Friday, July 13, 2012

VBT - Destiny Bewitched by Leia Shaw

Please join me in Welcoming Leia Shaw on her Virtual Book tour for Destiny Bewitched, the fourth book in her Shadow's of Destiny series.  Leia was kind enough to answer some questions for me.  Please be sure to leave a comment or question for her in the comments below as she will be awarding a copy of one of her backlist ebooks and a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card to one random commenter during her tour.  You can follow her tour here.  


Me: Can you tell us how many books you are planning in your “Shadows of Destiny Series”?

Leia: As of right now, eight. Four are done, so four more! I’m very excited about the next four books. All of them are about characters we’ve already met in other books. And you never know what’ll happen between then and now. Maybe the series will keep going.

Me: Do you write full time?  What is a typical writing day like for you?

Leia: I write almost full time. A typical writing day is spending too much time on Facebook, writing a little, updating my blog, Facebook again, writing a little more, then something magical and miraculous happens and a book is formed. Lol.

Me: Does the “Shadows of Destiny Series” need to be read in published order? Is there a prescribed reading order?

Leia: Nope. And that’s something readers love about it. You can read it in any order and still understand each book.

Me: Do you have an outline for each book you follow or are you more of a “write by the seat of your pants” type author?

Leia: I’m a little of both. I have a very disorganized and vague outline then write spontaneously after that.

Me: Most of the books you’ve written are paranormal, do you ever plan to write in a different genre?

Leia: One of my books is a contemporary BDSM erotic romance based on a true story titled, 31 Flavors of Kink. Paranormal romance will always be my favorite genre to read and write, but I might try my hand at Urban Fantasy one of these days.

Me: If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would it be?

Leia: Glacier National Park! I worked there for a summer in my early twenties. It’s the most beautiful place in the world, in my opinion. I’d love to go back with my family.

Me: Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?  Can you share a small snippet of your upcoming work?

Leia: My next book in my paranormal series is called Destiny Forgiven. It’s a darker, more emotional story about a sorcerer we meet in the first book, Maddox, and his journey to redemption after being tortured and brainwashed by his father. A shapeshifter, and childhood friend Felicity, is his only chance at finding himself again. Here’s a snippet.

A pair of heavy hands slammed onto the table, startling her out of the memory. She looked up into those big wondering eyes. Her Maddi was here.

“Maddox.” She jumped up and reached for him.

“Sit down, Shifter!” His booming voice echoed off the empty walls and made her flinch.

Eyes wide, she stumbled back then fell into the chair.

She peered up at him, a cold sense of dread sliding through her. Those eyes…the ones that had always represented warmth and fun, hardened then narrowed into cruel slits. This was not the Maddox she knew and loved – the light-hearted, mischievous boy she’d spent summers chasing and laughing with. No, this was a very different Maddox. One that made her chest ache and her knees tremble with fear.

God help me.

Maddox had turned into her worst enemy.

Five Get to Know You Questions:

1. Favorite Color:  Purple
2. Favorite Author to read:  Kresley Cole
3. Favorite TV Show/Movie:  Game of Thrones and True Blood
4. Food you can’t live without: anything chocolate
5. Favorite ice cream flavor: anything chocolate and peanut butter combined

Destiny Bewitched
by Leia Shaw



Deemed “trailer trash” by humans and the daughter of the most disgraceful family of witches and warlocks since the Puritan age, Samantha is used to fighting her own battles. When her younger sister is taken to the Underworld, Sam doesn't hesitate to rescue her. To survive the harsh land, she makes a deal with a demon — the most dangerous of creatures in the realm. Even with those lustrous horns, Geo is as hot as the hell she's stuck in. Fighting nasty beasts in a supernatural version of the gladiator games is easy compared to falling in love with a man who has no future to offer.



A growl tore through the cabin, startling her. She spun toward the noise so fast she fell on her ass. A giant…dog would be an understatement, flew out of the shadowy corner and landed on thick paws in front of her. Pitch black in color, covered in bulging muscle, it bared its oversized teeth and snarled at her. Holy mutant flea bag!

She crab-walked backward a few feet, never taking her eyes off the beast, until she felt her sword under her hand. “Nice doggie,” she whispered, dragging the sword closer.

