Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sunrise Over Brasov NBtM

Rosa Getzi lives a life of intrigue at Poiana Brasov with Clement, a werewolf, and Cassandra, the witch. Her past doesn't matter to her – until she discovers what it holds.

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue, igniting Rosa's desire to find her family. However, all is not as it appears. Rickard, Rosa's friend, escapes with her. Clement will go to any lengths to get Rosa and Rickard back.

At Darius' fortress, Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control the change, and Clement hopes to exploit Rickard's abilities.

Michael's courage, strengths, and convictions will be tested like never before. Can Michael and Rosa find true happiness and the rid the lupine haunting of the Sigmaringens once and for all?

He raised his hand and lowered his hood. An inherent strength filled his profile. Confidence. Concern. Relief.

Rosa's breath jammed in her throat. He looked familiar. He smelled familiar.

"Rosa, it's Michael. Let's go."

"I'm not going anywhere with you."

A frown set against his rugged features. "I don't have time to argue -- now put on a warm dress and cloak."

"No." She was not going anywhere with him despite the relief in his voice.

He sighed and shut the door. Moving with fluid grace, he crossed the room, jerked the door to her closet open and threw the items he wanted her to wear on her bed. "Get. Dressed."

"No." She was determined not to budge, despite the danger outside.

"Rosa, we're leaving."

"I'm staying."

"Why would you want to stay? Clement kidnapped you."

Disconcerted, she pointedly glanced away from his hard stare. What did he mean by kidnapped? Clement didn't keep her behind bars and feed her only bread and water. Rosa could even go into Brasov to shop as long as Lucien or one of the bodyguards went with her.

"I'm going to take you back to your mother."

Her head snapped toward his direction. Mother? Of course she had a mother -- a family, even -- only she had no recollection of them. So why did her body fill with warmth at the mention of her mother by a man she hadn't seen before, but was hauntingly familiar? She pursed her lips, torn by conflicting emotions.

"Caroline and Darius can't keep this up. Now get dressed or I'll dress you myself."

"You'll find me an unwilling subject."

He drew in a deep breath and raked a hand through his thick ebony hair. "You are exasperating."

"So I've been told."

Question: Welcome Stephanie, thanks for stopping by. So why don't you tell us a little about yourself.
Steph: I was born and raised in New Hampshire. When I turned 18, I joined the U.S. Army as an MP looking for a great adventure and money for college. Regan was president when I joined, but the 1st presidential election I voted in was 1988. I spent 7 years in Germany, earned a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University out of Riverside, CA, and I was married in Denmark. I love chocolate and enjoy coffee.

Question:  How did you get started writing?
Steph: I've been writing for as long as I remember. I was 6 and making Spiderman comics at the kitchen table. I've always enjoyed writing a good story.

Question: What was the inspiration for your book?
Steph: I needed to tell Michael's story. He's been through a lot in the series and there's no happy ending for him. Michael has to fight hard for what he wants. What inspired the opening sequence was a scene from a book I read where the heroine rescues the hero from jail. I thought that was a very brave moment and I wanted to show Michael acting bravely right off the bat.

Question: What's the one genre you haven't written in that you would like to?
Steph: I would have to say historical, circa the 1700's. I can't seem to find my voice for it, but I keep reading and researching. Maybe one day.

Question: What are you working on now?
Steph: I'm between stories now. I'm prepping to write a short contemporary paranormal story for Halloween about a witch who is afraid to fall in love. In June, Book 3 of my steampunk series, The Windsor Diaries comes out. It's called "A Lady Never Lies." I'm exploring promotional opportunities for it.

Question: Favorite color?
Steph: Blue.

Question: Favorite movie?
Steph: Sound of music.

Question: You have one superpower. What is it?
Steph: The power to stay a lean, mean fighting 135. Okay, Super strength. Wonder Woman is my hero.

Question: Which of your characters are you most like and why?
Steph: I'd like to think I'm like Lady Jocelyn Ridgecroft from "A Lady Never Lies." (The Windsor Diaries book 3). She's smart, quirky, willing to follow her heart, yet strong enough to stick up for her beliefs and convictions in the face of adversary.

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Author Bio and Links:
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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  1. A wonderful interview thank you.


  2. Enjoyed your comments and the excerpt.

  3. Thank you so much for having me here today. :) Question for you and your readers: Do you prefer ebooks or print books or both? Why?

    Smiles to all

    Steph Burkhart
    Romance Under the Moonlight

    1. It was great having you again Stephanie! As for me, I prefer both. I like being able to take all my books with me on my Kindle, but I still like keeping my faves in print form.

  4. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it.


  5. like ebooks and print

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  6. Great interview! Sound of Music is one of my faves too!