Mae Clair Presents: Daisy Banks and A Perfect Match #sci-fi #dystopian #romance

Today, I’m turning my blog over to my friend and sister author, Daisy Banks, who has brought along the characters from her newest release, A PERFECT MATCH. Sit back and enjoy as Daisy whisks us to a futuristic world and introduces a truly unique couple:


Thank you so much for inviting me onto the blog, Mae. I am still celebrating the release of my new story A Perfect Match, published by Taliesin Publishing.

This is the longest story I have ever written and a step toward a new genre for me as it has a touch of sci-fi about it. I found this story very hard to classify into one genre. It is a kind of romance, a love story, set in a futuristic world very different from our own. There are elements of a dystopian society and a lot of political maneuvering happens to keep my lead characters safe. I had a lot of fun writing this cross genre story.

I’ve decided to post an interview with Anwell and Varon, the hero and heroine in A Perfect Match.

This interview takes place in the story, so this is an excerpt too. I hope readers enjoy it.



Interview with Varon and Anwell.

Varon and Anwell sat enjoying the evening temperature and the sounds of the small fountain in the miniature lily ponds until Drimit announced their guest. Varon rose to welcome the reporter Nathan.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am, Commander. You’ve a beautiful home.” Nathan took a seat opposite them. His pale blue gaze locked on Anwell. He gawked to the extent he almost missed grasping the goblet of water one of the slaves presented.

“I’m sure you’ll find ample ways to show your gratitude, my friend. Would you like some images first, or shall we answer your questions?” He stifled a chuckle at the reporter’s rapt gaze on his wife.

“If you don’t mind.” Nathan took a sip of his water, coughed and found his voice. “I’d prefer images at the end of the interview, if that’s agreeable to you both.”

“Of course.” Anwell settled back in her seat.

Varon glanced over, and she wore the bewitching sweet smile he found so alluring. “This, Nathan, is my wife, Lady Anwell.”

Nathan shoved the carved crystal water cup down, rose and offered a clumsy bow.

If Varon hadn’t known better he’d have laid good coin on this male having Netherling heritage.

“Lady Anwell, it’s a great privilege to meet you,” the reporter said.

“Thank you, but do sit and relax, Nathan. Varon and I, we’re all yours for the next hour.”

“There has been much interest in you in the city, my lady, since the announcement of your marriage to the commander. I’m honored to have this opportunity to talk with you.”

“It’s a pleasure. Varon and I know there has been a great deal of interest. Under the circumstances, it’s not surprising.”

Her smile could have melted the ice dragons of the Tranquil Crest, the first cold world he ever found. “Anwell is a phenomenon, Nathan. A female who has given up much to offer the people hopes for the future.”

The reporter nodded. He made a dashed line of notes. “Has it been difficult for you to adjust to life outside the Temple, my lady? Many Astans believe it must have been a great shock to be removed from the Temple precinct at your age.”

“Yes, the first day or two were very strange. I’ve just begun to explore life in the city,” she said and placed her hand on Varon’s. “But my husband has helped me so much.”

The memory of their first conversation in the litter splashed over him. How could I have been so cruel? He lifted her palm and placed a kiss on it. “My wife, I wish I could have given you as much as you deserve.” His assessment of her response found no resentment.

Tonight, her hazel eyes glowed, shining like pools of water in the stone cliffs at the nuptial retreat. He turned back, but not before deciding he would find a way to make his wife forget he once threatened to send her to the house in the mountains to live alone.

The reporter flashed a glance his way. “And you, Commander? If I may ask, did you find it difficult to surrender a bachelor’s life for that of a married man? Some say twenty-eight is far too young to be married. How do you feel about such statements, sir?”

“Anwell and I feel we’ve been blessed by the gods,” he said. “I am luckier than other males, but the populace already knows this. Of course, I recognize such an experience can’t be guaranteed for all. I am honored to be entrusted with Anwell by the gods and Lord Chardel.

“As to twenty eight being too young, I don’t think so. Anwell and I will have more time together than most Astan couples. The pleasures of the life of a bachelor have their charms, but I’ve discovered being a husband is a superior occupation. Is that enough for your readers, Nathan?”

The reporter nodded with a gulp. “Yes, sir. My thanks for your candor.”

Daisy Banks whisks you into a futuristic world, where you might fight for water, or offer up your freedom and become a slave for the promise of enough to drink. Passion and politics ripple through A Perfect Match where the enmity between the government leader, Lord Chardel and Commander Varon, head of the Astan water acquirement fleet, is at flashpoint. 

The enforced marriage of Anwell Nastor, a young Temple adept, to Commander Varon, not only breaks Astan religious rules, but could break untried hearts. This cruel ploy meant to silence Varon’s opposition to current circumstances in the city-state brings unexpected results. Through careful manipulation of the news links, Varon and his bride become the city’s most adored couple, but danger shadows their steps.

Join Anwell and Varon as they discover the power of A Perfect Match on their perilous journey in a world full of dangers and political intrigue.

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer, Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England.

Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing.

