Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Celia Breslin - Author Interview and Spotlight on Diamond Moon

What is the best thing for you about being a writer?

Writing! I love immersing myself in the worlds I create and getting to know my characters.

What is the hardest thing for you about being a writer?

Time management. As a full-time mom and a freelance editor, I fit in writing and editing around my child’s schedule. A typical day during the school year looks something like this: chauffeur child to school, exercise, write, edit, pick up child, spend evening with family, work a little more before bed. Rinse, repeat.

What genre/s do you write and what genre is your latest release?

I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  My latest releases are both paranormal romances: Diamond Moon and Under A Mating Moon. They’re stand-alone reads, and part of Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves, multi-author/shared world series.

What essential things have you learned about writing in the last year?

Try new things, for example, writing stories for a shared world. I’ve had loads of fun writing in the Black Hills Wolves universe. I’ve created new locations and characters for the world, and I’ve used some existing locations, too. It’s also amusing to have other author’s characters make appearances in your own story.

Who is your favourite heroine from your books and why?

Hm, I do love them all, but if I must choose, I’ll go with Darci from Diamond Moon. She’s a wicked smart computer nerd and recent graduate from college. She’s half human, half wolf shifter and, unfortunately, her shifts almost kill her every full moon. I’ve dealt her a rough hand, but she faces it bravely. Her courage and kindness are totally endearing.

What type of hero do you like? Super alpha, wounded or somewhere in between? Or even something totally different? You could give an example from a movie or well-known book.

Honestly, I like them all. Some of my favourite heroes from fiction include:  every single military veteran hero in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series; all the fierce vampire’s in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series; and the heroes in Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series.

Tell us about your journey in writing Diamond Moon.

When I was first invited to submit a story idea to the Black Hills Wolves series, a question popped into my mind:  what if one of my characters were a half-breed with a life-threatening shifting problem?  The story wrote itself from there, or, I should say my characters Darci and Ross immediately popped up and told me their story, LOL.  Generally speaking, characters tend to arrive first for me, and, as I get to know them, their story follows.

Tell us three quirky or interesting things about yourself.

Hm… I have a tattoo I designed myself. I was classically trained on piano from age six through sixteen, and sang in an a cappella group in high school.

What rituals do you use to help you focus or get the words down on the page e.g. music or a snack.

I work out in the morning and drink water.  Really. Movement energizes me and sets the tone for the rest of my day. I find I’m less productive when I’m lethargic or dehydrated.

Mention something unique about your books and your writing style.

Let’s see… I’d say my style is modern, urban, fresh… Being an editor, too, I tend to prefer active verbs, concrete nouns, showing versus telling, minimal use of adverbs, use of consonance, alliteration, etc.  Okay, total Word Geek answer, but there you go!

What book would you like to work on next?

I recently finished Jasmine Moon, my third story for the Black Hills Wolves line.  Darci and her hero Ross from Diamond Moon make an appearance in this one, as do Jake and Lexi from Under A Mating Moon. Now I’m writing Origins, the third novel in my Tranquilli Bloodline vampire series (urban fantasy for Champagne Books).

Diamond Moon Blurb:

Human-wolf hybrid Darci Diamond spends every full moon locked in auntie’s basement in Southern Oregon. Her excruciating shifts terrify her, the last one causing her heart to stop beating. Seeking a cure, she journeys to Los Lobos.

Ross Luparell returns to the struggling Tao pack, using his millions made in the tech industry to build homes for pack families in need. He never imagined he would also find his one true mate. But when a hybrid with the biggest green eyes he’s ever seen lands on his doorstep in the middle of a wicked summer storm, there’s no denying it. She’s the one.

She wants a normal human life, free from pain-filled shifts. He won’t give up on her Wolf, and will do whatever it takes to help her accept her true nature. But can he convince her to trust him with her heart?

Diamond Moon Excerpt (First Meet):

He reached out with his Wolf senses. The feedback froze his fingers on the doorknob. Female. Damn, she smelled good. Human. Wolf. Wait…both? The copper tang of blood hit his nose. And injured.

He flung open the door. His abrupt move caught his visitor off guard, one small, white fist raised to knock. The woman startled and fell forward. Catching her, he pulled her inside, kicking the door shut with his foot.

She sagged against him, a shivering bundle of wet woman. Underneath the dampness, her scent drop-kicked his gut. Apples and cinnamon. Roses and honey. His body perked up, taking extreme notice. He fought the growl of possession threatening to tear out of his throat. Holy hell, had his potential mate just walked into his home in the middle of a storm?

The scent of her blood jump-started his brain into action. He lowered her gently to the floor. “Jesus. You okay?”

His instincts urged him to check her for wounds, but he was a stranger and didn’t want to spook her. But goddamn, he wanted to touch her. Peel off her wet clothes. See all of her. With a jacket covering her torso, tight jeans hiding her legs, and her ball cap pulled low on her face, all he’d seen so far was her quivering pale chin, full red lips, and those delicate, trembling hands.

“S-s-sorry, d-dripping all ov-v-ver your f-f-floor,” she said, teeth chattering. Her snow white fingers curled on the hardwood, arms trembling with her effort to keep herself upright. Blood streaked the wood. A line of liquid crimson slid down her jaw and dripped from her chin onto her jacket.

To hell with propriety. “You’re injured. Let me help you.” He pulled off her cap and damn near swallowed his tongue.

Big green eyes blinked up at him from a face so pale it made him think of moonlight. Drenched, short black hair lay plastered to her head, the ends framing features reminiscent of the fairies his sister loved to draw for the hidden-object games she designed. Ethereal beauty. My beauty. He stroked a knuckle down her cheek then ran his thumb over her soft, full lower lip.

She flinched and batted his hand away, falling to her side in the process.

Ross snapped back to reality with a healthy hit of guilt. “Shit. Sorry.”

His gaze shot to her forehead where a two-inch cut sent blood trailing over her prominent cheekbone with its silky-smooth skin he’d so enjoyed caressing—

Shit. He gave himself a mental ass kicking for scaring her. “I’m Ross. You’re safe here. Promise.”

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Wow, your book looks amazing and I love the excerpt.


  1. I'm curious about your tattoo design. My tat is a mixture of my own design and some else's. The tattoo artist came up with a beautiful blend of both. I'm so happy with it.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      Thanks for having me over for a visit today! My tattoo is all my design, though the tattoo artist took my rough drawing and made it better. It's a female figure standing in water, arms stretched upward toward the moon. I was going for a primitive, moon-goddess-meets-silver-surfer kind of vibe.

    2. Sounds beautiful! So feminine and mystical. I chose a peacock feather with a quill on the end and hearts around it to represent my family.