Sunday, January 29, 2012

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Donna Grant

Happy Sunday Monsters and Addicts!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome Donna Grant back to our sites today.

Donna Grant is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, erotic, and paranormal.

Donna was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, three cats, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who’s learned to cook far more than frozen chicken nuggets.

Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as THE DRUIDS GLEN, THE SHIELDS, THE ROYAL CHRONICLES, the SISTERS OF MAGIC, DARK SWORD and the new upcoming DARK WARRIORS series.  For a complete look at Donna's backlist of incredible books and buy links for every book click HERE.

Today we are helping Donna promote her DARK SWORD series.  This series currently has five (5) books:
 Book #1 - "Dangerous Highlander"
Book #2 - "Forbidden Highlander"
Book #3 - "Wicked Highlander"
Book #4 - "Untamed Highlander" 
 Book #5 - "Shadow Highlander"
Book #6 - "Darkest Highlander" - Coming January 31

The sixth and last book of the DARK SWORD series is "Darkest Highlander", which will be released on January 31.  But don’t worry! Although the DARK SWORD series is ending, the story and characters will be weaved into the new series DARK WARRIORS, which will start in May 2012, starting with the first book of the series "Midnight's Master".

If you are not familiar with this phenomenal series, we highly recommend you check it out.  It's one of our favorite series.  It's got sexy highland warriors with vengeful gods imprisoned in their souls, druids with incredible powers and a really evil bitch that you just love to hate!! 

Here's a look at the books in DARK SWORD series:


"Dangerous Highlander"

A DANGEROUS MAN…
He is magnificently strong — and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

A DANGEROUS PASSION…
Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…


"Forbidden Highlander"

A DANGEROUS SECRET…
Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet – fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king’s aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.

A WILD DESIRE…
Rumors swirl around the castle about “The McLeod” but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more – not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…


"Wicked Highlander"

A HEART IN CHAINS…
The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkness in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love…

A PASSION UNBOUND…
Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is the most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test…


"Untamed Highlander"

DEVIL IN THE FLESH
Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation…

ANGEL IN HIS ARMS
Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all…


"Shadow Highlander"

HE CAN FEEL HER MAGIC
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…

CAN HE FREE HER SOUL?
Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day…


"Darkest Highlander"
Release Date:  January 31, 2012

HE IS HER SALVATION
For years, Broc has watched over her, protected her—and hidden his love for her. But when his beautiful Sonya finds herself in a hopeless situation, the Highlander flies to her side to save her. Unfortunately, before the Druidess can thank him, Broc is captured by his enemy and destined for eternal pain…

SHE IS HIS DESTINY
Sonya vows to help her noble warrior, though he is imprisoned in a mountain of pure evil—bound in chains of the darkest magic. With Sonya’s own magic fading, she must summon the greatest power of all to save the man she loves. But even if these two hearts are united, will they be strong enough to defeat the heart of darkness? Or will their undying love doom them for all eternity…?

Don't they sound incredible?  They most certainly are and we highly recommend that you grab them NOW!!  Before you head over to your favorite bookseller and start buying the books, let's start the interview so we can learn more about the amazing woman behind the books….


DONNA GRANT INTERVIEW


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Donna!  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to come back and chat with us.  We’re so happy to have you here with us again!

Donna: Thanks, Carla!   I’m so happy to be here.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Donna: I wear a size 3 shoe in kids. J  I’m allergic to (and hate) chocolate (gives me migraines).  I have naturally curly hair that has a mind of its own.



2)  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Donna: That one is hard to answer, because I don’t really remember.  I always had stories in my mind, and I constantly had a romance in my hand.  I would spend time telling my hubby about a story and how I thought I’d do it, and so he suggested I write my own book.  So I did. J  And loved it!




3)  Do you have any interesting writing quirks or things that you must have with you to begin the writing process?

Donna: lol.  No.  I’ve been writing since before my kiddos were born, so I learned very early on how to write with infants in my lap, with and without music, through screaming kids, and any number of things. 

