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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Interview with Author Carrie Ann Ryan and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Carrie Ann Ryan. Carrie Ann is celebrating her recent release of Dust of My Wings, and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Before we get to the interview, lets get to know a bit about Carrie Ann.

Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Places to find Carrie Ann:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Hi, thank you so much for having me. I'm a paranormal romance author who loves happy endings. I started off in my life as a chemist and found out the chemistry behind a book and its characters was more fulfilling.

Did you always want to be a writer?
No, it hadn’t entered my mind. I'd always had stories in my head and characters who spoke to me. But I didn't realize what they were until recently. But I'm so glad I did.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I'm a heavy plotter. I have outlines of my outlines and spreadsheets of my spreadsheets. But even though that may stifle some, I love the ability to know where I'm going and now it can change if I needed to. My brain works to faster my fingers sometimes and plotting helps me. But I never plot myself into a corner, things can evolve and change they need to.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. I don't really know. Sometimes all it takes is a picture and the thought of the character and a way to make them interact with another. It really all just comes from everywhere, I'm not sure. If I could bottle the stuff up and make sure I always have it with me, I would.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Okay! Here is Dust of My Wings: Dante’s Circle Book 1:
An angel sent to earth to protect his brethren, and the woman who could stand in his way. It could only take a spark to uncover the unknown.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love all types of romance. I don't really have a specific job are in there that I read solely. I read just about everything. But I love the stories where it's more than just a miscommunication. I love it there someone on the outside trying to break them apart but isn't a malicious jealous ex. As long as the characters are rich in personality and can come together and actually speak to one another, I'm happy.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I have so many, I read over 5000. But I will say that I will read everything from Lauren Dane and Maya Banks. No matter what their rights or what series they find themselves in, I find myself immersed.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
It used to be the action scenes, but then I decided to let myself go and just write. For me it's beginning when the characters don't love each other yet and they don't know how to react. I'm just like them, how would I react if I didn't know this person. I find myself as uncomfortable as they do sometimes but I think it aids the story because my voice is the same as theirs.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Oh I don't know, this will probably change tomorrow. But Lauren Dane, because I see her on Twitter and I read her books and I just want to sit by her and see if anything could rub off on me. I love the husband and wife team that make up Ilona Andrews. There are blogs and Twitter streams to each other are freaking hilarious. I'm sure they would make dinner worth it. And my third? Probably Shiloh Walker, because she so interesting and mysterious that I want to know more.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Oh yes, I'm working on everything. I have three series that are coming out at the same time so I'm always writing. I have more Redwood Pack coming out, with Adam’s story being the next. Dust of My Wings is the first book in the Dante’s Circle series and I have six more coming after that. Plus I have a five book series called Holiday, Montana that I'm working on. There's much more after that but right now I'm focusing on these three.

Thank you so much for having me and I hope you enjoyed it. Below is a little bit of my current release, Dust of My Wings. I hope you get a chance to enjoy Shade and Lily’s story. I'll be here all day if you have questions for me, I'd love to hear from you.

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.

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“Hi.” Shade smiled and tilted his head.

“Hi,” she breathed.

“You look beautiful, Lily.” He tucked a stray hair behind her ear and she shivered.

“You do too.” She blushed again. Soon she’d be Crayola red. “I mean you look handsome.”

He traced her jaw with a calloused finger. “Thank you. Are you ready to go?”

She swallowed hard. “Uh huh.”

Okay, she really had to remember the English language. This was getting embarrassing.

“Okay then.” He trailed his hand down her arm and wrapped his palm around hers. His warm skin felt like heaven against hers.

She shook her head, clearing her thoughts. How was she supposed to get through a whole date if she couldn’t even formulate thoughts to get out of the door?

With a nod, she gripped his hand tighter and closed the door behind her. He led her to his bike and she smiled.

“I love it, Shade.”

He gave a huge grin. “Thanks. This is my baby. No matter where I am, I try and take her with me.” He rubbed the leather seat and an irrational urge to knock the bike down went through her.

She would not be jealous of a motorcycle. Would not.

Want to win some goodies from Carrie Ann? Check out what's up for grabs.

Up for grabs:
  • lucky commenter will win a Dust of My Wings Swag Pack
  • 1 lucky commenter from the ENTIRE tour will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card + a necklace (pictured right) 

To Enter:
  • Please leave a meaningful comment or question for Carrie Ann. 
  • Please leave your email address along with your comment to be entered. No email address, no entry.
  • Giveaway ends August 24th.

