Studs, as the title suggests, is about two shape/shifting men who spend part of the time as horses. They aren’t just horses but wild mustangs who have taken a herd of mustang mares to the Hopi reservation where they’re safe—or so they think. Because these special horses are super fast, some bad guys (and an emotionally-conflicted Hopi young man) want to exploit them. The heroine who winds up in a menage with the two shifters is a Hopi woman drawn back to the land of her birth. She commits to doing what she can to safeguard the mustangs while trying to wrap her mind (and body) around those two unique beings. She’s also related to the emotionally-conflicted man which of course complicates things.
Where did you come up with the mythology for this book?
Glad you asked. I wrote nine Native American historicals for Tor Publishing. One was about the Navajo and Hopi & I have quite a collection of Native American nonfiction books. Of course I made up the shape-shifting part but the setting, particularly the underground kivas, is accurate.
What are some essential items you require when you write?
Ice water, my slippers, dog sleeping on the nearby couch, music playing. I also feel rich if I have plenty of paper and ink cartridges. Also assess to my email, Facebook, and Twitter for when my brain blows up.
Writing is my career. It pays the bills. I don’t write eight hours a day because I’m responsible for a disabled husband plus my mother is 93, but writing is always on my mind. I try to back away from the computer on the weekends but this is Sunday and I’ve written 2000 words plus done some research and promo.
Wow. Maybe Jaws or Silence of the Lambs. Nothing light for me.
What is your favorite thing about being a Samhain author?
I can only pick one thing? Hmm. Well, I highly value my relationship with my editor. We don’t contact each other often but she’s always responsive, professional, and friendly. Something else that has really been wonderful about being with Samhain—years ago I wrote category romance under my real name Vella Munn and Samhain has contracted to bring out a number of them for their Retro Romance line. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. It’s a warm summer’s night and you are free to do anything you want!
What would you do and who would you spend it with?
Our family has long had a cabin on Forest Service land not that far from Crater Lake. Picture me sitting outside near the lake in the dark watching the moon & stars while listening to frogs and birds. I’d be sipping on wine and talking writing with a small select group of writer friends. Then maybe they’d all leave and a certain male someone would–
Haha! Keeping it PG, love it! Thanks for chatting with us today, Vonna!
Freedom. The thought floats on the hot breeze, strokes Magara Force’s body as she jogs through a Florida wildlife refuge. Freedom from responsibility, from self-control even. But much as she longs to turn her body over to a man, its an irrational dream.
Then she’s overtaken by a powerful man determined to find escape from the unwanted twist his life has taken. Sensing Magara’s need, Lon Storms challenges her to surrender to him and thus satisfy both of them.
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