Monday, October 17, 2016

#FosterAnAuthor2 w/Giveaway: Day 1 Tangled Temptations by Dawn Ibanez

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Day 1 of Foster An Author
we are spotlighting Dawn's
Tangled Temptations

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Book one of the Maxwell Investigations series
Tangled Temptations

When a body ends up on the interstate, all of the evidence leads to some sort of Paranormal being. It becomes the responsibility of Crispin Solomon, Prince and ruler of the Vampire Nobility, to track down who could have done such a thing.

It also provides him with the perfect excuse to employ a certain Mage that he had been obsessed with over the past few years.

Dylan Maxwell is a woman who knows how to run her business. She's the youngest of the Maxwells, a known and respected family of Keepers (Mages charged with policing the Paranormals). Dylan reluctantly takes the case of the dead man from New Jersey. But she soon finds herself thrown into a new world with entirely new rules.

And with Crispin at her side, Dylan finds out exactly how anger and hate can change into passion and love faster than her Transmutation Gloves can allow.

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Q & A with Dawn Ibanez about Tangled Temptation!

Tell us about Tangled Temptations. Tangled Temptations is the story that started it all. It introduces Dylan Maxwell and Crispin Soloman as a couple that tries to find their balance in dealing with each other and their respective families.

What initially inspired you to write Tangled Temptations?
Honestly, my best friend had taken some classes in voice acting and she just calls me up one day and says “I want to do a radio play. You want to help me write it? You want to star in it with me?”. So being the helpful sort that I am, I said “Sure.” I wrote the first 2 episodes, but we couldn’t find a cast for it. So I just told her that I wanted to continue the story. So I scrapped the episodes, wrote the prologue and the rest was history LOL.

Tell us little about the characters in Tangled Temptations.
Dylan is a Mage. Her focus is Alchemy. With little arrays she can break down and reform objects. There are a few arguments where she leaves Chrispin and would seal doors and whatnot. She is headstrong and has this desire to show everyone around her that she’s not the little kid that they all treat her like.

Chrispin’s official title is Crown Prince to the Vampire Race. But since his father decided to step down, he is basically King. He has watched Dylan from afar and developed a crush on her. When he has the opportunity to spend more time with her, he tries to get her to see that while he is a prince, he is just as normal as she is.

What was the hardest part of writing Tangled Temptations?
LOL. For me the hardest part is always trying to describe it. I never want to give too much away, but if I don’t tell enough people look at me funny. The words for the story itself came easy. It’s doing blurbs, synopses and the like that give me hives.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Without giving anything away, I would have to say the first sex scene was hilarious to me. Her powers go all out of control, and they get all twisted up in the floor. I couldn’t stop giggling for days after that one.

Is there a message in Tangled Temptations that you hope readers will grasp?
Normalcy. It sounds so corny when I say it like that. LOL.

With as odd as the world around them is, with as crazy as their family makes them, (and there are times when Dylan wants to kill one of her brothers… another fun scene) both Dylan and Crispin are looking for their slice of “Normal.”

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?When my friend and I started mapping out Maxwell Investigations, we have already seen a lot of other interracial romances. The main problem we had was none of the heroines were like us. Yes, they were black, but we aren’t ghetto, bougie, or overly country. We’re JUST like heroines in other books… it’s just with a darker skin tone

Now an exciting excerpt from Tangled Temptations!

