Saturday, March 24, 2012

Q&A Interview and Contest with Eliza Gayle

Eliza Gayle Interview Intro

Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome Eliza Gayle to our sites today.

Eliza Gayle lives a life full of sexy shapeshifters, blood boiling vamps and a dark desire for bondage…until she steps away from her computer and has to tend to her family.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude (which her husband translated into something very naughty) from Park University with a dual degree in Human Resource Management and Sociology.  That education, a love of the metaphysical and a dirty mind comes in handy when she sits down to create new characters and worlds.  The trick is getting her to sit still.

…Join her in her world.  The door is always open and the next red hot adventure is just a page away.

Random Tid Bits about Eliza

·        Hulu is her addiction.
·        Has an irrational fear of snakes.
·        Las Vegas is one of her favorite places to go.
·        Sparkly flip flops are her thing, no flats please.
·        She had two nicknames in the Marine Corps. “Annie Oakley” and “Fritz”
·        Doesn’t like wine, only Tequila or Vodka.
·        Loves 80s music especially AC/DC.
·        Is a gadget girl.
·        Chocolate is her obsession.
·        Needs to be near the water.
·        Faeries and Dragons fill her office.
·        She is obsessed with buying corsets.
·        Reads tarot for inspiration.
·        She misses her little red convertible.
·        Favorite color is purple.
·        Is a Virgo, but will neither confirm nor deny if she possesses the obsessive traits of a typical Virgo.

Eliza is the creator of many fantasy, contemporary and paranormal romance (PNR) novels that give us a little of everything.  Her BLACK COUGARS and PENTACLES OF MAGICK series is paranormal romance at its best with shifters and witches.  The PURGATORY and PLEASURE PLAYGROUND series are both contemporary BDSM.  Eliza also has a numerous amount of standalone novels which feature all of the above plus some steamy ménage.  She has something for everyone so make sure to check out her entire backlist HERE.


Now we'll give you a rundown of a few of the series and her newest releases…


BLACK COUGAR series:

Book 1 - Lucas
Book 2 - Kane
Book 3 - Malcolm

"Lucas"
BLACK COUGARS, Book 1

Kira MacDonald is in trouble. Plagued by false visions and erotic dreams of a man she’s never met, she fears losing both her psychic powers and her sanity. The cure? Finding and bonding with her mate. The stubborn red-haired warrior might not want one, but fate has other plans, plans that include her rescuing Lucas Gunn.

As the Guardian of his shape-shifting clan, Lucas Gunn lived a quiet, solitary life. Until he was kidnapped, examined, and tortured. Now imprisoned, his only tie to the outside world is the memory of his dreams and the passionate woman who appears nightly in them. He thought she was nothing more than a vision. Then she came for him.

An uneasy alliance, a mating call that won’t be denied, rituals that must be honored, and unrelenting enemies who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It all comes together in the first of Eliza Gayle’s sensational Black Cougar Series. Passion and Pride. Duty and Danger. In the end, there’s really only one choice…for Lucas.



"Malcolm"
BLACK COUGARS, Book 3

He can run be he can’t hide. Not from duty. Not from danger. And especially not from the woman who forces him to face the truth.

Malcolm Gunn’s time is running out along with his ability to shift. When confronted with his past he thinks he’s found a solution. With the help of a little rope, he can let nature takes its course. Unfortunately the woman who is the key to his existence harbors a powerful secret that will destroy them both.

Cheyenne’s been hired to track and retrieve Malcolm at any cost. Her only plan is to get in, get out and keep her sanity intact. In that order. But she’s been warned…If he catches her, he will stake his claim whether she is willing or not.

Deceit and lies bring them together. Murder puts them on the run. Their enemies are closing in and there’s only one, irreversible way out. Some choices can never be forgiven and one man’s anger can destroy it all…Malcolm.


