Wednesday, August 19, 2009

G.A. Aiken Interview and Giveaway!

*UPDATE*
(Scroll down to learn more!)



Hi there and happy Wednesday! I have a special guest here today, the wonderful G.A. Aiken a.k.a Shelly Laurenston! She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her books and writing that I had. So please give a warm welcome to the very humorous and talented, G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston!

www.gaaiken.com
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1. I love the interactions between your dragon siblings. It is oftentimes aggressive, which is understandable, they're dragons, yet they are quite humorous. Did the inspiration for that type of sibling dynamics come from personal experience?

Not really. My brother is nine years older than me, so I was a cross between the bratty, pain-in-the-ass kid sister and an only child. It was the late 70s/early 80s and my brother was uber popular. He spent a lot of time hanging out with his buddies. When I got into high school we became closer because we have the same sense of humor, but we were rarely aggressive. Well…sometimes passive-aggressive, but rarely aggressive aggressive. Besides, my mother wouldn’t stand for that in her house. Not for one damn minute, missy! Heh. Anyway, fast forward more years than I care to discuss and I meet what turns out to be one of my closest friends. She grew up with three other sisters, all of them relatively close in age. And although they are sweet, wonderful adults now, my God! I couldn’t believe the out-and-out violence that went on between them when they got into it a children. I loved hearing all the stories and it gave me a totally different perspective on other people’s family dynamics. And, as a writer, I have no qualms about using the essence of other people’s lives to enhance my own stories. Thankfully my friends are totally cool with that.

2. Do you have a planned number of books for your Dragon Kin series?

Not really. Officially, I’m contracted for three more books after my September release WHAT A DRAGON SHOULD KNOW. But to be honest, I didn’t start this series with some grand scheme in mind. In fact, I started book 1 (DRAGON ACTUALLY) as a short story to kill time while I waited for a friend of mine to read my first novel PACK CHALLENGE, which is published under Shelly Laurenston. PACK CHALLENGE was my first book that I actually, ya know, finished. I had many unfinished books around my apartment, but my life had changed a lot in that last year. My divorce had recently gone through, my mother had passed away a few months before, and I was extremely bored with my current career as a Managing Editor in a marketing department. I started writing again and this time it just flowed. And for the first time since high school, I not only finished a book, but I then gave it to someone else to read and critique, and I wasn’t sure whether my friend would love it, hate it, or tell me it was time to consider working on moving up in my current career. In other words, I was nervous as hell waiting for her feedback, so I decided to write something else while I did wait and I chose one of my true loves since I was a kid. Dragons! I still have dragon pendants from high school when I went to the New York Renaissance Faire (“Where all the Faire’s a stage!” Yes, I still remember their tagline), I played a little Dungeons & Dragons when I bothered to leave my parents’ finished basement and wasn’t watching “Dragonslayer” on my parents’ nice TV with the cable connection, and over the years I’d been known to openly refer to myself as a “dragon wench.” DRAGON ACTUALLY (at the time it was titled “To Challenge a Dragon”) started off simple enough, and I figured it would be ten to twenty pages long. You know, a typical short story to pass the time, but it simply kept growing and growing and Fearghus’s (the hero’s) family kept showing up, one after the other. And the more I wrote the more I loved it. I love all my series for various reasons, but my dragons are the closest to my heart because it’s the fantasy world I’ve been building since I was a anti-social kid happily existing in my parents’ basement. I simply love the whole sword and sorcery dynamic. Which is kind of amusing since I’m a classic Long Island princess who rode a horse only once (and it was a complete and utter disaster that my best friend from high school still laughs over hysterically more than twenty years later), refuses to go camping because there aren’t any toilets and no air conditioning, and when I pretend I’m sword fighting by swinging around those long cardboard tubes you get when you buy wrapping paper I invariably hit myself in the head…much to the amusement of my dog. So all that to say, I have no planned number of books for the Dragon Kin, but the world I’ve created keeps expanding and I really never know where my “I’m avoiding doing anything remotely responsible” daydreams might take me next.

