Saturday, June 21, 2014

Author Interview, Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Alliance Series by SE. Smith

Razor’s Traitorous Heart
The Alliance, Book 2
SE Smith

About the Book:
Kali Parks is a shadow in the war between two factions that are fighting to gain control of Chicago. Born and raised on the streets, she stands as a silent sentinel at her brother’s side as he battles to gain control. She will do whatever it takes to bring peace to those she has pledged her life to protect, including fighting against the creatures that came to their world almost six years before.

Razor, a councilman for the Alliance, has been sent to oversee the remaining Trivator troops on Earth and make sure the transition for the induction of Earth into the Alliance goes smoothly. He is the one the Alliance calls when they have a situation that needs to be resolved once and for all. His reputation for dealing with difficult rebels is renowned. He asks no questions and takes no prisoners. His job is to eliminate all threats to the Alliance.

He finds himself torn between duty and something he is unfamiliar with, his heart. When a shadow warrior saves his life and disappears, he discovers his world is no longer as cut and dry as he thought. The more he learns, the more he discovers he is not immune to the warrior’s passionate desire to fight to protect her people.

Forced by duty to settle the conflict, he must decide between the Alliance and his own desire to claim the unwilling warrior. When the conflict escalates, he does the only thing he can; he makes a pact with one of the factions in exchange for a prize that will surely cause a battle of a different kind – the one for his traitorous heart.

Will he be able to claim her before she escapes from him again? Or worse, will she sacrifice her life to protect those she loves before he can?

Hunter’s Claim
The Alliance, Book 1
SE Smith

About the Book:
Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington for the past several years.

Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear.

Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, she has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered Earth.

The Trivators have taken control of Earth to prevent the humans from destroying it in their fear.

A world of warriors, they are sent out by the Alliance of Star Systems to seek out new worlds. Their mission is first contact. They are to establish communications with the leaders of the new worlds they find and bring them into the Alliance.

Any resistance is to be quickly subdued to prevent unnecessary death of the inhabitants of the new worlds they find. Their payment comes from the success of their mission.

Hunter is what he is called. A hunter, one of the elite clans of the Trivators who seek out those who resist. His abilities to track, capture and eliminate those who try to harm any warrior is renowned.

He finds the tables turned when he becomes the one captured by a group of ruthless humans. Hunter is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape only to disappear into the ruins of the city.

He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life. He is determined to find her before she is damaged by others of her kind.

What he finds is a reward beyond comprehension to a Trivator warrior, a family.

Can he convince Jesse that he can give her and her younger sisters a better life on his world? Or will fear keep her from accepting what he has to offer?

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PRFL would like to extend a very warm welcome to S.E. Smith, author of The Alliance series. SE, to begin, can you tell us where you're from, and where did your desire to write come from? 
Where am I from? I'm an Air Force brat, so I can honestly say from a little bit of here and there. My hometown is a ghost town now. The sign as you enter states it is the Home of the Adventurous. I think that truly fits my personality. I believe my love for writing comes from a grandfather I never met. My grandfather was killed in an oil field accident shortly before I was born but one of the things that ignited my imagination was a poem he wrote that my mom showed me when I was about twelve. The poem was about a tornado that hit Hope, Arkansas and told the story of those that died that tragic night. The words of the story sent shivers through me because I could feel the pain and hopeless of those who lived through that terrible night. So, if I had to give credit, it would be to the grandfather I never knew.

Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?
I wouldn't say it was difficult as much as frustrating. I didn't know anything about self-publishing when I first started. I think the first year of learning the process one mistake at a time was the most difficult. That is one reason why I don't mind reaching out to aspiring authors and helping them when I can. Whether it is guiding them through the writing process, giving them feedback, or showing them how to format their stories, I hope to smooth the path for those who have a great story to tell.

How do you overcome i-suck-at this, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?
How did you know about that? Have you been talking to my counselor? LOL. In reality, I do hear that little voice on occasion. When I do, I read back through the emails, posts, and positive reviews. This helps calm the voice so I can lock it away until it escapes the next time I'm feeling down in the dumps.

What is your dream vacation?
Being stranded on a deserted island with my hubby and a solar-power charger for my iPad/computer so I can write. Okay, I might have to pack a few extra things as well including full Internet service. The second would be the same but in a mountain cabin in the middle of the forest.

Describe your writing style in five words.
Pantser, dreamer, humor, loyalty, love.

What movies are you currently excited to see?
I just saw Edge of Tomorrow and loved it! It had the hint of romance in it but most of all it had the action, adventure and touch of humor that I could appreciate.

What are you currently reading?
Sealed with a Kiss by Mina Khan. I wanted to read the other stories so bad in the Alphas Unleashed anthology but the ladies were very protective of their stories! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I'm also waiting for Lucy Kelly's next book, HeVan and Earth, to be released.

If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
Up until a week ago I had a different career. I am a highly certified teacher and I was a Technical Support Specialist. My focus was helping teachers, students and staff with their technology needs. It was a very difficult choice, but I knew that I wanted to pursue my writing career.

If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
Make a friend day. It would be one day a year when everyone had to reach out and make one new friend somewhere in the world. Not sure if there is already a day like that. I could always Google it, I guess, but I like to think it is something I just wished for.

For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?
My books focus on the relationship the characters, no matter how minor, have with each other. There is lots of action, adventure, suspense, passion and, yes, love. Most of all, it is about people who are thurst into situations and how they deal with it.

What are two of your pet-peeves?
Argh!!! Okay, you asked! People who say negative things when they could say the same thing in a positive way and people who buy a book, read all of it, and return it.

To you, what makes a good story?
To me a good story has several key elements. It has to have strong characters. It has to have a good story that involves these characters and their interaction. It has to contain the fine balance between being strong and understanding when it is okay not to be. Not everyone can be strong all the time. Everyone makes mistakes. The biggest thing is how do you handle it? That is the fine balance.

What usually turns you off about a story?
A story turn-off for me is wimpy characters, characters who are unfaithful and who try to justify it as being okay, or stories with no backbone in them. These are the biggest turn offs for me.

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?
Autumn Dawn would probably be my first choice. She has one character (okay, more than one) but one character that I would love to know his story! I have written his story several times in my head and would be interested to see what she came up with.

What is on your night stand?
Not much! A clock radio, a lamp, and at night, the two stuffed animal puppies my grandson gave me when my dog passed away from cancer so I would never be without one again.

What is your favorite book?
The Secret Garden, hands down. Not only is it a great story, I can't help but remember my dad reading it to me. That is something I will always treasure. The story contains just the right touch of mystery and magic that captures my attention and makes me believe. 

Thank you so much for joining us today, SE. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with the series. 

S. E. Smith is a USA Today Best Selling Author and has been ranked in the top 100 Authors on Amazon with 12 books at one time in Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in multiple genres. A prolific author with books in science fiction romance and fantasy romance, her books are full of action and adventure and focuses on the relationships and the unusual situations her characters find themselves. Susan invites you to come take a journey to romance that takes you to new worlds.


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