Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Stephanie Julian

LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club, Book Monster Reviews and For The Love of Books are very happy to welcome Stephanie Julian to our sites today. 
 

Stephanie is the author of the Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, and The Fringe series, as well as the new Forgotten Goddess series. 

A former reporter for a daily newspaper, she enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life, and is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic, with whom she shares two sons who love her even when they don’t have any clean clothes and dinner is a bowl of cereal. 

Stephanie’s most current release, “Grace in Moonlight”, Lucani Lovers Book #5 was released on July 20, 2011 and has been eagerly anticipated by fans.
For those readers with us today that have not read Lucani Lovers, we thought we’d at least give you the synopsis of “Grace in Moonlight” to peak your interest:


Synopsis:
Grace in Moonlight (Lucani Lovers, #5)Kaisie Giliati is the lucani king’s best tracker. He’s used to hunting and capturing his prey with little resistance. He’s also old enough to know exactly what he wants, and the feisty redhead who stirs him like no other is at the top of his list. Too bad she’s the enemy and seemingly impervious to his charms.

Grace Bellasario has a target on her back, two children to protect from their evil father and she’s in love for the first time in her life. With a man who should hate her—a man she has no business craving. But does she ever. Grace doesn’t have a chance in hell of shaking Kaisie off her tail. Now he just needs to keep her alive to live happily ever after

Steph’s other current release, “What a Goddess Wants”, Forgotten Goddess Book #1, was released on July 1st and has been hailed “Brutally vivid” with “Flaming hot passion that just leaps off the pages”.  Book #2 of the series, “How to Worship a Goddess” is due out on 12/1/2011, and we’re sure it will get similar praise. 
Since this is the first book in a series, it deserves a little introduction as well.

                                              Synopsis:
What a Goddess Wants (Forgotten Goddesses, #1)It's OK no one remembers Etruscan Sun goddess Tessa. But when a demon threatens her life, she must turn to mythology's darkest warrior for protection..

Caligo of the Cimmerians has never met a woman as warm, sunny and inviting as Tessa. Their sizzling mutual attraction quickly sweeps the two of them into a love story that's worthy of the gods.
Since we have Stephanie with us on all 3 sites today, let’s get right to the heart of the Event and see what Stephanie had to say to us when we peppered her with questions. 


LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews/For The Love of Books:  Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for joining us all today!  We can’t wait to learn a little bit more about you and your new series. 

Stephanie:  And I’m thrilled to be here.

Kiss of Moonlight (Lucani Lovers, #1)LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews/For The Love of Books:  We usually start out our interviews learning a bit more about our Guest Author.

Q1):  Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out on the Internet? 

Stephanie: My favorite running shoes are my new Adidas Marathons. Love them. I have a bright red cruising bike I compare to the Wicked Witch’s bike in The Wizard of Oz that I ride whenever I get the chance. And I’m an Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja addict. I spend way to much time killing pigs and chopping fruit.

Q2):  What is a typical writing day like for you?

Stephanie:I roll out of bed, stumble to my desk around 7 a.m., clean out my email and start to write around 8 a.m. I try to write at least 2,000 words a day, hopefully more, sometimes less. I try to spend most of it writing but I’m easily distracted. I run every other day so I have to work that in too. I try to write from 8 to 4, but I always spend some time talking to my guys when they get home from school.

Moonlight Menage (Lucani Lovers, #2)Q3):  Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?

Stephanie: I have always been a reader and that more than anything inspired me to be a writer. I wanted to tell stories and have readers fall in love with my characters. When I was in sixth grade, I found my mom’s copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ books. The Flame and the Flower and The Wolf and the Dove really got me into reading romance. Then I discovered Harlequin Presents and Bertrice Small and Rosemary Rogers and I never looked back.

Q4):  Was there any special inspiration behind the creation of the Forgotten Goddess series?

Stephanie: I was already writing books in my two Etruscans series, Magical Seduction and Lucani Lovers, and I’d already mentioned a few of the goddesses in some of those books, so I knew the gods and goddesses were hanging out on the periphery of the world. I got to thinking about what exactly these deities did now that they didn’t really have much to do in the world anymore. And that’s how the Forgotten Goddesses were born.

Edge of Moonlight (Lucani Lovers, #3)Q5):  Out of all of your series and books, is there one that you are particularly proud or fond of?  Why?

Stephanie: I love them all but I’m particularly proud of the way the Forgotten Goddesses series expands on my Etruscan world. I’ve got all these characters floating around and I’m very proud that I’ve been able to make all the themes and story lines fit.

