Saturday, March 31, 2012

Interview and Contest with Stephanie Tyler


Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION  are honored to welcome Stephanie Tyler back to our sites today!

Stephanie is a bestselling writer of over 20 amazing titles. We say “writer” and not author because that is what she calls herself. Some may think that’s strange, but we get it. It’s the part she loves, it’s what she does, and therefore makes her what she is. She says she was born a writer, that she always knew it’s what she wanted to do, and took every step necessary to make it happen. She double majored in English Lit and Creative Writing, went back to get her Masters in English Lit and Secondary English Education, and even went so far as to get ½ of her PhD. She worked as a manager in a book store while going to school, and ended up teaching both at the middle school and college level afterward until family took precedence. Once that happened, she was able to really start writing, no longer having to split her creative focus between her students and herself, and she hasn’t stopped since.
It took Stephanie four years and 10 manuscripts before she got her first sales call, but after that, things happened fast and furiously. Within the span of a year, she was offered contracts for 11 books and just three years later hit the New York Times Best Seller list with “Hold on Tight”.
Stephanie is the creator of the SEAL and SHADOW FORCE series, as well as the HOLD trilogy. Her new series, ETERNAL WOLF CLAN, just debuted at the beginning of this month, with the first book in the series, “Dire Needs” getting rave reviews.
She is also ½ of the literary duo that make up Sydney Croft, the author of the ACRO series (the other ½ of which being Larissa Ione).
We’re here today to help Stephanie promote and celebrate the new ETERNAL WOLF CLAN series and “Dire Needs”, but please check out her website for additional information, synopses, and reviews for all of the books and series mentioned above and more: http://www.stephanietyler.com/index.php.
For those of you not yet familiar with Stephanie’s new Paranormal Romance series, we wanted to give you the synopsis for "Dire Warning" (the "Dire Needs" prequel novella) and “Dire Needs” to peak your interests.

“Dire Warning”

ETERNAL WOLF CLAN Book #.5:

A breathtaking new tale of the Dire Wolves, from the bestselling author of Dire Needs…

Immortal and invincible, Rifter is the head of the last surviving pack of Dire Wolves—a band of Alpha brothers charged with protecting the Weres. But now that witches have joined forces with nefarious weretrappers, it’s a perfect storm for double trouble. When the murder of a human points to a wolf, along with the threat of the packs being outted to the world, the Dires fear that something even more dangerous is out there hiding in the dark, something waiting for the right time to show itself.

Includes a letter from the author and a teaser chapter from Dire Needs.


“Dire Needs”

 ETERNAL WOLF CLAN Book #1:

The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.
Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.

But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.

Uh huh, we know, you’re hunting them down from your favorite book-seller as we speak, but what do you say we get to the interview and find out what Stephanie’s been up to since we last spoke and find out some more about this remarkable new book and series?

LIVE CHAT, DON'T FORGET:  Stephanie will be available to chat Live with members, followers, fans and guests in the LITERAL ADDICTION Author Chatroom from 4-5pm EST on Saturday 3/31. 

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LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Stephanie!  We’re honored to have you back with us today.  Congratulations on the release of “Dire Needs” and the incredible buzz it’s been getting.
STEPHANIE: Thank you!  And thanks for hosting me again – thrilled to be back!!!

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Like usual, we’ll start out by getting to know you a little bit better (all different questions than last time we promise!) and then we’ll dig into talk of the new release and series…

Q1): If you were told the world was going to end in 24 hours, what would you do with your remaining time on Earth?
STEPHANIE: Spend it cuddling with Zoo and the kids.  And the dog.

Q2):  What are 3 things that always make you smile?
STEPHANIE:  The above mentioned family.  The start of a new story.  Any rerun of Supernatural.