3. I am a huge fan of fantasy (romance), stories that are set in their own worlds. What made you decide to write in this genre? Is it one you read? And if so, what authors do you favor?

I love romance and read it from grade school through high school (because every 11-year-old should go straight from Nancy Drew to Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ASHES IN THE WIND that they picked up at a church bazaar). I always read historicals. Then I read all sorts of different genres for the next ten years are so. Mysteries, thrillers, horror, and fantasy but they always seemed light on the romance. There was romance but I wanted more, and I always wanted sex…in the books, I mean. Heh. I also fell in love with comic books around this time, especially Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (one of my absolute favorites), Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the very short-lived Nightbreed, and the Alien and Predator comics, which seem to be making a comeback. I just picked up the Aliens vs. Predator Ominibus, which has all the old comics in one place. I also loved the Aliens, and Aliens vs. Predator novels. Those were very fun reads. I especially loved the War of the Lance series by Tracey Hickman and Margaret Weis, but again…not enough romance or dragons, in my estimation. When I began writing DRAGON ACTUALLY, I realized I could easily combine the two, romance and fantasy. Then I got to add sex to the mix and dragons who could shift to human, and suddenly I was one happy dragon geek.

4. I'm always on the look-out for a good fantasy romance. Do you have any other story ideas floating around in your head in the fantasy genre?
I do, but as the readers who were with me back in my strictly epublishing days know, I never talk about my stories until I actually finish the book. I’ve found that once I start telling the story (especially before I’ve put even a first draft on paper), it totally kills my desire to write it down at all. It’s totally OCD, but it’s been working…so why ruin a good thing?

5. It's always nice to know what authors others love to read. Who are a few that are favorites of yours?
My big faves are Stephen King, Nora Roberts (her early contemps), Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Margaret Weis, William King’s Gotrek & Felix series. Plus, there are the books I pull out at least once (if not twice or three times) a year for a re-read or when I’m feeling especially anxious or stressed. These include Rhyannon Byrd’s WAITING FOR IT; Lori Foster’s TOO MUCH TEMPTATION and CASEY; Maryjanice Davidson’s LOVE’S PRISONER (novella), BRIDE FIGHT (novella), and SANTA CLAWS (novella); and Joey W. Hill’s CHANCE OF A LIFETIME (novella).

6. You also write under the name Shelly Laurenston. I'm not very familiar with those books. Is there anything you'd like to share regarding them? What type of stories are they? Anything new coming soon?

Before there was G.A. Aiken, there was Shelly Laurenston. LOL. And there are four series I have under that name, all of them paranormal, including my Brava Pride series (THE MANE EVENT, THE BEAST IN HIM, THE MANE ATTRACTION, THE MANE SQUEEZE), my Brava Long Island Coven series (in the anthologies SUN, SAND, SEX and BELONG TO THE NIGHT), my Samhain Magnus Pack series (PACK CHALLENGE, GO FETCH!, HERE KITTY, KITTY) and my Samhain The Gathering series (HUNTING SEASON).

Although these series are different, there is a lot of crossover and they all take place in the same world I’ve created where different species of shifters live among full-humans without most of the full-humans having a clue about it. There’s also been crossover between books, for in
stance my heroine in PACK CHALLENGE made an appearance in THE BEAST IN HIM, and the sprawling Southern Pack/family, the Smiths, are in the Pride series and the Long Island Coven series.

The Gathering
is different from the other series because the heroes and heroines in this series do not shift but they do have wings and fight for powerful Nordic gods. The heroes, the Ravens, are descended from ancient Viking warriors while the heroines, the mighty and vicious Crows, are descended from the women stolen by the ancient Viking warriors. Just my fun little way to inject some women of color in my Viking series. But shifters are still part of this world and they’re not crazy about the Crows because they’re not born with their wings, but are changed by their patron goddess when they are chosen for the Gathering. To the shifters, the Crows are simply unnatural.

