Reader’s Edyn

I always felt like I could do something more than just read. Finally, I have found both a creative outlet and a chance to do something meaningful with my reading. This blog was created in appreciation of and tribute to all of the authors who have brought me joy through their books. These reviews are my way of giving back to authors and providing recognition for the hard work that each one completes every day!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Interview & GIVEAWAY with author Kay Dee Royal

Interview & GIVEAWAY with author Kay Dee Royal

What's up everyone? Time for the second interview of the day. I hope you enjoyed the first that was previously posted. And what better way to start off a Monday than with not one, but two interviews and two GIVEAWAYS? There's not! Double chances to win and double the fun. This week has to spell fabulous with such an awesome first day. So kick back and get ready to start it off right. Please allow me to introduce to the blog:


Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because it's also her favorite genres to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dogs, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea). You can reach her at her blog and find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.

You can find out more about Ms. Royal in the following places:

**Lycan International Investigation Agency Series, 2**
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Muse It Hot Publishing
Date of Publication: June 21, 2013
Number of pages: 223
Word Count: 58,000
Cover Artist: Suzannah Safi


Chance and his LIIA pack of agents search for rogue Lycan mastermind, Smoke, kidnapper of Lindsey and fifteen other human women he plans to use for procreating his own army.

Trevor, Chance’s right-hand Lycan, wants his mate back, but believes she’s fallen for her captor. Lindsey loves Trevor but believes he’s given up on her.

Will Trevor come around in time to rescue Lindsey and save her from shifting into Smoke’s pack, and will she even want back with Trevor after spending so long apart?

Warning: Sizzling HOT! Lots of two-somes, three-somes, even more-somes, stimulating, arousing, and positively natural…or supernatural.

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So far, Smoke didn’t share Lindsey with other males, but she was aware of the orgies inside the central building. She heard a few women talk of them. Some even liked them, being surrounded by hard-bodied men hung like rocket launchers. Those women went at it without the use of the stimulation drug Smoke used on everyone else.
She was used to the little needle pricks and welcomed them. It made acting the part with Smoke so much easier, believing in her heart Trevor made love to her, but guarding that fact from Smoke by holding Trevor’s name in the secret place, locked safely away.
Lindsey understood some of the sexual attraction. She had that once, but she couldn’t go there in her mind. Smoke searched her thoughts almost daily and always found if she’d tapped into any memory nuggets of people she loved. He possessed psychic abilities others didn’t. Already, the thoughts of Trevor that had emerged she’d need to bury before Smoke returned.
If an orgy ensued during their pack meeting, Smoke would be preoccupied for a good while. She reached her arm underneath the mattress, where a few weeks ago she saw Smoke slide his journal. Lindsey had fallen asleep with her back to the fireplace. A crack of thunder wakened her in time to witness Smoke closing a journal and placing it beneath the mattress they shared.
Lindsey touched its leather cover, wrapped her fingers around it, and hauled it out.


How has your life changed since becoming published?
The more books I have published the more time I dedicate to my writing. Each book has given me greater confidence as an author and writer. So, as far as changes, my life has evolved away from things I used to do previously…my priorities are different, and I’m totally focused on a life of writing.

I wonder what you used to do and if you ever miss it. But yay for your writing focus. It brings more reading pleasure to people like me that much quicker. What is your typical day like?
My day starts out with promoting the guests on my blogs, emails, editing jobs…and then writing. I’m realizing writing doesn’t always have a front seat. It doesn’t happen every day, but when I do write, it purges out in big lumps of words;)

...purges out in big lumps of words...” I like that. Tell us a little about your current release.
Savage Smoke is the second Book in my Lycan International Investigation Agency Series - Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Sizzling HOT! Warning: Lots of two-somes, three-somes, even more-somes, like it stimulating, arousing, and positively natural…or supernatural.
Tagline: Will Trevor rescue Lindsey in time to save her from shifting into Smoke’s pack, and will she even want saved?
Chance and his LIIA pack of agents search for rogue Lycan mastermind, Smoke, kidnapper of Lindsey and fifteen other human women he plans to use for procreating his own army.
Trevor, Chance’s right-hand Lycan, wants his mate back, but believes she’s fallen for her captor. Lindsey loves Trevor but believes he’s given up on her.
Will Trevor come around in time to rescue Lindsey and save her from shifting into Smoke’s pack, and will she even want back with Trevor after spending so long apart?

