Monday, May 12, 2014

Rainy Kaye’s Summoned {+Giveaway}

book coverI’m happy to be participating in author Rainy Kaye’s blog tour for her release, SUMMONDED.

As part of the tour stop, Rainy is answering some questions and sharing an excerpt from her book. In addition, she is sponsoring a giveaway. Please see the end of the post for the details.

Here’s a brief synopsis of SUMMONDED:

      Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.
      Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets.
      Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

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Please join me in welcoming Rainy.

How did your personal experiences influence SUMMONED?

Besides the last fifteen years of tinkering with words? Or the random fascination the jinn stories? I've also lived my entire life in Dimitri's hometown, Phoenix, and I've visited the places the wishes send him.

Did you do a lot of research before or during writing SUMMONED?

No. And if you read the book, you'll know just how bad admitting that in public is.

If SUMMONED was made into a movie, who would you cast as Dimitri and Syd?

My cover model, Adam Jakubowski, portrays Dimitri spot-on. At the moment, I have a difficult time picturing anyone else in that role.
For Syd, I have no idea. Readers, leave your suggestions in the comment. This will be fun. Smile

What was your favorite book as a child?

Like, a wee child? The Fox and the Hound. I don't know why. I think because it had a puppy. I was a very profound child. Or not. Either way, I had the gist of it memorized, aided by pictures, before I learned to read. As soon as I learned to read, I realized it was crap and moved on to books where stuff gets obliterated. Never looked back.

What's on the horizon for you?

Three more standalone SUMMONED books, a ten-book series called Fly into the Dark, and a few other novels wedged into the nooks and crannies of my brain. In short, a lot more coffee.

Rainy, thanks for sharing this look at your writing. It’s always interesting getting to know an author and how their writing came about.

For those who aren’t familiar with Rainy, here’s a bit of background.

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the meantime, she blogs at Rainy of the Dark and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona.

When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. You can also connect with her on Facebook.

Additional information about SUMMONDED:
Cover design is by Kris Wagner.
Model is Adam Jakubowski.
The photographer is Marcin Rychly.
SUMMONDED can be found on Goodreads, BookLikes and Facebook.


Now for the excerpt:

      My boots clunk down the stone floor of the mansion hallway. I have my head down, sorting through the papers. My intel does a good job. I have a picture, an address, everything except the target's baby book. Hell, I could probably get that too, if I asked.
      But I have all the information I need. The trickiest part will be getting him alone. I could try to find an in with the guy and lure him off somewhere. Click of the trigger and problem solved. Or, I could use brute force and break into his house. Unfortunately, that increases the chances of the first shot fired being at me. Not a big fan of that idea.
      See, most people won't shoot to kill. They'll take out a knee or something. Personally, I would rather die than what happens if I don't fulfill a wish.
      Failure isn't an option. Not for as long as I'm still breathing.
      A familiar voice says my name.
      I look up from the papers in my hand and stop short.
      Silvia is standing at the hall doorway, twirling her crimped black locks and eying me up and down. She does that a lot. It's unnerving.
      “Daddy sending you on another mission?”
      “Yeah. Wanna take this one?” I offer the papers and envelope as I head toward her.
      She laughs, but it's also unnerving. Everything about her is unsettling, ever since we were kids.
      She pops her gum. “Afraid not.”
      I push past her into the foyer, passing underneath one of the two massive white staircases, and head toward a set of exit doors.
      I glance back. She has her head tilted, still running her eyes up and down like she's grooming me in her head. She probably is.
      She smiles. “Don't waste my inheritance, okay?”
      I scoff to hide the shudder, then let myself out. I expect Silvia to follow, but she remains inside where she belongs.
      A white Honda Civic is waiting in the carport, engine idling. Low key. That's how I roll.
      I slide in, drop the file into the passenger seat, and pull out to head toward Phoenix.
      Her inheritance. That's what Silvia calls me.
      If Karl thinks of me as his guard dog, then Silvia considers me her puppy.
      And she's just itching to get her hands on me.


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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember Rainy’s question – any suggestions for who should play Syd in the movie version of SUMMONED?

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  1. Jinn stories are cool. I have a hard time imagining my characters as actors as well. Good luck, Rainy!

    1. Alex, unless you start out with an actor's image in your mind for a character I can see how it would be hard to select one after the book is published.

  2. Rainy, thanks for including Thoughts in Progress on your book tour. I enjoy learning more about authors. Wishing you much success.

  3. Mason - Thanks for hosting Rainy.

    Rainy - I really respect authors who create entire new worlds and realities. I wish you much success.

  4. The model looks great on the cover. I'd want him in the movie, too.

  5. kinda got lost in the plot, but I do love the cover, it's hot!

  6. Wow, you have a lot of books planned. I hope you do well with the series.

  7. Very intriguing premise. Supernatural isn't really my thing, but this fascinates me. Nice to meet you, Rainy, and best of luck to you with the release of your novel. Ambitious future plans ~ all the best with those, too.
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