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Indie Author Interview — Emily Guido — Bonus Link to a Free eBook!

Feb 27th, 2013

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Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to prolific author Emily Guido who’s not only agreed to run my gauntlet of atypical interview questions but also has a link for a free eBook download for you after the interview. (Isn’t she a peach?)

Emily writes the paranormal romance Light-Bearer series, full of Angels, Vampires, and the friction between the two in a universe with refreshingly little prejudice. Please welcome her to the blog and download her free sample. :)

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1) What type of stories do you write?

Romance, acceptance of people no matter their gender, sexual preference, color, race… “The Light-Bearer Series” is not preachy, but it comes from the premise that we all start in Heaven… and in Heaven, there is no prejudice just Good and Evil.  It’s kind of a weird concept because people think it’s religious but they really aren’t.  However, you can’t write about Angels and Vampires without a little religious undertone. 

I love the concept of good and evil without other outside bias–It doesn’t sound preachy at all to me. I’ll be taking a look at your first book once I get past my next release. ;)

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Charmeine

2) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

That’s funny because I work full time and go to MBA School full time and I write and do self-promos on the side… so, when I want to chill I mostly read to review other Novelists that have asked for reviews.  Then if I am really lazy, I watch Jane Austen movies, Supernatural Series, or The Big Bang Theory Series.  I don’t watch commercial television only when it’s DVR’d.  I hate commercials!!!

What you describe is not unusual for many of the indie writers I’ve come to know. Busy with many projects and very focused. :)

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3) What’s your favorite wine?

Oh I’m such a class act… White Zinfandel on ice!  Too Funny!

Watch out–White Zin is a total gateway wine! Next thing you know you’ll be drinking sweet Rieslings, Moscatos, and the occasional Pinot Grigio. You know you want to. ;)

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4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I love, love, love Mullet Rock right now… but I’m a big Classical freak and Love Songs freak, especially 80’s.

I’ll check them out. And who doesn’t love 80′s music? I was out dancing and grooving to that a couple of weeks ago. It’s required education, IMHO!

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5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

Huh, wow good question!  I would make people treat other people with respect.  I know that sound’s cliché but you can’t help a girl for trying to make the world a better place.

I’d vote for you. ;)

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6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

I don’t’ know if this is the answer you wanted???  Democracy but don’t get me wrong, I think that there are too many fat cats and the poor people need a voice.  If you are talking about a Supernatural Police force, I would say Vampires in a New York minute. 

See, I let folks run wild, and I get awesome responses. I like the idea of Vamp police…but what would we do during the day? ;)

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7) What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation? 

Yes, I have been part of a campaign against people stealing author’s books.  Not because I’m an author but because it’s wrong to steal.  You wouldn’t go to a BMW dealership and steal a car or go to Macy’s and steal mattress, right?  So just because authors don’t charge a lot of money for books, why do people think it is okay to steal their intellectual property?  However, I was harassed and people I thought were friends turned against me.  Oh well, I stood up for what I believe is right.

Good for you! Welcome to the official instigator’s club. Please have a cookie. And no, not everyone will thank you for your efforts, but many will.

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8) If had to pick any other career, at any period in history with no limits, what would it be?

I would love to be an actress.  I have acted since I was a kid in musicals and plays.  I loved it!

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9) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

Jane Austen and I love her subtlety, wit, superb color and contrast in her writing.  It is fluid and moving.  Now, I am the World’s Most Hopeless Romantic, so that speaks volumes on the subject.  But why does Elizabeth Bennet turn the corner in her love for Darcy when she sees Pemberley??  Burning question for the ages… I think Jane was romantic but practical after all?

I love how you capitalized ‘World’s Most Hopeless Romantic’ up above, and Austen is a fitting match for your title.

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10) If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, how would you spend the allotted time?

Truly, and I think you will not understand it but Wollstonecraft.  She wrote such twisted and unadulterated story (s).  I would love to sit and chat up with her about logic, framing, idea, and progression.  She would be fascinating.

I’ll have to check her out. :)

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11) Tell me about the inspiration for your current project.

I am writing the sixth novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” which is called “Conundrum,” and it will be freaking awesome!   A lot of people don’t know how I can top “Ransom” but “The Light-Bearer Series” is just beginning to kick up some Angel/Vampire dust!

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12) Is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

Haha, and it’s a favorite of a lot of people… coffee… why?  I mean I can’t get into coffee iced either.  I guess it’s because my Mom was raised by Greeks and I drank coffee as a little girl… always warm or hot.

See, I’m one of those people that love coffee ice cream. *hides*

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13) Additionally, what do you consider to be the stupidest fashion trend ever?

Board Straight Hair!!!  I mean really?  Nothing like being frustrated to the max with a hair straightener, so I just gave up.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Emily, if you’d like to try out her work, go to http://emilyguido.com/share-the-love-the-light-bearer-series-by-emily-guido/ and fill out the form and get a FREE eBOOK emailed to you!  However, keep in mind you will be subject to standard copyright laws. :)  

Conumdrum

About the Author:

Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine” because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.  The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,” and “Ransom,” are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently writing “Conundrum” the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” She is currently working at a College full-time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.

 

Where to find/follow Emily:

Website: http://authoremilyguido.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764521.Emily_Guido

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Emily__Guido

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelightbearernovelist

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On Peeling Off Labels

Jan 15th, 2013

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On rare nights my son and I enjoy a cuddly night watching TV together — neither one of us tends to slow down long enough to spend a ‘night’ watching television. When we do, it’s something akin to an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3K, where we heckle the actors and pick apart the shows at length. The experience is more about our discussion than what we’re watching.

