Author Interview: Meredith Mansfield of Blood Will Tell

1. What made you want to be a writer?

Well, I've always loved to read and make up stories in my head. I kept on with that even when everyone else had given up "make believe." I remember reading a book (actually, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and thinking "I wish I could do that." And then thinking, "How do I know unless I try?" And now here I am.

2. Who is your favorite author?

Lois McMaster Bujold.
But, in the fields of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I would have to choose Patricia Briggs for her Mercy Thompson series.

3. What is the name of the last book you read?

The answer to this will change several times before this goes live. As of this writing: The last book I finished was Gail Carriger's ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE. I'm currently in the middle of Dorothy L. Sayers GAUDY NIGHT (a mystery with a love story mixed in) and reading a collection of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories as research.

4. Tell us about yourself in 3 words?

Well, bearing in mind that my description of myself might not be what others would say:
Optimistic
Imaginative
Hard-working

5. What is your favorite activity?

It varies with the seasons and other factors. Right now? That'd have to be dog agility. Getting out and running an obstacle course with my dogs is my reset button. It gives me a chance to just be in the moment clear my head.

6. If your book could be made into a movie? Which actors would you have play the main two characters?

Hmm. Maybe Chris Hemsworth for Rolf. Then one of his brothers could play Rolf's brother Drake. Valeriah's hard. There just aren't that many petite, athletic red-heads. Then again, Mr. Hemsworth is big enough to make a co-star look smaller. ( The closest I can think of is the red-head who does the Wendy's commercials. )

7. Who is your favorite character in your book?

Well, I'm fond of all of them, except the villains--and I usually have some underlying sympathy even for them. After all, I created all of them. In these books, Valeriah is probably my favorite. I love her fighting spirit. Even when there seems to be no way she can win, she won't give up. Overall, so far, probably Tiaran from FIRE AND EARTH.

8. What's in your TBR ( to be read) pile?

Way too many books. I have whole bookcases of books I haven't gotten to, yet. To pull a few out more or less at random:
Greg Keyes's THE BRIAR KING, Hugh Howey's WOOL (I know, I'm way behind on this.), Cassandra Clare's THE INFERNAL DEVICES series. I haven't had a chance to get around to Maggie Stiefvater's RAVEN BOYS series, yet, either.
You do know it's dangerous to start me digging around on those shelves, right? I might find something I've just got to read right now and you might not hear from me again for hours--or days.

9. What are 3 of your pet peeves?

In books?
1) Female protagonists who sit around and wait for some guy to save them or tell them what to do.
2) Withholding information from the reader. I'm not talking about things the main characters legitimately discover during the story, but things they already know. (In severe cases, even who they really are.) It's a cheap trick. If you can't create suspense honestly, don't do it by a cheat.
3) Deus ex Machina endings--endings in which some supernatural force steps in and sets everything to rights. I want to see the heroes solving their own problems (although a little help might be okay, depending on the thorniness of the problem.)

10. What's your favorite ( cats or dogs), ( coffee or tea), and what's your favorite food?

A) Unfair. I have two dogs and a cat. You can't ask me to choose between my fur-kids.
        B) Tea, definitely. I have never learned to like coffee.
C) Chocolate, especially with mint. Nothing else even comes close.

Meredith is offering an e-copy bundle of the books. Leave a comment about what your favorite holiday meal is?





Blood Will Tell
Book One
Meredith Mansfield

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1484141137
ISBN: 9781476442884
ASIN: B007WGBNII

Number of pages: 249 pages

Word Count: 96,000 words

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Book Description:

Being a half-blood is inconvenient on a good day, especially when the half you got from your mother is werewolf.  Valeriah can’t take wolf form, but the full moon still fills her with manic energy.  Running helps; a tired werewolf is a good werewolf.

Living perennially caught between two worlds--human and werewolf, magic and non-magic--doesn't leave much room for love. That suits Valeriah just fine. She's never had any luck with that anyway.
Until her cousin’s life is threatened, that is, and out of necessity she accepts the help of a mysterious young man to protect Cristel. Rolf is everything that makes Valeriah's pulse speed up in spite of herself. Now, with Cristel's life in the balance, is the worst possible time for that kind of complication.

But Rolf's secrets could destroy her trust and that might cost her life.





Blood Is Thicker
Book Two
Meredith Mansfield

ISBN: 978-1492105138
ISBN: 9781301244065
ASIN: B00EDCTFIY

Number of Pages: 212 pages
Number of Words: 78,000 words

In the sequel to BLOOD WILL TELL, the newlyweds, Rolf and Valeriah, face a new crisis.

Born half-werewolf, Valeriah's life has never been simple. Her recent marriage to a dragon has led to a transformation--Valeriah is now a dragon, too. But, taking the form and knowing how to actually be a dragon is not the same thing. Her life has even more complications than ever. So many, in fact, that she doesn't recognize the signs of her own pregnancy until Rolf rushes her to the Hatching Grounds to lay their eggs.