Wow! LIIA is a mouthful! But it is also very catchy. When I first heard it I was like – yeah, totally want to know more about THAT! Any upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?
I’m laying out the next book in the series – Smoke-n-Bliss Book 3 in the series. Also I’ve been working on some shorts for a couple of anthologies. Plus…there’s another possible series playing around inside my head…I’ve been making notes and character sketches:)

I have learned that the mind of a writer is basically always in a creative mode … always spinning new stories or continuing others started. Well done. How do you keep in contact with your readers?
I’m still figuring this out (LOL). There are a number of social media circles I belong to, but still not sure I’m reaching readers. I’ve joined a couple book clubs on GR, but honestly haven’t devoted enough time to them. It’s continuous work in progress - finding out what works best;)

I say that whatever social media venue you choose, stay active and visible. Even if people don't seem to be commenting, keep commenting on the blogs you are hosted on. And always respond to tweets and posts. It grows after a while in leaps and bounds. But that active visibility is key. What is your favorite thing about this book?
I love that there are a number of stories inside this book – characters continue to grow, expand, connect to one another…and each relationship sparks another sub-story. I like reading books that weave a lot of story threads…and I hope that’s exactly what I’ve created.

Story threads are great because there is always something else in the sidelines waiting to be written. I love series because I get to revisit characters I enjoyed previously while getting to know new ones at the same time. What’s next for Chance, Olivia, Smoke, Trevor and Lindsey?
There are certainly changes as Smoke attempts to redeem himself – there will be children introduced into the world – new relationships develop – Olivia’s sister Lucy plays a bigger part – and possibly a discovery of another Lycan species :)

Good to know. When did you begin your journey as an author and what pulled you in the direction of writing?
Writing has always been a passion of mine, but I never took it as a serious option. Then, in 2000 I recognized the signs…my corporate job was draining me…like a vampire. I got a little scared I’d end up like my old boss – bitter and resentful - due to stuff I couldn’t control. After a chat with my husband, I resigned.
Took a 2-year writing course, plus many other classes and workshops (still take them;) to hone my craft. I initially wrote YA under another name – then took on a ghost writing job – filling in the love scenes of an erotic romance. LOL – I fell in love with the genre and put all of my YA books on hold.

Good decision to have another pen name for the YA. I personally find it difficult to read completely different genres from the same author. And I think the point of YA is defeated when there is such a cross over by the same name. I should probably explain that better, but that is another post entirely. How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
My husband takes me to dinner;)

Awe. That is sweet! Any advice you’d like to share for aspiring writers?
Stick with it…hone your craft with workshops and find a critique group or partner. FanStory is an excellent place to practice – it’s a supportive community. If you love what you do, it will eventually pay off in all kinds of abundance (but not necessarily the green stuff).

Very good advice! Tell us one thing that readers wouldn’t know about you.
I married my soul-mate in the senior year of high school…and we’re still happily married after 43 years. Not saying it has been all bliss…but it has been an adventuresome life together ;)

Awesome. I can say almost exactly the same thing. :) What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing?
I wish I would have written more books before developing my platform.

Salty or Sweet?
Both together. Like chocolate pretzels

Good answer. Have you seem the M&M's sweet and salty mix? Yum! Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic?
Mostly Non-alcoholic…but once in a while I indulge:)

Exactly! What is your favorite drink?
Dirty Chai Tea Latte

That is a new one. I love chai. I must try it! Favorite place you have ever visited?
Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Nice. Favorite childhood memory?
Fishing with my dad;)

I hope my kids say that one day. M&M’s or Skittles?
M&M’s - peanut

Really? I would have bet pretzel with the salty/sweet option. E-reader or Paperback?

Caffeine or Decaf?
Decaf…but I always want Caffeine;)

Oh noes! No want, must have the caffeine! Almond Joy or Mounds?
Both – depends on mood:)

Thank you! Flowers or chocolate?
Chocolate – preferably dark.

Not a huge fan, but I love the peppermint bark and dark chocolate pieces that come out at Christmas each year by Dove. I mean LOVE! Now how about a little taste of SAVAGE SMOKE?

By reading any further you are stating you are at least 18 years of age.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary for you to exit this site.

