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Author Spotlight: Lothaire by Kresley Cole

November 3rd, 2011 Angela Posted in Author Spotlight 2 Comments »

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her electrifying Immortals After Dark series with this thrilling tale, revealing secrets of the Lore, fierce realm of the immortals. . . .

Want to Know More about Lothaire?  Watch Kresley Cole answer insider questions and reveal information that readers are dying to know!

About Kresley:

Before becoming a writer, Kresley Cole was a world-ranked athlete and Master’s grad. Since her first novel was published in 2003, she has written a total of fifteen books and two novellas in two different subgenres, and has seen her releases translated into sixteen foreign languages.

Cole followed her highly acclaimed Sutherland Series historicals with the bestsellingMacCarrick Brothers Series, a trilogy of Highlander historical romances, as well as the continuing Immortals After Dark Series, a two-time RITA® award-winning paranormal romance collection, all with Pocket Books.

In January 2009, Cole became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many dogs.

You can visit Kresley around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Available on January 10, 2012 from Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books

About the Book:

ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD

Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER

Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.

CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED

Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Dead Rules by Randy Russell

April 22nd, 2011 Angela Posted in Author Spotlight, Interview 14 Comments »

Please join me in welcoming author Randy Russell here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  Randy is the author of Dead Rules, which is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2011.

Three lucky commentators will have a chance to win some Dead Rules swag and everyone will be able to enter Randy’s amazing $2,500 in Dead Rules Giveaways. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Randy Russell has believed in ghosts since having to take the trash out at night when he was 12 and being chased back to the house by “something” in the darkness.

The Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults, two books of short stories about ghosts, and two volumes of Southern Appalachia folklore, Randy’s first paranormal novel, Dead Rules, will be released in hardcover by HarperTeen on June 21, 2011.

Randy is an academically trained folklorist who has collected hundreds of first-person accounts of ghost experiences from across the South.  He presents regularly on “True Ghost Stories of the South” based on his interviews of people who have encountered ghosts.

“I know what a ghost encounter is like for the people who have experienced them,” Randy said in a recent interview. “But I have always wondered what the experience is like for the ghost and what it is like to be a ghost.

“By far, the most common ghost a person is likely to encounter is that of a loved one.  Love is the binding element, in the main, that keeps a person hanging around after death.  I wrote Dead Rules so I could learn what being a ghost might be like. I set it in a high school for the dead, because high school is when most of us are learning what love is…what it can be… and what it isn’t.  It seems so unfair to die in high school.

“I write ghosts and dead people,” Randy said, “but my overriding concern in fiction is coming to an understanding of love.  I figure each of us will fully understand what love is about 100 years after we’re dead. In that case, ghosts know. And I want to know what they know.”

Randy lives outside Asheville, North Carolina, near the end of a shady mountain cove road marked by a sign that reads “No Exit.” Randy thinks this means he will live forever.

You can visit Randy around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Welcome Randy!

1. You created an entire after-life in your debut teen novel Dead Rules. How’d you think of such a fascinating, one-of-a-kind idea for a novel?

Through years of research, including interviewing people from across the South who have encountered ghosts, I learned that some people stick around after they die. They just do. I thought finishing up high school, especially if you die pre-prom, is as good as reason to stick around as any.

2. You are literally a “ghost” writer, having authored four books about Southern ghosts. So tell me, are ghosts real? If so, can you prove it?

Ghosts are real. Encountering and interacting with a ghost, in whatever shape or form it may occur, is a rather common—and very real—experience for many people. Remember, when Thomas asked to see the wounds in the side of Christ it was to make certain that Jesus had not returned as a ghost. With this in mind, it’s easy to say that ghosts are something people were encountering two thousand years ago.

I cannot prove to you that ghosts exist and I wouldn’t try. I would rather wait until you experience a ghost, then you can share it with me.  An interaction with a ghost is your own experience. And it is often a very personal one. I can’t give you a recipe or tell you how to make it happen. It just does. And it happens to as many people who don’t believe in ghosts as it does to people who do.

It really doesn’t matter if you believe in ghosts. Ghosts believe in you. And some of them know you rather well already.

3. Your characters in Dead Rules each have very unique stories – of their lives and deaths. What were you like at their age?

I was ignoring death and going to live forever like everyone else my age. Of course, forever meant until I was 25 or so. What happened in life after that was of little concern to me.

4. One of the favorite characters by far seems to be Beatrice, who skips around Dead School with a yard dart in her head. Your humor is hard to miss in Dead Rules. How does an author write “funny”?

I don’t know if I can answer this in a brief fashion. I’d love to engage in a longer conversation with people on this topic, though.  What makes sense to me at the moment is that in order to write funny, a person needs to see funny. Seventy-three people will look at the same thing happening in the same room at the same time. One will laugh. When that person tells another person what happened, they’ll tell it funny because they saw it that way. Along with dogs, and a few cats, people are in general the funniest thing on the planet. At least, that’s the way I see it.

