Interview with K.F. Breene

I’ve got author K.F. Breene here today to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy, paranormal, and epic fantasy writer with thirteen books published so far.  Her series include the Darkness Series and Warrior Chronicles.  Today, we’ll be focusing on her novel, Chosen, which you can read more about at the end of the post.

Now on to the interview!

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What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?  Why?

I’ve stayed awake for 36 hours. I went to Italy and our flight was first delayed in San Francisco, and then in London. I can’t sleep on planes or while sitting upright, so I was awake the whole time. Guinness in Heathrow got me through it. My husband didn’t fare so well.

What is your current country of residence?  Have you visited other countries?

I live just north of San Francisco near wine country in the U.S. I’ve been to Mexico, Canada, and a few places in Europe. I love traveling, so I will definitely be going to more places.

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

I don’t have any sort of “first waking up” anything, other than grumpiness. I don’t really drink coffee, I don’t need to have tea, and I don’t always have a protein shake for breakfast, so it’s a case by case situation. This means that if I wake up and any one thing is missing, it doesn’t put me out in the slightest. I had Pepsi this morning because the husband had opened it. It went well with my slice of pizza.

Do you have pets?  If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I don’t have any pets at the moment except two children, who follow me around like puppies. Soon I’ll be getting a Doberman, which is my favorite kind of dog.

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

I’ve done it for free. Tequila is a crazy thing. But while sober, I’m still not put out by nakedness. Having kids will do that to a person—you just stop caring. At least I did. If my body is my temple, then I’ve had one too many sacrifices. At four in the morning the other weekend I went to my car in a thong and tank top to hunt for my kid’s pacifier. She was screaming (she’s an infant) and I was at my wit’s end.
Again, I’ve just stopped caring. If it’s the middle of the night and I’m tired—anything goes.

What genres of books do you like to read?

I like everything. If it has a good story, I’ll read it. I need to move around, as well, because I get bored with the same thing too many times in a row.

In unrelated news, I almost always struggle spelling boredom and bored. Why, I don’t no. So that just happened.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Jaysus—take a number. I really can’t pick one. If you read my books, especially the straight romances, pick out the craziest thing in there, that you can’t imagine could ever happen in real life, and I guarantee that was based off of personal experience. I love the thrill of the moment, so I just DO. I don’t really think about it. I take risks and act like a lunatic. Add alcohol and a party? Yeah. I’m nuts. I volunteered to be whipped at the S&M street fair in San Francisco (I learned quickly that that is not my thing, but I was tied in—one of my stupider ideas. Yes, I had clothes on).

I took my kid down Bourbon Street at 10pm after a rain storm—she had the time of her life, at 5. I complimented a naked guy at Gay Pride for his huge penis, and muttered that I hoped he was a bottom, because ouch. I jumped off a horse because I thought it was about to buck me off. I’ve streaked, skinny dipped in lakes, peed outdoors (no matter the setting), wandered around the front yard in a robe with a bottle of wine, swam in a fountain after bottomless mimosas on the Las Vegas strip… There’s no end.

All fun and games until the cops are called. And yes, I’ve run from the cops on several occasions when they came to break up a party.  I’m not as crazy now because I’m stuck at home with the kids. Which is probably a good thing. Until they are grown. Then, shenanigans.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

I don’t really like watching TV. When I do it’s because the husband does nothing else, so I watch Masterchef or Hells Kitchen, because I like Gordon Ramsey, America’s Got Talent and the Voice, mostly because of the announcers, and American Ninja Warrior. Competitions, mostly, so I can shut the brain off. Otherwise, I’d rather be reading or working (which is some part of authoring). Without the kids I’d be forcing myself to go walking or running. When that baby grows up a little bit watch out! I’ll be FREE!!!!

