Interview and GC #Giveaway with author @LakenCane ~ Obsidian Wings (Rune Alexander #4)

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Hi. Welcome to All I Want and More. We’re glad to have you here.

Thanks for inviting me!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an urban fantasy writer, author of the Rune Alexander series. I live in Southern Ohio and spend most of my time writing. And reading. J

 

In this book, who was your favorite character to write and why?

I think Rune is always going to be my favorite character to write. She’s so interesting and a little bit crazy. There’s always something new to discover about her. Most of all, I love watching her change and grow.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your main characters?

Tough, passionate, and protective.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about this book? Maybe a little snippet?

I can do that!

Obsidian Wings is book four in the Rune Alexander series. Here’s the long blurb

Gruesome murders begin to pop up in River County, and Rune is introduced to the bird shifters–to one bird in particular, a woman named Cree Stark.

When she gets a whiff of the shifters’ scents where COS had been executing a grisly sacrifice, Rune begins to suspect the birds know more about the slayers–and the twins–than they’re willing to admit.

Nothing is more important to Shiv Crew than finding Levi and Denim, but when Lex psychically connects with the twins, it isn’t good news she brings back.

As always, COS is at the center of it all.

The world is beginning to look at the church differently, thanks to the tireless work of Bill Rice and others like him. The humans’ acceptance is turning to fear.

And what people fear, they hate.

What the slayers are planning next will either finish them for good or give them everything they’ve ever wanted–Karin Love and unchallenged power.

Rune and the crew race against time to save River County from the biggest monster they’ve faced yet. If they fail, the church will be closer than ever to their dream of creating an Otherless world.

In Obsidian Wings, Rune hides a devastating physical weakness, makes an important choice in her love life, and gains a new understanding that will help her face the future.

No matter what happens, their world is changing.

The crew is growing.

And so is Rune Alexander.

 

And here is an excerpt—

She sighed. He always worried about her, even though he was going through his own hell. “I will.”

She  clicked  off,  glanced  at  the  door,  then  at  the  bed.  But pacing and worrying would achieve nothing.

So she undressed and climbed under the sheets.

For something. For someone.

She lay in the dark, her fingers touching the sharp, silver shiv she’d slid under the edge of the mattress. Not that she’d need a blade with the claws she possessed, but old habits died hard, and she found comfort in the routine.

She waited.

Her heart fluttered uncertainly, beating rapidly enough to hurt the recently healed stake wound scarring her chest.

She heard the click when the lock was picked, a tiny click not as loud as the click her throat made when she swallowed.

She closed her eyes.

Kept them closed as he undressed, as he slid into the bed beside her.

But she knew who he was. His scent was as intoxicating to her as the smell of blood, as familiar as the scent of the individual crew members…

 

How do you go about picking character names? Do you have to get them just right and make sure they fit with the characters personality? 

I LOVE names. I will sometimes choose an odd or different name—Rune, Strad, Z, Raze—or a completely ordinary name—Jack, Ellis, Owen. Or my matching cool names—Levi and Denim. Most of the times I’ll have the name first, and the personality comes from the name. I mean seriously. Ellis? How else could he be? J

 

We’re cover hussies. What was your first impression of this cover?

I adored it. It is the first cover with one of the men. So it’s perfect.

 

What does writing mean to you?

Writing is what I do. I can’t imagine not writing. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. When I was a little kid I was writing. It’s something I feel I was born with. Why else would I love it so much? J

 

What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?

I want them to fall in love with the characters. I want my books to take the reader out of his or her reality and give them an escape into my characters’ worlds. I want the reader to feel like they know the characters, and when they finish the book, I want them to miss the characters, just as they would miss a friend.

 

If you had a technology free day, what would you do?

Lose my mind, maybe. Haha. I’d probably camp and hike with a friend. Though I do not like bugs, I still love being in nature.

 

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on New Regime, book five in the Rune Alexander series.

 

Quickie Time

Sexiest feature on a man?

Eyes, smile, arms. Lips. Belly. Hair. I can’t decide!

Boxers, Briefs or Commando?

Boxers.

What is on your night stand/dresser?

A basket full of odds and ends—tiny flashlights, note pads, pens, scissors, etc. A couple of battery operated lanterns, a lamp. A 3DS XL, two Kindles, a remote control for my fan, a remote for the TV, and a remote for one of the lamps.

Hairy chests or smooth?

Smooth!

Cowboy or businessman?

Hmmm. That’s a hard one. Cowboy. No, wait. Businessman.

Tattoos or piercings?

Tattoos

Secret talent?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Maybe all my video games, although I’m not feeling too guilty about them. J

Celebrity crush?

Rafa Nadal. 😉

Night owl or early bird?

I used to be a night owl but forced myself into becoming an early bird. It was so much easier on me.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook

Pinterest or Instagram?

I really don’t use either one of them, but I might look into them in the future.

ebooks or paperbacks?

Ebooks. I love my Kindles. I love the convenience and that I can carry around dozens of books at once.

 

Is there anything else you like to add?

