Friday, July 20, 2012

Interview and Giveaway: Kristin Miller + Forbidden by Fate

Kristin Miller
Adult Paranormal Romance
Available Now
Received through Lit Connect for review

THE STORY (from Lit Connect)
A forbidden love……

A second chance……

A night of passion neither will forget.

Sasha, a love-thirsty werewolf and rightful heir to the Were throne, is ready to take control over her pack. But when her first love, dragon shifter Damon Frost, lands on her doorstep, demanding their races negotiate ownership over Feralon’’s hot springs, he makes her question more than the fight for the enchanted neutral ground. No matter the emotions bubbling inside her, Sasha can’’t become involved with Damon. Not now. Not ever again.

Forbidden to step foot onto Were land after a romp with the Alpha’’s daughter as a teenager, Damon has bided his time, waiting for the day when he’’d be accepted back onto Were land. Using the hot spring negotiation as a way to get closer to Sasha, Damon plans to use every minute alone to remind her of the passion they shared–—a passion they could ignite again.

One night of ecstasy stands between them and the fight for the springs. One night of revealing glances, skin searing chemistry, and erotic desires they’’d long buried.

Will one taste of forbidden love be enough to satiate their desires? Or will the need to explore the depths of their love unleash a Were-Draco war?

A quick and sexy paranormal romance, Forbidden by Fate thrusts us right into the middle of tensions between not only species, but former lovers as well, wasting little time ratcheting up our anticipation of both an intimate battle and an all-out Draco and Were war. As with most novellas, we are denied the gritty details of Damon and Sasha’s past as well as the specifics of the world in which they live, but we’re given just enough information to draw the necessary conclusions, and Ms. Miller does a very nice job of ensuring we feel both the physical and emotional draw between our hero and heroine despite our limited time with them. Both the romance and the battle between dragon and shifter wrap up quickly and easily (as to be expected at just 83 pages), leaving us wishing for an added explanation here and there but ultimately satisfied with the characters and their brief story as a whole.

Rating: 3.5/5


Can you describe what you personally would look like in dragon form?

Ooh, love this question. Since my favorite color is purple (and dragon scales have nothing to do with eye or hair color), I’d be shimmering violet. Although I’d like to think I’d be sleek and quick, able to shoot through the sky like a bolt of lightning, I’d more likely be caught sunbathing on a rock near a stream, stretching out my wings.

When Damon and Sasha come face to face after years apart, Sasha, speaking sarcastically, asks Damon to lie to her and he does, thereby revealing the truth of his feelings to her in a roundabout way. Let’s say Damon was to request the same of Sasha, what lie might she give him the moment she sees him alone?

She’d say that she never dreamed of this moment—the one when he was standing before her, confessing his love. She’d say that she never wanted Damon to return and sweep her away from her family, so they could be together, just the two of them. She never dreamed of that at all…

Dragon shifters are relatively uncommon in paranormal romance (much to my dismay as I’m ridiculously fond of them); is there another dragon shifter besides Damon you find oh-so attractive?

I’ve got a thing for dragons, too and couldn’t wait to write them. Rafe, the emerald-scaled dragon from Claimed by Desire, Isle of Feralon #1, was the first dragon I ever wrote, so he’s got a special place in my heart. He’s just as powerful and radiant as Damon, but he’s led a tortured existence since he banished his lover from the isle. (I love a tortured hero!) I also love Dragos from Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound.

You’re Alpha of a pack of Weres standing on a battlefield facing an enormous number of Dracos. Using your ability to mind-speak with your brethren, what do you tell them to prepare them for war?

I’d tell them to buck up! Ha! Although my Weres and Dracos have a semi-reasonable alliance, if they did line up for all-out war, I’d tell them to watch each other’s back. When they have one eye on the enemy in front of them, the other should be on the sky, waiting on the ambush from above.

If you could live in one of the fictional worlds that either you’ve created or someone else has created, which one would it be?

I would *love* to live on the Isle of Feralon. Not only would I love the mist and rain, caves and hot springs, I would absolutely love to live in a place where dragons soar the skies.

Is there any other character from Sasha and Damon’s world whose story you’d really like to write?

I think Queen Elixa has a story somewhere, though I’m not sure what that is yet. I’m waiting for her to speak to me. The next two Isle of Feralon novellas (I’m writing the proposals for them now), will be about two other heroes and heroines from the same world though they couldn’t be found in Sasha and Damon’s story. Each novella is stand alone.

What challenges does writing a novella present that you don’t find when writing a full-length novel?

