Author Inteview: Danielle K. Roux

Author Interview

Meet Danielle K. Roux.

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Social media links
Twitter: @DKRoux
Instagram: @DanielleKRoux
Facebook: @DanielleKRoux
Website (which I always forget about): http://www.dkroux.com

The Interview.

Hi Danielle!
Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in San Francisco with my wife and two orange cats. I write weird queer fantasy, drink coffee, and build houses on the Sims. I like true crime and dark fantasy, but I also like fluffy weird books that have a lot of heart. I teach and tutor kiddos with dyslexia so I can spread the joy of reading to them (we always read The Lightening Thief). I have purple hair right now, but I’m probably going to chop it all off soon.

What is your favorite part of writing? The freedom? The characters? The setting?
I like creating characters who get to experience things I’ve experienced so that I feel less alone. Usually there’s several layers of twisted nonsense between my experience and the characters – like they’re having panic attacks while solving riddles in a ruined city, not while trying to find parking at Trader Joe’s. I also enjoy populating a sort of serious fantasy world with people who just want to watch old movies and complain about the lack of eggs, the contrast is fun.
Top three favorite characteristics to give a MC; to give a secondary character.
MC – Quick wit, crippling self-doubt, cool eyes
Secondary – Sarcasm, empathy, cool eyes
Favorite genre to write for?
Fantasy! I’ve been doing sort of mash-up urban fantasy/magical realism/mystery and write now I’m working on a space fantasy. Always gay, but that’s not a genre, that’s just inherently imbued in my writing.
For 2020, do you have any trips planned for writing inspiration?
I’m going to Orlando in February, I’ve not been in like twenty-something years! I’m excited to go to Harry Potter World and pretend I’m at Hogwarts or fight dementors or whatever one does there. I’m also going to BookCon in May which is super inspiring because I’ll get to meet all the cool writers who support me!
If you could co-write with any other author, who would it be?
My BookCon 2019 roomie and author of The Halves of Us Trilogy, Sydney Page Richardson! I think we need to re-write the Babysitter’s Club books but make them spooky and gay.
Plotter? Panster? Both?
I am such a pantser, it’s not even funny. I try to plan out some things, but I ignore them, and just write what I want while drafting. It helps to have editors come back and be like “this makes literally no sense”. Sometimes it really doesn’t, and I can’t even pretend that I wanted it to make sense. I like confusing, twisty, twining things, and I like to push boundaries between realities but sometimes it’s a bit much.
What has been your greatest author experience so far?
Meeting so many amazing writers, I feel like I have a lot in common with way more people than I ever thought. Also, seeing my novel featured on Tor.com as an upcoming fantasy release was incredibly thrilling. There’s been another thing, but it’s still a secret and I’m not sure it will work because reasons but I’m hopeful.
What do you have planned for the new year?
Finishing up my gay space pirate WIP, starting the draft of book 3 of This Will Kill That, editing book 2, going to BookCon. I also have a short story in an anthology, it’s a ghost story which will be coming soon. There’s also the secret project which might not be a secret anymore by the time this interview posts, so, that.
And I plan on reading a lot of books and drinking a lot more tea.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for more weirdness.

 

Thank you Danielle for stopping by.

 

 

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Blog Tour & Guest Post: Dreams of the Dark Sky

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Dreams of the Dark Sky (The Legacy of the Heavens #2)

by Tina LeCount Myers
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In the aftermath of a devastating clash between gods and men, two unlikely allies?one immortal and one human?must band together to survive in the sequel to the epic fantasy debut The Song of All. 
The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. For men, the balance of power between Believer and Brethren, between honoring the gods and honoring the sword, has shifted to favor priests over Hunters.
But it is the legacy of one man’s love for his son that shapes the lives of all who survived.
While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl he’d promised to protect from the secret of her birth.
Raised by Irjan among the immortals, Dárja has been trained to fight by a man who once hunted her kind. Prisoner among the humans, her hatred for them is challenged by the chance to give Irjan what he has always wanted?his son Marnej returned to him.
Together, Marnej and Dárja, human and immortal, must find a way to trust one another if they are to live long enough to learn the truth behind the secrets and lies that have forged their lives.
The Guest Post – Growing old Ain’t Easy

Growing old ain’t easy. At least that’s what my grandmother always said. As a kid, I wasn’t really sure what she meant. I’d always thought my birthdays were easy enough. There was a cake, candles, and presents. I couldn’t wait for my next birthday.

