“You’ll Never Believe…” with Danielle Annett

by Maryse on February 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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Welcome to the fourteenth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrated the release of Danielle Annett’s book, Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic Book 1), and she lets us into her being baited… with her own bait!

You’ll Never Believe by Danielle Annett:

“So as much as I’d like to consider myself a “funny” person. I’m honestly not. I typically end up being the butt of a joke rather than the joke teller and it often takes me a moment or two to catch on when someone casually drops in a funny one liner that makes sense to everyone else in the room but me. With all this being true, I was not the least bit surprised when one afternoon I was talking with a fellow writer friend who had a witty comeback about me turning down a challenge. She was baiting me and not only did I fall for it, hook, line, and sinker, but she baited me with a line from my own book. A line that it took me a full five minutes to realize belonged to me. So unfair am I right? I suppose that is what I get for letting her read the book before release.”

Exclusive Excerpt:

“So when is my partner supposed to arrive?” I asked, rifling through my desk in search of my Pack directory. It was highly illegal to have a list of Pack members and their roles, at least, it went against Pack law but then I didn’t really care. In my line of work, you needed an advantage and I certainly needed to know what the heck I would be getting myself into.

“No idea. But, Ari, I’ve got a bad feeling about this one. You wanted the kid to get justice and he’ll get it. You know how shifters can be, they won’t stop until they find the culprit so why don’t you let them handle this, okay?”

There was no way I was going to stand on the sidelines while the Pack took over. Not happening. This was my case. I’d already poured blood and sweat into it and was not stepping aside. I allowed my displeasure to wash over my face.

“Ari don’t give me that look. You know I’m only looking out for you. What would happen if the Pack found out about you, about what you can do?” he said.

When I first began working with Sanborn Place, Mike had let me do my own thing, solve my own problems, take on the jobs I wanted to tackle. But recently his protective streak had begun to chafe.

“Mike you and I both know that isn’t going to happen. I’ll be careful. Why don’t you just tell me what fur ball they’re going to saddle me with?” I smiled when I found the directory buried in my desk’s bottom drawer.

“Finally,” I said pulling the folder out and leaning over it as I scanned the pages within for likely candidates. It was doubtful the Pack would send an Alpha. There were six clans within the Pacific Northwest Pack I knew of. Clan Wolf, Clan Cat, Clan Feloidea which included hyenas, mongooses, and civets, Clan Muridea housed the rodent members of the pack, Clan Canidae was the fox, coyote, and jackals, and Clan Big. The last had an unusual name but I supposed all of its members were just, well, big. It encompassed the bears a handful of others like water buffalos and rhinoceros though from what research I’d been able to conclude, water buffalos, and rhinoceros were rare. It was rare to have any form of shifter that wasn’t known for being a predator and carnivore.

Mike noisily cleared his throat, “Uh hey, Ari…”

“God I hope whoever it is he isn’t a complete moron. If I’m going to be stuck with a Pack partner, the least they can do is send me someone competent,” I said.

Mike noisily cleared his throat again.

“What?” I looked up from my desk.

I was greeted by a tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe. He had tousled brown hair and steely grey-colored eyes. High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his masculine face and a hint of stubble dusted his jawline, not enough to appear unkempt but just enough to give a roguish impression. Dressed in black jeans, a black tee, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark and handsome with deadly intent. I shoved my directory into the top drawer of my desk. Crap.

“That would be this fur ball right here,” he said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth.

I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure, I none too gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times. Dammit I couldn’t believe I’d just called him a freaking fur ball!

Behind the scenes look at how Cursed by Fire’s cover came to be:

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Blurb of Cursed by Fire:

It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.


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About Danielle Annett

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

You can learn more about Danielle on her website at

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