Saturday, February 25, 2012

Biana D'Arc Returns to Book Monster

Bianca D’Arc Interview Intro:

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very proud to welcome Bianca D’Arc back to our sites today. 
  
Bianca is way more than just an author! She is a former chemist with more letters behind her name than we could ever hope to have, a martial arts enthusiast, and an artist. We’re not talking about being an artist just with her pen and computer, though that can’t be disputed! We actually meant with a paint brush and a guitar, since those are 2 of her hobbies when she’s not creating fantastical worlds for us to get lost in. Outside of that, she’s an avid bargain hunter and LOVES to shop!

Her background in science has come in handy in her writing, as she enjoys mixing her real-world knowledge of science with her vast imaginary world library. She writes in many genres and mixed genres, but concentrates most of her work in the paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and futuristic realms with some contemporary and urban fantasy thrown in for the heck of it. As fans, we can honestly say that we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Bianca’s series include: RESONANCE MATES, VAMPIRE TALES (BROTHERHOOD OF BLOOD), DRAGON KNIGHTS (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON & SONS OF DRACONIA), TALES OF THE WERE, JIT’SUKU CHRONICLES, STRING OF FATE, GUARDIANS OF THE DARK and her most recent series, STARLORDS. She also has single books out categorized under series for future expansion: GEMINI PROJECT, GONE COUNTRY and GIFT OF THE ANCIENTS.

The most recent release into Bianca’s library of literary excellence is the latest TALES OF THE WERE installment, “The Purrfect Stranger”, and we’re here today to help Bianca promote and celebrate!

For those of you not yet familiar with Bianca’s work, we highly recommend everything that she’s written and suggest that you would check it all out HERE.  For today though, let’s focus on the TALES OF THE WERE series and her new release, “The Purrfect Stranger”.  If you haven’t read TALES OF THE WERE yet, here are the synopses of the books to catch you up:

“Lords of the Were”
 TALES OF THE WERE Book #1:

An ancient evil is stalking the twin alpha rulers of the were folk and the half-were woman who is destined to be their mate if she lives long enough.

First in the Tales of the Were.

Fulfilling her mother’s dying wish, Allie climbs a wooded hill just before midnight on Samhain. All Hallows Eve. At the top, she finds an overgrown, magical stone circle, and her destiny. Waiting for her there are twin alpha werewolves who will be her sworn protectors, her mentors and the loves of her life. If she lives long enough.

Overprotective is just one word to describe Rafe and Tim. Sexy is most definitely another. But their newfound love and all their skills both mundane and magical will be tested by an ancient evil. A hostile human mage and a misguided vampire hunt them, servants to secret plans of the ancient Venifucus, a society dedicated to destroying women like Allie.

They will earn unlikely allies, including a half-fey knight imprisoned Underhill for centuries. But will it be enough to battle the evil that stalks them? Will Allies men be strong enough to let her aid them in her own defense? Only together can were, fey and vampire defeat this latest threat and learn that love does truly conquer all.

Warning, this title contains explicit sex and ménage a trois.

“Inferno”
 TALES OF THE WERE Book #2:

A forbidden union forged in love and tempered in hellfire.

One last task and Megan will be free of the debt of honor owed by her family. Spying on Dante, a powerful vampire with questionable friends, sounds simple enough. But her mission is complicated by the fact she's got something every vampire wants--tangy, powerful, werewolf blood.

It's easy to capture his attention. The hard part will be getting out with her heart and soul intact. Not to mention her life, thanks to a crazed bomber.

Dante isn't the kind to forgive or forget easily, especially the grudge he holds against werewolves. Still, he is instantly drawn to the injured lone wolf in his care. When he and his friend Duncan treat her wounds, they discover something that marks her as much more than she seems.

That mark is a neon sign warning to be careful, but Dante can't help himself. He wants her and nothing will stand in his way. Not her species. Not his. Not the strange woman who keeps trying to kill him.

Not even the magical poison in Megan's blood?

“The Puurfect Stranger”
 TALES OF THE WERE Book #3:
A blind date turns magical when a werecougar and a witch bridge the chasm between their very separate worlds.

Valerie Faber comes from a long line of mages of incredible power. Clan Faber is so skilled, they teach other mages how to use their abilities. All, except for Valerie. What little power she does have seems to be in the realm of housepets and familiars. Not very useful to a Clan used to epic abilities.

Keith is a werecougar with a mixed heritage that makes him a little different from the rest of his Clan. He's overcome it all to become the local Alpha, but he hasn't yet found the woman who can make him purr in human form.

