Skylar: Why/how did you start writing romance?
Saloni: I’ve always enjoyed stories about people sharing adventures and falling in love. Even if the romance is a secondary part of a story, I enjoy having it there.
Skylar: Who are some of your favorite romance authors?
Saloni: I have so many favorites, but the first to come to mind are Charlotte Boyett-Compo and Jack Greene.
Skylar: What do you consider the most challenging about writing?
Saloni: For me the most challenging thing about writing is deciding what to write next. I feel like I constantly have characters in my head, battling over whose story will be next.
Skylar: Who is your favorite character from one of your stories and why?
Saloni: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I feel closer to some characters than to others. In the Weapons of Redemption series, Tarun has a special place in my heart–probably because I’m partial to antiheroes and characters who are considered villains.
Skylar: If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Saloni: For me the best way to get over writer’s block is to put aside the story that’s giving me trouble and write something else, even if just for fun. It gets the creative juices flowing and I can return to what I’m supposed to be working on sooner.
Skylar: How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Saloni: I’ve always loved to write about vampires and it’s probably because my mother was a big vampire fan, so I grew up watching Christopher Lee’s Dracula movies and reading books like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Hotel Transylvania.
Skylar: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Saloni: For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with books and stories. I love all kinds of fiction–books, movies, just about any type of storytelling. I really wanted to tell my own stories and hopefully give other people pleasure through them since storytelling has been such an important part of my life.
To lure his rebellious blood children back into the fold, ancient vampire Tarun abducted the hunter Adrian. He hadn’t bargained on his human prisoner being a match for him in every way–including his darkest desires.
Now Tarun is the captive and a player in Adrian’s carnal game–an orgasm for an answer. Though Tarun warns Adrian that he won’t like what he hears, the hunter is determined to uncover the secrets of the vampire’s twisted past.
Sprawled naked on a king-size bed covered in black satin sheets, Adrian stared at his captor and lover, who stood nearby.
Tarun’s dark gaze roamed over Adrian as he unbuttoned his shirt and shrugged it off. Tendrils of long, dark hair tumbled over Tarun’s shoulders and down his back, a contrast to his pale skin that was marked with several old scars on his chest, shoulders and arms. Though Adrian couldn’t see his back, he knew it was crisscrossed with scars too. Tarun had seen much in his long life. He’d both caused and endured more than one man’s share of pain. Despite his twisted soul and wrongdoings, Adrian didn’t want to see him destroyed.
“Cancel this meeting tonight with your blood sons,” Adrian said.
A wry smile flickered across Tarun’s slim lips. “Impossible.”
“Nothing is impossible. Brayden and Ansley will betray you tonight. You know I’m right.”
“I know you don’t trust them and with good reason.”
“Why do you? For the past century they’ve been trying to kill you. Do you honestly believe they’ve reconciled with you? Just because they’ve been living here and working for you –”
“You said yourself you couldn’t read them completely. You don’t know if my blood sons will turn on me tonight or if they’ll finally come home.”
“This is not home to them and you know it. And you’re wrong about me not being able to read Brayden and Ansley. I know what they’re feeling and I can take a good guess about what they’re thinking. They’re torn. Part of them loves you and part of them hates you.”
Tarun sighed and sat on the edge of the bed to remove his shoes and socks.
They still had a couple of hours before the Weapons of Redemption, as Tarun’s five rebellious blood sons liked to call themselves, arrived at the mansion. This was supposed to be a reunion dinner, but Adrian knew it would end in disaster. He wanted to try convincing Tarun one last time, but he knew it wouldn’t work so he’d taken precautions to prepare for the worst. Even Tarun didn’t know about his plans.
Adrian’s brother, Shane, was supposed to be at this strange family gathering as well, in the company of Bryce, the first blood son to betray Tarun — the most dangerous and calculating of the five.
Pushing himself onto his elbow, Adrian reached out to caress Tarun’s back. The man was thin but wiry — far stronger than he looked.
“Brayden and Ansley are torn about what they’ll do tonight,” Adrian continued. “But I’ll bet on them siding with their brothers. Why don’t you just release me and cancel the meeting?”
Tarun gave a snort of wry laughter. He turned to Adrian and cupped his cheek. “Because, handsome, contrary to popular belief, this isn’t all about you.”
“I know. It’s about whatever you’ve been hiding from me since I got here and you realized I can read you but you can’t read me.”
“I don’t need psychic powers to figure you out, Adrian. Everything you feel is reflected in those sexy blue eyes of yours. You’re worried about me. I’m touched, but there’s no way in hell I’m canceling dinner with my blood sons. Not tonight.”
“What’s so special about tonight, except that it’s New Year’s Eve?”
“It’s special to me. That’s all you have to know. Now in case everything goes wrong, give me a proper sendoff.” Tarun stood and quickly removed his pants, then he rejoined Adrian in bed. He lay on top of the taller man and kissed him.
The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Saloni Quinby feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn’t said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Saloni prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride. She also writes under the name Kate Hill.
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