Keep Me In Mind ~ Anchored In Stone by Meraki P. Lyhne ~ (Excerpt, Interview + Giveaway)
Author Name: Meraki P. Lyhne
Book Name: Anchored In Stone
Series: Chronicles of an Earned
Release Date: November 1st, 2015
The easiest heist in Alex Rhoden’s career is also the most dangerous of all.
As a child, Alex Rhoden’s talent as a thief was recognized by a rich art collector. He has since then been schooled and trained to become one of the best art thieves in the world. While on the easiest heist of his career he finds himself running with the artefact in his possession, followed by an unknown adversary. But they are not the only ones interested in the artefact—so is an ancient race of demigods called Earned. Cornered and out of options, Alex has to make a difficult decision that will turn his life upside down no matter what he chooses.
The young demigod, Kaleb, is reborn into servitude, but he is a freak amongst his own kind—the forbidden unity between an Earned and a witch. Other than finding himself, learning to control his powers, and balance high school as a senior, Kaleb must earn the trust of his pack and family. But Alex is in danger and the young demigod struggles to keep up.
Pages or Words: 373 pages, 106,985 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Alex made his way down the corridors, watching out for the guard. This one he found leafing through a magazine with his feet up and his back turned to the staircase. Alex stopped, breathed in deeply, and let it out slowly, reminding himself that a fat guard’s dumb luck was what caught his cat burglar mentor. No matter how carefully one builds a card house, a gust of wind can bring it all down.
So Alex took his time and focused all his expertise on getting past this guard as if he were from the agency itself. Finally in the basement, he made his way to the crate, pushed it open, and sought out the stone first. He found it and put it in a bag, which he in turn put in his thigh pocket, before stuffing another bag with whatever his pricey education had told him was worth the most on the black market.
Happy with his find, he turned, but something seemed to have a hold on the pocket with the stone in. He turned and found himself face to face with a big, mean-looking ghost. He gasped and clasped his left hand over his mouth to catch the scream he couldn’t stop, and clutched the stone with his right.
And then he ran. He didn’t even care if the guard saw him. He made it past the guard, who was nowhere in sight, and exited through the service entrance.
Alex didn’t stop until his body threatened to vomit out his heart. He stopped and by sheer exhaustion, his body chose to empty his stomach anyway. He took the stone out and stared at it. It felt almost as if fine electricity danced between it and where it touched his skin.
“What the hell did you have me steal, Mr. Henry?”
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Meraki P. Lyhne author of Anchored in Stone.
Hi Meraki, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Trivial stuff, sure. I’m a Danish woman at 36. I’m a mom, a wife, a coffeeholic. I’m a black smith by trade, but I switched out the hammer and anvil for a keyboard to make the constant run of a character stop. It didn’t work out as well as planned because that just made room for more. When I moved into MM I made up this Pseudonym. That’s what the P. stands for. I’ve been published in Denmark and a publisher there once told me that readers can relate two genres pr. Author name. MM is so far from what I’ve written so far, so I made up Meraki to write MM.
Was there a basis for you story? A previous experience or something else?
Nothing from my own life, just a hunger for knowledge in a particular area. It’s the subtext of the series, and I guess the characters and the plot are what allow me to juggle the ideas and theories I come up with when researching the esoteric teachings, mythologies, religious theories etc.
What skills do you think a writer needs?
Empathy is important, because I don’t think it’s possible to write diverse characters if one can’t put themselves in a particular mindset of a person who has experienced things the author hasn’t. Other than that a sense of pacing is important.
What for you is the perfect book hero?
The anti hero. The odd-ball. The one who struggles. The hero doesn’t even have to succeed at his/her goal, just that they never stop fighting for what they set out to do.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
This is bleeding soul kind of answer, because the plotting, the character development, the editing…those are the things I love and live for. Getting past a certain insecurity (am I good enough at this?), getting past a boundary (is this too far off the norm?), and getting past the shyness to help market it (will I be perceived as just another boasting “look at me, look at me”). These are particularly challenging to overcome.
Tell us about your favorite childhood book.
One keeps coming back to me. I don’t remember the author, and I don’t remember the title of any of the books in the series, yet a few mental images kept with me. A girl in a house with a witch who lets the kettle whistle, because it calls spirits to the house. And she had a black cat. It was then I learned about the paranormal, and I’ve been fascinated about it ever since. Just not brave enough to write it.
Someone asks you for advice about writing. What do you tell them?
Allow yourself to suck! Learn to love the fact that you get to suck less by sucking bigtime! And when you no longer suck, love all you went through to not suck.
Meet the author:
Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a newer love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies, and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal.
Where to find the author:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007309787353
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Meraki-P-Lyhne-1550012798597078/
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14588017.Meraki_P_Lyhne
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
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