Angels and Amulets–Q&A with author AJ Norris (& #Giveaway)

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Today, please welcome author A.J. Norris to the blog. She’s here today to talk about writing and to celebrate the July 12 release of HER BLACK WINGS, first in a new series called The Dark Amulet.

ABOUT AJ: A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and paranormal romance novelist. She began writing as a way to dim down the voices inside her head. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else’s head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones make the hard work of writing all worth it. She is a movie buff, especially book adaptations, loves watching her son play baseball and communing with other writers. She lives with her family, who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, or on her website and blog.

And now let’s hear more about Her Black Wings:

norris coverABOUT HER BLACK WINGS: Amalya Rivers longs to die and end her lonely existence—but it doesn’t work out that way…A former runaway turned criminal, Amalya is murdered and thrust into a treacherous world full of red-skinned, horned beasts under the control of the Demon Ruler, Abaddon, instead of enjoying peace and serenity like she hoped. But saving a young child from a certain brutal death in the last moments of her life has earned her a chance at salvation. …Elliott the Redeemer wants no part in saving another soul…After one too many failures at redeeming lost souls, the nail-biting, self-pitying Elliot has had enough of his work and would prefer to live out his eternity on Earth drowning in bourbon. It doesn’t matter that Amalya has grown black feathered wings signifying the good that still dwells within her. He can’t risk failure again….Amalya must save someone from her past in order to escape Abaddon’s rule…She has to prevent the now grown child she saved from committing murder or risk returning to Netherworld with Abaddon for good. She can’t do it alone, though. Amalya needs the help of the angel sent to guide her, but their emerging love might not be enough to convince Elliot she’s worth the risk. …Amalya loves her black wings. She knows she’s meant to be an angel—and she will stop at nothing to prove it.…

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Now, let’s hear from AJ! (And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end…)

Q&A: A.J. Norris

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

 Her Black Wings is about a girl that wasn’t the best person in life but at the end of her life she makes the ultimate sacrifice and earns a chance to redeem her soul. This book is book one of the Dark Amulet Series.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

My favorite scene is when the hero and heroine meet for the first time. The hero’s untimely reaction always makes me laugh.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:

The hardest scene is always the one right after the climax. A lot of times I’m like, now what? I worry about the ending not being as good as the lead up.

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

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Favorite book when you were a child:

The Lorax

Your five favorite authors:

J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Donna Grant.

Book you’ve faked reading:

LOL! Great Expectations (SJ: Congrats for not saying MOBY DICK!)

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

Oh man, does every book count?             

Book that changed your life:

I can’t pinpoint one book, but any romance that I’ve read. I love romance and that is the reason I write it.

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

Dark Lover, by JR Ward

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

My hand cramps and I lose my place.

Favorite book about books or writing:

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

 Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):

Do you think I could write a book? The answer is yes, everyone has at least one book in them but you have to work hard on your craft and be able to take constructive criticism and learn from it and also stay true to your own voice and your vision.

What’s next?

I have a romantic suspense which will be published later this year or early next. I’m working on book three of this series and book two comes out in August.

Thanks, AJ! And The Art of War for Writers is on the top of my writing craft TBR pile. Sounds like I need to go ahead and read it!

Okay, AJ has several tour giveaways, including two $25 Amazon gift cards, 2 copies of her new book, a tote with swag and an autographed book, and the top prize, a 7-inch Kindle Fire. And if, indeed, everyone has at least one book in them, what genre would your book be in? (And click to enter the giveaway if the form doesn’t pop up.)

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

16 thoughts on “Angels and Amulets–Q&A with author AJ Norris (& #Giveaway)

  1. I dare say I’ve got a whole library inside of me though my inner librarian aka writer is currently honing her procrastination skills *cough* anyway, overall I’d say speculative fiction in general, but as of lately I feel there’s a cozy mystery just waiting to sneak out of my, well, library.

  2. Fantasy. The one I am getting out of me at the moment is fairy tale retelling but I have a couple of (sub)urban fantasies in me as well. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. It would have to contain paranormal, romance, historical fiction, steampunk

  4. I wrote one (very bad) contemporary romance. I have two half-finished fantasy books. The last story to form in my head was about a mailman who stumbles upon a terrorist plot. The book I am most qualified to write is probably a cookbook on repurposing leftovers. Lol.

  5. I remember trying to write a mystery story at ten years old and only got down two sentences. So I rather read stories then try to write one, but if I got bitten by a creative bug, maybe a steampunk fantasy.