Book Monster Reviews & LITERAL ADDICTION are happy to welcome author Amanda Bonilla to our sites today.
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
Amanda is the creator of the urban fantasy series SHAEDE ASSASSIN and the paranormal romance (eBook shorts) series SEXY SHIFTERS.
Today we are helping Amanda promote the newest release in her SHAEDE ASSASSIN series, "Crave the Darkness" which was just released on March 5, 2013. Amanda also released a new addition to her SEXY SHIFTERS series in February, and we'll be checking that out too. If you are not familiar with both these incredible series, fear not! We have posted the synopses below for you to check out…
SHAEDE ASSASSIN series
When Shadows Call
(Shaede Assassin #0.5)
But when an enigmatic stranger comes to call, Darian finds herself charmed by his seductive smile and the inexplicable connection she feels. And when he makes her a thrilling—yet frightening—proposition, Darian must decide if she’s strong enough to abandon the mortal world she knows and answer the shadow’s call…
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Shaedes of Gray
(Shaede Assassin #1)
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.
When Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished…
Blood Before Sunrise
(Shaede Assassin #2)
For months Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation—and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, for their efforts they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine, and too enticing for Darian to ignore.
Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover Tyler is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance—at an extraordinary price—Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and the man whose love she can’t live without…
Lost to the Gray
(Shaede Assassin #2.5)
Did he do the right thing?
No one loves Darian like Tyler does. Not her friends. Not her fellow Shaedes. Not the Shaede king who wants her for himself. Tyler is the only one who sees beyond the swagger and swordplay that make her the most fearsome Shaede assassin in the world—the only one who recognizes her loyal heart and vulnerability. But her evolving powers and compulsion to finish every job no matter the stakes fills him with fear. For he knows it’s only a matter of time before he loses her.
When that moment nearly comes—and Tyler discovers a trail of deceit that prevented him from protecting Darian—he snaps. He breaks. And he leaves.
Now he must learn to live without her, even as they remain bound to one another. And when a friend of Darian’s faces an unknown threat, Tyler must find a way to enter the fray without crossing paths with Darian.
Crave the Darkness
(Shaede Assassin #3)
Just released on March 5, 2013
Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.
It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.
As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…
Sexy Shifter Shorts
THE SWEETEST TORTURE
(Sexy Shifters #1)
A Sexy Shifter Short…
Thirty years ago, when the sultry and headstrong Cait left Logan Paige, the Alpha cougar shapeshifter of his Montana pride, his entire world came crashing down. He couldn’t explain where he’d been the previous night or why there was a strange woman in his bed…because he had no memory of the night before. Wounded and betrayed, Cait refused to listen to Logan’s excuses and walked straight out of his life…determined to exact her revenge on the sexy cougar who had crushed her heart. With a little help from her influential father, she made sure that Logan’s business, as well as his life, crumbled into ruins. Hell hath no fury, indeed.
But now it’s thirty years later and two of Montana’s most powerful cougar prides are on the brink of war. A tenuous peace is reached, but it’s dependent on Cait and Logan marrying on All Hallow’s Eve. Spitfire Cait has her own plans of revenge…using her feminine wiles to turn Logan into a purring kitty lapping cream at her feet. And Logan has his schemes to regain control and dominate like the Alpha he is…
When they realize that the erotic passion between them is still so intense, Logan and Cait will have to decide if dwelling in the past is worth sacrificing the future…
THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION
(Sexy Shifters #2)
Andrew Paige wakes up in a motel room with no memory of what happened to him the night before. He has no idea how he got here…or why the state police believe he’s responsible for kidnapping a woman he’s never met!
Erica Ware is bound and determined to find her sister’s kidnapper and bring him to justice. As a wood nymph, she has special powers over men…and a unique way of extracting the truth.
But when the sparks start to fly and her wood nymph nature compels her to seek something other than revenge from the unbearably hot Andrew Paige, Erica can’t help but wonder if she’ll succumb to the sweet temptation of this sexy shifter before she can unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance…
The Sweetest Mercy
(Sexy Shifters #3)
Just Released: February 21, 2013
A Sexy Shifter Short…
Kidnapped and locked in a dark cave, Kiera Ware has resigned herself to madness. A wood nymph in the grip of a full-moon is guaranteed to lose her mind, literally, without sexual release. And since she’s been held captive and alone for three days, she knows that she could break at any moment…
Carter Hayes has been tracking the rouge shifter who kidnapped an innocent woman for no other reason than to hurt his alpha, Logan. After the loss of his mate nearly a century ago, Carter has stuck to what he knows best – excelling at his job and serving his pride – lonely, but honorable work.
