On the run from her husband's killers, there is only one man who can help her now... her Rock.
Maggie is on the run from those who killed her husband nine months ago. She knows the only one who can help her is Rocco, a grizzly shifter she knew in her youth. She arrives on his doorstep in labor with twins. Magical, shapeshifting, bear cub twins destined to lead the next generation of werecreatures in North America.
Rocky is devastated by the news of his Clan brother's death, but he cannot deny the attraction that has never waned for the small human woman who stole his heart a long time ago. Rocky absented himself from her life when she chose to marry his childhood friend, but the years haven't changed the way he feels for her.
And now there are two young lives to protect. Rocky will do everything in his power to end the threat to the small family and claim them for himself. He knows he is the perfect Alpha to teach the cubs as they grow into their power... if their mother will let him love her as he has always longed to do.
Bianca D'Arc has run a laboratory, climbed the corporate ladder in the shark-infested streets of Manhattan, studied and taught martial arts, and earned the right to put a whole bunch of letters after her name, but she's always enjoyed writing more than any of her other pursuits. She grew up and still lives on Long Island, where she keeps busy with an extensive garden, several aquariums full of very demanding fish, and writing her favorite genres of paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.
Also by Bianca D'Arc
Brotherhood of Blood
One & Only
Sweeter Than Wine
Tales of the Were
Lords of the Were
The Purrfect Stranger
The Ice Dragon
Prince of Spies
Wings of Change
Guardians of the Dark
Half Past Dead: Simon Says
Once Bitten, Twice Dead
A Darker Shade of Dead
The Beast Within: Smoke on the Water
Jit’Suku Chronicles: Arcana
King of Swords
King of Cups
King of Clubs
End of the Line
Jit’Suku Chronicles: Sons of Amber
Gifts of the Ancients: Warrior’s Heart
String of Fate: Cat’s Cradle
StarLords: Hidden Talent
Gemini Project: Tag Team
Ladies of the Lair
I Dream of Dragons Vol. 1
Brotherhood of Blood
Caught by Cupid
Sons of Amber: Ezekiel & Michael
Half Past Dead
The Beast Within
The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance
Keeper of the Flame
The Dragon Healer
Master at Arms
Brotherhood of Blood: Wolf Quest
An Interview with Bianca D'Arc
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH:Bianca, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Tales of the Were: Rocky, the latest in your popular series. Where did you get the idea for this wonderful series?
BD: This book was actually written a few years ago, but was put on the proverbial “back burner” when my editor asked me to concentrate on something else. The idea came about when I was writing Lords of the Were. Rocky was a supporting character in that book and the idea of a weregrizzly intrigued me. I wanted to explore his character and give him a love story of his own.
HH: What can you tell us about the books that came before?
BD: This isn’t one of those series that is in a super strict order where you can’t read one book without reading the others that came before it. That was partially by design and partially because way back in 2006, when I first was published, the vampire stories were with a different (now-defunct) publisher. The werewolf stories were related -- set in the same world -- but because they were with a different publisher at first, I kept them separate. Nowadays the separation lines are more blurred. The novel Sweeter Than Wine first brought the weres and vamps together and even though I’ve separated them out into different sub-series titles -- Brotherhood of Blood, Tales of the Were, etc -- they are all set in the same contemporary paranormal world and will share certain characters and situations.
HH: How does Rocky continue the series?
BD: Rocky picks up where Lords of the Were left off. So does the novel, Inferno, actually. Inferno follows Dante, the vampire who plays a major role in Lords of the Were, in his travels to New York and beyond. Rocky stays closer to home, with the Lords and their Pack, in Montana. I intend to write more were stories in the next few months that will follow other characters in the were Packs and Clans. I will also write more for the vamps and fey that will follow the storyline from Inferno and be set across the country, mostly in and around big cities. The Brotherhood of Blood will also have a new installment, set in Wyoming and Iowa that is called Wolf Quest. They tell me it will be out in December of 2013 from Samhain Publishing.
HH: What do you like best about Maggie and why will readers empathize with her?