Q3):  What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
STEPHANIE:  I’m a TV person – I love bad reality TV so much.  Also, I like to get hooked on shows that last more than a single season, so I an buy the DVDs and watch the entire season (or two or three) in a row, because I love instant gratification.  Otherwise, I’d have to say listening to music, going to concerts, hanging with family and friends, because I never seem to get enough time.  I write a lot – and a lot of the time, so my free time is really limited.  And I’m okay with that, since I truly love my job.

Q4):  If you could have a super power, what would you want it to be and why?
STEPHANIE:  Invisibility!  How cool would that be?  Maybe I have it already and I’m standing behind you?  Come on, admit it, you turned to look, right?  But you wouldn’t see me – Ha!
Ahem.  So yes, invisibility.

Q5):  Are there any authors and/or titles that you feel have inspired your writing career?
STEPHANIE: For sure – Cherry Adair’s Kiss & Tell saved me something fierce.  I reread that book a million times when my daughter was in Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for like 3 months.  In the beginning, Zoo and I would swap nights staying with her at the hospital, and I can still picture the hotel room – I’d go there and get into bed and just read that book.  It helped me escape and not obsess on the fact that I wasn’t with her, you know?  Gone With The Wind is another book I adore  - I reread it all the time.  

Q6):  With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what made you choose it, and what about it fascinates you personally?
STEPHANIE: Well, I’ve been writing it since I’ve been published – co-writing it as Sydney Croft with Larissa Ione, so I’ve always been drawn to it.  I especially love the idea of ghosts and other beings – I have forever.  Larissa and I are always threatening to go on a ghost hunt – how cool would that be?  So it seemed natural that when the ACRO series ended for me to write some PNR.  I knew I’d miss it.

Q7):  What is a typical writing day like for you?  Do you have a routine that you follow?  Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc?
STEPHANIE: I don’t have a certain number of pages I write per day or anything like that – I wish I could, but structure and writing have never worked for me, even though I’m extremely structured in most other aspects of life.  So basically, when my child care arrives around 8M, I head upstairs and either sleep or read.  I’ll get real life stuff done if necessary, and then, by about two PM or so, I feel the writing pulling at me.  Sometimes it’s sooner, and I’ll start scratching away in my notebook.  But by that point, I’ve been thinking about the writing for hours, and for me, that’s half the battle.  I have to think – see the book happening in my head before it’s on the page.  That also happens when I’m on the treadmill, listening to my music at the loudest possible volume.
Typically, I’m working on several projects at once, all in various stages (maybe a proposal, a contracted full and revisions or something…) Usually, I avoid the computer for as long as I can, and I write longhand.  And then when I finally turn to the computer, I type in what I’ve got, add, etc.
If I’m on deadline, I’m usually up writing early.  But since I typically go to bed at some point after 2AM, and it’s inevitable a child will get up at some point during the night (and they’re up at 6AM anyway), now you see why I catch a couple hours sleep in the morning if I can.  I have turned around days and nights.

Q8):  Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the ETERNAL WOLF CLAN series? 
STEPHANIE:  There were a couple – my daughter, for one.  She has seizures.  And if you haven’t read the book, then I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I kind of came up with the basic idea when doing seizure research.
Spoiler:  In the Middle Ages, they thought that seizures were the sign that someone was a werewolf.  And I said to Zoo, that’s way better than having epilepsy. 
My other inspiration was Twilight.  Because dammit, I thought Bella should’ve picked the wolf!

Q9):  How many books do you have planned for the series?
STEPHANIE: I have three books contracted, but in my mind I’ve got up to five or six planned out.  There are lots of characters floating around in the world and I hope to be able to bring them all to you.

Q10):  What can we expect as the series progresses?
STEPHANIE: I’ll be picking up a lot of threads from book one – there will be more about Liam and the twins (Weres) and the Dire brothers will continue to be very involved with one another.  Their compound will grown – and their family will be a mix of blood relations and friends – and that’s something I always love, because I think that’s very true to life.