Thank you so much for having me! I hope everyone will go to Amazon and check out the Rune Alexander series. To give someone a start, I’d like to give one of the commenters a $10 gift card to Amazon to buy a couple of my books! I’ll ask my hosts here to choose a winner.

 

My booklist, in order, is on my website at www.lakencane.com. I have some polls on there if you ’d care to vote. I love hearing from my fans, so feel free to contact me with questions or comments. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laken.cane.3 and www.facebook.com/lakencane. On Twitter @lakencane.

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review

I love this series. If you’re an UF fan you need to read these books.

Here is my 5¢ (we don’t have pennies anymore in Canada to give out 2¢) 🙂  on Obsidian Wings

Laken can’t pump out books in this series fast enough for me. This is another great addition to the series. She did not disappoint. As usual we get to see Shiv Crew cut down the bad guys. We meet some new characters as well as learn some things about the others.
We’re not dealing with Zombies in this one, we’re dealing with the Birds and Slayers. Damn those birds, I was internally screaming “don’t trust the birds” 😉 Rune is an imperfect character and she puts herself in situations that you know will turn out horribly, but somehow she makes it through tougher and stronger than before. You can’t help but root for her. She’ll do anything for her friends even if it puts her in danger. I’ve said it before and it bares repeating, She’s a bad ass!
Laken tied up storylines and weaved in upcoming ones flawlessly. It was another action packed, adrenaline pumping page-turner.

-Elaine

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 Thank you Laken for offering a $10 GC to one commenter.

Comment then click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter.

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Winner will be picked on May 27th

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18 Comments

  1. Thanks for having me today! This was a fun interview! 🙂

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  2. Stacy Smith

     /  May 22, 2014

    I can’t wait to read Obsidian Wings! I’ve read the other books, and I’m in love with Rune, the way she deals with her world and her inner turmoil, and all the other characters. It’s really rare to read so many characters who are so real and individual–and that’s true not just of the core characters but all the villains too. The world is fascinating and fresh. The plot is breathtaking. I’m hooked!
    Yay, Ms. Cane!

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  3. Tiffany Dahl

     /  May 22, 2014

    I am reading OW now and I am loving it! Laken Cane images you want to crawl into her books and the Shiv Crew world and never leave! Amazing!

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  4. socalgrrl13

     /  May 22, 2014

    Laken never disappoints! Rune and the entire shive crew are so entirely complete characters that they behave true to who they are. In the latest book, Obsidian Wings, we learn a lot more about Lex and her story is a doozie! But we also get more of the twins and Ellis and Berserker as well because the crew is tight! And I just wanted to say that when they started finding people nailed to buildings with wings, I had a bad feeling about it …. So what ate you waiting for? Go get the earliest book about the Shiv Crew that you haven’t yet read!

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  5. Jerah Johnson

     /  May 23, 2014

    Laken Cane is a brilliantly stunning writer! I have been completely enthralled, and addicted to the Rune Alexander series since I cracked the cover of Shiv Crew (book 1). Every one of these books are amazing!! Obsidian Wings (book 4) did not disappoint. Laken has this wonderful ability to keep this series soaring, each book gets better. Even when you think there can’t possibly be anymore left for Rune to overcome, Laken deals out the on slot…but Rune (however broken) meets every threat with a vengeance. Driven by the love for her amazingly badass crew, and hate for the sinister COS she will do whatever is needed to protect the innocents and destroy the slayers! New shifters are introduced in OW…the Birds, they are menacing, untrustworthy, but magnificent! This is another page flipping, cant put it down, remember to breath book in this dark but beautiful series!! I am starving for New Regime (book 5) to come out! You can’t get Rune and Crew out of your head, even after I finish the book I find myself stuck and wondering what Laken has them doing!

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  6. starla stimmer

     /  May 23, 2014

    The Shiv Crew series has been a delight to read. I love a dark writer and I can’t express my delight at finding another great Indie writer. Keep up the good work! I agree with the poster above, there is something about Rune that won’t sticks, long after the book is finished.

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  7. Jana Gundy

     /  May 24, 2014

    I love Laken’s books, she’s one of my favorite authors!

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  8. Dawn Anderson

     /  May 25, 2014

    I love all your books. When looking for an escape uu delve into LAKEN CANES books! I was wondering about how do u go about the process of getting the plot to the stories without giving away to many spoilers ?

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    • Hi Dawn! Thanks so much! I’m not much of a plotter–I’m a pantser. I have the basic ideas for the books and I start writing. Sometimes I’m as surprised as you guys are by things that happen in the books. Once in a while I’ll try plotting, but it rarely works out. 🙂

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      • dawnna1218

         /  May 26, 2014

        I only asked because I used write history theses… throwing out a 350 page history paper fora prof I could do in three days…but I envy u because of/ your creative mind…. darn , when I used to write I always had to have a topic in mind…that’s why I asked if you basically knew the direction your works w would take you.

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  9. I do have a basic idea, but that’s about it! I just go where the characters decide to take me. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I wish they’d be a little less heartbreaking! I do love writing this series 🙂

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