Monday, March 19, 2012

Q&A Interview and Contest with Jory Strong

Jory Strong Interview Intro:

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very proud to welcome bestselling author Jory Strong to our sites today!  
Jory has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. When she's not hunched over her computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding her horses, or hiking with her dogs.

Jory has an impressive library of literary excellence.  She’s the proud creator of the SUPERNATURAL BONDS, FALLON MATES, CRIME TELLS, GHOSTLAND WORLD, THE ANGELINI, CARNIVAL TAROT, TORRID TAROT and THUNDERBIRD CHOSEN series as well as several notable single titles and Anthology contributions.

For those of you new to Jory’s work, we HIGHLY suggest you check out her entire backlist (which can be researched on her Website or on Goodreads).  For the sake of today’s Event however, we thought we’d give you the synopses for her most recent release, “Inked Magic”, and a handful of the available books in the SUPERNATURAL BONDS series to peak your interests.

“Inked Magic”
 the first in a brand new series by Jory Strong:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Healer's Choice comes the story of a woman with the power of touch. Skin doesn't lie to her. It is her gift, sometimes her curse. She feels what others felt, and sees the things held in their memories...

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI agent brother, magic and gift have put her in the path of two compelling men.

Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín's help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.

Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now, as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn't-until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly, and only by paying magic's price will there be any future at all.

“Trace’s Psychic”

Homicide detective Trace Dilessio has always considered himself a regular meat and potatoes kind of guy-a red-blooded man who likes his women with big boobs, a nice ass, and legs that don't stop. Aislinn Windbourne is a whole different type than what he usually goes for. And even though he hates psychics-especially those that get tangled up in police business-Trace can't seem to fight his obsession for the delicate beauty who makes him feel both primitive and protective. Years of being shunned in Elf-space because of her half-elf, half-human blood have made Aislinn cautious about opening her heart-until she meets Trace. He beguiles her from the start, and among Elves such a reaction usually means that a couple is destined to form a heartbond. But even as love chases away her loneliness, every time Trace rejects the magic that's part of who she is, Aislinn fears that this human world might be every bit as painful as the one she grew up in.

“Sophie’s Dragon”

Dragon prince, elusive billionaire, Severn Damek has a reputation for being ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. The fertility of his race is tied to the Chalice of Enos and he's determined to recover the priceless treasure. It's the ultimate prize, or so he thinks until he encounters Sophie. The moment he sees her, Severn is engulfed in the fiery flames of lust. She's his mate and he intends to possess both her and the Dragon's Cup.

“Dragon Mate”

The younger members of dragon-kind might be foolish enough to allow their human mates the freedom to choose where they go and do as they please. Kirill doesn't plan to make the same mistake. As far as he's concerned, his female belongs in his lair, preferably nestled on a bed of gems or, if she insists, allowed outside but never out of sight or any further than the boundaries of his territory.  Now that the time has arrived to claim her, he intends to go to the human world, collect his mate, and immediately return to the dragon realm with her. Unfortunately for him, Jazzlyn has other ideas. She's also got a half-elf ally capable of ensuring that Kirill remains in the human realm long enough to discover that when it comes to claiming a human mate, passion rules and love can temper even a dragon's nature.

“Demon Familiar”

Pulled from the void by a binding spell, demon essence becomes mortal-familiar, and Ianthe forms, yielding to her preference for the female shape. She longs to live a human life, to love as a human, and while she's escaped the dark realm and the lord she called master, she can't escape her nature.  Incubus, succubus, Ianthe is able to shift between male and female forms, though both aspects need to be fed. She could have any man, but it's Homicide Detective Miguel Torres she wants, the man who unknowingly summoned and bound her. Their attraction is intense, immediate, and Miguel believes he'll never want another-until he meets Ian, Ianthe's mysterious twin.  Attempting to withstand needs and urges denied since childhood, Miguel buries himself in Ianthe's lush body as he battles his attraction to Ian. Then drowns in shame when he succumbs to it-only to have the murder of a gay teen force him to revisit the past...before he loses his future.

They sound great, don’t they!?  We really do suggest you take a gander at the rest of her backlist and series because there is some incredible material out there for the taking!  For now though, let’s get to know some more about the author behind these fabulous books shall we!?

