Interview with Selene Charles

This week I’ve got author Selene Charles here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy and YA author who has published seven books so far.  Selene is about to publish her eighth book as the first in a new series that will feature characters from both The Night Series (which she wrote as RS Black) and The Tempted Series (which she wrote as Selene). This new book, Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves, features a vampire detective, Scarlett Smith, who’s been raised by a pack of shifters. It sounds like it could be a fun read, so be on the lookout for it!

For today, we’ll focus on her Night Collection, which has the first two books bundled together for easy purchase. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up.  Now on to the interview!

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

Longest I ever stayed awake was a month after I first got married. I was just barely 20 years old and decided that it was time to gather my belongings from my mother’s attic to our new apartment. Only problem was we lived 12 hours away from my folks house and my husband and I couldn’t get any time off from work. So we had to rent a U-Haul and make it all happen in one weekend. Being young and dumb, I thought, “No problem, we totally got this.”

We totally didn’t “got” this. I failed to consider just how long a 12-hour drive actually was. By the time we added in all the potty break stops, it took us nearly 14 hours. I also failed to consider that I had about 1500 lbs worth of “crap” at my parents house that we basically had to move ourselves. We piled it all in, breaking stuff by the end we were so over moving stuff, had enough time to sit and eat dinner with my family before we had to turn right back around and make that drive all over again. Still no sleep.

By the time we go to within an hour of our home both my husband and I were hallucinating. Seeing people walking down the freeway, where there was no one…yeah, dumbest thing I ever did. Almost 2 days of no sleep and we had a 10-hour shift at work the next day. We barely managed a few hours sleep before we were up again. Wow, that was stupid. Ah, to be 20 again…

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

I’m a tea girl. Chai, Fruity, Black, Green…doesn’t matter. Need my tea. If I don’t get it I go slightly insane.

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

I have a furbaby, Ruby Leilani. She’s a maltese-cocker mix and as cute as a button, she’s my writing partner. She’ll lay on my lap while I write. It’s our thing now, and yes, I think if she wasn’t there to do it any longer I wouldn’t be able to focus and get the job done.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy that is also very romance driven. Which is probably why my preference runs toward female authors, however, I’m a HUGE fan of Jim Butcher. He’s great.

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

Outlander, Once Upon A Time, Anything procedural, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Velvet, Grand Hotel, I could go on.

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

I’ve always thought there was something sexy about fan blades. You know, something that appears to be feminine and very delicate and then WHACK, you sever that carotid and smile while you do it. Or maybe that’s just me. 😉

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

The birth of creation. To be there and watch it all happen, all your questions would finally be answered, like what actually did come first, the chicken or the egg??? Very thought provoking questions those.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A sexy fae to do my bidding. Thinking maybe Laurell K. Hamilton’s Frost or Darkness would do. 😉

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Anything secluded and in the woods. I’m very much a loner by nature and think best when I’m alone.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking. If I could do it all year round, I would.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit and answer questions today, Selene.  I love your idea for a mystical pet and wish I could have a secluded place in the woods to write as well!


AUTHOR BIO

Selene Charles is the pen name of a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is an avid penguin sweater knitter. She believes that unicorns really do exist and that skittles aren’t really candy at all. She enjoys skydiving in the arctic, chatting with her polar bear friends around a warm campfire while sipping on warm cocoa, and she used to work in a traveling carnival which is where she got all these crazy ideas from. Only two of these statements are actually true.

If you’d like to know more about her or her works feel free to write her at [email protected]

You can also visit her on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008517304720


The Night Series Collection - EbookBOOK SUMMARY:

Night Collection (books 1 & 2)

Crimson Night:

Welcome one and all to Carnival Diabolique- or what I affectionately like to call, the carnival of the damned. My name is Pandora, and though my face might not look familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job, killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy. But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest and that’s really bad. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson…

All Hallows Night:

Secrets and truths, lies and red herrings… which is which? That’s what Pandora’s trying to figure out. Ever since the death of her best, and probably only friend by her own hands, she’s not sure who to trust anymore. The Priest is dead. The Gray Man is… she’s not even sure what. Luc, well, Luc is Luc.