Trevor fought to get Smoke’s disgustedly grinning face out of his mind. Knowing that freak made love to Lindsey on a daily basis and worse, that she accepted and encouraged him, stabbed Trevor deep to his heart, like a twin silver bladed knife. Images of Smoke and Lindsey fucking in that damn cabin in Minnesota carved a permanent place in his head. He recalled how Lindsey rode Smoke as if she loved it, but the toughest thing for Trevor was seeing Smoke’s mark on her shoulder. It killed him, leaving a heavy weight inside his chest.
He kicked out his fury, foot meeting chair, and it slammed into the wall twenty feet away. Just then Jase sauntered into the Ops room.
“What the heck, Trev.” Jase strode over to the chair. “You need to get laid, man. Forget her and move on.” Jase picked it up and bent it back into shape. He set the chair legs on the floor. One second ticked by, long enough for Jase to make it back beside Trevor, and the chair busted in half, making both men jump. “Good grief! That liked-ta scare the fur right off my gonads.”
Trevor chuckled at Jase’s exclamation, his non-use of cuss words. It’d been a good month since he’d heard the sound of his own laughter. And, it didn’t seem to help his ache or the hollow heaviness. He sighed and turned to leave.
“Whoa, where ya goin’ in such a hurry? We need to plan an attack. Get those Lycan scumbags to the Elders so they can be dealt with good and proper.” Jase sidled closer, eyes wide, brows high and his mouth a thin line, an expression Trevor recognized as seriousness.
Trevor knew the kid’s look after mentoring him enough to understand what the young Lycan was up to, but being pulled into something else would never alleviate his loss. He trusted Jase to have his back, but didn’t want any part of a plan that involved Smoke or Lindsey. The little scrapper would have to find someone else. Trevor considered the younger man standing too close, in his space, and gave him a shove. Jase’s butt hit the floor and skidded across the room, stopping beside the chair remnants. Before Trevor blinked, the wiry shit stood in his face again.
Stop acting like a husk of the Lycan-wolf we all know you to be. You’re setting a crappy example for the rest of us loners.”
Then maybe it’s time I set out on my own. Take up with another pack.”
You know you can’t just leave us. You belong in this pack, Trev. We all… No, I depend on you for teaching me the wily ways of women. Stop leading me astray.” Jase chuckled and then went all serious again, but Trevor waited him out until the usual playful grin took over Jase’s face.
Jase, stop. Can’t you see I’m not in the mood?”
Shit, you have moods. Good gods, isn’t that female crap? Fuck.”
And since when do you talk such trash? I’ve never heard you swear…and now, suddenly, you’re choking on those damn words.” Trevor studied Jase, realizing his friend worried about him. He wondered at the possibility of making love with someone else after finding and losing his primal-mate to another. Would his body even allow it? Guess there was only one way to find out. Maybe having Jase along would be a good back-up plan. “Fine, how about we go scare up some tail? What do you think about sharing a female? I understand it’s every woman’s dream.”
Jase’s face lit every which way, from twinkling eyes to his shit-eating grin. “I’m in. It’s like hands-on with a master, watch, learn, and play at the same time.” Jase chuckled. “How can I go wrong?”

Here is a little about Book 1 in case you would like to know about it:

**Lycan International Investigation Agency Series, 1**
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance- featuring
Werewolves, Paranormal Abilities, Explicit Love Scenes


Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.

Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

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BURNING QUESTION: I’m looking to introduce a new breed of shifter – what’s your idea of something new and different from what we’ve seen lately?

What fun! I hope you all had as much fun as I did creating this post! So tell me what you thought. Your feedback is always welcome. Feel free to comment on this post and tell us your thoughts. And how about Ms. Royal's question? What kind of shifter would you suggest?

I want to thank Ms. Royal for taking the time to answer my questions and especially for spending some time with us today. And thanks to all of you who continue to hop in and support the blog. As always, if you enjoyed your time spent here today, consider showing this author support by buying a copy of the book(s) for yourself. Remember to enter the contest before you leave today. You have nothing to lose except a chance to win. I wish all who enter the best of luck. Have a super fantastic day and I will be seeing you all very soon. Until then ...


  1. Hello Edyn;) I checked here too early I feel like I'm very late:) Thanks so much for the excellent have a lovely site, and I'm so glad to be featured here:) Your comments in response to mine made me smile...big!

    So, what kind of shifter would you like?

    1. I have no clue. It seems like the best have been used and others would be ridiculous. But ... that is why I stick to the blogs and reviewing and leave the writing to the professionals. :) What about something mythological such as a Gryphon? That would be awesome!

  2. Thanks for sharing the great excerpts and the wonderful interview. I would think a book about dolphin shifters or maybe thunder bird shifters would be awesome and totally different. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. This series sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it.

    1. Hi Eva! Always a pleasure to see your comments! I have read about a shark shifter but do not recall a dolphin. I seem to remember one being mentioned but not as a MC. You have a very good idea. Perhaps you will see it take life soon. Good luck in the giveaway! Thanks so much for stopping in!


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