Jory Strong Interview

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Jory.  We’re honored to have you here today and are thrilled to help you celebrate and promote “Inked Magic” and hopefully turn some new readers on to your incredible work!
JORY: Thanks so much for inviting me. When I see all the wonderful authors who’ve visited, I’m truly excited to be included among them.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We always start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author … 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
JORY: No softball questions, huh J. Let’s see, three things. I’m a pretty private person for the most part, but do a few interviews and there’s a lot of stuff out there thanks to the Internet. Okay, (1) I’ve got a brother named Drew who is a year younger than I am and a really talented carpenter. (2) I can walk away from pastries but put chocolate ice cream in front of me and that’s the last you’ll see of it. (3) I try to live my life in a way that I won’t look back at the end of it and have a lot of regrets.

Q2):  When did you actually start writing, and was there anything or anyone in particular that inspired you to become an author?
JORY: I wrote and told stories as a kid. Stopped during my college years and early twenties as I pursued an accounting career, though at the back of my mind was a “someday I’ll write again” thought. Around the time I hit 30 I realized that someday would never come on its own. It was a “put up or shut up” / “do it or stop thinking about it” kind of moment. So I started with 100 words/day or 15 minutes of sitting at the keyboard, whichever came first. I figured if I couldn’t meet that incredibly small goal then I wasn’t serious about being a writer and should move on to pursue a different interest. Which is not to say it was easy, or that it didn’t take me a long time and a lot of rejections in a wide range of genres before I discovered Ellora’s Cave and erotic romance, with authors like Jaid Black, Lora Leigh and Marly Chance, who inspired me to write it.

Q3):  What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
JORY: Riding horses is a big one. I love being outside. Reading in the evenings is also a huge source of enjoyment.

Q4):  What are 2 things that always make you smile and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?
JORY: My German Shepherd Ashby takes top billing here. Every day she makes me smile multiple times. Every day she pisses me off when she sees a rabbit and disappears into the canyon for hours at a time (we live in the country) leaving me to worry she’s going to end up gored by wild pigs or killed by a mountain lion. A good book always makes me smile. Hearing about a multiple-time offender (be they hard core criminal or someone with a DUI) who shouldn’t be out on the street but is, and has now hurt someone, always pisses me off.

Q5):  If you could spend the day with any of your characters, whom would you want it to be and what would you want to do?

JORY: I’m assuming here I can’t actually BECOME one of my heroines and enjoy the heroes in the same she does J. So if that’s the case, I’d definitely want to hang with Etaín and get a tattoo before hitting Eamon’s place, Aesirs, then Cathal’s club, Saoirse.

Q6):  We know this is a very difficult question, but who are some of your favorite authors, and what are a couple titles in your TBR pile right now?
JORY: JD Robb. Her books don’t stay on my TBR pile. They’re consumed the day they show up. The same is true of Michelle Sagara, who also writes as Michelle West, and Robert Crais, a mystery/crime writer. On my TBR pile, somewhat on hold right now, because I’m contemplating trying my hand again at writing Young Adult and want to read them one after another to get my head fully into the genre: The Hunger Games, Hush Hush, Graceling, Tiger’s Curse.

Q7):  If your house was on fire, what books would you want to be sure and save from the flames?
JORY: Thankfully I can concentrate on saving the animals, my computers and iPad, and not worry about the physical books. I’ve got a small library, mostly reference books which I’d try to get out if possible, but most of my reading and my “keepers” are in Kindle format.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to the new release and your backlist.
Q8):  Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of “Inked Magic”?
JORY: Yes, a friend and I were talking about empowering activities and getting a tattoo to mark a milestone or serve as a symbol for some aspect of our lives. Neither of us has taken the plunge and taken on ink (yet) but that conversation sparked the idea of having a tattoo artist as a heroine.

Q9):  “Inked Magic” is part of a series correct, with “Inked Destiny” being book #2?  How many books do you have planned in this world?

JORY: Hopefully there will be enough reader interest for a series! Inked Destiny (my working title, but not yet made solid by Berkley) continues Etaín, Cathal and Eamon’s story. This is the second book of a two-book contract.

Q10):  What can we expect as the series progresses?

JORY: If the series gains enough of an audience for Berkley to ask for more books in it, I envision Etaín, Cathal and Eamon becoming secondary characters while one or more (if a ménage) of the men introduced in the first two books become the hero/heroes of their own stories. In other words, each new story would focus on a new couple or depending on the hero, a different threesome.

Q11):  What were some of the challenges with bringing “Inked Magic” to life?
JORY: Probably the biggest was that I don’t personally have a tattoo so don’t have firsthand experience with it, which meant doing a lot of research. This actually turned out to be a great thing because it provided a lot of cool facts that just getting a tattoo wouldn’t have.

