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Please welcome Dana Marie Bell


Delayed gratification has its place. This wouldn’t be it.

Gabriel Anderson has accepted a unique position in the shifter world. He’s about to become a Hunter, one of the few trained and sanctioned to hunt down the rare rogue shifter dangerous to humans and shifters alike. There’s one catch: until his training is complete, he must hold off on marking his mate. No problem…after all, she probably couldn’t handle the sexual demands he dreams of making on her.

Her mate’s apparent desertion devastates Sarah. And his friendship with another woman threatens the bond they should be sharing and building. Maybe flirting with another man will make him sit up and take notice—and finally win Gabe’s heart. It works. Almost too well.

One touch of another man’s hand on Sarah’s tempting body brings every ounce of Gabe’s possessiveness roaring to the surface. He wastes no time making his erotic dreams of dominating her a reality—whether she’s ready for it or not.

If she’s not, the only place he’ll ever have her is in his dreams…

Dana Marie, Thank you for agreeing to an author interview today.

Thank you for having me!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Hmm, let’s see. I’m a stay-at-home author, the mother of two boys, a bull terrier and an evil, ice cream stealing cat, and I’m a lapsed brunette. I’ve been with my husband for eighteen years and married for eleven.

How long have you been writing?

Off and on since I was thirteen years old. I was at the beach with family when I got an idea I just HAD to write down. I begged for pen and paper as soon as we got back to the house, wrote it down, and I’ve been writing ever since.

What is your writing process like?

Hair up, music on, husband… doing what the husband does. He telecommutes, so we work in the same office every day, the home office. And the music needs to be specific to the story, so I’ll start a whole new playlist for each one. I know that the current story is almost done when the playlist in my head starts to change. For instance, when I was almost done Bear Necessities I stopped hearing Coward of the County and started hearing Kiss From A Rose.

Can you tell us about your newest release Only In My Dreams?

Only In My Dreams is about Gabriel Anderson,sheriff, Marshall’s Second and newly minted Hunter, finding out that perhaps waiting to claim what’s his wasn’t the best move he could have made. Both Sarah, his mate, and Gabe wind up turning to other people to ease their loneliness and in the process each one of them gets the wrong idea. Gabe returns home to find Sarah with another man, and Sarah thinks that Gabe has chosen to be with someone else. It won’t take Gabe long to find out what’s going on, but convincing Sarah that she’s all he could ever need might take longer.

Will we be seeing more of the Halle Pumas in the future?

Oh yes! I just finished the rough draft of Bear Necessities, the first full-length Halle Shifter novel. I’m introducing a number of shifters in the future, not just Pumas, but you’ll definitely see more of the Halle Pride and the Poconos Pack. It hasn’t been submitted to Samhain yet, but I’ve warned my editor that it’s coming!

Do you have any other books releasing this year?

I don’t have a release date yet on Shadow of the Wolf, but it will be releasing soon from Liquid Silver Books. They’ve told me I’ll have the date soon, and once I know it will be blasted all over my blog. Shadow of the Wolf is the start of another series, Heart’s Desire, and is the story of that poor mage who got kicked out of my head by Max and Emma’s story, The Wallflower. It turns out that was a good thing, since Chris and Lana’s story became a full length novel rather than a novella!

shadowofthewolf-185x274Christopher Beckett, wizard and graphic artist, has finally given in to the urges of his inner wolf. He wants his mate, so he casts a spell to bring the perfect woman to him. What he gets is Alannah “Lana” Evans, a witch and a member of the powerful Evans clan. When a foe from Christopher’s past threatens them both Christopher will stop at nothing to defeat him. If he doesn’t, he could lose his life. Or worse: Lana.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just sent Bear Necessities off to my “beta readers” and begun book 2 of The Gray Court series, Noble Blood. It’s Jaden, Duncan and Moira’s story from Dare To Believe, and so far Jaden has been a blast to write. Duncan isn’t going to know what hit him when sassy Moira and sexy Jaden decide to team up on him! But that work is barely begun, and even though I have a plot characters have a bad habit of traipsing off into the daisies when I need them there in the warehouse kicking bad guy bootie. So I don’t want to say too much about it until the rough draft is complete.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

My brain, same as everyone else.  Honestly? I see something, and think, “What if?” For instance, I went on a family reunion cruise last month. As we were driving to the pier I looked out the window and saw three islands sitting in the distance. Two were brightly lit, but the third, the one in the middle, looked like it had been damaged by fire, it was so dark. When I looked again all three were brightly lit and there was no dark, so I can only assume a cloud was over that one island. It gave me an idea that I’ll be using in Book 2 of Heart’s Desire, Hecate’s Own.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Auto-buy authors include Rowan McBride, Jayne Ann Krentz, TA Chase, JL Langley, Shelley Laurenston, Patricia Briggs and Lora Leigh. Yes, I love to read, and I read almost anything, but I tend to stick with stories that are either romances or have strong romantic elements, like the Liaden series by Steven Cook and Sharon Miller. Gender doesn’t seem to matter to me, only story. I’ll read cowboys, space cowboys, sci-fi regency/historical, historical (though they’re my least favorite), paranormal (fave!), contemporary or… did I leave a category out? LOL! I like almost everything.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

All of them. Very rarely do I get rid of a book. I have to HATE it to get rid of it, and I can count on one hand how many books I’ve not kept. We have a room in our house devoted to nothing BUT books!