 Q11):  We know this is like asking you who your favorite child is, but do you have a Dire brother that you lean towards as your favorite?
STEPHANIE:  Well, Vice is definitely my favorite to write, because he says whatever the hell he wants.  But I think, at this point, I’ve got a real soft spot for Rogue.  And for Cain, although he’s a Were.  OMG – wait until you see what Cain does…oh, wait, spoiler.  Sorry – you’ll have to keep reading…

Q12):  What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing “Dire Needs” to life?
STEPHANIE: It’s always a challenge to start a new world – and this was a big ship to steer.  Lots of world building that had to get woven in, because all the brothers are involved from the start.  There’s always a balance between too much and not enough and it’s never perfect.  I love multiple povs, so that wasn’t a problem at all – but really, you’ve got to have three books at least semi-outlined because you can’t go back and change the plot in a published book.  So what I started in book 1 would have to make sense going into books 2 & 3.

Q13):  What about the book are you the most proud of?
STEPHANIE:  I love the way the Dire brothers get along – I love their interaction, their banter, the fact that they’re all so different.  They’re a world into themselves and so you’ve got Gwen really coming in and needed to be accepted by all of them – and I think the family aspect really came through.

Q14):  What else is in the works for Stephanie Tyler?  Do you have any collaborations, anthology installments, signings, conventions, etc coming up that your readers and fans should know about? 
STEPHANIE: I’m actually just about finished for revisions for book 2 – Dire Wants comes out November 6th.  And then, I just signed
 to do an especial for Shadow Force book 5 – Reid and Grier’s story!  I’d promised readers I’d get to tell their story in some way, shape or form and I’m thrilled that NAL is helping me do so. That long novella will come out in March 2013, followed in April by book 1 in my new RS series, called Section 8.  So 2013 will have 2 RS books, the 3rd Dire book, a novella and who knows what else!  So far, no
 cons for me this year – but I’m already (obviously) thinking into 2013, so I’ll keep everyone up to date on my website.

Q15):  Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today? 
STEPHANIE: You know, I love my readers.  They make my day with their emails and facebook posts – it’s seriously one of the best parts of my job, along with the actual creating.  You have no idea how much those emails or quick posts mean to me.  So I truly thank you for all the support.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Stephanie, thank you so much again for being back with us today.  We love having you here, are beyond excited to spread the word about “Dire Needs” and THE ETERNAL WOLF CLAN series, and can’t wait to chat with you Live a little bit later.  We’d absolutely love to have you back to promote book #2 if you’d be interested.  Maybe we can even coax a few of those sexy Dires and their Brother Wolves out to talk with us!!!?? :)

STEPHANIE: Oh, you can definitely coax me and the wolves :) Looking forward to the chat!!!

If you would like to keep up with STEPHANIE, you can find her online here:

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CONTEST:
Stephanie is graciously offering up a Dire Needs swag bag, copy of "Dire Needs", and winner's choice of romantic suspense from her backlist to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and another winner over at LITERAL ADDICTION.
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 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 (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!



Friday, March 30, 2012

Q&A Interview and Contest with Jackie Ivie

Jackie Ivie Interview

Happy Friday Book Monsters and Literal Addicts!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Jackie Ivie to our sites today.

Jackie Ivie was born and raised in a suburb outside Utah's capital, beautiful Salt Lake City. The second in a family of four daughters and one son, Jackie was constantly amusing her siblings with her invented games, escapades, and stories. And she was always reading. She would even walk the family dog, with one hand holding the leash, while the other held the ever-present book. No subject went unread, but once she discovered Historical Romances, there was no doubting her favorite genre.

Jackie has always been the busy type, rarely sitting still without being occupied in at least one activity, and usually more. When she was younger, it was nothing to find her watching television, while doing her homework, listening to music, crocheting like a madwoman, and reading, all at the same time.

