Interview with Devyn Quinn + Giveaway!

Filed in Blogoversary , Devyn Quinn , Interview , The Danger Lover Posted on January 18, 2011 @ 7:00 am 78 comments

We are delighted to have author Devyn Quinn join in for our Blogoversary celebration week today. “Siren’s Surrender”, the second book in Devyn’s “Dark Tides Series” from NAL Publishing hits the stands on February 1st and she is here to talk about what happens to the Lonike sisters next and specifically Gwen Lonike who I think can be described as the most reserved of the three mermaid sisters. Please give Devyn a warm BLI Blogoversary welcome! Be sure and read the end of the post as Devyn is offering an extremely generous giveaway today!!

BLI: Hi Devyn, so delighted you were able to take time out to join us again today. Susi, The Geeky Lover, talked to you in August last year and I’m going to invite folks to read that interview because you talked about you, your writing process as well as the first novel in the “Dark Tides” series, “Siren’s Call”. So, I wondered if you could start by telling us about how you further develop the series in “Siren’s Surrender”.

DQ: Thank you for the welcome, Lea. I’m delighted to be here today.

The first thing I do is research reader blogs to find out what readers think are missing in books, the clichés that are overused, or the plots that seem overdone. Once I assess that, I take a look at the book I’m writing and see what I’ve done that seems same-old, same old or boring. After that, I begin working on the characters and plotting, writing out a brief outline of the chapters and what will happen in each. After that, I begin to write, following the map I’ve prepared for the book.

BLI: Would you describe Gwen as a reluctant heroine?

DQ: Very much so!

BLI: Blake Whittaker is a tough, no nonsense (and very yummy alpha) FBI agent who is assigned to a special division within the agency. Can you tell us a little about Blake, A51-ASD division, and what brings him to Little Mer Island?

DQ: Blake worked for a covert branch of the sciences division that keeps an eye on strange and unusual scientific phenomena. When an anomaly in the Mediterranean begins acting up in a most unusual way, Blake is sent to investigate. Although he works in investigating strange things, most of the people Blake encounters are crackpots so he really doesn’t take the report seriously. He’s more focused on getting the job done and getting out of town.

BLI: You gave Blake crippling hydrophobia or a fear of water and I thought that was extremely clever given he becomes involved with Gwen, a mermaid. lol Can you talk a little about Blake, his complexities and why you created him for Gwen, an equally complex and very private heroine?

DQ: Although I am writing mermaids, I don’t want every scene to be based around or focused on the sea. There are only so many things a mermaid can do in the water, and just having the characters swimming all the time would wear on the reader’s nerves. So I decided to give Blake a fear of the water, just to see how he would react when he found out Gwen was a mermaid. Gwen, too, is very reticent about going into the water, so when she finally reveals herself to be a mermaid, she has to do all the work seducing Blake because there is no way he’s going to join her in that pool!

BLI: The plot of “Siren’s Surrender” is action packed, suspenseful and, I have to say, hair raising. Gwen, Blake, Tessa, Kenneth, and Addison really go through hell and back. We don’t want spoilers of course but can you share a little of the plot of “Siren’s Surrender” and maybe share a little excerpt with us?

DQ: “Siren’s Surrender” is, of course, Gwen’s book, and focuses on her fear of what would happen if knowledge of the Mer became public. It’s also a story of longing and denial and readers learn a little secret about Gwen: She’s never had sex. That’s right. She’s a 27 year old virgin, and one very frustrated Mer.

Here’s a peek:

“Sitting shoulder to shoulder beside Blake Whittaker, Gwen sneaked another glance. He sat stone still, unmoving. In fact, he barely breathed.

If she hadn’t been sure before, she was now. There was no missing his vibe. This man clearly had no love of the water. In fact, he was terrified.

Sympathy welled up inside her. Everybody had a fear, some little something that sent a shiver down their spine. As the owner of her own little bag of insecurities, she could easily understand.