Image courtesy Familylabels.com

Image courtesy Familylabels.com

This week we were watching a series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes on Logo, because he’s into the superhero gal and all things Whedon. He’s learning 101 ways to kill a vampire, and can’t figure out why wood is so magically powerful against them. We go a few rounds on this one. He’s pretty sure not all wood is strong enough to penetrate a super-strong undead being’s flesh, and I’m thinking he’s got a point. He’s been reading too much Harry Potter and worrying about Ollivander’s wand selections. I digress…

An ad for the show “1 gal, 5 gays” comes on the air. It’s a funny ad, catchy. My son takes offense. “Why’s the show called that?” he asks. I’m a little unclear–not sure what he’s asking–a common parental issue. I explain sexual orientation, which I know he’s already familiar with, because we have relatives who are lesbians. He gets worked up, his face twists with a frown and he puffs out, “It’s silly. They should just call the show, ’1 gal, 5 guys’. Why would they do that?”

He’s got a point.

I understand the marketing department needing to communicate to the consumer the focus of the show. I get a lot of things about labels. There’s great pride in owning and reclaiming all of your identity and in being able to support others of like mind. I know through my blog I’ve connected to other people with epilepsy because I’ve stood up and owned that label as my own. It’s a powerful and amazing feeling. I’m not against a person’s right to champion their causes, but I do question our cultural need to place others convenient buckets instead of discovering them as people.

My son lives in a world where many labels happily don’t register on his radar–it’s wonderful to witness, and a great reminder to question and reset assumptions when needed. I’m reminded of the ongoing discussions about legalizing “gay marriage” while others refer to the same topic as “marriage equality”.

The words we use form the reality we live in. When filled with labels which intentionally marginalize, we deliberately divide our culture. When we choose inclusive, non-hateful language, we instead build a framework to rediscover ourselves through each other.

Anyway, I’ve taken another look at my own labels, and making sure the ones I wear are self-chosen. How about you? Anything you need to peel off?

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Demon Inhibitions Blog Tour with Gary Starta

Jan 10th, 2013

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Today I have talented author Gary Starta guest posting. He writes a unique cross-genre blend of fiction including paranormal, sci fi, horror, and demon elements, so you can guess we get along quite well. I appreciate his reasoning below writing a blend of genres, as it mirrors my own thoughts on the subject. Without further ado, I’ll turn things over to Gary. ;)

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Demon Inhibitions Cover ArtMy new release, Demon Inhibitions, threads sci fi, urban fantasy, suspense, romance, horror and mystery.I usually anchor my novels in science fiction but find it fascinating and almost impossible not to blend these other genres into the mix. You could compare it to a meal. While there’s nothing wrong with eating a piece of fish by itself day after day you might find it more tasty to add broccoli (horror), rice (mystery), salad (romance), bread(fantasy) and dessert (suspense). To be more precise, Demon Inhibitions consists of:Sci fi: Agent Caitlin Diggs believes a genetically made soul stealer is responsible for recent murders.Horror: The soul stealer has escaped custody and crosses a parallel universe dragging Diggs with him via wormhole.

Urban Fantasy: Diggs is assisted by a Wiccan investigator and a succubus. In her parallel universe, demons outnumber humans and a preternatural branch of the FBI deals with their crimes.

Romance: Diggs enters an altered reality and a love triangle emerges. Her new boss Charles Grant is beyond handsome but the other version of her friend Stanford Carter is stirring feelings she never had for his alternate.

Hitches: Grant doesn’t know ‘his’ Diggs has been killed by the soul stealer. Alternate Carter has been turned into a demon. Would romance with Carter change her as well?

Mystery: Why is the soul stealer hell bent on eradicating a teen whose singing voice inhibits demon violence?

Suspense: Diggs faces the prospect that conventional weapons will not subdue her fugitive. Can her newly acquired paranormal abilities give her a fighting chance?

I’m sure we’ve all read great stories that brought some or all of these elements together. They usually get boxed under one category for sales purposes. Maybe someday a multiple-genre tag will be born. After all, paranormal romance is still a fairly young genre and is ever growing. Change does happen.

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Demon Inhibitions Excerpt

When she found I had visited Manners, Briana began scurrying about her house, scooping up a pair of scissors and a red candle. Before I could speak further, she came at me. I backed away from her in fright. Her placid face revealed nothing malevolent. But the shears were headed right for me. I tried to dive away from the contradiction. Who was the real Briana? The sweet woman who made cookies for me–or her shears wielding maniac counterpart now standing before me? She screamed not to worry. I heard a snip. I felt a strange sensation. Not pain. But something was no longer attached to me. It was a piece of my hair. She caught the floating lock in her hands as if it were a runaway feather.“It is very important we get to work, Caitlin.” Too stunned to process the weird moment, I could barely utter a groan.Then she explained how she must protect me. “He’ll surely make a visitation now that he has met you.”I tried to explain it was a good thing. I would probably get a vision of him and then I could determine his part in the slayings.She interrupted. “A visitation is what he’ll do to you. I don’t know how to break this to you but the cat judge is an incubus. He’ll surely come to you in your dreams. And in case he is our murderer, you’ll need a protection spell, pronto.”