5. Mars Dreamcote is sexy and—no pun intended—dreamy. If Mars was alive and real, and if you had a daughter, would you approve of her dating this mysterious young man?

I wouldn’t approve of my daughter dating anyone who wasn’t in a coma. Mars is so very much alive, for a dead guy, that I fear he falls into the non-approval category. That said, he is one hell of a guy and I’d like to know him myself… I wouldn’t shew him away if he started hanging around the house.  You know, if he got along with the dogs and all.

I’d also say I would hope my daughter was smart enough to date only people I didn’t approve of. It’s her life and I would want it to be interesting for her. And I sure don’t want to hear a bunch of stories about some numb-nuts type I’d approve of. I think the daughter’s proper role in any family is to make her father gasp.

6. What happens after Dead School – is there a college?

Higher learning, huh? Well, let’s just say that nobody in Dead Rules hasn’t gotten that far along yet.  Graduating high school remains the goal at hand for these dead kids. That and surviving love, of course. No small challenge, that.

7. I hear you have more books in the works. Can you give us a sneak peek?

I kind of hate to say this, but people die all the time. So we have new kids showing up in Dead School, trying to get along as best they can with the kids who are already there. The stories in Dead School are potentially as endless as life and death—and love—itself.  Love is unstoppable. Just ask any ghost you happen to see.



Synopsis (Product Description):

She loved her boyfriend to death.

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever. Life in high school was grand. Then she died on a double date at a bowling alley. Gutter ball.

And now she’s stuck in Dead School, wearing bowling shoes. As if being dead weren’t bad enough.

Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with beguiling eyes, a mysterious smile, and an irresistibly warm touch. He also has a message for Jana: her death may have not been an accident.

Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other in life and Jana sees no reason for that to change because one of them is dead. She is sure Michael will soon rush to her side.

But after attending her own funeral, Jana realizes things aren’t going according to plan. So she decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true – no matter what rules she has to break. And Mars is just the boy to help her get it done. He’s been breaking rules since the day he was born.

“Love wasn’t all red paper valentines and candy hearts. Sometimes love was despair. And sometimes love was wrong. Jana loved Michael enough to kill him for it. Jana loved Michael to death.”

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Three lucky commentators will have a chance to win some Dead Rules swag.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post:

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Friday, May 13th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

See details below for Randy’s amazing giveaway…

$2,500 in Dead Rules Giveaways! to support Teen Reading, Schools & Libraries, and Indie Bookstores.

Includes $2,000 in new books from your local independent bookseller.

Please see giveaway categories for details.

Participate in the categories below to be eligible for giveaways awarded July 31, 2011.

* Teens & Readers: 2 iPod Nanos, $500 in books of your choice, $200 in iTune credits
* Teachers & Librarians: $1,500 in books of your choice

Teens and Readers

Teachers and Librarians

Independent Bookstores


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Author Spotlight: Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Q&A)

March 22nd, 2011 Angela Posted in Author Spotlight Comments Off on Author Spotlight: Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Q&A)

Q: Your novel combines genetic engineering, polygamy, and super-low life-expectancies to create an awesome storyline. How did the idea come to you?

A: I may never know exactly where it came from. This story is the culmination of many strange factors. I was bedridden with the flu, for starters, and I was getting frustrated with an adult writing project I had going. My agent suggested that I try something out of my comfort zone, something that I would normally never write, and she also linked me to a site that was taking short story submissions. I began Wither with the intention of making it a short story, and I had no idea where it would take me. Page one began with a girl in a dark place; she didn’t know where she was going, and she was scared. That girl turned out to be my protagonist, Rhine, and at the time she knew about as much of her story as I did.

Q: Describe your debut novel, Wither, in three words.

A: A broken fairytale.

Q: If you could pair Rhine, Linden and Gabriel with any character from any book, who would your pick for each be?

A: I probably wouldn’t do that. It’s hard to imagine the characters in this world entering another world. But for Rhine, I would say that being paired up is the last thing she’d want. She’s a strong-willed girl who values freedom above all else; love is not something she’s ever thought to look for.

Q: Can you tell us why you chose the title Wither, and how it correlates with your Rhine’s story?

A: It was a title that the publisher and I generated from a long list, after the story had been through copyediting. It can be interpreted any number of ways, but for me it describes what’s happening not only to my characters, but to everything around them. Flowers, trees, crumbling buildings—it’s a world where everything is slowly dying.

Q: How long did it take you to write Wither?

A: The first draft took about a month, which isn’t typical for me. I have some unpublished stories that have taken years to complete.

Q: What can we expect from future books in this series?

A: For some big questions to be answered, and for some bigger questions to arise.

Q: I know that Justin Bieber and Paris Hilton were huge inspirations for Wither, but is there anything else? A song, another book, a place?

