Q&A with Danica Avet & Giveaway

Touched by Lightning (Love’s Defenders #1)

  • By Danica Avet
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: February 14th 2014 by Ellora’s Cave
  • Genre: Adult Erotic Paranormal Romance
  • When empath Gyda St. Germaine is rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, she vows vengeance on her tormentors. Aided by two distinct personalities who bolster her powers, she becomes a vigilante, hungry for revenge. Her path of retribution tosses her into the arms of an Order of Themis Siphon and her world is turned upside down. Fighting her past takes a backseat to her all-consuming desire for the man whose honor and sense of justice go against everything she believes.
    The moment electricity manipulator Brit Harper stumbled across a feral woman with a bloody knife, his life changed. Black and white becomes gray as the scales of justice tip. Fascinated by her strength and the darkness in her eyes, he vows to teach her the true meaning of justice, and help her explore the passion sizzling between them. But when the evil haunting Gyda’s dreams returns in the flesh, he’ll have to choose between his beliefs and the woman he loves.
    ~ Bewitching BT


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    ” He sighed and took his hat off to run his fingers through his hair, his frustration with her silence obvious. “Look, I’m sorry…” He looked at her and away, his cheeks turning even darker. His Adams apple bobbed as he gulped, but he brought his gaze back around to meet her gaze again, hungry resolve in his eyes.
    “I’m sorry for what I did to you in the woods.” He cleared his throat and settled his hat back on his head. She wasn’t staring at his biceps that bulged and flexed with the movement and the warmth in her belly had absolutely nothing to do with attraction. “There’s some powerful chemistry between us, sweetheart,” he finally said on a near growl. “And it just got the better of me. I swear I won’t touch you again until you want me to.”
    With each word he spoke, her jaw dropped a little more until she was gaping at him, her brain firing on all cylinders as she processed his belief in his attractions. Okay, he was hot. He had that power thing mingling with some country-boy charm, which she found extremely sexy despite her natural repulsion of all things male. He knew how to ply his electricity in such a way that it made a woman cream with want. His body… The man had a body to die for and those tattoos just begged her to explore them with her fingers and tongue.
    Even his confidence was sexy to an extent. Her brain rejected that thought. He was assuming she’d just fall into his lap like some slut. Because you totally did twice before, idiot, Sixteen reminded her with a satisfied chuckle. All that man has to do is lay a kiss on you and you’re a goner.
    Her cheeks flushed at the reminder because it was true. He’d kissed her twice and both times she’d fallen prey to his power and that fucking chemistry she wasn’t prepared to defend herself against. It wasn’t as though it was something she’d come into contact with before. Sixteen was the sexual one, the one who discovered the men who wanted to be dominated by a woman. Gyda just let her have her way and pretended it never happened. So yeah, she had no idea how to fight attraction like this.
    And he planned to use it against her. Holy shit. ”


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
    I normally write lighthearted books, or books with a little more comedy in them, but when I came up with the idea of a world where superhumans lived and mingled with mundane people, I realized that their lives would be just as tragic as a normal person’s could be. Life isn’t all about the happy, but it can be about hope and that’s what I wanted Touched by Lightning to convey. That even though everything seems to be working against you, there’s still a chance for love and redemption and happiness. For everyone.

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
    I wouldn’t say that I had inspiration for either my protagonist or my antagonist. I just wanted to write about a woman who’d been through hell and came back with vengeance fueling her. And the man who took one look at her and knew without a doubt, that this was the woman he would be with for the rest of his life. It doesn’t matter to him that she’s hard as nails and suspicious. He’s going to protect her at all costs, even putting his own beliefs and moral code at risk to do so.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
    I think all writers are hit with writer’s block at one point or another. Most of the time I can get out of my funk by reading my favorite authors or discovering new ones. It helps my brain get away from my own story which then allows my subconscious to filter through my block until the pieces of the puzzle come together again.

    5. Your all time favorite book?
    Gah now that’s a tough question. I love to read. No, that’s too mild a word for it. I’m addicted to reading. I have so many favorite authors and books, it’d be unfair for me to pick just one, but I’ll try for you 😉 Um…A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole.

