Interview with Candice Raquel Lee, author of The Innocent

Interview with Candice Raquel Lee, author of The Innocent

What do you write about? Tell us a little about your previously published works.

I like to write about love, myth, and impossible creatures. I use monsters as symbols to talk about being human because we all have a little bit of monster in us.

My novel, The Innocent, is a modern day, paranormal love story and retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is set in New York which means it’s hip, full of diversity, culture and style. The story is about a relationship developing between a prudish virgin, who loves old romantic poems and novels and an incubus who lives off sexual energy. It is an impossible romance between an immovable girl and an irresistible boy and how love transforms them both. The Innocent is about the destructive and transformative power of love, how it can be vehicle for self-acceptance, redemption and forgiveness.

My second book, Effed: An Abnormal Romance is just me making fun of the Paranormal Romance genre. There is so much to laugh at, a lot of the sex, description and action is so full of purple prose and over the top.

How do you handle bad reviews?

Me? Get a bad review? Never. Okay. . . I have. First, I get a picture of the reviewer, then I print it out and put it on one of the little voodoo dolls I have lying around just in case this happens, then I. . . just kidding. No. I get mad like everybody else, but if you read all the bad reviews best-selling authors get, it makes you feel a lot better. Some reviewers may even have a point. Authors aren’t perfect. I just wish folks would realize authors are people too and not write like you punched their grandma in the face. A little civility goes a long way.

Tell us a little about your work in progress.

I working on the book after The Innocent, Innocent No More. The main character, Alexa, is married to her dream guy, so in most stories that means happily ever after. Not in mine. I’m married. I know the first year is when it really hits the fan because two strangers are trying to figure out how to become a unit and remain individuals at the same time. Plus, my girl is supernatural, so it’s not which way the toilet roll goes, or you left the toilet seat up again, it’s also what’s that crawling under my skin, and who’s that trying to kill us? The romance is dead, it’s time for Alexa, Cristien and Lance to fight for their lives against a force that cannot be defeated.

 

Any advice for aspiring writers?

I will give them the advice I got. Write. Keep writing. Writing is a skill. They say you need ten thousand hours of doing a thing to master it, so start writing. Now. I’m not joking! Go! Wait one more thing. Read. Read good books from all genres. Then write more.

What is your personal writing process?

I pace. I write. I pace and think of a scene. I imagine it as great, sterling and perfect. I write it out. It is crap and not as good as it was in my head, but I get it out anyway. I even write out of chronological order if necessary just to finish the darn book! Then I revise, revise, revise until I have trimmed all the fat, then I edit. Also, it is a good idea to walk away if you can and come back later with clearer eyes. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

Who are a few authors you look up to?

Charlotte Bronte. Anne Radcliff. Patria Mckillip. Frank Herbert. Kurt Vonnegut.

What book are you reading now?

Andrew Lang’s Crimson fairy book.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I read a paranormal romance that had mythic themes and a cool quote from Cicero, and I thought, gee, if only the author took out some of the endless erections and concentrated on the story this would be a great book about some profound things. It could really say something important about life. I know many people would disagree with me, after all it was a romance and not a literary book, but I thought I could see something more past the penises.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Jane Eyre. Dune. Welcome to the Monkey House. The Mysteries of Udolpho. Dragon Riders of Pern. The Magical Beasts of Eld

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Sure. Everything except the Preface. No. Really we all want to change things, add things, make it perfect, but it will never be because nothing is. I had to learn that the hard way. We all have to learn to let go.

What do you find particularly challenging about writing?

Writing. You can make a hundred excuses a day and valid ones not to do it.

If there was one message you could send to everybody who reads your books, what would it be? Be gentle.  Be kind. We all want the same things.

Have you ever used characteristics from someone you know in one of your books? Sure. Everybody. My husband. Myself. In reality writers only write about themselves. They can’t write about anybody else. They only know how they will respond.

 

What inspires you to write?

My dreams. My heart. My desire to be more than I am. Oh, yeah and music. Weird music and romantic movies.

What’s one writing quirk you have?

I pace. I pace circles in the floor. I imagine I look like a caged animal at the zoo.

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Blurb:

Nothing is as it seems in The Innocent a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast that takes the reader beyond the skin.

When Alexa meets Cristien on Valentine’s Day and they have a whirlwind romance, she never expects to discover that he isn’t human and, even worse, neither is she. Can true love survive lies, betrayal, monsters and even death itself?

Alexa Wyndham is a painfully sheltered girl from Brooklyn, an innocent in every sense of the word. Her views of the world formed from the romantic poetry and literary novels she reads. Now attending college in Manhattan, she finds the big, bad city is just waiting to devour her. A stunning kiss from a stranger is her introduction to this new and dangerous world. Her would be lover is after her flesh. In fact, the supernatural creatures of the city are willing to do anything for a taste.

