Monday, November 05, 2007
Lost Treasure by Midnyte Dupree
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Midnyte Dupree is a full time telecommunications analyst, a wife, and a mother of two small children. She started reading romance in 2003 and when all her favorite authors were in between books she decided to do some writing on her own. That is when she discovered the joy of creating characters and building worlds full of magic. Christine Feehan was the first author in romance that she read and instantly fell in love with the Carpathians; soon after she discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Dark Hunters. She anticipates each book coming out, but now understands why it takes so long between stories.
Visit her website at: http://www.midnyte-dupree.com
Why did you become a writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I became a writer because I have always looked for the more fantastical part of life. I want to believe there is more than humans living on this planet and I wanted to write about them. I never expected my stories would get published.
I can't say I dreamed of being a writer all my life, but after my son was born, I decided to give it a go. It's funny how the fairy tales you tell your children will spark your own imagination. :)
What do you love about being an author? Is there anything you dislike?
I love being able to create something from words. Words we use everyday in many different situations. I like seeing how putting them together will create a life for my characters. It's great fun! There are a few things I don't like, but they are so minute I can easily overlook them. One biggie, though, is I don't have enough time in a day to do everything I want to do. LOL
How do you balance your personal and writing time?
The balance is very precarious. I may not be able to write for a few weeks at a time, but everyday a character or a scene is on my mind. My family is always first and with two little ones, they can be very demanding.
How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
It's pretty crazy how things come to me. Mostly scenes come to me in flashes. Sometimes it's just the heroine and then other times, I can see her and the hero together, usually kicking someone's butt. LOL The characters almost always come first, then the world and the plot comes last. That might actually sound a little backwards.
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write in the paranormal romance genre. All my characters have some sort of power or secret power. I can create them any way I want. Makes it fun.
I love writing in this genre because I feel less like I have to follow rules. I can let my imagine flow and see what happens. I love reading these types of stories too and can never get enough.
What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That it's easy. It's probably harder than my day job. But with writing when you get that first letter from a reader telling you how much they enjoyed your work, well, that's just priceless and makes all the work worth it.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally from my imagination. I don't want anyone I know to pick up my book and wonder why I would make them do this or that. It's fun to see who or what I can dream up with all their problems and conflicts.
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
This is funny. My absolute favorite character is the Assassin in my book In My Hands. He's a tortured soul. When I was writing In My Hands, he doesn't really have an identity, but I couldn't help but connect with his pain. He needs love, because he pulled from his family before he was really able to bond to anyone. In My Hands is the start of my vampire series at Twilight Fantasies.
If you were writing a script for the big screen, who would you want to act in your movie?
Nicholas Cage and Shawn Connery for sure. They are both such favorites.
What would you want readers to take away from your books?
I would love for my readers to take a way a feeling of being there. I want them to be able to forget their everyday lives and slip into the worlds I create. I love when a story can take me away like that and hope I can do the same for others.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
Do your homework regarding publishers. Go with the ones that have been established for over two years. And another great piece of advice...write. If you feel a bout of writers block coming on, pull out a clean sheet of paper and write something on it. Anyway. It doesn't matter what it is, just write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, I have absolutely so many favorites! Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, Katie MacAlister, J.R. Ward, just to name a few. I can never get enough of their writing.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Savannah Russe's Beneath the Skin (great book) and have started Katie MacAlister's You Slay Me (really good so far).
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Elena always knew she would be an archaeologist, even before she understood what the word meant. She just wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and find treasures of her own. In her dreams as a child she could transport herself to exotic places and imagine the things she might find.
But when a mysterious man enters her dreams, he shows her places that call to her. As she gets older, this man introduces her to more than just the lost treasures of the earth, but another treasure filled with passion, lust and something that goes much deeper.
His soft lips tasted her neck as she arched into him, throwing her head back on the pillow. Her body tingled everywhere he touched. His long hair wrapped around his neck while he looked down into her eyes. His face was in shadow, but she could feel with her hands the hard plains that made up his cheeks and the strong set of his chin. Turning his head, he placed a kiss on her palm, and shivers raced down her spine. The heat in the room increased a degree or two, causing their bodies to sweat. Elena loved the way her skin slid across his. Flesh against flesh.
Their heated bodies moved as one with the rhythm moving fast then slow. Her breasts pressed against his bare chest as he pumped inside her. His dark hips moving up and down. Elena heard moaning and knew that it was coming from both of them as their climax reached its peak. He never held back how much she pleased him, and that heightened her desire and increased the need for more.
She felt the oncoming orgasm as he began to speed up, pumping his cock faster and harder. With every angle of their bodies touching, it drove her into a crazed frenzy to reach her peak. She anchored herself with a tight grip on his shoulders as the climax exploded out from her middle like a starburst. Moisture seeped between her thighs. He pumped once, hard, before he, too, found his release and collapsed on top of her. His breath hissed beside her ear.
“My little bird,” he whispered, “you are the only thing that makes this life bearable.”
He rolled off of her, pulling her to his body. She loved the way his arms consumed her, so she snuggled closer to him. Before too long, she knew that he would disappear. Just like all the other times. Unfortunately, he was just a dream, and the real world would be waiting for her.
His deep voice vibrated her neck. “Be careful on your journey. Remember what I have shown you.”
Elena moved so that she could look into his eyes. She saw something there and felt a stirring in her chest. Her feelings over the years had grown for him. How on earth could she feel so strongly about a man conjured in dreams? Well, how could she not feel something for someone who had invaded her dreams since her adulthood. She didn’t see him every night, but on the nights he did happen to show up, she formed a bond with him. Had, in a strange way, counted on him to be there with her through some of her more trying times, always providing the comfort she needed.
Thinking of the images he’d projected in her dreams, Elena knew he spoke of the chalice he kept showing over the years. It was a golden goblet with red rubies along the top. If her mind ever ventured to far away from the cup, he would bring the picture forth again in her mind. For some reason, he wanted that always in her thoughts.
“I remember. The chalice will be forever etched into my mind.” She had to keep from rolling her eyes. Every time they were together, he would always bring up the goblet, but he would never tell her why it was so important. She had given up asking long ago after his answers where always vague and cryptic.
“And, remember the lands I have allowed you to see. You must find them. You are close but still many miles away. The land is ancient and very powerful.”
He kissed her on the lips. “I feel a great danger coming your way. Be careful, little bird.”
Lost Treasure by Midnyte Dupree
Publisher: Cobblestone Press, LLC
Release date: October 19, 2007
$3.99 from Cobblestone-press.com
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