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Please welcome Cara Carnes author of Shadow’s Embrace.
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A Shadow’s Embrace
by Cara Carnes
1. What or who inspired you to start writing?
My family inspired my passion for writing. When I was a child I remembered the four adults in my family (my mom, uncle and grandparents) all reading Harlequin romances. TONS of them. My mother always wanted to write and I remember sitting beside her as she pounded out her manuscript on an old-fashioned typewriter. She still writes to this day and I’m proud we have this passion in common.
World Building has always been a passion of mine. With A Shadow’s Embrace I started with a world where individuals with psychic abilities were ostracized and used by the government unfairly. I wanted it to go further though because, while it’s a favorite trope of mine personally as a reader, I didn’t want to do the expected. The Indigo Order and the Shadow Elite Operatives were formed from that desire. Devyn, or Indy as she’s known on the street, and her work with the psychic children displaced and now homeless became an instrumental focal point of the world. I’m looking forward to writing more books from this world because there’s so, so much more to delve into.
Hmm…My real answer would be a secondary character you won’t see toward the front part of the book. (I bet you’ll guess when you read it.) Indy kicks ass. I’d love to be her and have her ability to interact/control anything electronical. That would make many things in my life so simple. J
LOL…Okay, confession time. I suck at remembering actor and actresses names. I’m really, really terrible at it. I’m not even making this up. My brother is horrified at how bad I am. So, I googled to answer this question because I couldn’t remember their names.
To me Jessica Alba would make a perfect Devyn. She’s got the kick-ass look and attitude I think the street-side of Devyn (aka Indy) would need.
As for the hero, Dagan? I think Jensen Ackles would be great. Of course, I’d need to work with him personally to ensure his fit. hehe
I’ve been blessed to have many friends who are also fellow authors. The saying it takes a village is so true in the publishing world. Every word is read by many people after I’ve written it. I think having the feedback from both authors, editors and beta readers is a critical component to the process that should never be skipped.
The best advice I was given was to keep on writing no matter what and to always believe in your story and your ability to tell it while also being willing to listen to constructive criticism. We all want to believe our babies are perfect, but they all have flaws. An author’s willingness to accept edits and feedback is crucial to a book’s success.
The worst advice I received was early on in my career. I’d just submitted by first book, Warrior’s Paradise, to Loose Id Publishing. The next week I made the three hour drive up north to Dallas for the Romance Writers of America conference. I’d joined the organization a couple weeks beforehand. Needless to say, I knew no one and was totally out of my element. While there someone I didn’t know lectured me on the proper path to publishing.
So the worst advice I received was that there was only one path. Obviously the latest publishing revolution has proven this person from my past wrong.
I’m definitely a plotter (I think I’ve terrified some of my pantser friends). I have sticky notes in all the colors possible and those large fold out science project boards. Oh, and for the Indigo Shadows series that A Shadow’s Embrace kicks off, there’s an entirely different board with color coded folders and plot threads for future books in the series since some of those had to be thought out in order to appear within the first book.
I’m always working on a couple of different projects at the same time. I just contracted the follow up to my new adult paranormal book, Phoenix Rising. The second book is Phoenix Crossing and continues the story with Riles’s sister, Xandra. My decision to unfold the sister’s story out rather than continue on with Riles as many expected was one I didn’t take lightly and I hope all the readers will trust me to unravel the series as I see it. ( Remember all those boards I mentioned above? Hehe….there’s a really full board for this world).
Street Outlaws…LOL. I have no idea why I got hooked, but I did. I predict a contemporary series with fast cars in my future. J
I love, love, love series. As a reader I love to nest within a world and become a part of the proverbial family. As an author I’ve taken my passion for series to heart. It’s a commitment I take seriously because I want people to get to know the characters and the world and feel as though it’s one they want to visit again and again. A Shadow’s Embrace is the first book in this Indigo Shadows series. This specific series is one I’ve wanted to share for a long time and I’m thrilled it’s journey has finally begun.
On the run from evil, her only hope is the Shadows.
Devyn James escaped hell once. A rare technopath, she eventually broke out of the genetics testing facility with the help of the Shadow Elites—General Conver’s super soldiers, who rebelled and now fought to protect psychically enhanced humans.
For the past few months Devyn, or Indy as she’s known on the street, has covertly passed intel to the SEO. Even though the street doesn’t trust the Shadows, she does. They rescued her once and she knows they’re the only ones who will be able to save her from Conver and figure out what she uncovered.
Dagan is determined to save the female being chased by Conver and his squadron. He soon discovers her identity and vows he’ll do anything to keep her protected—even if it’s from herself.
Together they discover everything is possible when you trust A Shadow’s Embrace.
Devyn focused, suckling on the metadata drifting in the atmosphere. Ah, she’d missed the city. The morsels of data streamed into her. Her synapses hummed, sated by the calming presence of her third eye’s power. For the first time in a week, she was whole again now that she was back in the bustling psychic sector of Chicago. Leaving the city and her team a week ago had been a difficult decision, but the right one. Her powers had become more focused without the residual white noise of bustling Chicago’s technological strain vying for her attention.
Now the same technology she’d shunned the past few days would save her. She accessed traffic and bank cameras—anything and everything that allowed eyes-on access to the enemy that was herding her into a proverbial cage. There were too many of them. No exit strategy existed.
A strong arm encircled her waist, crushing her against a brick-like torso before she could react. Pain pierced her mind, radiating from her temples. Startled by the psychic intrusion, she writhed in her captor’s embrace and threw up what telepathic walls she could.
The bastard shattered each defensive layer she created. Hot breath fanned across her cheek when he lifted her up off her feet and planted a huge hand over her mouth. Dangling like a doll, she punched the meaty arms holding her captive.
“Enough.” The harsh psychic hammer pounded her into submission. She stilled, unable to maneuver past the thick mental fog he created. “I need you to be quiet if you want to live.”
That voice. Dagan. This was the contact she’d slipped info to at the SEO.
She clamped his wrist and pressed hard, but he maintained his hold. The proximity to one of the most lethal people in existence skittered apprehensive pangs along her spine. She’d chanced returning to Chicago because of him, but how had he known she’d be here?
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Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13. In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading. More information about Cara can be found at www.caracarnes.com
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