Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome Deborah Raleigh (a.k.a Alexandra Ivy) to our sites today.
Let's take a look at Deborah's bio (that was written by her), so we can learn some more about this fantastic author:
"I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on."
"Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!"
"I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes."
The GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY series currently has seven (7) books -- #1 "When Darkness Comes", #2 "Embrace the Darkness", #3 "Darkness Everlasting", #4 "Darkness Revealed", #5 "Darkness Unleashed", #6 "Beyond the Darkness" and #7 "Devoured by Darkness". There are also two short stories that can be found in the Anthologies "Yours for Eternity" and "Supernatural". The eighth book in the series, "Bound by Darkness", will be released on November 29, 2011.
If you have not read the GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY yet, we highly recommend that you do. The characters are lovable and funny, and the plotlines are intriguing and suspenseful. You will be hooked after the first book! Just to prove our point, we'll give you the synopses of the last few available books of the series and the upcoming release….
"Bound by Darkness" Book #8 - Release date: November 29, 2011
"Devoured by Darkness" Book #7-
They sound incredible don't they!? Let's get started on the interview so we can learn more about the Guardians and the incredible author behind the series….
DON'T FORGET: Deborah (a.k.a Alexandra/Alex) will be available to chat Live with members, followers, fans and guests in our Author Chatroom from 4:00 - 6:00pm EST (3-5pm Central/2-4pm Mountain/1-3pm Pacific).
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi! J Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today. We’re so happy to have you! Would you prefer that we call you Deborah or Alexandra?
Deborah/Alexandra: [Deborah is fine.]
2) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer and of course and avid reader, but most of my life I wanted to be an actress. I even majored in theatre in college, but I took a playwriting class and I realized that I truly loved creating my own world and characters. Then, after the birth of my first son, I decided to try my hand at my first love…romance stories! It took ten years, but I finally, finally sold.
4) What is a typical writing day like for you?
I’m fairly OCD. Once I start a book I live it, breathe it, and even dream it. When I first get out of bed I spend an hour exercising and then I’ll go through my email and try to take care of any promo I need to do. Then I’ll make my house at least livable (not easy with two boys in the house) and then sit down to write. More often than not I’ll write until I go to bed with a brief stop to make dinner and at least say ‘hi’ to my husband J. I can’t start and stop a manuscript, I lose my passion for it!
Buffy will always be my favorite followed closely by Firefly. I also love Dexter. It’s amazing that a writer could make you actually like a serial killer…that takes talent! I’m also a huge Ghost Hunter fan.
As far as movies, I go back to my historical roots. I’ve watched Pride and Prejudice more times than I could possibly count as well as Emma. Of course, I do love The Lord of Rings Trilogy, all the Die Hards and I prefer the Star Trek movies over the Star Wars…
7) Do you have a personal favorite book among those you have written so far? Maybe one that holds special meaning for you, etc?
When Darkness Comes will always have a special place in my heart. I was busy writing historical, and all of the paranormals at the time were all dark and broody. So wrote the book just for me, a sort of tribute to Buffy’s ability to combine dark with humor. At the time I really didn’t think about trying to get it published.
9) You love to write about supernatural beings... If you could be any of them, which one would you choose to be and why?
I change my mind on this question from day to day…I don’t think I could be a vampire, simply because I LOVE the sun. But I’m not completely sold on whether I would want to be a werewolf. I think right now, my preference would be a fairy. They aren’t the most powerful of supernatural beings, but they have a talent for magic and a unique charm. Besides, it would be fun if I could have wings to fly!
11) "Bound by Darkness" will be the eighth book in the series. How many more books do you have planned?
So far I’ve sold 14 books for the series along with 6 anthologies!
12) Can you tell us whose book will be up next, and what we might expect from the release?
Next up will be The Real Werewives of Vampire County with Sophia and Luc followed by Bound by Darkness which is Ariyal and Jaelyn’s story. I just finished up Fear the Darkness which will be released late next year…It’s Caine and Cassie’s story. After that I hope to work on Santiago’s story!
15) Will "My Vampire Lord" be a standalone title or part of a new series?
There were three stories in the original series, My Lord Vampire, My Lord Eternity, and My Lord Immortality. They’ll be released over the next three years.
18) If you could describe your life up to this moment in 5 words what would they be?
Blessed. Loved. Chaotic. Adventurous. Insane.
20) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Oh yes! I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! My series started out as a personal love for the lighter side of paranormal. I never dreamed that it would go beyond the first book or that the readers would be so enthusiastic. It’s been such a fun adventure and none of it would be possibly without those readers who not only went out and bought the books, but told their friends about the Guardians! Bless you all…
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We would love to have you back again in 2012 for the release of "My Lord Vampire" if you’re interested.
If you would like to find out more about Alexandra Ivy, you can visit her at any of the sites below.
CONTEST: Deborah is giving away a SIGNED Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of The Werewives of Vampire County!!
TO ENTER: Make sure you are a follower of the Book Monster Blog and then post a comment to this interview with your email address and tell me: If you could spend the day with one of the Guardians of Eternity who would you want it to be? If you have not read the series yet, just post a comment telling me: After what you've just read about the series, why would you want to try it?
*Any comments without an email address will not be entered into contest!!
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Follow the directions and comment on the forum thread and enter to win!!