Thursday, 29 October 2015

Haven's Revenge by Phetra H. Novak

Title: Haven’s Revenge
Series: A Caddo Norse Novel
Author: Phetra H. Novak
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Shayla Mist
Length: 305 Pages
Release Date: October 23, 2015

Blurb: Haven Naranjo is a proud Caddo Indian, with a frightening past. He was a mere fifteen year old boy when he found his parents, part of his tribe, and his high school sweetheart slaughtered by a wereman gone mad. Falling victim to a system that is not always prepared to deal with a shattered young mind, Haven finally gives up on himself. He grows up to be bitter and hateful toward the creatures he hate. Werewolves.

Alexander Prescott is the younger of the two Prescott boys and comes from a large werewolf clan. But things are bigger than that. Alexander, is the true vessel of the Fenrir Ulv and is to become the leader of all supernatural beings, the King of Wolves. On top of that, he’s in love with Haven. He’s known since he hit puberty that Haven is his true mate. But there’s one problem, Haven hates what he can become. However, Alexander has a plan on how he is to charm his, and his wolf’s way into the grumpy Caddo Indian man’s heart.

But fate has other plans for them. The Asa Guard enters their calm country living, determined to use their own kind against them and kill the true vessel—Alexander Prescott. 

When war between the Asa Gods and the Fenrir Ulv starts knocking on their door, what side will the damaged Haven choose? Will he find a way of trusting those, especially Alexander, who he feels has betrayed him and let his animal, the eagle, lead him straight to his fate by his mate’s side? Or will he trust the words of strangers, who come to make his quest of seeing all shifters dead a reality?

Haven’s Revenge is a story of an emotional journey for a whole community. It’s about finding acceptance not just from others but in yourself.

Haven leaned back on his heels, quickly wiping his cum covered hand off on the grass before getting up, mumbling under his breath as he gave Alexander a quick glance. "What the fuck was I thinking?"

He stumbled toward camp, braiding his hair back with determination.

At first Alexander was taken aback, almost shocked by his abrupt, cold dismissal but it only lasted for a few short seconds before he got his bearings again. His new found confidence and possessive streak took over. Like the swift “animal” he actually was, he stood, crossing Haven's path in no time. When their eyes met, sparks flew. There was nothing submissive at all with the look that sparked in Alexander's eyes.

"No. You're mine, Haven. Mine. I’ve waited for you for years and I’m done. Get used to it because you belong to me now." His voice was calm but there was no misunderstanding the words that were spoken. He gripped Haven's jaw in one firm grip. With a great force, that shouldn't have been possible, he claimed Haven's lips with his own, forcing his tongue into his mouth as he gasped at the heated intrusion. Dominating Haven and the kiss completely Haven couldn't help but to give himself permission to melt into the hungry kiss. Just for a few seconds. 

When Alexander finally broke off the kiss, they were both breathing hard lips still only inches apart as they tried to stare each other out. Haven was the one who looked away first.

Alexander gave him a calm, almost arrogant smirk before turning his attention to getting himself dressed, rather than standing around with his jeans halfway down his thighs.

"In your dreams," Haven muttered, shaking his head. He was pissed at himself for letting his emotions get the better of him. See what losing control did? It fucked everything up, and what the hell was wrong with Alexander? That kid needed a new hobby, one that didn't involve him. But Haven feared that Alexander had made up his mind and wasn't letting go.

"Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

He was so screwed.

Phetra often refers to herself as the odd man out, the dorky book nerd who rather spend her time with a good book or making up fantastic stories with even more fantastic characters, than live in the real world dealing with real people.

The real world is strange in a very non humorous way and people in it complicate it to the point of wearing you out. In the world of the written word no matter if it is in someone else's words or that of her own things might get busy, complicated, and sometime even plain painful but somewhere along the line there is always a hero on the horizon. He might not be prime or proper, a church going pretty boy since the author prefer rebellious men and women who don't follow the protocols of society.

One of her favorite saying are that only dead fish follow the stream and well she ain't no dead fish.

