease of Lone Wolf, and after that, the newest in the True Mates series, which is loosely titled Savage Mate.
111) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Teresa: Mostly I’d love to tell all my readers how much I adore them! Without them there would be nobody to write my stories for, and to know that someone read and enjoyed one of my books is enough to throw me into an awesome high. So don’t hesitate to drop me a line now and then. Even if I’m slow, I’ll still be there sending out emails. I love you all!
Teresa, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us. We hope to have you back on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION again in the future.
Teresa: I have really enjoyed this. What great questions you had!
If you would like to find out more about Teresa and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.
Teresa's Website: http://teresadamario.com/index.html
CONTEST: Teresa is offering up an ebook copy of SHE WOLF, the first book in her TRUE MATES series. If you have a Kindle, Tersa will give you a Kindlegraph, otherwise you will get the regular ebook version.
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