Sunday, October 23, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Rachel Vincent

Hello everyone!  LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are proud to welcome Rachel Vincent to our sites today!  

Rachel is the author of the Shifters series, about a werecat named Faythe Sanders, who is learning to define her own role in her family and fighting to claim a place in her Pride.

Rachel's young adult series, Soul Screamers, debuted on August 1, 2009. My SOUL TO TAKE is the first in the series, about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she's just discovered. Soul Screamers Book 5, IF I DIE, was released on October 1, 2011.

BLOOD BOUND (Unbound, book 1), the first in Rachel's new adult paranormal series, just debuted September 1, 2011.

A new resident of San Antonio, Rachel has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and she consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

For those of you not yet familiar with Rachel’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopsis of a few of the books in the series (specifically the first and most recent installments):

Blood Bound”, UNBOUND series Book #1 Synopsis:
Bound by blood, condemned by fate

As a bloodtracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv's learnt to survive by her own rules.

Rule number one?
Trust no one.

But when a friend's daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can't rest until the child is safe.
And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.

A sinister prophecy tells that she and Cam will be the death of each other, yet Liv's tired of being a slave to destiny. She's ready to play the forces controlling her world at their own game.

 My Soul to Lose”, SOUL SCREAMERS series Book #1 Synopsis:

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.
Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.
She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

If I Die”, SOUL SCREAMERS series Book #5 Synopsis:
The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

 Stray”, SHIFTERS series Book #1 Synopsis:
There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I'm one of them.
I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.
Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.
I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.
This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .

Alpha”, SHIFTERS series Book #6 Synopsis:
The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can—that will—change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.
But life never waits until you're ready.

Do we have you all clamoring to download and order the books?  Good!!  Take a break for a minute though and join us as we learn a bit more about the author behind the these 3 great series…

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Rachel!  We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote your entire backlist and especially your brand new series, UNBOUND.
RACHEL: Thanks so much for having me!
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 and series… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
RACHEL: Um…I’ve never listened to any of my own audiobooks. I don’t like cooked vegetables. And I have absolutely no sense of style.
Q2):  Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?
RACHEL: Nope. I’ve always loved writing. But I was twenty-six before I realized I might actually  have a chance at writing for a living.

Q3):  What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
RACHEL: The smell of coffee brewing. The word “wasabi.” A swimming pool.
Q4):  What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
RACHEL: Baking. Movies. Video games.

Q5):  What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

RACHEL: I have no idea. I’m not a big quote collector.
Q6):  Who are some of your favorite authors, and what are a few titles in your TBR pile right now?
RACHEL: I’m in the middle of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s Every Other Day right now, and I’ve got a HUGE pile of other urban fantasy and YA titles waiting to be read.

Q7):  If they were to make a movie of your life, what do you think it’d be called?
RACHEL: Boring. ;)
Q8):  What’s it like writing across the different segments of the genre?

Q9):  Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the 3 series?
RACHEL: They’re all a collision of several ideas. Mythology, plus a character type I always wanted to try. The Unbound series specifically came about from my interest in a literal interpretation of the phrase, “a man’s word is his bond.”
Q10):  Can you give us a little bit of info about the 3 series in your own words – a couple paragraphs on ‘why we should read these’?

RACHEL: I tend to get obsessed with certain themes, and I write about them until I feel like I’ve explored all angles. My most common themes are self-identity, independence, and fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. The Shifters series was about a female werecat carving a place for herself in a highly patriarchal society. It’s very much a coming-of-age and a fight-the-power kind of series.
Soul Screamers is a young adult urban fantasy series about a sixteen year old who discovers she’s a bean sidhe, a death herald. She has a driving need to help people and discovers bits of who she really is along the way. Those books get darker and more complex as the series progresses.
Unbound is a trilogy based in a world where some people—the Skilled—have abilities which make them wanted by various factions of Skilled mafia. This world explores the decisions we make when there are no good options. All three books are about sacrifice. About what we’d be willing to give up to protect those we love. These books are very dark and gritty. And violent. And, according to my editor, twisted. ;)
Q11):  What’s a typical work day like for you?  Do you have a writing routine or things you absolutely cannot go through your day without?
RACHEL: It depends on what I’m working on at the time. There’s always several hours of email/social networking/promo. And if I’m working on a rough draft, I make my wordcount goal in several one-hour spurts. If I’m doing revisions or edits, I tend to work much longer hours, because I really have to be buried in the story, for consistency and tone. When I’m plotting or brainstorming, I tend to walk around in a fog, jotting down random notes about concepts, characters, and plot as I think of them. Then, when I’m ready, I get it all sorted out on a white board. Then in a synopsis.

