Sunday, August 14, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with C.L. Parker

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome C.L Parker to our sites today.   
C.L is the author of the SUPERNOVA saga.  The saga currently consists of “Supernova”, Book #1, and we were all excited to hear that Book #2, “Cataclysm” was given a release date of December 1, 2011.  There is a 3rd book planned for the saga as well, but no dates have been announced as of yet.
C.L lives near Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and three children – two sons and a daughter.  She also has 3 sisters with whom she’s inseparable, a rottie named Chaos (love that name!) and a Rottweiler/Australian Shepherd mix called Roxie.

After graduation, she enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia where she served a two year enlistment. Due to a family tragedy at the time, she chose to return home to Kentucky instead of re-enlisting and eventually ventured into the world of writing.  An outlet for her overactive imagination, it quickly grew into a passion that could not be ignored.  Having always had a fascination with the paranormal, it was evident what type of books she would love to write. 

Once the SUPERNOVA saga is complete, she will start a series of seven books, which will eventually spin-off into another series. All of these will be in the paranormal romance genre.

Parker’s reality is that she is easily lost to a world of fantasy, driven to bring her characters to life if only in the pages of a book, for their story is one that must be told.

For those new to the SUPERNOVA saga, let’s give you a little synopsis of the 1st two books:
Summary of “Supernova:
Somewhere between the first twinkling of stars in the night sky and the break of dawn, two souls from two unique worlds collide, creating an everlasting supernova. Kerrigan Cruz and Dominic Grayson are among the chosen few who have the gift - or the curse - of being able to walk between two worlds. It is on the cusp of where these beings meet that everything changes, and life as they know it is turned upside down. Fantasy becomes reality, and what shouldn’t be is. Forced by destiny, their chance encounter is breathed to life by the one thing that can make even the most impossible of impossibilities a reality - something so complex in nature, yet as simple as a flicker of thought to exercise. Most normal people go about their everyday lives never even suspecting its existence. But it is out there…it is the Light. The universe has granted the power of the Light to a chosen bloodline charged with the responsibility of protecting our right to choose our destiny. But in the shadows, darkness wreaks havoc in the lives of the unsuspecting. Yes, another world does exist, and it holds secrets beyond what the most vivid imagination can comprehend.

Summary of “Cataclysm:
They thought the worst of the storm was behind them, but in reality they had only weathered impossible odds to find they were smack dab in the eye of an unforgiving cyclone. More was on the way. The raging bands of chaos that surrounded them were forcing the destructive walls of the monster to close in around them. Taking on a life of its own, the storm growled and gnashed its teeth, threatening to devour everything they ever were or ever would be. There would be nothing but devastation left in its wake, and it had its sights set on Kerrigan Cruz and Dominic Grayson.
Through the howling winds and punishing lashes of rain a stranger came. The promise of a better tomorrow, a brighter, sunnier life filled with hopes and dreams rested in the palm of his hand. It was knowledge, a formidable weapon when wielded by the right person at just the right time. If she could only harness the power of this stranger’s knowledge, Kerrigan might be able to save the one she loves before he fades into nothingness, and she is left all alone.
But was this stranger friend or foe? Drawn to her side by an unseen force, will he enlighten Kerrigan, or will he seek to claim her for his own?

If you want a non-stop adventure, a non-stop twist and turn roller coaster, a non-stop laugh with a best friend… Then you will definitely enjoy reading the SUPERNOVA saga!  You’re really not going to want it to end!  So we say….come and enjoy!

So, now we have you all online downloading and buying “Supernova”, what do you say we chat with the wickedly funny and savvy author for a bit, hmmm?

