Stefan's Salvation by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRNJ Walters author of Stefan’s Salvation answers five easy questions.
Please tell us about yourself.
NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
That’s a tough one, because it depends on the age. I never really had a favorite that I kept over the years. I did save up my money and buy a pack of white chalk and an chalkboard eraser. I’d tape construction paper to my closet door and use it as a blackboard. (This was long before blackboard paint was readily available.) I’d spend hours pretending to be a teacher. I also saved up and bought a stamp pad and date stamp. (Today these things are easily obtained, but back in the early 70s, they were harder to come by.) I’d tape blank cards in the back of my books and play library.
What are your hobbies?
I read…a lot. No surprise there. I also enjoy going to the movies, specifically the afternoon matinee, as there are never that many people there at that time of day. I like to sit three rows back from the front. There is rarely anyone sitting in front of me, so it feels like my own private showing. I also love to explore thrift stores. You never know what you’re going to find.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I love reading romance. I especially enjoy paranormal, contemporary, and historical romance. But I also love to read spiritual and self-help books. I usually have a fiction and nonfiction book going at the same time.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
It really depends on the book. Some books need minimal research, while others need a whole lot more. Over the years, I’ve researched some pretty fun stuff from antique carnival rides (Hades’ Carnival series) to private planes (Drakon’s Promise). I’ve watched videos about Transylvania (Dalakis Passion series) and the Trans-Siberian Railroad (upcoming book), and spent hours looking at the tourist websites for various towns and cities. One of the fun things about writing is getting the opportunity to explore jobs I’ve never had and places I’ve never been. I get to go on an adventure.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
For Stefan, it would probably be Burn by the Cure. It’s from the movie The Crow and I love that song. Or possibly Highway to hell by AC/DC.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Laurel Rose McCaffey never minded being branded an outsider, even when it meant carving out a solitary life for herself in the wooded hills of North Carolina. Now resort developers want to take her land, and vicious locals who stand to benefit from the deal have begun making threats. When a dark stranger enters her life, first as a protector, then as a lover, Laurel Rose is both fascinated and frightened by his mysterious power and all-consuming sensuality. But as the threats escalate into outright violence and her world begins to spiral out of control, Laurel Rose turns to the only man she knows she can trust—Stefan Dalakis, a creature of the night.
Stefan has roamed the earth for centuries in search of his one true mate, and as he becomes ever more tormented by loneliness, his every impulse compels him to unleash the raging beast within. When he retreats to the countryside to avoid harming the human population, his travels take him to a small roadside bar in North Carolina, where an overheard conversation leads him directly to Laurel Rose—and a love so complete he will do anything to save her . . . and anything to possess her.
As Stefan finds blissful release from his anguish and Laurel Rose surrenders to her first sweet erotic taste of belonging and acceptance, they must still confront the danger that presses in from every side. And when their newfound happiness faces the ultimate peril, the two outcasts must form an unbreakable eternal bond and give themselves completely to the overwhelming passion and love that engulfs them.
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