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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Author Interview & Giveaway: D.N. Simmons, Author of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles

I have a treat for you today. Please welcome D.N. Simmons, author of the paranormal Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. This is a must read interview for D.N. answers my most probing questions. D.N. is also letting me host a giveaway for one ebook of the Chronicles, winner's choice.

Jennifer: Can you describe Knights of the Darkness Chronicles in three words?
D.N.: Exciting, original and awesome.


Jennifer: If you were going to come up with a theme song for your series, what song would you choose? 
D.N.: Superpredators By Massive Attack. The song is dark, mysterious and sexy at the same time, just like my series.



Jennifer: Do you have a favorite character to write about? Is there a character who is a bit harder to write about than the rest?
D.N.: No. I love each and every character I’ve created because they all have these wonderful personalities that just jump right out at you from the pages.


Jennifer: What sets Knights of the Darkness Chronicles apart from the Paranormal genre?
D.N.: It’s completely original in its approach to the genre. For one, I don’t have a main character or couple. My story forms around the characters and can go in any direction, making it unpredictable. I give the reader multiple perspectives from my heroes point of view to my villains. That way, readers get to see what motivates each character and you don’t really get that from the genre as a whole. Also, my series features characters of different races and sexualities on equal standing, because I wanted my world to be a reflection of the real world.  We are all human and we should all care about this planet and the people we share it with.
 
There are also story lines you won’t find in any other novel/series in the UF/PNR genre and that is what makes the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles so unconventional and entertaining.

Jennifer: What were the best and most challenging parts of writing your series?
D.N.: I really love writing dialogue. I enjoy creating witty, thought-provoking conversations between characters and I feel it helps them become more realistic to the reader.  The most challenging of course, is editing. Checking for inconsistences and technique is a painstaking process, but worth every minute.


Jennifer: Can you tell us three surprising facts about yourself?
D.N.: I love anime, I’m terrified of flying and spiders.


Jennifer: What is one book everyone should read before they die?
D.N.: It’s a difficult question to answer. Not everyone shares the same religion or beliefs. The Joy Luck Club would be an amazing book to read, especially for women, but that’s not necessarily a book for everyone.  All right, I think I’ve got it. The one book that could be beneficial to everyone, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation: The Dictionary. It brings people together with words and helps one express themself perfectly. 


Jennifer: Finish this sentence: I cannot write without...
D.N.: Music. I’ve got to have music when I’m writing.


Jennifer: I can't thank you enough for taking time out to answer a few of my questions. Is there anything else you would like to mention before we part ways?
D.N.: I want to thank you for this opportunity to talk about my series. I had a great time with this interview and I hope people get a chance to read the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. You won’t be disappointed.


Author Bio
I was born in the little, but big bustling city of Chicago, Illinois. I still live there today and I’m loving every second of it ... Except for those harsh cold winters. I started writing short horror stories when I was eleven years old. It wasn't until 2004 that I decided to take the plunge into the professional literary world when I wrote Desires Unleashed.

I love the supernatural world; I've always found it fascinating, especially vampires and shape-shifters. It was my love of the genre that motivated me to create the story I had always wanted to read. I published it, hoping there were other people out there who would be entertained by that same story. I love to entertain people, to offer them that fantasy world they can escape into filled with wonders and good times. I know I appreciate the escapism I've delved into when reading a good book.

Some of the accolades I've won for my writing are: "New Voice of Today" by A Romance Review, "Rising Star" by Love Romance and "Author of the Month" by Warrior of Words. I've been nominated two years in a row in several categories, including "best vampire novel" and "best urban-fantasy" at Love Romance and More. My third novel; The Royal Flush did win honorable mention in 2006.


Some of the accolades I've won for my writing are: "New Voice of Today" by A Romance Review, "Rising Star" by Love Romance and "Author of the Month" by Warrior of Words. I've been nominated two years in a row in several categories, including "best vampire novel" and "best urban-fantasy" at Love Romance and More. My third novel; The Royal Flush did win honorable mention in 2006.

Connect with DN: To find out even more about me, please click on the links below.
D.N.’s Website | D.N.'s Blog | D.N. on FaceBook | D.N. on Twitter | D.N. on Goodreads

Knights of the Darkness Chronicles
by D.N. Simmons
Book #1 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.

When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.

Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was… normal and supernatural-free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be—far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives. All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.

Book #2 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!


Book #3 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
The Royal Flush is the third novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In the third installment of this tale, the hunt is on! The coven, Pack and Pride must join forces to stop a group of big game hunters by any means necessary! Hold on to your seat as the Knights take you on yet another wild ride that will not let you go until the last word is read and the book is closed!

Book #4 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
Hostile Territory is the fourth novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In this installment, be prepared for the ultimate supernatural adventure! It's no holds barred in this tale and there's going to be hell to pay! A single orchestrated attack initiates a hunt unlike Darian and his friends have ever encountered. You really don't want to miss out. The ante has been upped and they are out for blood! This book has been previously published and has been substantially revised and enhanced from its original release.
Book #5 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle| Barnes & Noble
Darian, Elise and Xander have been through very rough times in the past, but nothing has prepared them for the menace that is causing all kinds of havoc in their territory this time around. Chicago is at the mercy, or lack thereof, of a ruthless gang of supernaturals who seem to take extreme pleasure in other people's pain. In this game of cat and mouse, there's no way to tell who's the predator and who's the prey.


Book #6 | Goodreads | Amazon Print | Barnes & Noble
The Final Chapter of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will leave you breathless!

Picking up the chaos from where The Lion's Den left off, Unholy Alliance unleashes a whole new threat to everyone’s existence. It’s the calm before the storm and once the storm hits, you’ll have to pray and hope you survive. New alliances will be formed that will reshape the world with the blood of the innocent. There will be nowhere to hide, there will be no sanctuary. Who will stop them? Can they be stop? Hold on to your seats and prepare for one hell of a ride!
Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget!





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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Jennifer and I enjoyed the questions and answers. I like multiple perspectives when they are clear, and not so many that they lack depth.

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  2. Cool books! These look mysterious and awesome!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  3. Wow! Loads of books! I didn't realise that this was such a long series already!

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  4. I haven't read any of these books, but it sounds like a dark and steamy series ;-) Would love to read them.

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    1. I would love to read them myself. They sound amazing.

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  5. Love the interview! Witty dialogue is a pretty important factor for me...and I'm no fan of spiders :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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  6. Just got book one last month. Looks like a hot series.

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  7. I picked up book one last month and am looking forward to getting started. The stories sound great and the covers are incredibly awesome. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  8. My son was always fascinated by the dictionary when he was little. Good choice.

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