I reminded her I carried a firearm. I had worked in the FBI.

“No earthbound weapons can harm the judge once he joins with you. An incubus enters your dream world.”

“How do you know this?” My tone grew edgy. She had obviously withheld knowledge of Manners. Maybe the two were friends or even lovers. And she just admitted an incubus could have committed these crimes without fear of being harmed or caught.

“I know things because I’m a witch, Caitlin. That explanation will have to suffice for now.”

“If you’re truly a witch, Briana, you must know he’s our best suspect.”
She had me there.

I settled in for the spell.

“I will create a mind shield for you, Caitlin Diggs.”

She began to chant, inviting me to join her.

“I call upon the helpful powers of my ancestors. Please protect and shield me from harm. By the ancient ancestral power, blessed be!”

Briana played soft Celtic music for me as we waited for the spell to take effect. I tried to distract myself with the lovely dulcet tones of harps and violins. It almost worked until my stomach rumbled–again. We never had supper. Briana was too intent on saving my ass. For what seemed hours we held hands waiting for the candle to burn down. I had plenty of time to drink in the ambience of the McFadden household. Floral print furniture and lacy doilies surrounded me. But most disturbing, a poster of Cher is depicting the actress as a witch in the film Witches of Eastwick, hung right before my eyes. When the candle finally expired I yawned and thanked Briana.

“Don’t thank me yet. The night is now upon us. We must return to your house if we hope to engage the judge.”

“Won’t your presence discourage Manners from coming?”

“No.” She paused to smile. “You could have twenty police armed to the hilt and he’d still come. Nothing from the waking world can harm him.”

I muttered something unintelligible even to me.

“I’ll be in the next room to supervise so to speak. When he comes I’ll sense it. I will then cast a binding spell so he can’t attack you – or worse, drain you. Now the spell won’t last indefinitely so you won’t want to waste time with small talk. Hopefully you’ll be able to determine his innocence or guilt in your dream.”

I had once interrogated an evil man named Crowley in a dream state. It didn’t go so well. But at least he didn’t threaten to harm me. Maybe he couldn’t. I still don’t know; but I was sure of one thing if the judge threatened me in any way I would defend myself. I didn’t care what Briana said about the dream and waking worlds. I went to bed packing a handgun.
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A full moon bathed my bedroom in bluish haze. It kept my eyes from closing. Normally I would have drawn the curtains on the nocturnal intrusion, but tonight I was hosting so to speak. I felt I was setting a better trap or “invitation” to Manners if I left the light on. Briana would have probably scolded me if she were capable of listening to my silent ranting. She had explained to me several times Manners would not be traveling via car, plane or broom for that matter. His appearance would be completely ethereal to all waking humans. He would meet me via an altered state of mind, in a dream or alpha state, where his thoughts and presence could transcend any physical traps an overly anxious former FBI agent (me) might feel compelled to set. It wouldn’t matter if I shined a lantern in my window or posted Rottweillers on around-the-clock guard duty, Manners would be oblivious to it. Briana stated this very emphatically, employing wild gyrating arm movements that nearly had me fearing she would turn me into a rat if I didn’t give her my undivided attention. So I sat and listened to her for an hour after we completed the spell. When my eyelids began drooping, she ordered me to bed. She took up residence in the adjoining guest room with Celeste. With a click of a doorknob, Briana could be at my bedside in seconds. But when I finally began to absorb the notion that Manners would not be using the front door to meet me, fear began to take hold. How would her presence help me? She could monitor my dreams all she wanted, but ultimately it would be up to me to break free of Manner’s paranormal grip-provided one: he was an incubus and two: he would still deem an appearance necessary to either protest his innocence or quiet my suspicions of him once for and all. My mind finally began to drift into that sleepy state where your thoughts start running into one another. How would I converse with him in the dream world? And would my gun be at my bedside in this dream? My brain felt like rubber. My eyelids finally shut. A faint hint of blue light seeped through them and then the next thing I knew…

“Who, what…what do you want?” I sat straight up and stammered as a presence took shape over my brass four-post bed. At least I determined I could talk, albeit not very intelligently in my dream state. The shape continued to hover over me, within arm’s reach. I twisted in my covers, attempting to lunge towards my dresser drawer where I kept my gun. As my hand continued to fumble for the dresser knob, coldness brushed against my backside. At that instant, I gave up my hunt for the gun and reverted to my backside, hoping confrontation might keep the invading demon at bay. I shouted. “Back off and identify yourself.” I felt silly. I couldn’t very well command this thing to put its hands behind its back–if it had hands–let alone expect it to adhere to laws and protocols devised by those living in the real world.

The thing, best described as a floating transparent body of liquid, actually started to comply. It reversed itself away from me, about a yard or so. Now it hovered over my Victorian vanity chair. I seriously hoped its liquid makeup wouldn’t drip all over my prized antique. It began to glow blue, probably because it was in the direct path of a moonbeam.

“Now tell me who are you.” Hoarse and raspy, my voice no longer sounded like mine. I tried to recall my vision where I had been speaking to the spirit of Alastair Crowley. My voice had sounded like mine then. In fact, I’d felt no different in that dream state whatsoever; I had classified that experience as a vision. But now, as I sat cowering in my bed, I felt more as if in a dream. I willed my legs to move, but like in a dream, they were uncooperative as if an iron vise was keeping them in place. As I struggled to escape my covers, the thing spoke to me in a whispered voice. Whatever it was, it was now inside my head!

