Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tina Smith

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  Tina Smith is an herbalist, Piscean and mother with a fondness for strong female protagonist's and a love of fantasy. She wrote Wolf Sirens, her debut novel after desiring greater depth from the paranormal genre. Fever further unfolds the tale of the heroine femme fatal, on her journey in the underworld between the lands of myth and reality.
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Interview with Tina
1. We have seen so many YA writers recently cross over into writing adult fiction. Do you feel the pull to switch over into writing adult stories?
 I write what I want to read, at the moment that’s Young Adult. I know Shades of Grey is all the rage and I have thought about writing Adult fiction. The one problem with writing Y/A is that to fit in you have to keep it a little chaste and I guess Adult fiction is where the money is. But at this point I want to finish my series and write another Y/A that isn’t Paranormal and then maybe some adult Paranormal. 
2. Why write a paranormal book?
  It’s for me just a heightened stylised version of life, a way to explore emotions and experiences we all encounter, but in a far more exciting way. I love the realistic edge that Paranormal gives to fantasy. As a writer and reader I examine my life through make-believe and characters that touch my heart. Paranormal is more raw when compared to fantasy and that appeals to me.
3. What is an iridologist? 
Iridology was founded in Germany, like Naturopathy, and is the diagnosis of conditions and disease states of the body indicated by looking at the iris. I am qualified, as most naturopath students are, but I am not currently practising. We use it to confirm diagnosis mostly as well as to indicate the state of health of the patient. It’s very detailed, interesting and telling and I do use the knowledge I have gained when describing the eyes of my characters – the windows to the soul. They are the windows to the health of your body. 
4. Do you have any ideas for the next book you will be writing? 
 Lots – it’s a shame time isn’t infinite and that the human body requires time to recharge. I plan to write more books in the Wolf Sirens Series. Lila and Sky have some hot scenes. Cres has a mega big surprise and Tisane drops a bombshell in book 3, which I am writing right now. We lose some beloved characters and gain a couple more, in the end things come full circle and the curse is broken. Lookout for WS3 in July which is titles Night Fall.
5. What is your favourite character trait of Lila’s? 
Her ballsy attitude. The way she is torn between love and desire and her duty. Lila is a strong protagonist, with a chip on her shoulder but she is realistic and unfortunately in love with the wrong guy. She isn’t spiteful and ultimately she cares, she doesn’t rely on anyone. She is the most like me of all my characters. But Cres is my fav.
6. What is it about shifters that intrigued you enough to write a story about them? 
I would like to be a wolf, wouldn’t you? I read White Fang and Call of the Wild in primary school twice and watched the movie versions, so I guess it started there. I feel like the issues my “cursed shifters” deal with, are both moving and relatable. I also think we, as humans, have a lot in common with the canine species. The pack dynamic versus the gang dynamic interests me. I like to explore the nitty gritty of emotions and to understand motivation and social dynamics. When you care about the characters because they seem real it drags you in and shows that even though there is violence that it has consequences. Emotions are something worth exploring. I wanted to take PNR to a another deeper level, that’s a big part of why I write.  So come and share in my world! Please Like me on facebook on my authors page. Read and rate me online and discuss the Wolf Sirens books with your friends. Facebook;

Thanks for having me Jillian!
Busy Moms Book Reviews

  When Lila unwillingly moves to the country town of Shade, she can’t imagine the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. Shade has a curfew and has always been surrounded by myths. A central feature of the town is its famous statue of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, whose spirit is said to protect the innocent. Lila falls in with a group of intriguing teenagers with luminescent eyes and soon she is drawn into the shadowlands of fantasy and reality, where destiny collides. A mysterious local girl, Cresida, warns her to stay away, but Lila is drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Cresida knows their fatal secret and she is honour-bound to protect those who are endangered. But she underestimates Lila’s passion for the mysterious and charismatic clan of youths. Lila begins to feel a call she cannot ignore. Yet her heart is filled with vulnerable desires that begin to turn the underworld upside down, for both hunter and hunted, as she learns they have been waiting for her… Inspired by the legend of the mythical femme fatale, Wolf Sirens is an intimate tale of unrequited and forbidden love in the underworld, a masterpiece of romance fantasy . 4 of 5 stars false 

Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire… Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn. The thrilling sequel to Tina Smith’s masterpiece of romance fantasy, Wolf Sirens Forbidden, continues. A shadow has fallen over the heart lands of myth and reality. Prophecy says Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the enemy and the predestined struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rival. The wolves and hunters are cursed to a mutual attraction, powerful enough to tear two worlds apart. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated Lila trains tirelessly as the chaste assassin never conquered by love. Forsaken, she must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade. But is it love or revenge which motivates her? Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The history of the wolf pack is revealed and the intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. Devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch. If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will. 5 of 5 stars false 

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  1. This sounds AMAZING, love the covers too. Great interview :)

  2. Thank you for the interview it was informative and interesting!

  3. Thanks for sharing the book videos (& book info) ... Seems like it'll be a great read :)

  4. Another great one... Thanks :)

  5. What a wonderful interview Jillian. Tina, great answers.
    Another great comp! Good luck everyone.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked my answers. They were good questions! I am getting better at interviews, I think.

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    1. Hi, thanks for the reply. Please do read and rate me! If you like shifter but would like a little depth, Wolf Sirens is for you. I was really proud of this review by Ryan for Book-Marks the spot!
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      Thanks for the support!

  7. Thanks for hosting me Jillian, I am a busy mum too. Great post. I forgot about that picture!
    Haha. Thanks Again!

  8. I love that picture Tina, you look like a bad ass.