Without knowing quite why, Gwen laid a hand on his arm. She leaned closer so he could hear her over the noise of the motor. “Lucky has been taking people across these waters all his life. He hasn’t lost one yet.”

Fingers still locked in a clench, Whittaker shifted his body away from hers. “That’s good to know.”

Gwen purposely let her hand drop. He obviously didn’t welcome personal contact. Still, she admired his determination. He was doing what his job required him to do, even if he didn’t like it. That took a lot of guts. “I take it you aren’t admiring the view.”

His reply was short and sweet. “No.”

Not a talky man at all. Heavens. He was as friendly as a rattlesnake.
Her sympathy melted a bit. She was doing her best to be nice and all he could do was blow her off. “So are all agents trained to be rude sons of bitches or does it just come naturally to you?”

Like a robot going into motion, Whittaker turned his head. One hand lifted. He pushed up his sunglasses, giving her a view of his eyes. “They train us to be bastards,” he answered with all seriousness. The impenetrable glasses went back down.

Then, quite unexpectedly, he grinned.

His smile caught her unaware, and her breath caught in her chest in surprise. “That’s good to know,” she squeaked like a nervous schoolgirl. Oh. My. God. The upturn of his lips made his mouth absolutely sensual.

She hadn’t realized until that moment how damn good-looking he was. He had a face like granite, all sharp lines and angles: high forehead, chiseled cheekbones, strong straight jaw. He wore his black hair in a short uncombed style that helped soften the severity of his face. His suit fit him well, tailored to accentuate his muscular arms, broad chest, and washboard stomach. There wasn’t a spare ounce on his lean frame.

Now that his demeanor had lost a layer of frost, he reminded Gwen of a stallion—roped and harnessed, forced to be tame. She couldn’t help but think that a wild streak lurked beneath the surface of his calm, straining to break free and run loose. She could imagine how Mr. Straight-Laced Tight-Ass might be in other situations . . .

Siren’s Surrender © Devyn Quinn”

BLI: Jake and Queen Magaera, the antagonists from “Siren’s Call” are up to no good again in “Siren’s Surrender”, the ending is a cliff hanger which provides a springboard essentially to “Siren’s Desire”, the third and final book of the series. Any thoughts to share about Addison’s book Devyn?

DQ: Addison’s book is going to be much more action packed than the first two. For one, Magaera is on the move and what she does to reclaim Tessa as hostage is the act that spurs Addison into action. Coming into the book is Captain Mason McKenzie, leader of the newly appointed USET (Undersea Search and Exploration Team), which is being put together by the Navy to pursue Magaera and try and breach her Mediterranean stronghold. Addison at first resists being recruited. After Tessa is kidnapped and Kenneth nearly killed, she decides it is time to get even.

BLI: You have an exciting year ahead! The publication day of “Siren’s Surrender”, is February 1st and the first book in your Vampire Armageddon series “Darkness Descending” will be released on August 2, 2011. Can you share a little information about this novel? The cover art is awesome BTW! *g*

DQ: I am thrilled to pieces about that book! It is actually my baby and my editor and I are currently putting the final polish on it. I love the characters of Jesse and Maddox and hope that readers will too! And, yes, the cover faery was very good to me. It looks exactly like Jesse is described in the book.

BLI: Devyn, thank you so much for taking time away from your writing deadlines to visit Book Lovers today, as always it’s a real pleasure to chat with you. 🙂

Where to find Devyn:

Devyn’s Question: Do you prefer your paranormal romance dark or do you like it on the lighter side with more adventure in the mix?

Devyn is offering a 3 copies of her new book SIREN’S SURRENDER to 3 lucky commenters
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.

