In the Spotlight: Destiny Blaine and a contest from Destiny!

5 08 2008

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.

 

Winning Virgin Love is the second story in the Winning Virgin series. A paranormal/urban fantasy, I hope everyone who reads Winning Virgin Love will want to go back and grab the first book too (Winning Virgin Blood). Books 1 and 2 cover the lives and stories of the Spenser twins (Almonzo and Orlando) and their little sister will have her own book also—Winning Virgin Lust (Coming in October). The ultimate ‘wish’ or hope will be for readers to follow this series through to the end.

 

If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?

 

The power to heal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to possess healing powers? I think so. Imagine how it would feel to mend broken hearts and wounded souls one minute and a torn ligament or someone’s life-threatening disease, the next. 

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

 

Write. I’m paying my dues right now so most of the time I am writing but on the rare occasion when I’m not writing, I’m generally doing something with my teenagers and husband. We’re an active sports-oriented family so we’re usually on the go between ballgames and sports complex centers! Then there’s always the adult playgrounds—casinos! I love poker and craps so whenever I have a few days to run, I’m typically casino-bound!

 

Bad boy/girl or perfect gentleman/woman to write about?

 

LOL! Well, I grew up on a cattle ranch/farm so you know I have to love a southern gentleman but the truth is—I prefer the bad boys! From cowboys to vampires, I want my heroes downright naughty!

 

If you could visit any time and place, where and when would it be and why?

 

I’ve been working on a western series (Branded—eXtasy) so I have to say right now, my heart (not to mention current thoughts) tends to stray to the Old West. I think it would’ve been wonderful to live around Stockton, California during the Gold Rush. Between the excitement and the handsome cowboys, a cowgirl sure had a lot of inspiration.  

 

If you could be a shapeshifter, what form would you take and why?

 

Ah, that’s easy—a bird. I could fly away whenever I wanted to go explore new worlds.

Where are you published?

 

 

Currently, I’m published with some of the best of the best and I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I feel very fortunate to be published by very reputable small and mid-size publishing houses in our industry. My new and upcoming releases are with Siren/BookStrand, Whispers Publishing, eXtasy Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Excessica Publishing. I also have some of my short stories with Amira Press.

 

Where can readers reach you?

 

The best way to keep in touch with me is through Just Another Paranormal Monday or by visiting my blog. I’ve included the information below.

 

In fact, stop by at any of the following places to post today, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Winning Virgin Blood (Book One in the Winning Virgin Series). A PDF file will be sent to one lucky winner later today (August 5, 2008). Just click on the links below and post a comment. It’s that easy to enter and one lucky person will win!

 

www.destinyblaine.com

http://www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com/

www.myspace.com/destinyblaine

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ParanormalMonday

 

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

 

I love to write in all genres. I’m fickle when it comes to writing and it’s one of the things I love about this career. A writer can explore topics and worlds they typically wouldn’t visit any other way. Through writing for small presses and e-book publishers, an author has such a wide range of options and there are few ‘taboos’ to confine a writer. It’s a tough business but I wouldn’t change a thing now. I’ve met some wonderful people and made some lasting friendships. Plus, I’ve learned so much about myself and the rest of the world by researching various book topics. I have the best career in the world and thanks to the readers who read me, I get to do what I love—write!  

 

Thank you for allowing me to visit with you today. Since day one, you’ve been one of my favorite people and I’m lucky to count you as one of my friends in the business.

 

Hugs!
Destiny

 

A sneak look into Book 1, Winning Virgin Blood by Destiny Blaine and Siren Publishing:

“Mother, Father! There you are!” Constance ran in and interrupted the meeting they were about to have. “Mother, look at the jewelry Orlando bought me from this woman called Tiffany. Isn’t it beautiful? And guess what, Father?” She turned with a gaze full of life ready to spill her so-called truths as she believed them.

“What, my dear?” Her father played along. His voice matched her enthusiasm as he bent down to allow Constance a knee to perch upon as she told her story.

Orlando paid more for it than most people pay for a Jaguar car!” Her lips pursed at just the right places. Then, they fell open precisely the same way to make sure everyone gained a real understanding of its value.

Almonzo rubbed the back of his neck, releasing a sigh. “I warned you last night.” He chuckled. “By the second.”

Evidently unconcerned with her brother, she continued. Eyes grew larger with each bigger tale. “Oh and do you know what, Mother?”

“What?” Marion shot her husband a look of astonishment, eyeing the diamonds gleaming within their setting.

“I think this was probably more expensive than a Rolls Royce.” The comparison just rolled off her tongue almost as elegantly as the car itself, and again her mouth formed a tight line in a matter-of-fact gesture.

