Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: Enchanted Destiny by Rayka Mennen

Welcome to Author Rayka Mennen

If Rayka Mennen has failed to see the little fairies dancing under the toadstools, it’s because she wasn’t looking hard enough. She writes romance because she believes. She writes for the sheer joy of creating and sometimes, in the process, discovers new worlds and friends. Be it in the country seat of the saturnine Duke, or in the slightly off center world of the reluctant
contemporary witch, the humdrum existence of the forty‐something single mom, the fantasy realm of seers and mages, or the deadly double‐life of the secret agent, Rayka offers every reader something to tickle their fancy, to fuel their daydreams, or inspire their own fantasy.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’m a risk taker, so the future

If you could invite any 4 people to dinner who would you choose?
The Dalai Lama, Georgette Heyer, CheGuevera, Martina Navratilova.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A Kindle fully loaded with books to the max and a never ending battery; Michael Crawford’s Phantom of the Opera CD; chocolate

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
The Phantom (the Ghost Who Walks created be Lee Falk)

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Teleportation because then I could travel anywhere, anytime

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Rocky Road – love the adventure of finding bits of chocolate and nuts and marshmellows in all that chocolate ice cream

Night owl, or early bird?
These days neither but used to be an early bird

One food you would never eat?
Raw fish

Pet Peeves?
People who do not say Thank you

Skittles or M&Ms?

Any other books in the works?Goals for future projects?
The sequel Enchanted Desire will be out in December 2011, and a third is written as well.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I love telling stories – sometimes I feel like there are about a hundred in my head at given time.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world..which would it be?
Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey. The world I created for my paranormal series with the eagle shapeshifter which is a blend of Irish-East Indian mythology.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
As a young girl, any book by Enid Blyton was a favorite and still is.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
You have to write and submit in order to be published so work through your fears and keep submitting. Critique partners or a group is a must. Oops, that’s two but I feel strongly about these.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Somewhere I could experience the ocean and mountains, with high-speed internet, and chocolate.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
LOL – a Prime Minister, a jockey and a nun (don’t ask – I have since recovered)

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Gosh, there is a little bit of me in most of my main characters

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never give up on yourself.

Hidden talent?

Favorite Food?

How do you react to a bad review?
Two martinis or Scotch, deep breaths, and the next day I try to see what I could learn from the review

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A sea-eagle

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Oh, this is hard – so many options. A plane ticket to some place I haven’t been – Burma, China, Tibet, Brazil…

What do you do in your free time?
Choke, sputter….did you say free time? If I had any, I think I would float in the pool with a waterproof cover over my Kindle; maybe watch TV.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall. I love the colors, the falling leaves (yes, even if I have to rake them up). Ever noticed how all those movies set in small towns always happen in the Fall? There’s something cozy about it.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Georgette Heyer

Enchanted Destiny

Kat never believed she’d fall victim to her family’s stories about destined soul mates—she makes her own fate, thank you very much. When she walks by a construction site and admires the same sexy architect for the zillionth time in a week, the last thing she expects is to be slammed by a vision of his death.

Which activates the spell that will change their lives forever.

Jake is a single dad with a singular focus—create a stable life for him and his son. His ex-wife cured him of any desire to fall in love, but when an intriguing woman saves him from what should’ve been a deadly accident, he can’t shake his fascination. Too bad she’s crazy, claiming she’s a witch and that they’re soul mates—not exactly the “stable life” he had in mind.

Kat’s destiny comes with a deadline. If they don’t fall in love by her twenty-fifth birthday—a mere three weeks away—Jake will never find the peace he seeks and Kat will lose her magic forever.

1 ebook copy of Enchanted Destiny
Open Internationally
Ends 11/5/11