Lake City Stories
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: August 11, 2014
Word Count: 50,000 word
Cover Artist: Kanax
Pia Blyton, a succubus, isn’t ready for an official engagement since her skillset consists of setting kitchens on fire, singing at vampire hellholes, and most embarrassingly, she recently passed out in bed while feeding Valerio Hunan, the most eligible incubus in Lake City. Yet somehow he turns a blind eye to all her faults and still wants to set his marriage tattoos on her wrists.
The compulsion to have sex forces their people to have unconventional relationships. Every three days, she has to orgasm creating energy to survive. She can’t even live off bad sex. Unlike her, Val can’t feed off just anyone. He consumes the energy only a succubus creates and his hunger isn’t on a clock. Most incubi feed legally by luring multiple succubi into marriage with money and power. Val had caught Pia by the heart strings. Sneaky bastard.
When his food supply suddenly stops, he’s faced with starvation. Despite Pia’s adoration, she’s not an all you can eat buffet. He would suck her dry of all her life force within days. In order to save her, Val forces her to leave. With nowhere to go, Pia ends up at the last place she wants to be—her parent’s home, with nothing but her pink suitcase and a list of all her failures.
Pia needs to pull on her big girl panties and figure out why Val’s energy supplies have stopped arriving before he kills some unsuspecting succubus. But the demon inside Val is closer to the surface than either of them realize. When Pia leaves, the only thing on its mind is tracking her down and dragging her back into its bed where she belongs...even if it kills her.
John snatched my offending finger and kissed the tip. “You were worried?” A shy smile tugged at his lips. No fair.
I yanked my hand out of his grasp. “Of course I was. It’s not like I have suitors waiting in line.” My excuse for worrying sounded thin but I didn’t want to give John the wrong impression. Caring about my suitors was dangerous and falling in love against the rules. Emotional detachment had to be maintained to protect my fragile heart and to ensure my relationship with Val would work. For an incubus, he was oddly very possessive.
“You could have anyone you wanted. You just don’t—”
“Want to.” I finished the old argument between us.
“So.” He stared at his shoes. “You met my brother.”
“Yeah, I did. He wants to suck my soul out of my body like a juice box.” I set my hands on my hips and gazed out at my parent’s wooded property. Val was wandering out there under the bare branches. Somewhere.
“Sounds like Amel.” He twisted and followed my gaze. “Did he come looking for me here?”
“No, I used the locket you gave me last Winter Solstice.” I scowled and leaned closer so he couldn’t escape my glare. “You didn’t tell me that wasn’t your name.” When pressed the locket would say something and it turned out to be his brother’s name.
His shy smile became a grin. “I didn’t say it was either.” The dumbass’ smile faded. “Wait. You tried to summon me using that name?”
“Yeah.” Instead of my sweet John appearing in the pentagram, his pissed off big bro showed up and let’s just say he wasn’t happy about it.
“The city is still intact. Did your father defeat him?”
My eyebrows shot up. Dad? Beat a Mazzikim demon? “No.” John feared my father like no one else. That he stood on our doorstep showed how much he wanted my forgiveness. But Dad wasn’t a warrior. Zur-Sin, my vampire suitor and co-ruler of Lake City, however was not only a warrior he also practiced black magic.
“How exactly are you still alive?” His whispered question took me by surprise.
“Sin blood bound him.”
The blood drained from John’s face.
Reflexively, I reached out and steadied him. “John, where have you been?”
“Yes, John, where have you been?” Val strolled around the corner of the house, hands in pockets, and looking quite warm in just a suit. Incubus powers?
I jumped at his voice, an undeserved wave of guilt crashing over me as I released my hold of John’s elbow. Our people didn’t practice love. They saw the emotion as a weakness and I could see their point. Falling in love with a human had almost killed me a few years ago. Sex equaled food for my people and fidelity couldn’t be part of the equation.
My parents managed to have a beautiful four-way loving relationship. Well, until now, with a fourth wife on the horizon. After being raised in such an environment why wouldn’t I crave to have the same? I smiled at Val and held out my hand.
He was willing to give me everything, even his heart, but unlike me he’d been raised in a cold, sterile traditional succubus household. He wanted to love me, he just didn’t know how.