I find that there’s *so much* to include in such a short amount of time, it’s difficult to know what to cut and what to leave. It really makes me look at a scene and determine if what happens in that scene is absolutely essential to the plot or development of the characters. If you’ve ever read a novella and thought “I would’ve liked to see more about xyz”, you can safely assume the writer wanted to include more too! There simply isn’t room to cover everything and still have the novella under the necessary word count.
A huge thank you to Kristin for taking the time to answer my questions! More information on Kristin and her books can be found here:

Amazon Buy Link
Barnes & Noble Buy Link


As part of the promotional tour for Forbidden By Fate, there are copies of either Forbidden by Fate or Claimed by Desire up for grabs! 2 lucky commenters from the entire tour will win an ebook copy of one of the above. Woot! To enter, please leave a comment on this blog about the review or interview and be sure and leave a valid email address (broken up please - jenny(at)gmail(dot)com) so you can be contacted if you win. You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on previous tour posts, so be sure and check out all the participating blogs HERE. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL given both novellas are ebooks, and please note when entering that this is an adult paranormal romance, not YA. The giveaway is only open through midnight tonight (July 20th) so good luck everyone!


  1. I am not the biggest fan of Novella's mainly because as soon as I am invested the story is over! But, I do loove Dragons!! Great Interview!

  2. I'm trying to decide what I'd think about this. Part of me likes the creativity of dragons and werewolves, but at the same time it seems like it's too much - too odd a combination.

  3. Nice dragon question :D I'd totally be green-blue and like the water ;)

  4. LOOOOOOOOL! I just cant get over how funny your Were/Draco/scenario question is -- you always ask the FUNNIEST questions, Jenny! :') And Kristin's answer was so much more than my "I'm not sure, can I say 'fight well and try not to die' without sounding like I'm saying they WILL die?" answer that popped into my head. Sounds like we know who the brilliant alpha will be LOL! x)

    Awesome mini-review and interview, Jenny! :) <3

  5. I just had a flash of a shimmering violet dragon delicately typing away at a keyboard with her Novellas can be tricky--you have to give so much info and get the reader to care about the characters in such a short amount of time. Sounds like this author nailed it!

  6. Thanks so much for hosting Kristin today, Jenny! :) And I agree, great questions!

  7. I love dragon shifter books as well - I can't wait to check these out! I'd love to be a red dragon, but that wouldn't provide much cover, would it?


  8. Wow a purple shimmering dragon....this I would love to see....:D

  9. I love stories involving dragons too, Jenny :) If I could be a dragon, I think I'd want to be a dark purple one (my favourite colour) or a turquoise one (because I think the sun would reflect off my scales nicely and make me look very majestic).

  10. Never heard of this one before.... looks interesting :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  11. Great interview as always Jenny! You always bring out the best questions. :)

  12. OH! And my email is:

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  13. Dragon shifters and werewolves and a romance, that is new to me, but sounds way fun. I am glad that there are more and more dragon shifters popping up. Shimmering violet scales sound lovely! Thanks for the fun post, Jenny! Happy weekend! Oh and rnydayramblings(at) gmail dot com.

  14. Dragons!! Right there makes me want to read it. I think I'd have the same coloring as a dragon as you would. Well, I would want that. I'd probably end up being puce or something...

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. What an interesting combination--- dragons and werewolves. I admire Ms. Miller in doing novellas, it takes great writing skills to pull them off well.

  16. This sounds interesting! I don't think I have come across a werewolf and dragon based plot before. I will have to pick this up one day. Great mimi review, Jenny! Entertaining interview too! I'm wondering what I might look like in dragon form. ;)

  17. Dragons. Truth be told, I've had a strong fascination for dragons too... after American Dragon, the disney show long long ago. =)) I've never read a book from Ms. Miller. But this sounds interesting.

    Great interview Jenny! And thank you for the chance ;)


  18. Very nice interview and review. The book sounds good.


  19. awesome interview :) I've been reading such awesome buzz about this book and I wants! Dragons are somewhat neglected in the PNR world and I'm definitely interested. I love novellas and often find myself reaching for one when I need to "cleanse" my reading palate between books or I don't want to commit to a long read.

    Congrats on the new release and thanks for a great interview!


  20. Awesome post, Jenny!! The interview was really cool and Kristin seems really funny and sweet. OMG I wonder what I would look like in Dragon form too?? That would be so weird and creepy (in a good way!). :P I don't really think I've ever read a book about Dragon shifters, so this seems so fascinating to me. XD I'm so happy I 'discovered' your lovely blog, Jenny! I'm totally adding you to my blog list. <333 It's nice to meet you! :)

  21. I love purple too, and your description of a violet dragon would be awesome to read about!
    I didn't know that novellas are intentional reads, I thought the author just didn't have much to say. Good to know. I know, I am ignorant!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  22. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. I think a purple drago would be awesome to read about. Please enter me in contest.

  23. Dragons and werewolves? I think that's one of the COOLEST combinations ever! While I haven't read many adult books before, this one sounds really interesting and I might just need to add it to my TBR ;) I also loved Kristin's answers for the interview!

    Awesome review and interview, Jenny! ♥

  24. I like Novellas. I find the are perfect for helping to get me out of reading slumps. I haven't read too many stories about Dragons, but pairing them with weres. Wow! That does sound like a lot to put in a short story, and I bet it is hard to decide what to keep and what to leave out, but this one does sound interesting. Thanks for the review and interview.

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