A blind date brings them together, though rarely do shifters mix with mages. After a tempestuous night together, Keith is hot on Valerie's trail - with the help of her feline friends and a little interference from a well-meaning family member. He'll do anything to keep Valerie in his life, including stalking her in Clan Faber's magical fortress.

Now that us Bianca D’Arc groupies remember why we loved TALES OF THE WERE so much and have been dying for this new release, and new readers are clamoring to find all of them from their favorite bookseller ASAP, let’s get to the interview to see what Bianca’s been up to since we last spoke and find out some more about TALES OF THE WERE and “The Puurfect Stranger”.

Bianca D’Arc Interview

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Bianca!  Welcome back!  We’re very happy to have you back with us and hope we can turn even more readers on to your wonderful work!
Bianca: Thanks so much! I really enjoyed being here the last time and I’m sure we’ll rock the joint again today! J

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We asked you most of our good staple ice breaker questions the last time we hosted you, but we have a few more… 
Q1): If you were told the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do in your last 24 hrs?
Bianca:  I think I’d probably put on my favorite music, eat my favorite food and hang with my favorite people. I’d try to enjoy all the things that make life worth living one last time.

Q2):  We asked you last time what 3 things were that always make you smile.  What are 3 things that never fail to piss you off?
Bianca: Stupid people. Bad drivers. And stupid people who are bad drivers. LOL.

Q3):  If you could spend the day with any of your characters from any of your series, whom would you want to spend the day with and what would you want to do?
Bianca: Drake from FireDrake. I think I’d like to play guitar with him and learn some of the songs he’s written. (Drake is a master bard, knight and spymaster.) Then later - and this is pre-supposing the day together comes before I wrote his book and he gets committed to his wife because I don’t play with cheaters – I think we could have some real fun. *wink, wink*

Q4):  What are some of the things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Bianca: I’ve been doing a lot of home improvement type stuff lately. Painting, refinishing cabinets and doors, etc. I don’t always “enjoy” it, but I do like the end product. Making a room or a house look like new is very satisfying.

Q5):  Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the TALES OF THE WERE series?
Bianca: I wanted to write a paranormal, but I didn’t want to do the same old vampire story. Werewolves were kind of new back then. By that, I mean that very few people were writing them as romantic heroes. So I figured I’d give it a shot. Thus was born Lords of the Were and a whole new avenue for my paranormal stories. Since then, I’ve written big cat shifters, bear shifters, dragon shifters… lots of different kinds of shifters, fey, mages and the like.

Q6):  Do you have an idea of how many books you have planned for the series?
Bianca: Not really. I see ALL of my paranormals as sort of connected and therefore I can’t really say when or if I’ll find an end to the series. There is a background conflict running through all the books – that of the “good” shifters against the evil Venificus (an ancient organization working to bring back an evil fey sorceress to rule the world). I do plan to bring that war to a head at some point. Maybe even have a few battles and skirmishes before the good side triumphs over the bad guys. I guess if/when I end that battle, the series will end, but I sort of see the Venifucus as an ongoing threat since there are many branches of their organization in all parts of the world.

Q7):  We know you probably get asked this a lot, but are you any closer to knowing when we’ll get the OTHER Redstone’s story?  ;-)    
Bianca: You mean Matt from Sweeter Than Wine, don’t you? Hmm. Well, to answer that, you need to know some background info. Way back, even before I was first published in 2006, I’d written most of a book I called Cougar’s Mate (working title). That’s the story of Grif Redstone – the Alpha of the werecougar Clan and head of Redstone Construction. When I wanted to put a cougar shifter into Sweeter Than Wine, I looked around and decided to create a younger brother named Matt, even though that first book had never been finished or published. Matt caught on more than I ever anticipated and people are always asking me when he’s getting his own story. What I really want to do is finish up Cougar’s Mate and get it published somewhere before I tackle Matt’s story. That project is coming closer. I need to finish a new dragon book and a few other things (Harry’s book, etc…) before I can jump on that idea, but I definitely want to do it. Meanwhile, The Purrfect Stranger features a Redstone cousin as its hero.

Q8):  What surprises have you encountered so far with regards to the books, your fans, etc?
Bianca:  Like I said, I never anticipated Matt Redstone would become such a heartthrob! LOL. I get asked about him a lot. If I’d known, I probably would have planned this out a little better.