Q6):  If you could sit down with 2 of your characters in a room full of readers, who would you want there, what question would you be sure to ask each of them, and how do you think they’d reply?

Stephanie: Cat would be one. She’s been a reader favorite since she showed up in Kiss of Moonlight. I would have to ask Cat how she sees Tivr, the Etruscan God of the Moon, fitting into her life. She would turn bright red, smile and deflect the question. The other would be Salvatorus, the salbinelli. Sal is an Etruscan satyr who’s been around for a really long time. I’d love to know how he got that New York accent but he’d probably tell me to do something anatomically inappropriate with that question.

Moonlight Temptation (Lucani Lovers, #4)Q7):  With Fantasy and Paranormal Romance being such popular genres these days, what intrigued you most about it, and how did you decide which ‘Super Group’ your characters would fall into?

Stephanie: I love that I’m able to create worlds within our world. I can play with magic and have fairies and elves and witches and werewolves. Since I based my books on an Etruscan mythology, there is some fact in almost everything I have in my books. The ancient Etruscans actually believed in magic and deities so I had to be faithful to some of that.

Q8):  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Stephanie: I love research. I love thousand-page books I get from Amazon about Etruscan religion and culture and art. I scour those books for the tidbits of information to use to give my stories flavor and then I let my imagination fly.
Seduced By Magic (Magical Seduction, #1)
Q9): What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

Stephanie: I like to run and ride my bike and read. I read at least an hour a day, if not more. I love to spend time with my guys, my husband and two sons. And I love talking writing with my writing buddies.

Q10):  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

Stephanie: It’s the only think I’ve ever really wanted to do. I think I was in elementary school, reading Little House on the Prairie, and I knew that writing was what I was going to do with my life. Luckily, after college, I got a job at a newspaper that allowed me to write for a living.

Q11): Since creating the Forgotten Goddesses series, how much research time do you put into this series?

Stephanie: Lots. I probably had at least a hundred hours in but I’ve been using this information through three series, about to be four.

Q12):  What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

Stephanie: Spending time with my mom at bookstores. Toys were something she’d usually say no to but she never said no to a book.

Q13):  When you sit down and begin to write, what are some of the things you MUST have with you for the process?

Stephanie:  My Junior Mints. I’m a self confessed addict. I have them on the desk to write with every day.

Q14):  If you could co-write a book with any other any other author who would it be and why?

Stephanie: Hmm. JR Ward comes to mind right away. I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Nalini Singh would be another. Her Psy/Changeling series is amazing.

Q15):   Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Stephanie: Yes, for as a long as I can remember.

Q16):   Your thoughts on e-books vs. traditional paper books?

Stephanie: Personally, I never thought I would be an ebook reader but then I got a Nook Color and now the only paper I buy is for research. The convenience of ebooks is just impossible to beat.



Q17):  Do you feel that have learned anything from your characters?

Stephanie: Yes. I’ve learned that I can love a bad boy, even though he’s fictional.

Q18):  What upcoming release are you looking forward to reading the most?

Stephanie: Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel. Cannot wait.

Seduced by Danger (Magical Seduction, #6)Q19):  This is another of our staple questions…  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question?

Stephanie: When is the Etruscan series going to end? Hopefully never!!!

Q20):  Is there anything specific you’d like to say to your readers and fans while we have you with us today?

Seduced by Two (Magical Seduction, #7)Stephanie: Thanks so much for reading. And I want them to know I’m just as avid a reader as they are and I love to talk books. Please don’t be afraid to contact me on Facebook or Twitter. I always hang out there.

Size MattersLITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews/For The Love of Books:  Stephanie, thank you so much again for joining us today!  We’ve really enjoyed hosting this web Event for you and getting the word out about the new Forgotten Goddess series and your latest Lucani Lover, "Grace in Moonlight"

Stephanie:  Thanks so much for having me. I’ve really enjoyed my time here today.


If you would like to find out more about Stephanie and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.


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CONTEST:  Stephanie is giving away a copy of "What a Goddess Wants" to a lucky Book Monster Follower.

To Enter, Post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!
Want a 2nd chance to win??  Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!

Want a 3rd chance to win??  Stop by For The Love Of Books (http://fourtheloveofbooks.blogspot.com) for a chance to win an ebook copy of "Grace in Moonlight" Stephanie's newest release in the Lucani Lovers series.


31 comments:

m.ceschini said...

