Writer Wednesday: Celia Breslin

Please welcome Celia Breslin!
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Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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Here are a few questions I asked her:

Me: What inspired HAVEN?

Celia: My love of vampires, the urban fantasy and romance genres, and my interest in exploring the themes of safety and love.

Haven, defined, means “a place of safety or refuge.” Carina creates a home for herself with her best friends. And with her bisexual friend and business partner Adrian, she builds Haven, a dance club in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. Her club is a safe space where *everyone* – regardless of race, religion, sexual preference – is welcome. When her refuge is threatened by the emergence of vampires in her life on both Teams Good and Evil, Carina must make some hard choices…

Love of family, friends, and soul mates is explored in the novel, along with the question – just how far will you go to protect your loved ones? As you’ll see from the book description below, Carina’s family went quite far to protect her.

Me: What is your typical day like?

Celia: I’m a mom, so let’s talk school year day. Chauffeur child to school, exercise, write, line edit and/or read slush pile for indie publisher, pick up child, spend evening with family. Rinse, repeat.

Me: Name 2 things you consider yourself to be very good at.

Celia: Dramatic play with my daughter. We can go at it for hours and the storylines get quite elaborate.

Packing a seemingly impossible amount of items into small spaces, tetris-style. The husband says it’s my superpower.  It’s fun watching his jaw drop when I do this.

Me: What’s your next project?

Celia: I’m working on more stories in the Tranquilli Bloodline series and am outlining a paranormal romance featuring the Fae.

Me: Quick! You’re dragged 100 years into the future, what ONE (nonliving) item do you take with you?

Celia: Dark chocolate.

Me: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Celia: Yes, as in: An initial spark of recognition, a gut feeling whispering, “Yes. Pursue. Explore.”

(Me: From this response I can see why you write PNR lol)

Me: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Celia: “Weird” is relative, wouldn’t you agree? As a kid, fried frog legs. As a teen, escargot in garlic butter. As an adult, nothing “odd” comes to mind. My favorite foods are Japanese (sushi), Chinese (dim sum), Thai, Burmese…  Okay, now I’m hungry! 🙂

Me: What is your favorite quote or what is your motto?

Celia: All of the dialogue in The Avengers. Joss Whedon is a genius.

Also from Joss Whedon:

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it. Sauté it. Whatever. MAKE.”

“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet–it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.”

Me: Do you play a musical instrument?

Celia: Piano

Me: If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?

Celia: Fiona

Me: List five books (with authors) of any genre that you consider MUST reads.

Celia, or Fiona, if you prefer 😉: Hm, so much literary goodness in the world. Let’s go with five paranormal romance authors and their series.

* Kresley Cole – Immortals After Dark

* Larissa Ione – Demonica and Lords of Deliverance

* Laura Kaye – Hearts of Anemoi

* Karen Marie Moning – Highlander Series

* J. R. Ward – Black Dagger Brotherhood

Blurb:

San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard,
and never allows the death of her parents and her Haven_500x750twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.

Links:

AllRomance ** Amazon ** Amazon UK ** Kobo ** Champagne

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetites 😉

Turn around.

I froze, my moment of weakness chased away by a jolt of adrenaline. I resisted Adrian’s pull. “Did you hear that?”

“Hear what?”

Silence.

“Nothing, I guess.” A wave of energy rolled into me, curled itself possessively around my body, and gave me one hell of a head rush. “Oh, wow.” I bit my lip, bracing against reaction.

Adrian tightened his grip on my waist. “Rina?”

Mark and Ren stalked over, faces grim.

“Did—? Do you—?” My mouth was so dry I could barely speak. “Do you guys feel that?”

Adrian squeezed, capturing my wandering attention, concern etched in the stern set of his jaw. “Feel what? What’s wrong?”

I started to tell them the Invisible Man hugged me against an electrified fence, but a second wave of energy bowled into me, making me tingle from head to toe. The sensation walked the line between pleasure and pain. A moan escaped me.

Mark took me from Adrian. “That’s it. We’re out of here.” He tried to pick me up, but I shook my head. Bad idea. Dizziness took the hall, and me, for a little spin.

Turn around. Turn. Around.

Was it a voice or instinct urging me on? Either way, the desire proved irresistible. I pulled away from Mark, pivoted, and forgot how to breathe.

The electric energy pulled back. The dizziness abated. All extraneous noise and people drained out of my perception until there was only Him.

Tall, fit, and bad-boy handsome with skin like pale honey, his thick, walnut brown hair hung tousled in a sexy, I-just-got-out-of-bed way. A hip, black, button-down shirt accentuated a sculpted upper body before it tucked into slacks painted on long, lean legs. The whole package made my mouth water.

Hot. Yummy. Totally my type.

“Who are you?” I whispered.

His mouth twitched in a hint of a smile as if he heard me—impossible given the distance between us. Heat spread, loosening my muscles, and my pulse sped up. Nerves. What’s wrong with me? Guys never made me nervous, not even gorgeous ones.

I nibbled my lower lip, mind racing to make sense of my reaction. His gaze tracked the movement and then slid back up. The heat from his stare hit me full force, driving a shaft of need through me. Energy rocked me again, a warm, electric breeze bathing my skin. My eyes widened in comprehension. The energy came from him.

Me: HA! I wish gorgeous guys didn’t make me nervous >_<

And CLICK HERE for (7) chances for you to win an e-copy of HAVEN!

You have from 7/10/13 12:01am EST to 7/15/13 12:01am  EST to enter.

Winner will be announced 7/15/13

Thanks for stopping by, Celia!

Don’t forget to check back every day (including today) this month for my posts on Ramadan and fasting! =]

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4 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: Celia Breslin

  1. Celia, I love your themes and love it when characters are put in places where they have to make hard choices. Carina seems like a wonderful character. I can’t wait to read Haven. Yay! Thank you for the delicious excerpt.

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