I swear, I sit around making this stuff up and people pay me for it. I guess my grade school math teachers were right, I am dreaming my life away. Of course when they made this statement there was much more screaming involved and threats of calling my parents. Anyway, I’ve got books out this fall for most of my series. BELONG TO THE NIGHT (an anthology with the wonderful Cynthia Eden and Sherrill Quinn) will be out at the end of August, WHAT A DRAGON SHOULD KNOW September 1st, THE MANE SQUEEZE end of October, and the re-release of HUNTING SEASON, although I don’t have a hard date on that one yet. Thankfully, Fall 2009 is going to be wildly busy for me—I can’t wait.

Thank you so much, G.A/Shelly, for taking the time! I loved reading your answers, your sense of humor shines both in your answers and your Dragon Kin series.I must start reading your Shelly Laurenston work. Especially your Gathering series coming out with Samhain this fall. Hunting Season sounds fantastic!

In celebration of G.A. Aiken's newest release in her Dragon Kin series, she's offered to giveaway a signed copy of What a Dragon Should Know to one lucky commenter! So get those fingers typing. Ask a question about her books or leave a comment, she'll be around today hangin out, ready to answer whatever you might ask!

Winner announced Monday, August 24th!

*Update*
I have decided to add a copy of Dragon Actually to the giveaway! So there will be two lucky winners! This is for those of you who haven't read the first two books or don't have the first two books in your TBR stacks.


90 comments:

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I'm planning on reading this series this Fall - sign me up!

Thanks so much Shelly for taking the time to take part in this interview, I loved it - looking forward to reading your books!

Leontine said...

Amy if your reviews didn't already sell this series to me this interview hook, line and sinker me! G.A. Aiken I've enjoyed your answers and I would like to ask: What do you do when the going get's tough?

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I also enjoyed this interview and that is saying a lot for me! I guess I am going to have to add this series to my TBR stack, mountain, skyscraper!

Chris said...

You've certainly been blessed with the yummy covers, G.A! *goes back to drooling*

Lea said...

Wonderful interview Amy and G.A.!

As Chris indicated the cover art for your series is awesome and the stories amazing.

I would love to be entered. :)

Amy, I'll pimp your contest as soon as I get a free minute. ;)

Thanks to you both..

Best
L

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

Enjoyed this interview and Amy's review. I'm going to get to reading this series - pronto!

You said there is no set number of books for this series, but I was wondering do you know already how it would end?

Amanda said...

Ooooo dragons! I'm sold!! Going through an all things dragon at the moment!

Great interview Amy, thanks for the contest,

*waves hi* to Ms. Aiken

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Amy and G.A
Nice interview, I do enjoy seeing what authors have to say

So is one dragon a fav of yours? ;)

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Hello Amy and G.A,

What an awesome interview. My question to G.A. is, how do you form your titles? Is it done before the book starts or in the end?

Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Amy C said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by and showing your support! G.A./Shelly is on the west coast, but she has assured me that she'll be stopping by today to answer your questions!

If I might answer Blodeuedd's question also, it would be the magnanimous and handsome Gwenvael!
I quoted one scene of his in my review and feel the need to share another...

"...he looked down at the humans staring up at him. "Go on," he offered magnanimously. "Feel free to piss on yourselves and cower helplessly."
Gods, sometimes his generosity overwhelmed him."

Of course that's the end of the scene so you don't get the build-up, but it cracks me up every time I think of it!

But truly, all of the dragons have such an endearing personality! You can't help but love them all :D.

Amy C said...

And thank you, Lea! That would be so awesome :D!

Mandi said...

What a fun interview and thanks for the contest!!!

azteclady said...

Ms Aiken/Laurenston has been on my radar for a while *looks helplessly at TBR mountain range*

Oh how you tempt me, Amy, you evil temptress you!

Pamk said...

Just wanted to say I've loved Shelly/GA's books since she was a epubbed only author and My favorite book of hers is Hunting season. Hopefully this one will not be long in coming out in paperback I really need this one. And Shelly any hope of getting Liar Mike's book anytime soon.

