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Interview with Sedona Venez

7 Mar 2013

Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven)

Infinity
 
Synopsis
Infinity discovers a dark secret from her past that rocks everything she knows to be true.

A troubled 22-year-old superstar singer, Infinity has a bad reputation for drugs and hard partying. Now, she is on the road to a comeback with her controversial tour. But everything about doing the concert feels wrong from missing employees, to anonymous threats about ruining her career. She is dealing with a powerful corporation that is determined to kill her and everyone she loves. She is also battling for control of her life and career from a relationship that crossed the fine line between love and obsession. Infinity knows too much, even though she doesn't realize it. Secrets have been kept and these secrets are powerful enough to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Now she must put her safety and trust in the hands of sexy, tattooed and delicious Torch Channing and Boulder Vigari, hired to keep her from getting killed. Boulder wants to make her his. He won't stop until he claims her. Torch struggles with his primal need to possess her and his hatred of everything she represents.

Infinity is determined to protect her heart while dealing with the pressure of pulling off another successful tour without spiraling into another mental meltdown.

Contains adult content. For readers ages 17+ only.

Excerpt from Infinity

She gave me the universal parent stare—the stare that told me to shut the hell up if I knew what was good for me. So I shut up, shivering and delirious, imagining the sordid entertainment news story tearing into my impending tragic death:
Infinity, superstar singer and actress, froze to death last night at the luxury estate of her mother, beauty guru, Kara Montgomery. It is speculated that her life ended in a horrible fashion mess. Crime scene photos showed frozen, bare-faced Infinity wearing scruffy workout wear and hair pulled into an unkempt, but cute, up-do. Was this an act of an enraged stylist? Or a mother gone crazy? Stay tuned for an in-depth exposé of the life and times of a drugged-out superstar…
Mom was stomping around, staring at the sky, mumbling like a deranged woman—something I was unfortunately used to. Her pale, unblemished skin flushed as she angrily whipped her head around to glare at me with those haunted violet eyes. “Do you feel that, Infinity?”
Should I pretend to faint, hoping she would leave me alone? Nope, she would probably nudge me with the tip of her boot until I answered. She was stubborn like that. Exasperated, I rolled my bright emerald eyes before responding. “Mom, this is crazy. I’m standing out here freezing my ass off.”
Impatiently, she snapped her waist-length blond ponytail over her shoulder. Her eyes held an intense, regal air that annoyed me at times like this, as her voice came out as a weird commanding rumble. Mom was pissed. “And you’ll continue to freeze your ass off. All night. Until you give me what I want.”
My teeth chattered as I jumped up and down trying to keep warm. “Yes, okay? Something feels weird tonight, and before you ask, yes I’m opening all my senses. I really can’t tell what the problem is.”
She paced back and forth in deep thought. Occasionally, she would stop and stare at the ravens that croaked adamantly as if passing on some secret Masonic message.
“Okay, Mom, you’re making me real nervous with the pacing. What’s going on?” I wasn’t joking—she was making me real nervous. I could feel her tension and anxiety emanating from her like a beacon.
She stopped cold, looking at me with worried eyes. “Trouble. Trouble is coming.”
My heart stopped. She was freaking me out. “And what type of trouble are we talking about? Trouble, like my hair stylist broke her leg right before the concert and I’m reduced to having Zoe do my hair? Or BIG trouble, like I might not make it to the concert due to death?”
Her gaze shifted away and back to the sky. “I can’t really tell.”
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Interview with Sedona Venez

Why did you decide to become an author?
I’ve always loved writing. For years I carried around a notebook, writing down plots and ideas, character profiles just so that I wouldn’t forget. But it was years until I decided to put the pieces together and write my first preteen/teen book “The Secret of the Scarlet Stone”.
How do you balance writing with other things in your life?
The balance of writing and personal life is challenging but it’s very important. Writing, especially as an indie author is like an onion—there are many layers…editing, publishing, marketing, touching base with readers, updating your blog, etc.—then back to working on your next book. But without balance, writing can be all consuming and not in a good way. Family, traveling and exercise are very important to me. My family balances me. Traveling spurs my imagination. Exercise clears my mind.
What are your favorite books?
 
I’m a paranormal romance book junkie, so I read a lot of books from a variety of authors. Right now, I’m reading the Elemental Mysteries series.
 
Are there any books/authors that inspired you to write?

I wouldn’t say that there was any book or author that inspired me to write because I’ve had the writing bug since I was young. But I would say to any aspiring authors out there, if you are looking for inspiration there are plenty of authors like indie author Samantha Young that write fabulous books, works hard, and connects to her fans in a way that many authors can learn a lot from.

 
Describe your book in one sentence.
It’s an intense, crazy sexy rollercoaster ride filled with drama, passion, hot wolf-shifters and vampires and absolutely no happily ever after.
Where did you get the idea for this book, did anything inspire you to write it?
I consider myself a paranormal romance book junkie but I found it hard to find a PNR book with a multicultural protagonist with a kick-ass persona. That’s when I started tossing around ideas combining my favorite things—music, shifters, vampires and romance and came up with the sexy plot for‘Infinity’. It’s different but it works.
What made you decide to write about a paranormal New Adult book?
Frankly, I had been denying the natural progression of my writing for a while. I was so ready to write something with a little more angst, passion, and romance but delayed it more from trepidation of doing something so different from most of the books out there. So I pushed to finish writing book #2 of my preteen/teen series The Gabby Girls Adventure series.
But after publishing it, I was literally in the middle of writing book #3 of the series when I just stopped writing smack dab in the middle of it. It was a gut wrenching feeling but I knew that the writing seemed stiff because I was trying to tone down the language, the plot, the characters--practically everything to fit into the target audience—preteen/teen. It didn’t feel right and I knew why—it was time to step away from the series…finally step out from the box, follow my heart and write “Infinity”—a concept that had been jumping up-and-down saying write me—now!
What would you say makes your book unique and worth reading?
It’s a unique twist of the Valkyries mythology with a multicultural protagonist that is flawed—strong—confident and fighting for control of her life and career. I think a lot of women can connect with the lead character that seems to have it all but inside is struggling to connect the dots in life without drowning.
Is there any specific message you wanted to convey in the book?
As a woman, you can be strong and confident but letting those around you see your flaws and your doubts doesn't make you weak--it makes you human.
What are your plans for future books?
2013 is going to very busy for me. I’m planning to release book #2 of the Valkyries: Soaring Raven series and book #1 of an untitled adult paranormal romance series.
Do you have any hobbies and Interests unrelated to books?
I’m a Zumba (dance fitness) and yoga fanatic.
Would you ever consider putting these (answer to above) into any of your books?
Absolutely.

About the Author

Sedona Venez writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance, and science fiction romance. She lives in the North East in the city that never sleeps. Sedona can be found online in all the usual haunts:  

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