I do find my best work time is in the morning.  I can’t mess around in the morning and then write later.  I have to get writing first thing. J




4)  What is a typical day like in the life of Donna Grant?

Donna: Um...well, get the kids off to school, work out, read emails, go to FaceBook and maybe Twitter.  Then I open my current WIP and begin writing no later than 8:30am.  I’ll write until lunch, where I’ll take an hour, and then I’m back at it until I have to go get the kids at 2:30.  During that time I get my 20 pages done.

5)  What are some of your hobbies, or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?

Donna: I love to travel.  Watching movies, catching up on TV series I might have missed, and of course read.  My husband does triathlons, so I’ll go with him and support him.


6)  What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?

Donna: Supernatural. (Hmm...Dean. J).  I love Vampire Diaries, Kitchen Nightmares with Gordan Ramsey, Ghost Hunters, The Mentalist, Hell on Wheels, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS:LA, Secret Circle, Haven, and too many more to name.  lol

We DVR everything, and then catch up when we can.  Except for my absolute favs – Supernatural and Vampire Diaries.  Those I watch each week.


7)  Do you like to listen to music when you write?  If so, what genre or musical artist most inspires you?

Donna: I do.  My preference is soundtracks.  I love the King Arthur soundtrack.  Thor, The Immortals, and the new Three Musketeers are good ones.  I’ve got lots, and I tend to pick a different one to listen to for each book.  ;)




8)  Do you have a personal favorite book among those you have written so far?  Maybe one that holds special meaning for you, etc?

Donna: Not really.  Each book that I’m writing is my favorite for varying reasons.  The most is because I get so involved with those characters.  That’s what is so fun about writing I series.  I don’t have to leave favorite characters behind because I can bring them into other stories.




9)  If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would it be, and what would you want to do?

Donna: Ohhh...good question.  Let’s see...maybe Isla from UNTAMED HIGHLANDER.  To be forced to use black magic to save her family, but yet be able to overcome that dark magic.  She’s strong!

10)  If you could have any one super power, which would you like to have and why that power?

Donna: Oh, easy.  I’d teleport like Fallon (FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER).  I get motion sickness, so no more flying!  Yay!!!


11)  You've written many novels in different genres of romance.  Which is your favorite genre to write in?

Donna: I love them all, but my first love has always been historical.  I don’t know why, it just draws me, just as Scotland does.

12)  "Darkest Highlander" will be the sixth and last book in the DARK SWORD series.  Can you give us any juicy tidbits of what we can expect in Broc's book?
 
Donna: Nope.  Lol.

Seriously, there is so much that happens in the book that will answer all the emails I get asking why it’s turning into the DARK WARRIORS series. 



13)  What can we expect in your new DARK WARRIORS series?  Can you give us some details about the series?

Donna: The DW series is just a continuation of the DS series.  Same characters, same storyline with some surprises and even a new villain. 

You can still expect the same hunky Highlanders, Druids, magic, and all the sexiness I put in my books. Trust me, you’re going to want to read these to find out what happens!



14)  Who's books will be coming up in the DARK WARRIORS series?

Donna: First up is Logan.  MIDNIGHT’S MASTER will release May 22, 2012.

Then there will be Ian’s.  MIDNIGHT’S LOVER will release June 26, 2012

I don’t have titles for the next 6, but here’s the hero and release dates:
Camdyn – Nov 2012
Ramsey – Dec 2012

Arran – June 2013
Charon – July 2013

Phelan – Nov 2013
Malcolm – Dec 2013



15)  What other projects do you have coming up that you can share with us?
 
Donna: I’m so very excited to say that there will be a spin off series to the DS/DW titled DARK KINGS.  The “Dark” in all three connects them.  And the DARK KINGS heroes will have lots of interconnecting with the DARK WARRIORS!



The first three DARK KINGS books will be out Summer 2012 with three exclusive eNovellas introducing my dragon shifters!

