Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Stephanie Chong

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome up-coming author Stephanie Chong to our sites today.
Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian law firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job of ‘romance novelist’.  Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Oxford University.

When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling, and outdoor adventures.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.

Stephanie is the creator of the COMPANY OF ANGELS series, which currently consists of one book, "Where Demons Fear to Tread" -- just released on August 23, 2011.  The second book in the series, "The Demoness of Waking Dreams", is scheduled to be released in 2012.  Let's take a look at a brief synopsis of the book to see what it's all about….

"Where Demons Fear To Tread" synopsis -
Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect.  But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher.  The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans.  He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard.  Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.  Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings.  Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.


Your adding it to your TBR list now aren't you!?  Let's get to the interview so we can learn more about Stephanie and her new series…..


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Stephanie!  We’re happy to have you with us today!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We’d like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Stephanie:

1.      I completed my last semester of law school in Lyon, France.  In French.
2.      My last big trip was to Uganda.
3.      I’m married to an Irishman.

2)  How long have you been writing?  When did you write your first book?

Stephanie:  I’ve been writing since I was a kid – journaling since age seven and writing stories and making “books” since about age nine. 

I started writing fiction with the intention of trying to finish a novel in 2003.  It wasn’t until January 2009 that I started writing Where Demons Fear to Tread.  This novel was my first completed manuscript.

3)  What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted?  What about when you saw the cover art for the first time?

Stephanie:  Shock and gratitude.  When my editor called, her exact words were, “I love your novel and I want to buy it.”  I was so excited I was shaking. 

The first time I saw the cover, I literally gasped.  It far exceeded anything I had imagined. Since then, the art department at Harlequin has been busy.  Wait until you see the cover for the second book!

4)  Who or what has influenced your writing and why?

Stephanie:  My parents.  Without them, my writing would not exist.  From the time we were little, they read to us constantly and impressed on us the importance of education.

5)  What do you love to do when you're not writing?  Do you have any special hobbies or interests outside of yoga, traveling or outdoor activities?

Stephanie:  “Outdoor activities” encompasses a lot!  Everything from hiking and biking to downhill skiing.  Here in Vancouver, a lot of life here centers around the outdoors.  I lived in Toronto for ten years, and was much more into the arts there – I loved going to the opera, and I sang in a female vocal ensemble.

Now, my husband and I have a 15-month-old pug.  It’s Dexter’s (the pug’s) hobbies and interests that take up a lot of my spare time these days: going for walks, visits to the dog park and the dog beach.

6)  Who are some of your favorite authors and what are a couple titles on your TBR list?

Stephanie:  I love Kerrelyn Sparks and Kresley Cole.  A couple other favorite authors on my TBR list: Maggie Shayne’s “Wings of the Night” series finale, Twilight Fulfilled.  And Gena Showalter’s upcoming release, The Darkest Surrender.

7)  Can you please give us some more information about the COMPANY OF ANGELS series?  Who are the characters?  What do they do?  Etc.

Stephanie:

Serena St. Clair, the heroine: A Guardian angel and yoga teacher, Serena left her own human life at just twenty-three years old.  Now sent back to earth to guide humans, Serena is innocent, gentle and full of optimism.

Julian Ascher, the hero: Archdemon Julian owns an empire of nightclubs.  Which he uses to lure humans into their greatest moments of weakness and desperation, of fantasy and desire.  A connoisseur of pleasure, Julian loves destroying beautiful woman for the sheer joy of ruining the sublime.

8)  "The Demoness of Waking Dreams" is the next book in the series.  Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect in this book?

Stephanie:  The Demoness of Waking Dreams is Luciana’s story.  Watch for an explosive and sensual tale of a strong-willed demoness who meets her match in the tough guy angel who is sent to track her down.

9)  How many books do you have planned for this series?

Stephanie:  There are three books planned in the “Company of Angels” series.

