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Interview with Rachel Caine

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments

This interview came about because of a single tweet from last month’s #BHPChat! The question was “What author would you love to have featured on your blog for a guest post or interview?” and I tweeted:

Rachel Caine contacted me the next day about being interviewed. I can’t express how excited I was to see it. While she is probably most well known for the Morganville Vanpires series, her Weather Warden series has a special place in my heart. I also am eagerly awaiting the release of Ash and Quill, the final installment of The Great Library series that’s due out later this year.

Q&A

You recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Red Hot Rain, a return to your Weather Wardens series. I can’t wait! Are there any other series you would return to if you had the chance?

Absolutely! I really loved the Morganville Vampires series, and I’d love to do some stand-alone books about the older vampires one day. Also, I have an obscure 2-book series called Red Letter Days … would love to get back into that universe! And my Holly and Andrew short stories (I did three of them) really deserve to be expanded into a book.

Out of all your books, is there one, series or standalone, that is just a little more special to you than the rest? Why do you have that special connection?

Hmmm. I don’t know that I can pick one. Many of them feel special to me, but in different ways. I don’t think I could single one out, honestly. Some I like less well, but I wouldn’t trade for the experience that I’ve gained.

You have had long running adult series (Weather Wardens) and Young Adult Series (Morganville Vampires) and shorter series in adult (Revitalist) and YA (Great Library). What format and genre do you like writing in best and why? Are there benefits/drawbacks to each?

I think the trick to a long series is to have really fun, enjoyable characters to write … people you want to hang out with on a long-term basis. Sometimes, with grittier series, that isn’t as easy; it’s still a rewarding story, but in a very different way. I don’t like one over the other, really. I think they accomplish different things for different types of readers.

Out of all your characters, I’ve always loved David. He’s all powerful and yet the perfect foil to Joanne’s hot headed personality. I met him first and love him most. What character have you written that is most like you and why?

I adore David, too. I’m really loving getting back into the Weather Warden world again! As far as which character is most like me … I think all of my characters have some little glimmer of myself in them, for different reasons. The closest is probably either Claire Danvers (from Morganville) or Eve Rosser (also from Morganville) … if you blend those two, you probably come pretty close to where I live inside.

You have an adult thriller coming out soon and an upcoming project with Ann Aguirre. Is there anything you are allowed to tell us about those?  

Sure! The thriller is a 2-book story about the ex-wife of a serial killer, who has been on the run from the vengeful mob of the Internet, and the relatives of his victims, for a few years. Her main–only!–priority is to create a safe life for her kids, and when she settles at Stillhouse Lake, it seems like she’s finally done it. But when bodies start dropping, and her old identity surfaces, all her hard-won safety and freedom is at risk. I think of it as Terminator meets The Silence of the Lambs. The first book is titled Stillhouse Lake, and it’s out in July.

The Honors is a new YA space series with Ann Aguirre, and we’re super excited about it–it’s full of all the space opera goodness we love, plus kick-ass tough girls, intelligent ships, terrifying enemies … what’s not to love? We think Zara and Nadim are going to be as much fun for readers as they are for us to write them. The first book is called Honor Among Thieves, and it’s out this winter, but we don’t have a date yet.

If you can’t give us details, I know you write every book with a playlist. Could you possibly share a few songs off your current playlist with us so we can get an idea of the tone of your current project?

Tricky! Okay, see if you can figure this one out: “Storm Comin’” by the Wailin’ Jennys, “Rags and Bones” by Thea Gilmore, “Bandida” by Audra Mae, “Scarlet Town” by Gillian Welch, “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry. That’s one project.

The second project has these songs: “Legendary” by Welshly Arms, “Don’t Look Down” by Plaid Brixx, “Mas Ne Nada” by Elza Soares, and “Bloodline” by White Sea.

What was it like to tackle a thriller when you have written so many paranormal and fantasy stories? Did you find it hard not to add magic and monsters?

In this case, I didn’t! I really had a very definite idea in mind, and I’m a huge thriller and true crime reader, so I found that transition pretty easy to make. It’s a dark, scary place in that corner of my brain, and I really liked delving into it for a change.

You are an incredibly prolific writer and have published more than a book a year for the last 15 years. In 2009, you published 5! It doesn’t seem like it has cooled in recent years, with 3 books (Ash and Quill, Stillhouse Lake, and Red Hot Rain) due out in 2017. How do you keep up with such a demanding schedule?

It’s not easy, and it’s cost me from a physical standpoint; I’ve had to deal with some inflamed discs in my back and neck from all the laptop use, so I’ve had to switch it up and change my work habits. Instead of writing constantly on the road, I now devote more time to my desk and my ergonomic office chair, where I can better control the stress on my body. But you’re right, it hasn’t slowed down! I have a bunch of projects due this year as well. The only way I can function is to have a very aggressive schedule, every day, and keep regular working hours. It’s not magic (don’t I wish!) but it works for me. PSA for you heavy computer users: make sure you keep your screen at eye level. It was my critical failing.

