Tuesday’s Industry News: Guest Blog with Teresa D’Amario

Hello everyone! Nearly a year ago I joined the FFnP chapter of RWA. Within the first few months I made several friends on the critique loop. One who helped me with my craft, although at times I wanted to bang my head on the table, was fantastic author Teresa D’Amario.

Teresa helped me so much in my early drafts of not one but two manuscripts, she even pointed out how one character had a tendency to appear, what was the word she used :), um a tad bitchy. I have no idea where that came from, she was obviously completely wrong 🙂 And I can remember saving her critiques to read last because I hoped by the time I got to her’s I’d already given more depth so she wouldn’t work me too hard(yeah right, I have permanent brain damage from the table). If I got one “why? What does this feel like, taste, smell?” I got a thousand from her. Which only improved my writing and my characters. Thank you for that Teresa!

The advice Teresa gave me has opened my eyes to many things, one was the depth of my characters and how to go deeper. I’m so pleased to be able to have her here on the blog today. Please help me welcome Teresa to Southern Sizzle.


Nora Hunt is the daughter of former pack leader Sean Hunt and niece to Kieran Hunt. Emotionally and physically scarred after being held captive for weeks, she’s finally ready to move on with her life. But when she meets Ryland, she discovers not only a world of darkness and pain, but discovers Ryland may not be any better than those who held her captive all those weeks.

When Ryland Keegan steps in as Alpha of his dead brother’s pack, he inherits a pack of savage rogue wolven, as well as a legacy of violence, lies and five women held captive within the pack’s confines.

But when Ryland’s pack members start dying one at a time, he must decide if Nora is the catalyst or the killer. Can he trust his True Mate? Or will he be relegated to a life of leading the dregs of Wolven society?

Hello to the ladies of Southern Sizzle Romance! Thanks so much for allowing me to visit! Yes, we have had some sizzling hot days already this year, in North Carolina, and I’m looking forward even more down here in the south. Yes, Down here is proper grammar if you’re from “Down here”. Originally I am from Atlanta and Alabama area (yes, I know Atlanta is a city, but dang it, isn’t it as big as the state of Rhode Island? So I treat it like a state). But now, I’m in North Carolina, which is still south of the Mason Dixon line, so I definitely think southern sizzle still fits with my genre.

You see, I write hot shifters, who instead of being hidden away in the forests where normal shifters hide, mine are in plain sight, right there in the sands of North Carolina.

I laughed at my editor when  we were working on Dark Succession – my book which releases on Tuesday the 20th of April (Yes, Yes, I’m VERY excited about this book), because I mentioned SAND in the woods. She says “Don’t you mean soil?” No dear, I mean sand. Take a look at this photo. It was taken on Easter Sunday – when my darling little niece and my dear sweet Ace (the dog) were hunting easter eggs. Don’t they look like they are having tons of fun? Only problem is, there wasn’t much grass to hide those eggs in. Just sand. *sigh*

But the sands of NC hide a bit more than grass seed (yes, I think someone else inherited mine, cuz none came up last year). In Dark Succession it hides one of the largest underground compounds in the state. And its not the military who’s hiding within it’s walls. Nope. It’s a pack of rogue wolven, each hiding a secret. Each ejected from their own pack to avoid death. They’ve come together, drawn under the leadership of a man named Joshua. Only Joshua is dead now, and his brother must step up to take the reigns. How can a man, who hates everything his brother stood for, lead a pack of vicious and wild wolven?

And when he brings Nora home with him one dark, September evening, how can he protect her from his pack? And how can he continue the hide the dark secrets hidden within, and still make her his mate? Only time and words will tell as you delve into this dark, sensual story.

Nora is the daughter of a former pack leader. A man who stepped down, giving the job to his brother. She’s suffered at the hands of miscreants who wanted her father’s pack (see the book titled SheWolf, available at Freya’s Bower), and while her body has recovered, her mind has not. She’s jumpy and responds with fear at times she finds both embarrassing and horrifying. Always a strong woman, she doesn’t know how to hide the fear building inside her. But when she gets a hint of the dark and terrifying secrets within Ryland’s pack, she refuses to leave. Not to protect him, but to find the truth, no matter what it is.

Dark Succession is hot and sensual, like nothing I’ve ever written. The delicious chemistry is only tempered by the danger hiding within. I don’t think I’m bragging when I say this video sets the stage very well. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you buy Dark Succession, on Tuesday, 20 April, available at Freya’s Bower!

I’ll be doing several blogs in the coming weeks, so anyone who responds will be added to a contest. Respond to the questions posted, and if you buy either Dark Succession or Lone Wolf after April 20th, send me the receipt/proof of purchase, and you’ll be entered to win $25.00 gift card at Amazon.com!

So today’s question of the day: What do YOU have planned for the hot summer days this year?

Again thanks so much to Teresa for sharing this with us. I can assure when she says hot she means it. I did not have the pleasure of helping critique this book but believe me when I say she can write hot with deep characters.


17 Responses

  1. Morning everyone! Looks like my video didn’t show up – that happens sometimes with wordpress, I’m afraid. So here’s the direct link in Youtube so you can view it. 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXO9kVbBkF0

    And don’t let Sayde Grace fool you – she’s an awesome writer, and like all of us, needs a little tweek here and there in her writing. 🙂

    So, folks, let’s all talk summer!!! What are your plans?

