Friday, June 20, 2014

Dark Summer Dreams by Danube Adele

Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain.

Always a lover of adventure, she and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it continues to be the best trip they ever took.

Extensive travel and trying new things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives in Claremont with her biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons, and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler.

Her debut novel, Quicksilver Dreams, Book 1 of the Dreamwalker series, was released January 6, 2014, and Dreams of a Dark Summer, Book 2 of the Dreamwalker series, is set for release June 9, 2014. She’s currently working the next book in the Dreamwalker series, which is set to come out in December, 2014.

I freed him from imprisonment, only to become his pawn.

I, Shandria Langston, last remaining daughter of the leader of the Sunan, was charged with an impossible task. I had to rescue Kraggon Dragmor—sworn enemy of my people—from the death chamber. If I refused, our world as we know it would be destroyed.

Oh, but was he happy with my sacrifice? No. Instead of being properly appreciative of this selfless act, of being grateful that I tended to him through a deathly illness, the bastard’s kidnapped me. I’m “a symbol of retribution for his people.” The man has no heart.

I have only one advantage in captivity: I can read Kraggon’s thoughts. I know that he can’t afford to admit that I empathize with his people. He can’t afford to admit that I am more beautiful than any woman he’s ever seen, or allow me to fire his blood with every look…and he can’t afford to admit that he’ll do anything to save me, that I’ve become his heart.

Fantasic Fiction

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Dark Summer Dreams is part of a series called the Dreamwalkers. It’s the second installment in what’s shaping up to be a five book series. There are warring nations on the planet Te`re who’ve fought each other for generations, but in Dark Summer Dreams, a woman and a man from opposite sides of the enemy line end up creating sparks, even though their peoples have sworn to destroy each other. I loved the innate tension created by that situation. Additionally, they each had a personal reason to hate the other, and somehow couldn’t. It created an emotional ride as each character battled mind and heart.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Dark Summer Dreams was the first book that I had to write, beginning to end, on a deadline. It was highly stressful because I was used to having time to be able to tinker, come and go, love and hate, and generally take my time with the writing process. This wasn’t possible once I began #2, so I was worried that I wouldn’t have the ability to truly polish it. However, I have a fantastic editor who really helped me to focus and stay on track, and by the end of the process, I was ecstatic with my final results. So, to make a long story longer, it likely took me seven to eight months to complete Dark Summer Dreams all the way to final edits.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The most awesome feeling I experience is when I go back to reread my edits and a powerful, pivotal scene clicks into place perfectly. There have been times when I made myself cry, touched by my own character’s emotional journey, and at that moment, I know I got it right, and I can move on.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A blank page coupled with a distracted mind can be my greatest frustration. Writing on a deadline means getting words on the page, whether you’re up for it or not, whether you feel like it or not. On days when I seem to find myself drifting off, playing with social media or surfing the web, my levels of anxiety and frustration rise. That’s when I’m less patient in general and start having doubts about my work. Writing creates an emotional rollercoaster. There are ups, there are downs, but in the end, you hop off the ride with a great big smile on your face. You’re full of pride that you got through it when it felt like the walls were starting to close in on you.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Kate Middleton seems to be a down-to-earth kind of royal. I think it would be really interesting to be her for a day, get the royal treatment, and, have access to the wonderful places she is likely allowed to be. Imagine the antiques, the art, in Buckingham Palace alone, not to mention how many other places she gets to travel.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
There is a jar of jalapenos that got shoved to the back of the bottom shelf in the fridge. I used to cook with them, create sauces with a kick when making Mexican food, but that was before I stopped doing any cooking in order to write. When a girl’s on a deadline, some things fall by the wayside, and my kids had to get used to quick food. The jar is likely a year or more old at this point.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Dreams of a Wild Heart is Book #3 in the Dreamwalkers series. It’s coming out December 15, 2014. There are two more books in the series that I’m planning to finish. Additionally, I have a great sci-fi, futuristic romance that I’m starting to plot. Sometimes, having too many books in your head can be a problem.

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Christine said...

This sounds terrific, Danube! Adding it to my TBR pile. Cheers hon!

Danube Adele said...

Awesome! Thanks!

Danube Adele said...

Thanks for hosting me!