One of eight children born to an ancient Celtic priestess and sired by a demonic incubus, Cian McLaine suffers from a centuries-old curse. Though his immortality allows him to enjoy the pleasures of mortal life, he is plagued by the desire to kill. As long as he doesn’t fall in love he can keep the compulsion at bay.When Cian walked into her rare bookstore months ago, Miranda Phillips never imagined she’d lose her heart to the handsome playboy. Her reward for doing so was abandonment. Cian left as mysteriously as he appeared, in the middle of the night with no explanation, no goodbye. Now he’s back, and passion flares just as hot. But Cian has secrets. If Miranda is to survive, she must uncover the truth and free his darkened soul.
Please share your setting for Cursed to Kill. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Goodness! The series spans the gamut, and I’ve not lived in any of the places. We journey from Augusta, Maine to Scotland, to Paris, France. But since we’re specifically talking about Cursed to Kill, this setting is in Maine, just outside of Augusta. I honestly can’t tell you why I chose that part. I remember thinking one evening, “I want to write about Maine.”
Maybe it’s because many, many eons ago I dated a guy from Maine, and he had the most incredible accent. Laugh! Really, in truth, it just was one of those “blue streak” moments, and I hit the maps, hit the town websites, and ran with everything.
Scotland, however, played a larger role. It’s nowhere I’ve been, and not really on my list of top five places. But the Selgovae Celt tribe originated in Scotland, and that forced the ancestral setting of the McLaine siblings.
When did the writing bug first bite?
I have been writing for as long as I remember. I wrote my first romance—a Regency—at seventeen, in my high school English class, while the rest of the class was watching Watership Down for about a week and then doing the follow up discussion on it. Yes, my teacher knew what I was up to.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Mm. I’m always asked this, and unfailingly, my answer changes each time. A lot of it depends on my mood, and what I’ve been pulled to read recently, because I genre-hop like a kangaroo.
Romance: Karin Tabke, Shayla Black, Maya Banks, Meredith Duran, Kate Noble, Jennifer Ashley, Meljean Brook, Delilah Marvelle, and Maggie Shayne – love Maggie’s new series!
My more dominant influence is in fantasy, however, and R.A. Salvatore, the master Tolkien, Kevin J. Anderson, and Christopher Paolini I adore. I also grew up with Terry Brooks and Mercedes Lackey.
And then there’s the other part of me that rushes right out for any Steve Berry book, and other action-packed thrillers as I can find them.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
Wow – that’s a toughy. I’ve reached out to many of the people I admire, authors I look up to, and have been lucky enough to hold those theoretical discussions. And I’ve put myself in roundtable discussions where my perceptions have been challenged and I’ve learned new things.
But for the sake of this question — I’m going to go with the dead or alive answer, and start with the classic authors, Faulkner and Shelley. Then I think I’d invite some of the people I currently consider on varying levels mentors: Dean Wesley Smith, Alfie Thompson, Bobbie Cole, Kevin J. Anderson, and his wife Rebecca Moesta. Add in a dash of Meredith Duran and Karin Tabke, and wow we’d have quite the conversation. I’m reasonably certain someone might be challenged with a pistol (or a sword, or a magic wand)… but hey! Faulkner can buy us all a round or three, and everyone will be back to getting along again. And if all else fails, Shelley can lug out her monster, and those magic wands might employ a few new sleep spells.
On second thought, that doesn’t quite lend to a round-table discussion. But the adventure would be unforgettable. And, good golly…the photos.
I’m with you all, all day, dropping in and out. If you have any further questions, I’m happy to answer!
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