Spotlight: Lana K. Dempsey Visits to Talk About New Adult Paranormal Western Romance, A COWBOY’S TRUE COLORS!
Today, fellow author Lana K. Dempsey is stopping by to talk about her latest book!
Hello, Lana! As always, it's a pleasure to see you. Welcome to the MLB blog! :)
Hi! I'm Lana K. Dempsey, Lana Kay to my relatives, said with a long drawl on the second half. I write about hot cowboys.
Thank you for having me! I love your name, by the way; it evokes such a wonderful calming image. It makes me feel like I'm being interviewed at a fancy spa!
Of course! And thank you for the compliment on my name. So kind of you.
Let me ask a few questions since you're here...
Can you tell us a little about your latest book? When did it come out and where can we get it?
A COWBOY’S TRUE COLORS is my debut novel and can be found on Amazon today! Right now! Go get it! Hurry, before they sell out. ;) Ha ha!
It’s the first in a series, The Mystical Traditions of Buckshaw Ranch. Book 2 is due to come out in a week or so, around mid-July. Book 3 won’t be far behind, it’s due out August 11th! It’s a novella which will be published in The Hell Yeah! Kindle World. Book four is already in the plotting stages.
Book 1, A COWBOY’S TRUE COLORS is about a group of young adults who come into a family legacy of subtle, but definite, supernatural powers. More everyday magic, if you will. Nobody is flying through the air or anything. Ha, ha! Meanwhile, they fall in love, have hot sex, and uncover an epic, multi-generational conspiracy. It’s a rich, layered story with a few surprises along the way.
It’s a no-brainer for me. I grew up in Texas; painting a picture of a hot cowboy comes easily. I love my characters and the early feedback is all good! I know you’ll love them too!
Sounds great! Congratulations on your new series!
So, what inspired you to write this book? And how did you get into writing Sensual Romance?
That’s easy, the great Sable Hunter. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a romantic at heart. Sable read the first draft of book 1 and encouraged me to go forward with publishing. She also inspired me with her amazing skill as a storyteller.
Honestly, it didn’t take much of a nudge. I was set to pop. I’ve been writing and telling stories since I was a small child. I really get into the worlds and the characters. By the time I’m done, I feel like I could reach out and touch them.
Awesome! Well, I think that's the way it's supposed to be. ;)
Tell us...what, do you feel, sets your book apart from other books in the genre?
Here is a quote from Sable Hunter regarding my second book, “a unique mix of genres cowboy/paranormal/new adult with some interesting history woven in to tie it all together.”
Another thing is I’m a born and raised Texan. I need only take a trip into Shiner (Yes, the town that makes the beer) for lunch, sit by a window and watch the real cowboys walk by. All it takes is one with a story on his face for me to set off down the merry trail of creating a fictional world.
Please give us a teaser or two of the book if you can.
(from book 1)
For the briefest moment he stopped his scan of the room and studied her. Or was she remembering that wrong? She was never sure. Either way, his expression didn’t change and he continued his inventory of his fellow classmates. After that, he hadn't spoken to her until the last couple of days.
“Ah, yes. I'm sorry about that, I was a bit distracted. It wasn't for lack of interest, I assure you.” Victor pressed himself a little closer to her under the blanket.
“You don't seem very distracted now.”
This made him laugh. “Honestly, I've been worried about my brother. Right now he seems a bit taken with your friend, so I feel a little less guilty about indulging in my own interests.”
“Is Reggie okay?” she asked.
When Victor didn't answer right away, her mind raced through various possibilities. Maybe Reggie was sick, he hadn’t been to school, they’d only just met him tonight.
“I'm sorry, I really can't share that with you right now.”
Astrid instantly regretted having asked. The lighthearted mood was gone. Dang it! She chided herself for having brought it up. Then she had an idea. Before she could talk herself out of it she leaned into him and with her open palm drew a long caress down the length of his thigh. She felt him freeze up. Afraid she might have offended him with her forwardness, she paused and tilted her head up a little bit in an attempt to read his face in the dim light.
How wrong she had been.
Victor met her upturned face with the full force of his lips on hers. His leather jacket whispered as he reached around and grabbed her by the back of the neck to pull her closer to him. Despite her heart beating so hard it seemed about to jump out of her chest, she turned into him draping her knee over his leg. She brushed against the bulge between his legs with her thigh. The warmth there and the image of what lay beneath those Levi's made her melt entirely.