Pamk said...

forgot to say would love to win a copy of What a Dragon should know but don't enter me in Dragon Acutally I already ahave all her other books.

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. The Dragon Kin series sounds wonderful. I love the covers.

Crystal816{at}hotmail{dot}com

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors and series to read, these sound good! tWarner419@aol.com

Blanche said...

Hi Amy and G.A.!!!

Amy, awesome interview!!! I am a big time fan of G.A./Shelley....love everything I've read so far and I can't wait to read Gwenvael's story!!

Anna said...

Amy & G.A. ....

Wonderful post. I just recently finished Dragon Actually (Thanks to Amy) and just loved it. I really look in forward to What a Dragon Should Know. :)

Anna said...

oops forgot to mention, I posted the link for your giveaway on my sidebar. :)

Michelle G said...

Amy,

What a wonderful interview. I have not read this author under either name but I am very much looking forward to doing so in the very near future.

Please add my name to the contest. :)

Michelle
kweenmg at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Shelly

Just got to say I love ALL your books. The way you write your characters is amazing. I especially love the dragon kin books. My favourite so far is Dragon Actually.

I also can't wait to read your up and coming book Mane Squeeze.

All your books are great, in fact just yesterday I got my copy of Go Fetch in the post.

PS - Please add me to the contest.

And Shelly keep all the bril books coming lol

From
Tiffany
(tifatiti_is_me AT hotmail.com)

Melody said...

Hey Shel -

I've got everything but the new Sept release, and they're all fabulous! I can't wait for the new book. Not that I'm rushing the next installment! :-)

Please sign me up for the contest.

Mel
used2bgood@gmail.com

Tiana said...

My love of dragons goes back to grade school also. It has never gone away, either. It just went into remission for short times!

DENISE said...

HEY, SHELLY, I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS AND CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK. MY FAVOURITE SO FAR STILL HAS TO BE GO FETCH! I LUV MICKI! I LAUGHED SO HARD READING HER STORY.

I CANT WAIT TO READ THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE DRAGON KIN SERIES. THE FIRST TWO WERE BRILL!

darkreader said...

I love all GA Aiken & Shelly Laurenston books and I always look forward to the next in all her series. I already won her next book from her contest so no need to enter me, but thank for the awesome interview. Love hearing about your writings!

GA_Aiken said...

Morning, all! OK. Not morning to most of you but I was up until...four-ish? Late on a deadline (as usual) and doing the mad dash to get it done. I’ll start answering a few questions and then walk The Beast of Evil Who Shall Not Be Named (aka Max). :-D

And thanks so much to Amy C for having me today. I really appreciate it, Amy!

GA_Aiken said...

@Leontine When things get tough I just hunker down and get 'em done. My dad was a Marine. He hated it and was only a Marine for as long as he was drafted but some things never fade from a man. Until he died, all his shoes, ties, and suits were lined up in his closet. When he was ready to leave the house he'd yell at us, "Let's move it out! Now! Now! Now!" (It worked on his children, but not his wife). And there were no signs of weakness allowed in the Black Dragon’s home (my cute, adoring nickname of the Old Man). If something was getting tough, you sucked it up and you just got it done. NO WHINING! Aaah. Memories! Like the horrifying, screaming corners of my mind...

Oh. And when the sucking it up doesn't work, a few hours of Law & Order with something covered in dark chocolate added, and I'm usually right as rain by morning. ;-D

GA_Aiken said...

@PamK LiarMike will get his book. Just don't ask me when. LOL.

GA_Aiken said...

@I Heart Book Gossip I don't create my own titles. At least, not anymore. Much more brilliant marketing minds handle that. Every time I've mentioned a potential title, I've received silence on the phone from my editor, which I always took to be a polite no or an "Are you freakin' kidding me???" But the few titles I've come up with, I usually had them around draft 2 or 3, when I knew where the book was going. I don't think I've ever had one before I started the book.

