Monday, November 28, 2011

Guest - Anita Clenney

Good morning all! We have a special guest, an author with a fantastic new paranormal series, with us today. Her publisher, Sourcebooks, is offering up a copy of her book Embrace The Highland Warrior to two lucky readers. Read on to find out how to enter the drawing.


How a Book is Born…

A writer’s books are like his/her babies, but they don’t all come about the same way. They might be created through snippets of a secret conversation overheard, or from a dream, or an idea from a movie or a story on the news. But regardless where the brilliant idea comes from, or what we hope is a brilliant idea, that’s just the beginning. We might start the story with a scene or a character, but lots of thought and planning has to go into the story before it’s born. Plotter or a pantser, you have to eventually get from point A to point B. This usually requires research. I don’t like research, and I’m lucky that most of my stories are already tight in my head, so I don’t have to do as much as if I were a historical writer, but there are always facts to checked.

I love Google. I will eventually dedicate a book to it. When I start researching something I get sidetracked. We live in a fascinating world, and we have more access to more information now than ever before. I could be checking out styles of sporrans or 19th century toilets and I’ll end up looking at pictures of Scotland or reading about fairies.  Later on, it will occur to me that I forgot what I was doing and I have to go back and do it all over again. When I’m really into research, I’ll jot a note down to remind myself what trail I’m on so I don’t end up in Never Never land.

Embrace the Highland Warrior is the second book in the Connor Clan series. Cody and Shay’s story picks up where Awaken the Highland Warrior left off. Both hero and heroine were born in modern times so that eliminated the need for some research. This story was fun to write. Cody and Shay have a strong history together but time apart has made them feel like strangers, which makes for lots of sparks. Here’s a glimpse of their first meeting after 9 years, a lot of lies and secrets.

The essence of him was still there; the boy next door who’d kept her secrets, bandaged her scrapes, and comforted her against his scrawny chest, but there was nothing scrawny about him now. He was tall, with broad-shoulders and lean muscles undisguised by his soft gray T-shirt and worn jeans. Dark hair brushed his collar, giving him a rugged, dangerous look. His face was still stunning. Strong jaw, straight nose, and those intense hazel eyes that even at nineteen had tempted married women to watch as he walked past. Her gaze caught on the scar above his eyebrow, trophy from the motorcycle wreck when he was sixteen, and she remembered the terror of finding him sprawled on the rocky hill, so still she thought he was dead.

Shay didn’t expect to run into Cody, but he’s not about to let her go again, not with a stalker on her heels. But when he finds out that the stalker isn’t human and that the entire Underworld is after her and the sacred book they believe she’s taken, he calls in the entire Connor Clan. Meet the warriors.

There’s Faelan, the only warrior who’s ever been assigned two ancient demons. Born in the 19th century, Faelan was most powerful warrior of his time. He was trapped in a time vault and slept for 150 years, waking to a strange world filled with modern technology and even stranger…modern females. For God’s sakes, they’re even warriors, now. What will they do next, he ponders, send children into battle? Then there’s Ronan, 6’3 inches of raw, sexy warrior, better than Robin Hood with his bow, and equally at home with a sword or a bonny lass. Cody, the only other warrior who’s been assigned an ancient demon, might have pretended to be the tough boy next door, and he’s good at hiding secrets, but his world will never be the same when he finds out what’s been hidden from him. Shane is quiet but the fastest with a sword, and Niall is a one-man army, with legs like tree trunks. Tomas is a clan medic and Brodie’s the prankster of the bunch, always getting into trouble. Duncan is brooding and frustrated, and Sorcha likes flirting almost as much as killing demons. Anna, a stunning beauty, has chosen to remain a warrior forever, but destiny has some surprises in store. And my heroines are more than just mates to these sexy warriors. They have talents that will shock even them.

Sourcebooks will be giving away two copies of Embrace the Highland Warrior to commenters, US and Canada only, please. My question is what is your favorite setting for books? Small towns, big cities, forests, or creepy castles?

Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney – In Stores November 2011

They were driven apart by a timeless secret…

Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay’s true identity was revealed, and the fated pair’s chance was gone…

But danger will drive them back into each other’s arms…

Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she’s determined to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can’t let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned…

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)…she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids.

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We’ll leave you with another excerpt from Embrace the Highland Warrior:

Cody sighed. Might as well get it over with. He removed the shackles, returned them, and bent over her. “Shay, wake up.”

Her eyes flew open. She planted both hands against his chest and shoved, knocking him on his back, then sprang on top of him. “How dare you handcuff me to a bed?” she yelled, punctuating each word with a shake that rattled his brain. He didn’t fight back. She had to get it out of her system, and he didn’t blame her. He’d be more than pissed if someone shackled him.

She landed a fist into his stomach, and the breath rushed out of him. Okay, enough was enough. He captured her hands and rolled, trapping her under him.

“Get off me, you oaf.”

“I’ll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me.”

She let out a war cry and lunged for his throat, teeth bared. Intrigued, he hesitated a second too long, and she sank her teeth into his neck. A jolt of desire shot straight to his groin. He’d never been one for the rough stuff, but damn! He pulled back before she could do more than leave a bruise. He trapped her legs with his and held her hands above her head, letting his full weight press her into the soft mattress. She still struggled but could move only enough to get him excited.

“I’m sorry, Shay. I had to do it. It was too dangerous to let you go traipsing through the woods. I had to keep you safe.”

