Today, I have author Kat Silver in the interview chair. We’re discussing her latest release Dark Fate, book two in the Flame-Born series, a m/m urban fantasy romance. Don’t forget to enter the King Sumo giveaway.
I interviewed you last time for your previous release Dark Flame. So I dug deeper for more questions for your latest release Dark Fate, book two in the Flame-Born series. Here we go!
Kat Silver on Dark Flame, book two in the Flame-Born series:
1. How did you come up with the concept and characters for the Flame-Born series?
Kat: I wanted to write the kind of story I love to read. Urban fantasy with all my favorite tropes, plus a steamy romance. The books I was reading at the time tended to be one or the other. So I gathered all my favorite elements of both contemporary and classic fantasy and populated the world with exactly the kind of characters I like.
2. What did you enjoy most about writing Dark Fate?
Kat: I thoroughly enjoyed developing the story started in the first book, but I especially enjoyed having the opportunity to go deeper with the characters.
3. What did you least enjoy about writing Dark Fate?
Kat: Writing my first ‘book 2’ of a series was extremely challenging. There was a lot of angst. It was very important to me to give the readers waiting for it a story that would satisfy them. Plus, the story is a complicated one, and getting my ducks all lined up, so to speak, took some doing.
4. Tell us about your main characters–what do you like most about them?
Kat: Michael (main protagonist): I love him because he’s not a perfect hero. He has faults that trip him up and old wounds that cloud his judgement. But he’s bold, and brave, with a sweet heart, and though he tends to act first and think later, he’s not afraid to put himself in danger for others.
Gabriel Flanagan (main love interest): I fell in love with Gabriel early on in book 1. He’s an upright sort, self sacrificing, and cares deeply about others. But he struggles with his Lycanthrope nature, and that darkness haunts him, giving him a interesting arc.
Alexei Vasiliev (second love interest): The vampire prince is a joy to write. He’s snarky, mysterious, and always ten steps ahead of everyone else. He always jumps off the page when ever he’s in a scene. What I most enjoy is his complexity. He has layers we are yet to discover.
5. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Dark Fate?
Kat: Not yet. Ask me about a month after the release date. Haha
6. Tell us why the Flame Born series is a must-read.
Kat: t’s a must read if you love to sink into a rich fantasy world and be carried away by intrigue, suspense and mystery, but you also enjoy steaming hot sex scenes and heart melting romance that’s a naturally integrated part of the story.
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Kat: Book 3. Dark Rising, will be out next year.
This or That for Kat:
For each answer you give, explain why you chose “this” or why you chose “that.”
1. Introvert or Extrovert?
Kat: I’m a social introvert. I enjoy people a lot, but usually need to follow social occasions with about three days alone.
2. Big advance for you next book but it must meet what the publisher wants or no big advance and writing what you want?
Kat: No contest. Writing what I want.
3. Would you rather live in your dream home in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere?
Kat: I’m a northerner through and through.
4. Reading: Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Kat: Fiction all the way
5. Writing: Typewriter or Pen and Paper?
Kat: My trusty laptop.
Book Title: Dark Fate
Series: Flame-Born #2
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy Romance
Author: Kat Silver
Publisher: Kat Silver
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Tropes: Enemies to lovers
Themes: Self-discovery and empowerment, finding home, freedom, good vs evil
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 117 000 words
Torn between finding answers and escaping chains, can Michael trust his werewolf lover or is the devious vampire prince the only one truly on his side?
Blurb: “And if I am a monster? Will you want me then?”
Ten days after the battle at Blackriver, Michael struggles with new forbidden desires, with his rampant Flame, and a deepening relationship with the taciturn werewolf, Commander Gabriel Flanagan.
Feeling responsible for their loss, Michael longs to rescue the students stolen by the manipulative vampire prince, Alexei Vasiliev. But the High Council refuses to free Michael from his chains. They fear the whisperer — the half-breed who decimated an entire company of soldiers and came back from the dead. Yet, Michael still yearns for a future among the Guardians. For a place beside his Finnish, silver-eyed giant. For a home within the crazy supernatural world he’s now bound to.
But does Michael still have a future? He’s a descendent of the Warlock — from a bloodline that produces only monsters. If discovered, not even his protective lover can save him from certain execution. He may not want to.
Note: Dark Fate is the second book in the Flame Born series. This MM urban fantasy/paranormal romance is action packed, featuring steaming hot scenes, a hunk of an alpha love interest, a chocolate scented snarky vampire prince, a clever best friend who can kill a man with her little finger, and one too many shady characters to count. See inside for trigger warnings on both books.
Note: It is not a standalone book, but part of a series (Flame Born Book 2). This story ends on a satisfying cliffhanger.
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I grip the sink edge, knuckles white, and glare at the contents of the glass vial lying beside the tap. The viscous liquid, the color of a fine bottled wine, looks so innocuous. Innocent. A random sample of blood.
There’s nothing innocent about this vial’s contents.
Every time I see it, my mouth salivates with the need for a taste. Whenever I take the vial from my pocket to caress the cool glass in my hand, a clamoring monster of desire rips through me like a fire.
Not this time.
I swipe up the tube, twist out the cork, and prepare to pour the blood away. Metal clanks against ceramic, echoing through the small bathroom, as the chain between my wrist manacles knocks the sink. A heady smell of cocoa and figs hits my nostrils. My hand falters. God, that scent.
An urgency to inhale the smell deep into my lungs, to press the glass into my lips and lick the rim, almost takes control.
Alexei. That devious vampire. He knew exactly what he was doing when he left me with this. His blood constantly tugs at me like an unfinished song. Like a broken tooth my tongue won’t leave alone.
I could wash temptation away. Watch clear water turn burgundy as the vile substance slides into the drain.
I’ve faced this trial for ten days, and the result never changes.
I’ve tried to show the vial to Flanagan. Tried to hand it over so he can smash the glass and destroy the contents. Somehow, it always returns to my hiding places. A dirty secret.
I’m a simple northern English lass with an addiction to writing, as well as all things romance. Also addicted to cats, cat videos, and anything with, you know, cats in it. And there’s chocolate, and tea, coffee too, and rainy Sundays. Okay, I have many addictions. But my first love has always been story in all its forms, from movies to books to anecdotes told over a beer at the local pub. If we’re sharing a story, I’m all ears. And if it’s fantasy with sexy heroes and vampires and lots of angsty luuurve, I’m probably drooling. Come in, pour yourself a tea, and kick your shoes off. Let me tell you a story.
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