Author Spotlight: M.V. Freeman

I’m so excited to have M.V. Freeman return today to discuss her new upcoming release, Illumination. This is the second book in the The Hidden Races Series. Again, I have to say, this is another spectacular cover. Please give us a quick blurb about the book. Illumination_FINAL FRONT

Illumination:

Capricious and free-spirited, Mina Tepes is forever trying to intervene. Some would say she interferes. Her attempt to save a friend worsens a war already waging between her people, the Darks, and their reviled overlords, the Mages. Desperate, she turns to the man who saved her life as child–an enemy Mage named Xander.

As part of the ruling class, Xander Fjordson should never have taken notice of Mina, but even as boy, one look into her large dark eyes and he was lost. As an adult, involvement with her has ripped his world to shreds. Though the war she unintentionally instigated has made them enemies, when she comes to him bleeding and injured, he is unable to say no. He puts at risk what is left of his status and his family as he follows her, knowing in the end he’d have to betray her.

Together Xander and Mina begin to unravel terrible secrets as the war escalates. Soon Xander must choose: save his family or the woman who’s come to mean more to him than his own life.

This sounds darker than your last book. For those readers that have not read the first book, Incandescent, do they need to?

MVF: It is a series—so unfortunately it would be helpful. I also hope that I wrote it in such a way that you can read it without.

Tell us about this fantasy world you’ve created. There are Mages, Humans, Darks and Elementals. What special powers do each of these species (is that the right word?) have? And what are their weaknesses?

MVF: Let me make it short and sweet: 

  • Elementals: Control elements, the weather. Weakness: They need a balance
  • Mages: Their magic is strongest with illusion, transfiguration, telekinesis, teleportation, etc. Weakness: with each successive generation they get weaker.
  • Darks: Can walk in the night; their magic is similar to Mages, but darker and used more to assist them in their hunting. Weakness: Sunlight, and most are monsters.

What draws Xander to Mina and vice versa?

MVF: I love these two; Xander and Mina are drawn to each other—because they see each other as who they truly are. Xander is an artist—which Mina loves and encourages, she believes in him. Xander appreciates Mina’s capricious ways—and admires her free spirit. I love the balance of the two. To me this is Romeo and Juliet meets Underworld.

Who do you imagine playing them in the dream movie (or who was their inspiration?

MVF: This is why I love Pinterest! I have photos! But I see Xander played by Joseph Morgan, and Mina by Ashley Green. You can go here to see some of my inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/mvfreeman/illumination/

Any particular songs on a playlist for this book?

MVF: The main song for this book is: A Familiar Taste of Poison by Halestorm. Of course, for your listening/watching pleasure I have a link to it.

https://youtu.be/lHZKPYQnsmc

How many books do you anticipate in the series?

MVF: Originally I planned three books—but there will be ultimately be four books in this series. The third one is tentatively named “Blood on Paper” which will continue the story featuring Lev Tepes –Mina’s brother and an Art thief as the hero. Rachel Sullivan is the reluctant witch and heroine. The fourth book will feature Stefan Tepes (Cazacul) and Nicki Monroe, currently I’m calling that book Iridescent; but I believe I am going to re-name it.

I can’t wait to read the entire series and wish you much success. Thank you for stopping by.

Thank you Nancee for having me on your blog! It is always a pleasure.

1364Author Bio: M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.

M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.

You can find her on twitter: @MVFree

And more about her here (as well as links to pre-order)

Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/

Simon & Schuster (pre-order links) http://bit.ly/1OscWoP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMVFreeman?ref=hl

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mvfreeman/illumination/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6431724.M_V_Freeman

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/M.V.-Freeman/e/B008QYIYMS/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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Author Spotlight: M.V. Freeman discusses her new release, INCANDESCENT

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Im honored to interview M.V. Freeman, author of INCANDESCENT. Today is your release day, how exciting! Thank you for taking the time to talk about your book, I know your schedule must be hectic. So let’s jump right in with the questions. For those that don’t know you, tell us about yourself.

I’m an art school drop-out turned nurse with a love of riveting stories filled with adventure, anti-heroes and heroines, who adores coffee, kettle-bells, and cooking.

I had the privilege of reading an ARC of INCANDESCENT and LOVED it. Would you mind giving the readers a quick blurb?

