Q&A with Dena Garson (and #Giveaway!)


Today, join me in welcoming author Dena Garson! Dena is here to celebrate the release of WHEN ASH REMAINS, which released on March 2, and to subject herself to the Preternatura Q&A.

ABOUT DENA: Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. Her sixth book, Mystic’s Touch, won the 2015 Passionate Plume for Futuristic/Fantasy/Sci-Fi as well as the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Time Travel. Ghostly Persuasion finaled in the 2014 Passionate Ink contest and the 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Your Wild Heart finaled in the 2016 Passionate Ink contest. When she isn’t writing you can find her at her jewelry workbench playing with beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan. You can learn more about her and her books at www.denagarson.com.

ABOUT When Ash Remains: A warrior with a missionThere isn’t a buffalo or deer that Kajika cannot take down. So when his cousin is slaughtered he relishes the chance to track down the killer. The trail leads him to a woman with gifts he has trouble believing in. Despite their differences he cannot fight his instinct to protect her from all threats – even those he cannot see. That drive even rivals his desire to explore every inch of her body….A woman with a destiny…Knowing the spirits will protect her, Ahyoka allows the handsome warrior to take her to be questioned by his chief about the unexplained deaths in their village. He may not believe in her abilities but he is one of the few who doesn’t treat her like something to be feared or shunned. He awakens feelings that make her yearn for things she thought she’d never have. Her biggest fear is that once he learns the full extent of her gifts he will reject her like most of her tribe did….A killer twisted by hurt and anger…Kajika and Ahyoka must work together to find the one responsible for the string of deaths in and around their villages. Faith, trust, and even a little bit of love will be needed to defeat the killer and right the wrongs committed in the pursuit of power and revenge.

Now, let’s hear from Dena!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your new book.

When Ash Remains is about a warrior who sets out to hunt for his cousin’s murderer but finds love in the form of a gifted Spirit Talker from another tribe.

Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?

My favorite scene is the ending where we get the HEA. I won’t give too much away, but I always love seeing a strong character – especially the hero – willing to make him or herself vulnerable for the one they love. Admitting you love someone for the first time is an incredibly intimate, yet vulnerable moment. Because the character doesn’t know for sure if their feeling will be rejected or not. *sigh*

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

I have two RITA books left to read (can’t name names since I’m judging them), but after those I plan to start Laurann Dohner’s VLG series (yes, I’m behind). [Suzanne’s note: the RITAs, awarded annually by Romance Writers of America, are to romance books what the Oscars are to movies. I just finished judging my pile too!]

Favorite book when you were a child:

As a young child probably Alice In Wonderland. I still have that book – it’s a lovely hardback edition that I’ve kept through more than a dozen moves.

Your five favorite authors:

Julia Quinn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephanie Laurens, Karen Marie Moning, Angela Knight

Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)

I don’t remember faking reading any book entirely. I’m certain there were some high school or college books that I didn’t finish or skimmed more than really read, but I would have read at least part of it.

Book other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:

I love Julie Garwood’s Guardian Angel. I’ve read it more than a dozen times. If you like historical romance, I think it’s a must read. The characters are simply delightful!

Book that changed your life:

I couldn’t tell you the title or the author at this point but it would have to be the very first romance I ever read. My great aunt had a monthly subscription to the former Zebra historical romances and she would pass them along to me to read. After that first one, I was hooked on the romance genre and have never looked back.

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

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. That’s a great series. She blended history with romance and time travel so well.

Favorite book about books or writing:

Stephen King’s On Writing. I have to admit to being reluctant to read it because I have not been able to read any of his books ever since I tried to read “It” back in high school (still cannot walk over a storm drain *shudder*). But a friend recommended it and I am so glad I read it.

What’s next?

I’m working on a Steampunk romance that hopefully will be part of a box set to come out later this year. And I’d like to get into a sci-fi romance set that a group has been putting together for later this year. *fingers crossed*

What about you guys? If you could recommend one book to a friend with similar taste in books, what would it be? Leave a comment for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card or Book Depo equivalent if you’re outside the U.S. Winner announced on Sunday.

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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 “Q&A with Dena Garson (and #Giveaway!)

  1. I would recommend Royal Street and the entire Sentinels of New Orleans series. As I always do. Just added When Ash Remains to the Kindle Thanks for the Q&A..

  2. When Ash Remains looks interesting. Will add it to my TBR list. I definitely would recommend The Others series by Anne Bishop or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

  3. Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword. I’ve been know to buy copies and hand them out to friends. Love, love, love that book!

  4. I have been know to buy copies of Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword and hand them out to friends. Love, love, love that book!

  5. I have been known to tout the first book in various series. Like Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series, Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, or Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.

  6. It would be Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series and Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series.

  7. aside your books, i’ve recommended patricia briggs ” mercy thompson”series, Kate daniels series by ilona andrews and the others by anne bishop

  8. I have to say OUTLANDER. It is a great series and I can relate to wanting to be able to read it again for the first time. (That sentence makes no sense except in my head.)

  9. Just today I recommended Robin McKinley’s “The Hero and the Crown”. The reader was looking for the Hobbit, but that one was not available. I recommended that one too. I love books. I generally read and suggest younger aged books because that is the crowd I run with (or after as the case may be). I love books!

  10. I’m always recommending books to my sister. I told her about Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books and she gobbled them up. I’m reading Anne Bishop’s Written in Red and I’m definitely going to tell me sister to read this one. 😀

  11. Cover looks so fierce, love it! If I could recommend a book, right now I’d recommend Six of Crows 🙂