Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Juliana Stone

Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Juliana Stone to our sites today.

Juliana Stone has always believed in the power of a good story. When her first narrative, a futuristic about Santa Claus set in a world that resembled her friend’s hamster cage was a hit with her fourth grade teacher, she discovered the joy of words. Something that has stayed with her ever since. Whether it was music or narrative, words became an important part of her life.

During a stint on the music end of things,( and yes she had the big hair, and equally big shoulder pads) she toured Canada fronting an all female rock band and after meeting her husband fell into married life. Kids, dog and the requisite white picket fence followed and her writing took a bit of a back seat.

But in the fall of 2007 she decided to take another stab at writing and inspired by the paranormal works of Christine Feehan, Keri Arthur and Lindsey Sands she set out to write something great. She ended up with an intriguing world of Jaguar Warriors and was grateful that Avon Books wanted to publish them!

Juliana is the creator of the following series: BLACK OPAL which currently consists of two (2) books, "Black Legacy" and "Black Destiny".  The JAGUAR WARRIORS consists of three (3) books, "His Darkest Hunger", "His Darkest Embrace" and "His Darkest Salvation" which was released on July 26 2011. The JAGUAR WARRIOR series heads into an exciting, new direction, with the next installment, Wicked Road to Hell, which will start off a new series LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS out April of 2012.

Let's take a peek at the JAGUAR WARRIOR series and the first book of the upcoming LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS series to see what the books are all about.

"His Darkest Hunger" - JAGUAR WARRIORS - Book 1

Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over…

But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair; of her treachery; of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant the game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.

On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine…

"His Darkest Embrace" - JAGUAR WARRORS - Book 2

A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. It will take the woman who calls him enemy to give him a reason to live.

Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they have been joined by destiny in a mission entrusted to Skye’s family centuries ago: Nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.
Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever… until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten, pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye’s passion is equal to Jagger’s own—but can she trust a man on the edge? A man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?

Each is the other’s sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.

"His Darkest Salvation" - JAGUAR WARRIORS - Book 3

In a world on the brink of chaos, passion and vengeance collide …

After six months in hell, Julian Castille has returned to the world a changed man. No longer the calm, powerful CEO, but a shifter fully embraced by the blood of his clan. Julian has one goal: find the key to the portal that stands between the human realm and unprecedented darkness—and win back the pieces of his soul. The last thing he needs is a distraction like the beautiful, enigmatic Jaden DaCosta.

Three years ago, a forbidden night of passion left Jaden forever altered: mated to Julian Castille–bound to a man who despises her. But the temptation to trust this darker, more savage—and more captivating—Julian is overwhelming. And as they fight for their immortal souls, their insatiable desire for each other may prove their fatal undoing…

"Wicked Road to Hell" - LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS - Book 1

With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, Sorcerer Declan O’Hara’s deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty, not even her…

Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one man who can make her forget her vow, returns. His magic is stronger, darker…more compelling than ever. His blood awakens a hunger she must resist, or risk deadly consequences.

As Ana and Declan join forces, the streets of New Orleans become a dangerous place for both humans and the otherworld. And the most dangerous place of all is a road Declan’s traveled before…the wicked road to hell.

Now that you know more about these amazing books, let's get to the interview so we can learn more about the great author behind them…..

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

Juliana Thanks so much for having me!  

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always 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?

Juliana: Hmmm, okay off the top of my head…I hate peas.  HATE THEM. When I was a young child I wanted to be a cowboy.  We had a horse on a spring and I would ride it for hours pretending I was on the open range.  I’m pretty sure this is what fueled my huge crush on Little Joe Cartwright from the television show Bonanza.
I’m not great at keeping secrets.  That’s more of a confession of the soul but its TRUE!  And I admit it.

2)  What are some other hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?

Juliana:  Music is a huge part of my life and I still sing occasionally in an 80’s tribute rock band.  I love to read of course but I also enjoy family time and playing baseball in our local ladies league. 

3)  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Juliana:  I think the first time I dreamt of writing was as a teen. I saved my money and bought myself a typewriter and fooled around on it but I wasn’t disciplined enough.  Boys and music took center stage for a while and writing was pushed to the backburner.  But the seed was planted and it’s something that came back to me later in life.

4)  Do you have any interesting writing quirks or something you must have with you to start the writing process?

Juliana:  I have no quirks per say but I do need absolute silence to write.  I tend to talk out loud and can’t have any distractions. Especially NO music!  I’d end up humming along and the writing would go out the window. 

5)  Can you please tell us more about the awesome little rock band you have going on with your family?

