Wednesday, 9 January 2008

The Wednesday Interview

The multi talented Amanda Sidhe is my first Wednesday brilliant author interview for 2008. Her book Summoned By Lust is out now through Ellora’s Cave. It is an excellent read. Next week the well traveled raconteur and author Mona Risk is talking about her new release To Love A Hero.

1. What star sign are you? Name one fabulous characteristic of this sign.
I am a Virgo right on the cusp of Libra. We Virgos are a very sensual lot. Foreplay can be an art. Kissing can last for hours. Discovering variety in the bedroom is a joy. The first blush of love never has to wear off as long as you keep looking at each other in that worshipful way. I think that is fabulous.

2. If I was in charge of the world I would….
I would want to preserve and protect as much of the wilderness as I could. I love nature and animals. Nothing saddens me more than to see the wild beauty of the world lost.

3. If your book was made into a movie who would play the hero and heroine?
In SUMMONED BY LUST, I can easily see Milla Jovovich, who starred in movies such as Resident Evil and Ultraviolet, playing Karma. She’s tough, sexy and used to handling herself in potentially bad situations. Antonio Banderas, pumped up like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first Terminator movie, would be perfect for the vampire and executioner Razor. He would be so sexy and mouth wateringly yummy that you could almost forget how very deadly he can be.

4 The bad guys have you are hanging by one toenail over a vat of boiling oil. You must tell them the location of the diamond mine to save your life. To do this you risk harming your true love. What do you do?
Oh, this is a hard question! Most likely I would try to win an Oscar for best actress and lie as convincingly as possibly. Hopefully not only protecting my true love, but giving him time to come and rescue me in a most heroic fashion.

5. Do you get writer’s block? If so what do you do to break it?
I find that if I read that will often times jumpstart ideas if I am having trouble getting started. If I am well into a story when the writer’s block strikes almost without fail it is because I have tried to make the characters do something that is not in their nature. Usually it is just a matter of backing up a scene or two and letting the characters find a different path to take.

6. If you weren’t writing books what would you be doing?
I have always enjoyed theater and film making. I’ve dabbled in both. If I were not writing, I would most likely turn my creativity to those areas.

7. Where can people learn more about Amanda Sidhe?
My homepage is at and I have a MySpace profile at . I have a yahoo group as well. Readers can sign up at

Summoned By Lust By Amanda Sidhe

The Blurb

Karma thought she had it made. As a highly paid Summon—a human servant to a vampire clan—all she had to do was use her telepathy to anticipate the needs of the vampires she was sent to serve, while avoiding becoming lunch or undead herself. It had been a lucrative and easy gig until Razor showed up with his deadly good looks, bad boy attitude and a dose of telepathy that dwarfed hers. And this powerful vampire Kinsman has only one job for her to do—telepathically replace his overpowering blood lust with sexual hunger…for her!

The Excerpt

“You like playing mind games?” Razor hooked a finger under her sunglasses and flicked them away so nothing shielded her from those metallic eyes of his. This close, she could just make out the shape of his irises behind the veil of magic and they bore into her.
“I meant no offense, Kinsman,” Karma said as naturally as she could with the tightness of his grip over her vocal cords. “I wished only to anticipate your desires.” This time she did add a hint of sexual coloring to her meaning. Better to end this risky encounter with her virtue sullied than with her vital organs displaced from her body.
She relaxed mentally to let him feel the truth in her. That was even harder than trying to force her body to relax despite the fight or flight response that dumped adrenaline into her bloodstream and made her bones tremble. Not knowing how powerful he was telepathically she carefully forced her mind open, like trying to unball a fist when it gripped the ledge of a cliff and the drop was deadly. It wasn’t a natural thing to do. When she thought she’d exposed her thoughts long enough for him to see her sincerity, Karma tugged experimentally on her telepathic probe to see if he’d release the connection. No dice. His mental jaws tightened, keeping her firmly inside his controlled upper layer of consciousness.
Razor’s focus lowered to his hand at her throat. Adjusting his grip, his fingertips settled over her pulse. Despite her outward attempt to project calm, her blood slammed with fear under his touch.
His other hand tugged her shirt out of her slacks in a long, slow pull that made the soft fabric of her blouse rub tantalizingly over her stomach even as panic froze Karma’s muscles. Razor slipped his hand beneath her shirt and palmed her breast, enclosing it completely, which spoke to the size of his hands because she was fairly well proportioned up top. With a squeeze that pinched her nipple between his thumb and the side of his finger the terror that had been coiling inside her shattered as a spike of desire shocked her entire body. Karma hadn’t been able to suppress her cry of pleasure. A roll of thunder cascaded first across her skin and then through her muscles and finally vibrated through her bones like the rhythmic beating of a base drum. It was as though her own natural attraction was being soaked up by Razor’s telepathic power, amplified and projected back into her a hundredfold. Instantly, her entire being softened with sexual heat. Writhing against the wall, Karma bent her knee and stroked it up the outside of Razor’s thigh. Forgetting why she had her hands at her sides, she reached up and explored the rocky terrain of his hard stomach.
Razor smiled wide, exposing his fangs. “I’ll make you a deal. If you do to me what you promised and keep my thoughts from roaming from sex to blood, I won’t kill you before sunrise.”
Sunrise was in less than an hour.
She didn’t have to ask what promise he referred to. Her own image echoed in his mind of her head moving in a bobbing motion over his lap. His desire flavored the memory, making her lick her lips in anticipation. Even though Razor was a big, scary vampire, his barbaric domination thrilled her. He was a man used to taking what he wanted and the fact he wanted her made her wet and ready to surrender. If only she could trust him. “And after sunrise?”
“One step at a time.” He said in a manner that seemed to indicate he didn’t think that would be an issue. That would have frightened her but Razor rolled her nipple with his thumb, rocketing a fresh surge of need through her that was already more explosive than any orgasm she’d ever had. The need was so massive that she knew he was magnifying it with his own telepathy. But her body didn’t care and she squirmed and heaved against his palm. It wasn’t merely her survival instinct that led her to agree. “As you wish, Kinsman.”
“Razor.” He released her neck but kept his hand on her breast. “Say my name.” Looming tall over the top of her, he didn’t need to physically pin her to make her feel trapped and at his complete mercy. The solid heat of his body closed around her, invading her space and her body. Every breath was heavy with his masculine spice. Deadly handsome, any woman would disintegrate with longing just to be on the receiving end of his lustful attention.

**Click on the cover to buy**

5 Reasons to by Summoned by Lust….

- Vampires
- Lust
- Romance
- Great writing
- And my belief that you deserve all that.

On Anny has the next enthralling chapter in the Emmeline saga. I’ve had a sneak peak…some old friends make a return. Kelly is sure to have something so riveting on that you will be agog. I will be back tomorrow to rabbit on once more about the excruciating exactness of nothing.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


Phoenix said...

Excellent interview. I love these quirky questions and the answers they give. I read this excerpt online somewhere, a chat maybe. It's very appealing.

Well done you two.

Anny Cook said...

Good morning, Amarinda! Wonderful interview and very interesting take on vampires. Welcome, Amanda!

Bronwyn Green said...

Excellent excerpt Amanda and great questions Amarinda!

Molly Daniels said...

Wow...I don't usually read vampire stories, but this one sounds fantastic! Great excerpt!

Sandra Cox said...

Great interview Amarinda and Amanda. I always enjoy the star sign question. Very insightful. In fact I like it so much I've borrowed it for interviews. grin.

JacquƩline Roth said...

Great answers to terrific questions. Good job both of you. The excerpt sounds terrific.