PENTACLES OF MAGICK series:


Book 1 - Untamed Magick
Book 2 - Magick Ignited
Book 3 - Force of Magick
Book 4- Magick Provoked
Books 1 - 4 in BOUND BY MAGICK






Four male witches. Two Sets of twins. Born with a dark curse. Unlimited power bequeathed to the four when used together. A seductive power that over time will destroy their souls. To fight the prophecy they are forced to live separately to save themselves.




Untamed Magick

Graelen Scott has lived his entire life under the shadow of a prophecy—a curse guaranteed to seduce him to an early grave. When a Tarot historian shows up with stolen family cards and a theory of balance, all hell breaks loose. But his insatiable lust for the blue-eyed beauty clouds his judgment, making it difficult for him to separate fact from fiction.







Magick Ignited

Cash Scott has drifted for years, abusing his magick and playing the bad boy. Now as his time as a free witch is coming to an end, he plans a last ditch effort to save his brothers. What he finds instead is himself on a collision course with Selene, a hot little firestarter with a death wish, unable to control her power or escape her past. The perfect woman.







Force of Magick


Dennison Scott is destined to succumb to his dark magick unless he finds and takes his empathic mate, a female born into the prophecy. But this earth witch has already forged a bond with his current lover, Jake that he has no intention of breaking. Curse or no curse.







Magick Provoked



As a demon hunter, Noah has seen and done it all…until his twin sends him to rescue a woman he wanted to forget. Now they must face the past and their future in a race to save his family, while fighting a sexual desire threatening to destroy them both.






PURGATORY series

Book 1 - Roped
Book 2 - Displayed
Book 3 - Whipped
Book 4 - Burned


"Roped"
PURGATORY, Book 1

Welcome to Purgatory!
A club for every fetish…

Katie has a fetish for rope and she’s had her eye on riggers Leo and Quinn for quite some time. Week after week she goes to the club and watches them tie up women from afar, while she imagines their rough rope against her own skin.

Now the two hunky men have decided to make their move. But is plus-sized Katie ready to turn her fantasies into reality?

**This title was previously published as Rope Dreams





"Burned"
PURGATORY, Book 4

Welcome back to Purgatory!
A club for every fetish…

Being a fire inspector is the perfect job for a girl with a fire fetish. Ruby has come to terms with her obsession, and thanks to her part-time job as a bartender at Purgatory, she can dabble in a scene she isn’t sure she belongs in without going too far or too deep. But there’s one Dom in town who makes her burn for things she wishes she didn’t.

Zane made sure he was on the performance roster at Purgatory for charity night because Ruby would be on duty. He’s respected her wishes to stay away as long as he could, but tonight while his fire burns bright he’ll take possession of the willful beauty who has captured his heart.

**This story was previously published as Fire and Desire and has been revised and re-edited for re-release.


NEWEST & UPCOMING RELEASES


"Vampire Awakening"
Release Date:  March 27, 2012

The truth may set her free but there’s no guarantee she’ll recover.
Abby Douglas has lived in the dark for six months. Until a mysterious package and a voice in a dream spark a chain of events she didn’t see coming. To futher complicate matters, a lethally stunning stranger walks into her life and awakens erotic needs inside her that run deep. Now she has to decide how much she’ll give up to unlock her memories.

Caleb Barrett, a vampire on a mission, pursues Abby while on the hunt for a homicidal vampire. Instead he’s captured by a silken voice and haunting eyes that stir an insatiable hunger. An instant connection is forged and Caleb marks her as his own with no intention of letting her go. When she runs from him all bets are off and this dead sexy cowboy will do whatever it takes to find out what secrets her mind harbors before it’s too late. Rules or no rules.

Suddenly being careful what you wish for is more than just another cliché, it’s life or death.

This books contains one sexy as sin, motorcycle riding, black leather wearing vampire with a two track mind. Sex and blood.

Please note: This book was previously published as Awaken and has been revised and re-edited for re-release.



"Frost Bitten"

Resistance may be possible, but who are they kidding?

While on a search and rescue mission in the middle of a snowstorm, Seth and his twin Trent catch the scent of an unfamiliar shifter. Drawn to locate the source they hike deep into the woods to an abandoned cabin where they find an enticing little jaguar in the throes of heat.