Again, no titles, but heroes and release dates are:

Hal – August 2012
Guy – September 2012
Banan – October 2012


So, from May – Dec 2012, I’ll back back to back releases!


16)  What has been the most rewarding experience of your career so far?

Donna: Connecting to readers.  I love hearing how a reader has connected with a book or character.  Seeing them pick their favorite in a series, is so much fun!



17)  What legacy do you hope to leave your readers with?

Donna: I hope to leave books that they can go back to time and again, and characters that stay with them long after they’ve finished the book.




18)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

Donna: I love to hear from readers, so don’t hesitate to email me with questions or comments!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Donna, thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.  We would love to have you back again in May for the beginning of the DARK WARRIORS series and the release of "Midnight's Master" if you’re interested.

Donna: You bet!


DON'T FORGET:  Donna will be available to chat Live with members, followers, fans and guests in the LITERAL ADDICTION Author Chatroom from 2:00 - 3:00pm EST (1-2pm Central/11-12pm Mountain/Pacific).


If you'd like to find out more about Donna's books, please visit her WEBSITE or you can follow her on FACEBOOK, TWITTER or GOODREADS.















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CONTEST:

Donna is giving away an autographed paperback of "Shadow Highlander" or an eBook of "Shaow Magic" (winner's choice)to a winner from Book Monster and a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION (over on their site).

TO ENTER:
Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!

33 comments:

Eli Yanti said...
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Eli Yanti said...

I wish one day you can travel to my country - Indonesia, we have a beautiful beach - Bali, they called beach of the island of god ;)

Ballets is my fave dance too when i was child ;)

your book sounds great and i love the cover of shadow magic, so beautiful :)

eli_y83@yahoo.com

Iread2xs said...

I am one of Donna's Dolls so I want to know her work better while i'm helping introduce people to her a a new author for them. I ain't to proud to beg. PICK ME, Please, i'm a good girl!!!
Julie
Iread2xs@ymail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I never read any books by Donna before , but I heard many great things about her. I really2 wish I can meet Donna one day and ask her about her balet and romance writing experience . I love balet too, unfortunately am not a good dancer. I wish to know which balet story Donna love so much. Is it swan lake like me, or maybe the nutcracker ? Wish you all the best Donna , aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

I love ballet performances, and I think ballerinas are ultra graceful. I wished I learnt it when I was really young, cause now that I'm older, it's much harder for me to pick it up (curse you inflexibility!). Haha. Singapore's an island, so you're close to the beach no matter where you are.:)

Shadow Magic sounds amazing, and I'd really love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

CYP
cypsays_hi[@]hotmail.com

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Donna knows how much I love her books. She's about the only author just about that feeds my druids needs!

I too am apart of her Donna Dolls.

Raonaid at gmail dot com

miki said...

It's again a new discovery for me ( and i love it) thanks you for this great interview

gfc: miki

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Nicole said...

I hope one day I get the chance to do some travelling. Love your books and great interview.
nnobles5@aol.com

Filia Oktarina said...

I never read any books by Donna before , i hope can have chance to read Donna book.
Shadow Magic sounds amazing, and I'd really want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

filiafantasy@gmail.com

Kathy said...

Thank you! I have just been recently introduced to Donna Grant. I love Highlanders and the paranormal and I'm really excited to start reading the Dark Sword series. I'm also intrigued with the spin offs, Dark Warriors and Dark Kings (I really love dragon-shifters!) The interview was great, looking forward to some great reads. Once again, thank you!

Kathy Meyers
km91759@aol.com

Simply Kayla said...

Great Interview! I have never read any of Donna Grant's books, they look like they'd be good! I will have to add her books to my to-buy list! I love all of the cover art! I like to watch ballet but I can't dance it lol.

kayla.s.graham at gmail.com

Victoria said...

Donna's books are great. I love that she'd teleport due to motion sickness :). I don't suffer from it but one of my sons does and it can make travel a nightmare.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelle said...

