Q&A with Tenaya Jayne, Forbidden Forest Excerpt & Giveaway

Forbidden Forest (The Legends of Regia #1)

  • By Tenaya Jayne
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: September 29th 2012 by Cold Fire Publishing
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
  • Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
    Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
    Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

    ~ Bewitching BT

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    Forest pressed her back against the cool concrete wall, wanting to remain aloof from the entity of the crowd. She chose her position in the shadows, out of the paths of the roving, multi-colored spotlights. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the feeling of the undulating human pheromones flying around on the air. At the beginning of every shift, she allowed herself a few minutes of this alien/human experience, though she didn’t fully comprehend the combination of dancing, drinking, and ear-breaking sound waves. They loved it, however, and never seemed to deviate from the recipe.
    These were the people she was sworn to protect. She had developed a light affection for the human race and considered them a benign, if not slightly silly, bunch of creatures. Her religious passion for her job was rooted in hatred of that which harmed the humans, not a superhero tendency to protect the weak.
    Forest opened her eyes and focused all her senses to sniff out the illegal suckers that tried to sneak through the portal. She was in the zone tonight, and not for the first time did she feel that hers was the best job in existence. It was a shame she couldn’t legally kill suckers in her native world.
    Over the next two hours, Forest didn’t move from the wall. She monitored the light traffic through the portal: two shifters and one elf, each of which nodded to her respectfully as they passed. Yawn. The shifters left the club to enjoy the delights of Austin’s nightlife elsewhere.
    The elf would have been breaking Regia’s law had he left the club, but he dutifully seated himself at the bar and ordered a fuzzy navel. He wore a plaid, porkpie hat, pulled down over the tops of his pointed ears. Forest didn’t know him personally, but she had seen him in here before. The bartender surveyed him with narrowed eyes as the elf nervously tugged his hat down further and ordered a few more girly cocktails.
    Intent on making sure that not one sucker was able to sneak past her, Forest was blindsided by the drunk bubba who had been trying to catch her eye for the last twenty minutes. He had finally decided to stagger over to hit on her.
    “Hey babe, you’re too beautiful to look so lonely. How’s ‘bout I buy you a drink?”
    “How’s ‘bout I call you a cab instead?” Forest mimicked his drawl.
    “Only if you share it with me, Darlin.” He leaned in closer, and Forest’s throat began to sting from the noxious fume of booze mixed with his natural musk.
    “While I appreciate the offer, Jethro, it seems only right to inform you that I’m not actually attractive at all. If you leaned in a little closer, you’d see that you’ve fallen victim to the effect of beer goggles. A hag like me can’t take advantage of a stud like you.”
    As he leaned in, Forest instantly enlarged her nose, pockmarked her skin, evaporated her front teeth, and added a large black mole with a long hair sprouting from it for good measure.
    “You’re no hag, baby! You’re the sexiest little thing in…I…uh…” He stumbled backward. “Good grief! Sorry, sorry…” he stammered, retreating. “I’ve gotta quit drinking,” he mumbled as he turned away.
    Forest chuckled to herself once he absorbed back into the crowd. Being a shape shifter sometimes had unusual perks.


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

    2. Your all time favorite book?
    The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

    3. What made you pick that one above all others?
    I got it from the library when I was 11. It was the book that taught me to love reading. I was pulled in by the cover and a few days later I got the flu. I had to stay in bed and the only thing I had to entertain myself was the book. It was the first time a book transported me to another world. I read all day. That day was life changing.

    4. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
    Once I got serious about being an author, the longest project I’ve had has been Forbidden Forest. It took me a whole year to write it and another four to get it ready for readers.

    5. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
    When I was a new author, the first negative reviews crushed me. It takes time to learn how to deal effectively with what people have to say. I feel I have a good handle on it now. I would advise other authors to accept that not everyone is going to like your work. When criticism is instructive, listen. When it’s mean for the sake of being mean, ignore it. Always improve, and write for those who love your work.

    6. 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?
    This is the 1st in the series. And to give you fair warning, I have gained a reputation for my cliffhangers.  There will be a total of 7 titles. #5 just came out Nov. 19th. The last two books will be released in 2016.

    7. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
    My imagination has lived in Regia for so long it will be hard to let go of it. When the series is finally done, I’d like to focus on single titles for a while. I have a contemporary romance, and a couple of thrillers banging around in my head.

    8. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
    I have always travelled my own path, one not many others followed, but I knew more like me were out there, wanting to read the same books I wanted to read, and write. Writing is my art, I feel a deeply personal connection to my art. . I needed to have control over the entire process and be able to find others who enjoyed what I did.

    9. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
    Yes to everything. I’m an independent but I am a professional! I’m very passionate about this. I invest lots of time and money upfront for every one of my projects.

    10. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
    Finding the right editors, proofreaders, and artists takes time. It’s kind of like online dating.  You have to find the right one, and you will probably go through a few before you do. At least I did. I have a great team now.

    11. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
    It took me about a year to write Forbidden Forest and four months to revise, edit, and format. But that was a few years ago. I’m releasing two full-length books a year now.

    12. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
    I wouldn’t really do things differently, at least not the big things, like deciding to go indie. I have gone through years of trial and error. The only things I would change are small, mostly just details.

    13. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them?

    Fun facts:

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
    I have a 13yr old autistic son. He is non-verbal. I have never had a conversation with him. That is what I would wish for. For him to be able to talk to me, so I could really know who he is. What he thinks, feels, dreams.
    2. Name your favorite fruit.
    3. Coffee or tea?
    Iced tea, all day, every day.
    4. Favorite season?
    Winter. I love snow!
    5. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
    For a while. It wasn’t for me.
    6. Favorite food for breakfast?
    Peanut butter sandwich with a tall glass of iced tea.
    7. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
    8. Drama or comedy?
    9. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
    This one comes from my late grandmother. “There’s a difference between good sound reason and reason that sounds good.”
    10. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛
    The answer I gave was the 1st and only one that came to my mind.

    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is...Ha! Not a chance. 
    2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be…Ronda Rousey. I’d love to be able to kick butt like that.
    3. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at...writing, of course.
    4. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is…singing in public. I’m shuddering just thinking about it.
    5. Your favorite part of a date is...I’ve been married quite a while, but I’d have to say it’s when the guy pulls out all the stops to try and get you to invite him in. Can be so funny.
    6. You were/are a hardcore fan of...Firefly.
    7. The one thing you could/can never get over is…Cheating in a committed relationship.
    8. If you could have any one superpower, it would be…Folding socks telekinetically. I HATE matching socks!
    9. The awesomest thing in your life is…My marriage. My husband is my favorite person. He always makes me laugh.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she’s lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She’s an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world. Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music.

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