Interview with author Christine Pope

I’m kicking off my new weekly author interview series with Christine Pope today.  She writes in several genre categories including paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and SF romance with thirty-two books out so far between them.  Her series include The Witches of Cleopatra Hill (PNR), The Djinn Wars (PNR), The Sedona Files (PNR), Tales of the Latter Kingdoms (fantasy romance), and the Gaian Consortium Series (SFR).

Her latest release, which you can find out more at the bottom of this post, is titled Forsaken (The Djinn Wars).  It’s the fifth book in the series, but it is a standalone love story as well.  For those who would like to start at the beginning of the series, the first novel Chosen is free to download on the retailers.

Christine has been kind enough to answer a few questions for me, which you can read below, and there’s a giveaway opportunity in this post as well!

What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?

It must have been a little more than 36 hours…I went to see Return of the Jedi up in Hollywood with some friends on opening night, and because of people cutting the line in front of us (I’m still ticked about that, LOL), we got pushed farther back in line and didn’t make it into the midnight showing. So we saw it at 3 a.m. and staggered out onto Hollywood Boulevard at around six-thirty in the morning. We went out to breakfast after that and eventually made it home to suburbia, but I was so wired that I couldn’t really nap. I did crash around nine that night, though.

 

What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?

I live in the United States. I’ve visited France, Canada, and Mexico.

 

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

Plain iced tea, no sugar. Even in the dead of winter. If I can’t get it, I can be a little cranky, but not as bad as my husband if he doesn’t have his coffee.

 

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have a dog. She’s a rescue, half Pomerania and half Keeshond. A lot of the time she does hang out with me in my office when I’m writing, but she’s defected this summer because it’s cooler being in my husband’s office.

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Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

The Walking Dead, Z-Nation, Longmire, Person of Interest, The Daily Show.

 

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

I’d want a sword, like Mishone from The Walking Dead. Of course, I’d also want her arms. 😛  Swords are good because you never have to worry about running out of ammo.

 

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

A cabin in the mountains above Santa Fe, with trees all around (especially aspens…I love aspens) and a stream running somewhere on the property. No internet, so I’d really have to focus! But it would still be close enough that I could drive down the mountain at the end of the day and have dinner in one of our fabulous restaurants here.

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Thanks so much, Christine, for visiting today.  You have such a cute dog and I love your idea of a writing retreat!


AUTHOR BIO

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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her work includes paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. The Land of Enchantment cast its spell on her while she was researching her Djinn Wars series, and she now makes her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You can visit her at:  http://christinepope.com


GIVEAWAY

The first three books in the Djinn Wars series in ebook format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.  You have until Monday (July 11th, 2016) to enter by leaving a comment on this post.  A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Tuesday.


Forsaken book coverBOOK SUMMARY:

More than a year ago, a djinn-created plague nearly wiped out all of humanity…

Ever since, Madison Reynolds has been hiding. Leaving her underground sanctuary means risking her life at the hands of vengeful elementals hellbent on killing off the world’s few remaining survivors. But when her curiosity and need for exploration get the best of her, she crosses paths with Qadim al-Syan, the new steward of Albuquerque. Despite her better judgment — and her fear of the djinn — she finds herself drawn into his orbit. She knows she must resist her ever-growing attraction for this otherworldly being, who’s unlike any man she’s ever met. But the pull just might be too great. Will succumbing to her desire mark her for certain death?

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July updates

I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter if you’re in Australia).  I’ve got a few updates for you all including a price promotion, upcoming author interviews, and news on future books.  First off, though, I want to thank everyone who has picked up a copy of Dancing with Flames and especially those who have been kind enough to leave reviews.  All the feedback has been wonderful so far, and I’m glad everyone is enjoying the new Dragon’s Breath series book!

As of now until August 31st, Amazon UK is running a £0.99 summer price promo on Stalked by Flames.  If you haven’t already picked up your copy and you shop on the UK site, this is the time to grab it.  *UPDATE* It appears it is .99 in the other European countries as well so those of you in Germany, France, etc can get the ebook copy at a discount too.  I’m not sure if this includes VAT or not since that won’t show from my computer in the U.S.

Also, I am beginning a series of author interviews for popular writers who have novels in the same genres as I do.  There will be a different author featured each Friday.  I will be putting them on the spot, giving them a series of fun questions to choose from such as “What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?”, “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?”,  and “If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?” and plenty more.  Each one will vary a bit depending on which questions the author chooses to answer, but I hope this gives you all an opportunity to meet new authors or get to know the ones you already follow better than before.

Some of them will also be doing giveaways with their interviews that you don’t want to miss!  Below is the schedule for July and August, though there are more set to come after that which I’ll announce when the time gets closer:

July 8th- Christine Pope
July 15th- Colleen Gleason
July 22nd- Dannika Dark
July 29th- Hailey Edwards
Aug 5th- Anthea Sharp
Aug 12th- Donna Augustine
Aug 19th- Carolynn Gockel
Aug 26th- Jovee Winters

 

As for news on Forged by Flames (book 3 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I am looking at a release date around October 27th, 2016.  This isn’t quite set in stone yet, but that’s what I’m shooting for at the moment. I’ll keep you updated as I make progress with the novel.  Also, there may or may not be a Christmas novella to come after that in December *wink, wink* where we have some post-apocalyptic festivities with the Dragon’s Breath series characters.

Cover reveal for Dancing with Flames

I’m excited to reveal the cover for Dancing with Flames (Book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath Series).  This is one of my favorite covers yet and I hope you all will like it too.  All the specific details are below and there’s a giveaway opportunity at the bottom of the post.