Dylan pulled up to the city morgue. She tried to take a calming breath, only to hold back a curse. Now that she had ridden with Crispin in her car, she could honestly say she never wanted to ride anywhere with him so close again. All she could smell was Crispin. She could assume it was his cologne, but the scent of sandalwood and spices seemed too natural to be anything but him. She turned off the ignition and got out of the car.
Crispin frowned as she left him. This wasn’t going to do at all. She hadn’t said two words to him since he got into her supped-up death trap. And he wanted to know what she was thinking… without having to read her mind. “Dylan,” he called as he got out of the car as well. When she continued to walk ahead of him, he ran after her and caught her by the arm. As she snatched her arm out of his grip, he stared into her eyes. “Would you care to explain what your plan is?” he asked.
“Why should I?”
“Because it would be better if you told me what you’re planning. This way I would know how react and not insult the wrong person,” he reasoned.
She looked at him with a cold expression as she pressed the alarm on her car. “Then you should just keep quiet and play the eye candy for once, now shouldn’t you?” she asked viciously. As she walked past him, Dylan forced herself to breath. It wasn’t in her nature to be this childish, but there was something about him. There was something that made her want to jump him… and not in a violent way either.
“I will not be attracted to him,” she thought as she walked into the building. It would lead to way too many complications. And each and every one of those complications were problems that she did not need.
Crispin’s lips thinned as he read her thoughts. She didn’t want any complications if she dealt with him? Fine. He would just have to give her glimpses of the complications she would face if she didn’t deal with him.
When they reached the main lobby area, a large male sat calmly sorting various papers on the desk. He looked up and smiled when he saw Dylan. “Well, if it isn’t my favorite Maxwell,” he said easily.
Dylan smiled as she finally found the distraction she was looking for. “Hi Perry. How’s Lacey?”
Lacey’s great,” he answered with a smile. “She’s picking up some Japanese from those DVDs you gave her. Most of the time I can’t understand what she’s saying.”
Dylan laughed as leaned on the counter. “She’s three. You barely know anything she’s saying.”
“That’s true. There are few thirty year olds I can’t understand either.” Perry looked over Dylan’s shoulder and spied Crispin for the first time. “Can I help you man?”
Crispin fought a smile. Man… if this idiot only knew.
Dylan glanced at Crispin before turning back to Perry. “He’s with me.”
“Crispin Solomon,” Crispin said stepping around Dylan. He held out his hand and waited for Perry to shake it. “Dylan is helping me with a case.”
Dylan watched as both men shook hands. From the expression on Perry’s face, it looked like the two were in a silent pissing contest. She drove her elbow into Crispin’s kidney and stepped around him again. “Is there a way we can get in to see one of Madison’s bodies?” she asked in a whisper. Dylan bit the inside of her lip when she spotted the way his eyes drifted down to her cleavage.
A growl escaped Crispin, making Perry look up at the Prince.
Dylan inhaled sharply and stepped on Crispin’s foot. “Please Perry. It’s really important.”
Perry’s dark eyes narrowed for a moment. This was his chance, and he really couldn’t miss out because of some jerk that was trying to invade his territory. “Have dinner with me this weekend,” he said quickly.
“What?” Dylan squeaked.
“Come on, we’ve been doing this dance for years. Have dinner with me. I’ll get a sitter, and it’ll just be you and me.”
“Dylan has other plans,” Crispin said rudely. He took Dylan’s hand and gently pulled her back towards him.
Dylan looked at Crispin with wide eyes as she pulled her arm away from him. “Excuse you?” she asked with an arched eyebrow.
Crispin realized that he just crossed into the valley of justified anger… again. But this time, he was going to stand his ground. “You will need to be available for any leads that may come up this weekend.”
“I do have a life of my own, thank you,” she hissed. She then turned to Perry. “I’d love to have dinner with you,” she said calmly. “Call my office with the place and time, and I’ll be there.”
Perry smiled at her. “Nice,” he said with a nod. He then leaned forward on the counter and gently took her hand. “Now, hurry down stairs. Leslie’s been in a snit since her last round with Madison.” Before Dylan could walk away, he lifted her hand and brushed a kiss across her knuckles. “See you then.”
Dylan gave him a faint smile as she walked to the stairway. She could feel heated anger coming off of Crispin in waves. That was just fine with her. She was rather hot with him too. Once she heard the door close behind Crispin, she turned on him. “How dare you?” she hissed. Her eyes locked with his. “You’ve already stepped in and tried to take over my business. Don’t you ever, ever think that you can butt into my personal life as well.”
“That man is a vulture that is only asking you out to show me up. He has no interest in you as a person, only as another notch on his belt,” he responded.
“Oh, how very metro-sexual of you,” Dylan shot back. “But trust me. I’ve been handling myself just fine before you, and I can continue after you.”
Crispin’s eyes narrowed as he grabbed her upper arm and pressed her against the wall. “And trust me Dylan. Don’t think you can use that ass to get your mind off of me,” he growled. Before she could protest, he covered her mouth with his own.
Dylan’s eyes went round as his body pressed up against hers. She didn’t protest as he tilted her head back and completely devoured her. Her eyes drifted shut as his arms came up around her body and pulled her closer. All of the anger, all of the frustration she felt seemed to melt into passion as his tongue slid across hers. Without realizing what she was doing, Dylan wrapped her own arms around his shoulders, her fingers tangling in his hair.
She had been kissed before. She even read about kisses in romance novels that could set someone of fire. But none of that could have prepared her for this. Not by a long shot.
Crispin pulled his mouth away from hers and gazed into glazed brown eyes. “Try to forget that when he’s trying to get into your pants,” he hissed, his own eyes glowing electric green.
Dylan could only blink as he walked down the stairs. She leaned up against the wall, trying to gather herself as she watched his descending back. “Where… where are you going?” she asked, hating that her voice shook.
“I’ll be in Madison’s office. Find what you need.”

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