Thursday, August 20, 2015

Title: Blood and Metal
Author: Nina Croft

She's his last chance for redemption...if she doesn't kill him first.

Copilot of the Blood Hunter, Daisy is a newly-turned vampire, and she's hungry. Really hungry and it's interfering with her plans for revenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that can distract her from said hunger is sex...which is a problem when she can barely refrain from draining any man dry within moments. But old flame Fergal Cain might just be the sexy-assed solution to her problem.

Part human, part cyborg, and with a poison coursing through his system, Fergal's running out of time to find the scientist who has the cure. Unfortunately for him, the misfit crew of the Blood Hunter put a serious kink in his plans. And if the poison doesn't kill him, the hot little vamp he can't resist might do the honors herself

1) When did you start your writing career? And what brought you to this choice in life?

In a long ago time and a faraway place…When I was in my twenties (that’s the long ago time) I spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia with my husband. We were based in a remote village on the banks of Lake Kariba (a manmade lake formed by damning the Zambesi River—we were working with the people displaced when the damn was built). It’s a stunningly beautiful place but far from the nearest books (and this was way before ebooks) and I had a book-a-day habit. I suffered, and in the end came to the conclusion that I was going to have to write my own. That was my first (sadly never-to-see-the-light-of-day) attempt and I was hooked.

2) Did you have someone or something special that gave you the idea for Blood and Metal?

Blood and Metal, is book 5 in my Dark Desires series, which follows the adventures, 
romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, The Blood Hunter.

A few years ago, my husband asked me – why didn’t I write a good book? He 
survived—just—and it turns out that his idea of a “good” book was no romance, no vampires, no aliens… I wrote a thriller, The Descartes Legacy, (okay so I failed on the no romance and maybe there was just the tiniest of aliens). Afterward, in a sort of backlash, I decided I would write a book for me, with absolutely anything in it. I’d been watching Firefly (for about the fifth time) and wanted to do a space opera. And so Break Out, book 1 in the series, came about. And when my hero and pilot turned out to be a vampire—I thought why not? And when in later books, werewolves, aliens, dragons…arrived I went with the flow. Daisy, the heroine of Blood and Metal, has been part of the crew since the beginning, and she was always going to get a book of her own. But she’s always been a little too nice for me (I like my characters with a touch of darkness) so when she got turned into a vampire in book 4, I realized now was her time.

3) If you could cast anyone as Daisy and Fergal, who would it be?

Hmm – Scarlett Johansson for Daisy and Alex Skarsgard for Fergal

4) What is your favorite book?

This changes regularly, but one of my all-time favorites is The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop. It has everything I love in a book, fabulous characters, great world building, wonderful writing and a spellbinding story.

5) Who is your favorite author?

Again, I have so many, so I’ll go with the author I’m reading right now, R. Lee Smith. 
Her stories are quite dark but she has the amazing ability to make me feel emotion—usually outrage and anger. For me that’s one of the greatest attributes of an author. She’s also a brilliant story-teller and totally keeps me hooked (and her books are long.) I’m reading Cottonwood right now, but I also loved her The Last Hour of Gann. 

6) What do you enjoy doing besides writing?

Reading, obviously. Also I have a horse and love to go riding, and dogs I walk. At this time of year, I swim most days. And drinking wine—I live in a beautiful area and spend many a pleasant hour lying in the shade of a fig tree with a bottle of wine, 
admiring the scenery.

7) Do you have any pets? What kind, and what are their names?

Lots. I have a mare called Gencianna, two goats (Tigga and Blondie), three dogs 
(Lola, Grunt and Pinky), three cats (Poppy, Luke and Leia) and a three-legged 
Vietnamese pot-bellied house-pig called Piggles.

8) What is your favorite quote?

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”  

~William W. Purkey

9) Do you have a writer's cave? Describe it for us. 

I do—I have an office with a view down to the Mediteranean, and lots of books and 
pictures, and a reading nook (which I usually have to share with at least one dog).

About the Author:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she 
spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the 
sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing 
travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down 
to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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