    6. What made you pick that one above all others?
    I remember reading it, falling in love with the series, with the sassy, kickass heroines and the broody, sexy heroes and feeling as though a veil had been lifted. I knew after reading A Hunger Like No Other that I wanted to write. No, that I needed to write. And I did J

    7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
    It’d probably be Touched by Lightning. I originally started the story in May 2013, but didn’t turn it in to my editor until October. This was because I had shoulder surgery in June. I had this naïve belief that I’d be able to write with my arm in a wedge for six weeks. Yup, that so didn’t work. Between the wedge, the drugs and my 11-year-old cousin spending the summer with me, I didn’t touch my story until August and then it was a race to the finish line.

    8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
    Oh most definitely! It’s been five years since I set out to become a published author and I can tell I’ve grown more comfortable with myself. I have to give a lot of credit to my writing friends. When you’re surrounded by people who accept you for who you are, who understand what you’re talking about when you say “I had this great idea for a story” and are willing to either kick your butt or pat you on the back when you need it, it gives you a new lease on life. I’m comfortable with myself now. Writing also helps to release a lot of demons you don’t even realize you’re dealing with. It’s great therapy, even if you don’t want to get published.

    9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
    I’m sure there were times I whined and complained that my characters weren’t cooperating, but Lea Barrymire, my writing and world building partner in this series, wouldn’t let me give up. In fact, I’m pretty sure she would’ve kicked my butt if I gave up, LOL. But for the most part, I needed to write Gyda and Brit’s story. It wasn’t a matter of wanting to. They needed to have a happy ever after. My heroine needed to find redemption and love and Brit needed to give it to her. They drove me to finish their story more than anything else.

    10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
    I hold a full-time job doing environmental compliance for a company in the oil industry. Most of the time I deal with very dry regulations and numbers, so writing gives me a chance to flex my creative fingers.
    Other than writing, I spend a lot of time reading. Probably more than I should, to be honest LOL. I also love spending time with my family, although I’m just as happy doing nothing at all which doesn’t happen often 🙂

    11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
    I get a little sick to my stomach because it feels as though the reader/reviewer has missed the point of my story, but then I recall that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I pout about it a little while, wonder where I went wrong and then I get on with my life and writing my next book. If you dwell on bad reviews, all you’re doing is hurting yourself. I have confidence in myself as a writer and I love my stories and deep down, that’s all that really matters.

    12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
    Yes, Touched by Lightning is the first book in the Love’s Defenders series with Ellora’s Cave. It’s a multi-author series which includes Lea Barrymire, Amy Ruttan and Cara Carnes. We’re each taking a different spin on the world we’ve constructed, but the one constant is the dark, gritty emotional rollercoaster our characters have to go through to reach their happiness. As for what to expect, lots of hot heroes and strong heroines with superhuman powers.

    13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
    I’m currently working on the fourth book in my Cajun Heat series, tentatively titled Primal Dance. It’s a shapeshifter erotic romance set in south Louisiana and this one is about a clouded leopard shifting burlesque dancer and her wolf-shifting deputy mate. After that, I have another short story in my Crushes to Cravings Series and Southern Sin trilogy planned. Those are both contemporary romances I’m self-publishing and I can’t wait to get my writer’s hands on them 😉

    14. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
    To win the powerball? I’d love to set up my family, retire from my day job and write full-time.

    15. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
    The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. I know I said A Hunger Like No Other is my favorite book, but Sissy Mae and Mitch’s story is so funny and sexy, I think I could read it over and over without getting bored.

    16. Name your favorite fruit.
    Japanese plums.

    17. Coffee or tea?
    Coffee, coffee, coffee!

    18. Favorite season?
    Well, winter if we have it. In south Louisiana, there isn’t much of a winter usually, although this year is making a liar of me LOL

    19. Favorite food for breakfast?
    Ham, jalapeno and cheese omelet.

    20. How about fav time of 24 hours?
    I’m a mid-morning person. It’s when I feel more alert and raring to go. Now if only I could get my company to let me come to work at that time…

    21. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
    Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde. Rar.

    22. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
    I love red. LOVE it J

    23. Drama or comedy?
    Oh comedy all the way.

    24. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
    “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving isn’t for you.”

    25. Cats or dogs?
    I have both, a 12-year-old miniature Schnauzer, a 16-year-old spawn of Satan excuse for a cat and a 5-year-old Fat Cat J I love my girls!


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    About the Author & Links:

    Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing.

    Danica is the lucky pet of a compulsively needy dog and two cats. The pitter-patter of little feet has been known to make her break out into a cold sweat.

    Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. When she isn’t writing, working or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.

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