All you have to do is answer the question at the end of Devyn’s post, or you can leave her a question!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Cherry January 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I don't mind dark but I like it better on the lighter side with adventure in the mix. 🙂

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Virginia C January 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Hi, Devyn! "Siren's Call" is terrific! I can't wait to read "Siren's Surrender" : ) As far as "dark or light" goes, it all depends on the story line and the personality that the author builds within each character. Thanks to talented and imaginative authors (like you), Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, and Urban Fantasy genres continue to cross boundaries and merge storytelling elements in an increasingly delightful feast for fiction lovers! My interest in the subject will draw me to the work, be it light and humorous or dark and compelling. The skill of the author as a storyteller is what will hold my interest in the work. You are a wonderful writer of paranormal romance, and I look forward to reading many more of your works!

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    Entered Big Blogoversary Giveaway

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  • Lea January 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Morning Devyn! Thanks for joining us at BLI and for the great Giveaway opportunity for readers.

    @Cherry: Adventure is good, especially when there is a sexy FBI agent involved. 😉

    @Hey Virginia! How are you? Devyn does write amazing graphic imagery doesn't she?

    Thanks ladies!

    Have a great day everyone.. 😉

  • Dana Alma January 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Great interview gurls!! Devyn is a wonderful storyteller. Can't wait to read more from her.
    See ya!
    Readaholics Anonymous

  • Ricki January 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I usually like my paranormal a little dark, but light and adventurous is fun, too.

  • Mikki-Manó January 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I'm absolutely with dark paranormal romance, but I don't mind the light romances. I even have favourite books in light paranormal romance =)
    Thanks for the giveaway =)
    mikki-mano @ hotmail . com

  • debbie January 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I like it dark, but you have to have a bit of fun, just to relieve a little of the tension.
    I really like that your main character has a fear of water. I have one too, and it can be crippling.

  • GeishasMom73 January 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Hello Devyn!

    I really do prefer my paranormals dark. That isn't to say that a few light-hearted moments won't work in a paranormal. Most of the books I have read have been pretty dark though!

    Good luck with your new releases!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Ariel January 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    It really depends. I feel like a little bit of a dark side is good, but not too much. I like some fun in them too.


  • Devyn Quinn January 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the welcome, folks. I am delighted to be here.

    Virginia, I am glad you liked Siren's Call. Hope you enjoy this one. It's not exactly all dark. It does have its lighter, fun moments.

    Debbie, I thought it would be good to give Blake a fear of the water, just to see how he'd handle falling in love with a mermaid!

  • Kelly M January 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us.. Siren's Call was my first book about mermaids and my first Devyn Quinn book.. I am hooked and so can't wait for Siren's Surrender!!!

    Devyn, So my question for you is not about books but about the Ferrets.. How did you come to be involved in Ferret Rescue? What is the best thing about Ferret? (I mean besides the fact that they are beyond cute.)

    Thank you for a chance to win.
    Kelly M

  • samantha35 January 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Looks like a great read!
    follow via gfc

  • hotcha12 January 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm


  • Shannon@BooksDevoured January 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I like a mix. I get bored if I read the same type too often. Though most of my favorites are a bit on the darker side. BooksDevoured(at)

  • Margaret January 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Depends on my mood: there are times when the dark is just too much, so something lighter and funnier is in order. Generally speaking, however, I do like the darker ones better.

    Margaret Mater

  • Danielle Gorman January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    For me, I don't mind it either way. As long as I am able to immerse myself into the paranormal world and believe it I don't care.

  • LSUReader January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I'll go either dark or light in PNR. My preferences are character driven. I'll go where the characters lead me.

  • Devyn Quinn January 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    LOL, Kelly, my first ferret was a rescue ferret. I went to pick her up and took her to a new home, but the people didn't want her. So I ended up with a ferret. I fell in love with ferts and got some more. Every time I went to the pet shop the owners would ask me if I knew who would take homeless ferts. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew my office in the RV turned into a ferret rescue! Visit us at

  • Stephanie January 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I try to rotate my choice in genres simply so I don't get bogged down or bored with one. That being said, I do tend to lean toward lighter paranormal, but with book covers and blurbs alluring as your stories have I have to get to them a.s.a.p!
    I love the quarks you've given your characters, they always attract my attention and draw me into the tale. Thanks for the great peek and interview ladies.

