I have a unique paranormal romance for you today. RA Winter is the author of TWISTED: A Vampire Werewolf Freaky Friday. I'm intrigued by the premise. She also sat down for an interview with me. Welcome RA!
Where did you get the idea for this novel?
One of the Freaky-Friday movies was showing on the TV about two young girls who body-switched, and I looked over at my man and I was like, what would you do if you were switched with me? (Answer deleted. We don't talk about the rest of the night. It's not PG 13.) My first thoughts were- yeah, that one. I mean come on- who could resist?
Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book you’d like to share?
Twisted has been given a PG 13 by a review site. Honestly, I wouldn't want my 13 year old reading this, however, I would have eaten it up at her age. It's adult humor. I mean come on, a female vamp is in a male werewolf's body, what's she going to do?
What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
Pronouns. Twisted went through about six complete rounds of beta readers. Also, I had to hold back on my humor. I went down a raunchy hole, had a lot of fun, then my editor dug me out. Thanks, KC Freeman. She saved me.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read your book?
I didn't set out to have a message besides that we can all get along, no matter what our ideas are of someone else, we need to put ourselves into their boots before we can understand them. Overcoming prejudice by understanding your enemy acts as the primary theme.
How many books do you have under the proverbial bed? Will they ever see the light of day?
I have six pieces that will (should) be part of the Spirit Key Series, at some point I'll get back to those. It's about a Native American family and the ancient spirits that surround them, begging for a voice, and romance of course. Then there is a sequel to Twisted, a three part series about Death Takers falling in love, (book 1 is finished, I'm just waiting for book 2 to be done before I start publishing, it's a three-part series).
Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?
I live in Pittsburgh right now. I've lived all over the world, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Jordan and tons of states in the US. I love to travel but hate to fly! I started writing genealogy reference books under my married name but wanted more romance in my life.
If writing is your first passion, what is your second?
Finding answers to where I came from. Genealogy! There is a lot of lore in my family, some I doubt is true, some I've proven true, and a couple of really wonderful rogue characters who have kept me interested in history.
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it? Does it help you with your writing?
Ok, so-- I've been a Federal Agent, I won't tell you what agency, but let's just say that it's interesting.
If you could get rid of something in your life that would give you more writing time, what would it be?
Downsize my home! I spend way too much time organizing and cleaning the same stuff everyday.
Do you have any pets? Are you cat person or a dog person? Or are you into totally different pets, like goldfish?
I am a pet person. I love everything. Seriously. Dogs, cats, bunnies, I'd live at a zoo if I could.
What did you want to be (occupation-wise) when you were a child?
Archaeologist! I love history.
How can readers reach you or find you online?
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Tell us about your next release.
A dark romance, Demise's Lover, the first novel in a three part series. One touch of Aiden's soul brought Demise to life. After taking his life too soon, death's realm erupts in war. Demise must fight for his love and his soul in Tartarus as all of Hades revolts. Book 2, Death's Desire, Death goes to war, only to fall in love with the god Ares himself. Destined to take souls for eternity, Death has come alive and finds herself in the middle of a war in Hades.
Twisted: A Vampire Werewolf Freaky Friday
A curse has plagued the land of the witch and the only clue to save the world is in the form of a riddle. For centuries Tabitha has failed to release the death that has overtaken her world. Now, the vamps are mostly female, the werewolves are male. The witch must erase the curse before the land dies, but how can she convince these two warring species to work together before all is lost?
One last chance is dropped at her doorstep when a young vampire falls into her clutches. Darkness descends over their world as the witch comes up with one last scheme to save them all. Switch their bodies.
It's the only way to make them work together, but will the two chosen ones tear each other apart, or save their world from death?
A Freaky-Friday romance.
Koane’s body collided back together in sharp painful pieces. Around him, snow littered the ground and the wind picked up, waving the trees. Adjusting his position, his vision sharpened in the night.
Oddly, he saw better than before but different. The birds throbbed red as if the only thing that mattered was its heart and the blood that pulsed through it.
He sniffed the air. The air told him nothing as if the wolf ignored him. Inside darkness covered where the beast lived.
The witch had taken his wolf! Emptiness as if a deep void had been stuffed down his throat.
A heavy coat floated to the ground. The vampire's. Red leather with a thick furry lining. He reached for it and stopped.
Long thin tapered fingers wiggled as he commanded them. Red nail polish too? He flexed them just to make sure. Rolling over, he noticed a few other things.
Smaller hands ran over the swell of breasts and down between shapely legs hidden beneath the folds of a black gown. No bulge, not even a slight swell under those hands. Koane squeezed everywhere searching for something familiar between those thighs. He gave up and bit the hand. A yelp burst from his lips as a high squeak.
Throbbing beats pierced his eardrums. The emotions of animals entered his mind. Food. Flee. Fight.
“Tabitha!” His yell echoed over high mountains with a distinctive female edge. The vampire’s voice. No freaking way. Castrated and replaced with lady bits. Curves and swells that he’d only dreamed of touching were now within his reach. Emptiness settled between his legs and he’d do anything to get his dick back.
A man without a penis couldn't be an alpha male.
His surroundings told him one thing. He was in the overlands. A place where no one travels. Where the creatures held no honor and ate anything, even the pregnant.
“Shut up. Do you want everything to know we’re here?” That was his voice, but he hadn’t said it.
The bushes rustled. Snow dropped off dark satin as his own body trudged through the snow still encased in that horrible frivolous tux. He could smell the wolf under the skin and bared his teeth.
Switched! He changed his mind. He’d kill the witch himself. Eat her too.
Canines popped out of his mouth and a deep hunger bit inside. A throaty growl burst from his lips.
“Put a lid on it,” Ophelia snapped in his own freaking voice. His own body walked over, swaying hips like a pup in heat, and put a boot up on a log. The coat fluttered in the wind. “Hi-ya, partner.”
Koane growled, but a hiss came out of his mouth, crawling like spiders over his thoughts. “I will not work with a vampire!”
It laughed. “Well, you’re not, now are you? Apparently, Tabitha found a way around that.”
“What are you talking about?”
Ophelia ran a finger over stubby hands. His hands. “We said that we wouldn’t work with each other. We’re not. We’re working with ourselves. And unless you know someone more powerful than the witch who can switch us back, we’re stuck with no way out but to solve this riddle.”
RA Winter, began her writing career under her married name, writing genealogy books. However, her love for reading romance novels intruded in on her daily activities. She started writing and fell in love with her characters and is writing many more books in the Romantic Western series, "The Spirit Key". Each one of Grandfather's grandchildren will have their story told, as will Grandfather himself.
RA spent many years traveling the world and has lived in many different countries. Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Jordan, have all been called "home" at one time or another. Now you can find her quietly living in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband, writing her next novel. There will be more in the twisted series too!
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