{eBook Tour} Interview with Dale Mayer, Author of the Family Blood Ties series

Please welcome Dale Mayer to the House Millar. She has managed to sneak away from her demanding characters for a little while and stopped by to let us pick her brain a bit, lol.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and currently call the beautiful Okanagan home.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

I never had a specific inspiration to start this journey, but always had the thought in the back of my mind to start writing. I’ve now been writing for a decade!

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

They talk now! They constantly tell me their stories and berate me when I don’t get it quite right.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

They tend to scream. I have several that sit on my shoulder and nag me to death.

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?

My characters create the most twisted plots anyone could imagine. And they freely order me to do their bidding 🙂

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

No. I’m careful to keep reality and fiction a long ways apart.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m a pantser. So if opening a blank page and pouring out 90k plus length books is a style – then that’s mine!

It is a style! Glad to meet a fellow pantser 😉
How did you come up with the title?

The titles almost always come to me early on the writing. I can’t say that’s an area that causes me any trouble. Now revising on the other hand…

Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?

This is part of a series and book 3 is a nugget in my head, but not as yet developed enough to consider writing. My plate is a little too full to add another project at the moment.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Buried in books! I’m seeing the start of the avalanche now. It could be a major event down the road. I never seem to run out of ideas, although I understand that’s a possibility, and would expect to have another 20 plus books out by then!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hmmm. Maybe the Caribbean. I love the ocean and the beaches.  Not so fond of cold winters, unless I get to snowboard and ski my time away!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbooks but love the convenience of ebooks.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?

Both! I am published in nonfiction as a traditional publisher and chose to go the Indie route with my fiction.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

Characters that grab a hold of the reader and won’t let go. Plots that are fast paced and keep the reader turning the pages are next and to top it off, there needs to be great writing!

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

Nope. I’d like to ‘block’ my characters sometimes though!

Have you ever read a book more than once?

Lots of my books on my shelves are ‘keeper’ books and I go in stages of rereading my old favorites.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?

I’m currently rereading my Jayne Ann Krentz collection.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Cats or dogs?


White wine or red?


Coffee or tea?

Dark, black and preferably espresso styled java!

Favourite food?

Any edible, sigh.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?


Laptop or desktop for writing?


Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Anywhere and any time!

One of your favourite quotes –

Go Big Or Go Home – and I have no idea who said that first!


Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer 
Publisher: Valley Publishing 
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1 
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words 
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.

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Tuesday’s Child
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Single Title Romantic Suspense/Thrillers

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Young Adult Books

Dangerous Designs – Book I
Deadly Designs – Book 2 – out soon!
Vampire in Denial – Book I of Blood Ties
Vampire in Distress – Book 2 of Blood Ties
Gem Stone Mystery Series- out soon!
In Cassie’s Corner- out soon

Non-Fiction Books

Career Essentials: The Resume
Career Essentials: The Cover Letter
Career Essentials: The Interview
Career Essentials: 3 in 1

Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for Tuesday’s Child, Hide’n Go Seek, her romantic suspense novels that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print format as well.

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5 stars! Original YA vampire story.
“Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a delightfully different addition to the teen vamp paranormal genre. Can’t wait for the sequel.” (Charlotte)

5 stars! Do love.
“This is the first book I’ve read from Dale Mayer and I’m sure going to be reading more because this is my new favorite vampire romance book since Twilight!” (PrincessZelda))

5 stars! Another exciting series from Dale Mayer
“Oh, book! You were so FUN! I was getting all tense and worried about how poor Tessa was going to prove herself and it was exciting and I desperately wanted her to realize that her tangled up feelings about a certain someone were not all brotherly. But, but…why did you leave me hanging on such a cliffhanger?!?! I MUST KNOW what’s going to happen to her!

In most ways, Tessa is an average teenage girl. Her parents don’t really understand her, she feels like she’s caught between two worlds and she’s not sure if the boy she likes likes her back. The fact that she’s a vampire who’s literally caught between two worlds doesn’t change any of that. Her parents really don’t have a clue how hard it is for her, a genetic throwback, and no one in her family understands that how the full-blood vampires treat her like a stupid little girl.

All in all, this was a fun, fast read with a girl who definitely came into her own as the story progressed. I thought Cody and his slow revelations about Tessa were adorable. I like how her mother rose up to defend Tessa once things were brought to her attention. I like that Tessa wasn’t willing to abandon a friend, even if he was "only human".

I can only guess as to where the next book in this story is heading but I’m DYING to read it now. DYING, Dale Mayer. DYING!” (Kelly Rubidoux)

4 Stars! Exciting first installment in a new YA vampire series!
“This book managed to stand out amongst the plethora of vampire novels out there. I liked how vampires had different abilities and how some of them, like Tessa, seemed more human than vampire (i.e. could be out in the daylight, didn’t crave blood). It added a bunch of new dimensions to the world and I’m liking where the series is going.

This really was a great read. I was entirely able to relate with Tessa and enjoyed watching her change throughout the story. Just a warning, the author leaves us with one heck of a cliffhanger, so I can only hope that the next book comes out soon!” (Jamie “Bookerella”)


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    • Maria D. on August 20th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good interview! The Blood Ties series sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway

    1. Hi Maria!
      Glad the series sounds appealing. Good luck!

  1. Hi Dale! The Family Blood Ties series sounds awesome! I’m a huge vampire fan and will definitely be adding this series to my TBR. Congrats on your release!! 😀

    1. Hi Karen!

      Thanks! This is series is just so much fun to write! I’d had no idea of the ride waiting for me when I started the first book! I can’t wait to get started on book 3.

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