What should we be looking forward to in 2018 and beyond?

I would love to answer that question but I’m coming to a point where … I can’t! Because I’m waiting on some announcements from publishers. So all I can say right now is that 2018 will bring the 2nd book of the Stillhouse thriller series, and Ann Aguirre and I will be continuing The Honors series with the next book. There are two other projects in the pot bubbling over, but I can’t tell you about them yet.

Thank you so much for answering my questions! It was an honor to have the chance to interview you!

Thank YOU! It’s a delight, and I hope you enjoy the books that are coming up!

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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N

Q&A

I enjoyed Wintersong but the thing that intrigued me the most was the setting. Especially because I’m such a huge fan of the movie. I’m thrilled that I got the chance to interview S. Jae Jones about it and ask my most pressing questions.

When I first read the description of Wintersong, I immediately thought of the Jim Henson movie, Labyrinth. Where you a fan of it before you wrote this book? If yes, who is your favorite character? If no, have you watched it now?

Yes, I was absolutely a fan of the Jim Henson film. My favorite character is obviously the Goblin King, but I love, love, love the Worm. I don’t know why, but every time he says “’Allo” and “Nah, I’m just a worm” I crack up.

I love how you wove music throughout Wintersong. Liesel has an aptitude for composing. Which, if any instruments do you play? Have you ever composed music to go along with your writing or did you have a specific playlist you listened to while writing Wintersong?

I am a true musical dilettante in that I play quite a few instruments but am a master of none. I’ve studied voice and piano the longest, but I also play the flute, guitar, harp, clarinet, and percussion. Unfortunately, I’m not a composer. I, like Josef, am an interpreter, not a creator. However, I did create quite a few playlists for Wintersong, with both instrumental and lyrical music. I listened to the instrumental playlist while writing, and compiled a playlist of songs during the revision process.

Are you a fan of more classical music or more current music? What are some favorites of yours?

I genuinely don’t have a preference, and in fact, you will find that classical music and current pop music hits aren’t all that different structurally. I love anything with a catchy and memorable melody, from Taylor Swift to Mozart.

Is Wintersong a retelling of the poem Der Erlkönig? What drew you to the poem and the story?

Wintersong isn’t a strict retelling of Goethe’s poem, but the figure of Der Erlkönig or a “fairy king” exists in many forms across Europe. I love the intersection between fairy folklore and the concept of death (I’m very goth, but a cheerful one), and I wanted to explore that. The Germanic setting actually came first because I wanted to write about music, and I specifically wanted to write about Mozart (and his older sister). In the end, I never did write about Mozart, but I was influenced by the musical zeitgeist of his time—the transition from Classical to Romantic. Franz Schubert actually wrote a Lieder set to Goethe’s poem, and he was a rising star of this exact time period.

I read on twitter that there might be a Wintersong two in the works. Can you confirm or deny this rumor?

Confirmed. The sequel will be out in 2018. J

About the Author

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

 

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

2/13: The Irish Banana Review – Review

2/14: That Artsy Reader Girl – Mood Board

2/15: Pandora’s Books – Review

2/16: Swoony Boys Podcast – This Or That

2/17: Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review

Week 2:

2/20: Emily Reads Everything – Q&A

2/21: Quite the Novel Idea – Review

2/22: A Binding Attraction – Makeup Inspirations

2/23: Fiction Fare – Review

2/24: Icey Designs – Quote Candy 

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of WINTERSONG (US Only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

four-stars

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Debut Author Bash: Sonya Mukherjee

by Sonya Mukherjee Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Young Adult I did a character interview with Sonya Mukherjee earlier this year. Ever since I got to know her twins in this incredibly unique book, IÂ’ve wanted to read it. IÂ’m thrilled to have Sonya on the blog today for an interview to learn more about Gemini! So Gemini is about an unusual set of twins. Are you a twin or do you have any siblings that you are close to? IÂ’m not a twin. I have a sister whoÂ’s three years younger, and a brother whoÂ’s seven years younger than I am. With those age differences, we didnÂ’t have the type of intimacy that twins have. So in thinking about the twin relationship, while I was partly drawing on my own experiences with my siblings and other family members, I was also thinking about what real twins (conjoined and otherwise) have said about what itÂ’s like for them. There is definitely some imagination involved, but my hope is that mixing imagination with those two threads of reality led to something authentic. Have you always wanted to be an author? Tell us about your journey to publication. I have, and the journey has been a long one. I spent some time experimenting with different genres and styles, and along the way, I wrote a few […]

Posted June 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, interview / 2 Comments
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Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