I’ve been burning the midnight oil working on Dancing with Flames and it’s coming together amazingly.  A lot of things happen, including twists you won’t expect, and a couple of other characters briefly get their POV told in this novel.  Mostly, though, it’s Bailey and Aidan.  They’ve got a lot on their plate as they continue to face some problems introduced in the first book and encounter all-new troubles.  The beginning of this novel takes place approximately one month after the end of Stalked by Flames.  For those who’ve really wanted to see how Bailey does as a full-fledged dragon slayer, you’ll definitely get that.  For those who enjoy seeing the dragon side of the story, you’ll get a lot of that as well.  Expect to see the ebook version out June 24th on Amazon for purchase or through Kindle Unlimited.  The audio should follow within two months after that.

Now for the cover…

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Dancing with Flames cover (large)Cover design by Jeff Brown (background) and Claudia McKinney. Photography by Teresa Yeh with model Isabella Capri.  Typography by The Font Diva.

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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE- June 24th, 2016

SUMMARY:

Four months ago, fire-breathing dragons invaded Earth from an alternate dimension, wreaking havoc on modern civilization. Bailey Monzac has been training to kill them ever since discovering she was impervious to their flames, but when some of the beasts begin targeting children, she can’t hold back any longer and must hunt them down.

Her ally, Aidan, would help, except the shape-shifter has his own troubles. His clan is battling for territory against the pure dragons and his father—their leader—is dying. As the shifters fight for the pendragon position, fierce rivalry takes over. Aidan’s own brothers aren’t above blackmail and murder if it will get them to the top. He must stay one step ahead if he is to survive and keep his clan safe from the pure dragons who threaten them all.

Bailey and Aidan may be natural-born enemies, but working together might be the only thing that saves them from the danger that lies ahead.

 

Add to your Goodreads TBR list here.

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GIVEAWAY

Banner1Giveaway #1– One randomly selected winner will receive the following prizes:

-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Ebook copy of Dancing with Flames (winner will receive it the day before it releases on Amazon)
-Tote bag
-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Spiral notebook with Dancing with Flames cover
-Bookmarks

This is open to international contestants.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (not Goodreads, Facebook, etc.) by June 7th, 2016.  I’ll announce the winner here on the 8th and contact them for mailing information.  Be sure to leave a valid email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you if you’re selected.  If I cannot reach the winner within 48 hours, I will select another one.

UPDATE– The winner is Emily Ladouceur!

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Giveaway #2Bewitching book tours is hosting the cover reveal tour for Dancing with Flames in which I’m giving away the following prize pack:

-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Coffee Mug
-Bookmarks

This is a U.S. only giveaway.  You can enter for a chance to win this contest via Rafflecopter here:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112ffc1365

UPDATE– The winner is Jo Dawson!

 

Happy Holidays!

For those who celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!  Please take care if you’re traveling.  I also want to remind everyone that the Sensor series holiday short story I mentioned in my last post is up over at Nocturnal Book Reviews.  This is an all-new story you haven’t read before featuring Kerbasi, Kariann and a new character .  Check it out and leave a comment on the post for your chance to win a blue Kindle Fire HD 8, tote bag, and other goodies.  You’ve got until December 30th to enter.

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December update

I know many of you are waiting anxiously with news on Darkness Wanes.  It’s progressing, though not as fast as I’d like.  I’m working on revisions for the early chapters now and once I have them finished I’ll move back to writing the remaining chapters of the book.  The holidays have slowed me down a bit, as well as the medical issue mentioned in my last post.  No definitive news on that yet, but a new doctor I’m seeing is recommending some testing I haven’t had done.  She thinks I might have endometriosis and recommended laparoscopic surgery to check.  It could be what is causing my problem, but it’s a rather invasive procedure for something I might not have.  For now, I’m looking at alternatives and waiting until after the holidays before deciding what step to take next.

Now for some good news!  A while back, Kara-Karina over at Nocturnal Book Reviews asked me to write a short Christmas story for the Sensor Series.  She asked that it especially feature Kerbasi.  This was tricky because I knew it would have to be set after Darkness Wanes on the series timeline.  With the delays on the book, I didn’t want to reveal any major spoilers.  I eventually settled on telling the story from an all-new character’s point of view (a human woman).  It involves her meeting Kerbasi during a blizzard in Fairbanks on Christmas Eve.  They don’t hit it off too well at first, but their situation sort of forces them together.  You’ll have to read it to find out what else happens.

This story doesn’t conflict with Darkness Wanes in any way.  The only spoilers you might see are the fact Kerbasi is still around and the world is still dealing with supernaturals being out in the open.  Nothing earth-shattering.  I meant for it to only be about 2500 words, but it grew to about 5000 words after revisions/edits.  The title of the story is “An Unexpected Gift” and will go live on Nocturnal Book Reviews early morning on Christmas Eve.  Those who stop by and comment will be entered into a drawing with the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8 and some other book promo items.  I hope this helps make up for the book delays and that you enjoy the story.  I will post a reminder here and on other social media so you don’t forget to check it out.  A winner for the drawing will not be selected until December 30th.  If you can’t get to it right away, you still have a few days after Christmas to make it.

I’m also participating in a Facebook holiday event with 20 other urban fantasy authors.  A lot of amazing prizes are being given away each day.  Some of you have already joined in, but for anyone else who is interested this is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1479007045739422/

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My date for giving out prizes is December 19th, along with Donna Augustine and Hailey Edwards.  I’ll be running several giveaways and leave them up most of the day so that regardless of your timezone you should have a chance to enter.  The banners with the list of prizes are below.  Special thanks to Sarah L. for getting her husband to design them for me (and on short notice!).  They turned out great.

Other authors have already started their giveaways and more will continue all the way to the 20th.  You should definitely join in the fun!

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I’ll continue to keep you all updated about Darkness Wanes.  In the meantime, I hope everyone’s holidays are going well!