My guest today is Brandy L. Rivers, author of the paranormal Others of Edenton Series. In Too Deep, her first book, was excellent and this post includes my review. Her second book, New Beginnings, comes out on July 29th. Brandy is not just a fantastic author, but she is also a really awesome person. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her, and she is just all around a great gal.
Please read on to learn more about Brandy, and her two novels (including excerpts!). Oh, and my review of In Too Deep.
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1. Pimp out your links: blog, FB, Twitter, etc.
My website with several goodies, like first chapters, deleted scenes, and a playlist for In Too Deep
Facebook page www.facebook.com/brandylrivers
2. Tell us a little bit about your current WIP, New Beginnings.
It’s so close, just a little more polish and I’ll publish. It takes place two years before the first book In Too Deep. I know, I wrote them out of order. It was purely unintentional. In fact, the fourth book, I started before In Too Deep, but that story couldn’t get past the second chapter until after I wrote In Too Deep.
Anyway, New Beginnings is Jess and Slater’s story. Jess is a psychic and a werewolf. Her visions are rarely helpful because she doesn’t get enough to stop anything. Slater is the pack Alpha in Edenton. He’s been around about 154 years. Neither one ever wanted a mate, but they had a hard time resisting fate. Too bad Slater’s second is trying to take control, and he’ll use anything to get it. And for all you Brody lovers, you get more of Brody’s story.
3. What does writing preparation look like for you? Do you do full outlines and character profiles, or do you just start with a general idea and write?
I sit down and start writing without any real preparation. I usually have one scene or idea in mind and I just hope it comes together. Most of the time I’ll restart a story a dozen times before I go with it. I didn’t have to restart New Beginnings, but In Too Deep was started and restarted about 14 times. The third story was restarted 3 or 4, but it’s about halfway written now. The fourth about 30, maybe more.
Once I get into editing, I sometimes go back and make character profiles just so I can dig deeper into the story and fill in the details I missed.
4. Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well.
Once I write the initial draft, I go through and try to add as many details as I can. A lot of times I add a perspective or few, and their surroundings, their reactions, things like that. Somtimes I wind up adding whole scenes as I figure out motives and get into the characters heads.
I hate combing through for grammar and punctuation, but it’s necessary. It helps to have a few extra sets of eyes.
5. What type of marketing did you find worked the best for you? What was the least helpful?
I’m not even sure if I’m doing it right, but I’m gaining readers who love the series so far. I waited a good two weeks before I started sending it to bloggers. That’s huge, send your book to reviewers and bloggers. They love to read, and if they love your book, they love to pimp it out. Donate to the giveaways for other authors and bloggers. My facebook page is pretty active and I’ve entertained a few people who may not have read my book otherwise, but they gave my book a chance anyway. I love it when they come back to tell me they loved the book.
6. You write paranormal romance. What do you think is most challenging writing in this genre?
I write paranormal because I love monsters and magic, and I get to create my own world. If anything is challenging, it’s creating the rules and lore which isn’t that hard, I just have to keep it straight so I don’t contradict myself.
7. In Too Deep. What a ride! Were Fallon or Brody inspired by anyone in real life?
Not entirely. There are pieces of me in most of the characters. Fallon certainly has my temper and sense of justice.
8. What’s your favorite part of the book?
That’s so hard, there are so many. Although, I really love how Fallon’s training session turned out, especially Fallon and Hayden’s little sparring match. That, or maybe something to do with caramel.
9. Which character’s “voice” came to you the most naturally?
Fallon. It’s why her book was first. In fact, I wrote the first half in first person from her perspective before I decided to add Brody, then came the others.
10. Are there any fun storylines or ideas that didn’t make it into the final cut?
Yeah, Adam and Dacia’s wedding. It didn’t really fit in the book, so I revised the deleted scenes a bit. They’re on my website at
In Too Deep
Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind.
Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission.
With no ride and nowhere to go, Fallon allows her best friend to convince her to stay in Brody’s apartment. He’s determined to claim her heart and keep her safe from the shadows in her past. Fallon prides herself on her independence and would rather keep him safe, even from herself.
With the impending danger from the group of vampires and dark mages, they will have to work together. The closer they get, the harder it is for her to fight her attraction.
Be prepared for monsters, magic and lots of ink.
My Review- 5 Stars
Wow, what a ride! Rivers takes the best elements of paranormal- fun abilities, mysterious characters- and manages to make them shine brighter than ever before! Fallon is a heroine you can get behind; she has just the right balance of sexiness, danger, and coolness, and you’re rooting for her the entire time. Brody is the perfect match for her (and for all of us…am I right, ladies??), and his protectiveness will strike a chord in every woman whose pulse skips a beat when their man comes to their defense. With a fantastic supporting cast, Rivers manages to bring us deeper into the world of Edenton, and give us enough to get our heart racing and whet our appetite for more. A fantastic debut novel….and I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on New Beginnings!
New Beginnings- Coming July 29!
Jess knew her life would never move forward if she remained a part of Gregory’s pack. Some Alpha’s just don’t know how to take care of their wolves. She had managed Gregory’s bar for years but she knew he would never sell it to her.
After one giant mistake, he went from bad to worse. As a psychic, she knew it was a downward spiral.
Taking her future in her own hands, she contacts the Alpha in Edenton. He is happy to sell the empty bar no one has the time, nor desire to renovate, much less run.
Their attraction is unexpected and the last thing either want, but they find the only thing they need in each other.
There is just one problem. Slater’s second in command is plotting against him. Liam will use anything to take over as Alpha.
Plenty of werewolves, an old vampire flame, plus a paranoid second, and don’t forget the psychic with a whole lot of attitude.