Almonzo leaned on the dresser behind him, crossing his arms as he did. “Here we go.”

“You do?” Her father’s amusement gave the young beauty fuel to continue.

“Yes, indeed. I think maybe even more than a Bentley, and if I was in a betting mood, I’d bet that this necklace was more expensive than a Bugatti.” She nodded and placed her hands on her tiny little hips. She loved to be the center of attention.

Constance?” Samuel Spenser was ready to move on to the next topic after he saw his daughter’s extreme exaggeration.

“Yes, Father?” Her eyelids batted quickly.

“The Bugatti is the most expensive car, or one of the more expensive cars in the world.”

Never indicating that she thought any different, the young girl danced as she screamed excitedly. “I know, Daddy! I know! Isn’t it wonderful?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 responses

5 08 2008
rainedelight

Hey there Destiny,

This series sounds yummy and I definitly have to check them out! Love the cover, who did it at Siren for you?

Thanks for coming and I love that we are friends. It means alot to me that you are in the spotlight here on my blog!

Raine D.

5 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Raine,

Thank you for having me here today. I’m excited about your next Devon Falls book! Note to everyone who stops by to read the blog today: One of the reasons (and just one) that I became Raine’s friend (and fan) is because I first discovered her through her Devon Falls series so check it out while you’re here! :))

Jinger Heaston at Siren created the covers—and I’m crazy about them but I have to admit, I may have my all time favorite in A Matter Among Men (as far as covers go) because she truly captured the story in a nutshell and I think it’s sexy-hot. Check it out and let me know what you think:

http://www.sirenpublishing.com/destinyblaine/amam.asp

Thanks again for allowing me to spend time with you here today! For those of you who are stopping by later, post here and let me know you’ve posted and you’ll be entered to win a lot of different e-titles today!

Big hugs, Destiny

5 08 2008
Phoebe Matthews

Hi, Destiny, as always, your excerpt is fun and makes me want to read more. Love the interview. (Mudflat series author, Bookstrand) Phoebe Matthews

5 08 2008
Anika Hamilton

Hi Destiny and Raine:
Great interview.

Fellow Siren-BookStrand Author, Anika Hamilton
http://www.bookstrand.com/authors/anikahamilton/

5 08 2008
rainedelight

Hey Destiny, Anika and Phoebe

Thanks for popping by and aw shucks, Destiny, you are making me blush. LOL Haunting magic has been giving me fits but I think you will like it once I am done beating it into submission this week. *grins*

Glad to have you here and I look forward to reading this series. Sounds awesome. 😛

Raine D.

5 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Phoebe and Anika!

Thank you for stopping by to blog with us! I’m looking forward to reading more from both of these talented ladies so everyone who stops by—check out their websites so you can see why too. They rock! I’m telling you this so you don’t miss their new and upcoming books!

Raine, what is the final anticipated word count on Haunting Magic? Is it going to be in an anthology?

Hugs!
Destiny 🙂

5 08 2008
Katie D

Great interview Destiny. I can’t wait to try this book. It sounds wonderful.

5 08 2008
Rebekah Elrod

Your book sounds awesome, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview.

5 08 2008
Deidre

It would be nice to be a healer or maybe someone that brings peace wherever they go. That would be a great gift in the world we live in.

Deidre

5 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Katie and Rebekah,

Thank you for stopping by and the compliments. I’m glad you found me here! 🙂 I have to tell you, I’m secretly in love with Almonzo from Winning Virgin Love. Yep, it’s true. (In case my husband of 18 years reads this—sorry honey but I ‘created’ him so I could ‘love’ him—lol) Now let me go on—while Orlando is hell-fire hot, Almonzo is… (hang on—let me take a deep breath for effect). He’s just everything you’d want an alpha-male man to be—and then there’s the part where he’s not. LOL.

Hope you’ll read his story and Orlando’s too!

Hugs!
Destiny

5 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Deidre,

Thank you for stopping by. Yes, I agree with you. In fact, it’s equally as important, I think. Often those who aren’t at peace within themselves have a hard time finding peace with anything else—I know from experience.

I believe if someone finds peace within themselves, they’re better able to create it and discover it from the world in which we live—or at least, I think so for reasons I won’t explain here now. However, it’s a wonderful topic for a blog and I’ve just added it to my blog topic list. Thanks again for posting!

Hugs,
Destiny 🙂

6 08 2008
Daun Ann Korty

A healer, that would be a must. I’d be able to heal my daughters (and mine) mental illness. Great interview.

GO TEAM!!!!

6 08 2008
Kristy Bock

Great interview Destiny!! I can’t wait to read after reading what you posted here today.

Kristy

6 08 2008
Mary Ann J.