Cristien LaRoche is an incubus, a medieval knight, and a man tormented by his murderous past. Alexa is everything he desires, but with a touch that can kill, he is just as likely to take her life as he is to save it. To protect her, to be near her, he must spin a web of lies that will ultimately test their new found love, bring Alexa face to face with the white light and himself with his darkest nightmare.

Can a girl who wants love and a creature who feeds off lust ever find true happiness? It’s Virgin vs. Incubus and Beauty versus the Beast in The Innocent, a tale that goes beyond appearances to the soul of the beast.

The Innocent is a story about love and enlightenment that takes the reader on a funny and profound adventure and teaches, as good fairy tales do, about the nature of suffering, the necessity of truth and the importance of knowing, forgiving and accepting ourselves and others.

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About the Author

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Spotlight On: The Mackenzie Duncan Box Set

Title: The Mackenzie Duncan Box Set

Author: Adrianne James

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Mackenzie Duncan’s whole life is ripped from her by the teeth of a strange wolf with yellow-green eyes. Learning quickly that she now lived by the moon cycles was hard enough, but finding her heart torn between two hot Werewolves amidst the blood and violence her new life brought was almost too much to handle. When her new pack’s secrets came to light, Mackenzie’s conscious wouldn’t let her stay quiet. Follow along the amazing journey as Mackenzie fights for what her heart wants and what her kind needs.

INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: Never before seen scene from Geoff’s POV, roll call, play list, and Mackenzie’s family tree!

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The Tempering, book #1

The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.

After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can’t possibly be normal. The myths she’s studying aren’t myths at all. Werewolves are real and she’s one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.

The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

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Mackenzie Duncan found out that pack life wasn’t for her. Now she is running for the second time in the six months since she was bitten and turned into a Werewolf. But this time, she isn’t alone. This time, she has Geoff and Liam with her, two very hot Werewolves vying for her heart.

But her companions aren’t her focus. The only thing she can focus on is getting far from her old pack and their murderous ways. Only, she doesn’t just want to run. She wants to warn every pack she can that their lives are in danger too. No one should be turned against their will like she was and no other pack should have to surrender to the ideas of a centuries old, power hungry woman.

Not only does Mackenzie have to deal with her crazy ex-pack leader sending people out to kill her, she has to keep both men at arm’s length (and that proves to be much more difficult than she thought), but she finds out more about her own life and heritage than she ever thought imaginable.

And suddenly, everything makes sense….

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The Uprising, book #3

Ever since Mackenzie Duncan watched her skin knit together after being ripped apart by a blood thirsty Werewolf, her life has been anything but normal. After being part of a pack with more secrets than the FBI, Mackenzie left and tried not to look back. Her old pack leader Margaret, a Royal wolf hungry to regain the throne and rule over all the world’s Werewolves, made that impossible. Figuring out who to trust was full of heart break, but moving forward left her with a clear path ahead.

After Mackenzie found out that she, too, is part of the Royal blood line and that she had inadvertently endangered every pack she came into contact with, she feels that it is her duty to help stop Margaret at all costs before any more blood is shed or another life is lost.

Despite traveling the world with Liam, the man she loves, her life is in danger at every turn in her hunt for other Werewolves willing to stand against Margaret. Who better to fight then the blood line that shunned the role of power centuries ago?

Bloody battles surround her at every turn and when Mackenzie thinks all is lost, she has to find a way to embrace her past and accept her future.

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About Adrianne James 

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books s till make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

Paranormal Romance is Adrianne’s most loved genre, but you will find she dabbles in contemporary stories as well. But one thing is for sure, Adrianne writes strong heroines and strong loves. 

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Spotlight On: Godwin’s Law, by Bernard Maestas

Title: Godwin’s Law

Author: Bernard Maestas
Genre: Thriller
Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of
a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to
Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the
mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner
proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across
Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources
vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.
Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?
Will Alex and Ted get paid?
Author Bio
Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, and not distracted by video games or the internet, he is usually hard at work on his next book.
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Review: A Darker Past, by Jus Accardo

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Review

I was worried when I first started A Darker Past that it wouldn’t live up to Darker Days, the first book in the Darker Agency Series. I mean, seriously, what could possibly follow a delightfully snarky heroine dealing with the (hot, hot, HOT) embodiment of one of the seven deadly sins, a demonic dog, a witchy best friend, and the rest of the deadlies out wreaking havoc in the world?  The answer to that? Going to Hell. Breaking the rules. Breaking a mirror with a demon inside. And then having to deal with the demon–on top of all the usual issues that come with being a half-demon teen.

I am loving this series! Jessie’s narrative voice is strong, and Accardo’s writing is crisp and clean. The action keeps the story moving, and the interludes with Lukas are lovely. I can’t wait for the next installment!