When our hands touched, I half expected to see sparks of desire dance between our fingers. I met his pale blue stare and my stomach fluttered. Would he ever stop affecting me this way? “John, this is Val, my fiancé.” Valerio Hunan had recently moved to Lake City. After a whirlwind courtship over a few days, I agreed to an engagement. My stomach rolled as I recalled why he’d dragged me here today. He wanted my mothers to force me to pick a date so we could publically announce our families uniting.
We had only been living together for a few weeks. In a hotel room no less. His wives hated me. What was the rush?
“Fiancé? I thought you didn’t want to ever get married, Pia.” John’s gaze traveled from Val to me and back again.
“I’m beginning to believe the same thing.” Val murmured under his breath.
I could kick John where the sun didn’t shine. “Shut up. A lot’s changed since you left me high and dry on my day three. So why don’t you answer my question before I ask Val to drag your scrawny ass to your big brother.”
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, thanks for hosting me. Let’s see, I live in Vermont but I’m originally from Montreal, Canada. I have two growing boys that keep me busy and I also work as a recovery room nurse. For an encore, I like to garden and make jam. *bows*
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
It’s what I read! I’ve dabbled in writing other genres but it didn’t hold my attention. For the amount of time I have to put in to finish a book and the sacrifices I make to find this time, I have to love it.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
Lots of blushing. Lots of research. I read many articles on the art of writing erotic. Then I dived in and let a few close writer friends critique the book. It was hard. It was worse when I found out my mother read it. There wasn’t a hole deep enough for me to hide in. LOL I’m over that now. Most of the women in my family read my books.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
And survive? Umm…I’d choose Dresden from the Dresden Files. If survival was ensured, then Dmitri the vampire in Nalini Singh’s Archangel series.
Your favorite adult fiction books is-?
There are so many. OMG, some people will roll their eyes at me but I still like LKH. She writes good sex and I still think Jean Claude is hot.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I’m the worst person to ask this because I’m still considered naïve by most of my adult fiction writers. LOL I think there’s plenty of room to grow. It really has gone main stream yet in my opinion.
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
I have box that contains the first outfits my babies wore home.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
Created from scratch. My characters live inside my head for a long time before they reach paper.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
I think it does. There’s stuff to be learned between the pages. Sometimes it’s hard to voice your fantasies and easier to have them read the pages.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
In all honesty, I’d tell them to read my book Bait. It’s the tamer of my books and it’s free so they don’t have to feel like they’ve wasted money on something they’re not sure about.
What is your motto?
Cover all your bases.
You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?
Totally fantasy, especially since I write lots of vampires, though I will admit to hubby biting me once and him getting smacked up the back of the head.
Why did you choose a virgin rather than a more experienced woman? (Or vice versa)
I choose a more experienced girl because she’s a succubus. She would have lost her virginity as a teen and I don’t that. LOL I think by making Pia experienced in sex helps to focus the reader on her emotional growth. Sex to Pia is like stopping to have a burger, but love is the star just out of her reach.
Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?
A total must. I’d rather read a book filled with well written sexual tension then just banging against the wall. I’d prefer both, but if I had to choose I’d pick the foreplay.
What sexual position is your favorite?
To write? I like odd places and control plays. I’m not as flexible as I used to be so I like to make my characters’ muscles burn.
Have you ever used your nails and left marks?
My nails are usually short so sadly no.
Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?
I think lingerie is a waste of money. My pocket book cries every time I read some alpha male ripping off the heroine’s panties. LOL
Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?
Screamer, to my neighbors horror.
Why did you choose to write Paranormal/Fantasy?
It choose me. PNR is the genre I mainly read.
There is a lot of biting in your novel, are you a biter yourself?
Nope and I don’t like being bitten. Go figure.
What creature/species do you think makes the ultimate lover?
Hands down an incubus. Like my incubus, Valerio, whispered in Pia’s ear, “Baby, I’m an incubus. I don’t need toys.”
What creature/species if you’re favorite?
I have to pick?!? I’d say a vampire. Not the sparkly, forlorn kind either. I like them badass and on the scary side. (I’m looking at you, Zur-Sin.)
Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.
Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.
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