GA_Aiken said...

@Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) I'm a pantser writer. So I'm lucky I know how the current book I'm working on ends. LOL. But I have the vaguest of ideas about what will happen at the end of book 6, but it's VAGUE and subject to change at a moment's notice. I've rarely ended a book the way I originally planned to.

JAK said...

Hi Shelly/G.A.,
I love your stuff, and just re-read Go Fetch! last night. =) I did have a question about the re-release of Hunting Season, and Here Kitty, Kitty. Have these two new releases been re-edited or added to in any way? I own them in e-form, and am curious if I should re-purchase them!? Can you take pity on a loyal reader and let me know? Thanks!
jakreide

Wanda said...

I've never heard of the Dragon books and would love to win one!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Amy C said...

Okay, who is Liar Mike? What series is he from? :D

GA_Aiken said...

@JAK Both Hunting Season and Kitty just got a re-edit but no major additions or changes to them.

@AmyC LiarMike is from my Hunting Season book. It was originally published back in 2005 with a now-defunct e-pub and is going to be re-released in October from Samhain Publishing.

Amy C said...

Oh! Well, that's perfect then. I plan on getting that one when it's released. That is so great that you are finding a new home at Samhain for some (or all?) of your previous books with the publisher that is no longer a publisher.

GA_Aiken said...

@AmyC Samhain hasn't picked up all my books. They have my Magnus Pack series and now my Gathering series. Kensington has the rest, which works very well for me.

pixchic said...

I love all your books no matter which name you write it under. I am happily looking forward to your releases this fall, and as such I have been rereading all your books.
My question is about the Long Island Coven Series. Do you think that "Snaggly" will ever get her own story?
Thanks

ecfromdc said...

Right now I am re-reading every G.A. Aiken and Shelly Laurenston book. Right before one of her books come out I read everything again and I never get tired of the stories or the characters. I love the fact that this author always has a story coming out, like the three coming out within the next 3 months. I love to pre-order her books from the bookstore because most times I get it before everyone else!!! This author rocks with her shapeshifter stories. I remember reading Shelly Laurenston when she was just e-books, and I admit I was fearful to hear she was publishing in paper, some authors don't make the crossover for me but she does every time!!!!!! IF you have not read her and love passion and humor on every page I she is the ultimate.

Connie T said...

Great interview!! I've read all your Pack books and I LOVE them!! Read Dragon Actually, but haven't gotten to the other 2 books yet. Looking forward to it!

Heather D said...

Awesome interview. I am definitely going to have to put this series on the wishlist!

Mo said...

Shelly, I so love all of your series and have all of your books that are out and that I'm aware of. Your sense of humor matches mine and I see it in your work. I would love to receive your latest in the Dragon series and I am waiting impatiently for the others due to come out soon. I enjoyed reading your interview as I learned more about you and all. I'm going to close cause as usual, it seems that I end up writing a mini novels myself. ;> D Mo

Peggy said...

I love all of Shelly's books - regardless of the author name she uses *g* Just counting the days until the next comes out!

Peggy

Leontine said...

quote answer G.A. Aiken:Oh. And when the sucking it up doesn't work, a few hours of Law & Order with something covered in dark chocolate added, and I'm usually right as rain by morning. ;-D

I am such a L&A junkie myself, love the cases of SVU and Criminal Intent :D

Erotic Horizon said...

Amy - you lucky Lucky duck..

I read the first two books under the Shelley name and for a long while I searched and waited for word on what would happen to the characters and this world....

I eventually read every other book under the Shelly name...but always at the back of my mind was wanting to know what happen to this family of Dragons and the courageous Annwyl...

She rocks by the way - one of the best heroine I have read in a long while....

I would love to be entered in this contest as this doesn't comes out over here until October.....

I have tried throwing a temper tantrum with Amazon - no luck...

Amy how cool, just totally cool - love the interview...

Shelly/ G.A. ...It was a pleasure

E.H>

GA_Aiken said...