Q12):  How many books do you have planned for the UNBOUND series?
RACHEL: There will be three. Shadow Bound, the second, comes out June 1, 2012.
Q13):  Can you share with us anything else that you might have in the works outside of these 3 series?
RACHEL: Not at the moment. I usually have a side project or short fiction going, but nothing I can really talk about yet.
Q14):  Are there more books planned for the SHIFTERS or SOUL SCREAMERS series?
RACHEL: The Shifters series is done. I’m contracted for seven Soul Screamers books (the sixth, Before I Wake, comes out July 1, 2012) and I’ve also done a bit of short fiction in that world.
Q15):  Are there any specific messages within the books and/or series that you’re hoping to get across to your readers?
RACHEL: No. I don’t write to send a message. I do explore a number of issues, but it’s up to the reader to take what they will from the book. I’m not in it to preach.
Q16):  What were some of the challenges you encountered while writing “Blood Bound”?
RACHEL: SO many challenges. For the first time, I’m writing from two different first person points of view, and I was still puzzling my way through that in Blood Bound, so the POV is uneven. It’s much better in Shadow Bound. But in addition to that, the world building and plots are very detailed and complex, which means that these books are a lot of work. Lots of details to keep straight, and two new heads to get inside of with each book.
Q17):  What surprises have you encountered in your career thus far?
RACHEL: Um…ebooks have been the biggest surprise. Other than that, not much is surprising. I did my research before I started querying agents, so I knew pretty much what I’d be getting into.
Q18):  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?
RACHEL: Not that I can think of. ;)
Q19):  A long way off in the future, when you decide to retire and stop writing, what thoughts do you hope to have when you look back on the legacy you left behind and your career in general?
RACHEL: I hope that my books have made people think. I hope they’ve made people argue and see both sides of an issue. I hope my books were hard to put down, and even harder to forget. I’m still working on all of that, though. ;)
Q20):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers (both new and old) while we have you here today?
RACHEL: Thanks so much for reading!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Rachel, thank you so much for being with us today!  We’re very happy to help you promote your new series and the rest of the series in your backlist.  We’d love to have you back for another future release in 2012 if you’d be interested!?
RACHEL:  Of course!
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Rachel is graciously offering up a copy of Blood Bound to a winner from Book Monster Reviews. 
To Enter: Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), 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!!!!
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for a chance to win SOUL SCREAMERS Omnibus!!!


C D said...

I really enjoy the books in both of your first 2 series. I look forward to trying Blood Bound also.

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Allie said...

I would love to get these books...Look really good.

Julie S said...

I already have my awesome signed copy but I just wanted to say Rachel Vincent is so funny and down to earth and really cool to listen to her talk in person about her books :)

Victoria said...

I love your work Rachel. Everything you've written that I've read I've loved. But I thought you said something about a SHIFTER novella in a blog a few months ago. Are you still planning on it? I sure hope so. I'd love to find out the Jace gets a HEA.


KhelseyJackson said...

I have Rachel's book but haven't read them yet! I know I am slacking :D But I cant wait for Blood Bound!!

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Omg, I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time! Thanks for the giveaway!


Nimue said...

Great interview and you were very creative with your questions. Loved it :)

aurora M. said...

AHHHHHHHHHH the smell of coffee now who doesn't love that? Greta post.
Love these books!

Sheree said...

Love the Soul Screamer series!

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GFC follower

miki said...

I really would like to discover your books because lot of people recommended it to me but i've not had the opportunity yet.

so i really hope i win this. Thanks you for this giveaway ( international)

gfc follower: isabelle frisch

Barbara said...

Great interview! Your Unbound series sounds right up my alley...I look forward to reading them!

Mary said...

Oh wow, a new author that writes exactly what I love to read. I can't wait to get started. So many books so little

Jolene and Family said...

Wow, these all look and sound amazing. Rachel is a new to me author and I cannot wait to dive in!!!!


Scorpio1974 said...

I have been wanting to read several of Rachel's books for a while now. They all sound so good! Thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity!!! =) Good luck to everyone who enters!!

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Amy said...

I would love to read her new series! I've read the Soul Screamers series and really liked the unique mythology used in it.

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Barb P said...

Hi Rachel! I loved the interview. I would definitely love to start the new series. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barb P said...

Sorry, forgot my email

dawnmomoffour said...

Thank you so much for the interview! Some amazing answers. Can't wait to read this series. Loved the shifters!
-Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

Tammi said...

I love the Soul Screamers series & I've wanted to read other works of hers.

Heather said...

I have read all of Rachel Vincents books so far except Blood Bound. I look forward to reading this book and I know I will not be disappointed! Can't wait until next summer when two more of her books will be out (if I'm not mistaken..) :)

Na said...

Congratulations on your recent release! It made me want to read the whole series- would like to try any of yor books.


RachaelM said...

I have recently added Soul Screamers to my Wish List. I have heard many great things about this series and can't wait to start reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mierke said...

I LOVE your shifters and soul screamers version. I would love to try out this new series!


Amberia said...

Awesome interview!
Loved it!

Chrisbails said...

Great interview. This is a new author for me and always looking for new books and authors to check out and would love to add her to my list. I have heard great things about her writing and her books. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

gypsylcm said...

Great interview! Have really enjoyed reading your books that I have read so far

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SdyLion said...

I cannot wait to read your books and thanks for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

whitewolfreads said...

I've been meaning to pick up a copy of Blood Bound ever since it came out. I love Rachel's other seires and I'm sure to enjoy here latest book!

whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com