Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Kerrelyn Sparks

Book Monster Reviews is very proud to welcome USA Today Bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks to our site today!

Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, "How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire", zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005.   Each book in the LOVE AT STAKE series has become a USA Today bestseller.  When the fourth book, "The Undead Next Door", landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous.

Kerrelyn lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic.  So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

Kerrelyn is the creator of the LOVE AT STAKE series, which currently has 10 books, (“How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire”, “Vamps and the City”, Be Still my Vampire Heart”, “The Undead Next Door”, “All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire”, “Secret Life of a Vampire”, “Forbidden Nights with a Vampire”, “The Vampire and the Virgin”, “Eat Prey Love”, and “Vampire Mine”.The newest additions to the series, “Vampire Mine”, was just released on April 1st, and “Sexiest Vampire Alive”, was just released yesterday, September 27th. 

Just in case you all have not read the LOVE AT STAKE series, I'll give you a brief synopsis of the 2 newest releases so you can see what you're missing…
Vampire Mine” Synopsis:
Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love . . .
After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He's been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.
Until Marielle . . .
She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?

 Sexiest Vampire Alive” Synopsis:
He was both a playboy and a vampire…and impossible to resist.

At the end of Vampire Mine, a terrible thing happened—a video was released that proved the existence of vampires. Now Vamps fear the worst, the Vampire Apocalypse! Will mortals start hunting vampires down and staking them in their death-sleep? At an emergency meeting, Coven Masters from around the world decide how to proceed. They need an emissary to open negotiations with the President of the United States. They want their emissary to be modern, safe, and harmless. A Vamp who has never bitten a mortal. A Vamp who has been entirely bottle-fed. Their choice—Gregori!

Now Gregori has the fate of the entire Vamp population on his shoulders. Can he keep them safe? Or will he succumb to his playboy ways and doom them all?

Sounds great, right?  This series will keep you turning the pages while laughing your butt off so you will definitely want to add it to your TBR list.  Now, let's get to know more about the amazing author behind the LOVE AT STAKES series…..

Carla - Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Kerrelyn!  Congratulations on yesterday's release of "Sexiest Vampire Alive"!! Thank you so much for stopping by today and chatting with us, were very excited to have you here! 
Kerrelyn: I’m delighted to be here! Thank you!

Q1)  Who or what inspired you to become an author?  How long have you been writing?
Kerrelyn: I have always loved to read, and as a child I thought being an author would be the coolest job ever. Unfortunately, I didn’t attempt to write until I was in my 40s. I could say that I was busy teaching school and raising children (and I was), but the truth is I procrastinated because I didn’t believe I could actually pull it off.  After two years of writing, I sold my first book, a historical romance (and slapped myself for not believing in myself!) That first book, For Love or Country, was published in 2002. I started writing paranormal romance in 2004, and the first book in the Love at Stake series, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, was published in 2005. Now, six years later, book 11 has released—Sexiest Vampire Alive.
Authors who inspired me: Mary Stewart, Anya Seton, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick), Jude Deveraux, and Julie Garwood.

Q2)  What is a typical day like in the life of Kerrelyn Sparks?
Kerrelyn: Well, there are several kinds of typical days. On a day like today, I’m relaxed and doing things like this interview and planning the next book. On a typical day when the book is due in three months, I’m struggling with the first hundred pages and thinking I’ll never get this book figured out, much less written, and I wish the darned characters would cooperate! Then, on a typical day with the deadline a month away, I don’t know what day it is. I don’t know what time it is. I’m writing like crazy, and the characters are so alive that they’ve taken over my head and I’m just going along for the ride—and what a ride!  It’s a mad rollercoaster dash to the finish, and when it’s all over, I can’t believe I survived it. But what a heady celebration and a wild rush!

Q3)  What's up next for the LOVE AT STAKE series?  How many books are planned for the series?
Kerrelyn: Next up is Phineas’ book. Titled Wanted: Undead or Alive, it goes on sale March 27th, 2012. After that, there could be four more, bringing the series up to sixteen books.

Q4)  Who was your most difficult character to write about?
Kerrelyn: My first instinct is to say Marielle, the fallen angel. It was such a challenge to make her totally naïve but wise at the same time. I wanted to have fun with her character, but at the same time, I never wanted to be disrespectful to angels or God.  I was constantly walking a tightrope with her. But I absolutely loved her character and loved writing her.
My second instinct is to say Darafer, the demon. In a way, he was surprisingly easy to write—I guess it’s easy for us to imagine our worst nightmares—but at the same time, he was difficult to write because he is my worst nightmare, and it really creeps me out that I have to invite him into my head to get to know him.

