Today we have author Lori Corsentino visiting. Welcome!
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
Lori’s love of reading has transcended to include penning her own tales of romance. She is experimenting with writing in several different genres, including paranormal – a definite favorite. “There is just so much you can do when you step outside the known world,” she explains, “and creating a paranormal story allows you to take yourself and your readers anywhere your imagination wants to go!” Destiny's Awakening is Lori's first foray into the "Tales of the Fey" paranormal romance trilogy.
What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
Destiny’s Awakening is the first of the Tales of the Fey trilogy. It’s a bit of a twist on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The difference is a human female, Evie, is the one that discovers a Fey Prince, Alex, who’s been enchanted. It’s up to her to kiss him awake. The second book in the trilogy will feature Alex’s twin sister, Annora and the third will star Analiese, the youngest sibling. I’m planning to have them all be taking place around the same time so the stories overlap. They can be read in any order, but for a good introduction to the world and the situation at hand, read Destiny’s Awakening first.
How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
Last summer a couple author friends and I decided to write paranormal romance novellas for an anthology. We planned a theme that would run through all three stories – love can save worlds. I thought about what to write and an unfinished story I’d started about 4 years ago popped into my head. It’s a classic damsel in distress tale featuring a princess, her hero, a very evil wizard. That tale demanded more than the 30,000 words I was allotted, so I decided to write a prequel that would introduce readers to the dire situation at hand and the characters involved. That tale was published last year under the title of “Evelyn.” I got the chance to expand the original novella this year and tell more of the tale. Destiny’s Awakening is the result.
Describe the hero in five words.
Commanding, possessive, sensitive, protective, haughty.
Describe the heroine in five words.
Sassy, independent, creative, fierce, impetuous.
Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
Ah, that’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite! I love all the characters in Destiny’s Awakening, even the evil Claudius. If I have to choose, I think Evie would be my favorite. She’s just larger than life. I’d sure love to be her if I grow up! She takes life by the hand and runs with it. She’s tries so hard to be careful because she’s quite impetuous, which endears her to me. She can definitely kick some butt, but at the same time she’s sensitive and loving. She’s pretty amazing.
What's your favorite line in the story?
Ah, now that’s a hard one to answer! Evie is so sassy and she’s got some great one liners. A good one is when she’s refusing to believe she’s been chosen to do a specific task.
* “I’m an American. We don’t do these ‘One’ things like you guys do.”
Another great one is when she’s first talking with the Prince about how she got to where he is.
* “I just world-hopped. Have you ever world-hopped?” She put the question to him. “I didn’t even know you could do that without some sort of alien abduction.”
A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
* Men of the present weren’t able to hold archaeologist Evelyn Wright’s interest for long. Her passion lay with discovering the lives, loves, and legacies of men in the past.
* Five hundred-year-old Prince Alexander slumbers alone in an enchanted sleep. Imprisoned by ancient Fey magic to stave off a civil war, he awaits the woman who is destined to awaken him.
* Thrown together by an unseen force the career-minded modern woman and the aristocratic Fey Prince share a magical kiss that sparks more than mere romance.
* Together they will create a key to open their hearts to a true love that will thwart the plans of an evil Wizard and save their worlds.
~ Excerpt ~
* Evelyn Wright could hear her momma’s voice now, reminding her to think before she acted. “Evie,” she’d always say, “now don’t you be runnin’ so far ahead that you lose track of yourself.” She’d become familiar with those words through most of her early childhood. They weren’t necessarily a nag. Instead, they were more of a constant reminder to look both ways before she leaped.
* She’d been an excitable, active child full of curiosity and a fierce desire to learn. Momma had told her once she’d often sat up after putting her to bed and cried. She’d been convinced her little Evie would never live to see five years old. The scrapes, bumps and bruises she’d accumulated during her early childhood life were legendary. When she reached her fifth birthday, then celebrated her sixth the next year, Momma said she’d breathed a sigh of relief. It was obvious her little girl was made of some pretty stern stuff.
* She just might make it.
* Today she was living proof of her heartiness. Happy and healthy, 26-year-old Evie had a bustling career as an archaeologist. The pay wasn’t spectacular. The hours were horrific. The industry was dominated by stuffy college professors and an over-abundance of male colleagues. None of that mattered.
* She was living her dream.
* She got to travel to exotic places. Egypt. Rome. Greece. She got to explore and discover new and wondrous things. Tombs. Chapels. Castles. Through her work, she pieced together clues from the past and learned about everyday lives long gone by. She was passionate about her work, well thought of, and successful.
* And she was still impetuous.
* Oh, her little character flaw reared its head from time to time. Most often it was when a something truly out of the ordinary crossed her path. The sheer excitement of it all encouraged her to toss away rules and grown-up things. Her weakness whispered how amazing it would be to become a child again, with all its wonderment and the constant itch for more. It was at these times she invariably heard her momma’s voice suggesting caution. When she didn’t pay attention, she usually found herself in trouble.
* Like now.
* Today she’d jumped heedlessly off the wagon and strayed too far off her given path. She’d given in to temptation – and landed herself in a fix she had no idea how to get out of.
* All because of a sword.
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Thanks so much for having me on your blog, C! I just wanted to share with the readers that I'll be giving away a print copy of Destiny's Awakening and some other goodies to one lucky commenter!