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi C.L!  We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote the SUPERNOVA saga!  Thank you for entrusting us with the task.
C.L: OH. EM. GEE. Is that your hand on my ass? I mean, I don’t mind, I just didn’t think it was going to be THAT kind of pimpage. Please…feel free to sample the merchandise until your little heart is content, or whatever body part of yours it is that needs to be satisfied. Um, can you put your other hand on my boob? It’s getting jealous. Thanks, babe! Now that we’re thoroughly acquainted, let’s get intimate, shall we? Ahem, I meant with the interview. Yeesh!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
C.L: I smoke Marlboro Lights, drink Patron Silver, and cuss like a sailor. Wait, you CAN find all those things on the net. Damn that singles/porn-of-the-day/freaky fetishes website!
Q2):  What did it feel like to be holding the finished copy of your book?
C.L: In one word, surreal. And maybe a little hot and bothered. There might be some stains on my copy, and I’m not talking about coffee stains ;) Oh, come on… How could I NOT molest it? Dominic Grayson graces its pages! If you’ve read the book, you understand. He es muy caliente!
Q3):  How do you feel your upbringing may have influenced your writing, if at all?
C.L: Well, I was raised in Kentucky (Go Wildcats!) so the fact that I can write just goes to prove that we’re not as unedumacated as people like to believe. Stereotypes, huh? There’s not much to do in my small town, so we just do each other, which lends to my creative schmexin’ scenes. Admittedly, the scene in SUPERNOVA isn’t as scorching as I originally wrote it, but I blame my mother for that. She insisted I tone it down to appeal to a broader audience. Looking back on it now, I have to say I agree with her. Not because of the audience, but because the way it’s written suits Kerrigan and Dominic much better. FYI, I wrote a fanfiction while writing SUPERNOVA and used it as my smut outlet. And when I say smut, I mean smutty-smut-smuttiness to the nth degree! Hardcore schmexin’ in EVERY chapter. I might have won some lemontastic awards for that ;)
Q4):  Do you create the locations or character names in your books based off of things you know in real life, or are they strictly from your imagination?
C.L: Although I did visit St. Augustine, it wasn’t until after the first draft was done. I, and my pre-readers who took the pilgrimage with me, were amazed by how dead on it was to what I wrote, which just proved that these characters’ stories were meant to be told. The Cruz family home is even a real house in St. Augustine, and it was for sale, so we got to take a tour of it. The layout was damn near exactly the way I saw the house in my mind. Silver Feather, Lucy’s shop, is real, too. The owner even looks like the Lucy in my head. Freaky, but true. So, the answer to your question is that everything comes from my imagination, but my imagination is so freaktastic that it’s becomes reality.
Q5):  ): We have to say, best friend Gabe was extremely hilarious! Is he based off of anyone you know, or bits and pieces of people that you know?

C.L: Oh, how I wish Gabe was real. I’ve always wanted a gay BFF, so I think that’s how he was born. The disturbing part is that he’s so prominent in my head that he’s very much real to me. My family and I talk about him all the time. The other day, my friend came in from out of town, and the airline lost her bags. Automatically, I could see Gabe in my head going off about his missing Prada luggage and had to laugh out loud. He’s not based on a real person, but I’ve come to think of him as a cross between Jack from Will and Grace and Lafayette from True Blood.
Q6):  Do you have a favorite or most inspirational part of “Supernova”?
C.L: I have two, actually. The little Kerrigan and Nicky scene on the tree swing and the firefly scene in the garden. I’m afraid to say anything about them because I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the book YET.
Q7):  While Kerrigan and Dominic went back and forth with their feelings and emotions, what where you feeling at that moment?
C.L: Hmm…I feel everything that they feel, so…I was horny. I just wanted them to jump each other’s bones already, work out all that sexual frustration, and whisper sweet nothings in each other’s ears while getting’ their groove on. After all, actions speak louder than words. *waggles brows* Am I right? I wanted Dominic to impale her and stake his claim, and I wanted Kerrigan to crawl under his skin and set up house in his heart. Damn, but those two do things to me!
Q8):  If Supernova was made into a series or movie, which actors do u see playing your characters?

C.L: You’re such a tease…a series or a movie?? How orgasmic would THAT be!!??
Okay, so I see Vanessa Redgrave as Availia, Bebe Neuwirth as Lucy, Nina Dobrev as Kerrigan, Lance Bass as Gabe (he’s seriously going to need to see me for some coaching on this), Peter Stormare as Drake, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe as Sinclair, Rachel McAdams as Sydney, Sean Faris as Colton, Kellan Lutz as Tyson and Talon (he needs a doublemint twin), and Jensen Ackles as Dominic. Yes, they’ll need to dye his hair, but I think he can totally pull it off. If Jed Hill can act, he’ll do…Ian Somerhalder would work, too. All I ask is that I be able to audition them. After all, there’s a certain technique to Dom’s kissing, and I have to make sure whoever gets the part nails me…erm, it. *sheepish grin*
As you can see by the long list, I’ve thought about this. LOL! I’m a shameless hussy.
Q9):  In “Supernova”, Gabe makes a comment to Kerrigan (“Quick, downward facing dog!”). How did you come up with that?  It had us laughing forever!  
C.L: Okay, let me say this…Gabe says and does any and everything he wants. I have no idea where he comes up with this stuff. I just write what these characters show me. Imagine having that prissy bitch in your head all the time. While it can be quite entertaining for me, I do wonder if someone will be offended by his outbursts. In the end, I refuse to put a muzzle on my characters. It’s their story. I’m just the conduit through which they chose to tell it. With Gabe, people are either going to love him hardcore or hate him passionately. There is no in between. Truth be known, he gets off on it either way. He’s a sick puppy with a heart of gold. Love him or hate him, he gives not a flying fluck, but he might cut a bitch if she got lippy to his face.
Q10):  If you can be in “Supernova”, is there one person you would like to be and why?