Q5)  Is there a specific message in your books that you hope your readers will grasp?
Kerrelyn: Love. The power of love. The beauty of loving others, and the strength you can gain through loving others and loving yourself. You can defeat evil, overcome conflicts, survive pain and hardship, and find peace and joy.

Q6)  If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Kerrelyn: I would love to be able to teleport!  Imagine going anywhere you wanted in just a few seconds! Even better, I would really like the ability to arrive somewhere else with a few less pounds.

Q7)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have been?  And could you please answer that for us?
Kerrelyn: What is your quest? To bring people joy. What is your favorite color? Green. What is the air-speed velocity of a coconut-laden sparrow? I don’t know--African or European sparrow?

Q8)  If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
Kerrelyn: Believe in yourself. I waited way too long before I pursued my dream because I didn’t believe. Be brave, be bold, be batty!

Book Monster Reviews:  Thank you again Kerrelyn for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us.  We hope to have you back on Book Monster Reviews again in the future.
Kerrelyn: Sure thing. Thank you for inviting me. It’s been fun!

If you would like to learn more about Kerrelyn and her books, please visit her at the following sites:
Kerrelyn's Website:
CONTEST:  Kerrelyn is graciously giving away a signed copy of Vampire Mine.

To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then 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!!!!


Scorpio1974 said...

I have been wanting to read many of Kerrelyn's books for a while now but just don't seem to be able to get enough money saved up. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity!!! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

Emily Tardy said...

I love Kerrelyn's Love at Stake series! Wonderful stories and loads of laughs! Can't wait for the next book! Thank you for a great giveaway =D

Sheree said...

Can I just say how much I adore the cover of VAMPIRE MINE? Had I known how hawt Connor was... OMG.

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valentina92 said...

OMG! can't wait to read sexiest vampire alive!!! Gregori is so funny (and hot :D)!!!!

Dara said...

I've been waiting eagerly for Phineas's book! I can't wait for his love story.

Dara said...

oops, forgot my email addy:

Jodie Riverina Romantics said...

Wow great interview ladies. I am a big fan of your covers.

riverinaromantics (at) gmail (dot) com

Jodie @ Riverina Romantics

Cath said...

I've read a couple of books in this series and they were GREAT...and the covers are to-die-for!!!

Thanks for a great interview :)

alice priday said...

i loved the interview, and meeting new authors, i havent read anything yet by kerrelyn but i definitly want too, thanks for the giveaway

Yen Wessel said...

Super excited about your next book! Can't wait :)

Kelly N. said...

Love this series Kerrelyn! Going to download the book today to my Kindle, the first one in your series to do so! Can't wait for Phineas' book, should be very different perspective.


bluesun1218 said...

I have never read any of Kerrelyn Sparks books before. Her covers are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win.

Eli Yanti said...

you are the author that my friend recommend to read your book and a must. =D.

thanks for the giveaway

alainala said...

ooohh i LOVE her books! thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

alainala @ hotmail DOT ca

Patti said...

Love Kerrelyn!!! Fingers crossed. Great post and thanks for the giveaway.
musicalfrog at comcast dot net

Natasha said...

I love Kerrelyn!! I'm still making my way through her series, but I cannot wait to get caught up!!


Melissa said...

I have not had chance to read anything from this series by Kerrelyn Sparks but I would love to!! Anything about vampires will be found on my TBR list!!!Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Cindi Phillips said...

I absolutely love this series. Great interview- glad there will be more books. I've got the March release date on my calendar.

Trish said...

Thank you!


books4me said...

I've read other books by Kerrelyn's but no idea how I missed this series! The covers are you have any say in the covers or the titles?

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Victoria said...

These books are so good. Thank you for all the enjoyment :)


Sebrina said...

Kerrelyn seems like the sweetest gal ever!!!
I've read all, except Sexiest Vampire Alive, at least not yet. Love them all, love the characters you've brought to life; you've made me wish to be a couple of their women too. *laughs* Oh, now I'm daydreaming again....where was I?
Oh yeah, here's my info:

@sebrinac23 = Twitter

Mary said...

Eat Prey Love was the first book of yours that I read because it was getting so many good reviews and I love vampires. After reading it, I started buying all your other books...lool Because it was so good and I wanted to read more from you. I wasn't disappointed and now you are an auto buy for me because I know I'm gonna love what ever you write.

Thanks for this great giveaway.
gfc follower

Na said...

I love vampire stories so I will definitely need to check out your books. Teleporting is a pretty cool superpower. I would want the power to conjure up food just by visualizing it.

Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

Barbara E. said...

I always answer teleportation too Kerrelyn, I hate sitting in traffic. :D I never thought of the losing a few pounds upon arrival, that would be great.
Congrats on the release of Vampire Mine! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower

Amberia said...

Haven't read any of the books yet but they're on my TBR list!

Supru said...

