Hello and welcome!
Today my guest is a sweet, sweet lady I met a few times now and it is always such a pleasure chatting with her. Her books are out of this world, pun intended 😉
I love this quote of hers!
Please welcome Kali Willows!
If you remember I had a few of her hunks for a chat, there was Connor from Romancing the Author and then there was the trio from Claiming Trinity, Trinity, Arawn and Kane. Click on the links if you missed them or they are worth a reread if you didn’t 😉
Born and raised in Toronto, Kali now resides in the exquisite eastern Ontario countryside where she enjoys the serenity of nature. When she isn’t busy being the married mother of two, certified trainer or counselor extraordinaire, she shadows worlds of paranormal passion & intrigue.
Kali strives to create emotional, compelling stories and characters you can’t help but love, hate and cheer for. Captivated by her love of dragons, gargoyles and everything paranormal, she pens these delightful creatures into epic tales of romance and adventure and often infuses her passions of martial arts, music and ironic twists even she didn’t foresee.
A good cup of tea with the crackling fire gets her creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the night, when the house is quiet and she can type away to her heart’s desire.
Do you have a nickname?
Several! 😀 Mom, Babe, Baby, but mostly KareBear ❤
What is one word best describes you?
One word? Just one? Hmmm, taps chin in deliberation It would depend on what facet of life we’re talking about… Parenting: protective; career: determined; problem-solving: innovative. I supposed “complex” would suffice? 😀
What makes you laugh out loud?
Most of the time, my kids. Their sense of humour astounds me and they come up with some real doozies! I love laughter, it’s so good for the soul. But I’m partial to particular movies that give me a fantastic ab workout! Eddie Murphy’s Delirious gets me every time, romantic comedies with fantastic one-liners and standup comedy, as long as they are funny, I will admit, the last movie that had me in stitches was Ted 2. Gut-busting laughter! Mark Wahlberg is not hard to look at either, lol.
What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
True to my author persona, I find it difficult to narrow down to just one. When it comes to sexy seduction or general swooning, the scents of Armani or Stetson really get me evil grin As for home/comfort: anything sweet and earthy. I’m a sucker for vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked apple scents. I love floral, citrus… let’s say I can’t choose just one. Again, I’m complex.
Favourite place to spend time in.
My picturesque rural property is my place to be: swinging on my hand-made wooden swing under our massive maple tree, sipping tea and listening to the blissful sounds of nature all around, and my children’s laughter. On cold nights, I love sitting next to my wood-burning stove, sipping wine and listening to the crackle of the fire while I type away on my latest creation. Most of all, I love spending time in the arms of my beloved or curled up on the couch cuddling with my beautiful babies. That is the ultimate bliss ❤
Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Although I’m drawn to some more than others, I don’t begrudge any genre of literature. My only limitations to reading, with the exception of time, are: it has to be well-written, thoughtful and engaging. If the writing can whisk me away to another world and draw me in as my own experience, I’m completely sold on the work!
Writing! What started it?
This is a thought-provoking question I have been asked before, and I wish I could offer a succinct response. The truth is, I’ve been writing and story-telling since I was a small child. It is my most coveted form of expression and the most effective way I work through things mentally. Let’s just say, during stressful periods of life, I tend to write a lot more destruction and retribution-themed stories, and I find it the most compelling, cathartic tool one could ask for. In my teens, we lived in a townhouse. In my bedroom, there was a tiny door in my wall that led to a crawl space above my garage. That became my portal to magical escape. I created my own private hideaway there. I wrote poems on the rafters, hung my favourite posters and kept trinkets of value in the farthest corners. That is where I found the beauty of self-expression through the written word.
If you could choose another career what would it be?
Ironically, I already have! After 25+ years of working frontline in the social services sector and realizing I had lost my drive for the work, I decided to go back to school to pursue a career I was more passionate about. I’m currently in the final semester for public relations, where I can use my love and experience of graphic design, communications and event planning! If there is one thing I love, it’s to plan epic events that leave people swooning and wanting more. Stay tuned for KaLiCon!
Looking forward to that!
Audiobooks! What started them?
I love the premise of audio books. A genius extension for the lovers of books that may not always have time and silence to sit and read. Having the right voices narrate literature springs characters and their adventures to life in the mind of a reader. If done well, it is one of my favourite reading experiences. So why do I try to have my titles put into audio? Because my personal brand is all about bringing books to life, and what better way than with audio and film? If I could, I would make movies too! 😀 My hope and goal is to have each of my books in every possible format so no readers miss out because of the type of format they use.
Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Each of the stories I write has distinct themes of urgent challenges, time-driven journeys, transformation, and healing. With every new tale I weave, I find myself digging deeper emotionally, and crafting more intense experiences with the goal of keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seats.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My intended audience are lovers of books, fiction, and endless possibilities. When readers indulge in my stories, they are promised adventures filled with action, suspense, romance and epic tales of overcoming impossible obstacles while the heroes/heroines emerge better people for the experience.