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Gary Starta
Author

Gods of the Machines is a sci fi novel for readers who don’t normally read the genre, mixed with romance, mystery, crime and suspense, it is fiction on the fringe of genre. A top ten finalist in 2010′s Preditors and Editors Poll for science fiction, the novel addresses artificial intelligence and the quest to categorize its place in society.

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Indie Author Interview – Keri Lake – Bonus Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Dec 5th, 2012

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For today’s indie author interview we have a special treat. Not only is my friend Keri Lake, who writes edgy, dark, violent, paranormal romance series here today (can you guess why the two of us get along?), but she’s also doing a COVER REVEAL and an eBook GIVEAWAY!

The Cover Reveal is for SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1), and it’s at the bottom of this interview. Also, if you want to be entered for the FREE eBook copy of Soul Avenged 2 weeks before its released in either MOBI or ePub format, simply comment on this post and the all-powerful ME shall pick you at random to win! Bwahaha!

Yup, that’s how we’re gonna roll. So, without further ado, I give you: Keri Lake. :)

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1) What are the underlying themes of stories you write?

I actually weave vengeance into a lot of my stories.  It’s the common thread throughout my newest series.  And love, of course.

Keri Lake, Pro-Supe Flygirl Handler

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2) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

I’m in love with the ocean.  I’ve been vacationing to the beaches of North Carolina since I was young and I still look forward to these getaways.  It’s where I do my best thinking (and plotting), staring off at fishing boats all day long.

However, if I can’t get away like that, music usually helps me unwind at home.  I like sitting out on the deck in the evenings (uh, when it’s warm), listening to music while I write. 

Water is wonderfully calming! I know a number of writers tune into music to get into the groove. I often wonder how authors, before the age of recorded music, how did they surround themselves with music for inspiration? Perhaps they didn’t.

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3) What’s your favorite wine?

Hmmmm.  I don’t really have a favorite wine.  **dodges swing**  er, that is, until I get out to Colorado… 

My favorite drink would have to be a margarita – I suspect this goes back to my college days.  **coughs**

LOL, fair enough!

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4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I just finished writing an anthology and needed some mellow (more than usual) music to go with it, so I’ve been listening to Birdy the past couple of weeks.  Otherwise, my staples are NIN, Deftones, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Flyleaf, Muse, Blood Red Shoes, The Black Keys and The XX.

Wow, our musical tastes are so similar. I don’t think I’ve even met anyone else who’s even heard of Flyleaf. ;) I’ll check out Birdy, because that one’s new to me.

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5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

Oooh.  I could really use a minion army.  And they’d all look like Gerard Butler.  Like…the King Leonidas version of him.  Le purr…  I’m pretty sure world domination would be a piece of cake.

I can see you’re working up to big plans here… I’ll expect to hear more in the future. :P

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6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

Laid.  Back.  Although I’d have a few directives in place.  Things like, you MUST wear casual clothes to work everyday – bonus points for jeans.  Anyone caught NOT vacationing four months out of the year will be incarcerated on some remote tropical paradise somewhere.  HBO must include Quinn in the upcoming season of True Blood (honestly, aside from Alcide, he’s the only reason I bothered to get hooked on the show – WTF HBO?).  Households must spend more time reading than watching TV.  Things like that.

Yeah, the problem with book to tv/movie adaptations is they toss out and invent characters at will. Irritates me too, especially when they’re fun folks like Quinn. Meh!

I’m completely behind TV monitoring. People need to discover something besides Honey Boo Boo. I mean, What The Hell is that noise? It’s people forgetting they can spend time with other humans, have meaningful projects of their own, and well, do something other than let their brains seep out through their ears, that’s what. Ugh.

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7) What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation?

Ha!  It’s actually the quiet ones you have to watch out for…muahahahahaha!

Point taken. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on you from here on out.

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8) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

You know, this question really depends on my mood.  If you saw my bookshelf, you’d probably tip your head and begin the psychoanalysis.  Sometimes it’s sexy and erotic, sometimes romantic, sometimes dark, sometimes dystopian.  I guess if I had to narrow it down to ONE author though, it’d be Anne Rice.  She’s kind of my ‘comfort’ read.  Her words are so eloquent.  Every time I crack one of her books for a ‘peek’, I end up getting sucked into her world.

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9) If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, how would you spend the allotted time?

I’d say Trent Reznor, but I’d probably be so damn nervous that I’d end up looking like an ass and remain mute the entire day.  I’d need someone to break me out of my shyness. I think Kresley Cole or Larissa Ione would be cool to hang out with.  We could whip up some margaritas and chat about sexy demon alphas!  Tim Burton would be another one – would love to meet him.

On Reznor’s final tour the hubs and I got backstage passes. I grinned like a fan girl fool for my picture with him. He’s short, yet incredibly intimidating.  I didn’t say much, which is completely unlike me, and I felt like a dolt afterwards. Oh well…now if you get the opportunity, you won’t feel so bad! (BTW, I’ll join you for margi’s with those gals anytime! ;) )

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10) Tell me about the inspiration for your upcoming/current project.