Tired of being smothered by her five brothers and the pressure to mate, Daisy wanted nothing more than a week alone in the middle of freaking no where. The last thing she needed was a run in with two sexy as sin—and totally off limits—cougar shifters. Unfortunately, she’s not the kind of woman to leave them out in the cold.

Faced with the misery of unmet sexual desire or hot, no strings attached sex with two men… What’s a girl to do?

**Frost Bitten is an All Romance exclusive in their Perfect Strangers series. The eBook is available in all formats including Kindle (mobi) and Nook (epub)!**


WOW!  They sound amazing don't they?!  And that's not even half of Eliza's books!  Now, let's get to the interview so we can find out more about Eliza and what she has coming up next……


Eliza Gayle Interview

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Eliza!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION!  We’re very excited 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!
Eliza: Oh goodness thank you so much for having me, it is my pleasure.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We like to start out getting to know our guest authors a little bit better?
Q1):   Can you tell us 3 little known things about yourself that we can't find out easily on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Eliza: Hmm. Let’s see. I lived one summer with a Carnival in a foreign country, I’m an expert marksman, and have a tiny obsession with things that glitter.

2)  What inspired you to become a writer?  How long have you been writing for?

Eliza: I think the fact I’ve been reading romance for as long as I can remember was my biggest inspiration. That, and the fact that I often used to come home after the movies and write sequels for movies that left me hanging. J I’ve been seriously writing for publication since 2006.


3)  How long did it take to get your first book published?

Eliza: I wrote my first book in the spring and summer of 2006 and promptly hid that away.(That first book actually ended up being my 15th published and was the first in my Black Cougar series) I then wrote my second story in the fall of 2006 and started submitting it right away. From submission to acceptance of that first story I think was about 4 months. (I was really really lucky.)


4)  As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Eliza: I grew up near the Kennedy Space Center, so I often thought about being an astronaut. My stepdad was a fireman and I always thought that was a cool job. Honestly, I was pretty fickle as a child and changed my mind A LOT! It wasn’t until I joined the Marine Corps that I finally gave some serious thought to my future career.


5)  If you could list 3 things that never fail to make you smile, what would they be?

Eliza: My kids. Teenagers are pretty funny. Pictures of big kitties. Can’t get enough of them. Damn You Auto Correct. Actually reading those usually make me laugh until I cry and are guaranteed to turn a bad mood around.


6)  Do you have a writing routine, i.e certain things you must have with you for the process to begin, etc?
Eliza: I don’t have as strict a routine as I’d like. I do love structure. I know which writing hours are usually the most productive and try to get the bulk of my writing done at that time. (10am - 4pm) And if I turn on some movie soundtracks and a timer I will get a lot more done. That’s about as routine as I get.

7)  If you were to write an auto-biography, what do you think it’d be called?
Eliza: I’ve actually thought of this many times. My Marine Corps years would be uhm… quite interesting. I’d call it “The Fewest of the Few”

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

Eliza: I want to be like the guy in the movie Jumper. Jump from place to place any time I want. I love traveling and going new places but don’t love the process of flying or long boring drives.


9) What are some of your favorite television shows and movies?

Eliza: I am a TV and movie junkie so there are MANY! I’ll list some of the most recent but there are lots more. For television some of my current faves are The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Two Broke Girls, Justified, Lost Girl, True Blood, and Restaurant Impossible. How’s that for eclectic?
As for movies I tend towards action and comedy. Last summer was an amazing adventure ride and I think I was at the theater every single week. Right now I can’t wait for The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman and I’ll see The Hunger Games this weekend.

10)  Who are some of your favorite authors, and what are a couple titles in  your TBR pile right now?

