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Thirteen Nights by Sabrina Garie‏

Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive.

When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat and reads, a lot.

Since it is more fun to travel in packs, come along for the ride.

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Annie’s always been different. An empathic Amazon, she hides her emotional anomaly beneath her legendary fighting skills. To avoid passing on her genetic disorder, she’s always avoided the Thirteen Nights Ritual—the annual breeding rite among the warrior races of the Greek Pantheon. Only months away from 30, she is now duty-bound to participate. When she meets Tai, a half-human warrior who revs her up beyond legal limits and nurtures the gentleness she’s had to keep secret, thirteen nights of pleasure don’t seem nearly enough.

As a half human, Tai has survived by being faster, more lethal, and a whole lot smarter than his brethren. While the male warriors accept him for his achievements, the Amazons have never given him a second look. Until he meets Annie, whose smile is warm and real and whose body shudders with desire—for him. Determined to have her, he hacks into the Thirteen Nights database and rearranges the pairings to make Annie his breeding partner. Together, their strength and tenderness combust into pure love.

But Tai’s actions are forbidden under Amazon law, subject to a death. To stay together and alive, they must take on the Greek Pantheon and win. 

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Two things come together to birth this story. First, the concept began as a group project among my critique partners. We each were to write a story that included a club run by a siren. The project fell apart for a number of reasons but I had a working draft by that time.

Second, I always knew I wanted to write a love story about an Amazon warrior and I used this project to make it reality. When I was doing some research, I fell into the story/myth of Antiope, who is the only Amazon ever known to marry. This is an updated, modernized version of her story but with a happy ending.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me around two months to write the first draft. I write in small chunks, around and between being a full-time single mom with a full-time job.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating something new, exploring the what-ifs in life, and putting the puzzle of the story together. I found the whole process of writing from initial plotting to character development to finding just that right word to be wholly stimulating. If you forced me to choose one thing, one thing I adore about writing is that it offers interesting journey of discovery into my own character and emotions. Crafting a novel or even a novella lets me take pieces of me, put them in a heroine and just watch what happens.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
That’s easy. Editing. I am a truly terrible copy-editor. I don’t see my typos. My bosses complain. J No matter how hard I try, I can’t get this part of it. I must have others review my work.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
This was a hard question for me. I literally contemplated it for several days after I read these questions. After much thought, I’m going to say the Dalai Lama. I want to see how his mind works, how he thinks about achieving a state of physical, mental and psychological peace and how someone can truly commit100 percent of himself to others. His words are wise and his life a role model for others. I wanted to see what that really entailed.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A box of baking soda my landlords or the previous tenants had put in there to keep the unit fresh. I’ve never switched it out. I don’t know how long it’s been there. I’ve been in the house for three and a half years.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am working on the next two books in the Divine Temptation series. Life Reignited is Phoebe and Sander’s story and Hope Restored is Marta’s story. You’ll meet all these characters in Thirteen Nights, which is Book 1 of the series. It’s a fun, playful series that looks at how societal rules and cultures impact our individual ability to live our own, authentic lives and how love is, or should be, an expression/extension of our authentic self. It may sound heavy, but I am having so much fun writing them, I think it shows.

I also have a full draft of a science fiction romance, tentatively titled Race to Redemption. It’s my first full length novel. As a long-time science fiction fan, writing it was truly an act of love.

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