Hello and welcome Maya DeLeina to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
Before we get started, Maya will be giving away a free e-copy of Blood of Luna, Leave a comment for a chance to win.
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
I love anything and everything Vampires. Dark gothic imagery gets my heart pumping. Men with muscular physiques, pale skin and a downright right bad-boy look (not to mention fangs) make me weak in the knees.
And this was a problem for me.
I was born and raised in Hawaii- not quite the right setting to allow myself to delve deep into these dark passions. I lived in perpetual sunshine so having a delicious fantasy of a sexy vampire brushing up against me also came with images of 3rd degree burns.
So the moment I relocated to Colorado, my love for vampires rekindled and my passion never burned brighter. The setting was just perfect; the cold, misty mountaintops, creepy graveyards, enchanting forests and howling creatures in the woods. Add to all of this the fact that I moved to Manitou Springs, a town rumoured to have wizards, witches and vampires and I was truly at home.
Don’t believe me about my town?
We have annual Coffin races through the streets, a 500-million-year old underground world as a major tourist attraction, a haunted cemetery and fabled underground tunnels.
Now how is that for Vampires inspiration?
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I just finished reading a book that I had high expectations for. The plot was one of those that kept you breathless. And when I reached the end, I was like…what? Devoting time into a long story just to feel disappointed in the end was like opening an empty fortune cookie!
The following day, my home, Hawaii, was under a major Tsunami warning from an 8.8 earthquake in Chile. Reports had wave predictions at almost near devastating levels for my island. All I could do was sit miles and miles away in Colorado and wait out its arrival, hoping that my family, friends, landmarks and yes, favourite food places, were going to be fine. Books are my escape from reality, but since I still had that bitter taste in my mouth from my last read, I didn’t reach for a book to pass the excruciating wait. Instead, I broke open my laptop and started thinking of a storyline I would look for in a vampire erotic romance book that I hadn’t yet found. 400 pages later, I penned my first novel, Veil of Seduction. What happened to the Tsunami you ask? Just like that book that started it all….lots of hype, but in the end, nothing but the usual ebb and flow.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
I finished my first novel in May 2010. Friends that I shared the manuscript with encouraged me to submit it to a publisher, but instead, I put it to the side and began writing another novel. I wanted to make sure the 400 page story I just wrote wasn’t a fluke- I mean, I could barely write college term papers that were 10 pages! When I finished my second book in December 2010, at another 400 pages, a sense of validation washed over me that it wasn’t a fluke. I took some time researching information on the process and once I was ready, I submitted my manuscript to a publisher in April 2011. By May 2011, I was under contract and my first published novel was released in August 2011, with the second following in February 2012, and third in September 2012.
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
My newest vampire erotica release is Blood of Luna- My Naughty Vampire Series. Blood of Luna is the first book in a new series for me, aimed to be shorter reads than my Ambrose Heights Series. But don’t let “Shorter” fool you, true to its name, the story packs a lot of steamy action.
How this story came about was literally all in a dream. One morning I awoke out of breath. The feeling that I was on a mysterious expedition washed over me and I couldn’t quite understand or explain it. I stayed still, trying to recall if what I was feeling was a result of a dream. Soon, I saw it. Visions of a cave along a rocky-shoreline came to mind. Waves crashing, fog rolling in, howling wind added to the scene and while I couldn’t remember what exactly happened in the dream, the imagery itself led me to write Blood of Luna.
Blood of Luna is from Evernight Publishing and can be purchased at:
5) What are you currently writing?
I am adding finishing touches to a new vampire series. This series follows the entire journey of one woman’s survival from the war between vampires and demons on earth.
I am also working on my first stand-alone book that is a heartbreaking romance tale. It explores the depth of love- the self-sacrifices made for the happiness of a loved one. This one is quite an emotional rollercoaster for me.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
I have ethereal instrumental pieces playing in my writing room, something with a middle-eastern flavor, to transport me into the story. With the right music, the imagery trickles into my mind, frame by frame. I close my eyes and absorb the surroundings that seem to jut from the earth to the sky, encasing me. Then I write. This allows me to take the reader on a journey that stimulates emotion and heightens every sense: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In scenes of suspense, chaos and conflict, I turn to Symphonic Goth Rock. The dark drive of the strings, guitar, bass, drums and angelic or trance-like voices conjures up mystic and eerie imagery perfect for the story. Music from Lacuna Coil, Sully Erna, Within Temptation and Apocalyptica seem to do the trick. I am thrilled when I receive recommendations for music, so keep them coming!
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
The entire creative process of product development with both of my publishers has been a great and joyful experience. Like many authors, the day you get your cover art goes beyond excitement and elation. I think the cover is a powerful validation of your accomplishment and speaks a thousand words.
And dare I say the word? Edits.
Yes, edits are also a very enjoyable experience and is truly the frosting on the cake you just baked.
8) What are you reading now?
Vampire Rage by Storm Savage
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Chocolate, The Walking Dead, HGTV, 80’s rock music, Jim Carrey, Robert Downey Jr., Timothy Olyphant, Niko Calin, Watching Under the Tuscan Sun, Tropic Thunder, My Life in Ruins, Only you, Original Sin, Practical Magic, Eat Pray Love (Mainly to hear “My Darling…its time” uttered by Javier Bardem) over and over again, Quoting lines from Austin Power movies in the voice of Dr. Evil and dancing like “Elaine” from Seinfeld- even if people are looking.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
Write in the genre you love to read. When you have a raw passion for something, that excitement flows through any creation with heartfelt emotion. Whether its painting, drawing, singing or writing, passion can never be forged- it’s individualistic and is what puts your stamp on the work.