Eliza: Oh I was just organizing some of my TBR in Calibre last night. Let’s not discuss how many hundreds of books I own that I haven’t had time to read yet. Lol There are so many authors I enjoy reading the list could go on for days. Shayla Black, Shannon McKenna and Lisa Marie Rice are just a few must reads for me. I’ve recently started reading Patricia Briggs and I’m hooked. I’m currently reading and enjoying the Mari Carr Irish series, I’m anxious to catch up on Sophie Oak’s Bliss series and I hope to start Bella Andre’s Sullivan series soon.


11)  Out of all the books that you’ve written, do you have a favorite amongst them; maybe one that has special sentimental value to you, etc?

Eliza: There was probably a favorite when I had 10 or less books published but now there are too many to love. I can say unequivocally that I love writing series. Once I start writing in a certain world I can’t seem to leave it.

12)  You write in several genres of romance.  What’s your favorite amongst them and why?  Which is the most challenging and why?

Eliza: I enjoy the different genres I write equally. It’s necessary for my peace of mind to write more than one genre to keep things fresh. My attention span is a challenge so being able to rotate between contemporary BDSM romance and paranormal romance solves that problem. Both genres have their challenges and their joys.


Book Monster Reviews/ LITERAL ADDICTION:  O.K, now we'd like to ask some questions relating to the books…

13)  Can you please tell us a little about the BLACK COUGAR series? Do you plan to write any more books for this series?

Eliza: The Black Cougar series was inspired by a Native American legend that said black cougars (which supposedly don’t really exist) represent death. From there I created a trilogy of three alpha male shifters responsible for the safety of their clan, including the deaths, and what happens when they face the challenge of their lives—mating. 
It really was supposed to end at three books but as I mentioned, I love a good series and the 3rd book does include a couple of avenues for future books. One of them is Bad Kitty, my current work in progress. Readers will find out what happens to the villain’s not so lily white daughter when she’s exiled from the clan.


14)  Can you please tell us more about the PENTACLES OF MAGICK series? Do you have anything else planned for this series?

Eliza: I have a real soft spot for witches. Love writing them. The Pentacles of Magick series is the unfolding story of four alpha male witches (yes, they really are not warlocks. There is a difference) who are bound by magick and a dark curse destined to destroy their souls. When the women they’ve been taught to fear enters their lives, the brothers are forced to face the truth of their past. It was a fun quest to write and as it stands now the 4 book series is complete.


15)  How about your PLEASURE PLAYGROUND series?  Can you tell us a little about this series and what you have planned for it?

Eliza: I loved the idea of the Pleasure Playground when I came up with it. It is the kind of place I wish I could go to but as far as I know it doesn’t exist. I wrote Midnight Playground with the intention of it being a stand alone but the heroine owned this big old building that needed to be restored. That got me thinking that it would be fun to have a place that combined business, shopping, restaurants and living spaces that catered to the alternative crowd. So I turned it into a series and each book will reveal one new facet of the Playground as it’s being restored. So far we have an erotic photo studio/art gallery with a unique dark room for sensation play. We also have a BDSM jewelry store about to open and a rooftop restaurant in progress that will include some unique outdoor play experiences. The hero from the second book, Power Play, is our restoration contractor and he’s got some great ideas to expand this space into the ultimate kinky haven. I’ve clearly got some writing to do.

16)  Lastly (but certainly not least), can you please tell us some more about the PURGATORY series?  How many books in store for this one and what can we look forward to?

Eliza: The Purgatory series is a series of short stories that all take place in some part at The Purgatory BDSM club and each focus on a different fetish. So far there has been bondage, exhibitionism, flogging, and fire play. I have ideas for many more and how far I go will depend on readers and if they want me to continue. I think wax sounds like a fun way to go next. ;) This series was inspired by a local to me goth/fetish show that was discontinued a few years ago and then recently brought back. Last year I received a fetish community award at a local convention for this series.

17)  What's next for Eliza Gayle?  What do you have planned in the upcoming months, outside of the series we just spoke about?

