Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Author Interview with Nicole Loufas #giveaway

The Lunam Ceremony
by Nicole Loufas
Publication date: May 20th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Born from a curse that allows her kind to shift from human to wolf, Kalysia won the genetic lottery. She is the offspring of an original, born to lead and bound by her duty to produce an heir to continue their bloodline she must leave the only life she has ever known to take part in The Lunam Ceremony. This ancient ritual will solidify her place in the pack and determine who she will love for the rest of her life. There’s just one problem – Kalysia doesn’t believe in love.
That changes when she falls into the hands of Dillan Dukes. The attraction is undeniable. The connection unbreakable. He is everything love at first site is supposed to be, suddenly her future doesn’t look that bad.
Unwilling to give up hope on going to college and having the life her and Dillan fantasize about outside the pack, she reluctantly takes on the role as pack leader. When an unexpected proposal is made that will grant both Dillan and Kalysia their freedom she is willing to put her ego, and her heart aside, to make her dream come true.
One night.
One act of selflessness.
For the life she’s always dreamt about.
Only things are not what they seem.
Can Kalysia and Dillan find happily ever after with the consequences of that night haunting them forever?
Will one fateful night destroy Kalysia’s future along with the future of the pack?


Author Interview
Hi, Nicole! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.  
I married by high school boyfriend. We have two daughters. I have always been a writer, but I never pursued it until a few years ago. I wrote an English paper for my daughter, and her teacher said it was so good that she should be a writer.
Tell our readers a bit about THE LUNAM CEREMONY. What’s the story about?
This book is about destiny. Are we born with a purpose? How much does fate play a part in the person we become? Kalysia was born into a bloodline that allows her to phase from human to wolf. She is the last of her bloodline and must produce an heir to keep her family in power. First, she has to find her soulmate at the Lunam Ceremony; an ancient ritual that enables the gene that allows her phase, it will also lead her to the man she will love for the rest of her life. Kalysia doesn’t believe in love at first sight, or love in general. When she matches with Dillan, the strongest male in the pack, she questions whether it’s fate or just plain lust. We watch Kalysia as she tries to decipher her feelings for Dillan, her supposed soulmate. While dealing with the burdens of her family and the role she is playing in their strive for power. When an unlikely proposition presents itself, Kalysia takes fate into her own hands. One night, one decision, that will grant her the freedom she’s always desired. Only things are not what they seem and the choices she makes will ruin not only her life, but everyone she loves.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I love the British royals! I was watching an episode of Reign, and I was like, Hey I should write a modern day version of the Tudors. I wanted to create a world where arranged marriages and heirs to bloodlines still existed. Only I couldn’t write it in a way that made the characters likable. It felt too much like a cult. So, I made them wolves. Somehow turning them into humans that phase to wolves, made the story more believable. A girl born into a bloodline that forces her to conceive a child to save a dying species, seems more acceptable than a girl forced into an arranged marriage and pressured to have a child that will retain her family’s power. It’s all perception. In the end, it’s the same story which is about family.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser! I usually try to plot about mid-way through, I never follow through. I have to sit and write whatever comes to me. Sometimes I have an ending or a scene that I am writing up to. That’s as much plotting as I can do.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Time. I never feel like I have the time. When I do, I don’t feel like writing.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Ear plugs and coffee.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’ve actually had many conversations about this. I choose teleportation. I want to snap my fingers and be in Paris eating breakfast, Greece for lunch, and then New York for dinner.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
How to open a bottle of air freshener from Pier One. I actually found a youtube video on it, from Korea.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
…cleaning my house. Writing is my excuse not to clean.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Murphy Rae at Indie Solutions for the beautiful book covers she creates. She’s make book cover soulmate. To Holly for her amazing insight into my stories, her editing skills are on point. Elaine at Illusion Graphics for always hitting it out of the park on formatting. The Lisas’ for believing in my writing. My husband for understanding my need to write and not complaining when I have the light on past midnight on a Tuesday. My daughters for believing in magic and telling me when I’m being lame.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

About the Author
Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.

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