My current project, Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) is an entirely new series that sort of swept me away to the Land of Shiny.  This one is set in Detroit – gothic Detroit.  It’s dark, a bit more violent than my usual and has slightly steamier sex scenes.  There are a whole lot of supes in this series – demons, lycans, ghouls, nephilim.  I’m not sure what gave rise to it.  Just sort of smacked me upside the head.  I’ve always wanted to write about Detroit and as the plot progressed, it just seemed like the perfect setting.  I mentioned before, the theme is vengeance and my main character, Ayden, is a very strong but broken female.  It’s up on GoodReads right now for anyone who’d like to add it!

The best projects are the ones that knock you upside the head and demand to be written, IMHO. :) I’m looking forward to reading it.

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11) Finally, is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

Neapolitan.  If you’re going to mix three flavors, at LEAST make them some variety of chocolate!  Sheesh!

Psst: I was never a fan either. #highfive

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And now, the cover reveal for SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1)! This officially releases February 6th on Amazon, but go ahead and add it to your goodreads to-read list today! Remember, to be eligible to win the free eBook you must comment on this post. EBooks will be distributed January 23rd by the author but I’ll announce the winner December 8th. Good luck!

Soul Avenged Cover 

Soul Avenged - A Sons of Wrath Novel

 The Official Book Blurb:

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:

KILL THEM ALL.

 The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

 Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest.  To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

 In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most.  She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice.  As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

 Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

 Sons of Wrath

Never gamble with vengeance …

  Website:  http://www.kerilake.com
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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KeriLake
GoodReads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5335601.Keri_Lake

 

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Opportunity Travels Under Many Guises

Dec 1st, 2012

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November filled me with frustration and heartache. As predicted in my Juggling Priorities post, my time for NaNoWriMo stolen away, the opportunity slipping through my fingers, and thus I didn’t hit the 50k word count. I didn’t even come close. I hit 23k, well under the goal. Instead I spent my time in the first half of the month dealing with my father’s memorial and throughout the month dealing with heavy pressure at work to finish a project by an end-of-month deadline.

Memorial Flower Petals on Echo Lake

For work, because this specific project was business-critical, I skipped many lunches to make it happen. Time I normally scarfed down a quick bite and wrote or edited, I worked instead. I almost completed the project on time. It’s a few days shy of alpha roll-out.

Even in my evenings, which I’d normally spend writing with abandon, my energy was tapped out. Drained. I’d write a little, and then capsize, rolling into bed well before my usual hour. Yes, I got halfway to the goal, but I know I’m capable of so much more.

When the end of the month hit, I got some news from work. My job had been eliminated. Thinking about it, I’m not too surprised. I’m guessing it’s financial, everyone is tightening their belt these days, and I certainly don’t take it personally.

I’ve worked for a mortgage company that shut its doors, quite literally, overnight, and I’ve been laid off from a large corporation that went from 4,000 employees to 800 in the space of a year. Business happens, and it’s all a numbers game.

What do I love about writing? It’s not about the numbers. It’s about the connections, the characters, the meaning of it all. When done well, it brings the author and reader together on a field of suspended disbelief, and  transcends the empty, emotionless accounting and focuses on the ruthless honesty of the moment.

Yeah, that. That shit is pure magic.

In this moment I’m evaluating my options. Yes, I’m looking to replace my day job. Likely with something a bit different. It may take some time, but I’ll find a great fit, not just a OMG I’m desperate please I’ll take anything job.

In the meantime, I’ll write, knowing I’m absolutely blessed with the time this opportunity has brought me.

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Indie Author Interview – R. Brennan

Nov 21st, 2012

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I ran into R. Brennan when we both became involved in Tiffany Reisz’s Felt Tips project – a Charity Anthology of Office-Supply-Related Erotica, due out 12/12/12, see more on goodreads here. All proceeds go towards buying kids school supplies and down-on-their-luck parents will get work clothes they couldn’t otherwise afford. Nifty, yes? 

R. Brennan has a quick wit and a snarky sense of humor, so you can imagine we get along quite well. When I heard she had a an indie release, Blood and Fire, coming out in December 2012, I needed to pin her down with some questions. She happily obliged, because she’s fairly agreeable — at least with me. Read on, her answers might surprise you. :)

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1) What are the underlying themes of stories you write?

I tend toward the darker side of things with my stories, or at least what some might consider dark. My stories seem to center around BDSM and the D/s lifestyle. Sometimes, they even contain aspects of fantasy or horror, and on occasional romance. I’m a mixed bag sorta girl… probably because I have a short attention span.

I’ll keep this in mind, although your attention span did pretty well, I mean you made it through my list of questions. ;)

Saucy Pirate Author R. Brennan

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2 ) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

It really depends on the time of year. In the summer, I spend as many weekends as possible at our camp I’ve dubbed Tortuga. It’s just a camper on a seasonal site about an hour from home, but I just love the peace and quiet — not to mention the people. In the winter, it gets harder, since I hate the cold. Winter is for writing, reading and restocking the iPod with new music.

Darn it, and here I thought you were actually going to ‘Tortuga’ all of those times. *sadface* However, I’m completely with you on getting away and the camping, it’s the ultimate in unplugging.
 
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3) What’s your favorite wine?

I’ve tried a few different wines, and there aren’t too many I’ve liked, frankly. I did enjoy a Wildhurst Reserve Merlot I tried recently, but I’m a RUM girl. Love anything with rum in it, especially Malibu. I’m sure that is just the pirate in me trying to get out. :)

I can have only one proper response: Argh! #sorry
 
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4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I have a pretty eclectic playlist, Eminem, Pink, Tori Amos, Kelly Clarkson, some classical, Top 40 – but at the moment I’m a bit obsessed with a new song my bo-hunk introduced me to: Madness by Muse — Good stuff.