Phetra live together with her family, two children, a domestic partner and their two cats in Gothenburg, Sweden and when reading her books you will notice that she always finds a way of bringing her on culture into her books.

The joy of writing and reading comes from her childhood and is something she has always loved, something she is passionate to share with others. Phetra loves hearing from her readers even with ideas of what they want to come next.

If you are looking for her the best place to start looking for her is at home in the quietest corner of the house where you'll find her either curled up with her Kindle or her laptop typing away.
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Let’s start by telling us, in twenty words, or less, what you’re book’s about.
Haven’s Revenge is a story of an emotional journey for a whole community. It’s about finding acceptance not just from others but in yourself.

What was it that led you to write in the genre(s) you write?
Pure accident actually. I had a friend tell me about these books, Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and that I HAD to read them, which I did and anyone who has read this series knows how absolutely lovable Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are. At that point I had this idea of another book, which I am releasing in December called Finding Home, and together with my good friend I found out that there are a world of M/M books and authors out there. This was in 2012 and news to me, from that point on I just got sucked into this world of books that I never realized existed I read anything and everything and eventually found many authors that today are my favorite, and I found the genre I myself prefer to write and read in.

Are your books character led or plot led, or both?
I would say both, some might argue but in most my books, not all but most, there are several stories going on. Usually a bigger plot a mystery, problem or other going on and personal relationships developing between characters.

What is your favourite part of the writing process?
Oh I love plotting, coming up with new ideas, stories, characters and find out who they are, what do they do, what will happen to them and why. I think that is my strength as a writer.

What is your least favourite part of the writing process?
Least favourite… boy. Reading through my own work. I am so self-critical and I am never satisfied with anything and the closer I get to being done the worse I get with wanting to change things.

Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?
Oh from many things, personal experiences, real life people, music, other authors, current events. My brain is a scary place to be sometimes it never shuts off and is always sizzling with ideas, people or characters speaking to me.

Tell us a little about the characters in your book and their story. You can use more than twenty words this time.
Haven Naranjo, is the main character in this story, he had a hard life growing up losing his parents and many other people from his village in a were attack. The tragedy of finding his family slaughtered has made him hate shifters especially wolves. What he doesn’t know when he grows up becoming jaded and hateful as the years pass is that he is the key to the fate of the shifter community’s future.
Alexander Prescott, is the youngest of the two Prescott boys, at first appearance he doesn’t seem like much but from the day he was born his fate was already made. His fate was and is to become the King of Wolves, the leader of all shifter kind to lead them through the hard times with the Asa Gods. Fate also gave him a protector a man and shifter to look out for him to protect him from evil, and had the sharpest eye. The fact that he had to convince that protector to not kill him first but to love him instead was never something he thought he had to do.
There are many more characters in my story, all of them play a huge part in the Caddo Norse series. They each will have their own story to tell as the Caddo Norse series continue and the conflict between the Asa Gods and the Fenrir wolf continues.

If you could have one wish what would it be?
To be able to write full time. To dedicate all my time to writing.

What's your deepest fear?
I have many really. I love my children so that something would happen to them is a fear that can come upon me. But if you asked me about something that is more on a daily basis it would be to unconsciously hurt people when I don’t mean too or to be disliked. I am a people pleaser through and through.
If I came to dinner what would you feed me?
Probably something very Swedish and since herring isn’t something most foreigner like it would most likely be Swedish meatballs with boiled potatoes, gravy and lingonberry.

Which of your characters would you like to be sharing the dinner table with us?
Honestly, I think I’d choose Eddie Tobias, he’s the fun easy going guy. The guy who makes everyone relax and chill without even trying.