Now, as an adult, I get it. To live a long life takes work. And not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.

When I started writing The Legacy of the Heavens series, I wanted to write about the evolutionary possibility of elves, without ever using the word elf. Instead, I chose to call them Jápmemeahttun (pronounced YAP-meh-meh-ah-toon), the Northern Saami word for immortal. But these folks I’m writing about aren’t really immortal, they’ve just evolved to have a much longer lifespan than humans in their world. Instead of living 50-60 seasons of snow like the humans, my elves can live hundreds of years.

What interested me in examining this kind of longevity were the possible challenges and advantages of living this long. I began by imagining what living to be 200 years old might feel like. Of course, I heard my grandmother’s complaint about how hard it was to get older. It’s one thing to be young forever (a whole other topic) but what happens when the physical body is in decline over a much longer period of time? Does it become less significant because of the duration? Meaning you’d just get used to the decline or forget what it was like to ever be young? Or would it be that much harder? I wondered about boredom. Toward the end of her life, my grandmother’s days varied little. Days were marked by what television show she’d be watching.

But I also wondered about the advantages of a really long life: The possibility to take things slowly, instead of feeling rushed. The potential to live a variety of experiences, because maybe you wanted to be a warrior and a healer, but maybe not all at once. I took this concept of diverse experiences and purposefully expanded upon it by having my elves live as both biological sexes in their lifetime. My elves are born female. They spend the first third to half of their lives as female. Then they give birth and become male. This order was determined in part by looking at existing fertility models, where men, in general, have a longer reproductive window than women. But I was also curious to see how the opportunity to experience both genders in one life might affect the individual’s and the group’s outlook. Could we be—as Tolkien had imagined elves—wiser, more insightful, less prone to seek conflict, and more altruistic? It remains to be seen.

As humans get closer to the type of longevity that our forebearers might consider immortality, it’s important that we imagine and discuss both sides of the potential. A longer life may be both a blessing and a curse. After exploring the concept of immortality for my elf characters in the Legacy of the Heavens series, I’m left with the belief that my grandmother, as usual, had it right. Growing old ain’t easy.

About the Author

Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she’d one day be an author. The Song of All is her debut novel. To find out more visit www.tinalecountmyers.com

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Cover Reveal: Dream Keeper

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Dream Keeper
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: January 29th 2019
The Parliament House
Summary:
The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…
For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.
When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.
 
About the Author
Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.
For more information, visit www.amberrduell.com.
 
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Darkwalker Blitz

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Darkwalker (The Seven Archangels #2)

By Kat de Falla

Genre: NA/Adult Dark Fantasy

Release Date: October 21st 2016

The Wild Rose Press

Summary:

For years, Seamus Bran has been a hermit in a small English town. But when two seers arrive from America seeking the cup of salvation his family has hidden for over two centuries, Seamus must decide whether to protect his blood line or save a woman he’s never met.

Adrienne Perdu is a wealthy orphan living in Paris. She has no idea the weekly meetings she attends are a group of Darkwalkers, pulling humanity in the selfless dredges of soullessness. But Seamus changes everything with a kiss. The illusion of her life is shattered when her eyes are opened to the world as it really is, with angels and demons walking among us.

At Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky inlet in Normandy, France the demons attack trying to gain possession of the Cup of Salvation. As Adrienne and Seamus grow closer, the danger of the ancient war between good and evil crescendos to envelop angels, demons, and seers alike. Will Seamus be able to save the woman he now loves and his family’s prize possession?

 
 
 
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Excerpt:

“Split up!” Lucas called, charging left with three monks on his heels. They went head to head with the ground minions. Seamus and Dean went right, staying close to the two monks.

Lucas was surrounded. Three winged beasts swooped in trying to snatch them up, but Lucas and the monks managed to foil their attempts. The monks were ramming their heels, knees, elbows, and fists into any attacker in their way. Lucas drew his Wakizashi swords and began slashing demons, spilling their intestines, and severing heads from bodies. The scene was reminiscent of a Middle Age killing field. He knew he needed to gash open a pathway like a maggot eating its way through flesh to find the demon leader.

Wiping the crimson life-forced infused fluid off his face, Lucas cast a quick glance at Seamus and Dean to see if they were taking advantage of the blood soaked opening he was creating.