@pixchic Katie (aka Snaggle) just might get her own story. I like her. And she definitely returns in Tully and Jamie's story.

Erotic Horizon said...

Amy - I forgot to mention

I love the Boris pictures that you used... very Classic Vallejo/Bell work..

E.H>

Pearl said...

Great interview and great contest!

I have the Laurenston books in print and the Dragon Kin books in ebook but they are still lingering on the enormous TBR mountain. Too many books too little time I'm afraid. When you are a book and TV junkie time slips right through your fingers LOL

Do have a question:
I know the Dragon Kin books have been published before as short ebook stories. Are the current books adaptations or total rewrites?

Pearl

Estella said...

I have not read this author under either name. The books sound great!

GA_Aiken said...

@Pearl Except for some editing, the books are exactly the same as the original e-versions. Dragon Actually does have a second story included that involves the hero's parents, though.

GA_Aiken said...

Oh! And I agree with EH. I love the pics and have used a few of them as inspiration when working on my stories. I have Ruth Thompson's "Thunderstruck" poster in my living room. ;-D

JML said...

Amy, get thee to a bookstore and read the Laurenston books! Holy shit funny and keepers, keepers, keepers! She tosses in women of all colors and backgrounds and with very little (okay, lots) of fuss, gives them HEAs that are marvelous.

I have my list of Aiken and Shelly Laurenston books that are being released soon and I can't wait to get my greedy hands on them! Love her witches, love her shifters and I love that she has a bunny-shifter advocate in Pack Challange!

GA_Aiken said...

I'm still around but I did want to say thanks to EVERYONE who posted today and for everyone being so wonderful.

And to Amy for countering with, "Or we can do an interview" when she asked about me writing a blog post and I gave her this look.... O_O

She handled my panic beautifully. ;-D

Giddyup0 said...

Love your books have them in both paperback and ebook format. Have most of your new releases on pre-order. Love all shifters.

Amy C said...

Ha! And if only you knew how big of a gulp I did before I countered with the offer of an interview! This was my first interview. I'm always clueless as to what questions to ask. So I was so thankful when your answers came back! You made me feel like I did a good job because your answers were so thorough.
So THANK YOU, GA/Shelly!
And I do plan on getting more of your books! So many commenters praised your Shelly books so much, I have to read more :D.

And thank you to everyone who has commented! And who may still stop by! You all are so awesome for helping me make this a great post!

Kimberley said...

Great interview, as always, Shelly. I love all of your series! I have all the print books for the shifters series...faning my blushing face!

Please enter me in the drawing - I always have room for a new Shelly Laurenston / G.A. Aiken book 12 ;)

sherry said...

I love your shifter books they hook you from the first page. I check your web site every so often to see when you have another one coming out. I really hate to wait for them. I like your dragon books too but your men from shifter books sound so HOT.

Cecile said...

Oh... dragons... what a nice change!! Wonderful interview ladies!!! Amy, you are such a passionate person when it comes to the dragons... You could probably see me a rock with your enthusiasm!!!
But you know that already!!! +)
Please toss my name in the dragon of a pool we have going here!!!
I hope you have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow!

Cecile said...

Oh and pimped you out at my place!!! Hope you don't mind!!!

GA_Aiken said...

Amy, you are such a passionate person when it comes to the dragons...


I think that's why I felt so comfortable coming here, Cecile. I could tell from Amy's blog title alone, she was a fellow Dragon Wench. At one time I would have said we were rare, but I've found quite a few coming to the dark, scaly side. :-D

When I wrote Dragon Actually in 2004, I never thought anyone would really be interested in dragon romances. I've been so grateful that was very wrong...for once. ;-D

Anonymous said...

I love all Shelly's works, but the Dragon Series is definitely a fav. Keep those delicious dragons coming.
Ptlonestar

annalisa said...

G.A./Shelly,
I love your style of writing and you never fail to leave me smiling when I finish one of your books. I'm looking forward to the release of What a Dragon Should Know! :)

The_Book_Queen said...