Laurie Hudson’s strange affinity for fire forced her to give up on normal years ago. Distanced from her family and with few friends, she’s managed to carve out a small but lonely niche for herself as a bartender at an upscale restaurant. The unexpected arrival of the new owner, Mikhail Petrov, a brutal but charming man, up-ends her life, exposing her to a hidden world where she is the prize everyone desires.

A formidable Tri-elemental, Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people.

“I’m not the good guy, Laurie. But I’m also not the bad guy. I’m simply your better choice,” Mikhail tells the reluctant Fire Elemental as he begins to train her. As their enemies close in, Laurie’s feelings toward the frustrating Tri-elemental change before she realizes—a little too late ­that Mikhail may not have been her best choice, after all.

81xg1C5hhdL._SL1500_This cover is beautiful and very representative of the story! Where do you get your inspiration to write these type stories?

I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I think my current stories are an Urban Fantasy/Romance mix. I never do things the easy way. They come from all over; a movie, a news article, the people I see and meet. This is my first book in the Hidden Races Series, INCANDESCENT. I was inspired to write it by the movie Eastern Promises –I loved the Russian Hero in that movie.

*sigh* Mikhail Petrov. That accent, those eyes… Oops I digress, please continue, so this is a series?

Yes! The Hidden Races Series. Which surprised me, because when I first wrote this book I wanted it to be one book, but I wasn’t even half way through when I realized I had to have a series because I like intricate plots too much. This first book is also a re-release; and even though that was a great experience, I wanted the series in one place. This book has undergone extensive re-editing; which has allowed me to add more to certain scenes which, in my opinion, deepens the story.

What can we expect in the future with this series?

There will be mayhem, and romance. Each book will feature a different hero/heroine, but all of the characters will be in each book because of the over-arching plot line. I love Fantasy, Urban Fantasy—and it comes out in my story telling. In this series; I have a Humans, and the hidden races are Darks, Mages, and Elementals. Book two (will be out in 2015)—and this will be feature a Mage who is trying to regain his status and a Dark who knows no boundaries. Book three (I’m writing now)—This will have an uptight nurse, who is also a human witch, and a Dark Art thief who wants to collect her. Book four (I’m plotting)— will have two people (A Dark and a Mage) whose lives are in pieces, and they put each other back together again.

Very exciting! I definitely want more of Mikhail Petrov. He absolutely gave me the shivers yet intrigued me. Is he based on anyone you actually know?

No. If there was someone even remotely like this in my life, well then, I’m hanging with some scary people if you ask me! I created this character by observing and talking to people—I love Russian culture; and with the help of those who actually have interacted and lived in a Slavic country I was able to create a fictional character who I thought was very cool. (and I’m so glad you loved him!)

I have to confess I secretly call him Misha, do you?

I would not call Mikhail –Misha if you are not family, or a close personal friend…. or you have something you can hold over him. It’s not healthy…

*Gulps and looks over shoulder, nervously.* So if you had a dream cast for the movie, who would play Mikhail and Laurie?

Viggo Mortenson if he’s still young enough, if not, Michael Fassbender and for Laurie, Rachelle Lefevre.

Exactly who I pictured! Okay let’s have some fun, quick fire questions:

Favorite color?

Black/Red/Blue. I love these colors equally. I don’t know why—but I do.

Favorite genre of music?

All genre’s. I listen to anything from Baroque, to Metal, and Indie

Do you have a playlists for your stories?

Oh yes I do—I even choose a theme song for each book. (I put them on Spotify) INCANDESCENT has two, The New Divide by Linkin Park, and My Songs Know What you did in the Dark- Light ‘em up, by Fall Out Boy.

Coffee or tea?

Both. I love Coffee (French Roast); especially in the morning and tea (Rose tea, Lord Bergamont) in the afternoon. These are my weaknesses.

This was so much fun. Thank you for joining me today! I look forward to reading all of The Hidden Races Series.

Thanks for having me Nancee, this was fun!

Links to find M.V. Freeman and her book, INCANDESCENT:

Simon & Schuster; http://bit.ly/1vxEoHj

Author FB page: http://on.fb.me/1yx6PXO

Blog: http://paperbacksnpapercuts.blogspot.com/

Web site: www.mvfreeman.com

Twitter: @MVFree

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/MVFreeman

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mvfreeman/

Amazon Author Page:   http://amzn.to/1yJ4Fbt