The Order has sent her deep into the heart of Mexico to investigate a potential zombie uprising. She arrives at the start of the Dia de los Muertos festival—a celebration for the dead and immediately things don’t feel right to her. For one, bodies (the living kind) keep disappearing. They’re not being kidnapped, no, if only things were that simple. Literally there one second, gone the next, she’s not sure what to make of it. On top of that mum’s are floating all over the place. Is that merely symbolism associated with the festival, or is it a clue of something far more sinister?

In this explosive sequel to Crimson Night, an old ally returns and a shocking truth is revealed. One that will turn her investigation into The Order’s duplicity on its head and make Pandora question everything she ever thought she knew…

 

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Interview with C. Gockel

Today I’ve got author C. Gockel here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi writer who has published eight novels, plus several shorter works, to date.  Her urban fantasy series is “I Bring the Fire” and her sci-fi series is the “Archangel Project.”

The first novel in her UF series “Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part 1” is currently free on all the major ebook retailers.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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

I live in Chicago, Illinois, in the USA–where most of my “earth-side” action takes place in my I Bring the Fire series. I’ve lived in Japan and visited Mexico, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, England, Germany, France, and Austria. I haven’t travelled much since having kids; it might be part of why I write fantasy and sci-fi … simply for the escape!

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

Tea. You don’t want to know what happens if I don’t get my tea … even my children leave me alone on those days.

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

At the moment, I have no pets, but I do have two children. They do help me write my books. I hand them an outline, put them in front of the computer screen and tell them they won’t get any iPad until they’ve written two-thousand words. Since the youngest is just learning to spell, it’s hard for her, but you know how the infinite monkey theorem says if you put a monkey in front of a keyboard for an infinite amount of time they’ll eventually write Shakespeare? Well, children are slightly more efficient and …
No, no, I don’t actually do that, and mostly when I type they wander in and say they’re hungry, or scream, “He’s looking at me!” and “Well, she is humming!”

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Having a child. Having another.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

I would like an Al-mi’raj–a ferocious, carnivorous, horned rabbit. If there are mystical creatures about, it must mean there’s been an apocalyptic event. I’d like a creature that can defend me, that wouldn’t terrify the kids, is smallish (we have a small house), and is most likely to be fatally underestimated by my enemies.

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

I’d like the aforementioned Al-mi’raj. I’ve got two left feet and I’m horribly uncoordinated. A murderous bunny would be my best friend–err, as long as it was my best friend, and not just out to eat me.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Summer camp is my ideal writing retreat– summer camp for my kids, not for me. I get time to write, and time to enjoy my husband’s company and have an adult conversation, but at the end of the day, they come home.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, C. Gockel.  You really have traveled around the world and love your idea for a mystical pet!


AUTHOR BIO

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Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since the dark ages (i.e., before word processors existed.) A few years ago, she started posting those stories to the intertubes. She received emails, messages, and reviews from her fans telling her she should ‘do this professionally.’ She didn’t; because she is a coward and life as a digital designer, copywriter and coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband’s nagging wore her down: “You could be the next ’50 Shades of Gray’ and I could retire!” Unfortunately, the author writes science fiction and fantasy, and isn’t particularly good at writing erotica. She is sad about this; she’d love for her husband to be able to retire and just work for her so she can nag him. At the moment, Ms. Gockel is working on the next installment of the Archangel Project.

Ms. Gockel loves to hear from readers. She can be reached by email at:

[email protected]

Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/CGockelWrites

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/C-Gockel/e/B009WVEFEU/


GIVEAWAY

C. Gockel is giving away a signed paperback copy of I Bring the Fire to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Wednesday, August 24th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


Wolves I Bring the Fire - 88 Quality 1550pxBOOK SUMMARY:

FREE ~ Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part I

When Amy prays for help, Loki isn’t the savior she has in mind. Can a nice Midwestern girl trust a so-called God of Mischief and Chaos? With an ancient power calling him, can Loki even trust himself?

