Thursday, August 14, 2014

INTERVIEW: Shira Anthony plus #Giveaway!

Hello Shira and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

“Hang on, because it’s going to be a wild ride!” At thirteen, I think I was planning on being an astronaut or astronomer when I grew up. Little did I know that, although I’d never make it to outer space, I’d wear a ton of hats as an adult, including: violinist, opera singer, attorney, and gay romance novelist. Truth may be stranger than fiction in this case! It’s been a great and wild ride. Truly!

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

I’d pull out my trusty vampire hunter sword, Icarus, and slice a few dead heads off! At least if I was editing the first book in my new vampire series due out late this year, Blood and Rain. Those hunters have some damn cool swords!

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

“She wore electric boots, a mohair suit, you know I read it in a magazine...” (Elton John, “Benny and the Jets”). Seems apt, since I’ve loved playing dressup and pretending I’m someone else for years. I used to joke that the reason I became an opera singer was that I loved all the cool costumes and wigs! I still love to dress up, and if you’re coming to GRL this year in Chicago, you’ll most likely catch me in one of my 40s style wiggle dresses, or goth outfits with the killer heels. Diva rules!

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

So, tough call for me as to whether to excerpt a bit of a sex scene or something else. In the end, I went with a romantic vibe. This is from Dissonance, my new release from Dreamspinner Press. Lord Cameron (Cam) Sherrington and trumpeter Galen Rusk were supposed to be raking leaves....

They threw the leaves at each other as Max ran around them and barked. As Cam grabbed more leaves, Galen shoved a handful down his back.
“Not fair!” Cam pulled his shirt from his jeans and shook out the leaves, then ran after Galen before he could reload. “You are so going to pay for that!” He chased Galen around the yard. Galen ran faster than Cam, but Max had clearly decided to back the underdog, and between the two of them, Cam was able to back Galen into one of his perfect piles and tackle him.
“You didn’t say you played football,” Galen said as Cam shoved a handful down Galen’s shirt and grinned broadly.
“Maybe I don’t play football,” Cam said with a laugh, “but I did play rugby.” Galen caught hold of Cam’s ankle, and he tumbled into the pile onto Galen. Face to face, both of them panting, Cam met Galen’s gaze, and suddenly all Cam could think about was kissing Galen again.
So he did. And Galen kissed him back. Sweetly. Simply. The kind of kiss Cam had thought about since they’d kissed days before. Galen’s cold nose pressed against Cam’s, and Cam inhaled the warm, earthy scent of the leaves, heard the sound of the wind through the trees. For the first time in far too long, he felt good. Glad to be alive. To be here, in this place, with Galen.

What makes you inexplicably happy?

Getting caught in the rain while I’m running. Although preferably without the accompanying thunderclaps.

What is your biggest, most-wild writing dream? (Nothing is too outlandish!)

I dream about writing aboard our catamaran sailboat as we cruise around the Caribbean. Not an unattainable dream, either, since my husband and I hope to retire early and sail half the year! I just wish it would be sooner rather than later....

What is your favorite literary quote?

“Maturity ... is knowing what your limitations are ... Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.” - KURT VONNEGUT, Cat's Cradle

What is your favorite smell?

Patchouli and sandalwood. I must be a very old soul!

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

Sheesh! I’ve certainly made plenty over the years I’ve been writing. The biggest? Probably trying to write a story I hadn’t really bought into. Of course, I ended up scrapping it. Writing is a labor of love, and it’s an incredibly time-consuming and exhausting process. If you don’t love what you’re writing about, the process becomes a chore. Life is too damn short for that! Now I write what I want to write and I write what I love.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

I’ve never had a dachshund for a pet, but I pet sat one. He was the burrow-at-the-bottom-of-the-bed, long-haired variety. It was so darn cute that I forgave him when he left me a present by the front door!

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Book Name: Dissonance
Author Name: Shira Anthony
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

British lord Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his own fault for pushing Aiden away. Then someone tries to set him up and take away his family business. Facing arrest by US authorities on charges of money laundering and with no money to return to London, Cam decides to run. But with no money and no place to stay, it’s not exactly the Hollywood thriller he’d imagined.

When Cam hears Galen Rusk play in a lonely subway station, he’s intrigued. But his assumptions about Galen are all wrong, and their unusual relationship isn’t exactly what Cam bargained for. Add to that the nightmares that dog him nightly, and Cam’s world is shaken to its core. Cam figures he had it coming to him, that it’s all penance due on a life lived without honesty. He just never figured he might not be able to survive it.

Note: Blue Notes Series novels are standalone stories, and can be read in any order.


Everything seemed so surreal. Then again, the house was warm and clean. Immaculate. The way Cam’s apartment looked when Luisa got through with it. In spite of himself, Cam yawned.

“Bed, then.”

“That would be lovely.” The thought of sleeping somewhere comfortable and relatively quiet was heavenly.

In spite of the mention of a guest bedroom, Cam half expected Galen to invite him into his bed. Instead, Galen showed him to a good-sized room on one side of the house, with its own bath attached. The bed had already been made with perfect hospital corners. Like the rest of the house, the room was spotless and neat. Galen drew the curtains, which appeared a bit worn but were heavy and seemed to block much of the cold air from outside.

“Sometimes I have unexpected houseguests,” Galen explained, as if he’d guessed at Cam’s unspoken question. He shoved his hands in his pockets and shrugged but didn’t elaborate. “There are towels in the bath. A few toothbrushes in the drawer under the sink. Sweats okay?”

“Sweats?” In Cam’s exhausted brain, the word didn’t register. “Sweatpants, sweatshirt? To sleep in?”

“Yes. Thank you. Sorry. I’m a bit slow tonight.” Cam’s brain still felt a bit thick.

“No worries. You’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep.” Galen headed for the door. “Back in a minute.”

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*What inspired you to write Dissonance?
I knew I wanted to write Cam Sherrington’s story when I was working on Aria, another book in the Blue Notes Series. In that story, Cam cheats on opera singer Aiden Lind. Thing was, he truly loved Aiden. So I asked myself why he cheated, and by the time I’d finished that book I knew the answer. It took me a few years to get around to his story, but it’s one of my favorites in the series!

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
Dissonance is based in part on the true story of several people very close to me, as well as my own experiences. And while the book deals with some dark themes, the focus is on growth and healing through the love of a good man.

*What are your hopes for this title?
I hope my readers will come to love Cam and forgive him for how he treated Aiden. Oh, and that they’ll enjoy the book, of course!

About the Author: In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “i Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.

Author Links:

Twitter: @WriterShira

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  1. Those are some AWESOME questions with some AMAZING answers!!! :D

  2. Such a great post! Lots of fun!!

  3. Great interview and questions. I have really enjoyed the Blue Notes series. Can't wait to read Dissonance.

    1. Thanks Denise! I hope you enjoy Cam's story.