C.L: Well, duh! Kerrigan Milena Cruz. She’s got this amazing gift, she’s beautiful, and she gets to fondle Dominic whenever she wants. He had me at “gatita”.
Q11):  Was there an inspirational playlist or soundtrack while writing “Supernova”?
C.L: Yep! Dom loves him some rock music. The playlist can be found on my blog, http://www.cl-parker.blogspot.com.
Q12):  Do you like to cook, and if so what’s your favorite dish to make?
C.L: Sure…I like to cook up a pot of Mmm-mm-mmm with a side of Oh-My-God! LOL! I heart Gay Gabe…sigh. I do love to cook, but I never have time to anymore. Southern cooking is sort of my thang: fried chicken, country green beans, fried taters, and country fried steak. We fry a LOT. This would explain my girlish figure. Okay, so maybe it’s more like blimpish. Don’t judge me.
Q13):  If you could list 3 things that never fail to make you smile, what would they be?
C.L: GABE!, my son’s voice, and readers gushing over the book because it has touched them in some way. Can I add a fourth? ORGASMS!!
Q14):  If you could choose a word that best describes your life up to this moment, what would it be?

C.L: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!
Q15):  What is one quality that you feel all heroes and heroines should have?
C.L: A strong sense of self. They need to know who the fuck they are, even if it’s not who they want to be.
Q16):  What are you reading now?  What’s next on your TBR list?
C.L: LOL! I’m reading CATACLYSM right now. And re-reading, and then reading it again. I’m under a deadline and feeling the crunch on the edits. I never have time to read anymore, but I did manage to squeeze in Darynda Jones’ Second Grave on the Left. Maybe you’ve heard of her?
I have so many books on my TBR list. I just got back from the RWA Conference last month, and have a shit-ton of free paranormal romance novels sitting on my bookshelves. They’re calling my name. I’m not sure which one I’ll start with, but I’m dying for the next BDB book! Oops, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, that’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by the seriously talented JR Ward. Lust me some Rhage and Rehvenge!!! Seriously, a barb AND a beast…where do I sign up for that sandwich?
Q17):  If you had to choose, which author would you consider a mentor?

C.L: I’m going to have to go with the mighty, mighty Darynda Jones on this one. She shot up like fireworks on the Fourth of July and is just as bright and colorful. The thing is, despite her insta-fame, she’s very much grounded. She knows who she is as a person and a writer…strong sense of self…that’s why she’s my heroine.
I also adore the WARDen (JR Ward). Her writing style is right up my alley, plus she’s a wickedly cool chick! She talks just like she writes - just all kinds of awesomesauce, she is.
Q18):  Is there a specific message in your books that you hope your readers will grasp?
C.L: The main theme to the SUPERNOVA Saga is that everything happens for a reason. An insignificant encounter can set off a domino effect and potentially alter our lives, or that of someone else’s in a profound manner. And, even if something happens that we perceive to be horrible (like the loss of a loved one), think about how your life would have been different – including the good things that have happened that wouldn’t have if that event hadn’t taken place. You’ll see more of this in CATACLYSM.
Q19):  Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question?
C.L: Are you good in the sack? Meh, I’m okay. See? I can be modest. LOL! Truthfully, I’m a super freaky-deak ;)
Q20):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
C.L: Readers, I would hump each and every one of your legs if I could. Your support means everything. All I really wanted to accomplish by publishing a book is to get my characters’ story out there. Every time you tell someone else about it, you’re helping me accomplish that task, and achieve my dream. My dad once told me to take the one thing that I love to do more than anything else, and find a way to make money doing it so that I can do what I love all day long. I LOVE to write! And if these stories touch even one person in a positive way, then I’ll know I’m doing what I was meant to do – fulfilling MY destiny. Corny? Abso-freaking-lutely, but it’s true. So, from the bottom of my leg-humping heart, thank you!
P.S. Don’t be scared of me, I wouldn’t REALLY hump your leg…unless you wanted me to ;)
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  C.L, thank you so much for being with us today!  Supernova” was awesome, and we’re very excited for “Cataclysm”!  We’d love to have you back to help promote it if you’re interested….
C.L: You guys know that I FLYAS! Of course I’d love to come back for the release of CATACLYSM, which will be December 1st of this year!!!
If you would like to learn more about C.L. and the SUPERNOVA SAGA, please visit her at the following websites:
If you would like to purchase Supernova (and I highly recommend doing so), you can purchase it from the following websites:
Publisher:  http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/publishinghouse/books/detail/22