Q9):  What were some of the challenges in bringing TALES OF THE WERE to life?
Bianca: Writing werewolves was a challenge for me at first. See – and this is a big admission – I’m not really a dog person. There. I said it. I don’t like dogs. Sorry, dog lovers! I do like wolves, though. I’m fascinated by them in the wild, but I don’t think I’d ever work up the nerve to get out of the car if I went to a wolf sanctuary or something like that. They’re scary! Which is good when you want your hero to be scary to everyone – except his heroine, of course. ;-) It all worked out, but I thought long and hard before I decided to write werewolves. I try to concentrate on their inner conflict about being half man-half wolf. Some writers like to focus on the pack hierarchy and animal characteristics, and I do acknowledge that stuff, but I don’t focus on it. I like to see their human side more than their canine side, if that makes any sense.

Q10):  You’re always so busy!  What do you have in the works right now outside of ‘The Puurfect Stranger”s release that your fans and even new readers can look forward to?
Bianca: I’m finishing a new dragon book. I don’t have a title for it yet, but I think it’ll probably be out toward the end of the year. After that, I promised myself I’d go back and finish Harry’s story – titled Harry’s Sacrifice – which is the last of the Resonance Mates series. (There will be a spin-off trilogy at some point, so Resonance Mates fans, don’t despair!) Then I want to tackle the second Star Lords story – Talent For Trouble – which is the first mate Darak’s story. These are all partially written. They just need finishing. I have a lot of those kinds of things sitting on my hard drive. I want to go back and finish things and get them into the pipeline for publication, so that’s my goal for the coming year. I guess I need to add Cougar’s Mate to that “To Do” list now that we’ve discussed it here. Thanks for the reminder! LOL

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Bianca, thank you so much for being with us again!  It’s always a pleasure, we love having you, and we’re very excited to talk with you more in the Live chat later today.  We can’t wait to dig into “The Puurfect Stranger” and are really excited about your upcoming releases as well.  We would LOVE to have you back for “Wolf Hills”, the next BROTHERHOOD OF BLOOD novel in April if you’re interested.  Maybe we can even convince some of the characters to come out and chat with us a bit?? J
Bianca:  Definitely! I’d love to visit again and I think you’ll like playing with Jason Moore, the Alpha of the werewolf pack in Wolf Hills, and his mate, Detective Sally Decker. I look forward to being with you all again. You guys are great! Thanks for having me! J

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CONTEST:
Bianca is graciously offering up an ebook copy of The Purrfect Stranger to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION website. 

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17 comments:

Laurie said...

Love your books Biana! Thanks for the great interview!

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sienny said...

i don't think i ever read this one. thanks for the giveaway

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SdyLion said...

I just love your series and have been a fan of the vampire, were and zombie genre's that you write. You are a very prolific and diverse author and I love following your comments on facebook and twitter. Thank you for the interview and I would prefer a Kindle Fire format (pdf) if I was lucky enough to be chosen. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Victoria said...

I haven't read you yet but your books sound great. I love the three things that never fail to piss you off. I feel the same. Thank you for the interview. I'll be checking out your work.

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kandj7299 said...

I have heard great things about Bianca's books. I have a few in my TBR pile. I would love to win. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

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Debbie said...

Thanks for a awesome interview and chat today! I enjoyed getting to know you better and hearing about all your plans and future books. I love your Dragon Knights and can't wait to read more about them too
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TigMode said...

Love Bianca! Thanks for the contest.

tigmode @ rochester.rr.com

Amy said...

The Purrfect Stranger sounds so cute! I'd love to read it. I love paranormal romances featuring big cat shifters, and it's so cool that the hero is a werecougar.

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Merisha28 said...

Your books sound great!! Thanks for the giveaway!
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k2sgal said...

I would love to ready you book havent had the opportunity Thanks for the contest

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latishajean said...

What a great interview thanks for sharing! I can't wait to read thanks for the great giveaway!
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Laurie said...

New to me, but these sound great! Thanks for the giveway!
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Kathy said...

Thank you so much for the interview. Looking forward to reading The Tales of the Were Series and your Dragon Knights series!!!

Kathy Meyers
km91759@aol.com

Na said...

Me too! If the world were to end tomorrow you can count on me to be with favorite people, eating foods I love. I'd also bring my favorite books and some new one as well. Speaking of which, yours sound like a great read. I still have to read them.

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Linda said...

Love the cover of “The Puurfect Stranger” & that it's a shifter bk + magic. Great combo. Looking forward to your dragon book too. Love all things dragon!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Rebe said...

I loved Tales of the Were, so I'm really excited to hear about a new novella! And Drake from FireDrake is a favorite of mine as well - I've been a fan of his since Prince of Spies. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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JoAnna said...

I have a couple of Bianca's books in my TBR pile but I have to be honest and say that I did not know she had a were-cougar series. I love cat shifters. Will definitely have to check it out.

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