Hey Destiny, Great interview. I love it. I just read the except from Winning Virgin Blood and it sounds wonderful!! I may just have to go and get it! LOL
Hugs, Mary Ann

6 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Daun Ann,

I think it would be wonderful to have the gift of healing and it was the first one that came to mind. There’s too much suffering in the world–and it’s often all too unnecessary. Thank you so much for the compliment too. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.

Big hugs for you and your daughter. Keep in touch. :))

Destiny

6 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget to post your comments on books you’ve read and what you’re doing now too! I’ll be back later (or first thing tomorrow morning) to toss out some free e-books).

Can’t wait to see what I’m tossing out? *Sigh* I hoped you’d want to know—go check out my upcoming and current title list and you’ll get a sneak preview at http://www.destinyblaine.com.

Also, be sure to join us at my Yahoo Readers loop when you can. Over 100 new members joined since my Yahoo Loop opened back up for excerpt-related posting and 24/ 7 fun! I hope you’ll join too at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance/

Hugs, Destiny

6 08 2008
amylove

Hey Destiny…

Wow, your sequel.. I’ve been wanting to ask you the sequel of the Winning Virgin series.. I enjoy your 1st book and I can’t wait to read this.. 🙂 Sounds intriguing.. Almonzo story must be related to Natasha’s sister, right? I can’t wait to grab this!!!

6 08 2008
Destiny

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank Raine for having me here as a blogging guest. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read and post.

Don’t forget to post your comments on books you’ve read and what you’re doing now too! I’ll be back later (or first thing tomorrow morning) to toss out some free e-books).

Can’t wait to see what I’m tossing out? *Sigh* I hoped you’d want to know—go check out my upcoming and current title list and you’ll get a sneak preview at http://www.destinyblaine.com.

Also, be sure to join us at my Yahoo Readers loop when you can. Over 100 new members joined since my Yahoo Loop opened back up for excerpt-related posting and 24/ 7 fun! I hope you’ll join too at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance/

Hugs, Destiny

6 08 2008
Daun Ann Korty

Your daughter did a great job on the book trailer. Not bad for a first try.

6 08 2008
monica

Hello Rane & Destiny,
loved the interview ladies,
2 of my very fave ladies together……….yippee!
your excerpt was great…………..
where did you get the idea for the stories?
how do you com up the titles for your books?
what is you fave book to date & why?

Monica
aka
Emma
from Ole London Town

6 08 2008
rainedelight

Hey Destiny,

I finished it last night and it is before I tinker andmy editor gets their hot little hands onit, over 14000+ words. 🙂 WOO HOO! Does a wiggle dance* I am taking abreak and then looking at it today to see if I spot any problems and to make sure I am good to go before I send off to the editor. 🙂

Thanks for asking, Destiny!

Hi Emma,

Miss you on the loops lately. 🙂 Hope all is well.

Raine D.

6 08 2008
Lil

Hello, Destiny and Raine! Hope you ladies are having a great day!

Lil

6 08 2008
rainedelight

Hey Destiny and all,

Thanks for popping ina nd leaving a comment for Destiny. It was a pleasure having her here and seeing what is new with her. 🙂

What I am reading: I am workingon the final Stephenie Meyer book just released, jeaniene Frost’s series, Brenda Joyce’s Time Masters series, anxiously awaiting my copy of Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon and many more on my reading list. This isn’t to say I haven’t touched e-books either. *grins* I just finished Celina Sumemrs Fantasy book, The Gift of Redemption and it is fabulous! Next up is a few EC books waitingpatiently for me to get to them. LOL

Raine D.

6 08 2008
Destiny

Hi!

I tried to post again last night but evidently didn’t have luck. In the past, I’ve had some connectivity problems since I live in a newly developed area but those have been rare now so I was unprepared! I sent a post through but don’t see it and I didn’t want to forget about our contest.

I want to thank Raine for having me as her blogging guest. I want to invite everyone who has posted prior to this post to send me an email today at destinyblaine@yahoo.com.

I have a free e-book to send all of our posters who stopped by to blog with us. Please send an email for the request (which will confirm you are over 18 and eligible for the adult romance). Everyone is a winner! Include Blog Winner in the subject line.

Thanks again to Raine and for everyone who posted or stopped by to read the interview!

Tonight, I have a chat at

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Haunt_at_PNR from 6 until 10 PM EST so stop by and claim a prize or read lots of excerpts.

Hugs, Destiny

6 08 2008
Cherie J

Wow! This series sounds great! As for what I am reading, like Raine I am also reading Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer and loving it. Got to run now. I need to get my 21 month old down for nap. She looks so sleepy.

7 08 2008
Savanna Kougar

Destiny, love your new cover art. Congrats on all your great success!

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