Monday, March 16, 2015

INTERVIEW: Alexis Duran plus #Giveaway!

Hello Alexis 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? 

Never stop writing. People will try to convince you that you don't know enough to write a novel at the age of thirteen- finish your silly spy novel, put it aside, and start another one. Keep doing that until you sell one. In college, your little girl dreams of being super special will be crushed. Do not stop writing!  In your twenties men and booze will be a serious distraction. Do not stop writing!

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

Am I on a deadline? Normally, if faced with the choice between editing and engaging with the flaming undead, I'd pick up the ax, the shotgun and run outside with nary a thought. But if my editor is waiting on me, I'm afraid I'd have to retreat to the bunker until it starts to rain, which in Oregon should take about five minutes (ten in the summer).

Describe yourself using song lyrics.  

This was stolen (and brazenly rewritten) from Cake's Short Skirt/ Long Jacket:

I'm a girl who gets up early
I'm a girl who writes a lot
I've got uninterrupted productivity
I use a machete to cut through plot.
My ballpoint pen shines like justice
My conflict is dark like tinted glass
I'm fast and I'm thorough
And sharp as a tack
I'm writing down stories
And making up crap.

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

Here's an excerpt from the beginning of Blood of Salar: 

“Sexual pleasure is a gift from the gods, and we should thank them,” M’lan said. The first rays of the rising sun hit his face, and he welcomed Salar with a smile.
“I agree,” Jamil said, approaching and casting his shadow over M’lan. He stood nearly a hand taller and lowered his face for a kiss. M’lan hungrily sought Jamil’s lips, but after a brief, almost violent assault with teeth and tongue, Jamil continued downward, licking and biting M’lan’s neck.
He ended by kissing the hollow above M’lan’s collarbone while once again seizing M’lan’s waist. M’lan grunted in surprise when Jamil pushed him back against the rough bark of a zinn tree. He’d lost all spatial awareness in the swift onslaught. Jamil acted like a man starving, and M’lan wondered if the handsome noble had actually been faithful. M’lan certainly had been and welcomed whatever Jamil might demand of him.
To M’lan’s delight, Jamil dropped to his knees before him. M’lan stifled a groan. He closed his eyes, and the sun played off his eyelids, the lingering images of Jamil undressing backlit by molten sunlight.
Jamil caressed M’lan’s throbbing cock and murmured, “I thank Salar for the perfection of your body.”

What makes you inexplicably happy? 

Dressing up like a fairy and being around other adults who are also dressed like fairies. Being around other writers who are excited and energized about their work.  Dogs in hats.

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

I have this really crazy dream of actually making a living writing. Wacky, I know!  I see myself traveling the globe, camping out in any quaint little hotel that catches my fancy, and writing novels set in those locales.  I'd also like to be invited back to speak at my university, so I can tell them what shits the writing professors were and give all the struggling young writers the same advice I gave my 13-year old self-  Don't let the jerks get you down!

What is your favorite literary quote? 

This might not be literary, but I've always applied it to my personal struggle to write.  "What you can do or think you can do, begin it.  For boldness has Magic, Power and Genius in it." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?  

Donuts. They look benign. Hell, they look like sugary, friendly life preservers, but they are actually out to get me, especially in the morning. They conspire with coffee to trick me into overdosing on caffeine and sugar so I'll act like a twitchy gremlin the rest of the day.

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

A small independent press published my first novel. For an extra 5% share of the royalties, they gave me the option to do my own proofreading.  BIG mistake. Apparently my eye isn't aware of the difference between "taut" and "taught", along with a lot of other annoying homophones. Always use a professional, even if you have to pay them yourself.

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

The long kind.  All the better for sending down holes after donuts.

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Book Name: Blood of Salar (Masters and Mages Series Bk 2)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Author Name: Alexis Duran
Pages or Words: 60,000 words
Publisher: Loose ID
Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


M'lan, headmaster of the order of Ka'alar and Jamil Jarka, king's assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat.  Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster's magical abilities.

When the rebel army arrives, M'lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M'lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.

On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M'lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin's thoughts and dreams.  The closer Jamil draws to M'lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk.  Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.

A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M'lan, for he knows that only his love can master the mage.


M'lan knelt beside the assassin's bronzed body. He placed his palm on Jamil's chest and silently beseeched Salar to remove the deadly impulses instilled in Jamil ever since he began his training as an assassin. Jamil closed his eyes and seemed to relax, but as the warm energy of the god seeped through M'lan's fingers, Jamil jerked suddenly to full alertness. Like a cobra striking he seized M'lan's wrist and gave it a painful twist, eyes flashing. M'lan sat back, startled. 

Jamil did not let him go. He let out a slow breath and lifted M'lan's fingers to his mouth. He kissed the knuckles of a clenched fist. "The last thing I need is more spells to confuse this simple warrior's mind."

"A prayer is not a spell!" M'lan tried to pull free but couldn't. He gritted his teeth, fighting back a rising anger. Jamil's strength both entranced and infuriated him.

"Stop trying to weaken me." Jamil said in a wretchedly calm voice. "You must stay here and do your duty, I must go away and do mine. Nothing has changed."

M'lan inhaled slowly, breath catching. "Let me go."

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*What inspired you to write Blood of Salar? 

The first book in the Masters and Mages series, Touch of Salar, was inspired by a fantasy I had about being treated by a masseuse ( a really hot masseuse, of course) with magical healing powers.  Blood of Salar had to be written because I love the characters in Touch and I had to know how their relationship evolved. I knew there was trouble brewing, and I was right.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?  

I have a crush on my characters. Is that TMI?  Touch of Salar was the culmination of many years of getting to know these guys so well that I was finally brave enough and motivated enough to enter the realm of m/m erotica.  Blood of Salar is quite a bit longer than Touch, with a deeper breadth and scope of story.  I think this is true because Touch was written in a burst of excitement and adrenalin.  With Blood, I allowed more time for the story to develop.

*What are your hopes for this title?  

Besides that everyone loves it and buys several copies for all of their friends?  I really do hope people connect with it and get into the whole series. I'm working on book three right now, and I'd love to see the three books published together as a collection, in print!

About the Author: Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing.  She's worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion.  She's had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series.  Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats.  She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.

Where to find the author:
Other: My blog at

Tour Dates & Stops: March 16 - 20, 2015





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  1. Love the hat! Congratulations on the new release!!

  2. Open the door to let me in, being welcome is a win. How are you I have to say, I am good have a nice day.

    Congrats on your book.