I haven’t been as into the newer Muse, but I’ll check out that track. ;)
 
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5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

If I had a minion army I would never paint my own toenails again, wouldn’t touch laundry, and my annoying, ever-growing lawn would always look like a golf course. Yes, I have lawn OCD. Wanna make something of it?

You know if you spell it CDO the letters are in alphabetical order? Nice use of minions, btw. :)
 
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6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

Oh geesh…I’m a submissive by nature, darling. I have absolutely no interest in ruling the world. However, if you know an ambitious, world ruling Dominant with great shoulders, a sense of humor, and a Daddy Dom fetish, I’m all ears.

You know what, I don’t! What’s up with that? They must be hiding from pirate subs.
 
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7) What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation?

I’m not even sure I know what that is…I’m a sarcastic wench, so I tend to cause some rabble that way on occasion. Oh, and I enjoy stalking people I admire on Twitter. Does that count at all?

Yes, stalking borders on instigating a rabble. I’ve watched you poke the bear a few times, too. ;) It’s cute.
 
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8) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

This is going to sound weird coming from a writer of erotica, but my all time favorite author is C.S. Lewis. I grew up on the Chronicles of Narnia and I can’t tell you how many times I checked my closet growing up to make sure there wasn’t a world buried in the back of it. When I got older, I read to my kids from his books. Great times and even better memories.

No, that doesn’t sound weird at all, I reread that series countless times myself. Also, ask Tiffany Reisz about the Prince Caspian slash fic she says she’s writing. It’s made an impression upon so many.
 
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9) If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, how would you spend the allotted time?

You know, these are tough questions… Hrmm… I would love to spend a day with Randy Ortin (WWE fame). Why? Because I could happily stare at that man for 24 hours and not only never get bored, but would be on cloud nine. If he spoke to me…. well… *melts*

Aww, you’re so cute.
 
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10) Finally, is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

I’m not sure what the real name of it is, but my oldest daughter LOVES it. It’s that Ben and Jerry’s flavor that has like potato chips, chocolate and pretzels in it. Besides have way too much “stuff” and not enough ice cream in it, I just don’t “get” how any of that put together can taste good.

Ugh. Bah. I’m on board, they’ve gone too far with that one. Just, yuck!
 
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Thanks, R. Brennan, for answering all of my questions! You can read her book Blood and Fire in December but for now please consider adding it to your to-read list on goodreads.

And don’t forget about the charity anthology, Felt Tips. It’s out on 12/12/12, so you’ll want to pick it up, as both R. Brennan and I both have short stories featured included.

  R. Brennan
Erotica Writer/Book Reviewer
 

 

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Juggling Priorities – An Update

Nov 18th, 2012

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First, I give you a video of the Daemon Baby, a gift from my dear friend Joseph. It’s creepy as hell! He gave it to me because I wrote a book about daemons, and therefore I needed it, or something. Yeah uh, nobody else send me any more creepy baby things. Correction: no more baby things. Kthxbai. :)

Anyway, since releasing The Daemon Whisperer at the beginning of October my life has zipped by in a series of still frames. Everyone’s response to my daemons and the world of the Liminals has been wonderful, and I want to thank you for your support (and at times dubious gifts). Your consistent demands for more of the story and expressed disappointment over the next installment not yet being available is music to my ears. (If sadistic to you, my apologies!) I will tell you the story arc consists of five books in total, so there’s more to come, never fear.

I spent a good amount of my free time in October finalizing my nitpicks on The Dream Sifter before handing it over to my editor at the end of the month. Content edits are due back today or tomorrow, and hopefully I can work through her first pass while continuing my forward momentum on The Madness Path. (Let’s not discuss the many passes of edits, never-ending in their nature.) My aim is to release Dream Sifter this Winter, i.e. by February-ish, but I’m not putting a hard date on it yet.

I’ve tried to focus on NaNoWriMo this month, but it’s been a rough go for me. I started out the month with my dad’s memorial on the 4th, and then what would have been his next birthday on the 14th, and instead of being able to feed my writing, I floundered. My energy has refocused and the words are flowing again, but as I’m only at ~17k and I’m aiming for 110k for Madness Path, my guess is I’ll wrap up the first draft around January.

There’s a few other projects in the works, but now I’m trying to mainly focus on these top two. Definitely let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, and have a Happy Thanksgiving this week, everyone. :)

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Oct 28th, 2012

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I’m SO awesome, I got tagged twice in one week. LOL. Once by Steven Montano, and once by Keri Lake. They must really want me to talk about my WIP, which at the moment is The Dream Sifter. In case you’re wondering, this blog hop started on She Writes, and will likely continue until every single writer’s been tapped. Oh yeah…

Before you read my post, take a look at both Steven’s and Keri’s. They both have exciting projects underway. Well, I’ll be reading them. If you want to be cool like me, you will too.

Now, for MY next big thing…

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1. What is the working title of your book?

The Dream Sifter – The Depths of Memory, Book 1.

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2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The Depths of Memory series came from an odd amalgam of ideas. I was inspired by elements from C.S. Friedman’s The Coldfire trilogy, Sheri S. Tepper’s Mavin Manyshaped series and her book Grass, which combined with some very odd dreams and a wide variety of other tidbits, have led to the overall story arc. Now I have to kill you all, lest you figure out what I have planned. But no, I haven’t given you quite enough clues. Not yet…

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3. What genre does your book fall under?