A: Just to dispel this up front: No pop singers or celebutantes inspired this story. But while I was going through some old books from my childhood last week, I found a copy of The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson, which was about a mysterious virus that killed everyone over the age of 12. I was probably nine or ten when I read it, and I’m sure that planted a very early seed. I’m also fascinated by stories on the news about eradicating cancer genes or genetically modified foods, and loved the movie Gattaca. Somewhere in my brain is a spinning wheel that processes all of my life’s experiences and makes them into story ideas.

Q: Is there any certain person who instilled the passion for reading and writing in you? A family member or a teacher maybe?

A: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and when I was young I didn’t give much thought to why I loved it, nor did I share it with anyone. I saw it as a private thing, like keeping a diary, except all the entries were fictitious. In fifth grade I was assigned to write a short story for school, and I remember my teacher pulling me aside and asking if I had ever considered writing books when I grew up. Before that moment, publication had never occurred to me, but as I got older I began to take the idea more seriously.

Q: Were you inspired by other dystopian stories, such as The Handmaiden’s Tale? What other dystopian would you recommend we read?

A: I have seen a lot of comparisons between my story and The Handmaid’s Tale which frankly surprises me. I am a huge admirer of Margaret Atwood and would absolutely recommend her dystopian, but I think her story and mine focus on different topics and paint different worlds. As far as recommending dystopians, it would really depend on what the reader is looking for. The beauty of dystopian fiction is that it breaks the boundaries we’re used to; it makes us uncomfortable, and it makes us see our own world in a new light, and so I would only recommend, whatever dystopian each reader chooses, that it’s met with an open mind.

Q: What are some of your favorite books that have had the biggest influence on your writing?

A: I’m not sure that other books are any more or less influential as anything else that might inspire me, such as a conversation or a crime documentary—I never really know what will trigger something. I once wrote an entire scene because of a shape I saw in a puddle.

Synopsis (Product Description):

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

You can visit Lauren around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook


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Series Spotlight: The Demonica Series by Larissa Ione

February 13th, 2011 Angela Posted in Author Spotlight 1 Comment »

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week on Dark Faerie Tales I will feature one of my favorite paranormal romance series.  It’s romantic, steamy, action packed, and down-right addictive.  I decided to select the Demonica series as my first series to spotlight because it’s paranormal romance on crack.  Admittedly, I picked up the first book in the series, Pleasure Unbound, based solely on the cover.  I was in Barnes and Noble perusing the shelves, hoping to find something to fill my Black Dagger Brotherhood void until J. R. Ward’s next release.  So I went from vampires to demons, and I’m glad I picked up the book on a whim.  Each book in the Demonica series has been an amazing ride.  If Ms. Ione isn’t on your reading/auto buy list, then she should be.  I never have difficulty escaping into the world that she created.  This week I will be reviewing the series, and next week Ms. Ione will be stopping by to talk about the series and offer an amazing giveaway.  Stay tuned…

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Author Spotlight: Dark Ink Chronicles by Elle Jasper

March 21st, 2010 Angela Posted in Author Spotlight 3 Comments »

Afterlight by Elle Jasper is the first book in her new Dark Ink Chronicles series.  The book is scheduled to be released on November 2, 2010.  I’m really excited about this new series.  Afterlight will be part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Challenge.  Here are some more details from the author’s site:


About The Series: Riley Poe leads the series as a gritty, unconventional tattoo artist-turned-undead-slayer after her younger brother is lured into a gang led by a pair of vicious Romanian vampires. In books 1,2,and 3, Riley, a dead-sexy guardian vampire named Eli Dupre, his undead family and Riley’s surrogate grandparents-who are not only Gullah root doctors but hoodoo conjurers as well–stalk the underside of Savannah, Charleston, and a trip to the Old World as they track the deadly Arcos vampires to Romania. The story unfolds through Riley’s eyes in first person where you learn of Riley’s torrid past, her desires, and her fears as she falls hard for Eli, becomes Victorian Arcos’ obsession, and struggles not to become the very thing she fights: a vampire.

Book One: Afterlight

Synopsis (Product Description):

The Dupres have been Savannah’s guardians, appointed by a band of root doctors and hoodooists, for nearly two hundred years. They’ve all grown…complacent. Now, the Arcos brothers, who’ve long been entombed at Bonaventure, have been inadvertently freed by a group of teenagers horsing around in the cemetery. Determined to take revenge on the city who entombed them, the Arcos’ gather strength in the city’s youth. Within the moon’s full cycle, the gang’s quickening will be complete–they’ll become vampires. Newlings, out of control and craving human blood will ravage the city. The one thing the Arcos’ didn’t count on was the powerful love of a sister. Riley Poe will stop at nothing to get her brother back. The one thing Riley didn’t count on was the powerful love of a vampire. Eli Dupre will do anything to get her. Follow Riley, Eli, and the vampires of the Dupre House into the shadowy, underside of Savannah.

Book Two: Everdark

Book Three: Eventide

You can visit Elle around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter

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