Saturday, March 10, 2018

Interview - Daemon Deception by Mariah Ankenman

Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

I love a witty comedy or a tense show with a mystery to solve. I don’t get to watch as much TV as I would like, but some of my favorite binges have been; Haven, Lost Girl, Psych, Scrubs, Archer and Stranger Things.

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

I don’t have a preference. They both have pluses and minuses. TV shows give you hours and hours of the characters you love, but the storylines can drag if the show goes on too long. Movies can have amazing plots, but leave out a lot by trying to cram everything into only a few hours.

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I love series where each book can be read as a stand-alone.

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

I usually start at the first release, but I love discovering a series with a huge backlog I can binge for weeks.

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures?

Playing musical instruments, singing, crocheting, scrapbooking, karaoke!

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure?

I am a HUGE cosplay fan. Sometimes I joke that I only wanted kids in order to do fun family cosplay. I also love anime and manga (still mad about the stupid Netflix Death Note movie, though, because the original Death Note was awesome). I’m also a big Renaissance Faire fan. We have family photos in costume going back since I was a kid.

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Yup. I will admit I have been guilty of this a time or two.

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a panster?

100% plotter. I started out as a panster, but it took me forever to finish a book. Now I outline the entire thing before I even sit down to write. It helps prevent writers block. If the story starts to veer off from the outline a little I go with it, but I prefer to know exactly where I’m going with a story.

Daemon Deception
Daemon Series
Book Two
Mariah Ankenman

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: March 3rd, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5092-1716-8  
ISBN: 978-1-5092-1717-5
Number of pages: 268

Word Count: 64,965

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Tagline: Who do you trust when those closest betray you?

Book Description:

As a witch, and one of the smartest scientists around, Celia’s job is to help the Enforcers defeat evil. Her latest task is to decipher the new language of the Kakodaemons. It should be easy, but she finds it nearly impossible with the demanding, frustratingly attractive council head breathing down her neck.

Euadaemon Damien has been called tough, but he’s tasked with protecting the innocent and war is brewing. He recruits Celia Dahl. Though he needs her brain, he finds much more about the sexy woman appealing.

As they work together, they find themselves engaged in more than just a working relationship. But even those closest can hide dark deceptions. Celia and Damien discover sacrifices must be made if there is hope for humanity and love.

“What do you need?” he asked, once he reached her side, bag in hand.
“There’s a vial inside. A potion I made to lessen the effects of the blood curse. I took one before I broke the spell, but I’m not sure it did much good.”
As horrible as her wounds were, he suspected her potion did help. If Racine’s account was accurate, the blood curse could have been a lot worse. “This?” He held up a glass tube with blue liquid inside, so bright it almost glowed in the dark room.
“Yes,” she panted, clearly in pain. “Pour it directly onto my wounds.”
He hesitated. “Will it hurt?”
She managed a small shrug. “It can’t hurt any worse than it does now.”
If he ever discovered the Sorcerer who created this blood curse, he would put him or her in the ground. After he made them bleed, a lot. Removing the stopper, he tipped the vial over her wounds. The blue, shimmering potion dropped into the deep gashes and started to bubble. Celia sucked in a sharp breath.
“Does it hurt?”
She giggled. “No. It tickles.”
Odd, but better than hurting. If he had his way, Celia would never feel any pain again.
He watched in amazement as the potion bubbled and sparked. Before his eyes, her wounds started to shrink. The skin began to knit itself together. In just a few short minutes, those deep, raw cuts reduced to three long, thin scars. The skin remained red and tender, but the wounds had closed.
“Did it work?”
“Baby, you are one amazing Witch.”
A smiled tipped her lips as her cheeks tinged a tempting pink. She rolled to her side, then winced and rolled back.
“Well, it’s better. That’s a start. I guess I’ll have to sleep on my stomach tonight.” She frowned and he found the expression adorable. “I hate sleeping on my stomach. I can never fall asleep that way. It’s so uncomfortable.”
He stood and started to unbutton his shirt.
He didn’t answer, just continued to undress until he was down to his boxers. Then he slipped into bed with her and pulled her onto his chest.
“There. Better?”
She buried her face in his chest. “Much.”

Careful of her back, he wrapped his arms around her and immediately realized his mistake. Celia was naked. He’d removed her clothes himself, but had been too distracted by her wounds to notice or appreciate her nudity. He noticed it now. Silky, soft flesh pressed against every inch of his body. Her firm breasts smashed against his chest, and he felt her nipples begin to harden. One leg draped across his groin, moving slowly back and forth. Yeah, he noticed all right. If the rising tent in his boxers was any indication, he appreciated it, too.

About the Author:

RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes.

Since 2016 Mariah has published seven books and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.

Twitter: @mariahankenman


Mariah Ankenman said...

Thank so much for hosting me today!