Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Authors Who Have Inspired Me Guest Blog and Giveaway with Brenda Dyer

Hello to you all. My name is Brenda Dyer. The ladies of Vamp Chix Bite Club have been kind enough to allow me time on their blog. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Come on in and take a seat--not literally, LOL. I brought coffee, raspberry tea, Earl Gray, cookies, and donuts. Help yourselves.

I had a tough time coming up with a topic, so I decided to pick a topic we all may have in common: the love of reading romance novels. The genre of my choice is paranormal romance because that's mainly what I read and it's the genre of my debut novel, Love's Prophecy.
Once I stumbled onto paranormal romances, I ate up all I could find. And along the way, I've found some authors who have simply blown me away.

The first author whose paranormal series hooked me was Sherrilyn Kenyon. I couldn't get enough of her Dark Hunter series. One of my favorite books was Dance With The Devil. Zarek was the right amount of handsome, sexy, dark, wounded, and in need of love and saving. I fell deeply in love with him. LOL, I wanted to be the woman whose love saved him.

The next author whose series I gobbled up was Karen Marie Moning. My favorite novel from her was The Immortal Highlander. The hero from that story was Adam Black. OMG, I still get butterflies when I think of him. He was so dark, so sexy, so out of any woman's league...and when he gave up his immor...I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it yet.

The next author who snagged me good and tight was the fabulous J.R. Ward. From the first page of Dark Lover to the last page of Lover Enshrined--I haven't read passed Phury's book yet--I was in AWE! Not to mention in love with all the hunky vampire warriors. My favorite character was Vishous. I loved Z and I bleed for him, but there was just something dark and edgy about V. He grabbed my heart and made my knees weak.

LOL, I wanted to be Jane until...well for those of you who have read the book know, but I won't ruin it for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of reading it.

All of these authors have helped inspire me to write my novel, Love's Prophecy. I may never meet these wonderful ladies, but they have my deepest respect and thanks.

But there is another author who's a favorite of mine, but he doesn't write Romance. He writes Fantasy. And I must say, he has been a huge inspiration to me and the writing of my series. His name is J.R.R. Tolkien.

My love of all his works started when I was in high school. My favorite of his is The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. I love the deep history in his worlds.

Well, I yapped your ears off long enough. Now it's your turn to have the floor.

My question to you all is, who are some of your favorite authors and why?

Also, I would like to give away a copy of my novel, Love's Prophecy. Leave your email address with your comment. And good luck to you all.

Love’s Prophecy

By Brenda Dyer

Dark warriors of might...

Mel is a vampire warrior sworn to hunt and kill demons in the dark streets of Vancouver. But he's burdened with a new assignment: find the meaning behind the Vampire Prophecy.

Having no faith in the gods and their empty words, he believes there's no truth to the ancient legend until he meets Breeana, a human woman who bears the mark of the prophecy and resembles the mysterious woman haunting his dreams. When a vengeful demon spies Breeana in his arms, she is marked for death. He must take her from the world she knows until he can eliminate the threat. But the real danger is the role Breeana must play in fulfilling the prophecy and the intense feelings she brings out in him. Mel is forced to choose between his obligations to his kind, the world, and the woman he loves. Does he have the courage to let the one woman who could heal his wounded heart and soul go, or will he risk her life and bind her to him for all eternity?

Small warriors of light...

Veterinarian, Dr. Breeana Spencer yearns for love and companionship, but the disappointment of failed relationships have left her bitter. She now finds solace in romance novels. But when she meets a mysterious stranger, she's drawn to him by a connection so forceful it shatters all reason, leaving her incapable of resisting him. Yet there's more to him than smoldering good looks and a rock-hard body. As she's drawn deeper into his danger-filled world, she learns she's part of an ancient vampire legend. Breeana fears her future is no longer hers and will not include Mel. As their enemies close in, desperate to destroy them both, she must fight to convince Mel her place is at his side. A life-altering choice is before her—one that will take all her courage and love to make.

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About the Author:

Brenda Dyer lives in the small town of Sooke off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, two teenage boys, and an assortment of animals.

She is a graduate from LongRidge Writers group.

When she isn't writing you can find her out in her gardens or working with her two miniature horses.

Brenda loves to hear from readers. If you would like to contact her, visit her website.


Roni said...

The king of the BDBs, Wraith. I'm not sure if it's because his book was my favorite, or the book was my favorite because of him.
I'm always looking for new paranormal authors, and would love to read your first one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ella Quinn said...

I love Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett, C.S. Harris. I'm always looking for new authors, but I'm so picky about historical details.

christine warner said...