When Carter shows up, Kiera thinks the too-sexy-to-be-true man must be a figment of her imagination…while Carter can’t deny the stirrings of his heart around this strange magical woman.
Running for their lives, Carter and Kiera might just find that sweet mercy they both so desperately need…if they can manage to stay alive!
We know, you're hooked already! I know our bank accounts just dropped lower after grabbing up these books. ;-)
Before you run off to buy your copies, check our interview with Amanda so we can learn more about the incredible author behind the books and what she has coming up next…
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Amanda! Welcome to Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION! We’re very excited to have you with us today!
Amanda: Thanks so much for having me as a guest! It’s great to be here! J
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know our guest authors 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?
Amanda: I LOVE chocolate/banana/peanut butter smoothies, I’m terrified of spiders (even small ones!), and I usually spend the entire month of September canning fruits and veggies. The hubs and I are on a self-sustainability kick.
Q2) As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Amanda: An actress. I’ve always had a dramatic personality, but since I’m kind of an introvert, I doubt I’d have been very successful. And then later, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I’m a big time animal lover and I like the water. But on the flipside, the thought of taking biology classes soured my stomach so I had to put that dream on the back burner. ;)
Q3) What are some of your hobbies, or things that you enjoy when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Amanda: I enjoy being outdoors. Summer is my favorite season. I hike, work in the garden, and hang out at the lake. If I could, I’d spend every day on a beach. Our teen is a soccer player, so our fall is usually focused on traveling to games. I’m a hardcore sports lover and I’m totally okay with being called a soccer mom. In the winter, I ski every once in a while, though I’m not much of a cold weather person. I need sunshine!
Q4) Do you have any interesting writing quirks, or things that you must have with you to begin the writing process?
Amanda: I really don’t have any writing quirks. I feel so boring! When I’m writing, I like quiet. No TV, no music, no interruptions. I’m the most productive when I go somewhere without internet or phones and just focus.
Q5) What are some of the books in your TBR pile right now?
Amanda: My stack is growing to epic proportions. I’m trying to get through HEXED by Kevin Hearne in between writing bouts, and my must reads for the end of the month are TWICE TEMPTED by Jeaniene Frost and LOVER AT LAST by JR Ward. I’m a PNR and UF junkie. If there are supernatural creatures, I’m going to read it!
Q6) What are the best parts of writing for you? What are the hardest parts?
Amanda: I really love everything about writing. I enjoy the world-building, crafting a plot, and having conversations in my head with imaginary people. This is definitely my dream job! The hardest part about writing for me is time management. I have a tendency to get sucked in to what I’m writing and forget about everything else. I’ve burned many dinners and left loads of clothes unwashed. I’m sure my family gets annoyed with me, but they’re pretty good sports.
Q7) What is the most surprising thing you have learned while writing your books?
Amanda: I think the most surprising thing I’ve learned is how much I love the editing process. I was terrified of getting notes from my editor for the first time, but once I read her notes and went through the manuscript step-by-step with her, I loved the collaboration. Editors make books and writers better!
Q8) What traits do you feel are paramount for a hero and heroine to have?
Amanda: Loyalty, compassion, strength, and conviction. I like unapologetic heroes and heroines. Characters that do what must be done no matter the cost. I can get behind a character who’s loyal to her friends and loved ones, who has the power to forgive not only others, but herself, and has the strength to follow through once she chooses a path. I think the best heroes and heroines are well-rounded, multi-faceted characters with plenty of faults. No one is perfect. Including heroes.
Q9) For readers who have not yet read SHAEDE ASSASSIN, can you please give us a brief synopsis of the series?
Amanda: The Shaede Assassin series follows Darian, a woman who’s spent the first eighty or so years of her supernatural existence believing she was the only one of her kind. She’s suffered through a history of abuse and mistreatment, making her a very jaded, emotionally closed off character. As a Shaede, a creature who can become a shadow once the sun sets, she becomes an assassin, who takes jobs ridding the earth of nasty, morally bankrupt people and she’s come to realize that she’s not as alone in the world as she was led to believe. As the series progresses, Darian is just trying to learn how to own up to her mistakes, open up and allow herself to love and be loved, and really just live her life. The books are heavy on action, adventure, mystery, and romance, with a splash of alpha male goodness. I tend to write darker story lines, but if you enjoy emotionally damaged, strong-willed heroines who know how to fight, I think you’ll enjoy this series!
