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Author Name: Thianna Durston
Book Name: Discovery
Part of a series? If yes, can this book be read as a standalone? Yes. But it is the first one.
If a series, what is the series title? Drakyl Ranch
If series, what number is this book? First
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Thianna Durston
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer – Simply Defined Art
Pages or Words:
Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Western/Cowboy
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25953367-discovery
Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.
Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.
Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.
“You’re not going to die, Aaron.”
“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”
“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.
“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”
“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”
A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”
Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Write what you are passionate about, what moves you. If you write something just because ’everyone’s doing it’ it will come out in your writing. Instead, write what you enjoy or what bothers you, stuff that will ignite your passion as that passion will pour onto the page and slide directly into your reader.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
An understanding of your craft – which takes years, trial and error, and the knowledge that the first books you put out were kind of crappy. A desire to learn from your mistakes. An openess to listen to your editor – because yeah, they do see a picture you don’t. But most of all, the most important element of good writing is reading. If you aren’t an avid reader, it is highly improbable you will be a good writer.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I think everything I read influences it – especially the books I dislike. When I spot something that bugs me, I check my own writing and if I do the same thing, I change that instantly. But as far as writers who really helped me to push my writing, I would say John Grisham, Jordan L. Hawk, Stephan King, and C.S. Lewis.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
You know, I’ve been writing all my life and for so many years, I would think ”I want to be a writer.” Then one day I read a piece of advice that stuck with me. ”If you want to be a writer, be one.” From then on, I began to think of myself as a writer and then led from just writing to publication.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
The writing is my life, so even though it isn’t easy, the writing is the best part. It’s the other stuff authors have to do that gets in the way of writing that is the hardest part. As much as I enjoy talking to people about my works and getting to know my fans, the marketing involved can sometimes takes days worth of time, especially right before and after a release. That time away from writing can actually be painful for me. Writing is my stress reliever.
About the author:
Thianna loves to write strong stories with even stronger heroes. While all of her books have an erotic overtone, it is the story that is the most important to her. “The story should be able to stand on its own. The erotic elements are an add-on.”
She enjoys writing about couples with kink, paranormal couples, and straight out strangeness. But more on that later… You can find her at mm.thiannad.com.
She also writes m/f under the name Thianna D.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThiannaDurstonAuthor?fref=ts
Rafflecopter Prize: E-copy of ‘Discovery’
Tour Dates & Stops:
31-Aug Amanda C. Stone
3-Sep EE Montgomery
4-Sep Prism Book Alliance
7-Sep Mikky’s World of Books, Divine Magazine, Inked Rainbow Reads
8-Sep MM Good Book Reviews
9-Sep Love Bytes
10-Sep BFD Book Blog
15-Sep Cathy Brockman Romances, Up All Night, Read All Day
16-Sep Molly Lolly
18-Sep Jessie G. Books
21-Sep It’s Raining Men, Book Reviews and More by Kathy
23-Sep Bayou Book Junkie
24-Sep Happily Ever Chapter