Shadow’s Danger by Cindy Mezni
Losing a loved one is never easy. Deliah learned to live without her parents when fate took them from her as a young girl. But history repeats itself and causes her to face even greater challenges when Tess, the woman who raised her and was like a second mother to her, passes away. Even worse than dealing with her loss is the coinciding arrival of inexplicable nightmares that haunt Deliah’s nights.
She becomes consumed with images she doesn’t understand and a recurrent dream about her parents’ car accident. Oddly, this dream details different versions from what she had always been told about the accident.
But when a new family, The Wates, arrive in town and begin to pay close attention to her, even stranger events follow. Now, Deliah must not only face her nightmares, but the possibility that a world she never suspected exists. And this world may cost her everything.
About the Author:
Cindy Mezni is an accomplished young Swiss author making her U.S. debut with this book, Shadow’s Dangers. She discovered her passion for writing by chance one winter afternoon and has never looked back. Since then, not a day goes by without her fingers grazing the keys of her computer keyboard to write new adventures. She writes in several genres including YA paranormal romance, dystopia and adult dark fantasy.
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Our interview with Cindy Mezni:
Tell us about your book/series. What makes it/them worth reading?
“Shadow's Dangers” is the first book of my YA paranormal romance series called “The Last Hope.” It's the story of a teenage girl who is thrown into a magical, yet terrifying world that has been waiting for her arrival for centuries. She will be challenged through quests designed to bring out her inner strength and what she has always meant to become. For readers who want to discover new fictional worlds and creatures, as well as those who like romance and star-crossed lovers, or if you just want something that will take your mind away from reality for a few hours, this is the story for you.
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it?
I've been writing for years. Since I was fifteen, precisely. I've always had a vivid imagination. I often was lost in my own mind, creating stories for myself but for many years, I never thought of writing them down. The first time I actually wrote a story was in the form of fan-fiction because I was unsatisfied with the ending in the book I had just finished reading. After continuing to write fan-fiction, one day I participated in a writing contest and received compliments from the jury. That’s when I started to seriously think about writing my own book. I finally took the path of publishing when one of my best friends read the entire draft and suggested to me to send it to publishers. And that's how my first book, “Shadow's Dangers,” came to life.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
There are so many different types of vampires depicted out there that it's a difficult question. It could be the eternal youth, the cold and inhuman beauty, or even their penchant for enjoying the pleasures of blood and flesh. Personally, I think it has essentially to do with the immortality and the fact that nothing looks impossible for them. We, humans, are restricted in our choices due to the fact that we're mortal and that we have a limited time on Earth. Therefore, we have to choose our path wisely. Vampires haven't all those considerations in mind. They're not afraid to die and they don't constantly consider that today could be their last day. They don't have their conscience to prevent them from doing things that could be considered bad. Also, there's this incredible thought that they'll see the climaxes and declines of our world. Seriously, how would it be to see things change right before your very eyes? To not just know history, but to be a part of it? So yes, being a vampire has a lot of inconveniences, but it has clearly a lot of advantages we can envy too. This is probably why these creatures are so fascinating to a lot of us.
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I'm in the middle of edits so I'm not reading anything at the moment. But the last book I read was “Sweet Evil” by Wendy Higgins and I would recommend it without hesitation.
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
My dog lol and the vampires are clearly taken by surprise by my move. So how did I do in the fight? Well, I didn't fight at all. I let my dog take care of them because she's able to tear them to pieces—she can be a nasty little thing when she wants to. Plus, she has fangs longer than theirs. They're no match for her, that's for sure. And, clearly, no human except Chuck Norris can beat a vampire.
The aforementioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
Now I'm gonna do that trip around the world that I’ve wanted to do for so long because it will be much simpler, cheaper and safer for me now that I'm an immortal.
In the event of a zombie apocalypse what item would you make sure that you took with you to your underground safety bunker? (We will presume that your family are already safely in the bunker!)
My favorite book. Life in a bunker can quickly become very boring…
You are planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jericho Z. Barrons and Aung San Suu Kyi. But if they're not available for my dinner, I'd like to have Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence and Heath Ledger.
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
I love animals / I'm a writing and reading addict / I've watched The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises at least ten times each / I have an obsession over all things Benedict Cumberbatch / Twice I've been in the arms of Ian Somerhalder—lucky me!
Where can readers find your books?
On all major online retailers (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo).
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading this interview. I hope you liked it and that you'll give my book a try and let me know what you think because I love getting feedbacks from my readers.