Good Luck =)


  1. If you could go on a date with any hero(s), who would they be? Can't blame Lily for being jealous of the bike, Shade sounds hot.


    1. LOL, Shade is hot! And as for a date? I want to go with Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series. :-)

  2. Ooh, he has a motorbike. ;) That's hot!


  3. Fun interview! Poor Lily - I get red like a crayola crayon around guys I'm interested in of the rising body temperature I guess. How many books will there be in the Dante's Circle series?

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

    1. LOL Maria! And there will be 7 books in the series.

  4. i love biker....brave and long as he doesnt have mostache or beard :p

    chikojubilee at gmail dot com

  5. What a great interview! I love happy ending too :). I'm still amazed at you and your family's background. So amazing!

    1. Thanks for coming! And I think we're just normal LOL

  6. I always love your books. Great interview and excerpt.

  7. I am so happy for you Carrie Ann. I have loved watching/reading you grow as a writer. How many books do you see in Redwood and Dante's Series and do you see more coming or is two series hard enough to write?

  8. HAHA forgot my email, so like me

  9. Thank you for a fun interview! Congrats on the newest release!


  11. hey carrie. i am always looking for a good paranormal read........ and i read an excerp just now and I like the sounds. Yes I am a guy buy even guys can enjoy a Good Book.......... Now and Then........... Not ashamed to read anything............

  12. I love a man with a motorcycle. HOT!!! Congrats on the new release. Thanks for the great interview. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


  13. Carrie Ann, what a fun interview! I love your writing and loved the Redwood Pack series, I can't wait to read Dust of my Wings. I adore motorcycles they are hot hot hot SO super hot guy + motorcycle= super yum!

  14. Sounds like one hot book.

  15. Great interview Carrie Ann. Once I read Alpha's Path I was hooked I had to get the others:) Dust of my Wings sounds like a great one too. When I get my day off tomorrow its what ill be reading! I will patiently wait for your next books too. ;)


  16. Five thousand books, wow! And I thought *I* was a book nut. Congratulations on the release!


  17. Great Interview!! I also love a man on a motorcycle!! Love the excerpt!!! Can't wait to read~sounds so good and I absolutely love the cover!! Thanks so much for the chance to win. Have a great release day!!

  18. Great interview! Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. 5,000 books. You make my head spin every time i read an interview by you Carrie.

  20. You didn't say what kind of motorcycle! What does he ride? LOL That makes a big difference to his character. :) Sounds like a very cool series!

    1. Whoops! Forgot my email!

    2. A 2007 Harley FatBoy :-) Black. With extended chrome...

  21. Hey, Carrie! Wonderful interview!! What movie this Summer are you really looking forward to see- or have you already seen it? I'm looking forward to the release of The Hunger Games, I missed it in theaters!


  22. I've added Dust of my Wings to my wish list I can't wait to read it...all your books so far sound amazing I'm just so far behind on reading them :)

  23. Congratulations on the release and I love the cover:)

  24. Love your "tweet" about the book. Good use of words! One of the perks of being a writer...LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  25. Love a hot biker :) great interview.

  26. I love the excerpt and your cover is gorgeous .Thank you for sharing with us. Have a fantastic week.

  27. Congrats on your new release, the cover is beautiful. If you could be one of your heroines, who would it be?
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  28. Congratulations on the book! Looking forward to the series.


  29. The more.I read about this book. the more I am into it!!

  30. Great interview. Love the necklace!

    Congrats on your new release. It's on my wish list!

    Stacey_dnv (at) yahoo (dot) com

  31. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  32. congratulations! hope i'll manage to read it soon

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

  33. Thanks for the great giveaway and congratulations! Gale

  34. Congrats on your new release!!
    Love this interview. This book sound good and fun to read. I'm looking forward to read this book :)

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  35. Whoa, thats a lot of books to be working on, can't wait to read them!! I agree that it's weird talking with someone when you don't know them, but all you need is one thing is common and bam you could talk all day!
    Great interview!
    nightsky1102 at gmail dot com

  36. If you could have your book made into a movie who would you cast as the hero/heroine?

  37. Since you are a plotter, do you have all of the stories in the series plotted when you start or just general outlines that change as you write each book in the series? Thanks for the interview.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  38. Hello! Awesome interview. I am adding yours on my to read list.
    What is your writing space like? :)

    no1lefthere@ cox dot net

  39. Awesome interview and can't wait to read the book!

  40. A question for Carrie Ann, what was your favourite scene to writein Dust of my Wings?