Juliana:  Sure!  My husband is a guitar player and I met him when I was touring on the road.  His band’s truck had broken down and well, he came to watch me sing…the rest as they say is history!  But with kids and stuff music took a bit of a break from our lives and its only been in the last few years that we’ve started up a band with some friends.  We play locally and sometimes our son joins us.  He’s a talented guitarist with his own band and I’ll boast that they’ve just auditioned for Canada’s Got Talent.  Crossing fingers they make it to the next round.

6)  What are some of the books you have in your TBR pile right now?

Juliana:   I am currently making my way through the first four books the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R Martin.  Still waiting to be read, Angel Burn (YA) Body of Sin by Eve Silver, and some contemporaries by Susan Elisabeth Phillips.

7)  Name one person that has always stood by you and supported you during your career?

Juliana:  My parents.  Oh and my husband…so 3? J

8)  If you could have one super power, what would you want it to be and why that one?

Juliana:  I’d love to be able to teleport anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.  The thought of waking up and deciding to go to Australia and poof, you’re there?  Very cool!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Know we'd like to ask you some questions about your books.

9)  For the readers out there that are new to your books, can you please give us some more detailed information about who the JAGUAR WARRIORS are and what the series is about?

Juliana:  The Jaguar Warriors series focused on three shifter brothers, Jaxon, Jagger and Julian Castille.  Each book features a different brother and their quest to find love, but there is an over reaching story arc that threads throughout each book.

Basically the premise is the battle against evil and Cormac O’Hara’s plot to hook up with a dubious jaguar shifter clan, the DaCosta’s in order to well, take over the world.

Lots of otherworld characters exist: Vampires, shifters, demons, sorcerers, werewolves.  You name it!

9) Can you tell us about your new upcoming series LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS?

Juliana:  Sure!  I’m very excited about this new series.  This is a blurb about the premise:
For millennia the struggle between light and dark, the upper and lower realms, has been policed by a secret group of warriors culled from every fabric of existence. They are both otherworld and human, male and female. They are light and dark themselves and known to each other as the League of Guardians. Their pledge, to protect the line between dominions and make sure neither side grows too powerful. If they fall, so shall the earth, the heavens and hell. And there will be no more.
I have a prequel novella coming out February of 2012.  It will explain things a little more.  I’ve tentatively titled it, Shades of Grey, but this might change so anyone interested can check my website as I update the information. 
I came up with this concept because I needed something for Declan O’Hara.  He is a sorcerer who is in all of my jaguar warrior books and is a very popular character.  Wicked Road to Hell comes out in May of 2012 and everyone will finally be able see what happened to him after His Darkest Salvation ended!  This book sets up the new series nicely.  I’m currently working on the second book in this series, King of the Damned and am having a blast

10)  How many books do you have planned for the series?

Juliana:  Right now there are 2 novella’s and 2 full length books and then hopefully as many as my readers want!

11)  What can we expect as the series progresses?

Juliana:  The world has expanded a bit, but as with my jaguar books, I love writing about all sorts of creatures.  Each book will have a romance that is key to the story and I’m excited at all the possibilities. Wicked takes place in New Orleans and well, Hell, and King of the Damned takes place in Salem.  The first novella, takes place in purgatory!

12)  Can you tell us a little about  your BLACK OPAL series?  Do you plan to add more books to this series?

Juliana:  The Black Opals is a time travel series about a group of warrior women who have the ability to time shift.  Their job is to make sure that rogue time shifters—those who would travel among the known worlds, either back in time or into the future—do not corrupt the flow of time for ill gain.

As the series opens, their enemies have figured out who their predestined mates are and are trying to assassinate them.  So, they’ve got to save their mates or their line of warrior women might die out.

13)  Is there a book you have written that you consider a personal favorite;  maybe one that has some sentimental value to you when it was written?

Juliana:  I think His Darkest Hunger.  It was the first book I’d ever written.  I thought I’d give it a try and well, I signed with an agent immediately and we sold to Harpercollins 2 months later.  Because of that, I’ll always think fondly of Jaxon and Libby.  It truly shows that if you’ve got a dream, don’t hesitate…go for it because you never know where you’ll end up.

14)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and never have been?  Can you answer that for us?

Juliana:  Honestly, I’ve written so many that I can’t think of anything off the bat.  What is the craziest thing I’ve ever done?  Well, I can’t share that J

15)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Juliana:  Just that I’m so grateful for all the wonderful readers who’ve taken the time to write to me!  I love getting email and interacting with them and I’ve met some very cool people since becoming an author.

Thank you so much Juliana for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We would love to have you back in 2012 to help you promote and celebrate the release of "Wicked Road to Hell".
Juliana:  I’d totally be up for that!  I’m uber excited about this new series and hope that I can show off the cover real soon!  Declan looks amazing!