A winged demon snapped the neck of one monk and tore the jugular out of another with his teeth. They were dying out here in the open, like a rabbit in an open field caught in the eyes of a raptor. Casualties amid clouds of black dust continued to litter the field.

“Move under the pillars,” Seamus yelled.

Lucas pulled back so they would be protected by the roof and support columns surrounding the grassy courtyard.

They regrouped. “Let’s harpoon that mother fucker and pull him down to us,” Lucas pointed to the blackhorned demon he’d identified as the leader. “If we can take him down, we might stand a chance.”

The hoard moved in like the fog off a stormy sea.

About the Author

Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer’s Lover was Kat’s first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!

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The Carnival Keepers Blitz

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The Carnival Keepers

By Amber Gulley

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Release Date: October 10th 2016

World Castle Publishing


Summary from Goodreads:

It’s 1879, and James, a time-wasting escapist, is trying to win a bet. His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father’s prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic. But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallows’ Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting to pounce and lead him unwittingly towards a destiny he could never have imagined.

 
 
 
 
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EXCERPT:

“Shut up!” he heard someone shouting from Mr. Scraps’s courtyard.

“Robby!” He wanted to cry, he was so happy to hear his friend again. But his eyes
refused to make tears, and so he grinned madly instead when he saw the cat.
“Arry!”cried Robby, as he looked up from the bird he was ripping into. His eyes glowed
with an unnatural golden light that Arry assumed was due to the strange way his
own eyes were seeing things now.
Casually, Robby tossed aside the limp little carcass he had been nibbling on and bounded up between the table and chairs. Arry noticed a row of very unhappy looking
nightingales sitting on the back fence of the courtyard, but at that moment, it
didn’t seem important enough to mention.
“Oh, Robby!” Arry crouched down and scratched the purring tabby behind an ear. “I
was so worried. I thought you might be dead.”
“Not a chance,” replied Robby, leaning his head into the scratch. “And besides, I
told you you’d be lost without me, didn’t I?”
“Yes, you did.” Arry laughed and then stood up to have a proper look at the
courtyard. As he gazed in wonder at the softly glowing wisteria coiled through
the overhead lattices, he realized he could still hear the angels singing. “Can
you hear that?” he asked Robby, who had wandered back to continue feasting on
the dead bird.
“Hear what?” he replied absently.
“The singing.” It was growing louder, and, although still beautiful, some of its
notes were beginning to sound dark and sinister. “Robby?”
Robby hissed.
Arry had already seen so many strange and wonderful things, he wasn’t entirely
surprised by what he saw next. The nightingales no longer sat on the back
fence, and he only just caught a glimpse as the last one shivered and
shuddered, lifted up its spindly little bird leg, and placed a heavy paw upon
the ground. A rumble like thunder rolled ominously through the courtyard,
scattering the fireflies, as six enormous lions bared their fangs and scowled
at Robby, licking their chops as they began to advance.

 

 

About the Author

Amber Gulley moved from Australia, where she was a qualified massage therapist, to the south of Spain, where she could, amongst other loves, write books and spend as much time in the ocean as possible.

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Dark and Twisted Obsession Cover Reveal

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Dark and Twisted Obsessions (Hearts of Faeylon #2)
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: August 26th 2016
 
Summary:
When Eden returned back to her world, she believed that Jaxson would be right behind her. She was wrong. Now Eden is back home in her own world while Jaxson is stuck in Faeylon, a world that is as magical as it is treacherous. Eden wants nothing more than to return to Faeylon and find Jaxson, but that is easier said than done. She is locked away, her sanity in question for admitting that she sees fae and magical creatures. Determined to escape and get back to Faeylon, she will have to befriend unlikely people. She is willing to risk everything for Jaxson, but is he the same boy she knew? 

 

Jaxson paid a price for Eden’s safe return home, and that price was greater than Eden will ever know. Now he battles a dark force that threatens to consume him. Can Eden get back to him before it is too late? And when she finds him, will he be the same person she fell in love with?

 

Travel to the world of Faeylon where magic is everywhere and the creatures you thought were only in fairytales are very much real, but not as you imagined.

 

 

Dark and Twisted Obsessions, the second book in the Hearts of Faeylon series, a fast-paced read with heart stopping twists and turns on every page.
 
 
 
Previous Book in the Series (click on image for Goodreads link):
 
About the Author
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.
Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.
Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky). 
Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.
Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl, Barbie World, Doll Face, and Southern Sugar.
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