BD: Maggie is completely human and sees events from a perspective most of us can relate to. We, as readers, can see things through her eyes. She is also a sympathetic character, having lost her husband some months before, and with nearly-helpless babies to care for. A lot of us have lost loved ones. We can understand her pain and the reason she goes on -- the precious new life she is responsible to protect and nurture.
HH:What do you like best about Rocky and why will readers love him?
BD: Rocky is the ultimate strong, silent type. A man of few words, he was too hesitant to court Maggie back when they were teenagers. But now that they’re both grown and she’s come back into his life, he’s never going to let her go. His protective instincts and the gentle side of the fierce grizzly that shares his soul is something I find very attractive. I suppose others might too. ;-)
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
BD: I’m writing more. I’m almost completely back on track where my writing is concerned, which is a great change from the past three years. I lost my mother in late 2009 and basically stopped writing anything that wasn’t already contracted with due dates for the next couple of years. It just wasn’t in me. A few months ago, the writing bug struck again and I’ve been almost back to where I was before grief sidelined me for so long. I think I’m a better writer now, with more understanding of sorrow and loss. It will probably show in my writing, if readers look hard enough between my old books and my new ones. I hope the change is for the better. I think it is, but the readers will be the true judges.
HH:Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
BD: Oh, all over! I have a pretty vivid imagination and I never quite know what will set it off. Once, it was a big, bodybuilder-type guy in the mall pushing a stroller. He looked so incongruous. He was wearing black BDU pants with all those pockets, but instead of holding dangerous things, they probably held toys for his toddler. It was kinda cute. J Sometimes it’s weather. I drove through a massive green-cloud thunderstorm once that inspired one of my Dragon Knights books, Dragon Storm -- which is actually re-releasing this month from Samhain Publishing. After seeing that scary storm, I thought if ever something was going to cross over Wizard of Oz style into our world, that would be how. As a result, Dragon Storm is the only one of the Dragon Knights books in which the shapeshifting dragons of Draconia cross for a time into the woodlands of western Oregon.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
BD: When I’m actively working on a project, I try to wake up around 8:30 or 9:00 am, then putter around a bit watching CNBC until about 10:00. I start writing then and try to go until lunchtime. If I have errands to run, I do them in the afternoon, then come back and do some more writing. It varies. But those morning hours are very productive. I also write at night if I’m in the mood. Pretty much all day, if I’m working on a hot project. I write pretty fast and I try my best to write “clean” so there’s not a lot of self-editing involved.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
BD: I love posting back and forth with folks on facebook. I’m on there at various times throughout the day. I also do Twitter and though I’m not on there as often, I’m trying to be better about that. For more detailed and longer exchanges -- I have my own Yahoo group, though those groups aren’t as popular as they once were. I also have a newsletter that I put out every month or so. It’s run through a Yahoo group that is set to not allow chatter. I’m the only one who can send posts from that group, so it’s a NO SPAM ZONE. The links to all of that are on the homepage of my website: www.biancadarc.com.
HH:What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
BD: More writing! It was a long dry spell for me, so I’m really looking forward to getting more books out and playing in the worlds I’ve created. I also intend to do more self-publishing. Readers may not realize it, but Rocky is self-published. I have four releases set from Samhain Publishing for 2013, but as the time from submitting the book to release grows longer, so does my impatience. LOL. So the self-publishing route will allow me to put stories out more frequently, which makes me happy and from what I can tell, also makes some of my readers happy. So it’s a win-win. The actual schedule is shaping up like this:
2/26/13 - Keeper of the Flame (NEW Dragon Knights novel)
7/2/13 - The Dragon Healer (NEW Dragon Knights novella)
8/20/13 - Master at Arms (NEW Dragon Knights novella)
12/10/13 - Wolf Quest (NEW Brotherhood of Blood novel)
In addition, I plan to write a few paranormal novels and novellas that will be scheduled throughout the year. As always, you can get the most up-to-date information on my website "Coming Soon" page at www.biancadarc.com/coming.html