  • jeanette8042 January 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I like both light and dark because it gives variety to my reading. I guess it also depends on my mood and what I feel like reading at the moment.

  • Chelsea B. January 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I like both sides of romance;light and dark 🙂


  • Estella January 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I enjoy both light and dark paranormals.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Devyn,

    I love your books and I've gotten behind….sigh!!!! Got a few on my wishlist that I hope to get soon.

    I love my stories dark….and eery…and very sexy….hehe!!!!

    in Germany

  • Melissa (Books and Things) January 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, it depends on my mood, I guess. I really love both light and dark paranormals.

    Oh this looks so good.
    books (Dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Stephanie January 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I like a mix. I like reading about the characters having to get past something in order to move forward in their relationships.

    I also like it when the characters are able to work together and that time spent together leads to a different kind of relationship.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Avery January 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Oh gosh, I can't say that this is something that I have given much thought to… But if I had to choose? I'd say that I more so prefer PNR on the lighter side, with more adventure, but I am in no way oppossed to dark PNR.
    Thanks for the great interview!

  • Robin K January 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I love the dark. The darker the better and full of twists too!

  • tetewa January 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I enjoy both just as long as the characters and storyline keeps me interested!

  • Barbara E. January 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I mix it up, I enjoy reading a dark paranormal, and then I'll pick up something on the lighter side, or even a dark story with some humor in it. I love it all.


  • Diane January 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I've never tried this author. Maybe this will give me the chance.

  • Teril January 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Oh I have heard great things about this series. Thanx for the interview it was more inspiring for me to want to read the book. Can one say Cover Love also.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  • Kaya H January 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love this new set of mermaid books that have been coming out. THe interview was wonderful, and the book series looks fantastic. I cannot wait.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • JenM January 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    In romance, I like both the serious angsty ones and the light and funny ones, but when it comes to paranormals, I much prefer the darker ones with lots of angst and difficult choices to be made. I've tried some of the more comedic ones and they just don't do it for me. On the other hand, comedic moments in a really dark story (the Kate Daniels series for example) are great.

    jen at delux dot com

  • elaing8 January 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I like both, I guess it depends on my mood at the time. But I tend to read more darker paranormal.

  • donnas January 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I like both. Completely depending on what type of mood Im in or what type of story I feel like reading. I will go though phases where I only read one or the other but always end up going back too.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • AliciaNicole January 19, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I prefer it light with adventure, but I read either. 🙂


  • CiNdY January 19, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I think a little adventure is always better! I love both though!

  • marybelle January 19, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I do like my paranormal romance dark. The paranormal genre lends itself well to dark I always feel.

  • -petit January 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This cover is so beautiful! It looks like a painting! Well, in the reality i like both of the options, but the dark paranormal is my favorite, because the story fits the genre, at least for me XD
    Thanks for the giveaway and the interview 😀

  • Tore January 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I like reading it both ways. It makes it interesting if it is different from book to book. Please enter me in contest.

  • Norida Hanim January 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Loved to read it in both ways but also depends on mood (:
    Thank you for this opportunity to enter!!

    GFC Follower, Subscriber


  • Dottie (Tink's Place) January 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I want adventure, but I love the dark, lol! I know, fickle, but what can I say?

    Thanks for the great giveaway Devyn!

    Dottie 🙂

  • Lu January 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I like my Paranormal romance light and dark but with humour 🙂

    Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  • winnie January 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I like both dark and light paranormal romance. As long as there is an intriguing element in the book, then I'm hooked!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Jason January 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I prefer the darker stories, for sure.

    radlilim [at]

  • BLHmistress January 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I like both light and dark all depends on my mood as well.


  • buddyt January 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Generally I would say that the dark novels probably attract me more.

