Saturday, February 18, 2012

Guest Post with Allison Pang

Allison Pang Intro

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

Allison will be taking over the ropes for us today, but before she does, we just wanted to get you a litlle more familair with Allison and her books.

A marine biologist in a former life. Allison turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once.  She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.

Allison spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

Allison is the author of the ABBY SINCLAIR urban fantasy series which currently consists on her first book "A Brush of Darkness".  The second book in the series, "A Sliver of Shadow," is scheduled to be released on February 28, 2012.

In case you're not familiar with the ABBY SINCLAIR series, here the synopses of both books in the series to get you more acquainted:

"A Brush of Darkness"


The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

"A Sliver of Shadow"


Just when her new life as a TouchStone – a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds – seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.

The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding eleven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves

They sound great right?  Now, please welcome Allison as she takes over the reigns for us today.  Make sure ya'll show her lots of love!!

Allison Pang Guest Post

On Bacon
I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon and a hard-on. And a unicorn
bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.

“You look ridiculous,” I mumbled, feeling a strange relief flood through me. Suddenly shy, I drew the sheet up
around my shoulders. “I thought maybe you’d left.”

“I thought about it,” he admitted, “but your dreams indicated breakfast was a better choice. Besides, my alternatives
are rather limited at the moment.”

“You sure know how to make a girl feel good.” I clutched the sheet a little tighter.

“It’s a gift.”

“Modest too, I see.” I sat up straighter, glancing at the floor to find my clothing, but it was bare. I’d forgotten we’d
fallen into my bed, sans undies. I waved my hand at him imperiously. “Go on and cook me my bacon, incubus.”

“Oh, I’ll cook your bacon,” he muttered, ducking back out to the kitchen.

~~ A Brush of Darkness
There is that lovely writer adage called “write what you know.”  (Which is mostly true, although as a fiction writer, there’s a certain freedom in writing about what we do NOT know. Though that’s neither here or nor there in today’s post.)
I know about bacon.  
I love bacon.
I would eat it every day if I could.
So when I first started writing A Brush of Darkness and I wanted to add a few character quirks to my heroine Abby, it made sense to give her my love of breakfast meats.  That’s not to say Abby is a self-insert, any more than any of my characters would be -  but she and I definitely share a number of characteristics.  (To be honest I never really expected it to be published – it was supposed to be my “learner book” – so I put a ton of inside jokes into it. Many of which are still there. Abby can’t cook either – that’s all me as well.)
The bacon thing was really just a poke at myself. (Although on Twitter I’m apparently known for two things – Hello Kitty…and bacon, so perhaps there’s more to it than I realized.) But it started out as a joke and soon became a character quirk.
On a personal note, I’m not entirely sure there’s any such thing as too much bacon – but in book form, there’s such a thing as taking a joke too far. When I got my first agent, I was asked “What’s up with this bacon thing? There’s too much of it.”
And my agent was right – so I went through the manuscript and took out about 24 references. Now, there’s still a lot of bacon involved in A Brush of Darkness…and to a lesser extent A Sliver of Shadow, but it’s a bit less obnoxious than it was.
As an aside note – if you ever get a chance to eat at Max Brenner, I can’t recommend the “Really Cheesy-Really Crunchy Mac& Cheese with applewood bacon highly enough. (And try the chocolate too…you really can’t go wrong.)
So, readers – what do your favorite characters like to eat? Would you invite them over for dinner?


Allison is giving away a copy of "A Brush of Darkness" OR "A Sliver of Shadow" (winners choice) to a winner on Book Monster and a winner over on the LITERAL ADDICTION site. 

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 with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!


Kristen Heyl said...

I love how you put a little piece of yourself into the books, the love of bacon

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kathy miller said...

Allison is one of the best new author's to come out in a long time. Loved her first book, and am looking forward to reading her second.

JoAnna said...

I thought I was the only bacon freak! If we order lunch from a diner that serves breakfast all day, I always order a side of bacon with my sandwich. And you can't have a burger if it doesn't have bacon on it. And you have to order it because cooking it just sucks. Grease splattering on you on the stove. I don't like to cook (I can I just don't like to) but when I need my bacon fix you can't stop me. Hmm, bacon and eggs for breakfast sounds yummy. Ok, sorry for the bacon rant.
Most of my favorite characters drink blood or like rare meat. :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Ivy said...

I can't wait to read this new series! I absolutely love when an author puts little pieces of themselves into their book. It's those "personal touches" that make the book, for me, so much more enjoyable!

As for food...there is nothing like that salty-sweet combo, whether eaten by me, or my favorite characters :)

deanna said...

I have heard great things about this series. As a side note, I do not laugh when the man marries a piece of bacon on the Jack in the Box Commericial...

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CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Hahaha, what's with the bacon obsession?! Lol, loved that teaser! I'd love to read A Brush of Darkness, thanks for this giveaway!:)


sienny said...

my fave character must love any kind of meal, and will eat any kind of 'cuisine' i cook :)) so, i'm very happy that my fave character do like any kind of food, fancy or sidewalk. and yes, i would love to have him for over for dinner. though i'm not so sure i'll cook the food my self :D

i like the first book cover image better than the second book.

Kassandra said...

Would love to get my hands on A Brush of Darkness.

(I could eat a pound of bacon any time you sat it in front of me >.<)

Victoria said...

You're a new to me author but you got me with "she has a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer ;).


kandj7299 said...

I have heard nothing but great things about this series and I cannot wait to read it. I love bacon!!! My favorite characters either drink blood or eat rare meat:) Gotta love the vamps and were's. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

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Rebe said...

Bwahaha! I love it! The bacon obsession reminds me of the Beggin' Strips commercial.

I do love that Eve Dallas is a coffee and candy bar addict in the In Death series, but I think she's the only character I can think of with a food obsession!


miki said...

You are a new author to me but i would be delighted to win your book " A brush of darkness " to discover you and your universe

thanks you a lot for this opportunity

all the best

gfc: miki


Barbara E. said...

I read a Brush of Darkness and I really enjoyed it. I loved all the unique characters, especially Phin. I can't wait to read A Sliver of Shadow.
I love Jennifer Estep's Gin Blanco, she's a great cook and always describes the dishes she's cooking up, and they all sound so good I usually start salivating. I would definitely invite Gin over for dinner, if she'd do the cooking.

Barb P said...

Hi Allison! I absolutely loved A Brush of Darkness! Obviously I would love to win the new book. It seems to me a common food for fictional characters (and real people also) to obsess over is pizza! Everyone stops for or orders pizza. Bacon is good on pizza too ** LOL **. Another one is organic/vegetarian food. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

elaing8 said...

I have read some awesome reviews for the first book.Enjoyed reading the post.Great covers too.

Linda said...

Mine would be chocolate, or maybe ice cream. Has anyone read Laura Kaye's North of Need? I cheered when the hero revealed his love of ice cream!

Michelle Bledsoe said...

My daughter just finished Brushed and loved it so much that she put it in my to-be-read pile so that I can enjoy it. Bacon is the only food group I concern myself with...LOL
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Kristina Parmenter said...

These books look amazing! I especially love the covers(what can I say? I'm a cover girl) haha no pun intended ;)

I can't wait to read these :0


SdyLion said...

Sounds like so much fun. Ice cream and whipped cream---ooh and hot fudge! Okay, that was just too fun. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Merisha28 said...

Your books sound awesome!!I haven't read any of your books but I'm going to!! I can't wait to read this series!!

Jessa Slade said...

Get your bacon off my chocolate! I'd like to borrow the unicorn though :)