Q7) What you can tell us about "Crave the Darkness" your newest release in the SHAEDE ASSASSIN series?
Amanda: CRAVE THE DARKNESS is book three in the Shaede Assassin series. Darian is broken hearted after her separation from Tyler at the end of BLOOD BEFORE SUNRISE and he’s been gone for months. Xander, the Shaede King, hires Darian to protect Anya, one of Xander’s favorite subjects who happens to be pregnant which is a rarity among the Shaedes. Oh, and Darian and Anya sort of dislike each other so neither one of them is happy about the assignment. It’s a darker book than the first two, but it’s my favorite in the series so far. Darian grows a lot as a character in this book.
Q8) How many books do you have planned for SHAEDE ASSASSIN series? When can we expect the next book?
Amanda: I currently have books four and five fully outlined for the series, but I think I could go as many as seven or eight books. The key is to wrap the series up before it gets stale. When Darian runs out of adventures and her love life is finally resolved, it’ll be time to give her a happily ever after. As far as release dates go, a schedule hasn’t been set for further books yet, but I’m hoping to update readers soon!
Q9) What was the inspiration that lead to the concept and creation of the SHAEDE ASSASSIN series?
Amanda: I was lying in bed one morning and the concept just sort of popped into my head. The first scene of SHAEDES OF GRAY was perfectly formed in my imagination. I pictured this woman standing on the roof of a building, contemplating the decisions she’d made in her life and wondering if there was more than just gray indifference. She was waiting to meet someone about a job and just melted into the shadows. I got straight out of bed and hit the keyboard.
Q10) What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing the SHAEDE ASSASSIN series to life?
Amanda: I’ve only been to Seattle a few times, so I spend a lot of time on Google maps, researching landmarks, learning more about the city and its history. As far as the mythology goes, I couldn’t find anything in my research that resonated with me, so I made one up. It was pretty time consuming, but I wrote a history for the Shaedes as well as crafted a family tree. The Jinn mythology was tougher. Honestly, I’m still working on it and it reads a lot like an encyclopedia entry. When I’m writing fight scenes, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. Videos are really helpful when I’m crafting an action sequence.
Q11) Can you please tell us a little about your SEXY SHIFTER series?
Amanda: The shifter series is a fun, PNR short story series that follows a pride of mountain lion shifters near Kalispell, Montana. I love the aspect of the dual nature that goes hand-in-hand with shifters and I wanted to write a few stories that were heavier on the romance as opposed the Shaedes series which is much more action oriented. Shorts are a tougher for me to write than full-length novels and I see them as scenes with mini story arcs. I left myself plenty of room to expand on them if I wanted to.
Q12) What you can tell us about "The Sweetest Mercy", your newest release in the SEXY SHIFTER series?
Amanda: TSM completes the story arc of the first two shifter shorts, THE SWEETEST TORTURE and THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION. All three shorts feature the same antagonist, Reece Simonson, an exiled member of the pride. THE SWEETEST MERCY sees an end to his trouble making and ties up the common thread that links all three shorts together.
Q13) What's coming up next in your SEXY SHIFTER series and when can we expect it?
Amanda: Right now, I don’t have any immediate plans for future shorts in the series, but I’m open to the possibility of continuing with the Kalispell pride and writing stories for a new set of characters, or maybe expand on the world-building, flesh it out, and write a few full-length novels for Logan, Drew, and Carter.
Q14) Do you have projects that you're working on or any events coming up that you can share with us?
Amanda: I’ve got several projects in the works including book 4 in the Shaede Assassin series, a NA Adult urban fantasy novella, and a contemporary romance project featuring US Marshals that’s currently under consideration by my publisher. I’m enjoying the opportunity to stretch my writing muscles and explore new characters and genres. As far as events go, I’ll be attending AAD in Savannah this year from August 15th-18th. It’s my first con and I’m super excited!
Q15) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers or information you'd like to share while we have you here today?
Amanda: I’d like to thank my readers for taking a chance on me! With all of the books on the shelves, I’m honored when anyone picks up one of my books. Also, I love to chat with readers! Look me up on Facebook or Twitter! I’ll talk about pretty much anything. Books, goats, TV shows, food. Hit me up!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank you again Amanda for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We would love to have you back again to help you promote the next releases in your SHAEDE ASSASSIN & SEXY SHIFTER series.
Amanda: Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blogs! You guys rock!!
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