After graduating, Jackie gained secure employment with a large service company and relocated with her growing family to the neighboring, sparsely-populated state of Wyoming. She then spent several years enjoying the wildlife, scenery, and open space that Wyoming is known for.  In addition to writing, Jackie is an accomplished artist in several mediums, preferring mixed media. She has several pictures in print and has exhibited in art showings throughout the West. There was never anything she loved doing more than reading, however, and once she discovered the thrill involved with putting her own words and fantasies on paper there was no stopping her.

In 2001, Jackie and her family took a huge step and moved to the largest state of the nation; Alaska. Although it was her job that brought her here, Jackie has grown to love this land of amazing contrasts, breathtaking vistas, and the ever-present resident, the Alaskan moose. There's nothing else like it, and the very long days of summer lend themselves to hours and hours of energizing tasks, while the long winter nights are just right for her real love...writing.

Jackie has now written thirteen novels and is continually starting more. The thrill of writing was enhanced by seeing her actual story in print. Lady of the Knight was her first published work. It’s been followed by nine Knight books, with the latest A Perfect Knight for Love due out in late summer.

Jackie is the creator of the paranormal romance series, VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, as well as numerous historical romance standalone novels.  To keep you up to par, we've included the synopsis of the VAL series, so let's check them out now….


VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE series


"Knight After Night"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 1
Release date: April, 2011
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THE VAMPIRE
Highland Vampire Thoran MacKettryck's lonely.  Bitter.  Vengeful.  For centuries now, he's taken lives for profit and drained blood for free.  Just like always.  But then he's gifted what every immortal craves: his mate.  He just can't believe his eyes when he finally hunts her down.

HIS MATE
Jolie Pritchard's young. Studious. Driven. Studying Medieval Literature is her life and this scholarship - her dream. She's the last thing an arrogant, gorgeous, world-class playboy should be pursuing and she knows it. If only he wasn't the most thrilling male she's ever imagined...

THE CURSE
She was warned. She didn't listen.



"BE STILL MY HEART"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 2
Release date: May, 2011
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THE VAMP
Vampire Sasha Stroyanovich is pure killing machine. Long-legged, lean, smoky-eyed, and sexy. Torture's her specialty. Revenge her signature. Every man is her enemy...until she tries to take the man fated as her mate.

THE MARK
Dr. Stuart Emerson Findlay is tall, dark, handsome, rich...and a complete failure with women. He loves argument, hates commitment and refuses his ADHD meds; anal retentive doesn't begin to describe him. Maybe that's why women walk away. Maybe.

THE DREAM
When the perfect woman walks into his office, Stuart's a willing participant. It's his dream and he's having the time of his life. Until it becomes real...



"DEARLY BELOVED"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 4
Release date: September, 2011
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THE RECLUSE
Dominick Miklos St. Guis is a loner, always has been. Not needing anyone makes him the perfect assassin: A shadow on the fringe. Never seen. Never surprised. But when an assignment for a wealthy businessman goes wrong, he finds something much more...

THE MOTORMOUTH
Courtney Dwyer makes her living opening lines of communication. She's got a plan. All she needs is a little financial backing. The last thing she's looking for is a drop-dead gorgeous, silent type...with vampirism tossed in for good measure.

THE JOINING
The moment he touches her, Dominick's lost. His entire being recognizes his mate. She's perfect - sending sparks with every contact while breathing life back into his dead soul. Perfect...if only she'd stop talking.




"WE ARE GATHERED"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 4
Release date: November, 2011
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THE CRUSADER
Tristan Navarre Invaris knows everything about honor and chivalry, loyalty and sacrifice, respect and principle. As the Vampire Assassin League's Innovation Specialist, he keeps abreast of every advance, every gadget, and every facet of communication. But there's one thing he knows nothing about: Women.

THE WITCH
Rori knows she's gifted in the dark arts. She's always known – regardless of what others think. She's special. Talented. Odd. Unpopular. She's found at the fringe of any crowd because she likes it there. She doesn't need anyone. Never has. Until one night...on a dark empty street...

