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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Donya Lynne on Rebel Obsession’s sexy, stubborn vampires

Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Donya Lynne on Rebel Obsession’s sexy, stubborn vampires

by davincikittieDecember 17, 2012

Please help me welcome Donya Lynne, author of the All the King’s Men vampire series!

Former cobalt addict and AKM drug counselor, Io is a male vampire known as much for his abrasive personality as for his playboy lifestyle. Life on the edge suits him, and he lives full throttle, making his own rules, damn the consequences. What he wants, he takes, and what he wants now is Miriam. If only he can find a way to see her again without getting himself killed, but her father stands in the way. 

Miriam is the daughter of the king. Strong-willed and defiant, she feels like a prisoner in her own home and struggles to break free from under her father’s oppressive hold. The king’s law surrounding Miriam is explicitly clear: No one touches her. Period. It’s a sentence that’s left Miriam to suffer from loneliness and resentment.

In a fit of rebellion, Miriam has turned to cobalt to find relief and freedom, but now she’s a prisoner to addiction as much as to her father’s strict control.

What’s more, she can’t get sexy Io, who gently tended to her at the AKM facility as she recovered from her first overdose, off her mind. Will she ever see him again? 

When Miriam overdoses a second time, she and Io are thrust back together, and all bets are off. Seeing each other was the one thing both wanted, and not even the king’s laws and threats of punishment will be enough to defuse their rebellious obsession with one another now that they’ve found each other again, even if the consequences are death.

Rebel Obsession, Io’s story, was a labor to write…

Io and Miriam were so riddled with shame over what they had become, that neither wanted to talk, so I had to pull the story from them bit-by-bit, a little at a time. But the end product was worth the struggle. I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy the writing of this book, as hard fought as it was in the beginning, because when the characters finally opened up, they opened up big.

Why were they ashamed, you might be asking? Well, if you’ve read the previous books in the series, particularly Heart of the Warrior, you’ll see that Io was a bit of a bastard. He is notorious for being a womanizer and a bashing homophobe, and when his best friend, Arion, ended up coming out about his homosexuality in Heart of the Warrior, Io was floored. That storyline continues in Rebel Obsession, and we get to see how Io deals with the loss of his friend and watch him face the hard truth about himself: He’s a dick. I do love when characters go through hard self-realization like this. It’s fun to write.

As far as Miriam is concerned, she is ashamed that she fell victim so easily to the drecks’ drug, cobalt. She regrets taking that first hit, but now she doesn’t know how to stop. Priding herself on being smarter and stronger than that, she obviously beat herself up pretty badly throughout the entire writing of this story. There were days I felt like I was merely pulling her along in my mind. The epiphany came when it hit me: SHE’S ASHAMED! And she was confused, too, because she didn’t know who she was. After I realized that, it was easier to work with her, because I finally knew how to approach her to get her to spill her story…and I simply rode the idea that she was in the midst of an identity crisis, which helped immensely.

But Rebel Obsession isn’t all about Io and Miriam. It became clear early on that this story was a transition piece for the series, and it has a giant cast of characters, connecting the earlier books of the series to the ones still to come. In other words, if you miss this book, you will miss key components that link the early books with the ones coming after it. My editor says this is her favorite book of the series so far, and it’s definitely the biggest, coming in at 112,000 words, my upper limit for book size.

A few favorite characters see their storylines continue to develop in Rebel Obsession. Trace is obviously one of those characters. Everyone wants to know more about Trace. Well, you’ll definitely learn more about him in Rebel Obsession, and I think you’ll like what you learn. We also see Malek, who until now has been whitewashed, calm, and logical, take a turn for the worse. There’s a complicated reason for that, which we started to see in Heart of the Warrior, but you’ll have to wait until the next book, Return of the Assassin, due out in late 2013, to get his full story.

In fact, I’m drafting Malek’s piece now, and I’m in love with him. Whereas Rebel Obsession comes off as a more romantic, transitory piece, Malek’s story is taking shape to be deep, dark, and full of action and devious plotting, rife with conflict and adversity. So, stay tuned for more on his story.

We also see the introduction of several new characters in Rebel Obsession, both bad and good. Some will be pivotal to other developing storylines, while others will simply simmer along through the series.

If you haven’t read the other books in the series, yet, and want to get caught up before tackling Rebel Obsession on January 2, you can find them on Amazon with the below links. The books are also available at Barnes & Noble, All Romance ebooks, and Smashwords.

If you want to keep up to date with what’s going on at AKM or with any of my other work, and also see occasional snippets of my current works in progress, you can follow me on Facebook: Author Donya Lynne or on my blog: www.donyalynne.blogspot.com

Thank you for having me on the blog today! Enjoy my boys…and their girls (or their boys, as the case may be).

Happy Reading and Writing,

Giveaway (US/Int)

Donya is giving away one ebook (winner’s choice, from the series shown above) to a commenter on today’s post! To enter to win, leave a comment with your thoughts on Rebel Obsession and the All the King’s Men series, then fill out the Rafflecopter widget.
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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • erinf1
    December 17, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Viki S.
    December 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I haven’t read the series yet but I like how your characters appear to have big flaws to overcome. The more flawed the more interesting they often are. Thank you.

  • Jenny
    December 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I actually bought Rise of the Fallen not long ago and it’s in my TBR. I thought it was really interesting that Micah had lost his mate, which is not something I’ve read often. I definitely think the whole series looks good.

  • Christy Perry
    December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I have not read any of these books, but their blurbs and covers are really interesting & eye catching. Reading this interview has brought me across your work, but they are all now on my TBR. Thanks for the chance to win some of your work 🙂

  • Mary Preston
    December 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I actually have not read any of these, but I must say, they do all look amazing.

  • Lori Meehan
    December 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I think the books sounds really good and I love the covers.

  • Kai W.
    December 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I haven’t read any books from the series yet. But based on the review and the interview, the series does sound interesting and has me curiosity about the series. It will be on my to-read list.

  • cindyg
    December 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This looks like just my type of adventure….going to get it one way or the other…
    Thanks for the introduction!

  • December 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Awesome another new to me author to add to my wishlist! This series sounds great and I love the covers!

  • December 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Wow. This looks really hot! I can’t wait to read these.

  • Natasha
    December 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • bn100
    December 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Sounds like an interesting series.

  • Crystal Guidroz
    December 23, 2012 at 6:21 am

    These books sound awesome! Love, love, love me some vampires =) You are a new author to me so I am so excited to start these books! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!!!

    Crystal Guidroz
    [email protected]

  • Eva Millien
    December 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I just found your books on this site. I am very excited about reading these sexy King’s Men.

  • Joanne B
    December 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This series sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read them. Love the covers. Can’t wait to see Io with the daughter of the King. Should be interesting.

  • Sherri Williamson
    December 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Just found you on here, read the interview, and am adding your books to my TBR and Wish List. This looks like a great series. Cant wait!

  • December 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Congratulations to Viki S. on winning her choice of ebooks from the series!

    Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and to Donya for being our guest on GraveTells!!

  • Viki S.
    December 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Thank you so much :).

  • December 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve just finished the first three book in this series and they are REALLY good!! If you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and are looking for a series that is similar but stands on its own, All the Kings Men is for you!! Start with Rise of the Fallen then let us know what you thought!

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