Author Interview of Diana Ames featuring Royally Trained (A Royals of Colania Novel) w/a GC Rafflecopter giveaway
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In a country stuck in the dark ages is a world filled with sex and scandal. Governed by royalty, those in power have many deep-rooted secrets that span generations.
Prince Anton’s sordid past has forged his future. He finds his only pleasure from being a sadist, but he knows he must continue the royal bloodline and create an heir for his country. Forced by responsibility, he turns to the one man who can give him the best of both worlds. But will Prince Anton find what he’s searching for?
Damian is the ruler of The Dungeon. He is the Teacher, and the only man Prince Anton can trust to provide him with what he needs. He is on a mission to find a virgin submissive to become the prince’s life partner. What happens when the Teacher falls for the woman he’s been ordered to train?
As lust and love spiral out of control, Prince Anton and Damian find their lives change unexpectedly because of one independent and defiant woman.
Damian was going over the alcohol shipment that had arrived this morning. One of the reasons his sex clubs were so popular was because of the liquor he had shipped in from the mainland. It was expensive, but the quality was much greater than anything produced on Colania. Currently though, it was giving him a headache. He was missing a case of the high-end scotch he kept on hand.
Prince Anton strutted into his office without warning.
“Don’t you knock?” Damian said scathingly.
“Didn’t know I needed to,” Prince Anton replied.
“With all due respect, sire,” Damian said sarcastically, “this is my office in my club. Next time, knock.” Damian rose to his feet, his body fluid like a great jungle cat, before he went to embrace his prince. “Now, what the hell is so important you had to schedule an appointment?”
“I have a job for you,” Prince Anton told him. He returned the one-arm embrace stiffly and then moved away with haste. He was uncomfortable with physical contact that he didn’t initiate or control. When the two men sat, he elaborated. “My thirtieth birthday is approaching.”
“In a year and a half.” Damian snorted. “Do you think it wise to skip twenty-nine?”
“As the last of the monarchy, it is my job to reproduce,” Prince Anton continued. “As much as I would like to see the genes that have shaped me die out, the country would fall into a tailspin. Although we are remote and somewhat undeveloped, we are a rich nation. The power I hold is all that keeps us out of the eye of the world and off the radar for those who would oppress us.”
“What does this have to do with me?” Damian asked warily.
“I have no desire to repeat history,” Prince Anton said. “We both know that my sexual nature is more like that of the queen than my father.”
“Do you want me to train you?” Damian asked, confused. “To help you learn to control your appetite?”
“No,” Prince Anton said firmly. “I don’t think either of us could handle taking our relationship to that level.”
The two men had grown up together, which accounted for Damian’s lack of respect and boundaries, but Prince Anton wanted to maintain formality between them.
“You could be right,” Damian said with a light chuckle. “So, what do you want from me?”
“I want you to find her, the woman who will bear the future of the country,” Prince Anton said. “Find her and train her to be what I need.”
“You can’t just order up a woman on demand,” Damian told him with a raised eyebrow.
“You must find a woman with good genetics although Gilly can look into that after the candidate meets the other criteria,” the prince said, ignoring Damian. “Beautiful, obviously. I’m not particular with features, but it stands to reason if my life mate is attractive, then I will have a better chance with reproduction. I’d also prefer that she not have a single drop of royal blood regardless of past royal practices. I do not wish to produce monsters or further any imperfections through inbreeding, however distant the connection might be. She needs to be completely submissive. I will be in control of any encounters at all times. Whoever she is, she must be willing to leave her past life behind. I refuse to be burdened with in-laws who might not agree with my domination of their daughter.”
“That’s quite a shopping list,” Damian said, eyeing the prince harshly. “Anything else you’d like to add before I order a woman for you?”
“There is one more requirement,” Prince Anton said seriously. “And this is perhaps the most important of all. She must be a virgin.”
“You do realize when I train a woman to cede her control to her master that I have sex with her?” Damian asked incredulously. “Submissives have to learn to respond on command; an untried woman will not have that opportunity.”
“I will not have a woman who has felt a man between her thighs before me. I will not have my children born to a woman who will behave as my mother did. She must be pure!” Prince Anton roared.
“If I refuse to do this…” Damian didn’t finish the question.
“You will not refuse,” Prince Anton said, rising to his feet. “I expect you at the castle within the week. The search begins immediately.”
Welcome Diana Ames! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m a 35 year old wife and mother of two. I was a stay at home mother while my kids were small, but now that they’re both in school all day, I work part time in an office. I write at night or whenever I can grab a few minutes of quiet. I love the outdoors and my family camps for several weeks each summer.
Is Royally Trained a single title, or part of a series?
Royally Trained is the first book in a three book series—three books so far, that is. Each book can stand alone, but if you read them all, I recommend reading them in order as they build on each other.
What were your inspirations for the story?
I wanted to write something I would enjoy reading. I’d been very frustrated with female characters that constantly need a man to save them or that can’t stand up for themselves. It’s wonderful to have a partner to lean on, but honestly I can’t imagine anyone being so completely helpless. Likewise I was having issues with reading about strong male characters who were broken on the inside and then one moment changes their entire life, their perspective, even their personalities. There is almost always a catalyst moment for someone to change, but rarely is it possible for that change to happen in a single moment or without a lot of hard work and professional help.
Please share your setting for Royally Trained. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Royally Trained takes place on the fictitious island country called Colania. I’ve lived there in my mind and I visit there frequently as I’m editing. I chose to create a country because I wanted to take some real liberties with the setting that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Plus I really wanted to write about a king or in this case a crown prince. I was going for realism in personalities, but who wants things to be too real.
When did the writing bug first bite?
I’ve been writing as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil and form words.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
There are so many that I love, but to name a few:
V.C. Andrews—The Dollanganger Series (Flowers In The Attic) and The Casteel Series (Heaven)
J.R. Ward—The Blackdagger Brotherhood Series
Stephen King—The Dark Tower Series
Johanna Lindsey has always been a favorite.
I also recently read Hers by Dawn Robertson. Now there was a female character that didn’t need rescued.
The list could go on and on.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
See the above list of favorite authors. J
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time, I’m not sure I know what that is. I’m a dance mom and a karate mom and a working mom and a writing mom and a…see the trend? In the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep, though, you’ll often find me dancing in my living room.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
When I was about 14 or 15, I was lying in bed reading. The light was to my back, up on the wall. This shadow in the shape of a person fell across my book and bed, which was strange because I always kept my door locked. When I turned around, no one was there.
~About the Author~
Diana Ames was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, two children, and a variety of crazy pets. Balancing work, wife and mom duties, and writing has been the best and most rewarding challenge of her life. The publication of this novel is the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.
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