This week’s featured author is Alianne Donelly, the self published author of The Beast series of fantasy novels, amongst others. Read on to find out more about Alianne and her books and be sure to read to the end of the post for a chance to win an ecopy of one of them.
The Royal Wizard – Add to Goodreads
The kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the Otherlands. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.
But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…
Bastien (The Beast Series #1) – Add to Goodreads
Boredom can be a dangerous thing. Lord Bastien Sauvage has been driven nearly out of his mind with it, retired to his castle in the country. By now, he is willing to agree to anything for some entertainment, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. With his trusted friend at his side, there is no mischief they can’t get into, or trouble they can’t get out of. The world is theirs for the taking.
But on a night made dark with powers beyond comprehension, all it takes is one choice, one turn of a card, to change Bastien’s fate forever. He should have heeded the hag’s warning. Now it’s too late. Seduced by the Faery princess, haunted by dreams of a woman he can never have, Bastien discovers that there are things in this world far worse than boredom. History is penned in a human hand. Legend carries on the wicked whisper of a Faery wind. This is the story of Beauty’s Beast—told his way.
Beast (The Beast Series #2) – Add to Goodreads
There are hard lessons to take from the story of Beauty and the Beast, which tend to be forgotten.Knowing there is a happy ending to be had, we tend to overlook and forgive the Beast’s flaws.
But what if they’re not so easy to dismiss? A gentle man trapped in the body of a beast is one thing. But what if the beast is the gentle one, and the man is the monster? What if to save one, the other must be sacrificed?
Want to know more about Alianne? …
Favourite colour? Blue
Favourite candy or chocolate bar? Anything with dark chocolate and raisins
Best/earliest childhood memory? Christmas Eve. My parents would send my brother and me to our room after dinner and then they would turn down all the lights and set out the presents under the tree. We would stand at the door, listening for the bell that let us know Santa had just been there. It always seemed like magic to me when I came to the living room a few minutes later to see the tree lit, candles burning in the dim light and presents everywhere.
Morning person or not? Definitely not. I am very grumpy when I have to wake up early, especially if it’s still dark outside. Morning, for me, doesn’t happen until the sun is up and the birds are singing. Anything before that is still considered night.
Favourite book character you wish you could be? It’s actually one of my own. I wrote her when I was in college trying to figure out what I’d do after graduating and she turned into my “This is who I wish I could be” character. The story was a fantasy set in ancient Scotland. The character was a princess of sorts who had been usurped by a selfish ruler who hated everything her clan stood for. She had to grow up very quickly and fight very hard to protect her people with everything possible, even what seemed impossible at the time. It’s a story that will never see the light of day, but it’s one I will always cherish as one of my favourites.
Favourite book character you wish you could’ve written? Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You. He is beautifully written as the callous businessman who had fought his way out of the gutters (literally) to become one of the richest men in London. He doesn’t think he is susceptible or even capable of love, and reading him learn otherwise made me fall in love with him a little. His heroine is a very lucky lady.
Favourite movie character you wish you could be? Every time I think I have an answer to this, it flits away. I really don’t know.
Going to the gym. A fan or not? What is this ‘gym’ you speak of? 😉
Do you have any hobbies? When I don’t have my nose buried in a book, I like hiking and archery. I’ve also been known to zipline and attend Renaissance Faires. Recently I’ve been playing around with GIMP a lot to create graphics and cover pages for my website. It’s very addictive and I often spend hours tweaking details here and there.
What writing project are you working on now? Currently I am writing the sequel to The Royal Wizard, titled Dragonborn, which will follow Nialei’s daughter Liadan on some very dangerous adventures with an Aegiran who’d come north to murder her parents. Much drama ensues when it turns out they don’t actually hate each other.
Another work in progress is the final instalment of the Blood Series, titled Blood Hunt, which at the moment is the story of how Emma aka “Pixie” Calen lost her mind. It’s turning out to be much more involved than I originally thought it would be, but I am enjoying every step of the way.
On and off, when I get stuck on both of them (which happens often), I visit an as yet untitled wolf shifter book I’ve written a couple of years ago, which needs an extensive rewrite and which I hope to turn into a series. My characters are keeping me quite busy!
Do you plan your books from start to finish? Or just see where it takes you while writing? Most of the time, I start a book with one or two scenes and a vague idea of where I want it to go. The characters usually take it from there and lead me through the plot. The handful of times I had a clear outline in my head from the start had been for what should have been short novellas. One of them had turned into The Royal Wizard. It took me over two years to complete, and by the end, the final version is about three times the intended length and looks nothing like the outline I had planned. But I can’t really complain, since it turned out so much richer and better than I had envisioned.
Are you an animal lover? I do like animals. My favourites are predators: Big Cats and wolves specifically.
Do you collect anything? Tumbled stones and crystals. Most I keep, but many of them I give away to friends and family. I think I have at least one in every single room in the house (not counting the piles of them stored in ornate boxes all over the place). I wear stone pendants almost daily and if it didn’t interfere with my typing, I’d probably wear them on my fingers and wrists as well. My most recent acquisition is a little statue of a howling wolf carved out of rose quartz. It’s the most darling thing I’ve ever seen.
Favourite ice-cream flavour? Vanilla. Not because it’s plain, but because it’s versatile. It goes well with everything, especially crepes, fresh fruit and chocolate syrup 😉
Favourite vacation destination? I haven’t found one yet. There are many places I have been, and many I would still like to visit. I know I’m not a big city person so wherever it ends up being, I’m sure it will be far from congested highways and smog clouds. Maybe a little cabin in the woods by a cheerful creek somewhere. Who knows?
Favourite book boyfriend? I only get to pick one?! Talk about pressure! Umm… let’s see. Numair Salmalin and George Cooper(The Immortal Series, Tamora Pierce), Garreth MacRieve, Bowen Macrieve and Cadeon Woede (Immortals After Dark, Kresley Cole), the afore mentioned Derek Craven and Matthew Swift (Lisa Kleypas), Wraith (Larissa Ione), Gwenvael the Defiler(G.A. Aiken), Tristan, Gabriel and Saeran from my books… those all count as one, right?
Favourite book girl you’d like to be best friends with? I’m going to cheat and choose one of my characters: Amelia Chase (Blood Debts). She is the mad scientist who can change the world with a chemical formula, but has the integrity to know how dangerous that is and the importance of not letting it fall into the wrong hands. Also, she’s friends with some very sexy shape shifters I wouldn’t mind hanging out with 😉
What book are you reading right now? I have just finished A Time of Dying by Hailey Edwards. My next read is somewhere on my Kindle. I haven’t chosen yet.
Did you write stories as a child? I made up stories a lot, but I didn’t often write them down. I did write a few poems, though. They were very popular with my parents.
Favourite childhood book and/or character? Beauty and the Beast. It’s still one of my favourites and probably what fuels my love for fantasy, shape shifters and werewolves. It’s why I wrote Bastien.
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