Lake City Stories
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: August 11, 2014
Word Count: 50,000 word
Cover Artist: Kanax
Pia Blyton, a succubus, isn’t ready for an official engagement since her skillset consists of setting kitchens on fire, singing at vampire hellholes, and most embarrassingly, she recently passed out in bed while feeding Valerio Hunan, the most eligible incubus in Lake City. Yet somehow he turns a blind eye to all her faults and still wants to set his marriage tattoos on her wrists.
The compulsion to have sex forces their people to have unconventional relationships. Every three days, she has to orgasm creating energy to survive. She can’t even live off bad sex. Unlike her, Val can’t feed off just anyone. He consumes the energy only a succubus creates and his hunger isn’t on a clock. Most incubi feed legally by luring multiple succubi into marriage with money and power. Val had caught Pia by the heart strings. Sneaky bastard.
When his food supply suddenly stops, he’s faced with starvation. Despite Pia’s adoration, she’s not an all you can eat buffet. He would suck her dry of all her life force within days. In order to save her, Val forces her to leave. With nowhere to go, Pia ends up at the last place she wants to be—her parent’s home, with nothing but her pink suitcase and a list of all her failures.
Pia needs to pull on her big girl panties and figure out why Val’s energy supplies have stopped arriving before he kills some unsuspecting succubus. But the demon inside Val is closer to the surface than either of them realize. When Pia leaves, the only thing on its mind is tracking her down and dragging her back into its bed where she belongs...even if it kills her.
John snatched my offending finger and kissed the tip. “You were worried?” A shy smile tugged at his lips. No fair.
I yanked my hand out of his grasp. “Of course I was. It’s not like I have suitors waiting in line.” My excuse for worrying sounded thin but I didn’t want to give John the wrong impression. Caring about my suitors was dangerous and falling in love against the rules. Emotional detachment had to be maintained to protect my fragile heart and to ensure my relationship with Val would work. For an incubus, he was oddly very possessive.
“You could have anyone you wanted. You just don’t—”
“Want to.” I finished the old argument between us.
“So.” He stared at his shoes. “You met my brother.”
“Yeah, I did. He wants to suck my soul out of my body like a juice box.” I set my hands on my hips and gazed out at my parent’s wooded property. Val was wandering out there under the bare branches. Somewhere.
“Sounds like Amel.” He twisted and followed my gaze. “Did he come looking for me here?”
“No, I used the locket you gave me last Winter Solstice.” I scowled and leaned closer so he couldn’t escape my glare. “You didn’t tell me that wasn’t your name.” When pressed the locket would say something and it turned out to be his brother’s name.
His shy smile became a grin. “I didn’t say it was either.” The dumbass’ smile faded. “Wait. You tried to summon me using that name?”
“Yeah.” Instead of my sweet John appearing in the pentagram, his pissed off big bro showed up and let’s just say he wasn’t happy about it.
“The city is still intact. Did your father defeat him?”
My eyebrows shot up. Dad? Beat a Mazzikim demon? “No.” John feared my father like no one else. That he stood on our doorstep showed how much he wanted my forgiveness. But Dad wasn’t a warrior. Zur-Sin, my vampire suitor and co-ruler of Lake City, however was not only a warrior he also practiced black magic.
“How exactly are you still alive?” His whispered question took me by surprise.
“Sin blood bound him.”
The blood drained from John’s face.
Reflexively, I reached out and steadied him. “John, where have you been?”
“Yes, John, where have you been?” Val strolled around the corner of the house, hands in pockets, and looking quite warm in just a suit. Incubus powers?
I jumped at his voice, an undeserved wave of guilt crashing over me as I released my hold of John’s elbow. Our people didn’t practice love. They saw the emotion as a weakness and I could see their point. Falling in love with a human had almost killed me a few years ago. Sex equaled food for my people and fidelity couldn’t be part of the equation.
My parents managed to have a beautiful four-way loving relationship. Well, until now, with a fourth wife on the horizon. After being raised in such an environment why wouldn’t I crave to have the same? I smiled at Val and held out my hand.
He was willing to give me everything, even his heart, but unlike me he’d been raised in a cold, sterile traditional succubus household. He wanted to love me, he just didn’t know how.
When our hands touched, I half expected to see sparks of desire dance between our fingers. I met his pale blue stare and my stomach fluttered. Would he ever stop affecting me this way? “John, this is Val, my fiancé.” Valerio Hunan had recently moved to Lake City. After a whirlwind courtship over a few days, I agreed to an engagement. My stomach rolled as I recalled why he’d dragged me here today. He wanted my mothers to force me to pick a date so we could publically announce our families uniting.
We had only been living together for a few weeks. In a hotel room no less. His wives hated me. What was the rush?
“Fiancé? I thought you didn’t want to ever get married, Pia.” John’s gaze traveled from Val to me and back again.
“I’m beginning to believe the same thing.” Val murmured under his breath.
I could kick John where the sun didn’t shine. “Shut up. A lot’s changed since you left me high and dry on my day three. So why don’t you answer my question before I ask Val to drag your scrawny ass to your big brother.”
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I think it was after my third book, The Alpha, was published and it hit an Amazon Best Seller’s list. My husband asked if this writing thing was ever going away and I could only shake my head no. No dear, I’m addicted now.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I am one of the lucky people that struck gold with her first book. It was contracted within three months of finishing.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I work as recovery room nurse. I’ve been a nurse for over twenty years. I can’t imagine quitting that either.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Sinful Cravings is my newest release. It’s the emotional journey of Pia, a succubus struggling with issues of being in love yet needing multiple partners to feed from sexually.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I have my fingers in ALL the baskets. I’m published with Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Kensington Publishing. I also self-publish as well.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the length of the story. I can usually write 40, 000 words per month, sometimes more.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m staying in the same genre. It’s what I love. On Nov. 4th, Scent of Valor, book 2 of the Eorthe Chronicles, will be released. I’ll be returning to Angler series next year and I’m presently working on a new series.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
It’s what I read. I might stray to a contemporary or a sci-fi book but I always return to PNR.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since 2008. I started writing because I’d been sick and house bound for about six months. To keep my sanity, I picked up one of my kids notebooks and wrote my first book, Bait.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Nothing physical but I’m a plotter. I need to know where my book is going before I can make words so I spend a lot of time plotting the major points of the book.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes, I do. *hangs head* I really shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s soul crushing.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I do both! Whatever comes first happens. LOL
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I make them up as I go usually. Some books are set in real cities and I discovered that’s very time consuming. LOL
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I really know my character before I start writing. Like plotting, I need to KNOW them before I can write them. I spend a lot of time with them in my head space before starting the book.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I prefer ebook. Recently, I read a paperback and I kept glancing at the corner of the page to check the time. :/
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think most books do not transfer well to movies but I do think they did an excellent job with LOTR.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
I can’t pick one. I think it’s against the law or something. At present, Nalini Singh, Kevin Hearne, and Jim Butcher are on my auto-buy list.
Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.
Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.
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