Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Interview & Giveaway: "Shifting Hearts" by Dominique Eastwick

Today I have Dominique Eastwick on my blog for a interview and giveaway. If you didn't get a chance go down one post and read my review of her book "Shifting Hearts". I'm really excited to have her here today so lets give her a very warm welcome.

I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy. ;) Oh Juicy, yikes my husband says I lack a filter so almost everything about me is as they say an open book. But let’s see what I can tell you. I have been married for over 16 years to a man who is a true alpha male, so as you can imagine there is a lot of head butting my house as I am no wilting flower.  I love to write spicy romance Heavy on the romance. And if you can believe it I am considered the prude of my family.
When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side? I first started writing in high school, just for fun and in round robins with friends. That’s where I would write a paragraph and then my friend would take the next. We would have like 4 notebooks going at any time. I remember we would carry those books everywhere we went. We would pull them out at dinner or waiting for a movie to begin. We were a bit obsessed. I write when I can, but at the moment I have a day job and I am also co-owner of Musa Publishing.

Do you have a author that has really inspired you or one you would like to collaborate with? I think Stephanie Laurens, or Julia Quinn are the two I am most inspired by. Sherilynn Kenyon I would love to work with

How long did it take you to write Shifting Hearts? From concept to publishing It took four months. But the idea came to me on a trip from North Carolina to Boston. I was driving in what I really would call CARMAGEDON (The drive should have taken me 11 hours took me over 18 between accidents, road work and traffic jams)  While I sat there pounding my head against the steer wheel, I started thinking I needed a day at the spa and there was the idea. Okay so maybe there was some dreaming about some hot alphas too J

What elements do you think makes a story great? Great Characters, if the reader can’t relate to are not sympathetic to the characters it’s hard to get them to want to read more.

Can you describe your book "Shifting Hearts" in one sentence? It’s Fantasy Island meets Erotic Romance.

Tell us a little about the new series The Wiccan Haus? The Wiccan Haus is a shared world series meaning that many authors will contribute to the series. It takes place off the coast of Maine (or so the humans think) It’s a place where Humans and Para go together to rest and relax and the staff do there best to keep them apart. But they haven’t succeeded so far.

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you? I usually get the story in my head then do the research as I write. For instance I did a lot of research on gems for Shifting Heart. And watched a lot of videos on Tiger behavior as well as doing research on them.

What are you currently working on? I am currently working on two books, my second installment into the Wiccan Haus series, Siren Serenade. As well as the third in the Sherman Family series Killing Lucas.

Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements? I was a costume designer for the theatre in my previous life before children.

So, what would you like to ask? What are you looking for in your Hero?

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback?  E books
Dog ears or Bookmarks? Bookmarks
YA novels or Adult novels?  Adult Novels
Library or Bookstore?  Both
Reading glasses or No glasses?  No glasses
Snack while reading or No snacks?  Both
Beach or Mountain?  Mountain
Vampire or Werewolf?  Werewolf
Hot or Flirty?  Hot
Movie 1st or Book 1st?  Movie 1st then I am not disappointed
Contemporary or Historical? Depends on my mood.
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker? Mix it up.

 Dominique has been nice enough to donate a copy of her book "Shifting Hearts" to giveaway to one lucky commenter answering her question. Just fill out the rafflecopter at the end. First lets hear a little about the book.

 Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one thing you need.

The last of his kind…

Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…

Dana has walked away from all she has known, her fiancĂ©, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she was looking for.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.

Rekkus paced in the shallow water. He ran his hand through his hair in a show of frustration. Just as her nerves didn’t think they could take anymore, he said, “Why are you here?”

“Myron told me to come here.”

He stopped pacing glared in the direction of where Myron would be then began to pace again. “Damn her. I spent all day avoiding you and she sends you right to me. You need to leave now.”


“It’s not safe for you here with me. I left you alone last night; if you stay I am not sure I can honor that request a second time.”

“I felt it too,” she blurted out, unable to keep it to herself any longer.

