I love this! The excerpt really got me.
The series is The Universe Chronicles by Claire Davon, a Paranormal Romance whose latest released last week.
Shifting Auras ~ The Universe Chronicles Book 1
Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.
She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.
Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.
But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.
The metallic squeal in the distance indicated the train was arriving. A light in the tunnel swept across the concrete wall as it rounded a curve and the brakes continued to shriek. People began to crowd the yellow line, jostling for position, trying to determine where the doors would open so they could leap on and get a seat, a premium on the Metro.
By now the train was visible, moving at a rate that didn’t seem normal. His experience with the Washington Metro was limited, but the tube in London would have been slowing by now.
Awareness flowed through the air, and there was a shift in the commuters as they began to understand that something wasn’t right. Ian released Maya and shoved her behind him. People scattered as the train started screaming into the station at too high a speed.
“Bugger all,” Ian said and reached out with his talent.
Without warning, Maya was yanked from behind him and hurtled toward the moving train before he could halt her.
He split his mind, one focusing on the subway cars and one on her. People were flowing around her, one or two pausing to try and help the woman jerking past them. Maya careered forward, out of their grasp. Sparks lit the tracks as the wheels lifted off the rails, the engineer no doubt applying the brakes in an effort to make the cars stop.
Ian’s talent blazed through him, starting in his belly and moving up his body. It pulsed and crackled, filling him with power fueled by fury and desperation. He reached out his hand, the palm glowing red as his ability hissed out in an arc. Maya halted on the demarcation line that had just been vacated, her eyes wide and staring. Her body was stiff, and her head was bent backwards in an attempt to clear it from the path of the oncoming train.
Beads of sweat broke out along Ian’s body as he found the train’s brakes on the wheels, applying pressure via his telekinesis. The conductor was already applying everything to the pedals, but they were going all the way to the floor. Instead, Ian focused everything on those pads, stomping down as if he were physically there. The train lurched and made a shrieking sound as it slowed. It slid by Maya, her hair blowing back from the rush of displaced air.
For a panicked moment, Ian saw Maya falling onto the tracks in his mind’s eye. Inside, the people standing were thrown forward and then back as the brakes caught. The train shuddered and ground to a halt.
Tracking Shadows ~ The Universe Chronicles Book 2
Since the day Jiana Falco was forced to join the paranormal agency Night Stars, she’s been planning her escape. She uses her bodyguard’s split-second of distraction to vanish into the shadows, and burns the last bridge by saving Quillan Hardis.
But now, locked in Quillan’s muscular arms, pinned by his calculating amber gaze, his invisibility talent shielding them both, she’s in even deeper trouble. If that’s possible.
Quillan didn’t get to Universe Corps’ highest echelons by being a fool. The rare shadow manipulator in his grip is too easy a prize to be anything but a setup. A pretty lure he should send back to Night Stars. Instead, he holds on—and in changing her fate, he seals his own.
Under a secret order to unlock her untapped power—by any means necessary—Quillan takes Jiana on the run with only a precog’s vague direction, and a spark of desire that blooms into something warm and genuine. But her fear of being clawed back into Night Stars’ control could drive Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing will get her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.
But her fear of Night Stars could drives Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing can lead her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.
About the Author
Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her diet quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.
In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Before she was published, she sold books on eBay and discovered some of her favorite authors by sampling the goods, which was the perfect solution. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Challenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well as.
While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.
Hi Claire, and thank you for being here today.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Certain phrases. Because I’m a panstser with a word goal every day I allow myself to just write, and whatever comes out, comes out. That means that all my “go-to” catch phrases make themselves into my work time and again. My first drafts will be littered with people who shrugged and looked and did something “after a moment.” I try to catch all that in later drafts…but I sure hope my first drafts never see the light of day. Oh the shame!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I am not sure anything any of us do is “original” but I tend to write what I like to write and hope that the readers follow me. For instance, I am pretty sick of vampires and werewolves as main characters and so I tend to write other types. However, every time I do a party takeover and ask that question I would say six people out of ten still prefer vampires and werewolves. It truly is a trope that will not die. People like what they like and that’s great.
I can’t chase trends, not if my passion isn’t in it. The two new hot trends I am currently seeing are reverse harem and academy books. I don’t have a feel for either and so won’t try to write in those genres. I think it does a disservice to my readers to try and fake something that doesn’t excite me. So I guess in that sense I am “original” in that I follow what makes me happy rather than what the market is currently supporting. (I clearly have no plans to quit my day job, right?)
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Not to give up. That was the mistake I made. I allowed the fact of a handful of rejections to completely derail my ability to submit my work. While I didn’t stop right away after my second Harlequin rejection I slowed down and eventually stopped writing. I decided that I wasn’t good enough and lost the ability to fight through that belief. I allowed it to stop me.
Later on when I went back to writing and just kept going I realized how foolish that was. The only way I would fail was to stop trying, which was what I had done. I get tons of rejections still, but I get acceptances too.
The only way to fail is not to try. That’s what I would love to say to my younger self.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t think like a guy so I have to remember that they don’t really talk about their feelings like women do (they still do it, but not the same way). They react to sex differently and of course there’s all that testosterone. I try to make those wonderful, mysterious men as true as possible, but I leave it to the reader to decide if I succeed or not.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Writing is one thing – editing quite another. If it is a full length book I usually aim for about 70,000 words. Since I write at least 1,000 words a day a 70,000-word book takes me about two months to write (I try for a bit more on the weekends when I have more time).
However…my first drafts are like Pollock paintings. They are a splat of words on a canvas and always need shaping. So my editing process usually runs about two months. I go through three or four drafts. That last draft is the one where I look for all my filter and overused words, and that is the one that is polished enough to send out, whether to editors or to publishers for consideration.
So I would say all told about three months from first thousand words to polished product.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
It exists but I believe the only way to get through it is to keep going. Even if that means writing the latter pieces of a book and coming back to the moment that isn’t working for you. Or putting aside that MS for the day (not too long, I never want to lose momentum on a story) and working on something else. To me the focus is to make sure I get the word count for the day done, and if I keep going, great. But even if I’m not “feeling it” I still do it. Most of the time those words turn out better than I expect.
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