    Say light and I think of things like Disney's Little Mermaid.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • vvb32 reads January 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    hi d – i prefer dark, as in dark chocolate ;-D
    looking forward to reading the siren trilogy!
    vvb32 at

  • Ina January 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I like both of it and it depends on my mood which one I will read…
    Devyn, I just saw that Possession will be released in German too – congrats on that!!!
    wish you all the best, Ina

  • Devyn Quinn January 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Where did you see that, Ina? I have heard nothing about it.

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    @Devyn It's already up for pre-order on here. Congrats!

  • Ina January 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    @Devyn: I just answered your email 🙂
    congrats again!

  • Devyn Quinn January 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Marianna January 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I do like some nice dark brooding, or scary pouting as I like to call it. A dark setting always heightens suspense nicely. On the flip side I am a huge fan of humor, but that could be found in both light and dark fare. I don't notice if I gravitate toward one more than the other. As long as the story pulls you in it shouldn't matter.

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

    Books and Circuses

  • Sarah January 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I prefer my PNR dark – just seems like a world with monsters ought to be darker, you know? But I still like my h/h to get together in the end 🙂

    smaccall @

  • Blodeuedd January 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have come to realize that I like more light PNR and most of all with humour in it 😀
    But in the end I love everything 😉

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Chrizette January 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I prefer lighter romances and definately happy endings 🙂

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  • Moonlight Gleam January 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I enjoy dark paranormal romance and light romances, I don't really have a preference.

    Thank you so much for this fantastic opportunity!


  • Meredith January 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

    How about a dark story with a little adventure?

    GFC follower

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • Sheree January 23, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I don't mind dark as long as it serves a purpose. I also don't like too much angst (like some YA series).


  • Tamsyn January 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I'm addicted to both style, as long as it has a HEA. It would really depend on the story.

    Already entered the Big Blogoversary Giveaway. This is a great giveaway with fantastic prizes. Thanks!

    GFC follower/international

  • les121 January 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I definitely like my romance with adventure thrown in there. As long as there's at least some action (outside the bedroom, I mean lol), I'll probably love it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • Diana January 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I like both dark and light paranormal romance.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • mbreakfield January 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    It depends on my mood. Sometimes I have to have a dark read and sometimes a lighter read suits me better.

  • natalie23 January 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    For every PNR I read that is on the lighter side, I read about 5 dark PNRs. I couldn't just read dark PNRs.


  • Holz February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    It depends what kind of mood im in, but generally i like dark paranormal romance especially if its really gritty.

  • Stephmartin71 February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Yeah, moods go hand in hand when I read. Normally I like darker & grittier but if I'm upset or bugged about something I pick up something lighter and funny to calm me. Are you working on any other new series?

    Oh & my birthday's the 6th, this would be an Awesome early b-day gift 😉 hint, hint. Great post about the books. Have a great, warm (and not Blizzard weekend- like I'm in the middle of right now 😉

  • Amy February 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I love all kinds of paranormal reads. I would love to read the book- haven't read many books about sirens!


  • Karen Senoo February 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I like both really, would be awesome a mixture of dark and lighter in the same book. But I prefer when it's more funny lol

    Contact me on Twitter >>> @Tibiux
    Entered Big Blogoversary Giveaway

  • Julie S February 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I think I prefer paranormal romance with some light adventure, though a darker story can also be fun.


  • Kelly M February 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Loved Siren's call so very much… Can't wait to read Sirens Surrender.

    thank you for sharing with me

    Kelly M

  • Mysteriousrose February 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love both, sometimes I'm in mood for Dark paranormal romance and other time I really like sitting down with a book with a lighter touch.


  • Breanne February 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I like lighter

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  • Aleetha February 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I dont mind if it's dark or light. As long as it's interesting, I will read it.
    And an Adventure is a must. 🙂 at gmail dot com

  • Kulsuma February 4, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I like dark and with loads of action, but not too gruesome.

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I read dark and light so I like both, depends on the author.
    Love adventure and lots of action.

    linze_e at

  • Spav February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    It depends on my mood, but usually I prefer dark.


  • JoAnna February 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I think I may have a preference to the lighter side.


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