Not much of what I write falls under just one genre–it’s all dark, but otherwise it’s a free for all. I suppose I never got the single-genre memo. Anyway, The Depths of Memory series is a blend of the sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, and horror genres.

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4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is an easy one, as I already have a pinterest board dedicated to the characters. :) Not all of the characters are cast yet, I mean, there are a ton of them. But the main four are all set. I’d cast singer Hayley Williams from Paramore as Rai Durmah, Sienna Guillory as Matriarch Bauleel, Michael Fassbender as Guardian Graeber, and Jesse Spencer as Technician Rilte.

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5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Rai Durmah seeks to regain her lost memories despite her recurring nightmares which hint at the unspeakable horrors of her past, and as she gets closer to the truth, she risks facing the death which haunts her dreams.

How’s that for a run-on sentence? Boo-yah!

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6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The entire trilogy will be self-published.

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7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I wrote the main bulk over about 4-5 years. This is slow for me now, but it was my first manuscript. Then I realized I had one and a half books of content and re-segmented the material. It took a while to restructure things into the new format, but then book one was a standalone and I was able to wrap up book two. I took a ridiculous amount of time editing book one, and then submitted it to an indie publishing house. It was accepted but sat in the queue for over a year with no traction. When I learned it would be at least another six months before it would see an editor, I exercised my termination clause deciding to self-publish the trilogy instead.

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8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’d say this series has similarities to books by Sheri S. Tepper and C.S. Friedman’s The Madness Season.

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9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Due to my epilepsy I have brief periods (a minute or two) of amnesia which have always haunted me. They’ll fade, but in the moment I’m utterly lost, frustrated, and panicked.

The idea of a character with deliberately induced amnesia and the challenges they’d face intrigued me. Why take away their memories? What latent body memories and skills would remain? When you lack your memories, what remains of your personality?

Around all of this I placed humans in a languishing colony on another world, under threat of a devastating plague, with an alien species just waiting to pounce on them when they fail. The theme of missing memories continues throughout the trilogy, on multiple levels.

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10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If readers have read my others works, they know I tend towards dark subject matter. This story has suspense, action, complex world building, characters with depth and drive, and a particularly unusual set of monsters the colonists have to deal with.

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The rules of the game:

If I tagged you, your blog post needs to go up next week, between Nov 4 – Nov 10.  You answer the above questions for yourself, and you tag five other writers. If you are on She Writes you can put your post there too. Your Blog post should be labelled:
 The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

I’m tagging the following authors. Once you’ve posted your blog feel free to come back by here and post a link to your Hop.

Teresa D’Amario

Trish Marie Dawson

K. M. Cambion

Jeffery S. Kupperman

Allie Sanders

Also, I’ve been tagged now, and thus I’m out. Done. No tag-backs! Cheers! ;)

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Hedonism Defined

Oct 23rd, 2012

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I am a Hedonist.

I find this statement confounds, amuses, angers, and pours outright disbelief into others skulls in equal parts. Often some form of confused response is inevitable. It’s usually pithy, disbelieving, or a joking retort.

After all, surely I jest. Admitting to such a blatant character flaw — publicly no less — appears to lack wisdom and any sense of decorum. You might assume I throw caution to the wind, party every night until dawn, drink like a fish, have the morals of a street hooker. Are there any other unsavory clichés I can toss onto the pile?

Yet I persist in my resolution and reject your assumptions.

I. Am. A. Hedonist. More specifically, a rational hedonist, aka Epicurean. Mind you, this is not some form of religious zealotry. It’s philosophy, dating back to Epicurus (a Greek) in the 3rd Century B.C. I’ve mentioned before how I’m a fan of Greek and Roman history, and it’s more than just the myths and screenplays of the time. You hear the name Epicurus and are likely thinking of epicureanism, a love of overindulging in gourmet food or drink. However, this is a label placed in modern times by those who didn’t understand Epicurus’ tenets included avoiding regular excess and thinking well enough ahead to understand the consequences of your actions and avoid subsequent pitfalls.

Oh, wait… There’s planning involved? There’s a level of…oh my goodness…moderation? Well, yes. Sorry to disappoint you.

Let’s see, you want to go out and party all night and get royally hammered, but you have to be at work the next day? The rational hedonist advises no, unless you want to potentially lose your job or feel like hell while you’re there, the pain suffering the next day most likely isn’t worth the short-term fun of the partying. Drunk-driving? Obvious life fail. Sure, the initial high might be grand, but the payoff is potentially deadly. Alternatively, there are countless ways to indulge without long-term consequences to yourself or those you care about (or heck, other drivers on the road, for that matter). Fine wine, quality chocolate, a perfectly cooked meal, curling up with a fantastic book, curling up with a snugly someone — pick your poison. ;)

Yes, I make decisions which bring me the most pleasure in life, both mentally and physically. In doing so I consider those close to me, and what will help maintain their happiness. Ideally I can choose options which increase joy for everyone involved, or conversely impact others in the least negative way. I may occasionally overindulge, but it’s a rare occurrence. Usually my most taxing offense is staying up too late and not getting enough sleep. True story.

However, I do indulge in life fully. If there’s fun and pleasure to be had, I jump right in and drink deeply.

