Today I'm pleased to welcome M.L. Ryan author of Special Offers ! We had a lovely interview, I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out more about her & Special Offers below! Also, don't forget to try your chance at the giveaway !!
1. Let’s start out easy. Tell us a little bit about your book.
Special Offers is the first book in the Coursodon Dimension Series. It chronicles what happens when an average person suddenly becomes aware of the existence of a parallel universe, full of very human looking folk with magical abilities. The heroine, Hailey Parrish, finds herself possessed by one of these otherworldly beings, an arrogant womanizer named Sebastian, whose spiritual essence was previously trapped in her newly purchased Kindle. And, as we all know, possession – even by a non-destructive spirit like Sebastian Kess – can really mess up a girl’s day. Because of her predicament, she also meets and falls for another inter-dimensional, Alex Sunderland. The book combines urban fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal romance and a healthy dose of humor.
2. What inspired you to write this story?
I had just purchased my full-priced Kindle when I realized Amazon was selling less expensive versions that came with “special offers” (ads instead of the pretty drawings). For some reason, my warped brain thought it would be amusing if what made the cheaper Kindles special was that they came with some fiendish spirit. Originally, I imagined something like a havoc-wrecking poltergeist, but that quickly changed into the annoying, yet ingratiating, Sebastian.
3. What is the main lesson that your book is trying to teach?
*Laughing* Well, I’m not sure the book is meant as a guide for anyone’s moral compass, but if I have to come up with a lesson from the book, I suppose it would be if inhabited by a man from another dimension, make sure to always wear pretty undergarments.
4. Moving on to your writing career, how long have you been writing? Did you always dream to become an author?
In my day job as an Immunologist, I’ve been writing science non-fiction for a long time. I found the dry, scientific manuscripts didn’t allow for my more creative side to flourish and started writing fiction in the last year or so.
5. I’m always curious whether or not authors read the same types of books that they write. So tell us, what book genres do you love to read? to write?
I love to read (and write) urban fantasy and paranormal romance. But I don’t usually enjoy stories too heavy on the romance. I like steam in my reads, but the whole love-at-first-sight-you’re-mine scenario makes me cringe a little.
6. What are you reading right now?
Haunted on Bourbon Street, a paranormal romance, by Deanna Chase.
7. Have any particular authors inspired you to write? If so, can you name one and what you like about their style?
I’m inspired Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books. The writing is fantastic, the main concept of magic gone haywire and competing with technology is inspired and the bits of humor are a treat. Plus, I love that Kate is her own woman and her love for Curran hasn’t diminished, only enhanced her.
8. Do you have any upcoming projects?
The second book in the series — Special Rewards — was recently published, and I am currently hard at work on the third.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I really enjoyed the interview today! :)
And now- some more about Special Offers and ML Ryan :
The Coursodon Dimension Series – Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Running with Scissors Publishing
Number of pages: 216
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: M.L. Ryan
As soon as Hailey Parrish discovered her husband was cheating with her co-worker, she swore off men. She had to find another job when her boss went to prison for being a pimp in his spare time. Three years later, Hailey still hadn’t gone on a date and she milks chinchilla for a living. Her life is about to get weirder.
While in pursuit of inter-dimensional miscreants who use their arcane powers to prey upon humans, Sebastian Kess was ambushed and mortally wounded. To save his life, he used his own magic to convert his soul to binary code and transfer it into Hailey’s soon-to-be shipped Kindle eBook reader. When Hailey inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined.
Hailey must come to grips with the existence of the parallel dimension of Coursodon and the realization that magically inclined non-humans walk the world while dealing with Sebastian’s arrogant banter in her head. Her predicament also introduces her to another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. The action moves from Hailey’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona to New England and across Europe as she and Alex try to return Sebastian to his own body while staying one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is.
Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.
About the Author:
M.L. Ryan is a professional woman — not that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job in which she spends a lot of time writing dry science non-Fiction. In an effort to strengthen the less logical side of her brain, she decided to write some of the many stories rolling around in her head. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband, son, four cats, two dogs and two adopted desert tortoises.