Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Welcome Freyer's Bower author, Adrianne Brennan...

         Welcome, Adrienne! So nice to meet you and have the opportunity to learn more about you and your work. First of all, I ADORE your author pic - I'm assuming that is you? If yes, I don't think I could be as brave to have such a picture done. It's gorgeous! Looking forward to the interview - let's get started!

           Who is your favourite author and why?

This question is a challenging one! I have a number of favorite authors. I’d have to say my first picks, in no particular order, would be Madeleine L’Engle, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Phillip K Dick, and Douglas Adams. They all write amazing science fiction and fantasy works which have greatly inspired me throughout the years.

 When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The moment I began to write, I considered myself a writer. That should be good enough for anyone. J
           Describe your writing space?

My room is my writing space. I usually write either on my laptop or on my computer at my desk. I generally prefer a laptop as I have greater control over my working environment and frequently think of being at my desk as being more work and stress oriented. I find that the less stressed I am, the better I can write. Ideally, I prefer not being stressed at all. This means having an organized, comfortable, clean environment that doesn’t make me feel like I have a million things on my to-do list. Having the exact opposite has been a huge obstacle in my past in getting my writing done. 

What are you reading now?

Chalene Johnson’s Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve and Robert Greene’s Mastery. Most of the books I read these days are either pertaining to personal development and physical fitness, as I find that it helps me in all areas of my life: financial, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Not to mention such books assist in getting my inspiration going!

How many books have your written?

I have one full length novel, two novellas, and ten short stories currently out. At present I’m working on various sequels to most of those, including another full length work, two novellas, and a short story.

 What comes first, plot or characters

Yes. I mean, each drives the story. Ultimately I believe in character-driven works, whether in books, tv, or movies in addition to being emotionally invested in those characters. Without them, there would be no story. But I also believe that they drive the plot and in turn, the plot drives the characters. In the end they are (and should be) difficult to separate.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, entirely too often. I’m actually in the process of ending a very long and terribly writer’s block caused by massive amounts of personal stress and upheaval. It is difficult not to feel guilty about it, even when the circumstances are under your control. I have faced three layoffs in the past two years, deaths of friends, and a great deal of chaos, and I am in the process of getting myself and my life back on track.

I think my biggest wakeup call that I needed to find a way to end my incredibly undesired and unplanned writing hiatus was when a supportive reader and reviewer of my works passed away very suddenly at the end of last summer. His last review, written ten days before his death, stated that I was one of his favorite authors. I can’t help but think of how he will never get to see how my series will end, and it’s horribly depressing, devastating even. I still feel horrible about it, and I feel that I owe it to him to keep writing no matter what. He was a good man, strongly supported my work, and attended my first booksigning. My next full length work will be dedicated to him.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy working out, reading, traveling, cooking, and watching various science fiction and fantasy shows and movies.

Tell us about your latest book?

I have a few: the re-release of Dawn of the Seraphs, a futuristic tale of two very strong-headed, powerfully psychic men who butt heads but in the end have enormous chemistry despite their differences, and Love Under Will, a short story in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance about two angels, one in good standing in heaven and another who has fallen from grace, who find both challenge and passion in each other.

What’s next for you?

It's the final book in the Oath series entitled "Union". I'm in the midst of edits for it and will be the very next book of mine to come out. It’s the conclusion of the tale of a young woman in the process of self-discovery, empowerment, and mastery through an intensely erotic series of rituals. It’s a fantasy work featuring magick, demons, and all sorts of supernatural events. Once finished I plan to have a sequel to the series in the form of a novella, something a bit longer for my readers to sink their teeth into.

Blood of the Dark Moon
by Adrianne Brennan


A dark flame of passion ignites between Amanda, a devoted follower of the Greek god Apollo, and Jesse, a handsome scholar who shares her love of both the classics and the occult. But little does Amanda know she is destined to fulfill a legacy that began long ago and ended in tragedy. Together, she and Jesse embark on a journey down a shadowy path that delivers Amanda into Jesse’s scintillating underworld of vampires, magick, and secret societies. Will she learn her true identity in time to help those she has grown to care for, and find happiness in her new life with Jesse? And will destiny finally be fulfilled?


I must be losing it. But as Amanda stared up into the sky, too many things fell into her mind, persistent in their logic. She had never seen Jesse during the daylight, had never seen him more than perhaps taste food, didn't know what he did for a living other than "freelance computer work", and now she couldn't hear a heartbeat nor him breathing.

"Jesse?" she queried, her hesitancy showing in her voice.

Feeling him freeze behind her, she wondered if he knew what was on her mind, and thought to phrase her next words with caution.

"You're not a normal guy, are you?  I mean," she continued, trying not to rush through her words, let alone sound nervous, "not that I'm…all that normal myself, and all, but…." Her voice trailed off.  Amanda did not know what to say, or how to say it.

Many moments passed without a response. With great deliberateness he ran his hands through her hair, and she delighted in the feel of his fingertips as they coursed through the strands, brushing against her neck as soft as silk.

In that moment she remembered their first dinner outing, when Jesse showed her the Latin magickal text which referred to strange allegories, symbols and various arcana. She recalled that the text kept referencing "blood" in some mystical context.

"Jesse?" Her voice was quieter, and she was no longer so certain that she was crazy.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adrianne Brennan stumbled into her love of writing by accident at the age of ten with a creative writing assignment for her science class. The end result was a science fiction comedy featuring numerous puns regarding vegetables. Adrianne's works were previously published through Aphrodite's Apples Press and are now published through Freya's Bower, Love You Divine, Running Press/Constable & Robinson, and Torquere Press. In addition, she is a member of EPIC, Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors, the Midnight Seductions Authors group, and an alumnus member of Kappa Gamma Psi, a co-ed national professional performing arts fraternity. The author resides in Boston, Massachusetts with two cats and a car she has aptly named "the TARDIS." She assures her readers that people tell her it looks bigger on the inside.

Adrianne will be awarding a $25 E-gift card to Amazon to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/12/virtual-book-tour-blood-of-dark-moon-by.html


  1. This book sounds fantastic, how took it you to finish the book?


  2. The mythology in the book, is pretty interesting!

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  3. Thanks for having me here today! I will be at the office most of the day but I'll be online this evening (EST) to reply to questions and comments. :)

    In answer to Emiliana25: this book took me a little over a year to write. I weathered very, very long hours at work--including working weekends--in the process of writing it. My day job is computer programming, which can be a very demanding and volatile field.

  4. And yes, that picture is indeed of me Rachelle! :) Thanks for the compliments on it.

  5. I hadn't realised computer programming could be volatile, my brother is also a programmer and I know he had to work weekends as well.


  6. I agree with you, being organized means less stress. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.


  7. I love discovering new books and authors, thank you for sharing the fantastic excerpt! How do you come up with the names?


  8. Hi Lyra! I've been through three layoffs in two years and my hours are far from predictable, although this can vary from job to job. In my current one I have a great deal more stability and my hours are far more reasonable. I've been at places where 14 hour days were the norm, and I burnt out VERY fast.

  9. Hi Lana! Sometimes the names just come to me, other times I have to "dig" for it. I just let my Muse run with it unless I have a particular reason for naming a character a certain name due to meaning.

  10. Wow, 14 hours day as a rule sounds very hard, I think anyone would burn out fast with such working hours. :(
    This sound like a fabulous book!

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  11. I enjoy reading a good paranormal romance, your book sounds very good in that aspekt!

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  12. That really is an amazing author picture. A fabulous interview thank you.


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