Friday, May 31, 2013

Charity Santiago Talks About the Rapid City Wolves Series

Thanks to Roxanne for allowing me to take the reins for the day- I’m truly grateful!

Today is a special day for me. Why, you ask? Well, firstly, my book tour for my paranormal romance, Blood Lust, is nearly at an end. It’s a little bittersweet! But secondly, the sequel to Blood Lust, titled Blood Oath, comes out tomorrow in paperback and for Amazon Kindle! I’m so excited I can hardly sit still!

My absolute favorite thing in the world is sharing my books with others. I especially love receiving feedback on my writing. As any writer can tell you, we write because there is no option for us not to, but sharing our writing with the world is like sending the most precious and vulnerable part of ourselves into the great outdoors, hoping and praying that the poor little bugger will survive the trip.

I recently had the great honor of sitting in on a panel at Phoenix Comicon with Terry Brooks and Michael Stackpole, two of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve met Michael Stackpole several times before, since we live pretty near each other, but this was the first time I’ve met Terry Brooks, and I was not disappointed. He spoke extensively about the writing process and what goes on in writers’ heads. Almost every other word, I was nodding, thinking that it was almost like Terry was reading my mind.

I wrote Blood Lust after attending a workshop with Michael Stackpole titled 21 Days to Outlining a Novel. I’ll be very honest: 21 days is far too long for me to outline a novel, so I generally find myself condensing the process down to six or seven days. But I do outline- and I outline extensively. Today I thought I’d share a bit of the process behind Blood Lust with you.

All I knew at the beginning was that I wanted to write a book about a vampire falling in love with a werewolf. I knew that the premise was somewhat clichéd, so I set about making it as different as I could from other stories that have come before it- stories like Twilight and Underworld. I wanted the heroine to be the werewolf, and the sexy hero to be the vampire. I started brainstorming with my friend, Tim, and he got the idea to make it into a paranormal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It’s not quite the same story, but the basic concept is the same- star-crossed lovers from opposing factions.

After we fleshed out the origins of the story, I settled down and tried to write the outline. I knew that the heroine, Eve, was in Rapid City, South Dakota. I wanted her to be new to the area so that finding out about the werewolf community would be a total surprise. From there, I decided that she’d come to South Dakota to escape her parents’ divorce, and that her only family here would be her grandmother. Grandparents tend to be more lenient than parents, so I figured Eve would have a bit more freedom following her werewolf transformation than if she was living with a parent.

After I completed the outline of the story, it took me six days to actually write Blood Lust. I knew I wanted it to be short (just under 40,000 words), and I wanted it to be fast-paced so that I could leave the reader wanting more. There’s nothing quite like getting hooked on a book and then salivating for more! I felt that way about all the Harry Potter novels, as well as the Earth’s Children series- but don’t worry, I won’t make you wait years in-between my novels! Haha!

The end result was Blood Lust, a book I’m very proud of and one that I hope you’ll enjoy. Blood Lust features action, romance, excitement, lore, a kick-butt heroine and two very sexy heroes. And as a bonus, in celebration of Blood Oath’s release, Blood Lust will be free on Amazon Kindle for two days this weekend: June 1st and June 2nd.

Happy reading!

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Blood Lust
Rapid City Wolves, book 1
Charity Santiago

Genre: Paranormal romance


Number of pages: 95
Word Count:  37,550

Cover Artist: Charity Santiago

Book Description:

Eve came to Rapid City to escape her parents' messy divorce, but what she finds in South Dakota exceeds her wildest dreams- and nightmares. After Eve is attacked by a wolf outside her grandmother's house, she stumbles into a new and frightening existence as an alpha werewolf. Fated to lead the pack and obligated to choose a beta to lead beside her, Eve still cannot bring herself to forget Jericho, the mysterious vampire who saved her life. Will the wolves force Eve to choose between her destiny and her soulmate?

 About the Author:

I first discovered the world of self-publishing in February 2011, when my 7-month-old son was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory issues. During his stay in the hospital, I tried to keep us both entertained by downloading several books on my Kindle and reading them out loud.
I read a number of self-published books and realized that I had an opportunity to share my writings with the world. I soon decided to quit my full-time job in the insurance and financial services industry, stay home with my son and write. It was the best decision I've ever made. My son's health has improved drastically, and I've never been happier.

I prefer to read and write YA fantasy, romance, and paranormal romance. The next book in my Rapid City Wolves series, “Blood Oath,” will be released for Amazon Kindle on June 1, 2013.

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