Anna Applegate lives
in rural Maryland. She loves reading, romance of all kinds, sappy chick flicks,
paranormal literature, shooting stars, Disney, traveling, and having an imagination.
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I’m from rural Maryland, about forty minutes from
2.What do you do when
you’re not writing?
I’m a Conference Planner for a small business in
DC. I plan meetings and events for a variety of clients, mostly in the
3.Where did the idea
for the Ariya Adams Trilogy come from?
addicted to reading. Paranormal is usually my genre of choice (although now I’m
being thrown into contemporary romances and LOVING them, too). I was getting
frustrated, feeling like I was reading the same story lines over and over in
the books I was picking up. They were all wonderful, but I felt like I had read
the story already. I remember complaining to one of my girlfriends about it and
she said, well if you think you can do it better, try to. I sat down, thinking
I’d get a page of writing out and realize I should NOT have thought I could do
it. After a month or two of keeping with it though, I had multiple pages, and
an idea of where my characters were going. The story just kept playing out in
front of me. I like to think it’s unique and that my desire for something
different came through.
4.What book are you
I’m currently reading The Lone Survivor by Marcus
5.What was the
hardest part in writing these books?
I think the hardest part is finding enough time
to write. Sometimes the characters and ideas are swarming around in my head and
I don’t have time to sit down and write. I think the biggest thing is just to
try to find time, even if it’s only 5 minutes, to write and get the thoughts
out on the page.
6.What was your
favorite part of writing these books?
I love watching my characters develop. Sometimes
it feels like they are in control and even I get surprised at the direction
things go. It’s fun to see the story develop and get put to pages.
7.What are your
I’m working on Book 3 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy,
Sacrificed. That will be out early 2014. That’s taking up most of my time, but
I’m always taking notes for other series and books. J
8.Can you share a
little of your current work with us?
I don’t want to give too much away! I think the
end will surprise people. There will be romance, adventure, shocks, and some
steamy scenes as well – I promise!
9.Do you have anything
specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to say thank you. Those words don’t even
feel like enough. I am so grateful for everyone who takes time to spend with
Ariya and her friends. I hope everyone continues to enjoy the story. I wrote
them to be fun and entertaining and I hope that comes across. I’m thrilled to
have been given such wonderful support and I will never be able to express my
gratitude as fully as I feel it. THANK YOU ALL!!!
OK………….. Now that all the serious questions are out of the
way, let’shavesome fun.
10.What is your most embarrassing moment?
Oh goodness, I’m a total klutz. So I have plenty.
I trip all the time and usually in front of cute guys. Really classy, I know!
11.What is one of the things you would put on your
I really want a tattoo. I realize that’s not a
big deal for a bucket list, but I’m scared of needles. So for me, it’s on
12.If you could be any flavor of ice cream what
flavor would you be and why?
Chocolate, simply because I LOVE chocolate
anything and it feels more wild than vanilla. J
13.What is one thing that annoys you the most?
This is silly, I hate people cutting in front of
me and breaking my stride. That seems strange, but I’m a fast walker and hate
having to stutter-step.
14.What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Honey Mustard – it
was delicious and a college staple my freshman year.
15.Are you a morning or night person?
Night Owl!! I write my best in the evening.
Getting out of bed in the morning is a challenge.
16.What’s your favorite movie?
17.Where is the worst place you could get stuck?
Anywhere with spiders – they are too much for me!
18.Where would you go if you were invisible?
I’d go to closed parts of museums or art
galleries all over the world. Places closed to the public – I think it would be
fascinating to see!
19.What is the one thing you own you wish you
The Aqua CD (group that sang Barbie Girl). That’s
a little embarrassing.
20.If you were stranded on a tropical island what 2
things would you want with you?
My Kindle and an unlimited amount of wine. Is
that cheating?? J
21.If you could choose your nickname, what would it
college, my friends called me Anni and I loved it. So that would be my
The Ariya Adams Trilogy
Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) is available in eBook form throughAmazon and Barnes & Noble.
At the start of her senior year at Kingsbrook College, a small school
in Northern Michigan, Ariya Adams has a perfectly normal existence. Determined
to make this her best year yet, she attends her classes and hangs out with the friends
she has come to love more than life.
With the arrival of the sexy and mysterious transfer student James
Rymer, Ariya Adams’ world is turned upside down. Not only does the new stranger
bring out emotions she’s never felt, but he seems to be intertwined in her
existence even more than she could have imagined. She discovers that “normal”
isn’t what she thought it was and that the lines between fantasy and reality
don’t exist, at least not for her.
Danger soon comes and she discovers that everyone
has been keeping secrets from her. The battle between one's duty and what feels
right will have to be fought, and it may be a struggle for Ariya to stay alive.
With her life, and the lives of the people she cares for most endangered, she
learns to never underestimate the power of blood.
Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) is available in eBook form through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Nothing is ever quite as it seems, at least not for
Ariya Adams. She’s only recently discovered the supernatural world is real, and
that world wants something from her. Her blood. Her unique ability to heal both
werewolves and vampires with only a few drops gives Ariya a great power.
However, that power has put her in unfathomable danger.
James, her sexy vampire boyfriend and Protector,
has done well keeping Ariya safe in the past. When a new, more powerful and
manipulative evil comes into play, it may prove to be more than they can
handle, especially when their forbidden affair makes Ariya more vulnerable to
the deceptive new enemy seeking to control her. Her grasp on reality will be
tested and twisted as she battles to save James, her friends, and herself.
Despite her determination, she may be faced with a
pain greater than she ever imagined. Even the most powerful abilities have
limitations, and this time, the power of her blood might not be enough to save
those she loves most. If all else is lost, will Ariya survive?
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
*This book contains some violence and sexual
content. It is intended for audiences 18+.*
normally when I write a review for books that make up a series, I usually read
the first book, write my review, read the next one and write the review for
that one and so on. But with this
series, I just COULDN’T STOP! I finished
the first one and was so caught up in the story of these wonderful characters
that there was no way for me to stop and write the review. I rushed right into my kindle store and 1-clicked
the second book as quick as possible and dove right back into the story and
characters that I had fallen in love with.
If you are tired of the typical story plot of paranormal series and the
predictability that goes along with it, then this series is for you! This adventure will leave you on pins and
needles through every twist and turn.
You will be flipping pages as fast as possible to find out where the
words are leading these wonderful characters.
So let’s start with a rundown of the
main characters. Our heroine in the
series is Ariya Adams. She’s your
typical normal college student who has had her fair share of horrible college
relationships. When we start out, she is
taking a break from all guys, at least as far as being in a relationship with
them. Enter James Rymer, the dark
mysterious and, let us not forget, HOT new transfer student on campus. He brings out new emotions in Ariya that
she’s definitely not use to. But not
only are the main characters in the story absolutely wonderful, you can’t help
but love the supporting characters as well.
There’s Ariya’s best girlfriend, Caroline, the spunky fun loving
fashonista. Riley, the hot guy best
friend, who has a secret crush on Ariya and would do anything for her. And Nick, Caroline’s hot “new” boyfriend, who
soon becomes a close friend to Ariya as well.
I’m not going to tell you too much
about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises, but
trust me, you won’t regret checking out this series. The first two books are out already (Protected
and Awakened), and we can expect the much anticipated third book, Sacrificed,
to be released in early 2014. I CAN NOT
wait for the third book! I have fallen
in love with this series and feel like I’m stuck in a book hangover waiting on
the third J