What is next in your writing?
Oh my darling Eniko, I have two new releases coming out!
I’m in the final stages of completing a riveting new dragon story that is part of the epic box set: Stoking the Flames, due to release March 28, 2017. 13 amazing authors have collaborated to bring 13 sizzling tales of dragon romance to make your toes curl. My contribution is called: Curse of the Dragon’s Eye. It’s a tale of Egyptian dragons, deceit, magic and mayhem!
I am so looking forward to reading this anthology, as you know I looooove dragons 😀
Another release coming soon is my second addition to the Wiccan Haus series with Decadent Publishing. Mythic Iron is a tale of three dragons, motorcycles, mixed martial arts, deadly attacks, and healing. No cover to show yet.
Flames of Venom…
When the president of Mythic Iron is brutally slain, the VP, and the Sergeant of Arms set out to protect the club’s legacy, and next target. Sai is a world-class MMA champion, and a half-breed dragon with a fiery temper. After the vicious murder of her mother, she fled the arms of her two mates and the MC, and made her way to the ring. A fighter with an edge, she doesn’t apologize, never holds back and doesn’t need saving. The unexpected arrival of her estranged mates coincides with the biggest fight she’s ever had; the one for her own life.
Dragons of iron…
A leather-clad soldier of fortune with a patch, was all Levi could be anymore without her. His lost identity before the MC took an injured child in left a mystery for him, one no one can fill in the blanks for. Now, a purple dragon with a propensity for danger, he evolved into the ultimate weapon for their club. Can he ever reclaim their mate, or will she kill them first?
Drake was born into a legacy of crime. In the wake of their mate denying their bond, evolved a cold, merciless dragon that did whatever the MC required of him. In a desperate bid to safeguard her, their reunion is soon wrought with tragedy, leaving Sai critically injured. Devastated by his failure to protect her and the people she loved, he reaches out to an old comrade for help.
Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. A place meant for healing, but with an ominous threat looming, will the arrival of the purple dragons mean the end of island peace?
Sai’s tattoo created by Kali
Here is a small unedited taste… you read it here first 😉
“No…” She widened her eyes and shook her head. “I don’t want to hear it.” Her chin quivered and she backed away from them. “Babe, please, you have to listen—” Levi asserted.
“I said NO!” she hissed.
“Hortese, who’s scheduled for a bout tonight?” She spun around and jogged over to the banged up lockers past the boxing ring and grabbed a roll of tape. Levi moved to follow her and Drake gripped his shoulder. “Don’t.”
“There’s a few new people tonight. Didn’t recognize their names, but they haven’t arrived yet,” the manager replied.
“Yes we have,” a low voice boomed from the doorway. Drake twisted around to find six, gargantuan men in black pants and t-shirts saunter in. The epitome of bad news; all dressed in black with stone cold expressions, domineering stances and muscular physiques. Their very presence shot pangs of caution through his stomach.
“Brother,” he whispered as he studied each one from head to toe. His sergeant of arms mumbled back. “What do you want me to do, take em out?”
“Not yet, we don’t know why they’re here. See how she handles it. We’ve got her back if anything happens,” he ordered firmly. If only he believed his own words. The churning in his gut told him this was connected to the reason he came here. There was no way to know if these were the same guys that ram-sacked their clubhouse just last night, but he’d bet his patch they were.
“Who’s first?” She called out. That raspy, venomous tone was one he knew all too well. Drake glanced over to find her narrow her eyes and slowly slither the tip of her tongue across her upper lip, she was pissed, but now she was on guard too.
Sai pounded at the old CD player until the tune, Mortal Combat began. The volume blared throughout the gym, she turned back and glared at the six men. Her serpent sense of smell alone would have alerted her to something about the new arrivals he’d already suspected, the fact she cranked up her traditional kick-ass tune was the tell-all; shit was about to get real.
I already love Sai 😀 Looking forward to reading it, I know I enjoyed your first one sigh
I also have an audio version of my Wiccan Haus story Claiming Trinity in production as we speak!
Oh that is so exciting, I loved reading their book and I am so looking forward to listening to them too.
Thank you so much for a chat, as always, it is a divine pleasure ❤
Thank you Kali for accepting my invite, I know how busy you are. It is always a delight to chat with you.
Thank you for joining us, I hope you enjoyed the chat and you will give Ms. Willows’ books a chance. You will not regret it, I promise.
To keep in touch with Kali Willows and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi
Two lucky readers, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will get an e-book from Ms. Willows backlist, winners’ choice. The contest is open until 3 pm EST, Monday, February 27, 2017. GOOD LUCK!!!
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