Ellie Aubrey has spent most of her unnaturally long life hiding her extraordinary abilities from the world. On the run from the shapeshifting wolves who murdered her family, she risks discovery in order to secretly watch over another group of similarly gifted people, determined they won’t suffer the same fate.
Alex Jenner has come home to protect his family from an unknown danger lurking in the woods. Suspicious of the new girl in town, he challenges Ellie in ways that will spark one of two possible outcomes: they’ll spontaneously combust, or she’ll lose control of the one power she’s fought so hard to contain.
In this fairy tale, the dragon the prince must slay is also the princess who holds his heart.
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Author: Abigail Owen
Cover Art: Debbie Taylor
Page Count: 266
Word Count: 62050
ISBN (digital): 978-1-62830-946-1
ISBN (print): 978-1-5092-0358-1
Release Date: 10/5/2015 (Originally self-published 8/19/2012)
Rating: Sweet (PG)
Hi Abigail, Welcome to the Snarkology! Please tell us about yourself and your writing. Let’s start by having you describe what your writing space looks like.
Lol. My writing space is wherever I decide to sit down. Most often it’s my bed or the couch. Sometimes it’s the kitchen table or my “official” writing desk. Frequently it’s wherever I happen to have 10 minutes of free time – a restaurant, a coffee house, a park bench, waiting rooms, you name it. My computer goes everywhere with me.
Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
No major process. My names tend to be either unusual that I love but would never have the guts to name my kids (like Andromeda), or those I considered naming my kids because I liked the name (like Alex and Shane).
Book titles… it’s different for each one. I like them to have some kind of meaning. The Svatura series, for example, all the books are named for flowers. The flower picked has a Victorian meaning that fits the theme or characters of that book somehow.
Please tell us about your current work in progress.
I am in progress on 2 books at the moment. I’m working on the fourth and final (I think) book of my Shadowcat Nation series. The third book is in editing now. Super excited at how it’s shaping up, though the last books of series are always slow going for me. I’m also working on a contemporary romance with a fun heroine who is both super smart/efficient and goofy.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
My favorite always tends to be the characters from the last book I finished. I get so wrapped up in them that they become a little part of me. My favorite at the moment is Shane from Tieryn’s Fury (Shadowcat Nation book #3 which is in editing at the moment). His character was one I loved writing and discovering the progression with – where he starts and ends are very different places.
Who is the sexiest man/woman alive and why?
Hmmmm… So hard to pick just one.
Sexiest woman alive has to be Kate Beckinsale. Not only is she gorgeous, but she can kick serious butt too.
Sexiest man alive has to be Hugh Jackman. Not only is he beautiful to look at with a great smile, but he seems like a genuinely nice person, which makes him even sexier.
I love to pin picks of people I think of as attractive to use as mental models when I write my characters.
What was your most embarrassing life experience? Your proudest?
There are so many embarrassing ones. While I consider myself to be an organized, rational, smart person, I have brilliant moments of ditzyness. I blame it on juggling too many balls at once. I locked my purse in a total stranger’s minivan once. Long story – one that I’ve incorporated into my latest WIP. Lol.
Proudest also has many to pick from – I’ve been a lucky girl. Jumping out of an airplane. The day my husband proposed. The day we married. The days each of my children were born. Graduating with an EMBA. Getting a “yes” from my publisher. I could go on.
2013 IPPY Awards Bronze Medal winner for Best SciFi/Fantasy/Horror eBook
2014 eLit Book Awards Bronze Medal winner for Best Fantasy/SciFi
‘Blue Violet’ is the type of book that makes me want to press pause on the world (wink wink!!), snuggle in a blanket and read it from start to finish. – Kirsty Vizard, All In One Place
Abigail Owen has done a remarkable job creating a world that blends myth, magic and fantasy while creating characters that are truly “nice” in spite of their potential to be deadly if needed. – Dianne, Tome Tender
This urban fantasy has everything that good urban fantasy needs to have–whether for adults or teens: a sacrificial, powerful Warrior protagonist who gets into trouble because of personal integrity (rather than immaturity, narcissism or downright stupidity), a loyal cadre of friends (AKA a family of affiliation) who look out for each other, strong villains who provide plenty of conflict for the protagonist, and excellent fantasy world-building. – Kate McMurry
Alex gave her an adorable lopsided grin, and her heartbeat picked up in response. “I also just finished a run.”
“In this weather?” Ellie teased. She was rewarded with a deep chuckle that danced up and down her spine.
“Hey, maybe we could run together some time,” he suggested. Ellie gave silent thanks that he hadn’t noticed her reaction to him.
“Maybe….” Ellie nodded and smiled to take the sting out of what could’ve been perceived as a rejection.
Suddenly he leaned forward and touched her arm lightly. “You do that a lot, you know.”
Trying not to pull away from his touch, it was Ellie’s turn to raise her eyebrows in surprise. “Do what?”
“Answer with something vague.” He sat back, letting her breathe normally again.
“Do I?” Ellie feigned surprise. Impressive. Most people don’t even notice when I’m giving vague answers.
“There you go again!”
“Huh.” Ellie grimaced and tried a different approach. “I don’t even notice I’m doing it. I guess I don’t talk about myself much in general.” Especially to hot guys who have no clue who I really am.
“Fair enough.” Alex let her off the hook with good-natured grace. “So back to that run?”
Ellie laughed. Clearly she wasn’t going to get away with keeping her distance. Not that she wanted to. She was just trying to avoid further complication. And Alex Jenner had the potential to be a rather major complication.
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
For additional information, contact Abigail Owen @ firstname.lastname@example.org.