THE FUSING
From the moment he's sent to recruit her, Tristan's hooked. She's his mate. It's not open for negotiation or argument. And his presence makes Rori's powers sharper, more visceral, much more potent. Rori doesn't know why she fights this mating thing. Nobody else wants her - and Tristan is the most handsome, heart-stirring creature. But there's that vampire part...


"Together To Join"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 5
Release date: January, 2012
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THE HUNTER
Garrick Wolfgar Von Holstaad is the perfect vampire hunter. Deadly. Accurate. Heartless. He's the best weapon in the ongoing fight with the Vampire Assassin League, and he knows it. Taking out mated pairs is his specialty and if this woman would just cooperate, he'd add another patch to his collection...

THE PREY
Angelique du Previer is an innocent in a large world. Always has been. She finds it difficult every time she has to feed. The last thing she wants is trouble. But then she finds her perfection. Her mate. The one man who can make everything right again. If he'd just stop trying to kill her.

THE CATHARSIS
Garrick's stuck, and it isn't her bonds that do it. She shouldn't be pretending to be a real woman. She's dead. Decaying. Ugly. He uses these words as a shield, but even they seem powerless against her. He's never felt like he does with her. And he wants more...



"This Man And Woman"
VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, Book 6
Release date: March, 2012
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THE CAVALIER

Vampire Jean-Pierre de Margolis is a romantic. Lonely. His free time spent wandering the earth in search of the one thing he craves and cannot locate: His mate - the person that will make him whole. Nothing else about this afterlife appeals to a man of his talents. Amid penning poems to his missing love, he prowls the nights, honing his abilities as a master swordsman and a deadly duelist. If only he could find her…
THE NINJA
Takaiya isn’t just talented, she’s deadly. As an honored member of a hidden warrior clan, she’s spent two decades honing her abilities and perfecting her skill in the ancient arts. No one would ever guess the innocent-looking translator attached to the Japanese Embassy has a secret side – one that deals death. And that’s exactly as she likes it… THE DUEL
When the Vampire Assassin League gifts Jean-Pierre with a perfect Samurai sword, one of the few known as a ‘five-body’ blade, nobody realizes they’ve trafficked in stolen goods. That is - not until Takaiya is given the mission of retrieval of the sword – at whatever cost. An easy task until she finds the sword in the hands of a Frenchman with a penchant for swordplay and a flare for the melodramatic. Now, if he’d just die...


They sound amazing don't they?  Well….before ya'll head over and start buying them from your favorite bookseller, let's get started with the interview so we can learn more about Jackie and her yummy vampire assassins….

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Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Jackie!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re happy to have you with us today!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Jackie: OKAY.  Hmmmm…
Number One:  I carried mail in Wyoming.  On a walking route.  Carried up to 35 lbs. of mail in a satchel.  Through snow, sleet, hail, gloom…you know the postal creed.  I was in great shape back then!
Number Two:  I was a carhop for one summer over at A&W Root beer in Salt Lake City.  Right across from the Century Theater.  I won’t mention the year.  I just checked and it’s still there.  What do you know?  I must have been about 3.  (Hahahaha!)
Number Three:  I play five musical instruments (but four are stringed and related so I’m cheating): violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano.  Piano and cello are my faves. 


Q2)  You said in your bio that when you were a child you loved to read.  Did you want to become a writer even back then?   

Jackie:  Not so I remember.  I had/have so many interests.  I never considered writing as an occupation.  Heck, I still don‘t know what I’m going to be when I grow up!  However…when we’d go for the summer to my grandparent’s cabin, I always dragged along spiral notebooks and pens.  I’d sit out there on a rock in the forest and pen some short story murder mystery fiction.  Hmm…wonder what happened to them?  


Q3)  We know you've always loved historical romances.  What made you decide to start writing in the paranormal romance genre?