She jumped to a crouch, the sword unsheathed and at the ready. The thing’s eyes glowed red as it stared at her weapon. “Nice possessed doggie.”

The fur on its back rose up and its chest rumbled menacingly. Heart pounding, she kept her sword steady in her hands though inside she was shaking. “Okay Kujo, I’m all for animal rights – I support PETA and all that – but if you attack me, I’ll stick you with this nice sharp sword.”

In answer, the oversized mutt growled.

“Erebus.” Geo’s voice filled the cabin. She hadn’t even heard him come in. “Down, boy. She’s a friend.”

Great. The demon had the equivalent of a pet mastiff on steroids and already the thing didn’t like her.

Apparently Erebus wasn’t the obedient type. He growled again, and a line of drool dripped from his mouth. Ew. “Not very well trained, is he?” she said to Geo, gaze still locked on the dog.

“He’s not a pet. Put your sword down.”

“What? No way.” In the middle of a showdown with a dog-beast that looked like it wanted to gnaw on her bones – the sword was going nowhere. “One of us is making it out of this alive. I’d prefer it be me.”

“Samantha.” She eyed Geo from her peripheral vision. “Put down the sword. Trust me.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I began my writing journey while I was stranded at the airport waiting for my delayed flight. I browsed the Border’s kiosk and grew frustrated that I couldn’t find the “it factor” — the perfect combination of alpha male-ness, ass-kickery, strong females, magic, and sex.

So I spent the next four hours on an airplane writing my first book on scraps of paper and an airsick bag (which thankfully I didn't need to use).

Now I spend too much time in my head, plotting evil villains and the hot men (and women) who ruthlessly kill them. I think far too much about fae politics, dragon power games, and how fast werewolves can change forms. But writing my paranormal romance series has given me a productive place to express those dark places in my mind.

I live in New England with my husband and two kids. Though I will go to my grave denying it, my husband insists I would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.

Twitter: @LeiaShaw


I want to thank Leia for answering my questions and being included on her blog tour.  Don't forget to leave a comment or question for her below to be entered in her contest.  The more often you comment, the better your chances.  You can follow her blog tour here.


  1. How fabulous that the books in your Shadows of Destiny Series can be read in any order. Very good I say!!

    I love purple & chocolate too.


  2. How wonderful for you that you're able to write full time! And I agree about Glacier National Park -- Lovely!

    jbandy8233 AT gmail DOT com

  3. Thanks! Leia what's it like to live in England? I would love it if my hubby sprouted fangs!

    1. whoops! i don't live in England, I live in NEW england. Connecticut to be exact. Lol. But it's nice to live here too ;)

  4. Please don't enter me in the contest, I'm just stopping by to say hi!


  5. thanks for having me today! I had a great time with this interview and i hope your readers enjoy it and the excerpt!!!

  6. Wow! If that cover doesn't sell a ton of books your interview and excerpt certainly will. Great post. Enjoyed it very much.

  7. Wow, eight books in the series! Very impressive...I'm always curious as to when you realize a series will be a certain length. Happy they work as standalones, too...


  8. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  9. I agree...I like a series where the books can be read in any order and that you don't have to read all of them to enjoy the books.

    AND, I love purple.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  10. I can't believe there will be four more books. Yeah! Great cover. Thanks for the interview and excerpt. This book sounds fantastic.


  11. Do you have titles for the other three books that will be in this series?
    Great interview, my favorite color is purple! Yay!!!!!

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  12. I have to tell you I am in lust with Geo already! We are almost neighbors I live in Maryland LOL!
    Carin mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Gotta love social's very distracting LOL. Congrats on your newest release :)

  14. TTS awesome that you can read ur books in any order

  15. Nice interview! I have this book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I also want to read 31 flavors too. Thanks for the post!

    I love purple too!!

  16. Hahaha, I totally get the "facebook, work, facebook, twitter, work, more socializing, miracle!" type day lol. That's awesome!

    This book sounds fantastic, I definitely have to read it one way or another. It definitely fits in with my love of demons!

    Thanks for such a great interview, I loved it!
    liz at fictional candy dot com