Monday, August 13, 2012

Interview & Giveaway: Dust of My Wings by Carrie Ann Ryan

It's my pleasure to have Carrie Ann Ryan here today. Her book Dust of my Wings is defiantly going on my to-be-read list!

Carrie Ann, tell us about yourself.

Hi! Thanks so much for having me! I'm a paranormal romance author who loves happy endings. I'm also an avid romance reader, so any recommendations just bring them on over.

Do you prefer

Milk chocolate or Dark?

Milk chocolate for sure.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee, but with lots of cream

Vodka or tequila?

Vodka. We’re not going to discuss the “tequila” incident.

Romance or a Thriller?

Romance. Definitely.

Mystery or Horror?

Mystery, because my imagination is a little too good for horror. I need to sleep sometime.

Did you always want to be an author?

I've always wanted to tell stories, but it wasn't until recently that I decided to become an author for others to read my work. I've always had those voices in my head and the characters who wouldn't let go, but it's been a nice change to break off from the “wishing” and actually doing it.

What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?

I was named after Stephen King’s Carrie and when I was young, probably too young, I read almost every book I could from his. Hence the on abilities to sleep without a nightlight if my husband is not home. I read those, the classics, and Babysitters Club, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I started reading romance, and really fell in love with it. I had over 5000 books, so I can't really tell you which offers are my favorite, but I can tell you that there are some fantastic people out there. And if you really want to find books that you can fall in love with, try romance.

Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer?

Rebecca Royce, an author friend of mine, suggested I try to let out the characters in my head in a story. From that, Kim seven book series, another seven book series, and a few more series. Keep telling her thank you, and she won't hear it, so I’m going to say it again, thank you.

What is your writing atmosphere like?

I have a little desk in my kitchen, with music, a stuffed wolf, and my cats.  J

What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your Least Favorite?

My favorite aspect is plotting. I loved try to figure out what my characters are what's going to happen. I think my least aspect is starting to write in the day. I know, you'd think I'd love it. But I hate trying to tell my mind to focus. But as soon as I get less than half the page on it, I can't stop.

Your current book your promoting is:

Dust of My Wings!!! The first book in my Dante’s Circle series!

How did you come up with your story line?

This actually came from a plot bunny Rebecca Royce thinking about what would happen if a lab tech got an Angel's dust. From there, I opened up the whole new world and figured out that I wanted the humans not know about the supernaturals, but not be as human as the thought.

How do you choose your characters names?

I usually go to baby name sites it is think about what makes sense that them. Shade and Lily came from the fact that as soon as I thought about who they were the names just popped. It was a little weird. But I like them.

Thanks so much for having me!

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.


Lily huffed out a breath and placed another tile. “I don’t hate my job, exactly. It’s just not that big of a deal.” She gave a triumphant smile. “And I win.”

Shade looked into her eyes and groaned. Damn, she was sexy when she looked so confident.

“Indeed you did. Congratulations, Lily.” Now for the part that could hurt them both. “How about I buy you a cup of coffee as your winnings?”

Lily looked taken aback, but Shade didn’t budge. He needed to know exactly what she knew about this dust. Breaking into her lab and stealing it would do nothing if the die were already cast.

“Oh, you don’t have to do that. In fact, I really don’t even know you, so I can’t. But thank you.”

She gathered the tiles quickly and started to stand up, but Shade touched her wrist. She jumped, knocking a few tiles back on the table. A jolt of electricity ricocheted through his arm and they both gasped. His erection pressed against the zipper of his jeans and he groaned, but he didn’t let go. Lily’s breath quickened and her pupils dilated. Her strawberry scent wrapped around him like velvet, intoxicating.

Buy Links:      Amazon       ARe      Barnes & Noble 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:

Website      Blog        Heartthrob Haven     Facebook Author Page    Facebook Friend Page

Goodreads     Twitter      Tumblr 

An Alpha’s Path   Amazon     Barnes & Noble    ARe

A Taste for a Mate  Amazon   Barnes & Noble   ARe

Trinity Bound   Amazon  Barnes&Noble  ARe


Carrie Ann will be awarding Dust of my Wings "swag" packs to one commenter at ever stop, a $25 Amazon GC and necklace to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

To enter to win leave a comment with your email address! For more chances to win follow Carrie Ann Ryan.


  1. You must share the tequila incident one day. It must feel amazing to go from wishing to actually writing.


  2. I like your writing atmosphere! :)

    1. Thanks! I'm starting to make it mine day-by-day

  3. How awesome that a wish became a reality.


    1. Yes! I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. That interview was great :) I bet your cats love to get up on your desk while you are typing lol I know mine do. Thanks for this giveaway its awesome :)

    1. Thanks hon! Yes, my two kitties are EVERYWHERE!

  5. I love the fact that you write at your kitchen table. Thank you for doing the interview!

  6. I am looking forward to reading this book. It sounds amazing. Best of luck to you Carrie Ann Ryan.

  7. I loved the interview. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your life. I can not wait to read this...I know it is going to be great. Marie Lisk

  8. Yowza! 5,000 books? INTENSE! I have about 1,000 :-)
    Your new series sounds great, Carrie! I can't wait to dig in ;-)


    1. Yes, I have a book addiction! LOL. And enjoy the book!!

  9. great interview! cats have to be where their people are, lol.
    nightsky1102 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks hon! And yes, my kitties are always near me!

  10. Ah, tequila does seem to be behind most stories that are best forgotten! Fun interview...


  11. Nice interview and story behind your name.


  12. It was difficult to keep my mind on the interview after looking at the cover of your book. Whee! really great. I did enjoy the interview after catching my breath.

  13. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com