Thanks for sharing your authors with us're giving me more reading material. I was a naughty reader, in the sense that I read my favorite genre and rarely veered. I love contemporary romance and romantic suspense and I have to admit that this year I decided to expand my horizons to other genres! I have your book and am excited to get started on it...and I might have to check out these other authors as well!

Congrats on your book! You are awesomesauce!!!

Jenna said...

Love my historical authors--Jo Beverley, Lisa Kleypass, Mary Balogh, and Kathleen Woodiwiss--but I'm reading a variety of genres now, mostly from writers I've recently met via blogs and Six Sentence Sunday. I love Gem Sivad's westerns, and Jessica Subject's sci-fi and fantasy, and Lisa Kumar's fantasy. And most recently paranormal in Love's Prophecy by Ms. Dyer. :)

Great post, Brenda!

Maggie O'Malley said...

I love Kenyon and Ward too. Paranormal rules.

Martha Ramirez said...

J.R. Ward has always been on my list to check out (heard she was excellent) but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder.

Nice topic!

Cylver said...

Brenda, your book sounds awesome! Whether I win or not, I'll definitely be reading it soon!

I have way too many favorites to list them all here, but my VERY favorites are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, P.N. Elrod, D.B. Reynolds, Adrian Phoenix, Lara Adrian, and of course J.R. Ward.
Why yes, I am a bit of a vampire junkie, why do you ask??


Brenda said...

Hey, Roni. Ooooh yeah, Wrath is smoking freaking hot! Could you imagine seeing him in a dark alley? I'd faint--from fear and lust, lol.
Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda said...

Hello, Christine. I'm like you, normally I don't really read much out of my preferred genre, but this year I have ventured out and found some great authors and fantastic stories that are now on my keepers list.

Thanks for coming by--you're AWESOMESAUCE! I hope you have a sun shiny day!

Brenda said...

Hi, Jenna. I was huge historical reader. I strayed for a few years, but have gotten back into them again. My favorite historical romances where actually a blend of two genres: time travel and historical.
Thank you for stopping by.

Brenda said...

WhooHoo, Maggie. You and I are on the same wavelength!
Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment!

Brenda said...

Mart, thank you so much for visiting.
J.R Ward's books are Awesome with a capital A.

Brenda said...

Cylver/Sylvie, I like your style, lol, and your authors.

Us vamp junkies need to stick together. I keep hearing vampires are going out of style. I say that's a huge load of bull.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Brenda said...

Ella, thank you for stopping by. I know exactly what you mean when you say you're picky about historical details. I love history and I know a fair amount--especially medieval history--and it gets annoying when I read a historical in that time period and the facts are wrong.

Lia Davis said...

Great post! I love JR Ward's BDB series. Love her voice! Can't wait for Thor's book next week. My favorite book from the series is Dark Lover.

Harlie Reader said...

As an aspiring writer, my inspiration is Julie Garwood and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Their writing is crisp, clean and their heroes are flowed but honest. Plus, their heroines are not TSTL.

Great interview.


Brenda said...

Lia, thanks for stopping by. I watched a vid J.R Ward had on her fb--you should have seen the stacks and stacks of books she had ready for the release.

Brenda said...

Harlie, I loved Julie Garwood. I tell you, I miss those writers. I should pull all those books out from my closet and read them again.
Hey, do you remember a book called Skye O'Malley--written by Beatrice Small?

Lisa Kumar said...

Brenda, I loved Dance with the Devil, too! One of my fav S.K. novels.

And you used to read time-travels? I loved anything by Lynn Kurland at one time. I think most, if not all, of hers are time-travels.

Now I'm reading a lot of indie and small press authors like Casea Major, Jenna Jaxon, Allison Merritt, and of course, Brenda Dyer:) They write in diverse genres. I met these talented ladies through blog hops and loops and am glad to have new material to read.

Brenda said...

Aw, Lisa, you are the sweetest. Thank you! And I'm so happy we met--and your novel, Bound By The Mist is one of my favorites!

PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Benda

Who are some of my favorite authors and why?
Wow that is A LOT of Authors. LOL I read a lot, 1-2 books a day & I'm sure you guessed from my name that I really enjoy reading the Paranormal Genre, I lovve my Vampires, Werewolves, Shape-Shifters, Dragons, Demons, Incubus, Mermen, Satyr, Elves, Faeries, Ghosts, Witches, Warlocks, Zombies...I'm sure I left sure paranormals out. LOL But I also enjoy the Genres of BDSM, Cowboy/Western, Contemporary Romance, Interracial Romance, Romantic Comedy, Futuristic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense & Historical/Regency....I REALLY like to read LOL....that's why I have ALOT of Favorites Authors that would take up your entire Giveaway page to name. LOL.

Take Care Brenda & Best Wishes To You,
PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)