“What if he was hiding in one of the other bedrooms and sneaked in here while I was handcuffed to the bed? You left me so I couldn’t even protect myself.”

“Lach heard him out in the woods, but that’s why I locked the door, just in case. If this guy had broken it down to get to you, you would’ve screamed, and I would’ve come running. I was never far from the house.” He’d heard every name she called him.

Her eyes still flashed fire, but her breath was steadier, and she kept glancing at his mouth. He thought that was a good thing. He wondered if she’d calmed enough not to hit him, because he should move. She had to notice the effect all the wiggling around was having on him. He felt her hips push against his, and he groaned. He relaxed his grip and lowered his head, letting his lips touch her chin. He kissed his way to her mouth, and she head butted him in the nose.

While the stars exploded in his head, she shoved him aside and bolted out the door. He jumped up and went after her as she pounded down the stairs. He caught up with her outside. She was swinging her purse like a whip, headed for the car.

“Where are you going?” he demanded.

“Get away from me.”

“You can’t leave.”

“Watch me.” She opened the door. “I’m tired of people hiding things from me. I thought you were going to stop. Now you’re handcuffing me to the bed.”

“I explained it to you.”

“Don’t touch me,” she said, jerking away when he grabbed her arm.

“You’re not leaving.”

Shay straightened her shoulders. “You can’t stop me.”

He grabbed her, tossed her over his shoulder, kicked the car door shut, and stomped up the steps.
“Put me down!” Shay kicked and twisted, cursing at him. He dumped her on her feet inside the door.
She blew her hair out of her face, and as soon as she could see, she threw a punch at his chin. He deflected it and grabbed her arm. “Stop hitting me.”

“How dare you throw me over your shoulder like some kind of caveman,” she spat, trying to wrench her arm free. It didn’t work, so she used her knee.

“Ah, not there.” Cody trapped her knee. “I made the mistake of letting you leave here nine years ago without listening to me. By God, I won’t do it again. You’ll listen if I have to sit on you,” he growled.

She drew back her other arm, and before she could throw the punch, he had her on the floor and was sitting astride her, pinning her wrists to the floor. She bucked and twisted, but he held her down. “We can do this all night if you want, but you’re going to listen to me this time.”

“Listen to more lies? You’re still hiding things from me. Like the fact that you have Nina’s entire house under surveillance. Like the fact that you’ve got a Bat Cave in your basement. Like the fact that you were in Scotland when the stalking started.”

“You think I’m your stalker?” he yelled. “Me! I’m trying to keep you alive. We’re all trying to keep you alive. That’s what the clan’s been doing your whole damned life, trying to keep you alive! And just like always, you’re making it hard as hell. Your father wasn’t a bloody spy, and that thing in your living room wasn’t a man!”

-- Lynda Again
   That was a great insight into how a book gets started. And a terrific excerpt for Embrace The Highland Warrior. If you've seen my review of it, you'll know I think this is a terrific book and a terrific series. I read it and promptly went out to buy the first book in the series. want to know how to get into the drawing for Anita's book, right? Here's how:

1) Leave a comment for Anita here on the blog
2) Send me an email at with your snail mail addy by Dec 2 with Anita Clenney in the subject line.
3) I'll put all the names in the prize box and have Wookie, my alien kitten, pick the winner.

Good luck and have a Blessed Day!


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lynda and Anita,

I have a number of favorite settings for romance novels. I do like the Highlands of Scotland and am attracted to historicals and even contemporaries set there. I'm also very partial to Regencies and read quite a few of those as well. My own novels are set in a variety of places and times as I like to experiment.


Jacqueline Seewald

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Jacqueline, thanks for stopping by. I like a variety myself, although I don't prefer cities. I would rather have a haunted castle, or the mountains, or a small town.

Pauline B Jones said...

I'm rather fond of outer space. LOL! But I love Scotland, having a good dash of it in my blood. My first visit to Scotland some years ago was amazing. I felt like I'd come home. Expected to like it, but not that.

The books sound fun! Congrats!

Kari Thomas said...

Soooo love the Excerpt! This sounds like a YUMMY book!

I love doing research too, and especially Scottish history. THANKS for sharing, Anita!

Kari Thomas

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Pauline, outer space...Scotland? I think either can be great if the characters and story work. But I think I prefer Scotland. :)

Anita Clenney said...

Thanks, Kari. I loved writing that excerpt. Very explosive. :)

Lynda K. Scott said...

Anita & Pauline, do what I do...combine outerspace and Scottish men ;-) Works like a charm, lol

Victoria said...

I've read this excerpt before and I LOVE it! This is going to be one of those fun to read books :).
Thank you.

Nancy said...

Please enter me in this contest. Thank you.

Anita Clenney said...

Lynda, there you go, have your cake and eat it too. That's my philosophy.

Anita Clenney said...

Victoria, I sure hope it's fun. I know I had a blast writing it and I've had readers contact me who said they've never emailed an author before but just had to let me know how much they loved the books. You can imagine how wonderful that makes me feel.

Anita Clenney said...

Nancy, thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

SiNn said...

awesome excerpt ur a new to me author deff wanna check out ur work

Nancy Naigle said...

Thanks for sharing, Anita! And a bigger thank-you for bringing us another wonderful story so quick.

Love those covers, too. Yummy!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to SiNn and Debra! Wookie, my fluffy and very alien kitten, selected you as winners of Anita's very fine book! I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anita Clenney said...

Congratulations, SiNn and Debra!