Great interview, both of you! :D I enjoyed reading it, learning a bit more about you! I have to say, I haven't read any of your books under Aiken yet, but I have read one under your other pen name, and I really liked it-- I can't wait to read more! :D

Count me in, please! :D

Enjoy!
TBQ

Kim S. said...

Ooo, I LOVE all of Shelly's/GA's books!! Her guys are sooo yummmy! And Dragon Actually was my first one!
I am soooo looking forward to What A Dragon Should Know!!!

Cmere *gimme hands* ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the newest release Shelly/GA!! I can't wait to read all your new books this fall. You keep getting better and better.

moebooks@sbcglobal.net

Tracy said...

Great interview Amy! I love Shelly and GA both! Pack Challenge is one of my favorite books ever - love it! I was very excited when I figured out that Shelly and GA were one in the same.

Congrats on your new release GA!

Renee said...

Thanks for the interview, Amy and GA! I love dragons, so this series sounds like my kind of book. I also have got to check out Pack Challenge. ;-)

Pam P said...

I've been reading Shelly's books since her first ebook was published, and love her humor. The dragons series and Hunting Season are my favorites.

Just entering for What A Dragon Should Know, great to finally have a new one in the series out.

kitcatak said...

I love the Dragon's and I love the Shifters. I would have never guessed that the same person wrote both series as I feel the stories are so different. A friend of mine tried to read the Shifters but was put off by the language (her loss!!). I can't wait for her to read the about the dragons. I know she will love them and then I get to tell her it is the same author!!!

Melissa said...

LOVED the interview, Shelly!!
And how awesome for us that you're dreaming your life away!!
And damnit....I want Hunting Season!! You're killing me here...LOL, luckily I'll have The Mane Squeeze and What A Dragon Should Know in the meantime....oh, and Belong To The Night ROCKED!!

Eva S said...

Wonderful interview, I hope you'll have more of them in the future, Amy!!

I love dragons and I'm looking forward to reading all the books in this series! And I'll be looking for the shifters too...

Maija P. said...

I've never read a book about dragons but obviously I have to start one :) I'm glad there's romance in them, because I really need my romance fix with any genre...

Nikita said...

Fantastic Interview Shel, and I'm totally looking forward to the Beast's and Gwenvael's story.

Cherry said...

Hope I'm not too late. Wonderful interview Am, as per usual! I was already marking GA Aiken's Dragon series to go into my TBR pile on my floor at some point in time but haven't yet really. But this interview made me buy. So don't enter me for Dragon Actually contests anymore because I'm waiting for it to arrive in the post (hopefully next week). But please do enter me into anything else dragon contest that you may have.

Looking forward to reading your work GA!

Amy M said...

Great interview ladies.

I do have a question. Do you ever write more than one story at a time? Or do you work all the way through one and then start on another?

Thanks for the great contest!

Cherry said...

I forgot to say... I love the covers!!! and going over to GA's website to have a little nosey... :)

rhonda said...

Shelly:

You know how much I love all your work! Whether under Laurenston or Aiken you are SERIOUS! Your writing style is funny,erotic,interesting and addictive!
I cannot wait for your works to become available.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy and GA!

Love the interview and the book sounds great! Cover art, fabulous!

But my question would me, What do you do when you muse takes a vacation? Currently having muse problems.

Dottie :)

I'll put your contest up Amy!

Cybercliper said...

Great interview and loved your review post!!! The Dragon Kin series ROCKS!!! I have re-read the first two books in this series and I've been patiently waiting for this upcoming release. September can't get here soon enough!

ibeeeg said...

Loved the interview! My interest in the Dragon Kin series is incredibly piqued. I would love to win one of the books. Regardless, I am adding this series to my TBR list and hope I will start reading in Sept.

ibeeeg(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia said...