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

Juliana's Website:  http://julianastone.com/

CONTEST:  Juliana is offering up a signed copy of any one of her JAGUAR WARRIORS books (winners choice) to one winner from Book Monster and one winner from LITERAL ADDICTION.

Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest!!!

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.


Barb P said...

Hi Juliana! I haven't had a chance to read any of your books yet, but would most certainly love to. I enjoyed the interview and am also interested in the new series. It sounds great! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. I am a follower. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

Scorpio1974 said...

The books sound really good and the covers are so SEXY! Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

Barbara E. said...

I've heard a lot about The Jaguar Warriors series but I haven't had a chance to get started on them yet. I love big cat shifters so I'm looking forward to reading this series.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
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Emily Tardy said...

Great interview! I absolutly LOVED "His Darkest Hunger"! Can't wait to read book #2 =D


Victoria said...

I haven't read you yet but your books sound like my kind of read. I will certainly be checking out the Jaguar Series. Thank you for the excellent interview. Your books have very sexy covers ;)

Sheree said...

I can't wait for Declan's story!

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Juliana Stone said...

Hey to all the early posters! I'm just waking up but will for sure pop in later! Thanks for all your lovely comments!

Eli Yanti said...

Hi Juliana,

i love your book and hope i can win =D


Kelly Lynn Benson said...

I just recently found her Jaguar Warrior Series. I bought three books when Borders was going out of business. I can't wait to start reading it after your interview!

Vanessa N. said...

Great interview. I haven't had a chance to read your books yet but i'm can't wait to read the Jaguar series. I love shifter stories. Thanks for the chance.


alainala said...

ooooo i just finished book 1 in this series!! have to get 2 and 3 from the library.. and yay declan gets a book! cant wait for the new series! thanks for an awesome interview!

alainala@hotmail DOT ca

desi said...

I haven't read any of these but that is going to change real soon. these look awesome. thank you for the interviews.

Na said...

I finally started reading about shape-shifters but have still to meet a jaguar ones. Some of your books are on my TBR list so I know I will soon.

Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

Christina Madison said...

This is actually the first time I've heard of this series. I love books with shape-shifters, so thanks for the post and interview. I wouldn't have known about this series if you hadn't. The covers are amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.

GFC follower.


winnie said...

I've read the first book in the Jaguar Warriors series and really enjoyed it. So I can't wait to read the rest of the series! :)

GFC follower

Cindi Phillips said...

I'm so glad BMR is doing these interviews. I've now found another series to read. Thanks for the great give a way.

Juliana Stone said...

thanks for all your lovely comments today! I love my jaguars but am uber excited about my new series! Pop over for the live chat tonight at Literal Addiciton and we can talk about it!

Amy said...

The covers of Juliana's books are so freakin hot! I would love to read her books because I love paranormal romances with shifters, and her jaguar shifters sound really cool.


Linda said...

Hi Juliana!
I'm the same about listening to music while working; I don't know how some ppl can do it. I get too distracted & want to hum along instead.

Love the story of how u met your husband. Sounds like storybook material!


Liesa Manis said...

Thank you for the interview!

the books sound great and I love the covers!!


Michelle H. said...

Hi Juliana!
Thanks for a great interview. I haven't read any of your books YET, but the covers have definitely drawn my attention! So glad I was able to learn more about your books today. I'm looking forward to reading them.
BMR follower

elaing8 said...

Great interview ladies.
Juliana, you have some super awesome covers :)
And good luck to your son.I hope they get on Canada's Got Talent.

Cathy Brockman said...

My list of need to read is reall growing! cathy brockman----email sugar_n_spic63830@yahoo.com

Cathy Brockman said...

my reading list just keeps growing! your covers are soo sexy. great inteerview. sugar_n_spice63830@yahoo.com

Amberia said...

Great interview. I'll take the first in the Jaguar series. Sounds awesome!

SdyLion said...

I love cat shifters and your series definitely intrigues me. I cannot wait to go find your work and start looking into those Jaguar warriors. Thank you for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Trish said...

Thanks for the interview!


Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Great post and those are some hot book covers!!!


KirstenF said...

These books sound fantastic! Can't wait to read them!

Michelle said...

I love big cat shifters and I haven't read these yet so I will be adding them to the mountain range known as tbr. They look like they'll hit my happy spot though :)


Cathy Brockman said...

Wow sounds like something more unique. Not that ill eveer tire of sexy hot vampires and werwolves. but something different cant hurt! Adding to my tbr mountain too at thee top!1 cathy brockman--sugar_n_spice63830@yahoo.com