Another month has come and gone and it's time to introduce you all to September's Author of the month. This month I'm spotlighting Thianna Durston, MM Romance Author with a side of spice!
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
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This week the spotlight is on Durston's new release that drops today, Discovery, Drakly Ranch series book 1.
Aaron thought he was dying, Jaret showed him how to live.
Now the only thing standing between them and forever
is an ancient enemy set on their annihilation.
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.
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.
Where was Jaret? He stood up tall and looked around, but at first all he saw were their horses who seemed spooked. They had huddled into a tight bunch, looking prepared to run away at any moment. He’d never seen them do that before.
Slight movement out of the corner of his eye made him reach for his gun. Only to realize he hadn’t even thought to bring it. “Fuck.” Stalking toward him—or actually Blaze and Krage—was a huge cougar. Before he could sound an alarm that would have his horses running away quickly, Jaret came out of nowhere.
Faster than he could have imagined, the man tore around the herd heading straight for the cat. Moving as fluidly as the mountain lion did, he sped up, a growl leaving his mouth. Wait. A growl? Nothing that alarming could have come from him. Sure, he’d heard Jared growl in annoyance or to tease him. But the sound that just left his throat was menacing. Obviously the cat thought so to as it whipped around and let out a roar. It hunched down and Aaron felt completely useless at protecting his lover until the cougar suddenly flumped to the side. Blinking in confusion, he looked again even as his heart beat so fast in his ears, he couldn’t hear anything.
Strange sensations overtook him as Jaret looked up and nodded at him, as if this was all supposed to make sense. His fingers tingled and he flexed them over and over, his upper jaw throbbing painfully, the ache increasing exponentially as Jaret picked up the lion. A low rumble filled the air but Aaron wasn’t sure where it came from and he couldn’t look away from the man walking toward him.
1) What inspired you to start writing? It’s just always been in me. I thought up stories way in advance of learning to write and once I had printing down, I penned my first story. Still have it. I even made a little drawing in the upper corner of the martian I wrote about :)
2) How long have you been an Author? Interesting way to put it. Even though I published a book before then, I would say I started considering myself an author in 2009. I saw a post someone made that “If you want to be an author, don’t say ‘I hope to be an author some day.’ Instead, say “I am an author.” So I did and it seems to have gone very well, don’t you think?
3) So you suffer dreaded "Writer's Block"? If so, how do you get past it? Oh, I hate that stuff. It usually means I’m trying to force a story one way and the characters want to go in another. I find the best thing is to move onto one of my other works in progress. Get that story out of my mind for a few hours – or days – and come back. It doesn’t always work, though. Sometimes I have go just walk away from the computer for a day or so. But, sooner or later, my characters will convince me to stop trying to move the story in a certain direction. Once I give in, the story flows again. My characters are so bossy.
4) What comes first; the plot or the characters? Most of my stories are character-driven. But to be honest, I don’t plan them out as a rule. My fingers touch the keyboard and the words just flow. I like to say I’m the first reader in the stories I write.
5) What are you currently working on? I’m finishing the Drakyl Ranch series –which since it had to be plotted out, my muse is annoyed at me. Remember the whole writer’s block thing? Yeah.
I’m also working on a contemporary romance series called Men of Falcon Pointe. The first two books are contracted with Dreamspinner Press. The third and fourth have just been submitted. And yes, I’m working on books five and six now.
Also, I’m working on a contemporary romance to submit to Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line, a paranormal tale about a kilt that has a mind of its own, and a young adult M/M story.
Oh yeah, and I have about 500 WIPs on my computer. Most of them won’t see the light of day, but they work great to give me ideas. Some of the ones I don’t finish work great as scenes that end up in other stories.
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Thanks for joining us Thianna, it's going to be a great September!