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. I was a child when I first read it, but I remember that the parts I wanted to read over and over again where how the girls wound up with their husbands, especially Amy. I loved her and Laurie together. And I’ve gone back and re-read it over and over again. I know not many people consider it a romance, but to me it was.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Jordan of Very Much Alive. She’s got Kir and Logan, two of the sexiest men you’d ever want to meet, and brand-new, kick-ass powers, plus as a private investigator she’s got a carry-concealed permit. What’s not to like? Okay, there’s the whole psychotic grandfather aspect, but it’s a small price to pay to have those two!

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Believe it or not, I love to play video games. I’m currently playing a lot of World of Warcraft. My Warlock is almost 70th! Next year I’ll be able to take on the Headless Horseman! (Yes, I’m that scariest thing of all: a weirdo geek! MUAHAHAHA!)

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be? What would you like to see more of? And what would you like to see LESS of?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

You can find my website at www.danamariebell.com, my blog at http://danamariebell.blogspot.com/, my Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/danamariebellschat/ and my newsletter at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/themagicandmayhemnewsletter/

***Leave a comment answering Dana’s question for a chance to win a download copy of Only In My Dreams or any backlist title by Dana Marie Bell. Winner’s choice!



24 Responses

  1. I like shifters, wolves and other predators. Still will read vampires but prefer some depth or a twist. Enjoying all the demon stories that are coming out. Not always fond of alternative universes but depends on the author.

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  3. Fewer cliffhangers. I break up with authors over that one… I’d love to see more good m/m paranormals.

  4. I love to see more stories with humor. I love sarcastic characters! As for what I would like to see less of, I guess that would be books written in the first person. They make me feel like I’m missing half the story.

  5. I would love to see more time travel books. There are some out there but not many. I love shifter books too so more would be a great thing!! 🙂

  6. I would love to see more characters in humorous situations or act humorous because it makes the story more fun to read!

  7. I am pretty easy going. I don’t want to see more of anything or less of anything, as there is always going to be someone who wants more of what I want less of, and less of what I want more of.

    I can’t wait to get this book! As soon as we get that blasted cheque in the mail, I will be running out (typing out?) to go get it!!

    Congrats Dana!

  8. I actually prefer vampires, but have started reading shifters and really enjoy them. I would like to see more humor also.

  9. I’m loving the strong snarky ladies as of late. I just finished No Reservations and had a fabulous time reading it. The women were so damn real with each other, they had a great friendship that made me wish I had a friend like that and they knew what they wanted for the most part.

  10. Dana,
    I own several of your ebooks already including The Wallflower. Perhaps it’s because I’m from No. Calif. that I like the Pumas. I grew up in So. Lake Tahoe. I personal like to have humor in books as well as very steamy scenes; I love books that can me me laugh as well as cry. I LOVE m/f/m and even m/f/m/m.

  11. I want more sexy stories that grab me from the first page, no wading through pages of description and backstory. If I am bored by page 3, chances are I will skip to the end and call it quits. Plus I so agree with Chris, please no more cliffhangers.

  12. I would love to see more cat shifter books. I don’t think there is too much of any type boos out there.

  13. I love the interconnected stories whether they are families or townspeople. I like when each story ends but it is part of the whole. It drives me crazy when things are left hanging and I have to wait months before I get a resolution of the previous story.

  14. I just dropped “Only in my Dreams” on to my kindle. I have read all your books and love them all. Keep them coming.

  15. Uh-oh. I sense a trend here. I LOVE leaving a little cliff-hanger so you know whose book is coming next. Definitely plan on doing some more cat shifters, and I don’t think I can write a character who isn’t at least a little snarky, lol.

  16. I love shifters and vampires. I would love to see more of them with different twists. I also would love to see more other paranormal beings. I also would like to see more m/f/m books. I don’t mind tie-in with characters that are going to have books of there own coming up, but cliffhangers I can live without.

  17. I love the paranormal world of shifters, vamps, throw in some fae, mers, and sidhe and we’re really having a party! But I would like to see more sci-fi / futuristic, otherworldly romance stuff as well. Especially if it involved some type of alien shifter from another world.

  18. I don’t mind the cliffhangers if the next book is coming out soon and at least some loose threads get wrapped up in each book. And I love snarky! As long as it is fun-snarky and not mean-snarky.

    What I really want is to see is more of these ebooks that I’m drooling over go to print faster! But I know that is the publisher decision, not yours. 🙂

  19. “But I would like to see more sci-fi / futuristic, otherworldly romance stuff as well. Especially if it involved some type of alien shifter from another world.”

    Hmm. I MIGHT have something like that floating around in the back of my head. *cough* Okay, who am I kidding? It has a working title and everything.

    I’m just trying to work out how to do a weredragon in a sci-fi setting without sending my science nut husband into a tizzy.

  20. I love anything to do with paranormal.I would love to see more dragon books not to many out there.I love to see more humor in books.

  21. I think I’d like to see more dragon books. We have a lot of vampires , werewolfs and shapeshifters but not that many on dragons that I have found.

  22. Preferrably I would like to see more stories with dragon shifters. There are not too many of those out there.. Maybe other kind of shifters like horse-shifter, cat-shifter, etc.

  23. I just read the first Gray Court book – loved it – cannot wait for the second one – dont make us wait too long….

  24. Dana, I love that you have a book room! Is it set up like a library, or is it simply stacks of books? (I need me one of those!) As for what I enjoy more of, nothing in particular–there’s such a terrific variety out there, and my TBR is huge, so mainly I always want more from the authors I’ve just read. (So uh, keep writing, Dana–no excuse to slack off!)

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