Today I'm excited to welcome Randa Flannery to One Book Shy as she tours with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate her fun new book: Love The One You're Witch. Keep reading to learn more about the story along with some of the behind-the-scenes details from Randa. Be sure to stay with us to find out what she's planning on giving away to a lucky reader! Take it away Randa......
Thank you so much for having me on One Book Shy today. I had been kind of stressing about what to write a guest post about lately when a friend pointed out that people probably didn’t really want to know about me, but wanted some interesting facts about the book. Most of the questions people have asked since the release of Love the One You’re Witch have been about Ana, the sassy heroine. While I absolutely love Ana, I felt kind of bad that Lucas was being left out. So I thought, for the interesting facts about Love the One You’re Witch, I would focus on the hero, vampire hottie, Lucas the Lucious.
Fact 1: Lucas was not the original male lead for this book. (gasp!) In the earlier drafts, I had a much different character for Ana, and a different sort of story entirely. He was much more mysterious and all Alpha. His pursuit of Ana was more aggressive. His name was Ben.
Ben, however, didn’t have a good chemistry with Ana. Don’t get me wrong, he was awesome. But they just didn’t mesh well. Ana would never put up with the more macho and silent but contemplative type, and he found her too flaky and annoying. Their dialogue seemed forced. It just wasn’t working. So Ben had to go. Don’t worry, I saved him for another story where he will be more appreciated.
Enter Lucas. Alpha? Yes. But not in the in-your-face-things-must-be-done-my-way-on-my-time sort of way. Ana can not be dictated to effectively. You do NOT want to be on the end of her revenge stick. Lucas is strong and capable, but not overbearing. He appreciates Ana’s snark, and while he doesn’t chase after her and insist she submit to him, he is no push over, either. He was the perfect match for the wacky witch.
Fact 2: Lucas was inspired by my husband. He looks nothing like him, sounds nothing like him, doesn’t even have the same accent or profession. But he uses a lot of the same cheesy lines!
Fact 3: Lucas is used to poke fun at romance novels and movies in general. When he uses those lines we’ve all read or heard a million times from romcoms and novels, Ana just laughs. Why? Because they’re ridiculous! Things like that don’t work in real life! My husband and I laugh because apparently if you whisper a line, it’s automatically sexier...but it’s not. It’s creepy. No woman is going to melt at your feet with that! So Lucas tries so hard to be the kind of romantic hero women love from books and movies, but they really belong in comedies...like this one.
Fact 4: Lucas has a snippet from his own point of view that has not been published...but may end up on the website sometime soon. Keep a look out for it at randaflannery.com!
Thanks again for having me and I hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Lucas from Love the One You’re Witch! - Randa
Randa Flannery has an a degree in English and writes a variety of romantic fiction, including suspense, comedy, and urban fantasy. Randa is a member of the Romance Writers of America and lives as an expat with her husband and children in FuYang, China.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Randa. I appreciate you chatting with us and have to admit that now I'm also looking forward to "meeting" Ben!
AUTHOR: Randa Flannery
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 131 pages
PUBLISHED: Icasm Press, 2015
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
ABOUT: Sassy and snarky witch Anastasia Gregor does not work with vampires. Unfortunately, she forgot to tell her boss that. Now she's up to her neck (pun intended) in the night walkers as she attempts to help one family fix their love lives.
EXCERPT: “Can you fix it?” She said it with a touch of desperation and I wondered how long this had been going on.
“I can if it’s a spell,” I offered. “How long has she been like this?”
“I’ve loved him forever!” the young vamp declared as she and Lucas finally made it to the couch. “And I will love him forever, no matter what you try to do to us!”
“It’s been about a month,” Lucas answered, frustration edging that smooth voice while she ran fingers through his hair. “She was fine one day, chatting and joking, completely normal. The next, she couldn’t keep her hands off of me.”
I nodded. “Yes, well, have you seen yourself? I think that may be the normal reaction for teenagers when confronted with...” I waved a hand at him. I stopped mid-gesture when I realized the silence around me was now more of a shock reaction than the discomfort of having the errant vamp pawing at her man. “Sorry, just trying to lighten things up,” I mumbled. This is why I didn’t like vampires. No sense of humor. Well, the trying to kill me thing was also a put-off. That in mind, I got back to business and refused to drool over Lucas any more. Or at least, I’d try.
Randa is generously giving away a $25 Giftcard to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble to one lucky winner. Enter below and GOOD LUCK!
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