Tell us in the character’s own words, what he/she would have to say about you.
Eddie: “Phetra, hmm…” Chuckles softly, rubbing his jaw. “Gotta love a headstrong woman with a kind heart. She’s a stubborn one, that’s for sure, but lovely. She might want to lay off the ten cups of coffee’s she’s having a day and sit down have a cup of herbal tea and just take a load of for a minute, or two. That would do her good if you ask me.”
What would they say (again in their own words) about themselves, and their story that will make us want to read about it?
Eddie: “I’m Coleman’s Beta it is my job to not only see to the well-being of the pack but to my Alpha. It’s my number one priority. We have long known that war is coming, and that Alpha’s youngest son, Alex, is to become the King of wolves, something that won’t be easy for either of us. The thing is none of us know how the Asa Gods will take the joining of the Fenrir wolf and his true vessel, Alex we can only hope that they don’t see it as a declaration of war.”

Which other fictional character(s) would you like to be present at the dinner party?
From my own stories I’d say Charlie Morin from Love of the Game, Aasim El-Batal from Silent Terrorism and of course Haven Naranjo and where he goes Alexander isn’t far behind so, yep, him too.
Other author’s characters would be Marcus and Jim from Sean Michael’s book Bent. Dick from Dan skinner’s book the Price of Dick and for no other reason than to poison the son of a bitch and hide his body. Anita Blake, vampire hunter (written by Lauren K. Hamilton) simply because she’s a kickass chick with sarcasm in plenty and you got to love those kind of characters and for drama and straight forwardness, Elisabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. And this is only to mention a few… I think I need a bigger house for this dinner party!
What other authors would you say have either influenced your writing or you would like to emulate?
Wow… that’s one hard question. I can’t say that that I know one that I am trying to emulate. I just write what’s in my head. I think it would be better to ask a reader if I sound like someone because I can’t honestly say. But do I have authors I admire and would love to “be like”. Yes, many!
One of my all-time favourite authors especially within the M/M genre is Sean Michael. I love his books because they have everything there’s always a great story, well developed characters with their own fun and interesting characteristics. I love how Sean Michael have the ability to write sort of innocent romance “love dovey” books and then just turn around and turn the heat factor up by a thousand and write BDSM books that makes your blood sizzle. They are sexy, sometimes there are characters that piss me off so badly I have to put my kindle down and walk away so I don’t smash it, the Hammer Series have many such stories.  
Dan Skinner is another favourite author. I love how he in one book he can write this emotional story, like in Memorizing You, that will make you fall in love after reading just a few pages only to break your heart the next. Then in the next book, like the Price of Dick, he write this sexy story about a wonderful man who meets this narcissistic sociopath who make you want to shake one till they see reason and make you want to commit character murder to the other.
I could go on and on but what all authors that I like or admire have in common is that they make me feel things when I read their books, no matter if the feeling is good or bad. I walk away being touched. That is what I want someone to feel who have read one of my stories.

Which character from literature, would you most like to have invented?
Huh…. You’re killing me here. *ponders, ponders and ponders some more* Sweet Jesus this is hard… But on fun factor and kick ass woman of her time, I’d have to go with Elisabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She went against her time and did what felt right no matter if women were to do so or not. She was brave and headstrong, I do not identify at all with that. *winks*
What do you prefer writing. A one off novel, a series or short stories?
Novels and Series. Personally I can’t write short stories. I literary can’t I have tried and by the time I end it I’m past 50K. I am a wordy b**ch and couldn’t manage anything under 50K to save my life.

What kind of books do you read (if you have time to read)?
I love to read and read every day. I start and end each day by reading on my kindle. I read a lot of different books even if I mostly read within the M/M genre these days. But I love everything from Dean Koontz to Charlotte Bronte.

Where do you see yourself personally and professionally in 5 years time?
In five years I spend a bigger part of everyday writing instead of trying to get some writing into my day. I hope that I have manged to get myself out in the world and met some of all these amazing and talented authors who many become friends and people I admire greatly.
Personally, I try to grow as a person as much and often as I can. So in five years I hope I am giving back more to others than I am getting and that my family are as happy and well.

Do you have any other projects in the offing we should look out for?
Yes I have 3 more books coming out between now and April of next year.
Finding Home, sometime late December 2015
Love of the Game, February 19th 2016
Silent Terrorism: Saudi Arabia, April 22nd 2016

Where can we find you?
Twitter: @PhetraNovak

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