Tuesday, 19 August 2014

SERIES SPOTLIGHT - ELEMENTAL MAGIC SERIES BY BRYNNA CURRY

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Title: Earth Enchanted 
Series: Elemental Magic
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Self/Indie 
Genre: Paranormal romance

[PLEASE NOTE: These books are of  the rather steamy variety!]

Blurb supplied by Brynna Curry
Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too. Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts! 

EXCERPT
First meet between Hero and Heroine Jack scanned the bookstore as he sat in the hard metal folding chair, at the small table, and wrote. He thought his hand would fall off. Whoever said writing wasn’t real work had to have been crazy. He knew things about two hours’ worth of people their mothers probably didn’t know. Mandy Lou something or other had a granny who thought he was grade A and she was his number one fan. She didn’t look old enough to be allowed to read his brand of horror, but she had two copies of each of his books. Jack had politely—he hoped—shrugged off the forty invitations to dinner, fourteen offers for coffee, and two very indecent proposals for ‘wild, hanging from the chandelier sex’ to quote one lovely fan. All in all, a long day barely described it, but he’d seen people and observed, that was for sure. If it helped with the new book, it might have been worth it, and then again maybe not. Ellie dropped by to see how things were going, and then promptly ran away when he tried to beg out. He didn’t like being maneuvered, and Ellie was a champion at it. Entertaining the notion of strangling her got him through the second hour, but considering he needed a good editor, he changed his mind. The line grew shorter. While he juggled the newest Hastings baby on his knee, which the boy’s proud papa had insisted on, Jack inscribed a message in the front cover to Mrs. Hastings, another number one fan and the mother of six children all under ten. How does she have the time to read at all? His message to her read, “Mrs. Hastings, I’m your number one fan. You rule. Jack.” Mentally saluting her efforts, he passed back junior, and sent them on their way. He automatically reached for the book a slim hand offered. Eyes down on the cover of what he’d created, he said the same thing he’d told countless others. “Hi, who should I make this out to?” “Just sign it to Olivia Corrigan, fellow mystery writer.” Her voice alone lifted his eyes to meet hers, a musical lilt that teased of mist and bogs, faeries and leprechauns. She was dressed professionally, but he could easily imagine her calling up a wild wind or casting spells. She was only about 5’4” and slim, claimed black Irish coloring. He saw a flash of what might have been a premonition, but after blocking the gift so long he couldn’t hold on to it. Did he smell rain? Candles or lightning? But the sun was shining. For a moment he just stared, couldn’t speak , and was certain he knew her but couldn’t remember where from. “Is something the matter?” He quickly signed her book, before he forgot that was the reason for their meeting in the first place. She was the last in line, and he was free. Thank God! Sorry, muse, position filled. “Jack Roarke, it’s a pleasure, Miss Corrigan.”  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



About the Author: Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her
husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity. When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure. 



REST OF THE SERIES


Title: To Take Up The Sword
Series: Elemental Magic
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Self/Indie 
Genre: Paranormal romance

[PLEASE NOTE: These books are of  the rather steamy variety!]

BLURB from Goodreads
Missing diamonds and a killer on the loose…will a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact? After the acquittal of Gueraldi’s right hand and favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller takes time away from his work with the FBI. Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Gabe returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he’s received since Smythe went free. 

Almost two years after her sister’s death, Leannan O’Neal feels the loss of Serena more now than ever. A secret meeting between them before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. “If you find yourself in trouble, go to him and only him” were the last words her sister spoke to her. 
With Smthye out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena’s ‘Angel’, but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life?

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Title: Wait For The Wind
Series: Elemental Magic
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Self/Indie 
Genre: Paranormal romance

[PLEASE NOTE: These books are of  the rather steamy variety!]

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The trial for Gueraldi’s men has come to a close. Ashton Smthye is dead. Free to return to Ireland, Ryan Corrigan must face the demons of his past and embrace the love and magic waiting for him… 

Kate O’Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called ‘Daddy’ changed everything. 

Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate’s come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan’s heart to his magic? Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?



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Title: Sea's Sorceress
Series: Elemental Magic
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Self/Indie 
Genre: Paranormal romance

[PLEASE NOTE: These books are of  the rather steamy variety!]

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Born with the ability to read emotions, artist Skye Corrigan feels the joy, pain and sorrow of others. When his closest friend faces the reality of losing her father to cancer, Skye steps in the help Rhia run the pub and finds his match where he least expected. 

Love can come along at the most inconvenient times... 

Skye Corrigan treasures family above all else. Standing by his best friend Rhia while she suffers the heartache of losing her father to cancer has strengthened their childhood bond. Lately Rhia affects him in ways she never has before. 

Rhiannon O'Malley shares Skye's past and hopes for a future with him, but love must come with a willing heart. Her father's terminal illness has left her in charge of the family pub. Skye has always been there for her, but when their relationship changes, will she find the courage to claim the future? Or will a thousand-year-old curse keep its grip on two hostage hearts?

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Title: Fire & Ice
Series: Elemental Magic
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Self/Indie 
Genre: Paranormal romance

[PLEASE NOTE: These books are of  the rather steamy variety!]

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Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan. However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.

Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love--a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now? 
My real name is a little secret, but I’ll give you the first name- Bethany. I was born in Russellville, Alabama and I live on the Bear Creek/Haleyville line in Alabama, northwest corner of the state. Bear Creek is a lake town, lots of trees and critters around here. Haleyville is where all the stores and restaurants are and it’s also famous for initiating the 911 emergency call system that is in place today.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? 
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I also wanted to sing and act. Life had other plans.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"? 
When I submitted my first manuscript to Harlequin where it was politely rejected, with comments for improvement.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published? 
No. After that first rejection, I cried a lot, took my book in hand and revised. I subbed it the first time late in 2008, Lyrical signed it in May of 2009. The book was published in December, 2009.

Do you work another job as well as your writing work? 
Yes. By day I’m a receptionist at a construction company. I also work as the director of Sizzling PR and own You Gotta Read Reviews.

Who is your publisher? or do you self-publish? 
Kensington Publishing Corp. - Lyrical Press Imprint

Do you have a "lucky charm" or "lucky routine" you follow when waiting for your book to be accepted by a publisher? 
No. I try to just forget about it, which is impossible. Mostly, I’m always working on another book. I have thirteen WIPs right now, so not much time to stress over it.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it? 
It depends on what’s going on with work and family and where the book is in a series.  Anywhere from a weekend to a year.

Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
 Fire’s Ice was the hardest to write emotionally. It was the end of my first series and my favorite character’s book. It isn’t easy to say goodbye.

What can we expect from you in the future?  
My next projected book is Tempting Taylor, which is strictly romantic suspense and part of the Triple Star Ranch series. I’m also working on the first Shadows of Seven book, Charm of Light, which is paranormal romance/urban fantasy. Light takes place about twenty years into the future picking up with Allaina Corrigan’s story (daughter of Ryan and Kate Corrigan (Wait for the Wind).  Her guy is a non-sparkly vampire with very human tendencies and magical powers.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? 
To write, I prefer my smushy leather recliner that sits just in view of a window where the sun beams in. Asheron, my cat, usually curls up beside me in the chair. Then I need my earbuds because my family is LOUD. Music choice ranges from hard, pumping rock, classical, pop and soul. I like some new, some old. My current writing playlist includes Maroon 5, Hall and Oates, Mozart, AC/DC, Katy Perry and Usher.

Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them?  
My writing style is a little different. Trying to plan with outlines just kills my creative buzz. I write straight through and edit as I go. So often my editor is the first person other than my crit partner to read my manuscripts. To date, my family, including my husband, has yet to read a single thing I’ve written.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? 
Yes. I read every single one, even when they are terrible and torment my every waking thought.

