by Denise N. Wheatley
Genre: Steamy Sci-fi/Fantasy Romance Novella
In the land of Zanalia, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of war. When two of the realm’s fiercest foes go head-to-head over the sacred ritual, sparks unexpectedly fly, igniting an explosion of love, lust, and ultimately, broken traditions.
In a world filled with warriors, Valentine’s Day means war for the creatures of Zanalia. Mina, queen of the disciplinarian tribe, is responsible for spearheading attacks on the land’s worst enemies.
Spike, the son of king Theo and Mina’s biggest adversary, no longer believes in provoking battles on this love-filled holiday. He secretly encourages the Zanalians to put away their weapons and spend time with their loved ones instead. The absurd suggestion goes against the territory’s oldest tradition and is rejected by many, to the point where Spike receives death threats. His father grows worried for his son and orders Mina to stage his kidnapping, then provide him with personal, around-the-clock protection.
Mina is infuriated by the mission as she’s being forced to protect a disloyal traitor. She vows to make Spike’s time with her as torturous as possible until she unwittingly finds pleasure in the pain she inflicts upon him, while he seemingly relishes in her harsh punishments. Emotions run high between the pair, and Mina realizes that Spike’s wish to spread love this Valentine’s Day just may come true after all.
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Interview with the Author
What are you passionate about these days?
I am really into true crime television, so right now I’m addicted to watching Dateline, 20/20 and 48 Hours. I’ve also been binge-watching The Unicorn on CBS and The Righteous Gemstones on HBO. Aside from tv, I’m really passionate about my writing. I’ve got a chick-lit novel coming out later this year titled SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS about a jilted Midwestern woman who believes she can conquer Hollywood, so she does. I’m also working on a couple of romantic suspense series, and would love to write the sequel to my novel I WISH I NEVER MET YOU. So basically, I’ve got my work cut out for me!
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Compassionate, upbeat, caring, impatient, and talkative.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I’d spend the day with Devon Jacobs, the main character in SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS. Devon lives in LA (my fave city) in Beverly Hills (my fave neighborhood) and write for a television sitcom (my dream job). She’s friends with all the hotties on the show and has access to some of the coolest spots in town. I imagine we’d spend the day on the set then hang out that night at a fun bar, club or restaurant.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I like to write with a bit of noise. Nothing too loud, but I always need a little bit of activity buzzing in the background. As strange as it may sound, total silence can be disruptive when I’m writing.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My characters absolutely have the reigns of my story! A perfect example would be the protagonist and antagonist in my novel THE ROAD TO BLISS. When I began writing that book, I had a solid idea of how it would progress and how things would end. But as the storyline took shape, certain characters pulled me in unexpected directions, which completely changed the course of the narrative. Surprisingly, my heroine did not end up with the man I thought she would!
Denise N. Wheatley is a lover of happily-ever-afters and the art of storytelling. She is best known for her chick lit novel I WISH I NEVER MET YOU, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2004. Since then she’s written (and ghostwritten) numerous novels and novellas that run the romance gamut, from contemporary to paranormal, sweet to steamy.
Denise strives to pen entertaining stories that embody matters of the heart, while creating characters who are strong, colorful and relatable. She is an RWA member and received a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city where she was born and raised. When Denise is not sitting behind a computer, you can find her in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime television or chatting on social media.
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