Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Author Tera Shanley--Celebrating her newest Zombie Romance: Love at the end of Days



Today I am pleased and excited to have the fabulous Tera Shanley on my blog celebrating the release of her second book Love at the End of Days, a romance in the midst of a zombie outbreak. Her world is rough, scary, and full of hope.

Author Tera Shanley
Plus, it’s October—and so *near* Halloween—a perfect time to celebrate!

Tell us a bit about yourself; Do you have a day job? If so what do you do?
TS: I write full-time and also do a little graphic design work on the side, as well as stay at home with my kiddos. I like to stay busy, busy.
MVF: Oooh! You are a graphic designer—that’s awesome, do you design covers? And fabulous you stay with your kids!
TS: I do design book covers. Seven of my covers are on books that are in the top 3,000 books on amazon right now. I don’t do them very often though because my heart is in writing and as you know, it takes up a lot of time.
MVF: Oh yes it does, and I am *so* glad you are writing!

What’s your favorite distraction?
TS: The internet. I'm so naughty about it. Anytime I'm supposed to be writing, the little internet icon beckons me, tempting me to go be entertained by Twitter and Facebook.
MVF: Oh, it is a siren indeed!

Name one unusual fact about you?
TS: The men in my life usually gift me weapons for holidays, and I enjoy reading outdoor magazines from cover to cover.
MVF:  Now that I can appreciate!  What is your favorite outdoor magazine? And do you hunt?  (That’s a skill I always wanted to learn)
TS: Outdoor life is my jam. I just posted on facebook today about one of my favorite days of the month being when I get my magazine in the mail, haha. I also enjoy Field & Stream. My dad has several subscriptions and has always split up his old magazines between me and my brother when we come to visit, so we get some variety.

And yes, I’m a hunter. My dad, and hunting buddy, started dragging me out to our land when I was 3, taught me to shoot by the time I was seven, took the hunter’s safety course a second time just so he could do it with me for my first time, and when I got married, I taught my husband to hunt as well to help me shoulder the burden of bringing home enough meat to feed our growing family throughout the year. My family is into conservation and land management, and it is a big part of who I am. My soul is happiest out of doors. And now, I’m teaching my young kids with the help of my dad and husband, and my daughter asks to go with me every year for a ladies hunt.

The coolest part of my journey was that my dad didn’t even blink at me not being born a boy. He knew he was going to take me hunting from the day I was born, no matter my gender, and we’ve been going together for almost 30 years now.
MVF: This is excellent. What a gift! A family working together and learning valuable skills. Yes, I wish you lived near, I’d ask you to teach me. *grin*

What is your writing process?
TS: I'm a plotter/panster hybrid. Usually I go into a book knowing the big, key scenes, and then I just make sure to get the characters emotionally and physically from one to the next. No outlines but there is some structure.
MVF:  *nods* I like that. The key scenes are pivotal-and it appears very fluid.

Do you write in the morning or evening?
TS: I enjoy writing at any time, but my best work usually comes at night when the family is asleep. I'm a night owl, whooo whooo.
MVF: Oh, I envy you. I used to think I was a night owl….

Do you have critique partners  or brainstorming people?
TS: I've had beta readers in the past (who are awesome) and I have an author friend I bounce ideas off of. We've both had similar author journeys and are at similar places in our careers, and it's nice to hear what she thinks about current projects.
MVF: Very good—I know it’s hard sometimes to find people like this. Are you one of those very gifted at self-editing?
TS: I don’t know if I’d say gifted, haha. I’m decent at writing clean manuscripts and catching a lot of my mistakes, but that is just because I’ve had some awesome editors take the time to teach me.
MVF: *nods* This is good.

What genre do you write in (Do you write in more than one genre?)
TS: I'm a genre hopper! I write fast and a lot, and get bored if I stay in one place too long. I write Dystopian (zombie) romance and paranormal (shifter) romance mainly, but also write contemporary and historic western romance with the mood hits me.
MVF: That’s very cool! Makes me have to ask you; do you work on more than one project at a time?
TS: I can’t! I have to do one book at a time or it’s too much for me. If I have a project waiting, I usually just barrel through the manuscript I’m working on before tackling the next. I think my brain works in more of a straight line with that stuff.
MVF: Ah! I can understand this. I bet you write very fast!

You have two books with Omnific; about zombies.
Love in the time of the Dead
Tell us about your first book (blurb one)  
Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She's immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world.

Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he's only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities.

Two honorable and alluring men - one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving...and living.
MVF:  I’m really enjoying this book!
TS: Whoooo, another zombie reader. I knew I liked you!

·         You have a second in the series; (Blurb two)
Love at the end of Days

Romance and zombies collide in the riveting sequel to Love in the Time of the Dead.

Four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Vanessa Summers has been so burned by love, she swears she will never trust a man again. But Sean Daniels, guard leader of Dead Run River, isn’t just any man. When past lovers return to the colony, things get complicated. Desperate to rid herself of the heartache, Vanessa signs up for a supply run that will test her mettle as a guard in training. Sean volunteers to lead her team, and his hungry looks say it’s more personal than professional.

Danger comes from all sides as they scavenge Dead-infested cities, and as her attraction for Sean deepens, Vanessa finds her head and heart at war with each other. He clouds her judgment, and the slightest misstep could spell disaster outside of the safety of colony gates.

A race back to the safety Dead Run River could save a teammate’s life, but trouble has been brewing back home. Laney Landry, the woman who broke Sean’s heart, is in trouble, and Vanessa must decide whether to take back the Denver colony beside the man she’s falling in love with, or bow out of an attraction that terrifies her.

 What do you have planned next?
TS: Next up is Book 3 in the Dead Rapture series, Love Starts with Z, which will be releasing just a few months from now. It is currently in editing and I'm so excited to share the final book in the saga.
MVF: That is fabulous—did you write all three of them at once?  Do you have another series or book after this?  (I’m so tenacious!)
TS: Haha, I love it! Honestly, Love in the Time of the Dead was originally supposed to be a stand-alone novel. But during its blog tour, I met so many wonderful book bloggers, and it gained this really cool following and readers asked for me to make it a series. I started writing book two the week book one released, and wrote book three right after that. Omnific picked up the last two in the series at the same time, which is why we aren’t having to wait too long for the final book to release.

I also have a series of novellas releasing through Lyrical Press called the Silver Wolf Clan series, and my agent has a shifter romance trilogy and a contemporary romance she is trying to find homes for right now.
MVF:  Nothing makes a compulsive reader like me happy but to hear this. I’m going to have to take a look at your Novellas as well.

For fun: What is your favorite holiday? Why?
TS: It used to be Christmas. Oh man, I was such an elf, but last year Love in the Time of the Dead released right around Halloween and this time of year is so fun for spooky promotion. And with Love at the End of Days releasing right around Halloween this year, this has become my favorite holiday. I've been lucky enough to celebrate the holiday for the entire month of October two years in a row, and it's been a blast!
MVF: I love Halloween (and Christmas) This is fabulous you like this holiday, and I am so glad to be sharing this release!

What is your favorite beverage… (Besides water!)
TS: Cherry Limeade from Sonic. I love it so much I need an intervention.
MVF:  Oh, that’s good, my minions, I mean kids love Cherry Limeade!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog—it’s been fun!
TS: I’ve had so much fun visiting with you. Thanks for having me!

I plan on having you back!

Author Bio: Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love. A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

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