What was the toughest/best review you have ever had? 
The toughest review was a one star because the book was short and didn’t solve the mystery I introduced. I won’t say the where, when or what book, but it tormented me for days. Actually made me burst into tears before I got to the end. I didn’t open my computer to write for a week I was so disheartened. It really gave no solid reasons other than it left loose ends. That’s the whole point of a series that is integrally connected. All those loose ends were left intentionally. I guess the reviewer wanted instant story gratification, but I don’t do that. I make my characters work for their happy ever after.
[Aww that's awful I always try to find a positive within my reading experience of any book and if I have a negative review I try to give the Authors a heads up and explain my negative reasons to them]

Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books? 
No. That would be wrong. I want honesty.

How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books? 
Renee Rocco designed the covers for all my books. The titles are usually just there for me in my head.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
 Characters and title usually pop up in my head together. The Triple Star books are named for their heroines, Claiming Ana, Tempting Taylor, Craving Cassandra, and Saving Sarah.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Do you have a hobby? 
I read or play video games when I’m not working. Between all my responsibilities, my day starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m. during the week, so not much time for play.

Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you? 
I use local settings, but I never base a character on someone I know.

Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing? 
Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Which format of book do you prefer, ebook, hardback, or paperback? 
It depends on where I’m reading. I have tons of all types of books. My kindle goes everywhere with me and I’ll often by the ebook first of an author I adore. If I love the book, I’ll buy a hard copy.

What is your favourite book and Why?  
Have you read it more than once? I have a lot of favorites, at least a few for each author on my keeper shelf. STYXX by Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite of hers to date. It’s so hard to read though. Tears my heart right out. I’ve read it three times all the way through. After reading ACHERON, I knew Styxx’s story would be very hard to read. He was made out to be the villain, but story villains turned good are a particular favorite trope of mine.  There was no way Styxx could have made it through their childhood as easily as Ash thought.  

Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books? 
No and I wouldn’t want them too.

Did you read a lot at school and write lots of stories or is being a writer something newer in your life? 
Yes and I always had my writing notebook and a pen with me. I am a serious book nerd. I was always very shy too.

Do you have a treasured book from your childhood? If yes, what is it? 
The Anne of Green Gables books. I have the whole set in paperback. One is from my childhood and quite worn. The others were collected at garage sales and library sales.
 [I loved the Anne Of Green Gables books too]

Do you have a favourite genre of book? 
Paranormal and romantic suspense, but I like a lot of different genres.

Is there a book you know you will never read? Or one you tried to read but just couldn't finish? 
Fifty Shades of Grey. I tried. I really did, but the writing was so rough I just couldn’t stay in the story. It’s a shame because the story had a good premise and I would have liked to enjoy it.  I may watch the movie, if it ever comes out, and see if my opinion of Mr. Grey changes. Maybe its been edited a bit more since its first release. Maybe the movie will inspire me to try one more time, but I seriously doubt it.

What do you think about book trailers? 
Love them and I think they are great marketing tools.

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? 
Work very hard and treat writing as you would a real job because it is. Don’t give up. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Do you or would you ever use a pen name? 
I do. Brynna means sword or strength in Gaelic. It’s also the closest thing I could come up with that sounds like Brenda.  She was my aunt who always encouraged me to write and read everything I wrote as a kid. We were very close. She was killed in a car accident and never saw any of my writing published. In my graduation card she wrote “If we hadn’t been meant to reach for the stars, we wouldn’t have been given the power to dream. So dream and dream big, because you can do anything.” The name Brynna is a nod to her. I’m dreaming every day.  Curry is a family name from my Irish ancestors.

Where can readers follow you? My website is brynnacurry.com.




  GIVEAWAY

$10 Amazon or B&N gift card to be given away on 10/1 during the kickoff of 31 Days of Halloween
1 digital copy of series
3 digital copies of Earth Enchanted






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