Connect with Daisy at the following haunts:
Twitter @daisybanks12

Barns and Noble 

Taliesin Publishing  

Welcome Historical and Paranormal Romance Author, Daisy Banks

Stack of old letters with ink quill and feather penIt’s always nice when I have a Pen Pal visit. Today’s guest is Daisy Banks, one of the most supportive authors I’ve met in my short time online in the writing world. Daisy has several current releases available which you can check out on her Amazon page, plus another release on the horizon.

Today, she dropped by to share some insight on her writing techniques.

Welcome, Daisy. First question:  Do you have a favorite place and/or time of day to write?
I can and do write anywhere. I prefer using the computer to write but if I’ve not got it with me, ideas go down on the nearest thing I have. I write every day to some degree or other. If I’m not working on a story, I’ll be writing blog posts as a guest for someone or for my own blog. I am a morning person, I function best early. I tend to write heavily until lunchtime and then edit in the afternoons, unless the muse is on my back and then I write until I can’t do any more. I love those days.

Book cover for A Gentleman's Folly by Daisy BanksI’m with you on that. I love productive days! Please tell us about your chosen genres and what attracts you to them the most.
I write historical stories because I love them. I enjoy the research that goes into them even if it is very picky. I get very irritated with myself if I make a mistake in the historical aspect of a story. The research and confirmation of my ideas means writing a historical always takes longer than any other kind of story.

I also write paranormal stories and enjoy them. Since I was very young I have enjoyed ghost stories, werewolf and vampire stories. I like myth and magic very much.

Book Cover for Valentine Wishes by Daisy BanksFantasy stories are great fun but do demand a lot of effort in world building, pushing the reader to suspend belief and accept someone can find their landlord is and elf, that kind of thing.  I think fantasy and paranormal are very closely linked as genres, which is why I work in both. I love the freedom fantasy offers in that anything can happen. I enjoy all kinds of legends and reading about them.

I know you have a new release coming up soon. Spill the beans!
My release in July this year with Taliesin Publishing is a step into a different genre for me. The story, A Perfect Match, is a love story set in a very different world, a dystopian society with many problems.

Ooh, I’m intrigued! Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I enjoyed writing my hero Varon very much. He is a control freak whose world gets turned upside down by an enforced political marriage. His reactions to his bride and the changes in his life were great fun to write. The best bit was his inability to take any form of challenge to what he wants. No one in his world gainsays him, and to find his wife will, really blows him away.

Please share one sentence – – yes, only one! – – of dialogue or description you love.
“Modesty is for inside the Temple, mistress, out in the real world it can be a great disadvantage.”

Great line! When you’re not creating fantastic dialogue and writing stores, what do you do to unwind?
I enjoy antiques and going to antique fairs. I love rooting around the charity shops in the local area looking for things too.  I usually spend one or two days each month searching for something that takes my eye.

Book cover for A Matter of Some Scandal by Daisy BanksGiven your love of history and antiques, if someone gave you a working time machine tomorrow, where would you visit and why?
I’d zoom to several era’s. One would be Hastings in 1066 where I would scream, “Harold, don’t look up.”

The loss of the battle of Hastings was a close run thing and I happen to think Anglo-Saxon society had a great deal going for it. England would have had a different focus if Harold’s army had won at Hastings.

I’d love to drop in on ancient Alexandria and be first on the scene in the library as it caught fire. I’d love to put that fire out. So much knowledge was lost to us with the blaze in the library. It took centuries for some of the knowledge to be regained and the loss of some of the literary works can never be restored.

One last place I’d visit is the court of the old Bailey in the early eighteenth century. I’d want to meet the man who made the court notes for publication. I believe him to be Roger Le Strange. I owe him a debt you see, because it was his writing that truly taught me what an author’s voice means. I’d like to buy him lunch.

I want to go time traveling with you. What an experience it would be! Switching gears, please share your:

Favorite season:
I love the autumn. I find the way the leaves turn mesmeric, the softness of mists as they cloak the normal view makes me stop and stare in wonder. Silver frosted cobwebs on the hedges sometimes decorated with drops that sparkle like diamonds are almost too beautiful to be real. Yes, I love autumn.

Favorite type of music: Classical. I moved to classical music as a preference some years ago and listen to it daily as I write. I love the sound of the harpsichord it conjures so many images in my mind.

Favorite ice cream flavor:
Rum and raisin, a large scoop in a chocolate dipped cone. Heaven.

Food you never grow tired of:
Curry, I love spicy foods in general but a good Chicken Madras or Balti is a firm favorite. I enjoy making my own curries.

Pie or cake:
Pie, I prefer savory foods rather than sweet, but I do like apple pie especially when it’s served with cream. It’s a very homely dish and true comfort food.

Ah! If you ever get across the pond, we shall have a thick slice of apple pie and sip tea while listening to classical music. You would have loved the “Mozart parties” a friend of mine used to host every year.

Daisy, thanks so much for being my guest today. I look forward to your next release. In the meantime, I know eager readers can enjoy your current list of historicals and paranormals:

Book Cover for Timeless by Daisy BanksVALENTINE WISHES 

Forth coming with Taliesin Publishing. A PERFECT MATCH

Connect with Daisy Banks at the following haunts:
Twitter @DaisyBanks12