Q12):  What have been some of the surprises that you’ve encountered thus far in your career? 
JORY: The greatest surprise has been just how much of a roller coaster ride it is AFTER getting published. The highs are higher, but the lows are also lower than what I experienced as an aspiring author.

Q13):  What’s up next for you?  Which series are you building upon in the coming months and/or what single titles and/or Anthologies can we look forward to?
JORY: Once Inked Destiny is in to my Berkley editor, I’ll be returning to my EC series. Specifically, to Supernatural Bonds. I’ll finish up Tielo’s short story (he’s a dragon first introduced in Storm’s Faeries). I was at about the ½ way point when I broke away to work on Inked Destiny since it has a deadline attached to it, and sadly, I can only concentrate on one project at a time. Once Tielo’s story is finished and in, I’ll finally get to Dylan’s Witch. After that, I’ll move on to another series.

Q14):  What question have you always thought it would be cool to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question?
JORY: What 3 books do you wish you’d written? I’m cheating here by not making myself choose only one! No way could I limit it when there are so many books out there written by authors with “mad” talent. Even allowing myself 3 is tough but here they are: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh, Lord of the Fading Lands by CL Wilson, and a more recent read, probably the most moving book I’ve read in a long time: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Q15):  Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
JORY: It’s always a thrill hearing from you and I do answer every email. So if you’ve contacted me and haven’t gotten a prompt response, please resend, in all likelihood the email got lost in cyberspace.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Jory, thank you so much again for being with us today!  We really hope that we’ve turned some new readers on to your great books and we can’t wait to dig into “Inked Magic”.  We’d absolutely love to have you back for your next big release if you’d be interested.
JORY: I’d love to return! Thanks again for inviting me.

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Jory is graciously offering up a signed copy of Inked Magic to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION Website. 
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Blanche said...
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Blanche said...

Awesome interview! I am a big Jory Strong fan, I started with the Crime Tells series several years ago and have grabbed up everything you've written since! Can't wait to read Inked Magic!!


SakuraHime18 said...

fortunately i met jory strong at romcon2011 and i was able to get two of her books by trading people that already had some of hers and i just devoured sophies dragon and healers choice i just loved them and so now i'm buying all of her books they are so totally awesome!! =) my email is

lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said... Jory Strong...she is one of the first i read coming into books other then Harlequin and i simply adore her. Thanks for such a awesome interview and great giveaway.


Linda said...

Wow! Do I ever like the cover for Demon Familiar! Love all things Dragon, gotta check out Bks4 & 5 in the series.

YES to ice cream but my fav is vanilla.
Thanks for the opportunity to win'

Sue Sattler said...

Great interview. I can't wait to aread Inked Magic, it sounds so good.


Sheila said...

Hi, this author sounds pretty exciting, always n the lookout for new ones and from this interview will be looks what is available.
Thanks for chance to win. :)

sienny said...

ah, elven? i'm so gonna read it. thanks for the giveaway :)

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miki said...

new discovery again ^^

thanks you for this great interview and giveaway

all teh best

gfc: miki


AD said...

Inked Magic sounds awesome!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Chrisbails said...

This book sounds fantastic. Love the cover. Great interview. Love learning about new to me authors. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Would love to win and read this book. thanks for the giveaway.

Merisha28 said...

Okay the men on the covers are delectable!!! I haven't had the chance to read them but I am now!!! YUM YUM!!

Proserpine said...

Hi! Great interview! I a new fan of Ms. Strong, well actually never read anything from her, but barely discovered her on another book blog, thanks for the chance!

Oh, BTW I LOVE your new background! Awesome!

Thanks again!



Amy said...

Jory Strong's covers look so sexy. I'd love to read her stories!


kathy miller said...

Inked Magic sounds awesome. I love the idea of someone just coming into their powers, of it evolving. And the two men sound strong and hot. Just my type of book.

Mirela said...

nice interview, and thanks for the giveaway.
gfc: mirela_8923

andieleah said...

Wow what a great interview...can't wait to check out these books!!! They sound so good!!!

SdyLion said...

The covers to the books are incredibly sexy and really intice the reader to dwelve inside to find out more about the series. Thank you for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

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Melissa said...

Great interview!! Unfortunately I haven't read any of Jory's books but now that I know about her work I will add them to my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway!!