Q&A with Anise Rae and Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming author Anise Rae to Preternatura.  Anise is dropping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her book, Syphon’s Song.  Syphon’s Song was published on March 3rd of this year by Lyrical Press/Kensington and is the first book in Anise’s Mayflower Mages series.

Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. Thanks to her soul deep love of chocolate and a lack of natural grace, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing.  Now transplanted to the south, Anise lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her kids and a dog gifted with the power of finding dirty socks.  Syphon’s Song is a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist.  You can learn more about Anise by visiting her website, on facebook or by following her on twitter.

raeABOUT SYPHON’S SONG:  Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she? Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able to drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons–powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret. Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together…forever. Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.  CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch.

And now, let’s hear from Anise…

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

My latest work is Enchanter’s Echo, the sequel to Syphon’s Song.

Tired of being a pawn in the games of the Republic’s ruling families, enchantress Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life in the junkyard repairing broken gadgets and appliances. But that comes to an end when Edmund Rallis, her one-time love and heir to the Rallis senate seat, saunters into the junkyard carrying proof of Aurora’s illegal enchantments. Yes, she broke the law, but with good reason. He destroys the evidence, but now she owes him a date.

One dance at the annual ball and Edmund pulls her back into the political games she despises. But this time she’s on the front lines. A deadly mage is ripping holes in the bond that keeps the land’s energy safe and steady. If she can’t repair the bond, the territory’s mages won’t survive, and she won’t get the chance to give Edmund the heart she might not need to hide after all.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

Wendy Beck’s The 9th Life

Thea Harrison’s Falling Light

Kresley Cole’s MacRieve

Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian

Favorite book when you were a child:

Anne of Green Gables…If you’ve read the books or seen the movie, then you AniseRae03 lo_resknow Anne has red hair. I always wanted red hair and I could still use some of Anne’s plucky attitude. I read the whole series but I was really hooked when Gilbert showed up. Ah, romance!

Your five favorite authors:

Patricia Briggs

Kresley Cole

Jayne Ann Krentz

Jeffe Kennedy

Ilona Andrews

Book you’ve faked reading:

Gone With the Wind (but I eventually confessed)

Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”

I admire great world building. I especially love it when writers can take one small aspect of reality and twist it so that the ramifications create a brand new world. Meljean Brook did this with her nano-agent poisoned sugar in The Iron Duke, an excellent steampunk romance. Paolo Bacigalupi did this in The Windup Girl, a sci-fi novel, by exploding the effect of genetically modified foods. And of course, there’s Suzanne Johnson’s version of Hurricane Katrina opening the door between the modern world and the historic undead in her Sentinels of New Orleans series.

Genius! All of them!

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

I was at Target not long ago browsing the books, though I really should have been focusing on my shopping list. But hey, who can resist the book section? As I made my way to the Romance shelves, my cart and I came to a complete halt in the kids’ section. Let me make it clear: I was not in the market for a kids’ book.

Journey by Aaron Becker sat on a shelf that was exactly at my eye-level. I had to pick it up. First off, it has a castle on the front. I’m a sucker for a castle. You see, I’m pretty sure it was my destiny to live in a castle during this lifetime, but somehow I’ve fallen off my fated path. But it’s okay. I’ll come back as a princess in my next lifetime.

There’s a little girl on the cover as well. Her back is to the viewer. She’s sitting in a boat that’s heading into the castle…exactly what should have been my destiny. While the castle is beautiful and intricate, the girl is drawn simply. She’s leaning forward, a bit anxious perhaps, but also determined. She’s armed with a crayon.

Journey is the story of a girl who draws her way into adventure, compassion, and friendship. There are only pictures, no words. Yes, it’s intended for kids, but it’s the type of book that every human should own.

Book that changed your life:

This may seem odd, but here goes. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Narcissus in Chains. It was at the end of 2002. I had just become a mother for the first time. My sweet little baby, who must have been an owl in a past life, would NOT sleep. Every twist of DNA in her body was programmed for a 3am bedtime, and nothing I did could change it.

