Saturday, May 16, 2015

Redemption by: Viki Lynn & Vina Grey w/ Interview & Giveaway

Title: Redemption
Author/Authors: Viki Lyn & Vina Grey
Series: Deliverance Series (Book 1)
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Publisher: ViVi {Self Published}
Release Date: April 2015
Edition/Formats: Digital (Kindle Only)

Thou shall not kill.
Archangel Raziel had no choice. He would break the Infinite’s commandment again to save his lover, Uriel, from a demon’s talons. Yet even the Infinite’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. Forced to go through the Cleansing, Raziel loses his memories and is renamed Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.

Years later, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uriel to capture a killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. But a relationship between Protectors and angels is forbidden. As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to choose between life and death if he is to save Uriel again.

His eyes widened, and he stepped back as the blond angel turned to him. Oh the Infinite almighty…his cock leaped, spreading a shockwave throughout his lower half.
Golden waves of hair and milky skin, a white robe draped seductively around a tall, slender body, eyes bluer than any sky Izar had ever witnessed. The sight of the archangel caused a loss of equilibrium.
The archangel’s perfect brows lifted slightly at Izar’s feeble attempt to appear in control. Oddly, the angel seemed familiar, but they had never spoken or been in the same room together. Izar would have remembered that face. He’d seen the prince of the Cherubim from a distance, but never this close, this personal, this…distracting.
The quicksilver lust on seeing this vision shocked him. He wasn’t attracted to forbidden fruit. He didn’t need the trouble. He was a practical man, especially when it came to where he put his dick. Protectors were forbidden to lay with angels, except for the Sanctuary’s healers.
Turning away from the seductive vision, he drew in a breath. He should have attended the Sanctuary for relief before coming here. His physical reaction to this archangel confirmed the danger of waiting too long to eradicate his sexual lust. He’d already pushed his limits, and if he didn’t get to the temple, he’d fall ill, or worse, lose control of his actions.

When and what brought you two ladies together to write.
 Viki: We belonged to an online writing group and became good friends. We went on writing retreats, beta read each other’s stories and have cheered each other on. We thought it’d be fun to write a story together, and Orbus Arcana was born.

Vina: And don’t forget the coffee shop where we initially said, what if a car crashed through that window…and the rest is history!

How do your writing styles differ?
Viki: I am not as romantic as Vina, so she is able to add more romantic warmth to the stories. I’ve learned a lot from her in going deeper into a character. I love world building and I’m plot driven at times, and very descriptive, so this needs to be tamed down a bit.

Vina: The best partnerships happen when you can bring different strengths to the table. Viki is also incredibly detailed and she catches me when I start out a scene in a blue shirt and end it with a green one. Or if we said something in Book 2 and in Book 3 I totally forgot about it and started down a different path. I like grammar, and yes of course the romance.

Is it easy to come together on an idea?
Viki: Vina has a zillion ideas! Sometimes my head spins trying to keep up with her enthusiasm. But I can hold my own as well – so we have many more WIPS than stories written! LOL Once we focus on a story, then we bounce ideas off each other, and this is what’s so fun writing with another author. We have similar taste in how hot we want to make our books, how dark, etc. We both like a dash of humor, too.

Vina: Oh don’t listen to her - she has plenty of ideas but it is true that I have a cast of thousands in my head any given day. But we do find ourselves surprisingly in sync when we plot. Its pretty rare for us to disagree in a major way; usually a plotting conversation goes something like this - what if….oh, yeah and then we could….and oh, oh, oh, listen to this…perfect!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Viki: We both have been publishing books for a long time, so really, I haven’t been surprised by what I’ve learned in writing with someone else.

Vina: I think I grow as a writer with every book I write, but perhaps the most important lesson has been that if the readers don’t love your characters, your plot won’t carry the day. Ultimately, a reader must want to turn the page because they care desperately about what happens to your characters.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Viki: I’m sporadic and I am all over the place when it comes to a writing schedule. While Vina keeps a spreadsheet! I try really, really hard to follow her timelines. *wink, wink*

Vina: Oh stop! I have a very demanding day job and of late, I have been totally unable to meet our writing deadlines. I am trying to get a handle on juggling everything at a better pace. But usually, we come up with a general timeline and exchange chapters every couple of weeks. We manage to get books published within a couple of weeks of our deadline, so we’ve done pretty well so far.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Viki: My best dialogue comes to me in the shower.

Vina: When I’m stuck on a scene, I’ll wander into the family room, sit down on the couch (I tend to wander around the house with my laptop anyway), shush everyone and write. Drives my family crazy as they point out to me in that in our old rambling Victorian, there are plenty of other places I could find quiet.

Viki Lyn  
An introvert and artist with a healthy dose of skepticism about life and love.
Vina Grey
An extrovert, an academic and a die-hard romantic
Viki Lyn & Vina Grey
It was so not a match made in heaven. But Viki and Vina discovered a mutual love of traveling around the world, the paranormal, good coffee, and a healthy admiration for their respective creativity. Sitting in a coffee shop one day, they started brainstorming about story plots and Vince and John and the car crash in the bakery. A story was born. Vina writes the sappy romance and Viki tempers it. Between them, they managed to find their boys a ‘happily ever after’.

Viki & Vina

Viki Lyn

Vina Grey


  1. Good Morning! I'm on my first cup of coffee and wanted say hello. Thank you Steven D. for hosting us today! I'll be checking in to answer any comments throughout the day. We gotten so many great reviews on Redemption that this has spurred us on to begin writing book 2 in the series. We'll be introducing Razi's new elite warriors...and reveal more of the world below the heavens!

  2. Oh the book all look good. hope you write many more books together

    1. Roger, we write the mm vampire Orbus Arcana series, and that has three books and book 4 is on the horizon. Redemption is the first book in the series. Since we're getting fab feedback, we have started plotting book 2. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Thank you for hosting us, Steven D. Redemption is heavier on the fantasy than our orher books and we are delighted wirh the reviews. I'm traveling (as usual these days-sigh) but Viki will be around. Cheers, Vina