 


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Interview with Donna Augustine

This week I’m featuring Donna Augustine for my author interview series.  She’s an urban fantasy writer who has published eleven novels so far in three series:  The Keepers, Karma, and The Wilds.

The first novel in her Karma series, also titled “Karma” is currently free on Amazon and iTunes.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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

Coffee. I drink it for the first two waking hours. I went on a camping trip once (and only once) and I was unaware that there wouldn’t be coffee. I’m not sure where I thought the coffee would magically appear from but apparently, fairies don’t deliver caffeine on demand. There might be bodies buried at that campsite but I’m pleading temporary insanity.

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

I have three cats. Two I adopted and a third that decided he was moving in, whether I liked it or not. I don’t know if they help me write but they do relax me.

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Yes, but only if I were asked in the next few years. Funny things are happening now that I’m in my forties. That’s all I’ll write on the subject. Trust me, it’s all you want to know.

What genres of books do you like to read?

When I’m looking for a book, I tend to gravitate toward urban fantasy. I’ll read anything though if I catch a snippet and if I like a writer’s voice.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Nothing I can admit to without fearing prosecution.

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

Game of Thrones, along with half the world but there’s clearly a reason. Better Call Saul. OMG, do I love that show! The Walking Dead is also great. I was never much of a zombie person until that show.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

A 1969 Corvette Stingray. There are a lot of cars that are more exotic but I’ve loved that car since I was a kid. I’ve even toyed with the idea of buying one that I could restore myself but I already have too many hobbies taking up space. That would be a tough one to stick in the closet when I’m trying to straighten up.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, Donna.  I totally commiserate about your need for coffee, though I’d never dare go camping without it (not even when I was in the military).


AUTHOR BIO

Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It’s her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren’t as hypoallergenic as she believed they’d be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at [email protected] She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B3LM2LK


GIVEAWAY

Donna is giving away an ebook set of her Karma series to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Tuesday, August 16th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


karmacoverBOOK SUMMARY:

People say karma’s a…well, you know. Personally, I don’t think I’m that bad.
It’s not like I wanted this job. I wasn’t even in my right mind when I accepted
the position.

Now, I’m surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who’s a bit of a tramp,
and Murphy’s Law, who’s a bumbling oaf. But the worst is Fate. He’s got a problem with transfers like myself, and I have to see him constantly. It’s unavoidable. We’re hunting the same man, my murderer.

 

 

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Interview with Anthea Sharp

For this week’s interview, I’ve got Anthea Sharp here to tell us a little about herself.  She writes urban fantasy with romantic elements and dabbles in science fiction.  So far, she’s published eleven novels with most of those from her bestselling Feyland series, and several short stories set in an alt-history Victorian Spacepunk universe.

The first novel in Anthea’s Feyland series, Feyland: The Dark Realm, is currently free to download on all retailers for those interested.  She is also giving away a paperback copy of the novel, but you’ll have to read further down this post for details on that.

Now, on to the interview!

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

23 hours. My first trip to Europe, I took a night flight and couldn’t sleep on the plane, and we arrived in Paris in the morning. I didn’t want to miss a single daylight second in that magical city, so I made myself stay awake until I hit the wall at about 7pm. Chocolate croissants and the fabulous newness of being there kept me going.

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

After spending some time in Ireland, I got addicted to drinking strong black tea with milk. Some days I put a bit of sugar in it. Not every tea will do, however! PG Tips and Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe’s are my two favorites.

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

I have a sweet orange tabby, who fell out of a tree a couple years ago and is now a tripod. He gets around really well, though. And yes, he thinks lying on the mouse and keyboard is totally “helping.”

Anthea tabby catIf someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

In a heartbeat. But I live in a hippie town. 😉

What genres of books do you like to read?

Fantasy and science fiction, all kinds, and especially YA. Yes, my roots are showing (grins).

