The Dreamcaster Series, #2
by C.J. Burright
Date of Publication: August 23rd 2016
Publisher: Ravenrock Publishing, LLC
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Beautifully Burned (The Dreamcaster Series, #2) . . .
Daxon and Ella pulled me in to their world and in to their lives, past and present. I was enthralled by the dynamics of the world that the Dreamcaster Series was taking place in. I was immediately captivated by the similarities and the differences between Dax and Ella. I was intrigued by the secondary characters including Lydon and Kalila. The bonds, deceit, fears, triggers, betrayal, connections to Wonderfully Wicked.
There were similarities to the first read of the series but it did not detract from the two characters building their story here. Ella had many moments when I was just not sure about her. She keep me wondering what was she thinking. How could she do that? Dax had a few moments of me wanting to slap him hard. The connection that he had with Kalila and the paranoia he had about Lydon.
This read fits right into the frame of things for the Dreamcaster Series.
**This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
The Dreamcaster Series:
Wonderfully Wicked – The Dreamcaster Series, #1
Beautifully Burned – The Dreamcaster Series, #2
Grandma warned me to resist him.
I know what he is. Even if he doesn't sparkle in the sun, hiss at holy water, or go by the traditional name of vampire, I know.
He doesn't want or need my blood. He wants my dreams...more specifically, my nightmares. And I've got oodles of those, so many they leak.
He's emotionally scarred, growly, dangerous, and kindles all my senses. Love isn't on his agenda. Having him for a guardian isn't on my list of fun, either. My touch sends him into darkness.
I shouldn't want him.
I can't want him.
But I do.
If I surrender instead of escape, I'll lose everything--my sister, my will, my life. Gran forgot to tell me the most important detail of all: how am I supposed to resist him when he's everything I've ever dreamed of?
Beautifully Burned is told in a dual, third person POV, and may be read as a standalone.
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C.J. Burright was born and raised in Oregon and loved it so much she never left. While she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers and instead leans toward urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or—since all things medieval and magical fascinate her—fantasy romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, C.J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes stories should always include a fight scene, gratuitous or not. In what spare time she has, she enjoys working out, gardening, all things musical, Assassin’s Creed, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners (preferably with wine to curb her outrage when they lose). She shares a house with her husband, daughter, and a devoted cat herd.
INTERVIEW WITH C.J. BURRIGHT
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I love banter, so you can always expect lots of snappy, snarky dialogue between characters. My website tagline is ‘dark heroes, bold women, magical romance’, which is spot on. I prefer a blend of quirky humor, steamy chemistry with a side of supernatural, and lots of action, always with a happy ending.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Routine? Ha! Since my writing time is basically squeezing in minutes whenever and wherever I can, my main routine is creatively stealing minutes to get my word count in. But when I’m away from my laptop and not being forced to engage in social interaction, I’m lost in my own little world, thinking about my stories, where they need to go next, or the particular scene I want to write next, so when I hit the keyboard, I know where I’m going.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
The characters always come to me first, and I like to have their personalities, background, and physical attributes mostly figured out before I get too far in a story. Of course, I always learn things about them along the way, and they deepen in detail as the story progresses. Every so often, a muse will come along to inspire me – I love it when that happens! But I’m not much of a people watcher, unless someone purposefully distracts me and jumps into my personal space. That happens a lot. Then, there’s the very real danger that they’ll be in my story, the character who meets death…death by toilet plunger.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I’ve really bonded with all of the main characters and a lot of the secondary characters. Two characters I love in particular are in the contemporary romance I’m writing right now. Adara is a woman who recently lost her brother and is having trouble moving on. She has a dry sense of humor, keeps others at a distance, and is absolutely broken and struggling. Garrett is the musician who is determined to invade her solitude and inspire her to live instead of simply exist. I adore them both.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Zaire! He’s a scary character in the Dreamcaster Series whose motives and loyalties are questionable. I’ve written a few chapters of his story before being sidetracked by other projects, and I can’t wait to get him fleshed out and focus on his journey. He’s definitely going to give Lydon from Wonderfully Wicked some competition as my favorite V’alkara.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Interesting question! I’d have to say my dreams. They’re fascinating. I’ve always had extremely vivid dreams, which definitely influenced my decision to write the Dreamcaster Series. Not that I can pop nightmares out of my head! But I’ve dreamt of people I’ve yet to meet, of places I’ve yet to be, and when I meet those people or go to those places, it’s a strange sense of déjà vu. It’s so odd to see something in reality, and it will trigger a dream-memory. I’ve also had a recurring dream of tidal waves, an inescapable wall of water coming at me, sometimes from both sides. Needless to say, tidal waves sorta terrify me. Even weirder, my sister says she has the same dreams. Bizarre, huh?
Thank you, C.J. Burright,
I appreciate your taking the time to answer some questions and giving some more insight to you and your writing style. I look forward to seeing more from the Dreamcaster Series and for Zaire.
Thank you again,
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