I haven't tried any of Kerrelyn books yet but Im reading them for sure :)

Great interview!

BlueStarC218 said...

Have read a few of the Love at Stake books and have loved them hope one day my life will even out and will have the time and money to read the rest!

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Temperance said...

I just love your books,And im always looking forward to reading more:)
Thank you for the chance to win one!
GFC follower

Gisele Alv said...

OMG I´ve heard good things about "Eat, Pray, Love" but I never read any other Kerrelyn Sparks books! Shame on me! Thank you so much for the giveaway! I'm GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado


Crimson_kisses said...

I love love love these books!!! I have every one of them and I am getting the new one today!!

Liesa Manis said...

I can not wait to read her new book!!

Vamp Vixen said...

I have to say this series is one of my favorites. I have been waiting for Gregori's story. I just love the story. I read it in one day and I couldn't put it down. Please write some more. I don't want the series to end.

QueenCrissyness said...

I love the series and would love to win. Thanks so much for the chance.

crissygreenawalt [at] yahoo [dot] com

Randi Alexander said...

Great post, Kerrelyn. It's great to get to know you better. My first vampire story, This Cowboy Bites, is a finalist in the ARe's Just One Bit contest, and I was motivated by your writing. Thank you!

marion said...

oh i just love ur books. and i hope i win to haha, good luck everyone!!

Amy Valentini said...

Love those Vampires, Kerrelyn!!
I know what you mean about waiting and I can kick myself a million times over for not following my dream when I was young and energetic. I've always wanted to be a writer but thought I wasn't good enough ... still question it ... but I'm not going to let it stop me now. Wisdom really does come with age.

Amy said...

love your books and great interview!!

*yadkny* said...

Great answer to the question regarding what legacy you would like to leave readers. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read anything by Ms. Sparks but I hear her books are wonderful!

*follower of the Book Monster Blog

Michelle H. said...

I've had these books on my TBR list for awhile...would love to win one.
They sound amazing!
Thanks for the great interview!


AmyB said...

I love all your books Kerrelyn! They are great fun and i love all the characters!

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

LOVE THESE BOOKS! Great interview! Awesome giveaway!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Linda said...

Vampire & angels! The mind boggles; I'd love to read these....

Would you wrote more books in the historical romance genre? That's my fav

ps. I love the color green too

Michelle said...

I discovered this series at the end of last year and it quickly became a favourite for me. Eat Prey Love is my favourite in the series so far! I'm looking forward to Feb for the next one. A pre-order for sure!


Great interview !!!

Proserpine said...

Hi! I love all the cover of Kerrelyn books!I really love Vampire mine cover! The interview is great! Thanks for this giveaway!


mrsworldwidewebb said...

Ms. Sparks is on my TBR mountain. I really liked her first book.. I need to get in gear and read the rest! Great interview Too.. Thanks for the giveaway girl!


inkbella said...

I have had this series on my TBR list for so long! think it's time to bump it up the list! great interview!
inkbella77 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tanya1224 said...

I have not read any of Kerrelyn's books before. I read a lot of paranormal too. I didn't become familiar with her as an author until Vampire Mine was all over the blogs. Thanks for sharing some of her books with us and a chance to win this one.
Gfc follow as Tanyaw1224

Crystal Trent Dotson said...

I so love your Blog , love all the different book selections you have posted also !!! Hope to win Vampire Mine , looks & Sounds Great !!
Crystal Trent Dotson

Barb P said...

I love this series. I have been reading it since the first book was released. I love a book that has good looking vampires in it that can make me chuckle. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I am a follower.

Bonnie said...

Great INterview Kerrelyn & Carla.
Kerrelyn your Love at stake series is so much fun. I went to your workshop at RWA and learned so much.
Thank you

Kelly Lynn Benson said...

This is a series that I can't wait to read. I have actually bought the first 5 books. The cover art is what first made me want to read the books... along with the series name. I loved the interview!


SdyLion said...

I love the book covers for your books and who wouldn't want to vamp it out more often? Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

This is such an awesome series.
Thanks for the giveaway!

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

sienny said...

one of my to be read list is kerrelyn.. hope i'll get around to read it soon

sienny (

marion said...

hey i love these books, hope i win :) good luck everyone!

KhelseyJackson said...

I love Kerrelyn's books! And this series is one onv my favorites!!

winnie said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love this series :)

GFC follower

JessS said...

Wow, I haven't actually heard of this series until today but it looks good! I would love to read Vampire Mine (and that cover is pretty amazing). Oh, and I'd totally love teleporting too, it could be soooo fun! Thanks.


CatsMeow said...
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CatsMeow said...

Lets try again... forgot email addy.
Thanks for this great giveaway. I LOVE Kerrelyn's Love at Stake series and all the sexy highlanders. I just became a follower of BMR. :-)