Sunday, June 13, 2010

Author spotlight with Katie Salidas (Over)

Here are my reviews direct from Amazon on both of Katie's books

Immortalis Carpe Noctem
Alyssa is a human going about her life in her normal routine. Work, friend, her favorite coffee-house routine, and what can be called a simple and happy life. That is until walking home one night alone she runs face to face with everyones worst nightmare. Rapists wandering the streets looking for their next prey. On the cusp of death, Lysander, a loner vampire comes to her rescue and saves her from immediate death. As she struggles with letting go of her old life she meets other new vampires, learns to overcome the most horrid part of vampirism (taking life), and learns that despite the positives of her new life, that not every vamp you meet has the best motives.

I very thoroughly enjoyed this book by Katie Salidas. When I find a book I really really love, I can't put it down, and when I have to, I think about it between sittings. This book was no exception. I was anxious to know how the story ended and felt a bond with Alyssa in her struggles and think that if I was turned, I would have the same emotions. The descriptions of Vegas were also wonderful. The worlds leaped off of the page.

I would absolutely recommend this book to all avid vampire lovers and highly look forward to the next installment by Mrs. Salidas.

House of Immortal Pleasures
This book was the first erotica story I have read and I must say, after reading it, I will be reading another. Katie has captured a intimate, sexy, naughty, and desirable fantasy that most can say they have had in words which I imagine is hard to do. It is absolutely enthralling from beginning to end and keeps you reading without you being able to tear your eyes from the screen. The story captures the perfect detail of what you would expect a creature of the night to deliver. You get to feel naughty and safe in your own living room,(or maybe sneaking in public). Hot! Sexy! And desirable! Katie has begun her writing on an excellent foot and I highly look forward to reading more from her in the near future!

K.T.  Hello and welcome. I am very excited to have you here today. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.  
Hey Kolina! Thanks for having me on your blog! Well, hmm, a little about me? I’m a work at home mommy. Writing has become my life. I started up my own small publishing company Rising Sign Books. It’s in its infancy now, but I hope to grow the business in the future. Right now I am only open to publishing my works, until I get a better feel for the business. Aside from that, I am a wife and love the fact I am able to be home with my little girl.
K.T.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
Not so much a quirk really, but I always have music on when I write. There is just something about it that helps move the muse. My choice of music usually depends on what I am writing. Love scenes usually demand lighter, more melodic music. Action scenes usually require something loud and with a heavy beat. I’ve always got something playing in the background.
K.T.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
I’ve always written things down. I have notebooks stacked in my garage with things I’ve written over the years. I just love to write. It is my escape.
K.T.  What genre do you write?
I work in a mix of genres. I like to write Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and a little erotica. =)
K.T.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
Really, I am inspired by everything I read. I love lots of different authors: Anne Rice, Christine Feehan, Sherrlyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs. There are just so many greats out there!
K.T.  What does your family think of your writing?
My family is 100% behind me in my writing. Actually, my husband is my hardest beta reader. He wants my stories to shine so he doesn’t pull any punches when he critiques my work. He is definitely not afraid to tell me if a scene just plain sucks. On the other hand he is my biggest fan too. He tells everyone about my books. And my daughter, she can’t read yet but she loves to tell people her mommy is an author. 
K.T.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?
That it is hard work! There is so much involved in it. Just getting a story down on paper is a small portion of what you have to do. I swear I went through about 15 drafts of my first book to get to what it is today. It’s worth it though.
K.T.  Can you tell us a little about your novel? 
I’ve got two books out right now. One is an erotic romance. It’s a novella called, House of Immortal Pleasures.

Blindfolded and kidnapped, Daphne is whisked away to the famed, House of Immortal Pleasures, a Vampire-run Brothel in Pahrump, Nevada.

Sometimes the only way to mend a broken heart is to get back in the saddle. At least that is how Daphne’s friends see it. And since Daphne isn’t showing any signs of letting that happen, they take it into their own hands. With a few shots of liquid courage, a pat on the ass, and a donated gold card, Daphne is unwillingly sent into fantasy room 123 to meet her creature of the night, Connor.

It’s Connor’s job to seduce and entice Daphne to try all the expensive, sexual services on the menu. And he is prepared to do just that, until he peers into her mind and sees the damage done by her broken heart. After learning of her past pain, Connor’s plans change. No more is this a game of seduction to pad the pockets of the brothel owner. Connor decides to lavish Daphne with real attention and affection. Something she desperately needs. He will heal her heart the only way he can, by showing her she is beautiful, desirable, and sexy.
The other book out is my “baby!” It’s my debut novel. Immortalis Carpe Noctem

Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.

As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her “turning”, did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.

Only by accepting her newfound immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.
K.T.  Where can we find your novels?
Both books are available on Amazon Kindle.
Immortalis Carpe Noctem is available at Barnes and Noble as well as If you’re a vegas local, you can also stop into Plaza Books.
They also sell my books online!
For Author signed copies, please stop by
K.T.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
Find me on Facebook! I am there every day!
Or you can stop by my publishing website

K.T.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers? 

Get your story on paper. Just sit down and write. Worry about the rules once you have a compete story. Editing and perfecting your work comes later. 

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