Friday, January 18, 2013

A. M. Hargrove, Dark Waltz, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR: A.M. Hargrove
BOOK TITLE: Dark Waltz, a Preastani Novel
PUBLISHER: A.M. Hargrove

GIVEAWAY?: Ecopy of Dark Waltz and the Guardian of Vesturon Series. Be sure to leave contact information if interested in being in the drawing.

Please tell us about yourself?
I am a self published Indie Author that started on this venture a couple of years ago. After working in for big pharma for over twenty years, my job was eliminated due to a corporate buy-out. I decided that instead of staying in the corporate world, I would make a complete career change and here I am!

Tell us your latest news?
I just released Dark Waltz, a Praestani Novel, the first in my adult series. It’s a spin off of my YA/NA series, the Guardians of Vesturon. In my 3rd installment of the Guardians series, Determinant, I introduced a character that basically stole the show and demanded a book of his own. He was too old and much too irreverent to be written as a YA/NA character so that’s how Dark Waltz was created.

When and why did you begin writing?
I laugh when I think of it all and then I pinch myself. As I stated above, I didn’t want to go back to work for corporate America. There’s just too much instability in this economy and I didn’t want to face that. So I thought--what the heck. That’s really the when and the why but the truth is I always wanted to write but never had the time. So I suddenly had that resource and I decided to run with it.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?)
For my first novel, Survival, a lot of the backpacking scenes from the Appalachian Trail were taken from my own personal experience up there. All my friends knew it and some of them laughed because I used to bug them to death about going up there with me. Not too many friends of mine are into that sort of thing. After I released Survival and they read it, they all said they were glad they never went up there with me! (There’s a scene in the book with a serial killer that takes place on the Trail!)

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Absolutely! Lila Felix, Misty Provencher, Michelle Leighton, Janelle Stalder, John Corwin, Christie Rich, Shelly Crane, and I know I’ve forgotten a ton. I’ve become a huge Indie fan because there are so many talented writers in that group.  And many of them have hit the NYT bestsellers list.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing my first adult contemporary romance and I still don’t have a title-GRRR! It’s nearly ready for the editor and nothing is sticking. I’m also writing book 4 of my Guardians series, reEmergent and Death Waltz, the sequel to Dark Waltz.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a single thing!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I used to make up stories as a kid. I wouldn’t write them I would tell them, but they would get so convoluted, no one would pay attention after a while! A teacher told me I should write them down. I never did but should have. Then when I was in high school, an English teacher always praised my creative writing skills. When I went off to college I started out in Accounting. What was I thinking? That didn’t last long. I ended up in Marketing with a minor in journalism. I was only one class short of a double major in journalism. I found that I loved to write. My career took me in an entirely different direction, but it always stayed in the back of my mind.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Ending the story. I hate to end a book. I could go on and on.

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
Oh sure. When that happens, I put on my ipod and go for a run. I come back with all kinds of ideas. Writer’s block doesn’t last long for me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read as much as you can and write as much as you can. Join Goodreads and get involved in writing groups. There are critique groups out there with people who are willing to help make you become a better writer. Then, as the Nike slogan says...just do it!

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
I am self published

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

Category: ADULT Romance…NOT appropriate for young readers. (High STEAM contents inside)

Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.

It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox.  Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months.  It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.

In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist.  When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk.  She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.  

Now, please enjoy an excerpt from A.M. Hargrove’s latest book, Dark Waltz, a Praestani Novel.

“Going somewhere?” that husky voice asked.

Crapitty crap!

She sucked in her breath and dropped her weapon, as his voice startled her. Before her brain could comprehend what was happening, she felt her body swirling through a vortex. She finally came to rest in another place.

Disoriented and dizzy, she tried to focus on her surroundings, but everything seemed to tilt sideways.  She reached out her hand to stop herself from falling, but only succeeded in grabbing a fistful of air.  Not knowing which way was up or down, she tried, unsuccessfully, to break her fall. Instead, she felt her breath leave her body in a whoosh as she slammed into the ground. 

Fighting for oxygen, her diaphragm wouldn’t cooperate with her brain’s commands.  Worse yet, she felt a pair of hands latch onto her waist, drag her to her feet and ram her back into a wall.  Her head hung down as she fought to draw in precious oxygen, yet found she was still unable to do so.  Then the asshole had the nerve to jam his arm straight into her diaphragm and start demanding things of her.

“Who do you work for?”

Her mouth opened and closed repeatedly, like a poor fish that had been hauled out of the water, desperate to be thrown back in.

“I’ll ask again, who do you work for?” he bit out each word with precision.

Things began to turn grey and hazy as the lack of air finally took its toll on her brain.  She knew she was going to pass out.

Double crapitty crap!

Her head lolled to the side and...blink, lights out.

Jurek looked at her and cursed, “What the f**k?”

He hadn’t realized she was so close to losing it.  He laid her out on the floor and looked at her for a moment.  She wasn’t beautiful in that traditional, cookie-cutter sense, but there was something about her that enticed him.  Her chestnut mane for one, and Jurek had always been a sucker for women with beautiful hair, but those hazel eyes of hers were something else.  Her full lips were kissably soft, he thought, as he ran his thumb along her mouth.  He finally placed his hand on her forehead and in seconds, she came to, moaning. 

Her eyes fluttered open and when the recognition in them flickered, those hazel eyes shot sparks of gold.  Hovering before her was the dark haired man from the bar.  She wouldn’t have had to open her eyes to know it was him since every cell in her body was on fire with his power. 

End of preview
You can find A.M. Hargrove and more information about Dark Waltz and her other books at her website


  1. Penny, thanks so much for inviting me over today. I've really enjoyed the visit! Annie xx

  2. You're welcome. I enjoyed getting to know you.

  3. I love a good steamy romance.

    Penny, Anne nice interview. Good luck with your books release. Sounds awesome!

    I would love a copy. yolandarenee(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Wow — that cover alone is something else! Sounds like an awesome book. :)