Jackie:  I got contracted to do one, and freaked!  (Can I even write a vampire?  Is it possible?)  See…I scare easily.  I didn’t sleep for two nights after seeing The Shining.  I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula back in High school.  Don’t do that at night.  Alone in the house.  I haven’t had much to do with anything paranormal.  Haven’t read anything by Anne Rice.  Didn’t watch Lost Boys.  30 Days of Darkness.  Dusk ‘til Dawn.  Etc. Etc.  Haven’t read or seen anything Twilight.
So - in 2008 when I got a call from my agent asking if I wanted to be in an anthology with Hannah Howell, I jumped.  (YES!)  Found out it would be set in the Highlands (No problem.)  25,000 words (OK.  I’ll attempt to write short.)  It features a vampire.  (Gulp.  Uh…oh) 
I sat down.  Started a vampire short story, and a bit later I had KNIGHT AFTER NIGHT.  And I was hooked!  Hooked!  Hooked!

I sent it to my agent.  She wrote back.  Got news - the anthology is historical and you have more words - 33,000.  I need to write a HISTORICAL vampire?  (Can I even do that?!)  I did.  The result is A KNIGHT BEYOND BLACK in the anthology Highland Hunger.
But…that left a big question.  What about KNIGHT AFTER NIGHT?  I thought it was a great lead-in for a series.  I’ve never done a series, or paranormal, or short stories, but as I said – I was HOOKED!  They are so cool!  Just imagine!  Vampires.  Sexy as all get-out!  Assassins.  Think of the history I can play with!  I even had an idea for my next vampire – a drop-dead sexy woman and her professor mate.  I had a tagline – “We Kill for Profit”.  My agent didn’t agree.  (Insert long story nobody needs to read here)  We parted ways over it.  And…I decided to do the Vampire Assassin League by myself.


Q4)  What are some hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?

Jackie:  Cross stitch!!!  I’ll attach some pictures.  I’m a cross stitch addict.  –I also knit and crochet if my arm isn’t hurting.  I have lots of blankets all over the house that I crocheted.  The dogs even have their own blankets.  And I still dabble in music.  I have an old, used piano and a cello in my craft room.  I play when I feel like it.  (I forgot that playing a cello hurts your fingers if you don’t have calluses on them.  Bummer  I have to use fingertip bandaids).  Oh!  I draw. I could get back into that.  I have a lot of tools of that craft.  I watch a lot DVD history documentaries, and learning courses.  (great fun and absorbing)  This is my research time, and I can do needlework while I watch!  Double bonus!  I did so much research for my latest VAL – she’s a ninja, so I had to check out every ninja movie and documentary.  I now know about Samurai swords, ninja weaponry, Shogun history, Japanese traditional clothing….


Q5)  Do you have any writing quirks or things that you can't go without to start the writing process?

Jackie:  Unfortunately.  (Grr)  And even though it kills my arm and shoulder, I still can’t keep from doing it!  I’m talking about FREECELL.  It’s another of my addictions.  (The inventor of this game should be contracted by a VAL associate)  I’m not good.  I have a 54% win ratio, but I don’t care.  I move the cards as fast as possible so it’ll trigger my muse when I’m facing writer’s block.  (Did I say it hurts my arm and shoulder?  It does.  Damn game)




Q6)  Who are some of your favorite authors and what books do you have in your TBR pile right now?

Jackie:  Irene Peterson!  (She is truly amazing) – And there’s Lizbeth Selvig.  Pauline Trent.  Tiffinie Helmer.  Morgan O’Reilly….  I also have over 600 Barbara Cartland books, some published in the 1950’s.  I’ve read through them all at least twice.  I might start through them again.  They’re fun.  Truly.  Corny as all get out, but fun.  And historically accurate.        


Q7)  If you could have any super power, what would you want it to be and why?

Jackie:  I had to think about this one.  I don’t know.  Hmm…I’ve got it!  I want to be INVISIBLE!!!


Q8) What are some of your favorite television shows and movies?

