Today we have a very special guest…Anya Bast!
Anya’s book, The Chosen Sin was selected by blog readers as November’s Book-of-the-Month and I invited Anya here to the blog to tell you a little about herself and her book…
Hi all! In case you don’t know me, I’ll introduce myself.
I am the mother to one gorgeous little girl who is the absolute light of my life. I’m a wife. I’m an animal lover. All the animals in the neighborhood have us marked on their map as SUCKER. We have eight cats, one dog and two rabbits, all but a couple of them rescues. It’s a good thing we live in the country.
After they meet me, most people can’t believe I write what I write. I come off as very nice and sweet (well, I think I actually AM nice and sweet. LOL) and some of my fiction can be quite hot. My poetry professor in college would repeatedly say, after he read my poems, that I had a rich inner life. I would say that’s true. Readers often say of my Elemental Witches series that there’s nothing else on the market like it. It’s original and different. I reply that it’s my bizarre brain that makes it so. 😉
I’m the author of over twenty eight works of fiction, mostly all spicy (or erotic) paranormal romance. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Berkley Sensation & Heat and Samhain. Most recently I’ve contracted a dark fantasy short story with Morrigan Books.
I’ve come a long way from when I wrote my first book at the age of twenty one. It was a bumpy ride in places and my successes have been hard earned. All in all, I’m just so very grateful I can do the one thing I love most – write. I thank you, the readers, for that.
The Chosen Sin is a standalone novel, not a part of a series. It was simply a concept, (really, a couple of them), I wanted to explore, a one-off sort of thing.
What would happen if a person with a taste for revenge discovered she shared a thread of darkness with her enemy? Just to make it more interesting, I wanted her to have a bias against vampires and yet be irresistibly compelled to become one of them to pursue her ultimate goal of vengeance.
That person is the heroine of The Chosen Sin, Daria. She has a reason to mistrust the Chosen since one of them, Christopher Sante, used her in a ploy to protect his blood mother. Christopher ended up killing Daria’s best friend, a thing she blames herself for, and an event that has turned her heart hard.
When the novel opens it is many years past this transforming event in Daria’s life, but she’s never really gotten past it. She’s tougher than she used to be, has built up walls around herself in an effort to prevent something like it from ever happening again. She has a misplaced generalized bias against all Chosen and suffers from much deep-seated guilt. She desperately wants revenge against Christopher Sante, so when the opportunity presents itself, she leaps toward it.
The catch is that she must become Chosen to pursue it.
The other catch is that her primary partner is Alejandro Martinez, a man whom she spent a night with after Christopher Sante had so badly betrayed her. Alejandro is dangerous to her in a couple different ways. Number one, he’s a distraction. Number two, he’s the only man Daria thinks she could fall in love with and she doesn’t want that anymore.
Which brings us to the ultimate catch. 🙂
Christopher Sante dwells in a tightly controlled and guarded compound. Only those Sante trusts are allowed in. Christopher knows and trusts Alejandro, but Daria in her undercover disguise is unknown to him. So Alejandro and Daria must enter the compound under the guise of a mated pair. That means that as soon they cross the threshold, Daria is Alejandro’s completely.
Alejandro has always cared about Daria and although she is much different—much changed—from the person he knew so many years ago, he still cares deeply for her. That emotion only grows stronger the more time he spends with her and there’s no way he’ll allow her to push him away. He’s decided he wants her and nothing will stand in the way of his pursuit.
But, of course, the biggest roadblock to their happiness is Daria, herself, who is fighting inner demons. She must battle herself as much as anyone else—fight to grow past that event in her past, learn to forgive herself, and to allow herself to love again.
I hope you all enjoy(ed) The Chosen Sin. As ever, I would love to hear your comments about the book – anyabast (at) gmail.com.
I’m giving away a copy of the book today, too. Go ahead and make a comment, any comment, and you’ll be entered. I’ll be around today answering any questions you might have too. So, shoot. 😉
Thanks Anya for being my guest today!
Readers, do you have a question or comment for Anya?
As she mentioned, one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Chosen Sin!
A winner will be chosen at random from the comments and announced Sunday, Nov. 23, so be sure to return to see if you won!
And for those of you interested, I’ll be blogging about the Book-of-the-Month, The Chosen Sin, next Friday (Nov. 28).
On that day, I’ll post my thoughts about the book and invite others to share theirs.
And the poll for December’s Book-of-the-Month ends this Sunday so don’t forget to vote!