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

My little brother, who is a 3rd degree black belt and knows his way around all kind of weapons, including guns, knives, etc.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

I would love a Tesla! I sat in one at a showroom last month. Me and some random little kid in the driver’s seat (who would *not* get out despite his mother’s imploring) had a great time pushing all the buttons and pretending we were taking a trip to the moon. It’s weird to see only trunk space where the engine ought to be!

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Thanks so much, Anthea, for visiting us today.  I can certainly understand why you would want to stay awake for so long after arriving in Paris.  Also, love the pic of your cat you’ve shared with us!


AUTHOR BIO

~USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of Urban Fantasy ~

Growing up on fairy tales and computer games, Anthea Sharp has melded the two in her award-winning, bestselling Feyland series, which has sold over 200k copies worldwide.

Anthea lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her small-but-good family.

Join her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/1qtFb for a FREE STORY, plus find out about upcoming releases and reader perks – she never spams. Come friend her on Facebook, too – http://www.facebook.com/AntheaSharp.

You can also visit Anthea at her website here:  https://antheasharp.com


GIVEAWAY

Anthea is giving away one paperback copy of the first novel in her Feyland series, The Dark Realm, to one random person who comments on this post.  This is open to international contestants.  The winner will be selected on Tuesday, August 9th, and contacted via email shortly thereafter.


BOOK SUMMARY: 

Feyland Dark Realm~ USA Today Bestselling Urban Fantasy ~
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch – or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

Tam Linn is the perfect hero, in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

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Interview with author Dannika Dark

Today I’m pleased to bring you an interview with Dannika Dark.  She is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author with fourteen books currently available between her Mageri series (UF) and Seven series (PNR).  Dannika has been kind enough to answer a few questions below.  Whether you’re familiar with her work or not, this is a great chance to learn more about her.

I’ve also highlighted the first novel in her Mageri series titled “Sterling” at the bottom of this post so those new to this author can learn more about it as well.

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

No. There are too many people with cell phone cameras. If I could choose the street and it be a desolate country road, abandoned since 1932, then yes, I would run down THAT street naked.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, some Horror, autobiographies, and a lot of books in the humor section. The more offbeat and crazy the humor, the better.

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

I have an unhealthy obsession with Vikings. I love historical or fantasy shows, so I’m also addicted to Game of Thrones and Outlander. I binge watch a lot of TV during writing breaks. Classic shows I love are the original Twilight Zone, Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Three’s Company, and Family Ties. Sitcoms aren’t what they used to be, so I tend to watch a lot of them that ran from the 60s to the 80s. That might have something to do with why there are so many scenes in my books that are situational comedy.

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

Probably one of those Medieval broadaxes with two blades. A gun would be more practical, except that I’d eventually run out of ammo. Fewer people might mess with me if I had an axe swinging from my hip.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Wow. This changes from time to time, but I’d have to say homemade lumpia and fried rice. My mom tweaked the recipe over the years after living in the Philippines, so nobody makes it better.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

Probably the last day of the dinosaurs. That would be a two for one since I could see dinosaurs and a meteor crash into earth. Just so long as a I have a magical bubble protecting me from becoming dino-food or a pile of ash.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A centaur. There is no other answer. And he might resemble Jason Momoa just a little bit.

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Thanks so much, Dannika, for participating in this interview.  I would love to see the last day of the dinosaurs as well and if you get a centaur that looks like Jason Momoa I’d have to come over to visit, lol!


AUTHOR BIO

Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not working, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

You can visit her at: www.dannikadark.net


USATODAYBOOK SUMMARY:

STERLING (Book 1 of 5) Series complete.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER.
IMMORTALS LIVE AMONG US.

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. She meets him by chance – a man who’s handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she’s a Mage – an immortal made of light, not magic. Zoë must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

Zoë learns the price of freedom…and the value of loyalty.

“My eyes may not know all of you, but my heart does. I loved you before I was born, and I will love you long after I pass from this earth.”

+ Cliffhanger-free
+ Contains strong language and appropriate for adult audiences
+ This series contains epic love stories, twists, explosive conclusions, and happy endings

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