He moved so fast she never saw him actually take a step. All of a sudden she was wrapped in his wet arms, her breast pressed against his chest, making her now damp shirt cling to her body. His eyes searched hers. He must have seen what he was looking for, the desire she felt. Before she could form another thought, his lips were on hers in a feverous need. Demanding she open for him, and no part of her thought for a second to deny him anything. Butterflies churned in her stomach making her shake. She had never felt this; this fire that threatened to engulf her.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, running her fingers through his wet hair and deepened the kiss. His moan was all she needed to gather the nerve and strength to push him forward. She knew what he wanted. Knew what he most desired, because she wanted it to. She wanted him, all of him, every naked inch, right here, next to this lake not a ten minute walk from the Haus. Anyone could stumble across them and she didn’t care. It almost added to the allure of everything. What she needed it to be.

Something more than she ever knew she needed. He was pushing her past her comfort zone forcing her to accept there was a sexy seductress screaming to be let out.
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Joanne said...

I'm looking for someone who is my equal, an alpha male, hot, sexy, protective,humorous,loving, giving. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.

Joanne B

LorettaLynn said...

what i look for in a hero; You know i think someone who helps others and not just there selfs. and if you add a little sexy to it even better:) I enjoyed the interview and cant wait to read shifting hearts!


The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, this sounds like my kind of book! :)

I look for a lot of things in a hero; obviously I'd prefer him to be sexy (he doesn't have to be supermodel perfect--heck, I'd prefer that he wasn't as most men that looks this way are too vain and I find their looks to be too..femine). He has to be sweet (to his lady at least), strong, responsible, honorable, humorous and witty.

He should have a bit of a bad boy feel (even if it is only in bed...) and he has to know how to treat his woman (both in bed and out..) *WINK* I could go on and on!

Now if only I could find such a man in real life... *SIGH* At least I have my book heroes to fall back on!


Julianne said...

My hero should be confident, have a sense of right and wrong, protective, caring, strong, honest. He also needs to have something he needs to overcome to be himself again. He also needs a sense of humor. He must be sexy and have a come hither look. I enjoyed the interview and excerpt and the review from yesterday.
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Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I like an alpha male how puts his woman first.

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Derek said...

A good interview- nice to get a peek at Dominique's psyche!

Dominique Eastwick said...

Thank you everyone for coming by and entering the contest. As well as leaving comments, I think you can tell by the blurb what kind of Hero I prefer. LOL

If you would like to learn more about the Wiccan Haus please visit our Blog. said...

sounds like a fabulous book!

Kara Griffin said...

Great interview! Sounds like an awesome story. Cannot wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

That was an entertaining interview. And, BTW, Since you mention Sherilynn Kenyon, she's really fun in the Comic-Con author panels. I could easily picture Dominique Eastwick there with her. Nice job, more please.

Kate Richards said...

Love the fact wrote for it! And love everything Dominique writes, I'm a big fan!

Rhea Rhodan said...

Fun interview, thanks for the peek into Dominique. I agree with you on movie first, and for the same reason. I don't read shape-shifter stories (except for dragons)--sorry! But I have to say I'm getting more and more intrigued by Wiccan House. Reminds me of the old "Thieves World" books. I've read the first in the Sherman series and enjoyed it a lot. Very hot, very romantic.

Tore said...

Someone who is strong, caring passionate, protective and would would do anything for you include risk or sacrific or risk their life.

Brenda said...

Oh, this book sounds AMAZING!!!
Great interview.
And I just love this site!

Ann Montclair said...

Love the interview and learning more about you and your process. Best wishes for continued success.

*yadkny* said...

I love Dominique's contemp romances and would love to read this one!

Na said...

I want a hero who knows what he wants and goes for it. He's also loyal, brave and loves with all his heart.

Margaret said...

Great interview, Dom! Your book sounds steamy!

bn100 said...

Great interview! I'm looking for a hero that knows what he wants and how to get it.


Jennifer Haile said...

I'm looking for a hero who's unselfish and willing to bare his soul for love.

Sloane Taylor said...

Wonderful interview, Dominique. Love your humor and freedom. You've hooked me! Off to get my copies of both books.:)

June Kramin said...

Great interview! I look forward to getting into the series.

Sherry said...

I love a alpha man but I also like when he shows his woman how he feels about her.
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