  2. Nice interview. This is going to be good. Can’t wait to read it. Love the photo of your niece and dog.

  3. Wow Teresa, sounds like a great book. It’s definitely going on my TBR list (which just keeps growing, and growing, and…well, you get the idea).

    Well, considering I’m in south Louisiana (which should also be consider a state), I’m going to do my best to stay out of the heat and away from the mosquitoes. More importantly, I’m heading up to Nashville (way up north) for Nationals and looking forward to meeting everyone I’ve had a chance to chitchat with this last year. Oh, and turning 34 *meep* shortly after the conference.

    Good luck on your release! It sounds fantastic, and GO FF&P’ers! Woot-woot!

  4. Welcome Teresa- sounds like a great story. I totally get the sand thing being in Pensacola.

    My summer plans, besides meeting Danica at National , are to keep cool – as you know, its not the heat, its the humidity! And to make my annual trek to NYC-

    Good luck with the release- sell many copies!

  5. Ok everyone, I fixed the video on the blog! Its wonderful Teresa!

    As for my summer plans, I’m looking forward to the pollen and my constant sinus headache to go away regardless of the heat. I can deal with heat over sinus anyday! And I’m heading to Nationals! YAY

  6. Thanks for fixing the video. Fantastic.
    My summer plans are to buy an 8.6 acre plot of land and have a 1 1/2 to 2 acre lake dug out. Come Nov. I’ll supervise the building of the house.

  7. Welcome, Teresa, Great story. The trailer is awesome. My father is from NC (Black Mountain-outside of Asheville)–so i was surprised by the sand.
    My summer will be a work one this year. Good Luck! RitaVF

  8. wow, no wonder I wasn’t getting responses to this post. I had my email address typed in wrong. THAT never works!

    So anyway, Welcome Vicki, and thanks for kudos on the pic – my brother took that – he’s a camara fanatic. 😀

    sfcatty, and ritavf, yes, the sand is dependant on where you are in NC, but I live in what’s called “The sandhills” area of NC. My yard is probably sandier than most, because I have alot of pine trees. They sap out every nutrient found in soil. LOL.

    As for the summer plans, yeah, I’ll be at nationals with you guys! Woohoo! So that sounds like tons of fun. Don’t forget, if you’re not an author and are visiting Nashville or live there, in July, there will be a book signing planned so you can come and meet your favorite authors! I don’t think my publisher is listed among those allowed to sign, but I’ll still be hanging out and chit chatting! Just watch for me. Not sure yet what I’m going to have on my nametag. 🙂

    And for the trailer, thanks! I loved making it. I thought I was going to have to give up, because while the program i use to animate is easy to use – it’s a bit buggy. But I wiggled like a happy puppy when I found that pic of my Ryland look alike (yes, just add a scar down his cheek and that is almost exactly how I describe him).

    And Viki, we’ll think of you as you build the house. Imagine the excitement there! wow. 😀 It’s one thing to buy a new house but to build it to your specifications – that’s awesome!

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  10. Hmm, plans….what are those? Can you do those with two kids out of school for the summer?

    My one plan is to pray and hope I have a novel written so I can pimp myself to agents and editors in Nashville. But life is not cooperating at the moment and my dreams of a novel are not coming together.

    But I don’t have any definite beach visits or anything else to do.

    Can’t wait for Dark Succession. Do I still have to wait?

  11. Please tell me the books you have mentioned are available in print format. I have no portable ebook reader and must share computer with my husband. These books sound like an awesome read and they have been added to my TBR list

  12. Gee forgot to respond to the question. I get my rent rebate in July and am planning a book buying blowout so I can get as many on my TBR list as I can

  13. Hey Beth!

    Well, you have 7 more days to wait, and it’ll be out! I’m so excited. April 20th, one week from today! *happy dance*. I’m glad we’re both going to conference. I think we should just quit having publisher/rwa group parties and have a “party for the authors all together”. LOL. Cuz I know so many people going, and never have enough hours to spend with everyone!

    Robin, I’m so sorry, as of yet, SheWolf and Dark Succession are not in print. DS may be in print in about a year, but SheWolf is a bit too short for that. However, I do have another series, I call it the Maxey Wizard series, and book one is in print, with book 2 coming soon. That’s The Moon: Tigress by the Tail, followed by Lone Wolf. As you can tell, they are shifters too, despite the series name. 🙂

    Book buying blowouts are awesome!!! May you find the best of the best!!!

  14. What do I have planned for the hot summer days ahead? I plan to stay in the airconditioned house and either read or cross stitch or play on computer. I am disabled so I don’t get out much.
    Please enter me in the contest?

  15. Hey Julie,

    Nothing wrong with that! Hot days sometimes need a little cool relaxation to make the days enjoyable. 🙂 Consdier yourself entered. 😀

  16. Hello, Teresa, and thanks for blogging with us! You sound a busy woman indeed. But I can tell by the pic and your tone you also get plenty of cuddle time with your niece. She’s a cutie!

    Plans are only generalized around here, and have a tendency to get scrambled more often than not. LOL

    Your work sounds interesting and I’ll be sure to try it out! Thanks again for sharing.

  17. Hot Summer Days… will be here before we know it… I will be reading as much as I can, watching my nephew during the week, and maybe get in some pool time… not looking forward to the heat though…

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