Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Time of Dying by Hailey Edwards Virtual Book Tour

A Time of Dying
Araneae Nation, Book Three
by Hailey Edwards

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-61921-660-0

Number of pages: 249
Word Count: 75k

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Available On:
Amazon   BN  Samhain  

Book Description:

They just might survive…if they don’t kill each other first.

Once the future Segestriidae maven, Kaidi lived a privileged life. Now she spends her nights haunting cities ravaged by the plague. Spade in hand, she stalks rows of freshly dug graves for corpses…and then she takes their heads.

Her new life is caked in blood and spattered with gore, but it’s hers. At least until—to her fury—she’s caught napping.

A plague survivor by the skin of his teeth, Murdoch risks his neck to solve the mysteries left in its wake. Bodies have gone missing. Guards have left their posts and never returned home.

When he rouses a female dozing among the dead, he’s unprepared for the violence of her response. Or his. Beneath the grime, she’s lovely. Too bad the blood under her fingernails belongs to his clansmen.

He has no choice but to follow this alluring creature deeper into her world of winged beasts and flesh-eating monsters. She holds the knowledge he craves, but the price is high—and they may both pay for it with their lives.

Warnings: This book contains one heroine in desperate need of a bath and one hero willing to wash away her sins. Expect threats, swears and general cursing. Love is a slippery slope, and these two are sliding.

Can you please share with us a little about yourself?

I’m a wife, stay at home mom, reader, writer, baker and power tools enthusiast.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

No. The urge to write didn’t cross my mind until a few years ago, but I’ve been writing ever since.

Can you share with us your typical writing day.  Is there anything you have to have while writing?

A typical writing day for me is sitting down around noon and writing until two. I generally take a break for family time from then until around eight. Once my daughter is tucked in and my husband is asleep, it’s not uncommon for me to stay up until two or three a.m. writing away.

What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing?

The most challenging part of writing has to be keeping a series fresh and making each book the best it can be.

Can you please tell us about your latest book?

My newest release, A Time of Dying, is the third novel in the Araneae Nation series. It features Kaidi and Murdoch, and it reveals a little more about the plague that’s been sweeping the Araneae Nation.

How did you come with the idea for this story?

The plot for this story sprung from the events of the last book. It was good fun weaving those elements together with the series arc.

Can you share with us your current work in progress?

My current project is A Kiss of Venom, a novella featuring Armand and Nicolette, the assassin sent to murder his sister.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Kresley Cole…

Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style?

In a way, yes. I read a lot of urban fantasy, so I tend to write series with large over-arcing plots. But my writing voice is unlike anything I read, which makes me wonder where it came from. lol

Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.

My knees quaked, but I stood my ground. “I don’t believe everything I hear.”

“In this case…” his eyes glittered, eager for truth to burn my ears, “…perhaps you should.”

By the time a scornful retort had readied itself, he had given me his back. I let my gaze slide over him while I deliberated, the broad expanse of his muscled shoulders coaxing my eyes lower.

No time to be squeamish. While he was distracted, I had to strike. I had to break free of him.

Tightening my fist around the dagger’s hilt, I slipped it from my pocket. Its tip wavered as if it were a divining rod, angling toward his weak spots. I had never sunk a blade in a living person.

But since he had no intention of granting me freedom, I would seize it for myself.

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

I found out last night that Night Burned, the latest Mercy Thompson novel, will be released in March of 2014. That seems way too far away. *sigh*

Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books?

No. Characters come to me fully-formed.  They are their own people, so I don’t have much influence over them at all.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing?

That I can be patient. In all other aspects of my life, I’m 100% instant gratification. With writing, I put in the hours to write the book, edit the book, then the long wait while the book is submitted. At the end of the day, I want to make writing my career.  That means investing the time and waiting for the reward.

 Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff’s department and her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for American Idol. Their dachshund, Poochie, helps Hailey write by snoozing on his dog bed in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

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