Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.
Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.
Everyone, please welcome author Carrie Ann Ryan to the House Millar! And, make sure to comment – She’s giving away a Swag Pack from Dust of My Wings (see below for details).
Hi! Thanks so much for having me!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
Well I was born in Germany on Air Force Base. I looked all over the world so don’t really have a place I call home, right now it’s a tossup between Texas and Colorado of which two are in my heart.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve always been writing stories in my header on a piece of paper. But it wasn’t until last year that I started to write for publication. Rebecca Royce was the one who suggested I try it out. I’m so happy she told me to.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure. I still don’t think of myself as one sometimes. I mean, sometimes it feels like I’m just playing around. Even though I’m putting my heart and soul and everything I do. But I think the first time someone e-mailed me and said they were so happy with what I did, love my characters, and wanted to know when the next book came out, that I knew I was a writer.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Dust of My Wings is the first book in my Dante’s Circle Series and could probably summed up with:
An angel sent to earth to protect his brethren, and the woman who could stand in his way. It could only take a spark to uncover the unknown.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Warning: Contains one sexy alpha angel on a mission, one determined lab tech, and a shocking encounter.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
In this book? I think it was Ambrose. I know right? The one who won’t have his story told until later next year! While the other characters are busy finding themselves and each other, Ambrose was the steady force reminding me why I wanted to write this series. But considering things in his life are about to shake up, we’ll see if he remains that steady force.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Oh yes, all the time. However I’m a huge plodder. Meaning they usually come up with these ideas as I’m plotting and I can recommend? If it happens while I’m writing, it usually won’t work in the get over it. And they know that those plots can be used later on in a different part of the series in there usually okay with that.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
The only time I ever did that was with the student of mine. He had tried his hardest to pass this test and needed an extra plush. So he asked if he passed would I basic character on him and I said sure. He got in A! Yay! And let me tell you, it was a very hard exam. So, in A Taste for a Mate, the second book in my Redwood Pack series, the Wolf who Jasper found in the woods and wanted to lay to rest after and very courageous death, was my student. In every description and the way that he reacted, that was my student. However I don’t think I’d do it again.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure what you mean, other than the fact that I’m a huge plotter. I try to stick the characters first and see what plots they come up with. Sometimes I throw something at them that they’re not prepared for and I see how they can deal through it.
How did you come up with the title?
This story is based on a plot bunny in which I asked myself what would have been if the lab tech came across angel dust. How would she react? How would he? So I wanted to make sure dust within the title and so I just closed my eyes and thought what sounded pretty. It came to me in about 30 seconds if not less. It was a little weird. I love my title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That even know where human now, doesn’t mean that there isn’t something hiding within all of us. Just close your eyes and imagine what type of paranormal you wanted to be, and maybe that can happen for you. Plus, even though there are differences between an angel and a human, that doesn’t mean that they can’t live together and in love.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I have many plans for many books. But let’s talk about this series first. Dust of my Wings is the first book in my Dante’s Circle series. The series will follow the group of seven women as they explore this new world of mayors. So, there will be seven books. You could look on my series page herefor more information.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
I told my designer, Scott, that I wanted something blue, sparkly, and not too sexy. Yeah I think he loves me because look at my freaking cover!!! Or he’s just tired of me and wants her to go away so it doesn’t specify what I’ve asked any questions.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Scott Carpenter. He’s amazing.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Writing more and having kids. Yep, nothing too easy right?
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Lauren Dane, Shiloh Walker, and Maya Banks.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Ebooks now mostly because I don’t have room for anything else in my little apartment. But I prefer paperbacks over hardcover because my hands are too small for most hardcovers.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Right now I’m concentrating on paranormal because I have four series going on in that. But, after I finish a couple of the series and a couple years, I have a couple of contemporary series I’m going to throw in the mix.
Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
My plot usually comes from the fact that I don’t want to sit down and focus. But then I just sit and chat with my BFF Lia Davis and then use I can figure out where to go from there.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Maddox. Yes, I know. I’m not supposed to pick favorites but I can’t help it. I just know when I write his book I may actually break down.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Read! That’s all I seem to do. Read and write, read and write. I like it.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Oh yes. I’ve read over 5000 books at least twice in my house. It’s a little scary. I think I have an addiction.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
By the time you read this it will be different. But I’m reading When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James in ebook. I’m loving this historical fairy tales.
Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?
Well, new-to-me authors are Eloisa James and Ranea Rose. They’re both really different, but I enjoy their storytelling.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sit down and write. If you need to plot plot if you can’t then don’t. But just write. If you can’t sit down and read a book, they can’t sit down and write one. So make sure you also read.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Don’t take myself too seriously and yet take myself seriously at the same time. Remember that as an author your public figure in have to act like an adult. But also remember that you’re not the center of the universe.
Do you write under a pen name?
What are your pet peeves?
Being late. OMG. I hate people who show up late or JUST on time. I’m sorry, but being on time and not ready is late.
Cats or dogs?
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee with cream
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
iPhone, Kindle, Wallet, Keys
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop for now. Desktop next year.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I write when hubby is at work so he’s not watching me LOL. And I have a desk in the kitchen. Yes, our place is small right now since we’re moving to a house next year.
Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us!
The motorcycle vibrated beneath Shade as he pulled off the side of the road and parked. The rain pelted him, the cold seeping into his bones, but he shrugged it off. He was in northern Washington and this seemed to be the norm in terms of weather.
He lifted his leg and got off the bike, ignoring the stares of the women around him. They watched him stroll, his powerful legs leading to long strides. He’d tucked his wings into the slits into his back to hide the fact he was an angel, but he couldn’t hide his face or the fact that women seemed to fawn over it.
It had been a long time since he had a woman. Not since that were jaguar a century or two ago in a night of deep depression and loneliness for him. But the heat, claws and desperation and only served to fill a physical need that left him even lonelier than before. From then on he left his carnal needs up to his hand. Before the jaguar it had been even longer, but he didn’t want to think about her. The one he’d lost. She was long since gone.
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Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Her first book, An Alpha’s Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.