I found DB through author Adrian Phoenix; she recommended her and said I should give her books a try.
I recently finished her first book in the Vampires in America series, Raphael, and am very impressed with her writing style. Reading the first book in a series is sometimes tedious and like browsing a books’ table of contents to see what’s in store. Although I often expect the first book in a series to drag as we learn the “rules” of the storyline, or try to get comfortable with the characters, almost like a first date; learning and questioning as we go. Raphael however is a pair of well worn, soft leather boots…familiar, welcoming, and ready to take a long stroll. Really, I think I read this book in a single day. You will no doubt love the story, the characters and be left wanting for more.
Raphael is everything we expect him to be for a vampire Lord. He is dark, mysterious and excruciatingly seductive. The passion and fire that ignites between him and Cynthia is breathtaking. D.B. has mastered the art of perfect seduction with her writing of the love scenes in this novel. Intense moments of torment, pleasure and anticipation will keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath to find out what comes next. I can give this novel no less than 5 stars, for it deserves each and every one of them.
Watch out readers! I fully expect to see Reynolds’ books lining the shelves alongside great authors the likes of Kenyon, Hamilton and Moning.
I was able to ask D.B. a few questions, here’s what she had to tell us:
1. Where do you currently live?
I live in California, in one of those flammable canyons near Malibu.
2. Are you Married? kids? pets?
I’ve been married for many years to my brilliant and wonderful husband. No kids and no pets, either. We travel too much to make pets practical.
3. When did you get started writing?
I started writing in high school when I was lucky enough to have a couple of great composition teachers. It was an experiment in team teaching, so there were two teachers in the classroom at the same time. They were wickedly funny and very encouraging. I decided then that I wanted to be a writer, although it wasn’t until many, many years later that I had the chance to really pursue my goal.
4. Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push?
Well, my mom always had books in our house and she really pushed all of us to read. I think every good writer is a reader at heart. We just write the books we’d like to read. So, among so many other things, I thank my mom for that.
5. How many books did you attempt before you were published?
Three? I’m trying to count back. I think it was three, but maybe four. Two of them are sitting on a shelf and maybe eventually I’ll go back and do something with those story ideas. But the other one (and a half) are the first books in an epic fantasy trilogy which I DEFINITELY will finish someday. It’s just a matter of finding the time.
6. Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time?
First of all, I write mostly at night. I start around midnight and write until about 4:00-4:30 a.m. That’s when I’m at my most productive. I usually grab an hour, sometimes two, during the day for revisions, but daytime is also when I take care of other things, like interviews and guest blogs, keeping up on my various boards and writing groups. Other than that, I take my laptop with me everywhere I go, and I can write almost anywhere, as long as I’m not constantly interrupted. Which means I can write in the middle of an anonymous crowd, in a coffee shop or the doctor’s office waiting room, but not in the presence of anyone who’s likely to expect conversation? Food and/or drink aren’t important, except for water. Must stay hydrated, you know.
7. Which novel is your favorite of your books?
The one I’m working on is always my favorite; because that’s the one I’m most immersed in at any given time. And that means I love it all over again when I get the manuscript back for revisions, because I look at it fresh every time.
8. Who is your favorite character?
Oh, no. I’m not falling for that one. I have to work with these people. I love all of my characters!
9. How many books do you have in the works now?
Well, my third Vampires in America book is coming out soon, so I’m expecting copy edit/revisions on that very soon. I also have a werewolf e-novella which will release in July and I’m doing copy edit/revisions on that right now. And then I’m currently writing the fourth Vampires in America book, Sophia, which I had to interrupt in order to complete all these revisions! And in the back of my head, I’m percolating story ideas for the fifth Vampires book, a new werewolf novel in the same universe as my novella, and a whole new series starring demons, I think.
10. For your next book, what is the name and when is the release date?
Rajmund, Book 4 of Vampires in America, will release on July 15th of this year.
And Heart of the Wolf, my werewolf e-novella, will release sometime in July, though I don’t have a specific date yet.
11. What made you write a dark book?
I got tired of reading about vampires who were too civilized, too far away from the myth of Vampire. They’d become nothing more than sensitive guys who were forced to drink blood to survive and really didn’t want to. I wanted to write a story (or stories) about vampires who were VAMPIRES! Totally alpha characters that were bloody, predatory, territorial and lethal . . . as well as sexy, gorgeous and possessive as hell.
12. Do you like writing the hot romance scenes?
I don’t mind writing them and I like reading them once I’ve finished, but they’re actually a lot of work. It’s important to make hot scenes flow and to retain a sense of sexual urgency, so that the reader actually gets caught up the sensuality of the sexual action. And since there are only so many ways of saying “insert tab A into slot B,” I have to come up with other things for the lovers to do and feel, and other ways for me to describe it, before, during and after the insertion of said tab into that slot.
13. Do you have plans for another new book/series?
Yes, definitely. I’ve already written a Science Fiction Romance which has garnered high praise and which I hope to have a publisher for in the next year. If I do find a publisher, I’d love to write more in that universe. I’m also currently making notes to myself about a whole new series featuring some new paranormal – new in the sense I’ve not written it before.
14. What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with?
Charlotte’s Web, I got it at the library when I was about nine, I think. And the librarian, who knew me well since I was in there every week checking out a big pile of books, told me she thought it was a little too simple for my reading level. But I checked it out anyway and fell in love with it.
15. Who are your favorite authors? Favorite series?
So many authors! But I have to say that Adrian Phoenix is one of my very favorites. I love her Maker’s Song series with Dante Baptiste and Heather. I think Dante is one of the all-time great fictional characters, complex and dangerous, sexy as hell, and vulnerable all at the same time. I also love Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld, especially her werewolves, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie/Southern Vampire series. And there are so many more … C. J. Cherryh, Anne Bishop, Suzanne Brockmann, Kresley Cole, Linda Howard, John Sandford, J. R. Ward, J. T. Ellison … I’m a voracious reader. Can you tell?
16. What is your favorite quote?
It’s from Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith … “There’s nothing to writing, All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”
17. Do you have a favorite book cover?
I love MY book covers, of course. But I actually have a framed copy of the art from Kresley Cole’s Kiss of a Demon King on my wall. The artist is Craig White and I LOVE that cover.
18. Naughtiest book you ever read?
Hmmm, what’s this naughty you speak of? The first erotica I ever read was Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus. I was a bit shocked, because didn’t know going in that the book was erotica! And now, of course, the romance genre has burst out of its heaving bosoms and lusty wenches into wonderfully sexy prose and hot, hot sex scenes. And I’ve read so many of those; I don’t think I can rank them all. Plus, I don’t really consider anything I’ve read to be naughty, just sexy, sensual and really hot!
I’d like to invite everyone to come by my blog at http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com/
I have contests and information on all my books, plus I post free Vampire Vignettes, which are little x-rated slices of life with my Vampires. Right now, I’m re-running the early Vignettes for anyone who missed them.