But then things only get worse, because something's wrong on the Hatching Grounds. The underground source of heat that sustains the eggs is slowly dying. Valeriah and Rolf have to scramble to discover what's gone wrong and find a way to fix it before their eggs die.

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Chimeria Two Book Bundle

Contains both
Blood Will Tell
and Blood Is Thicker

ASIN: B00FR0AXOG

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Excerpt- From Blood Is Thicker, Chapter 1, Scene 2:

Valeriah huffed irritably as she beat her giant leathery wings to gain altitude for the next pass. This flight school boot camp was not what she'd had in mind when Rolf suggested the isolated villa for the remainder of their honeymoon.
The full moon and the manic energy it brought out in her never did improve her mood and having indigestion to go with it wasn't helping any. Used to be, she'd run for miles to calm that madness. Or engage in practice fights. Now she'd do well to run anywhere without tripping over her own feet or tail and fighting was out of the question. She used to be able to take care of herself, not have to depend on Rolf to catch her food and take care of her. No doubt he was enjoying it, but she didn't like the feeling at all.
Of course, Rolf was always ready to help her work off the full-moon energy in other ways. In human form, that would have been fine with her. While she'd never say this to Rolf, on the whole, she found the mating of dragons unsatisfactory--not unpleasant, but far from breathtaking. He'd been a much more versatile and exciting lover as a human. Hanging upside down, wings folded, clutched in Rolf's talons, while he slowly circled the lake just didn't have as many thrills. It was like trading the most spine-tingling rollercoaster at Magic Mountain for the merry-go-round. You were still moving but it just wasn't the same. Thank the Goddess that he was more than twice her size as a dragon and strong enough to carry her. Otherwise, they wouldn't have even that. It was going to take her a while to master flying upside down.
She reached her intended altitude in a bad mood. Rolf had been drilling her in aerobatic maneuvers for hours and she was sick of it. Well, let's see what he thought about this. She folded her wings back for the dive, pulling out only at the last second into a perfect barrel roll.
Rolf's trumpeting crow of delight echoed back from the surrounding mountains. "You're ready!"
"Ready for what?" she asked as she landed in front of him.
"For me to show you how it's really done. Fly with me."
As soon as they lifted off, Rolf darted in and grabbed her talons in his own. Well, that wasn't what she'd thought he'd meant when he was so excited about her aerobatics, but all right.
Rolf gestured skyward with his chin. "We need to go higher."
Maybe this was going to be a little different after all. Any change would be a good thing. They climbed, talons still joined and wings beating in unison. Up and up until even dragon lungs could barely suck enough oxygen from the thin air. Then they hovered for a moment.
Rolf shifted his grip on her talons to draw her closer, so close she had to curtail her wing beats. His much wider wings continued to beat, nearly encompassing her completely at each stroke. He pulled her closer until their bodies met. She could feel the heat of him against the delicate scales of her belly and then, with one sharp movement, the heat was inside her, too.
Valeriah pressed against him, wrapping her neck and tail around his to bring him closer. In spite of the minor inconveniences, she really did love Rolf. Moments like this helped to remind her how much. She started to let her weight fall backwards, but Rolf pulled her back up.
"Not this time. Fold your wings and dive," Rolf said.
She did. They plummeted, necks and tails entwined, wings clasped. Yes! This was what she had been missing. The rush of freefall sent a tingling sensation surging down the length of her body. She shivered and that sent another wave exploding outward from her center and then back again until she felt she would break apart if he were to let go of her.
They pulled out only at the last second, rolling together, which sent altogether new and delectable sensations through her body.
"Up again?" Rolf asked.
"Up! Yess!" Valeriah answered.
They climbed and plunged again, still joined. When they pulled out, Valeriah screamed, "Up!"
Rolf obliged. This time, when they dove, they were above the deep lake behind the villa and they did not pull out. They plunged into the waves, continuing the dive until their lungs were near to bursting. Only then did they finally separate, each driving for the surface and air. They paddled over to the beach and lay, wing-tip to wing-tip, utterly spent, wings extended so the afternoon sun could warm them as they sucked air into their starved lungs.
"Goddess! I've never gone for three falls before," Rolf said, gasping.
Valeriah raised her head. Her grin exposed rows of serrated, razor-sharp teeth. "I'll try for four, if you want."
The rumble of his laughter made wave-like ripples in the sand of the beach. "Mercy! I fear that would burst even my heart." He stretched his wing so that he could caress the edge of hers. "Do you forgive me, now? For driving you so hard to learn to fly?"
Her laugh sounded more like a purr. "Oh, I think sso. Yess. Definitely." Just now she was very glad she'd slowed down enough to let him catch her last spring.

About the Author:
Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.

Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.


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