Please welcome Rayka Mennen to the blog today as part of Entangled Publishing’s tour for her brand new novel, Enchanted Destiny! Rayka was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and is also giving away an ecopy of Enchanted Destiny, so please check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post.
Rayka, your paranormal romance, Enchanted Destiny, just came out. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Enchanted Destiny is about a witch who had about given up on her family tradition when she is confronted with a vision about her destined soul mate. After saving his life, she’s bound to him. They must accept their destiny before her 25th birthday, just weeks away or she’ll lose her magic forever. Single-dad and handsome guy-next-door, Jake, is in a quandary. There’s no such thing as witches. Is there? Enchanted Destiny follows Kat and Jake to their HEA. It’s a light, fun, paranormal romance.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing journey? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Always. I took a few detours along the way-nurse, academic – both of which I still enjoy. But writing is a must-do kind of thing with me. I write almost every day, even if it’s just half a page. Or I’m editing a work in progress. Has it been tedious at times? Yes. Disappointments? Lord, yes. Rewards. Definitely. Still fun? Absobloominlutely.
Your love of romance is obvious from your online bio! What are some of your favorite books or authors?
I worship at the altar of Georgette Heyer. I have a signed first edition of Arabella, that would probably be the first thing I grab if the house were on fire. I love Mercedes Lackey and her fantasy series. I could so have lived in Valdemar. I also like Nalini Singh, Jacqueline Winspear, the early Black Dagger Brotherhood novels by JR Ward (she lost me after Book 7). And heroes? It’s a toss-up between Wrath, Vishous, and Hawke. Sigh.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
Just yesterday I discovered a new author (well, new to me)—Shelley Laurenston. I’m reading Beast Behaving Badly, which is about midway through her series but I don’t mind. She’s got a great voice and it’s rare for me anymore to find a book that has me spewing espresso as I read – she’s that funny. These days I’m so busy critiquing the book as I read (oh, that’s great technique, or ugh, too much backstory) I lose out on the fun of enjoying the story.
What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I think I’ve been asked this before on this blog tour, so forgive me if I repeat myself. At least, you’ll know I’m straight up with this. When I’m working on a difficult scene, I leave my very nice study, sit on the couch in the living room in a position guaranteed to give me a backache and shush everybody so I can write. Drives my family nuts.
Is there any advice that you would give struggling writers?
Write, write, write. Finish that book. Get feedback – from critique partners or writing groups or free-lance editors. Pay attention and make changes. Granted not every piece of advice will work but seriously, I make 99% of the changes suggested by my critique partner. And submit. You want to be published, true?
When you’re not busy writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
*Sputter* did you say free time? Now that’s such a foreign concept….but if I had any free time, I would watch lots of TV. We do make time to travel so if I had a magic wand and could change my life, I would travel about 6 months of the year and write the rest of the time.
I noticed on your site that you’ve traveled extensively (Thailand, Ireland, Bhutan, Nepal, and beyond!) What’s one destination that you haven’t been to yet that you’d like to visit?
Man, that’s hard. England, Spain….I think we’re headed to Burma and Sikkim next year.
What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?
Hah! This one is easy—telling my mother I wasn’t going to medical school; instead I was going to study English Literature. That’s the stuff legends are made of.
Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
Enchanted Desire is the sequel to Enchanted Destiny and follows Gina and Eric who you meet in the first book. This one will be a little sexier. Enchanted Desire will be released in Spring of 2012. But the cover is out—you have to check it out. Love it, love it, love it.
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1. Giveaway is for 1 ecopy of Enchanted Destiny by Rayka Mennen to 1 winner.
2. Giveaway is open Internationally
3. To enter, please leave a comment or question for Rayka with your email address (if you put your email address in the form, it’s not necessary to include it in the body of your comment). Following the blog is not necessary, but is ALWAYS appreciated.
4. Giveaway ENDS 11/4/11
5. Giveaway book generously provided by Entangled Publishing.