“I’ve wanted to kiss you for so long.” Victor practically growled the words when he finally pulled away from her long enough to speak.
“I want to do more than kiss you.”
The feel of her voice, hot and sultry against his neck, was enough to drive him wild. How had he held this in for so long?
“That can be arranged," he told her, thinking ahead of places he could get them some privacy. Maybe next time at her house, before her mom comes home, he plotted.
“Where can we go? I'm not kidding, I want you now.” The urgency inside her would not be ignored. This new, demanding part of herself seemed to be taking over.
“Now?” His heart stuttered a beat as he realized she was completely serious. Again, he grabbed her by the neck and kissed her long and hard, this time pushing his warm tongue past those sweet lips. Eagerly she responded, pressing her chest up against him and letting out a tiny moan.
That was it, he was completely undone. I will have her now, he said to himself. “This way.” His voice was thick with the ache of desire. Gathering up the blanket, he draped it over his shoulder and grabbed her by the hand.
She followed silently, her body alive, vibrating to an age old rhythm. Watching him walk ahead of her, she suddenly felt a proprietary right to watch the roundness of his behind without restraint. It was beautiful and she couldn't wait to see it in the flesh.
A lot of tension between these two!
Let's try another question, okay?
I'm sure readers are curious about your next writing project. Can you tell us what you've got cooking up now or is that a secret?
As mentioned Book 2 is days away from release and Book 3 is part of Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah! Kindle World to be released on August 11, 2016.
Both books are part of The Mystical Traditions of Buckshaw Ranch, however, the KW book is meant to be a standalone, so it won’t spoil anything significant to read it out of order.
I tell you, it’s a lot of fun to be part of the Hell Yeah! Kindle World. Sable always has tons of prizes, fun conversations, as well as contributions from other authors. It’s like a party that never ends!
Great! Sounds like it's right up my alley! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about A Cowboy's True Colors, Lana!
Thank you so much for having me, Marie! It’s been a pleasure.
You're welcome! Really, the honor is mine. ;)
Readers, you'll just have to pick up a copy of this riveting new adult steamy, paranormal western romance! Wow, that's quite a mouthful. LOL.
In any case, check it out, everyone!
Here is the blurb for A Cowboy's True Colors.
Everyone’s last year in high school is always chaotic. This is especially true for Astrid at White Wood School. As if having a bully, an absentee father, and a best friend with a big problem weren't enough – she also has to deal with having a secret power. Anytime she sees someone, Astrid also sees a kaleidoscope of colors surrounding them. Each individual’s emotions swirl in a changing pattern, allowing her to know what they’re feeling. This sixth sense complicates her life further, especially when she meets the one person whose colors she can't read - Victor Berenger, a tall handsome cowboy with smoldering eyes. Every time Astrid is around him, she thinks her heart will beat out of her chest. When she finds out he is equally drawn to her, she’s thrilled. The man certainly knows his way around the bedroom. Life seems just about perfect…until the day Astrid’s vision takes a new twist. A set of colors appear on the school grounds–only this time they aren’t attached to a human! A mystery unfolds that threatens Astrid and her friends. To her surprise, Victor holds a piece of the puzzle. Join these two as they learn one another’s secrets, as well as the hidden, magical history of White Wood School.
*Content Warning: Contains explicit scenes and language. Intended for 18+ Audience
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/ACowboysTrueColors
Add it to your Goodreads TBR list!
Sounds like a sexy, fascinating read!
About the Author:
I'm Lana, a lifelong Texan, dog lover, and writer of sensual romance. When I say 'sensual romance' I mean I include real life in my stories, and real life includes sex.
I divide my time between Austin Texas and a small family ranch not far from Shiner. Shiner is the home of Shiner beer, I've been known to stop off at their tasting room before rolling up my sleeves to get to work on the ranch. Like many Texans I've got a bit of everything in me, German, Native American, and some Creole influence. Nothing like a little spice to liven things up.
Writing is much like reading, I need to feel the story in the same way a reader would. I adore leading men who are strong, but aren't afraid to love. My goal is to fall in love as I write, it's the only way my reader will as well.
Come with me and get to know a hot cowboy or two. It'll be fun!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lana-K.-Dempsey/e/B01DWSO7LO/
I'm Lana, a life long Texan, dog lover, and writer of sensual romance. When I say 'sensual romance' I mean I include real life in my stories, and real life includes sex.