#AADSAV Author Spotlight and Giveaway with Amanda Bonilla

Monday, March 18, 2013
Today we are excited to have Amanda Bonilla on the blog. She is sharing one of her favorite fight scenes from Crave the Darkness and doing a giveaway of the book for US readers.

Thanks so much to Awesomesauce Book Club for having me as a guest today! I’m an action junkie. Fight scenes are my favorites to write and so today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite fight scenes from CRAVE THE DARKENSS. Enjoy!

“Did you really think you could fool me, playing dress-up?” he asked with a laugh. “Come now, Trouble, you had to know it wouldn’t work.”
“Well, I gave it the ol’ college try,” I said. “Look, Kade”—I took a tentative step toward my target, my fingers caressing the hilt of my dagger—“you’re a good-looking guy, charming and all that. Who knows, maybe you’ve got brains to boot. Leave the city tonight, and if you promise to never show your pretty face here again, I’ll promise not to ruin your good looks with the edge of my blade. Deal?”
“How I love complicated women,” Kade said with a sigh. Instead of retreating like he should, he took a step closer to me. And then another. “And I’ll bet you’re very, very complicated, aren’t you?”
Damn, he was a sexy SOB. “Nah,” I said, slowly drawing my dagger from the sheath and holding it close to my side. “I’m not complicated at all. I’m a pretty simple girl, really. So, what’s it gonna be, Kade? Are you going to leave my city, or am I going to give you a free face-lift?”
“Give me a kiss, and I’ll think about it.”
Kade closed the distance between us in the blink of an eye. I swung my arm up, the point of the dagger nicking the flesh at his jugular. He stopped dead in his tracks, his clear blue eyes narrowed shrewdly. “Sorry, Kade,” I purred. “I don’t kiss on the first date.”
“Well, then, lucky for me, Trouble,” he said in an equally seductive voice, “this is technically our third date.”
Kade’s movements were a blur in my vision as he knocked my arm aside. The dagger flew out of my hand, landing somewhere in the shadows. I went for my katana, but didn’t get a chance to pull it free from the scabbard. He wrapped his hand around my neck, his fingers constricting any intake of air. Slowly, he backed me to the edge of the building until my heels teetered precariously on the edge.
“You’re not a tease, are you?” he asked, his fingers biting into my flesh. “Because I’d find that disappointing.”
I wanted to grace him with my best snarky comment, but unfortunately, Kade’s death grip on my throat wouldn’t allow any air in—or words out. He gave me a good, rough shake, and my right heel slipped completely off the ledge. Do it, dipshit, I thought. Give me a proper shove. Shadows don’t worry about things like gravity. In fact . . . I was tired of dicking around.
I joined with the shadows and left my corporeal form behind in a dusting of black mist. Before Kade could process what had happened, I drew the katana from my back. I wasn’t about to waste any more time with his jackassed posturing. This was business and it was time to go to work. Right leg behind my left, I drew back my sword arm, ready to strike. Cambion or not, Kade wasn’t going anywhere without his head.
He spun around to face me, dodging out of the way before I could properly decapitate him. Damn, he was fast. Faster than any supernatural creature I’d ever gone up against. I repositioned my aim, swung the blade in an upward cut, and Kade jumped backward. Strands of his shining blond hair drifted on the breeze from where the katana’s blade had brushed his long bangs. “That was a little too close for comfort,” he mused, his fist swinging around and catching me right in the jaw.
The katana flew from my grip as I stumbled backward, unable to achieve any kind of sure footing in the ill-fitting stiletto boots. Goddamn Anya and her shitty fashion sense. Before I could right myself, Kade jumped me, grabbing me by the collar of the leather jumpsuit and pulling me close. “You owe me a kiss,” he said, laying his mouth to mine.
The moment our lips met, I felt a strange pull from the center of my being, like I’d let out a great gust of breath followed by a delicious rush that chased through my veins like fire. My legs felt suddenly weak, and my head spun. The sensation of being pelted with tiny beads of hail made my skin tingle, both hot and cold as whatever it was that Kade pulled from me left my body and entered his.
“Whoo!” Kade whooped to the sky as he pulled away. “Damn, what a rush!” He grabbed on to the long rope of my braided hair, forcing my face to his until our noses were almost touching. “I knew you weren’t an ordinary Shaede. What are you?”
I struggled for the energy to form even simple words. I felt light-headed and giddy as if I’d just downed a couple of drinks and was beginning to feel the buzz. Forget sex, Kade had managed to feed off my energy from a simple kiss. Granted, the kiss he’d laid on me was hardcore, but still . . . “Try that again, Kade”—my words slurred as I wobbled on my feet—“and I’ll introduce your nuts to the pointy end of my dagger. You get me?”
Kade flashed an angelic smile, his expression rapt. “A man could become addicted to what you’ve got to offer,” he said, moving in for another kiss. “I could get used to having you around, Trouble.”
I fumbled with my belt, desperate to defend myself before Kade could further weaken me. My fingertips brushed the hilt of one of my throwing knifes, just the weapon I needed for Kade’s too close quarters. I jabbed the sharp point just below Kade’s ribs, plunging the blade into his flesh. He sucked his breath in sharply and shoved me to the ground as he surveyed the damage I’d done.
“I warned you, Kade,” I said, pushing myself up to stand. “I bite.”

About Crave the Darkness:

Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.
It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.
As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…

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Books 1 and 2 in the Series:


About Amanda:

Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
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Thank so much Amanda for being here today! Can't wait to meet you at AADSAV!


  1. NOT Entering! I just finished Shaedes of Gray last night, and am looking forward to the next book. I really enjoyed it.

  2. I think a good action scene has to have you reading so fast, so excited to find out where things are going.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  3. A good action scene to me is a lot of foot work and either hand to hand or with some type of weapon, also ducking and if possible flips and kicks. If it is written well I feell like I'm in the book.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  4. I agree that there has to be a lot of action at a fast pace that keeps you turning the pages.

  5. Not entering either! I have and love all of this series! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love when a fight scene is dynamic with different moves being explained so I can visualize it well! I don't like it if it goes on for more than two pages as I can then gloss over the details to get to the end of the fight to find out who wins.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    leannessf at gmail dot com

  7. I love this series and I can't wait to read Crave the Darkness. I think what makes a great action scene is events that happen quickly, with the description giving you the feeling of being there in the middle of it all.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  8. I haven't started this series yet, but I have it on my wish list. I love an action scene that comes out of no where almost and takes me by surprise. I like enough details to know some of the moves and weaponry, but not necessarily a long drawn out blow by blow account.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  9. Love this series! Great action excerpt too! I like there to be a somewhat humorous undertone to my action scenes... maybe a little gore too:)



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