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A Darker Past (Darker Agency, #2)

by Jus Accardo

Release Date: 11/11/14

Entangled Teen

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Summary from Goodreads:

The past is Darker than they thought… Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy…even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl. For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some…uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions. But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it…before all of Hell breaks loose.

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jus accardoJUS ACCARDO  spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

 

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Spotlight On: Lucky, by Renee Miller

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Title: Lucky

Author: Renee Miller

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Everything Caerus Thornton touches turns to gold… or dies.

Thanatos, god of death, has an almost flawless record until he encounters Caerus. For some reason, he can’t fulfill the simple task of delivering death to the tiny blonde fated to die in the delivery room.

Furious at his failure, the Fates exile Thanatos on Earth, where he must remain until he redeems himself in the eyes of his fellow gods.

Somewhere along the way Thanatos finds himself falling for the woman he’s spent more than two decades trying to kill.

 

 

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Renee Miller has been a waitress, a bartender, a gas station attendant, a social worker, a daycare provider, coffee-slinging drive-thru professional, and an office administrator, before finally deciding writing could be more than just a hobby. She’s published novels in the crime/suspense genres (IN THE BONES, THE LEGEND OF JACKSON MURPHY), as well as romantic suspense (DIRTY TRUTHS) and paranormal romance (LUCKY).

 

 

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Excerpt

The sound of a transport rumbled in the distance. Seeing his opportunity, Thanatos reached for her hand and nudged it so the wheel moved to the left. Lost in her dreams of a beach vacation, she didn’t even shiver at the contact. Every human felt the brush of Death, except Caerus Thornton. She should be dead. His touch was Death. Her immunity to his touch caused him the most distress, because no matter how exceptional, a human couldn’t survive his touch—not without divine intervention.

Thanatos pushed with more force than was necessary. No matter what got in his way the woman would die. She and her tiny silver sports car wouldn’t survive a collision with the massive vehicle approaching. The car moved into the oncoming traffic lane as Caerus focused on finding another station on the radio, oblivious to the horror looming ahead.

His breath caught. Would he finally rid himself of his epic nightmare? The stain that left an eternal black mark on an otherwise spotless record would finally vanish in a mess of twisted metal and gore. The very idea sent an almost orgasmic chill through his body.

The elation vanished as something else, something strangely familiar, crept into the small car with them.

Failure.

Thanatos gritted his teeth. As the truck came into view, he willed the car to keep its course. The Mercedes shook as it ran over a bump in the road and the cell phone flew off the console to clatter on the floor near her feet.

It must happen.

Cover Reveal: Hollowed Humusara, by J. L. Bond and Val Richards

Hollowed Humusara (Primortus
Chronicles #2)
Coming Soon!!
Summary from Goodreads:It begins again! Skylee Porter thinks the
worst is over. She has faced her greatest fear, the monstrous black-eyed
Brinfrost and survived with the help of Chrism, her shape-shifting sister. Sky
even had the courage to finally admit her true feelings to Will.

But something has changed. The three people she trusts the most are acting
strange. Will seems distant. Her talkative sister has clammed up. Even Airon is
keeping secrets.

Soon, Sky discovers the leaders of the Primortus have plans for her. Then, to
her dismay, they threaten to take away her magical book. The Humusara, the very
thing that tethers her to the world she so desperately wants to protect. And
now, the earth is trembling again. Could there be another Day of Disaster?


Dark powers are at work. Two prophecies loom on the horizon. One declares she’s
the hope of humankind. While the other proclaims she’ll destroy us all.

 

Sky’s destiny awaits her…

 

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About the AuthorsJ.L. Bond and Val Richards met in college in Clarksville Tennessee, where Val excelled in Math and J.L excelled in creative ways to talk Val out of going to class. A few years later…okay, more than a few, they found themselves living about an hour away from one another in Florida and joined forces to write the Primortus Chronicles, YA fantasy- adventure series.  Nowadays, J.L. likes to remind Val that Math isn’t necessary for writing.

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Cover Reveal: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance, by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance
Release Date: 05/05/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of
sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend Sydney calls to rave
about the fun she’s having at a luxurious Malibu rehab (it’s basically a spa!)
and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, Lola
knows what she has to do. Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf
cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.



Lola fakes her way into Sunrise Rehab, only to discover she’s actually expected
to be an addict. And get treatment. And she has insane roommates, and an
irritatingly attractive intake advisor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at
every turn. Worst of all is the strictly enforced NO ROMANCE rule.



Oh, and Sydney? Is gone.



Turns out Sunrise is more jail-like than spa-like, and it’s going to take more
than Lola bargained for just to get through the program.

About the Author
Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and
freelance writer. She studied English and Theater at  McGill University,
then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten
years. Danielle’s short story, Reconciliation, was published in MODERN
MORSELS—a McGraw-Hill  Anthology for young adults—in 2012, her one-act
play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2005,
and her adult novel, FALLING UNDER, was published by Penguin in 2008.
Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

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