Hi Amy & Shelly/GA,

I've read the PACK series plus Can't Get Enough from EVERLASTING BAD BOYS. So I have to ask..are Ailean and Shalin related to your GA Aiken dragons?

Oh and are we going to get details about Miki's baby shower not to mention the baby's birth?

Thanks for the interview Amy it was terrific. I will bookmark your site.

Yes, please enter me in the contest..would love to read about some hot, sexy dragons.

Patricia

GA_Aiken said...

@Amy M
Q: Do you ever write more than one story at a time? Or do you work all the way through one and then start on another?

A: I wish I could juggle more than one story at a time, but I get pretty absorbed in whatever I’m working on and although I may think about other stories and make plans for when I do sit down and write. I don’t start putting the idea to paper until I’m done with what I’m currently working on.

@Dottie
Q: What do you do when you muse takes a vacation?

A: I don’t really have a muse. I have enough voices in my head, so adding another one can’t be a good idea. LOL. But every writer gets stuck and all you can do is take a little break (go for a walk, go to a movie, hang out with friends) and then get back to it. Try and write something else if what you’re working on just isn’t working. I also have a friend I talk to when I get stuck in a story. She’s not a writer and doesn’t really read much romance but she’s very logical and right brain, so lets me know if something doesn’t make sense/isn’t working. Or sometimes she likes what I have and I realize the story is working fine and I’m just torturing myself. ;-)

@Patricia
Q: So I have to ask..are Ailean and Shalin related to your GA Aiken dragons?

A: Yes! They’re the grandfather of the Dragon Kin I’m currently writing about.

Q: Oh and are we going to get details about Miki's baby shower not to mention the baby's birth?

A: Since I don’t know where I’m going to start the next Magnus Pack book (or when I’ll start writing it), I don’t know if those things will be happening or have already happened when the first scene takes place.

Thanks again, everyone! And thanks for having me, Amy!

~Mary said...

This series looks fabulous!
Right up my alley!!

Thanks for all the great info!

RachieG said...

SHELLY!!!!!! :) Sorry I'm so late but I honestly had this blog on my calendar to not forget.

SUCH A FAN! Love both the dragon series and your shape-shifters. I am addicted and can't stop. I have been lucky enough to buy all of the books and re-read them every other month or so. Can't tell you how glad I was to see some of the older titles re-issued and gave me a chance to catch them.

I love your dynamics between siblings and friends. In your latest shape shifter book...and not to give any spoilers, but during the derby with the lioness'...I laughed out loud so much. LOVE THAT!

Your dragons love eachother too but it's fun to see them be gruff and funny with one another.

Ok, I'll quit fawning over you. Just wanted to let you know that you have a life-long fan in me and I appreciate what you do. Much love to you! <3!

rachie2004 AT yahoo (dot) com

Kristie (J) said...

I have the first two in this series - though *gulp* they are still in the pile - and staring at me. So yes - I'd love a chance to win the third one so it can keep the other two company - and with a trio, they will yell louder at me!

Bella said...

OK, so, I am the only one who likes both Shelly's and G.A.'s work and didn't know they were the same person ... ***smacks forehead*** ;-)

Great interview Amy and Shelly! Love the books!

~bella

Lori T said...

This series sounds so great and I would love to be entered.

Kainani said...

I've have read and love your Magnus Pack series. I want to read your Pride series next and I have the Dragon Kin series on my TBR list. I would love to win.

BTW great interview. Thanks.

kenos89@gmail.com

Michelle Lauren said...

The Dragon Kin series sounds so interesting. I love reading fantasy, and I like the idea of a series revolving around the lives of dragon brothers.

Neil Gaiman is also one of my favorite authors. He's just superb at creating different worlds to draw readers in.

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

Michelle

interactive AT michellelaurenbooks dot com

Kytaira said...

Oh my gosh, I've loved your books as Shelly Laurenston since 2004 when I started with ebooks and never knew you were also GA Aiken! I've heard how great your dragon series is but hadn't read any. Now I've just added them to my TBB list!

lynda98662 at yahoo dot com