Alex MacLaren figures he'll never find love again after his mate dies. As one of the rare Hell Hound werewolves, his chances are slim to none. And slim went home. When the local Morukai shaman calls on him to protect a lovely Irish werewolf and her young son from demons, he can't help but take the job.
Sarah Flanagan is desperate to save her son Liam from the deadly monster trailing them, but she's out of options and places to hide. She lost her mate the last time she encountered a demon, and with Liam depending on her, the stakes are far higher this time. After meeting Alex, she's not sure about the Hell Hound, but she’s no fool. He’s their best hope for survival... and hers for another chance at love.
Welcome to In A Dream Beyond, Siobhan!
Thank you so much for having me, Elyzabeth. :)
Tell us about your recent release A Hell Hound’s Fire…
A Hell Hound's Fire is a story about love and redemption for both Alex MacLaren (the Hell Hound) and Sarah Flanagan, a normal werewolf. Sarah's on the run from demons hunting her son, and Alex is trying to make it through the painful anniversary of his first mate's death. Sarah also lost her mate, so this tale is their second chance at finding love and peace. I wrote this to be an introduction to my style of storytelling, which I brand as kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. :)
This free read is the introduction to your Cloudburst Colorado Series; tell us a bit about the series:
The backstory to this series is about the old Roanoke colony disappearing in the 1600s from the east coast. What happened to those people? So I decided they'd trekked inland and three families made it to this little valley in what are now the Rocky Mountains. They got plenty of rain that first year so they called the town Cloudburst, where storms just show up, drop their load, and disappear. They turned to the Goddess for help with the understanding that they would treat all peoples (natives, odd critters, and special humans) with honor and respect. In return, the Goddess (the main deity in my world) blesses these three families to have endowed children (no not sexually, lol) with abilities beyond the normal human. You'll especially see these kids in the third story, The Cloudburst Coffee and Spa. Because of these blessed children, it attracts a Morukai (shaman to the Goddess) and all sorts of other creatures, like a Hell Hound and an incubus. ;)
What was the inspiration for this story?
This story started as a dream and had a black Pegasus in it. In fact there was a whole herd (flock?) of them being hunted down by demons. But that didn't seem to make much sense with the other characters starring in the dream. So I deleted the pegasi and made Alex a little more special than he'd been originally.
Have you had to do any research for A Hell Hound’s Fire? What was it like?
To be honest, I didn't have to do a lot of research. This is my world so I make up the rules and can do pretty much whatever I want. But getting a feel for "jack-of-all-trades" guys like Alex and the police lieutenant takes reading stories with the suspense element and watching police drama shows to get a feel for how they come across really helps. The biggest task I had was to make fantastic creatures appear plausible and "ordinary" enough for the reader to believe.
What’s your writing process like?
Coffee and quiet. LOL Actually, I get up and get my kids ready for the day. Then I get three hours to focus on writing and I have to use every minute because when the kindergartener gets home at noon, all bets are off in terms of writing. Turning of social media after taking an hour to promote is important because I really do need quiet. I generally don't listen to music when I write because I'm listening to the voices in my head telling me where the story is going.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in the near future?
At the end of April, my newest novel Not a Dragon's Standard Virgin will be out from Siren Publishing, and then The Beltane Witch should be coming out in July-ish. The Beltane Witch takes place in Cloudburst, Colorado, the same town as A Hell Hound's Fire, my current release. This is a short story free on Smashwords that introduces Cloudburst and the series of stories set there. Toward the end of this year I hope to have another story out entitled Take the Reins¸ which is part of the Gateway Chronicles series I'm writing with Cara Michaels, and it will be the story I'm highlighting at Hot Mojave Knights Romance Reader Event in October.
A little about the author…
Food: Pumpkin bread
Drink: Alcoholic – chocolate wine. Non-alcoholic – coffee
Day or night? To write? Morning. For playing and cuddling? Evening.
Sour or sweet? My personality? LOL okay, okay, sweet tastes.
Summer or winter? Neither. I'm a huge fan of spring for the flowers and autumn for the cooling temperatures and falling leaves. One of my favorite smells of all time is "October". Leaves baking in the sun, cool fresh mornings. *happy sigh*
Get in touch with Siobhan Muir at:
Siobhan Muir lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he's never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.
In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.
Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.
Siobhan’s upcoming release, Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin, is from Siren Publishing, and she has published Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing.