Vivi Andrews joins us to talk about her shifter series Lone
Pride, romance, and what fans can look forward to in the future!
Jen: Hi, Vivi! Thank you so much for joining us on Fresh Fiction!
Vivi: Thank you so much for having me! I’m delighted to be here.
Jen: The Lone Pine Pride series is so addictive. Each book
series gets harder and harder to put down! TANGLING
TIGER…oh my heart. Part of what I really love about the series is how
stories overlap. How do you keep everything straight when you are writing
from a different point of view?
Vivi: It can definitely get complicated when I’m trying to weave the
of the various stories together. I’m a total organization nerd, so I keep
notes, flagging the scenes that I know are going to appear in multiple
Then I re-read them as I go to make sure I haven’t tripped myself up. I
also have a
team of fabulous beta readers, and my amazing editor as my last line of
against continuity snaffles. Hopefully it all seems to come together
though a lot of effort goes into it. :)
Jen: Dominec may be my favorite character in Lone
Pride series, so far. I’m a fickle reader and fall a bit in love
all, but when he speaks to Grace my heart melts, and when he takes her to
office…sigh. Perfect moment. But Dominec is dark and intense and he also
a seriousness and intensity in Grace. I love that you show this side of love
romance. Why do you think it is important to show that love can be more than
Vivi: Oh, Dominec. His brand of romance is unique, but he’s
of my favorites too.
I adore this question, because love isn’t just the happy-happy twitter-pated
feeling. That surface level joy is fun and fabulous, but a deeper current
connection is what I think really gets us through when things get tough—and
matter how much we might want life to always be sunshine and roses, there
tough times, when we need that underlying bond. Grace and Dominec have
grounding each other in ways no one else can.
Jen: There is a female Alpha introduced in TANGLING
TIGER. I love this! What do you think being an Alpha means and why is it
just for guys any longer?
Vivi: Being an Alpha is about strength and leadership and the ladies
absolutely rock that! I knew I wanted to introduce Amala in TANGLING
TIGER because Grace’s book has such natural girl-power themes. And we
more of Amala as the series continues. Of course, she will have her own
since a lot of the social issues in the paranormal world are reflections of
but no more Alpha glass ceiling, baby!
Jen: We meet The Archive in TANGLING WITH THE TIGER. I love that knowledge
tradition are all passed down orally and kept by this woman. In an age where
easy to research using the internet, what do you think we miss and/or gain
keeping our information and history in technology rather than with people?
Vivi: The battle between tradition and technology pops up as a theme
a lot in
this series. I love having Google at my fingertips as much as the next
I do feel like our sense of community and ability to communicate have
changed a ton
thanks to the internet. History in a story is so different from history on
Wikipedia page and I feel like the Archive is a personification of that
bringing wisdom and perspective as well as fact with all her stored memory.
access to so much information, but I wonder if we have lost the perspectives
those who would have told us their stories if we weren’t always asking the
Jen: Can you tell us what you are working on? Will we be getting a
see some of the other shifter communities in The Lone
Vivi: I will say that I’m currently working on Mateo’s story (who
forced to venture outside his Batcave, poor baby). :) As the series
have plans to explore more shifter communities, including the wolves—
readers like the series enough for me to justify keeping it going! There’s
world of shifters out there and I’d love to explore it. :)
Jen: I can't wait to read Mateo's story! Thank you so much for being here with us.
Award-winning paranormal romance author Vivi Andrews was born and
Alaska, though she currently lives in Manhattan when she isn't indulging her
addiction. After graduating from Northwestern University, Vivi tried out a
of careers—from the movie industry to accounting—but kept coming back to her
two loves, writing and travel. She lived in nine cities (on two continents
tropical island) while pursuing her dream of writing romance professionally.
In 2009, Vivi won the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart Award, quit
day job, and her first two paranormal romance novellas were released by
Publishing, launching the Karmic Consultants and Serengeti Shifter series
respectively. In the years since she has written and released over twenty
romance novels and novellas. Her books have been selected as Top Picks by
Times Bookreviews and nominated for their Reviewer's Choice Awards, as well
When she isn't writing, Vivi enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, and watching
movie ever released, though she is most often found traveling or planning
trip. Whether at home or on the road, she is always hard at work on her next
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It might be love. If they don't kill each other first.
Siberian tiger-shifter Dominec Giroux doesn't play well with others.
scarred by the Organization scientists who killed his family and tried to
into their pet assassin, his sanity has been hanging by a thread ever since
His one reason for living-revenge. But when he snaps during one of the
strikes against the Organization and goes on a killing spree, it doesn't go
well with his pride mates. As the only female lieutenant in Lone Pine Pride
Grace Calaveras has a lot to prove, and a lot on her plate. The last thing
to deal with is Dominec's brand of crazy, but until she can get him under
she's his babysitter.
It would take a miracle for these two to find common ground, but when
on a mission that could impact the future of every shifter in the world,
tiger form an uneasy alliance and unleash an attraction that could be their
salvation. If it doesn't destroy them both.
Warning: This book contains a scarred, brooding tiger with an
approach to romance, a feisty, flirty lioness who doesn't know how to quit,
triangles, secret missions, and rooftop kisses hot enough to melt the
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