Great interview Stephanie! I'm so glad you interact with your fans on fb/twitter. I know it means a lot to me when authors I'm following respond to a question or comment. I'd love to win a copy of your book!

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Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Great interview! You really surprised me with the amount of research you put into your books Stephanie.

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legallycaz said...

I'm a big fan of books based in lost beliefs, religions or cultures. These are on my TBR list now!

Thanks for a great interview and giveaway :)

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Katrina W said...

Great interview ladies ! I have not yet had the pleasure of reading these books yet but after reading this post and interview and checking out the hot covers I am adding these to my little black book !! thanks for the giveaway Stephanie !!

kat

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Michelle said...

I love books based on religions and mythology. I'm going to add these to my tbr.
Thanks for sharing with us today, I 'm looking forward to delving into the world you have created :)

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Stephanie Julian said...

m.ceshcini, I spend way too much time on twitter and FB and Goodreads, too. Anywhere I can talk to writers and readers is a good place to be.

alainala said...

sounds like an amazing book!! i love ones based on gods..

good luck everyone!
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Stephanie Julian said...

Hi again Megan, I love to read and research is just more reading, so more fun for me. I even love taking notes. I know, I'm strange.

Stephanie Julian said...

hey legallycaz, I'm constantly looking online for sites that talk about magic and cryptozoology and topics like that.

Stephanie Julian said...

Hey Katrina, I would love to be added to your little black book. I'm assuming it's like the notecard I keep on my desk so I can write down book titles to look up later.

Stephanie Julian said...

Michelle, thanks for stopping. Creating the world is one of the best parts of writing.

Amy said...

Wow carla ur interview with stephanie rocked I cant lie all the interview on bmr and la rock and I wanna say thank you all so much


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Theresa said...

I'm glad you had the interview today! It looks like I found a new author!! Thanks for the giveaway.
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Theresa said...

BookMonster Review follower.
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Charity Costa said...

Another amazing interview!!! I can't wait to dive into these ones, I'm sure I have some of her books on my kindle but I have to look, I lose track of what I have lol

I have to say that I am intrigued about this religion that is mentioned in the interview, I have never heard of it and I am shocked at the amount of research you have to do for it now I want to see what's it's all about :)

I also have to say that I agree with you mom BOOKS OVER TOYS any day. I'll buy my son stacks of books and not blink at the cost but a toy I'm like o no thats 20 bucks lol

Thanks again for the great interview

~Charity
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Lori in Philly said...

I always enjoy the interviews even when I haven't read any of the books because I always end up knowing something about one at least that makes me want to read the author that is being interviewed. Hubby will ask who we looking for today I will say Junior Mint. I'll get the look, of course I'll have to tell him Stephanie Julian. Thanks BMR for all you do.
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Temperance said...

Loved the interview:)
All of your books look really good and i can't wait to get my hands on some!
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lindsey hutchison said...

great interview! i said it once and seeinf more awesome covers and reading more bout you i am def adding you to my list of checkin into.

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LIESA said...

Love the interview!!

Your books sound great! I'll be starting them soon!!


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elaing8 said...

great interview.Stephanie has usch great covers.
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Sonia said...

Great interview! I haven´t read any of Stephanie´s books yet but they look really good!

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sandrahorn63 said...

Would love to win one of your books!

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sandrahorn63 said...

I sure would love to win one of your books!

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Natasha House said...

Awesome interview!! Can't wait to read this series!

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Missyb0103 said...

Great Interview!! I love your covers! they are so hot!!!! :-) I havent read one of your many books yet but i would love to!!!

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BlackwaterMama said...

Glad you stopped by Stephanie. This looks like a great series! It is on my TBR mountain!
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Amberia said...

Awesome interview! Thanks for taking time to talk with fans!

~ Amber

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Cath said...

I really am going to end up broke with all these books I keep adding to my wishlist!!!
Thanks for another great interview...Stephanie, your books sound great ;)
Cath
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Stephanie Julian said...

thanks everyone for stopping by to read my interview. I had a blast answering all the questions and I'm so glad to hear you all enjoyed it.

I spent yesterday soaking up the last bit of sun on our vacation down the shore then driving home with my guys, singing Bullet and Avenged Sevenfold at the top of our lungs for three+ hours on the way home last night.

Keisha Talley said...

Great interview , nice steamy book covers lol

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Amy said...

I love series that are based on gods/goddesses. Would love to read Stephanie's series! I am also looking forward to Meljean Brook's Heart of Steel, so we have some of the same tastes.

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