Blood Of Luna
When is it real? When is it fantasy?
For Luna Kalen, the line between reality and a dream is hard to recognize.
Recovering from a car accident, the solitude at the coast is meant to be therapeutic. But Luna soon finds it more than her idle mind can handle.
After exploring a dangerous stretch of shoreline, Luna returns home with a mysterious man she discovers in a cave. Little does Luna know that this man is about to fill her world with sinful pleasures…and blood-thirsty vampires.
When reality and fantasy collide, unimaginable dangers lurk, revelations are revealed, and darkest desires are fulfilled. But if you think the happily ever after is the sign of the ending, it’s really only the beginning.
Should Luna have listened to the warning? Do not go into the cave.
Flashes of unspeakable pleasure travelled like lightning throughout my body, teasing and torturing me all at the same time. I moaned roughly and screamed in a piercing tone that echoed all along the cave walls. Mindless vulgarity escaped from my lips. My foul-mouthed voice sounded unfamiliar, raw and naughty.
His cock plunged into me slowly, but unrelenting. In and out, bit by bit, he devoured my body.
He was a man with an insatiable need and I was the woman who held the key to his release.
“You have a nasty mouth on you,” he whispered in a coarse, breathless voice.
“You do that to me. Make me scream. Take me hard. Take me fast. Take me rough.”
“Shh, savor, Luna. Savor this right now. This is the last time you’ll ever know the sensations of a cock plunging into your half human, half vampire body. Feel each part of you that I touch.”
He bent his knees to drive up into me in a slow rhythm. Unhurried and crafty, his body moved like a dancer, full of untapped sensuality.
Away from the carnage and destruction, we were deep in a dark cavern of what seemed like an endless cave system. Wrapped in a world of complete ecstasy, we stood under a sliver of light that pierced through a fissure in the cave. Our bodies sparkled in the silvery glow.
Trevor stood with both feet planted firmly on the ground. I balanced on one leg while the other draped over his forearm. Under my bent knee, he secured my position as his hand grasped my thigh. His other hand cradled the rise in my ass, squeezing, rubbing and exploring freely. If it wasn’t for the gentle grade in the cave floor that I stood on, our height difference would never allow for such a sexual position.
With his face buried at my neck, his fingers dug deeper into my sweat-soaked flesh. His pace was still unhurried, but his thrusts to bury himself completely within me intensified. It was if he were claiming unchartered lands, saying “mine, mine, mine” with each plunge. His lips grazed my ear delicately, making me tremble in delight.
“Ickey moving around your naked body in this light is the sexiest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on.” His deep voice sounded seductive and mesmerizing.
I threw my head back and moaned as my pussy drenched his cock in more and more silky, hot wetness.
I could just imagine what my body looked like. If it was anything like what I was seeing on Trevor, it must’ve been an image straight out of a fantasy.
The beam of light was alive, wrapping around our bodies. The curves that Trevor’s body took reflected the light, acting as a mirror. Glowing and glistening, shards of luminosity bounced from our bodies into the darkness with every movement. The play on shadow and light deliciously highlighted dips and ridges in his chest, abs, and arms while portions of his facial features were blanketed in a mysterious cloak.
All the while, Ickey moved along my body without a care. Smooth and dry, she gently swept across my clavicle, up over my shoulder, slithering her way down my back, and circling around my waist. Thousands of tiny scales moved in synchronization. Rolling, surging, swelling, the piercing light glistened along the surface of her movements like the tides in an ocean.
The moment was profoundly passionate and powerful.
Suddenly, his exacting motion grew fierce and demanding. Like a wild animal released from his chains, Trevor grunted and moaned wildly and operated in nothing but a single-minded intensity. He slammed his cock into me, driving himself deep with force and purpose. Over and over, he took me, and my body withstood his demands in sheer delight. With one sure thrust, he buried himself to the hilt and held his position.
“Am I a lover who can make you scream?”
“You make me do more than scream. You make me lose my mind,” I said gasping for breath.
He slowly eased his cock from my body, letting his tip linger at the entrance of my slick pussy. “Do I now?” he said as he slammed his way into me once again.
“Yeah! Fuck me hard!”
“Hard?” he asked as he continued his slow retractions and driving force.
“Yes!” I screamed, “Give it to me. Hard!”
“My darling, as you wish.”
This is all about Maya Deleina
Someone once asked what a reader should expect from a Maya DeLeina book. I took a moment, and then smiled as I answered.
Readers can expect an indulgence on their senses. I love books that can transport me to a fantasy that is filled with mystic enchantment and sinful illusion. So, when I write, I remember what excites me. I don’t just want to read a story, I want to experience it. I spend a lot of time on the imagery. If I have a scene that descends the depths of a natural cave, I want the reader to know how the air tastes on their tongue; how the air tickles their skin in a way to make the slightest hairs stand on end. And when I write about intense passion, I want the reader to feel weak in the knees, breathless and longing to be kissed until their lips are raw with excitement.
And while there is an unspeakable power in words, the pleasures in seeing the words cannot be denied. This is why I bring my vampires to life. Check out my book trailers and photographs to see my characters in the flesh.
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