Eliza: Next week will be the release of Vampire Awakening. I haven’t done a lot of vampires thus far but this story is one of my favorites. Have you seen the cover? I love it so much I had to make posters. I’m tempted to paper my office wall with them. *g*
Bad Kitty is my next shifter book and is in progress. I’ve also got a new witch book that is partially written that I am anxious to finish.
Beyond that I’ll be writing those series books. I’ve pretty much got the next few years planned with hopefully a few surprises thrown in here and there.

18)  If you could spend the day with one of the characters from any of the books you’ve written, who would you want it to be, why, and what would you want to do?

Eliza: I think I’d like to hang out with Nissa from Slave to Pleasure. I have a healthy obsession with all things fae and I think it would be fun to spend a day in her world. I’ve always wanted to learn how to use a sword. ;)

18)  What have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question?

Eliza: I honestly can’t think of any burning unasked questions.


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

Eliza: I can never say thank you too much to the readers who have supported me in this amazing venture. Without them I wouldn’t have the options to continue writing more and more indepth stories as my job. J


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Eliza, Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions today!  We would love to have you back on BMR/LA again in the future. J

Eliza: Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a fun experience and I can’t wait to do it again.


To keep up with Eliza and her upcoming releases check out her Website or you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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CONTEST:

Eliza is giving away winners choice of a backlist eBook and a SWAG Pack to a winner from Book Monster and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION Website.

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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.
Want a 2nd chance to win??  Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) read their rules for entry and enter to win their contest too!!!

16 comments:

Erin said...

These sound like some wonderful books. Very interested in the Purgatory Series. Sounds yummy. Also the PENTACLES OF MAGICK series sounds wonderful too - love the thought of male witches... definitely checking these books out.
Thank you for the interview and for a glimpse into your writing.
Erin Koiso
loveeria@gmail.com

Sue Sattler said...

Such a tough choice to pick only one, I want them all! :) But I think I will go with Untamed Magick so I can start this series first. Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

Sue Sattler
proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

xsheilax said...

Wow, just wow!
I am always on the lookout for new authors, how on earth did I miss these books. Are they not in the uk shops?
I would love a chance to win . :-D

hstreible said...

I want a kindle copy of Untamed Magick Thanks for the giveway.

hstreible(at) gmail(dot) com

booklover0226 said...

I have read several of Eliza Gayle's works and really enjoyed them. I look forward in reading more.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

kandj7299 said...

Wow these books sound yummy!! Thanks for having this giveaway.

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

Kassandra said...

Faeries and Dragons fill her office. These fill several rooms in my home, just can't seem to stop buying them ;)

I have several of your titles that I have been wanting to check out:

Lucas
Black Moon Rising
Dirty Deeds
Roped
Untamed Magic

Any of those would be wonderful to get my hands on!

sionedkla@gmail.com

Victoria said...

You certainly do have something for everyone. I loved Lucas but it's the only work of yours I've read so far. I think I'd really enjoy the Pentacles of Magick as well.
Thank you.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

molly.frenzel said...

I love discovering new authors! Thank you for the interview. I can't wait to read these books! I love shifters and vampers.

molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! All of the covers of the Magick series look so hot and sexy! Would love to read this series.

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Michelle said...

COUGARS???? Dammit! I'm going to have to go book shopping. You know I love my big cats of any description! No clue how I missed these... :)

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SdyLion said...

I would be interested instarting this series with Untaimed Magick so I could start this series first- but all your novels seem just so interesting. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Laurie said...

Thanks for the interview and info on the books! They all sound great! I'll be adding them to my TBR list for my Kindle, starting with the Pentacles of Magick. Thanks for the giveway!
lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

Tanya said...

The Pentacles of Magick series sounds fantastic!

rockchick531@gmail.com

AD said...

OOOOHHHHHH......Sounds great! Can't wait to read the Black Cougar series!

I'd love to have Lucas as a PDF!

amberdaulton86@gmail.com

Susan W. said...

I have the Pentacles of Magick and the Black Cougar series books. Love them!!! I actually have several books and love them all! Tequila, 80's music/ACDC, chocolate. Nothing better than that! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

suz2(at)cox(dot)net