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Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Tempted by the Storm" by Maxine Mansfield: Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway

Today we have Maxine Mansfield with us, talking about her new release, Tempted by the Storm!

Hi Maxine! Thank you so much for being here today!!!

1) You've probably already talked a bunch about what Tempted by the Storm is about many times so what we want to know is about the characters. What gives you inspiration for your very eclectic characters (like Leeky, he's my favorite)?
I love role playing online video games like Everquest and World of Warcraft. Leeky Shortz is actually based on a friend's rogue gnome, of the same name, from one of those games. I was a healer (The very first Briarlarn as a matter of fact) and one of Leeky's many jobs was to save my sorry butt from one sticky situation or another. How he speaks though, that was just the way he came to my already warped mind. His glove fetish comes from the real life person who played him. The guy is a finish carpenter as his day job, and spoke often about the many many pairs of gloves he owns for every job imaginable.  

2) Can you give us any hints as to what is to come for this series in the future?
The Academy series is 6 books long and is based on a poem I wrote. Touched by the Magic, Tempted by the Storm, Taken by the Passion, A new love is Born. Tamed by the Fire, Tested by the Night, Tried by the Desire, a true love burns bright. Touched of course is the story of Briar and Uthiel, and Tempted is Sarco and Lark's journey. All the stories are set at The Academy of Magical Arts on Albrath, and all the characters you have come to love are throughout the entire series.

3) Do you have any plans for any new series or books other than this series?
I'm not sure if it will turn into a series, but I'm also working on a time travel paranormal right now. It is a 46yr old modern day woman who because of Fate, ends up in 1643 Scotland in the body of an 18 yr old virgin on the eve of her wedding to a highland hunk.

4) I haven't yet had a chance to dive into this new book yet but I absolutely loved Tempted by the Magic. Will we get to see Briarlarn and Uthiel in this book? I would love an update. ;)
Most definitely. There is no way Sarco could ever go on a quest without his best friend Uthiel, and Lark definitely needs Briar's friendship. You will also see plenty of Leeky Shortz, Ray, Highmistress Seychelle, High Mystic Purrell, and a host of brand new faces.

5) And last but not least, do you have anything you would like to add or say to your readers out there?
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading Tempted by the Storm as much as I enjoyed writing it. As a writer, it is my greatest  hope to be able to create a world vivid enough, and fun enough to take you away from every day cares if even for a short time. If I can accomplish that, then I have seceded in my own quest.

Thank You so much for visiting today! I hope you will come back in the future. :)
Thank you, Anna, for having me, and as Leeky Shortz would say, "What the ingrown hairs in the stinky pits of an odiferious ogre organ player dancing the hootcee coutcee in the middle of town square are ya thinking, lass? Go out, drink deep, love hard, and live life like your arse is on fire until we meet again!"

THE BLURB: Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets herinto trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister.As heir to thekingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fufill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand.

EXCERPT: There was only one word that could describe the creature standing before him. Wonderful.
Did you say something?” the woman whispered.
He shook hishead. “Nothing, I just can’t believe my luck. You really are real and here with me.”
She smiled, but her smile didn’t extend to her eyes.
Before another heartbeat passed or another breath taken, he stood at her side. With tenderness, he gazed into her gentle, masked face and took both of her hands in his. He was humbled as her fingers trembled even more than his own did. “We don’t have to do this if you’d rather not.”
She smiled wider, and her eyes gleamed with mischief. “I suppose we might as well. After all, we’re already here, and you’re at least halfway undressed.”
Sliding his hands up her arms and around her shoulders to her back, Sarco felt for and found the clasps holding her gown together. With the flick of a wrist, they gave way, and with a swish, the silky fabric fell to her hips exposing lush, rose-tipped breasts. Just the right size to hold in both hands, to fondle, to caress, to taste.
Hmm, it seems you’re halfway undressed yourself.”

BIO: Maxine Mansfield writes romances in many different forms from her easy chair in the far northern state of Alaska, where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer. She has one very special man, three equally special adult children, and six delightful grandchildren in her life. Not to mention a very bossy and verbal African Grey parrot called Gabriel.


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UP NEXT: In spring 2013 I have the 3rd book of The Academy Series coming out, Taken by the Passion. And that same summer, book 4, Tamed by the Fire is scheduled for release.

PREVIOUS RELEASES: Touched by the Magic (First book in The Academy Series) (jpeg included)

 Maxine is offering one lucky commentor a copy of Tempted by the Storm (paper or ebook, winner's choice). All you have to do to enter is comment below and make sure you leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win. :) This contest is open to everyone!


I would love a PB copy of this book. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Jae Awkins said...

Ah, Maxine...Leeky never fails to come out with something so wildly inappropriate that I am always astounded by his audacity. (gotta love him!)
Can't wait to read Tempted By the Storm!
--- Jae :o)

Unknown said...

I like the book cover.
Thanks for the giveaway.
olga_sergejeva (at)

thanks for the giveaway


Sounds like a wonderful book, and I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Cathy V said...

The blurb and excerpt sound very interesting. This book is on my TBR list :)

pc said...

Love the cover! Great excerpt...this book sounds like a must read! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

laurie said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, and I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

Denise Z said...

Tempted by the Storm sounds like great fun. Thank you for sharing with us. I would love to win an ebook.

Great giveaway! Thank you!


Alicia said...

This sounds like it would be a really fun read :)

Thanks for having the giveaway!

dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I loved Touched by Magic so excited for the rest of this series!!

Charity Costa

Unknown said...

I loved Tempted by Magic I cant wait for the rest of this series!!!

Charity Costa

Charitysbookaddiction at hotmail dot com

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