Jackie:  I don’t watch a lot of tv, but I have these on DVD collections:  NCIS - I love Anthony.  Bones - I love Booth. Hmm…I’m sensing an alpha-male thing here… 


Q9)  What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Jackie:  Oh man!  Busted.  Vanilla frosting!  To heck with the cake – my hubby can have it.  I even keep a can of the premade stuff in the fridge for spreading on graham crackers if I can’t find a cake. (Bad Jackie.  Bad) 



Q10)  For those who are not yet familiar with the VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE, can you tell us what the series is about?

Jackie:  Woohoo!  Can I?!  Vampire Assassin league is a mysterious association of killers.  With one creed:  they kill for profit, anything else is free.  VAL’s leader is a vampire is named Akron.  Nobody ever gets to see him.  Akron’s an enigma.  A mystery.  He’s assembled an elite group over the centuries.  All vampires.  Covert and deadly and gorgeous.  Every vampire has differing skills and backgrounds, and one true desire:  to find their mate.  Without this mate, my vampires are doomed to wander the earth – alone and chaste.  So…when their one mate does show up, do the sparks ever fly!!
     


Q11)   How many books do you have planned for the VAMPIRE ASSASSIN LEAGUE series?

Jackie:  Well…there are a lot of people still to assassinate.  Hahaha!  I was originally going to do eight, and then let Akron find his mate.  Now…I don’t know.  I just finished #6 and was basking in the glow of finishing a story and then wham!  The idea for #7 just hit me.  I’ve already got a start.  And now I’m getting all my research lined up.  I’m hooked – and I already know I’ve got an addictive personality.  So…there could be dozens of VAL installments!   


Q12)  If you could spend the day with any of the characters from the VAL series, who would it be and what would you want to do?

Jackie:  Akron.  I’d chase his butt down make him get a portrait done.  (just a small one – for personal use.  And blackmail potential later).  I want to research his data.  He seems to know everything his VAL colleagues are up to, and has some great advice.  How does he do it?  Where did he come from?  What’s his story?  How old he is?  What the heck does he look like???


Q13)  What do you have coming up next with your historical romances?

Jackie:  It’s called A PERFECT KNIGHT FOR LOVE.  Due out in September.  The cover rocks!  This one is a prequel to 2005’s TENDER IS THE KNIGHT.  I planned on connecting all my Highland historical romances sooner or later, because every clan has such history and potential.  They’re now listed as “Clans”.  This upcoming one is the story of Colin MacGowan’s great-great-grandfather, Thayne.  If anyone reads TENDER, there’s one line in there where Colin says something like, “We MacGowans always wed well.”  So…this is the history behind that statement.    


Q14)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have been?  Can you answer that for us?

Jackie:  Hmmm…  Have to think on this one.  OK.  I did.  I’m still blank.  Anything I say could be self-incriminating.  LOL


Q15)  Is there anything special you would like to say to all the readers out there?

Jackie:  Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart. Writing is a solitary world, and without readers - it would be lonely, too.  Thank you again!


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Thank you again Jackie for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We would love to have you back on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION when you're ready to promote your next release.
Jackie:  Thank you.  It’s a huge pleasure!  And…I gotta warn you.  I’m pretty prolific.  THIS MAN AND WOMAN just came out this month, and I’m already going on FOREVER AS ONE.  That one should be out in May.  And then there’s SHOULD THERE BE ANY, and after that WITH JUST CAUSE…
I mean, talking with you could get addicting, too!

If you would like to find out more about Jackie and her books, you can visit her WEBSITE and, you can follow her on FACEBOOK.


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CONTEST: 

Jackie is graciously giving away the 4-book bundle set of the VAL - THE BEGINNING (books 1 through 4) – and I’ll feature the winner’s name in an upcoming story – if they agree.  (One caveat:  they could end up the victim.  Just saying…) to a winner at Book Monster and an an Advance Reader Copy of A PERFECT KNIGHT FOR LOVE  over at the LITERAL ADDICTION Website.         


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