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Thursday, May 17, 2012

An Interview & A Generous Giveaway with Natalie Hancock

Layla is incredibly weak from serious wounds after the attack and the hunger raging inside of her does not help. When Shade tempts her, with not just his body, but with his blood also, Layla struggles harder than ever. As much as she wants his blood pouring into her mouth while he takes her, she cannot do it. Her secret, her hidden identity will get out—and that she cannot handle.
Layla tries to continue to live her life as normal, however, things turn bad when Layla and Nikalye discover something and Layla has to fight for her life, putting everyone in serious danger.
Layla is on the lookout now, and the only distraction is Shade. When he speaks, when he breathes down her neck and touches her, she cannot remember anything but him. When they get
intimate, it is all she can do to keep herself breathing as he pleasures her. She cannot understand how they both react so strongly with each other, but she does not care.
Yet she feels as though something is going to go horribly wrong, not with Shade and herself, but
something else, something bigger…and she is not wrong.
It is worse than before and Layla has no choice now but to reveal whom she really is, and risk everyone hating her for the rest of her time in the academy. What is her secret?
Welcome, Natalie, How long have you been an author?
NATALIE: I’ve been an author since September, though my first book wasn’t published until February 1st. I have been writing for a lot longer though.

Congratulations, what is your favourite genre?
NATALIE: Paranormal Romance is my favourite genre, especially if they’re about vampires.
*grins* I love a good paranormal myself, and your books sounds great. If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
NATALIE: Eternal Darkness I would recommend because it is the first in the Cursed in Darkness Series and it was the first book I ever published.

What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
NATALIE: The biggest shock? Hmmm the Logline. It has to be different for each book, and I never knew that. I went from having one Logline for my entire series, to thinking of a Logline for each book. I managed it, but it wasn’t easy.

Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
NATALIE: Only one? Pleasures of the Soul is one of my current works I’m doing, though I am switching in between books at the minute. Pleasures of the Soul will be my first third person Erotic Vampire Paranormal Romance book. I’ve had to ask for help writing this one because my Cursed in Darkness series is in first person. It was hard getting the hang of going from first person to third person.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
NATALIE: I’m a true believer of all things supernatural. I believe there are vampires out there, werewolves, demons etc. I hope to meet one, one day.
Interesting, name your top three writing goals?
NATALIE: Write, write, write? Can I say that? No, for me, when I’m writing, I always tell myself that I need to plan, take my time and write at least 5k a day. Whether I stick to them is another question!
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
NATALIE: Warning: Nutcase!
LOL, If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be
and what would you do?
NATALIE: As much as I would want to meet the hot vampires from my books, I would meet my main character, Layla and I would ask her to train me how to be a badass fighter like she is.
That would be awesome. Now, what is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
NATALIE: Okay, so I’m going to be seriously blunt here. The naughtiest thing I’ve ever done... Reece (partner) and I were driving home one night and, because we were feeling a little adventurous and because we live—literally—in the middle of nowhere, thought we would stop the car and... Well have some great fun really. You ever see Titanic? That bit where Rose and Jack do the dirty in that cab and everything has steamed over so when she slams her hand on the window, it’s still there when the guards search the place? Well I didn’t do that, but the car was so steamed up by the time we had finished, we had to open all the doors for around twenty minutes before we could drive back home.
I bet, *chuckles* I'd like to thank Natalie for joining us today. For thos eof you who would like to learn more about Natalie and her work she can be reached through these sites:

Natalie has generously offered 3 copies of Dark Shadows to three lucky commenters. You all know the drill, but for those of you who don't here's what you've got to do for a chance to win it:
***Comment with your email address & follow the blog.... easy peasy!***
We'll announce the winner's on Monday, May 21 Good luck!

Dark Shadows Excerpt:

I jumped over a fallen tree and stopped suddenly with my heart hammering in my chest and sweat breaking out across my forehead.

“Mi Belleza Oscura, stay back,” Nikalye murmured, touching my shoulder.
I did as he said but did not take my eyes away as Nikalye walked forward slowly, looking around for any signs of danger. He bent and put his hand out.
“It is vampire, Nikalye,” I said. Nikalye lifted his hand back up and then walked towards me. He grasped my arm, to no doubt take me out of the clearing and to safety, when he sucked in a breath, his eyes turning white.

“They will come soon, dressed in black, their faces hidden,” Nikalye spoke in Spanish. “They seek the one who ran from them, they seek revenge. Blood will be split.”

“Nikalye,” I spoke quietly and calmly. “When will this happen?”

“When the sun is at its highest point, and the light shines down upon the land. They will come.” Nikalye’s eyes fluttered and he closed them before opening them. They were back to their normal colour. He grasped my upper arms tight enough to make me gasp.

“Nikalye,” I said.

"You must go inside, do not come out.”

“Okay, Nikalye,” I said quickly, knowing not to fight him with this.

“Come, we must leave.”

“But what about—”

“I will send someone out to search. We have to find him or her.”

I swallowed and looked over his shoulder. It was bad. The fact that there was no body made it worse. We did not know whom or when the attack happened and if they were still alive or dead. Judging by the pool of blood, shining even in the darkness and teasing me with its scent, I thought the latter.
ETERNAL DARKNESS (Cursed in Darkness 1),
Layla, a twenty-one-year-old half-breed known as a dhampir, is incredibly beautiful and deadly. She drinks vampire blood for power and to stop the burning hunger. The vampire academy is a hundred acres of land surrounded by high tech security to ensure that none enters or leaves. She is in the protection.
When she has lessons with the vampires, she struggles with her hunger and has to learn to trust them—a big issue for Layla because of her past, something she can neither forget nor run from. The past that haunts her dreams reminds her that she cannot hide as she lives her life in the academy.

Then there is Shade—an impossibly handsome vampire and Layla's one-on-one instructor. Desires she never knew rise whenever he looks at her. She cannot stop how her body reacts to his touch or how much she wants his body and his blood.

It is a forbidden lust that they share, one they must keep a secret from those around them or Layla risks everyone finding out who she really is.

Someone wants her dead. Layla's goals, deal with the vampires who hate dhampir's and keep herself alive. Can she do it?
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Hi Nat - Can't wait to read this series. If the books are anything like the excerpts and those hawt covers you're gonna have a hit on your hands!
    Good Luck!
    Jamie S.

  2. These look great! I would love to read Dark Shadows! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    Michelle V

  3. A new author and a whole new set of works to read; I'm excited! I look forward in reading these.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. I love reading about vampires. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  5. Cute interview, love the Titanic thing. My husband and I tried a little night time car magic a few months back, we realized that we are not as flexible as we used to be when in our twenties, ha ha, enjoy it now kiddo! We still had fun!


  6. Forgot my email,

  7. I do love a good paranormal, and vampires are my favorites. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Hi
    Sounds like a great book! I love vampire stories! Jackie

  9. I have recently gotten into vampires and am enjoying the darker ones. I would love to read this on for my summer reading challenge.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. It's WINNER TIME!

    Congratulations, Storm Savage, Jackie 54736, & Tracey D, Natalie will be in touch shortly with your winnings. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by to enter. Please join us again this coming week for more great giveaways and a chance to meet other great guest authors.

    Best wishes,

  11. I love cover - I'd read it just for that! Thanks for the giveaway!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

    I follow by this email address

  12. Thank you, thank you! I have it loaded on my Nook ready for this Friday, hubby is having surgery so I will have some great reading while I wait, thanks again, hugs,


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