Mar 27, 2012

Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway with authors April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland


Title: Flesh and Feathers
Author(s): April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland

Synopsis:

 Azaleigh’s life was simple. Then she meets Kale and Gage, two very different and charming men – one she loves and the other she cannot live without. As she struggles with her feelings towards them both, she begins to realize they are hiding a secret – and to her surprise they are not the only ones. Soon after, Azaleigh finds herself running for her life from a bounty hunter that is far from human, and with every narrow escape, she begins to unlock the secret that will change her life forever. In a world of good and evil, angel and fallen, Azaleigh must choose between fate or the one she loves. What do you do when hell won’t let you win and evil just won’t die?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in The Flesh Series, "Flesh and Flames".

April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories. 


PRIZE INFORMATION

The authors will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.


Author's feelings on Love Triangles in romances
Love triangles, lover quarrels and sexual tension, oh my! Love triangles are a writer's dream story. First off, who can turn down reading/writing a book with two characters fighting over one seemingly tragic character? The goal in a book is to somehow or another to relate the reader to the character, even if the situations are few and far between. Well, in life, most everyone has been involved in a love triangle. Don’t lie! You know you have! One woman being fought over by two men or two women clawing each other’s eyes out for prince charming. A love triangle has all the qualities for an interesting read like drama, hard choices, sex appeal and suspense. Did someone say scandalous? Yes ma’am! Give us the scandal, because we secretly want to be part of it. Everyone quietly pretends to be the heroine, waiting for the hero to come rescue her. This is how we relate to the characters. We like to feel the tension, make the hard decisions and embrace the love that is evitable to end in tragedy. Love makes you do crazy things… and I do mean crazy! We’ve stalked our lover (inspired by true events in Flesh and Feathers), we’ve driven miles away to be with them, we’ve even stood on a table in the center of a restaurant to announce our love for them. (Okay, neither of us have technically done that last one.) So when you have feelings that are that strong for two loves, the torn emotion is infectious. The best part of love triangle is that the two characters fighting for the win are usually always complete opposites. One will be winsome and romantic, and then the other will be a bad, sexy and a rebel. And who wants to choose between that? It’s like having the best of both worlds. Have you ever been curled up in your bed, so deep in your book that you are smiling and giggling uncontrollably? Then your partner shakes you on the shoulder and says, “Whatcha doing honey?” Automatically you get defense. “Nothing! Why do you ask?” This is why we want love triangles! They are our escape into a world we want to live in… even if it’s only for a little while.
Excerpt 1:

I opened my eyes, and I could see of all the shades of blue that made his eyes so brilliant. They twisted and interlocked, creating the most vibrant color. He leaned towards me, and I felt my legs weak and wanting to give way. He held my gaze, and I wanted so badly to look away; this was not something I was ready for. Finally, his lips were within an inch of mine. I forced my eyes closed as he whispered, “Azaleigh.” He pressed his lips zealously to mine. With each supple kiss, my lips fell in perfect formation. A surge of heat rushed through me. His hands reached up cupping my jaw line on each side, holding me in place. His last kiss gently pulled at my top lip and softly let go. He lingered inches from my face. I stood there with my eyes closed. I was too petrified to open them. I felt his thumb brush across my cheek in reassurance. I couldn’t speak. I was afraid my words would dissolve the moment, and I would never get the magic back again. But like all great things, the end was inevitable. 

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for having us on your blog! It is a pleasure.

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  2. Great excerpt! The book sounds very good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I would not mind having to choose between Kale & Gage.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  4. Thank you for hosting April and Danielle today.

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  5. How great to ignore the people who say you can't do something, and then show them you can.

    I really enjoyed the review. It makes the story sound like something you absolutely have to read.

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  6. Hi April & Danielle...I went to the link that you left at the last stop--the one to the interview on team writing. That was so interesting. Did I read that you two also work together at regular day jobs? WOW...That's a lot of time together...on the job and then collaborating on writing. How do you manage to keep civil to each other!? LOL...

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  7. I think a good love triangle that's pulled off well is something we all need every now and then. Something a little forbidden ;)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  8. I'm so glad you found your bliss ,good luck.DebP
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  9. The cover is so pretty. It just draws you in and the story line seems full of twists and turns.
    helldog3 at aol.com

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  10. Love triangles can be good, but they seem to be overused at the moment, like you pretty much can't pick up a YA/series without there being a love triangle. And usually someone gets hurt, and you know the main character will only end up with one of them so I usually start to purposely dislike the other a little bit. Thanks!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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  11. I'm following along on your tour =) I usually like love triangles in a book. There has only been 1 or 2 that I didn't enjoy that much and it was YA. If it's written right they're really good. Thanks for another post. I look forward to reading your book ladies ;)
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

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