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

Gun. I’d want a rifle for the long shot, and a handgun for running between place to place. Unless people count as weapons, in which case, I’d want to make great friends with someone who had special ops training and a really bad attitude.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

It changes. I don’t have a favorite. It really depends on my mood.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

I’d love to see the turmoil of the Vietnam era from a distance. I’d want to feel the atmosphere and the tone of that time. See what the media was like and the general outlook. It seems like a crazy time, and I want to feel that, but without actually living it.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

What’s weird to me is tame to a lot of my friends. What I didn’t love was dear heart. Ew. It was cut up and put on my spaghetti (my dad is a hunter). Other than that, I’ve experimented a bit because friends have made me and you can get anything in San Francisco. I wouldn’t know what of that is weird, though. Maybe most.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

I just got one of my dream cars, which is an Audi. It isn’t as cool as I’ve always made it up to be, and for that reason, I don’t really care about cars anymore. Although, if I could go as fast as I wanted, I’d get the fastest car I could and go nuts. I love speed.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

None. It would probably be a diva. Yeah, unicorn, your horn is great, but your pooping all over the front walk is not. Move along! Don’t you toss your head at me, you’re not that great, I don’t care what the neighborhood kids have to say!

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

I used to write overlooking Ocean Beach. In addition to well built surfers changing and surfing right there, one day I saw dolphins. As far as writing goes, that’s where I like to do it. As far as a retreat goes, I’d rather be somewhere mundane with a bunch of like-minded writers so we can talk business.

When I travel, I like to experience my surroundings and make notes that’ll go in a future books. I don’t like wasting my time with my head in a made-up land, so for me, I don’t write when I travel to great places. That’s why I’d want a mundane place, so I’m not missing out on anything.

You should know that I am an extroverted-introvert. I’m crazy, and like to be in the buzz of people, and like to be OUT experiencing life, but then I need to have some quiet time to process. I need a balance of both. So I’m not like most writers, and staying indoors writing, in a buzzing city, would be torture.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

A BBQ with friends and fun, especially if there are lawn games or something to do. That’s a good time.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, K.F.!  Loved your stories about your wild and crazy times.  Like you, I can be both an extrovert and introvert, so I totally understand how that works.


AUTHOR BIO

K.F. Breene is a USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of the Darkness Series and Warrior Chronicles. She lives in wine country where over every rolling hill, or behind every cow, an evil sorcerer might be plotting his next villainous deed while holding a bottle of wine and brick of cheese. Her husband thinks she’s cracked for wandering around, muttering about magic and swords. Her kids are on board with her fantastical imagination, except when the description of the monsters becomes too real.
She’ll wait until they’re older to tell them that monsters are real, and so is the magic to fight them. She wants them to sleep through the night, after all…

Never miss the next monster!

You can visit her at her website here: www.kfbreene.com


GIVEAWAY

K.F. is giving away a swag pack to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  The giveaway will be open through to Tuesday, September 20th, and the winner will be notified by email soon thereafter.

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chosen-genericBOOK SUMMARY:

**Overall Top 100 Bestseller by USA Today Bestselling Author!**

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
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Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?

***Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited***


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Darkness Shatters is now available!

For those of you who haven’t caught it yet, Darkness Shatters is now out.  This is the fifth installment of the series and events are really heating up as we near the end (one book left to go, not counting spin-offs).  If you didn’t read the three chapter sample I provided in my previous post, you may not know Lucas has his point of view in this installment.  He only gets about twenty percent of the novel with Melena still narrating the other eighty percent, but it is important at times you see things from his side (for the sake of the plots and their relationship).  I really enjoyed writing this one and hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

Below is a summary for the novel and links to the retailers.  Thanks to everyone who has stayed with me this far into the series.  It’s meant a lot to me.

Darkness ShattersSUMMARY:

Winter has come to Alaska and it’s about to be joined by death.

Since moving to Fairbanks, Melena Sanders has watched too many of her friends die because she couldn’t react fast enough. When a mysterious illness comes along targeting only supernatural races she’s determined to stop it. But as the death toll climbs she realizes finding a cure is more complicated than she thought. Melena might have to give in to plans to reveal the existence of supernaturals to the human world—as it may be the only way to save them.

Word count: 96,000 (approximate)

 

 

 

 

 

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Darkness Clashes is now available!

Darkness Clashes coverThanks to everyone for their patience.  I’m happy to let you all know Darkness Clashes is now available on all retailer sites (Amazon/B&N/iTunes/Kobo).  You can find links to them at the bottom of this post.  My apologies to everyone who has been waiting and thanks for all the lovely emails.  I’ll be responding to them today.

I’ve also chosen four random winners from those who participated in the giveaway (see this post).  They can expect an email from me letting them know they’ve won.  Everyone else who participated will be receiving bookmarks soon if they’ve provided me with a mailing address.