As the poet Horace said, Carpe Diem (“Seize the Day”). (He was a fellow Epicurean, BTW.) My goal is to live fully, drink the day dry, and be ready to start fresh tomorrow.

I’ve planned a blog series on specific hedonistic examples and…suggestions. They may not be what you expect, but I think you’ll enjoy them. Let me know if you have particular questions. :)

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Indie Author Interview – Kiersten Fay

Oct 18th, 2012

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I have to admit, I found Kiersten on twitter after I’d read Demon Possession. Yup, I fan-cyber-stalked her. She had books about demons, and I was writing about my book about daemons — and we bonded, mostly over our shared sense of humor. She used to work as a graphic designer which I found out when I asked her who created her amazing book covers. She did them herself, the multi-talented gal! (Which didn’t help me find my cover artist, but it led to some fun conversations.)

Kiersten’s stories are action-packed sci-fi romance filled with sassy characters, which you don’t see every day. She was kind enough to take a break from working on Demon Untamed (Book 4 in the Shadow Quest Series to answer some questions for us. Enjoy!

 

Demon-Taming Kiersten Fay

1) What are the underlying themes of stories you write?

I love throwing my characters into unfamiliar situations where they are completely out of their element and therefore must change or adapt if they hope to survive. In other words, dropping them in uncharted territory with a “sink or swim, baby” attitude. Sometimes I feel like a kid with a magnifying glass hovering over an ant hill. Muwahaha!

…ahem, excuse me… I also write romance. ;)

So like most writers, you coddle and pamper your characters…hahah. Yeah no.

2) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

When I finish a manuscript, I HAVE to take a little time out from writing. Usually, I’ll find a new romance series to addict myself to, hit up a few movies, or try to find a new way to cook chicken. The latter generally results in a sad, sad half burned chunk of meat that once resembled a chicken leg. I’ll figure that oven out one day.

I also enjoy PC and video games on occasion. The kind where you build up a city and then wreak havoc by bombarding it with natural disasters… hmm, me thinks a pattern is emerging. Suppressing evil laugh.

Not everyone can be awesome at everything! Give yourself a total pass on cooking. It’s cool you’re a gamer geek! I did not know this, and I only respect you more now. ;)

3) What’s your favorite wine?

I’m a sucker for sweet wines. I mean literally…I suck them down like crazy. Moscato, white zin, white Merlot. If it’s sweet or fruity, I’ve likely had a bottle of it stashed in my fridge at some point. Got any suggestions?

If you like those other wines in your flavor profile include Vin Santo, Icewines, Tawny Ports, Late Harvest Gewurztraminers, Olorosa, Bual, Verdehlo, Malmsey, Barsac, and of course, a Sauterne. I mean, just throwing some ideas around, as your #winewhore. ;)

4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I’m a music lover too, and not all that picky…well, not as picky as most people. As I look at my Pandora line-up I see there is Tiesto, ATB, Silversun Pickups, Tangerine Dream, Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, and Flyleaf. Those are more on the chill side. I was recently turned on to Within Temptation. They provide me with intense music while I’m writing a dramatic scene.

Oh, I adore Flyleaf! I’ll check out the others. ;)

5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

Well, I would have an army of vampire bunnies. Vampires: because they are strong and live forever (or at least until some Van Helsing jerkoff shows up). Bunnies: because their numbers could be replenished swiftly. And I would use them to smother my enemies with their incomprehensible cuteness.

Me to bunnies: “Attack!”

You: “Oh, how cute, Ahhhh!”

LOL, you said ‘jerkoff.’ Love the combo of cute + evil. No one will see it coming.

6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

As your supreme overlord, I expect complete and utter devotion…to tacos. My word will be law and, as such, certain types of seafood will be banned because it offends my nose. Songs will be written in my honor (Afterward, the word crazy will be redefined to mean remarkable). Police forces will be comprised of catholic nuns, because those chicks are harsh! And we would all dress in Halloween costumes year-round because it’s fun…  I would be fair and altruistic…

I dig your style.

7) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

Dr. Seuss… No, really. With only a few short words, he created morally deep and thought provoking material for countless children: Don’t invite trouble-making cats wearing ridiculous hats into your home. Don’t be afraid to try new things, green eggs and ham just might be delightful. Don’t step on that speck! You’ll destroy an entire civilization in seconds!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
—Dr. Seuss

8) Tell me about the inspiration for your upcoming/current project.

I have two projects currently in the works. One is an (as of yet) unnamed spin off of my Shadow Quest series which will delve into the many dragon clans. The other is Demon Untamed, book 4 of my Shadow Quest series, which is a space adventure with demons, dragons, and fairies, oh my. Or should I say Faieara, as I call them.

As far as inspiration? I can’t really say what that might be. Only that I love paranormal romance and I love sci-fi, and I really wanted to mesh the two together. There’s so little sci-fi romance out there, don’t you think?

9) Finally, is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

I’m a plane old vanilla and chocolate kinda gal—rarely ever stray—but I’ve heard tell of a bacon flavored ice cream which makes me both gag and salivate at the same time. Two opposing reactions that would drive any overlord bonkers…

…All bacon flavored confections are hereby prohibited!

Very sound reasoning, Kiersten! ;)

 

Here’s the cover for Demon Untamed, Book Four in the Shadow Quest Series, due out in 2013.

Get in touch with her through the following sources:

 Twitter: @kierstenfay

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KierstenFay

Sign up for her newsletter at www.KierstenFay.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/KierstenFay

 

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