10)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

Stephanie: It’s my dream come true to share my writing with readers, and to have the opportunity to hear from so many people who love books!  I’m inspired by all of you, by your love of reading, and by your love of paranormal romance in particular.  Thank you, and happy reading!!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Stephanie, thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk with us.  We hope to have you on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION again in the future.
Stephanie: Thank YOU!  It has been my pleasure entirely.  I look forward to the next time, too!

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

Stephanie's Website:  http://stephaniechong.com/



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CONTEST:  Stephanie is graciously giving away a copy of her new book "Where Demons Fear To Tread".

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!!!!
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!!!

27 comments:

Cath said...

I REALLY want to read "Where Demons Fear To Tread" and the cover is GORGEOUS!!!!!
Thanks for a great interview :)
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Scorpio1974 said...

Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)

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Barbara E. said...

I definitely added to my wish list. I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading Where Demons Fear to Tread.

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Leanne109 said...

Sound like a great start to a series, I'd like to read :)
Great interview :D

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Victoria said...

Wow are you ever educated :).
I think I'm going to enjoy your work. I've read great things about Where Demons Fear to Tread.
Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE READING NEW AUTHORS, BRINGS SUCH NEW INSIGHTS TO BOOKS.

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REGINA ROSS said...

great interview
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Proserpine said...

chilhaHi! I just find out about Stephanie Chong (in september) and I really want to read Where Demons Fear To Tread. The books sounds really good! Love the interview and Stephanie's answers!Thanks for the giveaway!

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Lori Z. said...

A very nice interview. I'm definitely adding this book to the TBR list. The cover art is fantastic.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

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alainala said...

ive been dying to read this book!! it sounds amazing! thanks for the giveaway and contest..

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ZnE said...

wow.. love the cover.. and nice synopsis too. makes me wanna read it, and hope i'll win the copy giveaway :D

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NoraA said...

I've been seeing a lot of interest in "Where Demons Fear to Tread" and I would love to own a copy of my own to read.

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Tanya1224 said...

holy cow...that's a lot of school that Stephanie has been through. Her life sounds fantastic ;) Irish husband ;) any kilts?..lol..my husband would never put one on. I think this book sounds great. I've been into reading a lot of books lately about demons and angels. I love it. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Also beautiful profile picture =)
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Cindi Phillips said...

This is going on my TBR list!!. Great interview.
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PamM said...

Thanks for the interview. I loved reading it. We have some of the favorite authors.
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Coley said...

I saw this in the store the other day, but I was in a hurry and didn't get a chance to check it out. Now I'm sorry that I didn't. It sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to read it!
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elaing8 said...

Great interview.When I first heard about this book it went on the TBR list.
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Michelle H. said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book~the cover is stunning!!! Thanks for another addition to my TBR list! I haven't read many books involving angels, but this book sounds like a 'must read'.
Michelle H.
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Stephanie Chong said...

Aww, thanks for all the amazing comments, guys! I really appreciate it. :)

Tanya1224 - Oh, that Irish charm! ;) No kilts here, either, though! He has never even mentioned the word "kilt" in the six years we've known each other.

Amberia said...

Really cool interview. She sounds like a sweet woman. I hope her career goes far!
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Na said...

With a cover like that, how can I not be interested. I find Stephanie's background so interesting and can't wait to see how she brings it into her story.

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Chrisbails said...

Loved the interview. This is a new author for me and am always looking for new authors and books to read. This book looks awesome and would love to win and read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. GFC & blog follower:Chris Bails
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winnie said...

I have heard great things about this book. Thanks for the interview to get to know Ms. Chong a bit. I would love to be entered if it's open to Canadian residents as well.

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Liesa Manis said...

Thank you for the interview!!

Your books sound great!! I can't wait to read them!!


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Lilis said...

hi!
this is the first time i heard about you, stephanie. i would love to read from new author, and i'll put your books on my wishlist.
thankyou for the giveaway ^^

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Spav said...

I've had this book on my wishlist for months. I would love to win it.

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Ren said...

I have the e-arc of this book, but never have a chance to read it, so I would love to win a paperback copy. The cover is gorgeous too!

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

Ren
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