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Supernova-Saga-ebook/dp/B0052U5CVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313296146&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/supernova-cl-parker/1104280978?ean=9781612130361&itm=1&usri=supernova%2bcl%2bparker

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CONTEST:
C.L is graciously offering up a Supernova Prize pack (a Supernova TShirt, Supernova Bookmark, I heart Gay Gabe and I heart Dominic buttons, and an eBook copy of Supernova) to 2 winners from Book Monster Reviews.  A runner-up winner from each site will win an eBook copy of Supernova, a Cataclysm magnet, and a Supernova button. 
To Enter, make sure you’re a follower of the Book Monster Blog, post a reply to the Contest thread with your email address.  Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Want a 2nd chance to win??  Go to the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( http://www.literaladdiction.com/authors-corner.php#/read their entry rules, and enter to win the contest on their site too by leaving a comment with your email address on the Interview post.
GOOD LUCK!!!

27 comments:

sandrahorn63 said...
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sandrahorn63 said...

Loved the hot interview!

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Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Great interview! Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

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legallycaz said...

Hilarious interview! I love a woman with a dirty mind :)It was great to find out more about Supernova. This is a woman after my own heart!

Thanks so much for a great interview and giveaway.

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LIESA said...

LOFLMFAO! Girl you are too funny!

I have read this book, and LOVED IT!!!



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alainala said...

what a hilarious interview, thanks!!

i really hope i win! the book sounds really good

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Unknown said...

Very entertaining interview! Sounds like a great series that I'll have to read. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club said...

Fantastic interview and awesome contest! Thanks for the invite! I plan to read and review C.L. Parker's books whether I win here or not, they look awesome.

Kitty Bullard
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candrbeyer said...

Looks like I have more to add to my TBR pile. Poor me lol. Great interview. Thanks
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Michelle said...

One of the best interviews yet, really looking forward to the chat! :)

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Cindi Phillips said...

She is hilarious. I'm gonna put this on my TBR list. Thanks for highlighting these talented writers.

Cindi Phillips said...

Duh! Didn't put my email address on the last comment.
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Anonymous said...

wow...sounds like a great series! The interview was unique and interesting....loved it!

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Anonymous said...

Forgot...GFC books4me

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Victoria said...

What a fun interview. I love the covers of your books. The eyes are amazing. Gabe sounds like so much fun.
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bluesun1218 said...

Loved the interview and chat, can't wait to get my hands on these books! I have found so many new Authors through Book Monster and Literal Addiction, you guys rock!

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kaisquared said...

Loved the interview and the chat! Go Froggy style!

Loved all the character pictures!






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Mary said...

Great chat. Looking forward to cataclysm!! And more Gabe.

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Kara Lee Lovell said...

Loved the interview and the chat. I haven't laughed that hard in... well forever I think...

Can't wait to read Supernova.

Thanks Kara Lee

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Vamp Vixen said...

Io have to that was the best interview by far! I can't wait for the next! Luv ya!

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Linda said...

Goodness! What a riot of an interview. If the book is anything like this it must be a winner!

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Wendy N said...

Hey CL! Love the interview and had a great time in chat!

I was in the Navy too! 2 1/2 years. Ummm, let's just say "learning experiment".

Hope you can meet my Sister in Cincy at WARDen signing and hope you can make it to RWA next year!

Wen

Homebody said...

Loved the interview.

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Cath said...

C.L Parker is the kinda woman I wish I was!!!!
Brash, honest, filthy minded, and maybe a little crazy.
Oh wait, I am that kinda woman!!!!
AWESOME interview:)
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nat said...

Great contest thanks. Love the sound of the books and they would be ones Id enjoy. GFC follower

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greywitch said...

I went out and bought the book just based on the interview.

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Trish said...

Thanks for the interview!

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