I found Narcissus in Chains during a blurry, exhausted trip to the grocery store. That night I read it sitting in the rocking chair in our loft condo, one arm holding the baby, the other holding the book up in the darkness to catch the dim light from the microwave. (What I would have given for a well-stocked e-reader with a backlit screen! Oh, how we have progressed!)

I started looking forward to those quiet nights rocking, rocking, rocking…just me and my baby…and Anita Blake and Jean Claude.

After that, I devoured every vampire book I could get my hands on. (Eventually I did go back and start at the beginning of the Anita Blake series.) I voraciously read as paranormal genre boomed. It was heaven and here’s why: Ever since I was a kid, the stories that live in my imagination have always included some kind of magic and plenty of romance. After I read Narcissus, I felt like it was okay to write those stories. I’d finally found my people. There were others out there who wanted to read this stuff too! It took awhile, but I finally got my own paranormal romance book published.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Harry Potter…all of them!

What’s next?

I just finished my final draft of Enchanter’s Echo, the sequel to Syphon’s Song. Now it’s sitting an editor’s pile, and I’m working on book three, Sorcerer’s Spin. It currently stars Gregor, one of Bronte’s guards…unless some other hero comes along and shoots him down with a spell and takes over the book. It could happen.

Thank you so much, Suzanne! It’s so exciting to be on your blog!

Ok, everybody, you’ve heard my TBR pile. Now I’d love to know what books are on top of your nightstand/TBR so I can keep mine growing. Would you leave me some book ideas in the comments?

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Thanks, Anise!  It was great having you stop by today.  I think we are all looking forward to reading Syphon’s Song and the next books in the series as well. On top of my TBR pile? I almost hate to admit it, but….Game of Thrones. A friend threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to a George RR Martin read-off, despite my insistence that I really don’t read high fantasy. And yet…there it is, next to my pillow. Sigh. How about you guys?

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23 thoughts on “Q&A with Anise Rae and Giveaway

  1. Thank you so much, Suzanne, for having me on your blog! I’m going to be having a fan-girl moment all day long!! (Fortunately I have very understand colleagues at work.)

    And Game of Thrones! You have your reading cut out for you! I’m impressed!

  2. Falling Light is in my tbr pile as well.
    But on top of it is Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur, followed by The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. Both the last book in a trilogy although very different genres

  3. This looks like an interesting story.
    My TBR pile has Scarlet Devices, Otherwise Engaged and The Kraken King Part II as the next 3 books. I’m holding off on the Game of Thrones series for a while yet.

    • I had to look up Scarlet Devices. Super sexy steampunk? I’m so totally there! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Liz! And Meljean Brook is one of my favorites!

  4. On top of my TBR pile is Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting, going to a book signing by her next month. Syphon’s Song sounds real interesting, thanks.

    • I’m so glad I asked what’s on everyone’s TBRs! I’m adding titles right and left. Kimberly Derting’s books sound fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Roger!

  5. Congratulations on the new release! The Mayflower Mages series sounds intriguing. On top of my TBR pile is The King by J.R. Ward. Love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

  6. Congrats on your release! I definitely will have to read these! 🙂 I have sooo many on my pile! Right now its all books for me to review but one for just me is the newest J.R. Ward, The King.

  7. The book sounds great. Living with an unwanted power and her one true love who will stand by her no matter what makes a very interesting and adventurous read. I’m sold.

  8. the book sounds more than tempting and since i also have patricia briggs and ilona andrews on my favourites authors list i’m even more tempted^^

    thank you for teh discovery

  9. Your books sound very interesting and definitely something I’d like to read. As for the top of my TBR pile – it’s kind of hard to see the top because it’s so tall, but Golem In My Glovebox by RL Naquin just released this week and it’s at the very top, along with Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett.