Sedona Venez (also known as T.L. Clarke) writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name Sedona Venez. She’s sharing her newest release Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven, #1). Sedona is also offering a great giveaway later in the interview…
Sedona, thanks so much for spending some time here this week…looking forward to hearing all about your New Adult Paranormal Romance, Infinity. So…let’s get started…
Please tell us how the idea came to you for Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven, #1). Please include all the fun details.
I love music and paranormal romance novels. The two topics for me was a match made in heaven. Then I thought about all of the ways that I twist a character that seems to have it all—money—fame—beauty into a character that was flawed, and tough with paranormal abilities. I call it my twist factor J
Nice…I like the twist factor :)
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Infinity?
Infinity was a fun character to write because she has so many layers. Fundamentally, she’s motivated by the need to peel back the veil on the big conspiracy known as the cure-all drug manufactured and distributed by a Corporation controlled by vampires.
Wow, you’ve got my attention with that response…vampires…I’m in;)
What is Infinity’s job? What does she do for a living?
Infinity is a recording artist, actress and fashion designer. Born in New York, she began her career as a result of a fluke demo of her goofing around singing that went viral.
Give us some insight into Infinity. What’s a bit of her back story?
Infinity’s mother died in a war called “Fire and Ash”, a war that killed millions of humans and Others. She was adopted by Kara, her mother’s best friend. Infinity comes across as difficult with a tough layer, but I think anyone in her position would develop a hard shell for protection when everyone around her wants something from her. The only thing that keeps her grounded is her mother Kara, who motivates her to be a better person and rise above life’s obstacles. Her best friends Diego and Zoe, they push her to get her career together after her rehab setback.
Sounds like a lot going on inside Infinity…
Who is Infinity to Boulder? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
Boulder was hired to protect Infinity from the vampires planning to kill her. This is my favorite excerpt of the first time they meet each other:
My eyes greedily took in the hardness of his thighs encased in dark jeans, his kickass motorcycle boots, and leather jacket. I licked my bottom lip, stifling the crazy urge to leap out of the car and climb him like a tree while burying my nose into the crook of his neck like a possessed woman.
My nose twitched again. I wasn’t even going to acknowledge the fact that, yes, I was scenting him, with an almost animal-like obsession. I swallowed the hard lump that formed in my throat. I needed to see his face, and as if answering my request, he pulled off his helmet impatiently, and literally, something clicked in my head as his warm apple green eyes locked onto me and he muttered, “All mine.” Well, that’s what I imagined he was saying as his lips moved silently. He could have been whispering, “Stalker girl,” but hey, I was willing to stalk him into submission.
I love that excerpt :) Love Infinity’s attitude – little spit-fire.
Can you tell us about the abilities of Infinity? How do they help OR hinder?
Infinity has the ability to glimpse the future and the past. Her abilities hinder her because of the burden that her abilities represent—like witnessing the death of her loved ones before it happens.
Oh, man…that’s gotta be tough, witnessing the death of a loved one before they are dead.
Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
The location of Infinity is New York. I picked it because it’s truly an amazing place to live. Plus, I was born and raised there. Go New York J
Is Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven) included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?
Infinity is book #1 of the Valkyries: Soaring Raven. Infinity Unleashed is book #2, and is scheduled to be released winter 2013 and Infinity Reloaded is book #3 (scheduled to be released spring 2014).
Tell us about Other world? Does Infinity live by a hierarchy or some other code/laws of their kind? If so, can you give us a few of their rules?
The Other world was created by the Immortals who created humans and Others—vampires, wolf-shifters, and non-humans alike. The vampires control the Collective Corporation that manufactures and distributes a cure-all drug used by only human. The Wolf-shifters turn a blind-eye to the distribution of the drug for a share of the profits. And Infinity slides down the rabbit hole of confusion when she discovers their existence.
Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
It’s a scene that takes place between Infinity and Boulder in her dressing room:
“As I was saying before I was rudely interrupted, you’re the first woman
I’ve had to convince to even give me a chance.”
I leaned in with a wide grin, cupping his face. “There’s a first time for everything. Like me not kicking your ass out of my dressing room. Or me not calling security. Oh wait, you are security.”
He grasped my legs, draping them over his knees, crowding my space. “Smart ass.”
He plunged his hands into my hair, grasping my neck possessively. His demanding tongue licked my lips before plunging in like a man on a mission. Oh how I loved his mission. He tugged and grabbed my hair, letting his hand wander to my neck. Freaking hell, he tasted so damn delicious as he pursued me over and over. Laying claim to my lips, burning his possession, and without a doubt letting his intention be known—that I was his whether I wanted to accept it or not.
My hand fisted into his black T-shirt as he maneuvered my head back to open up farther for him. I was panting like a woman that couldn’t get enough, and I couldn’t. The more he demanded, the more I wanted, no needed, to give. Instinctively, I let my fear go, running my tongue over his lips, tangling my tongue with his. I felt euphoric. I felt possessed. He growled low in his chest, something between an animal and tantalizing call of possession that called to the deepest recesses of my soul.
I pulled my lips away as he laid his forehead against mine. “You’re a wolf-shifter,” I rasped and swallowed.
He claimed my mouth, sucking on my lips and exploring me with his tongue. “Yes,” he said against my lips.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Infinity Unleashed, book #2 but I also have a New Adult paranormal romance novel Breaking the Storm scheduled for release August 9th 2013.
Where can we find you? List all of your links.
You can find me online in all the usual haunts:
What’s Sedona Venez Favorite / Preference Quickie Quiz:
Beverage? Extra hot…Soy Green Tea Latte
Writing Tool? Ipad
Pet? Dog, Siberian Husky
Time of Day/Night? I’m a Night Owl
Fantasy/Paranormal Character? (ghost, witch, mermaid, shifter, vampire, etc.) Sexy Wolf-shifters
Past time/Hobbie? Zumba and Yoga
What place have you never been & always wanted to go? Thailand
Sedona would love to do a giveaway of an eBook (Kindle or B&N) copy of Infinity to one lucky winner. Please answer this questions for entry: From this interview, what most intrigues you about this book?
Tour wide giveaway is One $50 Amazon Gift Card and an Infinity paperback to US only and if an international winner they will receive an Ebook and Amazon Electronic Gift Card
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Valkyries: Soaring Raven Book 1
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: One Wish Publishing
Number of pages: 228
Word Count: 62,200
Formats available: eBook, paperback
Cover Artist: Nimbi Design
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/fzwusA4Q4bE
Infinity discovers a dark secret from her past that rocks everything she knows to be true.
A troubled 22-year-old superstar singer, Infinity has a bad reputation for drugs and hard partying. Now, she is on the road to a comeback with her controversial tour. But everything about doing the concert feels wrong from missing employees, to anonymous threats about ruining her career. She is dealing with a powerful corporation that is determined to kill her and everyone she loves. She is also battling for control of her life and career from a relationship that crossed the fine line between love and obsession. Infinity knows too much, even though she doesn't realize it. Secrets have been kept and these secrets are powerful enough to destroy her and everyone she loves.
Now she must put her safety and trust in the hands of sexy, tattooed and delicious Torch Channing and Boulder Vigari, hired to keep her from getting killed. Boulder wants to make her his. He won't stop until he claims her. Torch struggles with his primal need to possess her and his hatred of everything she represents.
Infinity is determined to protect her heart while dealing with the pressure of pulling off another successful tour without spiraling into another mental meltdown.
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Sedona…thanks for spending the week with me…there’s always more to our chats in the comments…meet you there;)