What to expect:

Though this isn’t my longest book, it does have some complicated plot threads that required a greater balancing act than previous novels to make them as seamless as possible.  Character motivations are much more murky with no easy sides to take.  Melena will have a lot of tough choices.  It is also set at a faster pace and over a shorter period than what I usually do for my books.  I hope you enjoy the ride!

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Darkness Divides is now Available!

Darkness Divides coverThanks to everyone for their patience.  I’m excited to let you all know Darkness Divides is now available on Amazon and as soon as it is available with other retailers I’ll post the links for them here as well.  For those wondering, this novel came to almost 108k words, which is the longest one I’ve released yet (see the book tab above for word count on the others).  This is honestly my favorite novel so far, but I’m biased so I’ll leave it up to you all to decide what you think!

As a release day bonus, the first twenty people who comment on this post will be eligible to get a set of series bookmarks (regardless of where you’re from).  Be sure to put a valid email address in the comment field so I can contact you.  Two random people from among the twenty will also get a free signed paperback copy of Darkness Haunts (the first book in the series).

*Update- The full number of comments has been reached.  I’ll be contacting everyone soon to get your addresses to send the bookmarks and I’ll announce on a separate post who won the paperback books.

 

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Indie urban fantasy series I recommend…

I know many of you are waiting patiently for Darkness Divides to come out on April 20th.  As an update, it’s coming along well and I’ll be posting the first two chapters this weekend.  So be on the lookout!

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you all a list of other urban fantasy authors who I follow.  Most of you are probably already aware of the big traditionally published names in the genre such as Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Karen Marie Moning, Chloe Neill, Patricia Briggs, plus many more.  This is to highlight the indies who I’ve found to be just as enjoyable.

Keep in mind that your mileage may vary as no two people have exactly the same tastes, but these are ones I’ve found to be good and think you might too if you haven’t discovered them already.  All covers are linked to the book’s Amazon purchase page.  I’ve also included some brief thoughts on my impression of each author’s books.

 

 

Blood Wager coverConnie Suttle– If you haven’t read the book that begins her Blood Destiny series and sets up the ones that follow it, check out Blood Wager first.  The key thing to know with her work is that it has a lot of emotional twists, action, and expands to include sci-fi elements as the series progresses.  The romance in her work isn’t of the traditional variety, but I love the uniqueness of her writing.  Her “voice” is very different from other writers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Demon Bound book coverDebra Dunbar– For those who enjoy a wicked sense of humor, this is a great series to try.  The main character is a demon imp who gets into a lot of trouble, but as you get to know her you’ll find she’s surprisingly relatable.  There are light romantic elements and a rather hunky love interest or two, but nothing too hot and steamy for those who prefer those elements toned down.  Do expect some naughtiness, though.  This series has five books out so far and Debra recently released two spin-off novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleight of Hand book coverMark Henwick– His series is strong on action and suspense, while being lighter on the romantic elements (though you should expect some explicit content).  The thing I think readers love the most about his writing is how fast-paced it is  and that he includes investigative elements as well as a female character who has a military background.  This series has three books out so far, plus a prequel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Dates coverTracey Sinclair– I stumbled upon this author after seeing a review of one of her books from a blogger who also follows my series.  The cover is a bit different from most UF, but I promise this series is great!  The setting is in London, so with this one you get out of the United States so you can enjoy something a little different.  There is some nice humor and the romance will keep you intrigued.  If you like heroines who are always trying to do the right thing despite not being all that powerful, you should enjoy this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elemental Magic coverAngela Wallace– She has a nice UF series that features elementals (users of earth, air, water, fire).  Her novels are lighter than the ones I mentioned above, making them a great change of pace from the standard darker fare.  There’s more mystery to her books too and they have sweet romantic elements (nothing hot and heavy).  The main character stays the same for the first two books before switching to a different one with the third.  She should be releasing the fourth novel soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

shadowpath_coverP.L. Blair– She has a UF series featuring two main characters.  A human female and an elf male.  They are detectives who have been partnered together to investigate supernatural cases.  The criminals in this series are rather unique and the lore this author uses keeps me fascinated.  The romance doesn’t pick up until much later in the series and the author keeps things fairly clean, but I must admit I was ready for it when it came!  Expect the books to focus on the plot and have some nice action sequences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments section.  I know there are a lot of other good ones out there and that I didn’t name them all.  If you can tell us a little about why you like any particular author/series, that would be helpful too!