I absolutely can't wait until I get Broc's book, I need to know whats happening next!

Donna really surprised me with her writing style and I am steadily working through her back catalogue. Highly recommended reading!

Looking forward to the chat :)

mmcmichael79(at)googlemail(dot)com

MaDonna Lemmen said...

I haven't read any of her books yet. But can't wait to read them. Thanks for the interview and contest.

MaDonna

derna4u@yahoo.com

Kassandra said...

Wonderful interview! Donna's covers always catch my eye at the store.

sionedkla@gmail.com

cholub1968 said...

Your books sound great! I would love to win!
Cindy
cholub1968@aol.com

Mary said...

That was a great interview. I love finding new authors and books to read. I would love to win this!

miztik_rose@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

I haven't read a lot of Donna's work but since reading this interview I can not wait to start! Amazing interview ands now I have another author's books to put on my TBR list!!

melissalamb@musfiber.com

Amberia said...

Cool interview! Love historical plots mixed with paranormal.

a_daulton86@yahoo.com

Donna Grant said...

Eli - I'd love to travel to Indonesia!

Julie - lol

Aretha_Zhen - Thank you!

CYP - Oooh! I love beaches!

Rao - :) ::smooches::

Miki - Aw. Thank you!

Nicole - Thanks, sweetie!

Filia - I hope you have a chance to read my books, too! ;)

Kathy - Thank you!

Kayla - lol. I've been blessed by the cover gods, which is a very good thing for an author! lol

Victoria - oh, I feel for your son. Motion sickness just drains me, but I discovered Ginger Gum while in Maui and it helped! I highly recommend it.

Michelle - Awww! Sweetie, you've totally made my day. :)

MaDonna - Thanks! :)

Kassandra - Yay! So glad to hear it.

Cindy - Thank you!

Mary - Thanks!

Melissa - :) Thank you!

Amberia - Thanks. And cool name, BTW!

SdyLion said...

You have some of the sexiest covers along with some of the sexiest leading males in your stories. I am just captivated by the tales you write, each book and series getting more intriguing than the last. You are one of my favorite authors and I am so glad you interviewed with us today.

Amy said...

I have Donna's Highlander books on my wish list and I'd love to read Shadow Highlander. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!.

angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Donna Grant said...

SdyLion - :) Thank you!

Amy - Yay! :)

Evan Blanc said...

One of the best series out there right now. I can never put her books down. I can't wait to read about Broc and Sonyas story. Love me some Donna Grant!!

evan32_08@yahoo.com

Donna Grant said...

Evan - ::smooches:: Thank you!!

slappylilly said...

I enjoyed the chat today. I can't wait to read more of your books.
pamblakekenlilly@yahoo.com

Linda said...

Hi Donna. I love historical romance too & I hope you'll write lots in that subgenre. How could anyone not like chocolate? Anything sweet, sinful & dark has got to be addictive :P

Really like the cover of Echoes of Magic. I'd buy it for the cover alone.

thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

bluesun1218 said...

I love sexy Highlander books I have not read these yet. They sound amazing, can't wait to get them!
bluesun1218@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

I'm surprised that I have never heard of these books before. They look great though, I'm interested.

Donna Grant said...

Pam - Thank you!

Linda - Never fear. Most of my books are historicals. ;)

bluesun1218 - I hope I've enticed you to pick up one of my books.

Andrea - :) Thank you!

Under the Covers said...

After I finish the series I'm reading now, I'll be jumping straight into these ones. It's been awhile since I've read a highlander story with some Druids and such. I can't wait!

And the Dark Warriors series looks promising as well!

Ann
alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

kandj7299 said...

I love Donna Grant's books and I have all of them. She is an awesome writer. Thanks for having this giveaway.

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

mandy saial said...

I ♥ Donna Grant!!
She is one of the few authors that mix historical and Paranormal Romance.
Oh, not to forget ....Druids !!!
Donna,Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

mandy saial
msaial@yahoo.com