For the second year, I’m thrilled to be participating in the YaReads New Author Bash! Hosted by Ya Reads, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate new authors! I won the lottery and I’m so excited to introduce Emily Skrutskie! I just love the book, The Abyss Surrounds Us and IÂ’m so excited to have her on my blog today!  What was your writing process for TASU? How long did it take you to write? I actually wrote TASU during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I kept a consistent but relatively light schedule—I tried to write at least 300 words every day, stealing time between classes and before I collapsed in bed each night. It was my most difficult semester of college academically, and it seems impossible that I somehow passed all my classes AND wrote a book at the same time. Which character do you think is most like you? How about the character that is least like yourself? As a fellow blue-eyed, bad-haired, ridiculously self-sacrificing, will-do-anything-for-approval person, IÂ’m going to have to go with Swift. Least like me is a trickier question, since I feel like I infused bits of myself into every character in some way or another. Maybe Lemon—Lemon rarely speaks unless necessary, and IÂ’m always unnecessarily speaking. Is there any news about a sequel or a companion novel to TASU? The […]

Posted June 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, interview / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Series: Special Agent Pendergast #15 Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 10th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, paranormal, mystery Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon A secret chamber. A mysterious shipwreck. A murder in the desolate salt marshes. A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Crimson Shore is part of a long established series. I was turned on to the series by a friend on twitter about 4 years ago and I’ve never been disappointed. This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires some commitment. After all, Crimson Shore is book 15 of this series! However, I don’t think you will regret it. These books follow Special Agent Alloysius Pendergast of the FBI while he does basically whatever he wants. He is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. However, he’s different from most heroes because he’s a traditional, southern gentleman. He has impeccable manners and abhors rudeness. As a master of disguise and lockpicking, he has every […]

Posted November 12, 2015 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments
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Z Resurrected Tour: Eric A Shelman Interview

Z Resurrected Tour: Eric A Shelman Interview

  Please tell me about the world your stories are set in. How did the zombie apocalypse happen? Our story begins in June of 2011 in Georgia and Florida. The zompoc begins when a fissure opens in the planet, and an ancient gas ­ from the planet’s creation ­ begins to seep from every surface of the planet, affecting 90% of all living beings. There is a particular toxic compound on earth found in some particular plants, and if you are that, you are also immune to the zombie virus. Tell me about your zombies. Are they Fast or Slow? Smart or instinct driven? There are two types of zombies in Dead Hunger; Mothers and Hungerers. The mothers were pregnant at the time of their “change”. The Hungerers are everyone else. While the Hungerers are slow, the Mothers can strategize to a degree, and can ultimately control the movements of the Hungerers. Hungerers are slow and plodding, using mostly sight to detect food; they do not have good hearing (rotted eardrums) and do not smell as they do not breathe. The Mothers have bursts of tremendous speed, and can even leap into the air when they want to get a bit closer to you … What sets your zombies or your world apart and makes it different? See the above. Part of their offensive tools include a chloroform ­like eye vapor that emits when prey is […]

Posted October 27, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 0 Comments
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SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

Never Never by Brianna Shrum Series: Never Never #1 Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 22, 2015 Buy on Amazon James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. If you are even the least bit excited about Never Never (and I know I am!), then you have to read this interview of Brianna Shrum. She […]

Posted September 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to share this interview with you today. Nicholas Olivo shares some interesting facts about his writing process and his favorite authors. Enjoy! What is your favorite book? The Stand, by Stephen King. When I was in high school they released an uncut version of the book with a bunch more characters and scenes that werenÂ’t included in the original. Each of the characters has a unique personality and motivation and you can tell whoÂ’s speaking even without dialog tags. What writers influenced you the most? Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher and Lester Dent. King for his characterizations, Brooks for his fantastic plots, Butcher for introducing me to urban fantasy, and Dent for the structure I followed when writing the Doc Graystone Adventures. What book are you reading now? IÂ’m listening to the audiobook of The Harvest, by Chuck Wendig. ItÂ’s the final book of a trilogy, and even though I just started, I can tell itÂ’s going to be a heck of a ride. Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? I usually spend a few days sketching out what will happen in a story (or a few weeks if itÂ’s a novel). Once I have the plot and characters established, I write 2,000 words a day, every day, until itÂ’s done. If […]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page     I’m so happy to be able to share an interview with Gwen Mitchell today. Her book, Rain of Ash looks like a great mix of fantasy and romance. Best of all, she has an entire series planned to go with it. Enjoy! 1. Tell us about yourself. I work an office job to pay the bills and try to balance my free time between adventures with my friends/boyfriend and writing. When I’m stuck on a story, I cook, craft, and paint (or read!). Health and nutrition are my other passions, and I plan to go back to school for my MS in Nutrition. In the meantime, my life is about travel and experiences – filling the well. 2. What is your favorite book? If I have to pick just one, it’s still actually a trilogy: the first 3 Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey. I love getting lost in the depth and richness of her world and characters. I’m on my 2nd or 3rd copies of them, and they are still well-worn because I reread them often. 3. Tell us about your book. Rain of Ash is about a reborn Zyne witch who has tried to escape her painful past, but gets pulled back in when she becomes the target of her family’s curse and her Oracle powers are […]

Posted September 11, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 4 Comments
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Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past?   I’m so excited to have Jessica Verdi on my blog today. I really liked What You Left Behind. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of it and I wrote a review earlier this month. Thanks for having me on your blog, Emily! 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your […]

Posted August 23, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, interview, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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