Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reading Until Dawn Featured Author: Seleste Delaney

WAVE 2 IS HERE... of the Reading Until Dawn Con author features here at Alpha Heroes.  

Some bloggers could probably manage to keep a very even cadence of author profiles, reliably posting on certain days of the week, consistently and regularly like a drumbeat.

So, yeah, that's not this blogger.  As you may have surmised.  Around here, we like things a little more unpredictable.  A little more spontaneous.  A little less formal.  We had a bit of a break, but there's a nice roster of fantastic authors lining up to play with us here at Alpha Heroes.  We'll be publishing these features as they come in, as various schedules allow, so keep an eye out in your feed and check in regularly!

As a Featured Blogger (ahem) for the Reading Until Dawn conference, it is my pleasure and my sacred responsibility to showcase the delightful authors that will be hanging out and playing embarrassing SUPER FUN AND AWESOME games with us in October.  We're not doing panels.  We're not doing pitches. We're seriously not doing serious. We WILL be doing games.

If you've read Alpha Heroes for very long, you know I'm not too into author interviews. I'm not very good at them, to be honest. So just pretend this is a game instead of an interview.  I gave my authors a Mad LibsTM style questionnaire, and here are the results!  (note: truthiness is optional... these are fiction writers after all!)

Please welcome Seleste Delaney, author across multiple subgenres, and intrepidly diving right on in to the questionnaire:

1. No one ever beats me at the game of Never Have I Ever. (Though does anyone ever really win or lose at that?)  Maybe we can find out in Denver...

2. Please fill in these blanks:
"When I was a kid, and they were picking teams for sportball, I was usually:
a) picked right away
b) not picked right away
c) one of the captains

B, omg B

Later in life, I found myself randomly throwing balls at strangers, and I think it was all because of how the sportball teams were picked.

3. The most embarrassing/hilarious game I ever participated in was strip Dungeons and Dragons. Everyone was laughing at the clerics...vestments . Hmmm. I don't think we're getting the full story here.

4. In an alternate universe, I am George R. R. Martin, only my fabulously successful 700-page epic book is titled "Game of Bones." [It's about penises...or maybe dogs. I don't really remember; I was drunk when I wrote it.]  That's... wow.  OK then!

5. Once, Katee Robert suggested that we burn down Chicago , and I could only respond, GAME. ON. Then what happened? We were too busy at the con to bother. Sad, sad day. Hmmm.  I have a lot of friends in Chicago, so perhaps this worked out for the best...


The 5-words game rules:

The lovely Holley Trent challenges you to use the following 5 words in a piece of flash fiction, as long or short as you wish. Don't overthink it :-)

Then, give 5 words for the next victim, er, interviewee to use.  They will have the option to build on your piece or do a stand-alone.

Your words are:  stiletto, maestro, sister, fish, curse
Tales of Candy continues....
Part 1 from Selena Laurence,
Part 2 from Chelsea O'Neal
Part 3 from Holley Trent

Not that she had any intention of saying yes to Jace, but she really didn't like where this was going--especially since the pummeling of her fists on the man's back seemed to be having no effect whatsoever. "What kind of problem?"

"For starters, you're his sister," he responded, his tone so teasing he was almost singing the words.

"His what?"


"That's not possible. And even if it was, how would you possibly know?" She'd been adopted on the other side of the country and Jace had talked about his parents--his birth parents--on more than one occasion. Clearly her captor was full of shit. Candy bit back the curse before she gave it voice and tried a new tactic--kicking the stranger as hard as she could. 

Laughing, he gripped her legs tighter and her kicking only served to send one stiletto heel clattering into the darkness. "It's more than possible, you squirmy little fish, it's certain. I only hope you have this much energy once I get you into my bed."

"Your bed? Play me another one, maestro, because there's no way I'm dancing to that song," she said, horrified at the suggestion. She might take her clothes off to make ends meet, but she didn't have sex with strangers--ever--and she'd be damned if she planned to change that rule for the brute holding her hostage, regardless of how good he smelled, much less her body's reaction to his nearness. 

"Yes, little one. I'm the one you were promised to, and it will be my bed you lie in on your wedding night."

Oh ho! the plot thickens!  Will we find out more?  Vote #TeamCandy, either commenting here, or on Twitter, and see if we can influence the upcoming authors.  If you'd rather hear what's going on with #TeamBelle, let's hear from you too!

If you'd like to see more of Seleste's fiction, here is some handy-dandy information for you:

Seleste deLaney / Julie Particka
CLOCKWORK MAFIA available now from Carina Press
KISS OF LIFE available now wherever ebooks are sold
FIGHTING FOR KEEPS available now from Entangled Publishing
FALL WITH ME available now from Entangled Publishing 
TEMPTING HER FAKE FIANCE available now from Entangled Publishing
About the Author:
At a young age, Seleste deLaney discovered the trick to not being afraid of the monsters under the bed was to turn them into heroes. Since that time, she’s seen enough of human monsters that she prefers to escape to fictional worlds where even the worst demons have to play by the rules and the good guys might end up battered and bruised (or dead), but they always win. And really, isn’t that the way it should be? 

She resides in the Detroit area with all her favorite monsters (nice ones—some are furry and the others call her Mom) and is hard at work on her next book. In those rare moments when she isn’t battling terrorists, vampires, or rogue clockworks, she can be found all over the internet, where she loves to interact with readers. (which must be why she's coming to the Con! We are all about the author-reader interactions!)

Are you registered for Reading Until Dawn Con? 
If not, why not?! Join us for fun, games, snacks and possibly pants-optional dancing.  
Register here, and see you there!

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