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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alex James Kylar Interview

Hello Alex, Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?
What? [Half-laughs in disbelief] OK, this isn't what I expected. Uh ... eighteen, male, AK.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
Basically, I'm an AK. That stands for 'Angel Killer'; it means I'm someone who kills angels. Most people don't know that angels have invaded our world, and are feeding off humanity. I mean, literally feeding. And when they do, they cause something known as 'angel burn' - the human perceives the angel as being beautiful and kind, even as they're being harmed by it. So the other AKs and I are trying to stop them, any way we can. If we don't, humanity's not going to survive this.

How was it like growing up in camp?
It was great. I think some people have this idea that I had a deprived childhood or something - I totally didn't. I loved being part of a team and having a real purpose; I loved learning how to fight angels like my dad. Plus, it was like the ultimate childhood: hanging out in the desert and learning how to shoot, drive, go was great.

How would you describe your feelings for Willow?
[Long pause; finally Alex shakes his head] I can't describe my feelings for her. She's just...everything.

What was the first thing that popped into your head when you first saw Willow?
I had gone to her house to scope her out, because I'd been told that she was an angel and had to be destroyed. Then I sensed there was something strange about her energy - it wasn't pure angel; I'd never felt anything like it before. So, you know, I should have been totally in work-mode; I had no idea what I was going to be facing. But when I first saw her lying there asleep on the sofa, I just thought ... 'Holy Christ, she's beautiful.' [Laughs] Then I shoved it away and got really professional again.

What were you thinking during your drive down to New Mexico?
Which part of it? It was a long drive. [shrugs] I don't know. I was thinking about the drive, about keeping us both safe. And trying not to be too distracted by Willow, I guess. [grins suddenly] She's pretty distracting.

How shocked were you to learn Cully's betrayal?
It wasn't a betrayal. Cully would never have betrayed us. He had angel burn; there's a big difference. Anyway - no, I wasn't shocked; I've seen it happen before. Way too many times.

How cute was Willow's purple skirt! What are your thoughts?
Anything she wears looks great on her. But yeah, she looked really cute in that.

I thought it was really great to see you bond with Willow playing quarters. What were you thinking that very moment? And to think she almost beat you.
Total beginner's luck. As for what I was thinking - probably something like, "Pay attention, you jerk, or you'll lose the game." I was trying not to notice how gorgeous she was. Or admit that I was falling for her.

I know this might be hard to answer, how much do you miss Jake?
[terse] A lot.

Other than coffee, what's the one thing you can't live without?

Wait, how much coffee do you drink a day?
[smiles] OK, now you're sounding like Willow; she's always teasing me about that. I don't keep count, OK? Enough to keep me going.

Thank you for coming by to answer a few questions. Is there anything you want to tell us about the upcoming adventure in Angel Fire?
[looks like he can't decide whether to be amused or irritated] 'Adventure,' right - you make it sound like we're hunting for buried treasure or something. [shrugs] Willow and I go to Mexico City and meet up with some other AKs. We're still fighting the angels; our plan is to do away with the Seraphic Council. And ... a lot of stuff happens that we didn't expect.

[Author's note: Ha! No, I didn't think he'd mention Seb in answer to that - and sure enough, he didn't. ;) Thanks Jean, great interview!]

(Jean - Ha! I figured!!!)

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly


Milda Harris Author Interview

Book Nerd Interview

Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who is living the dream in Hollywood. She loves watching movies and playing random sports like dodgeball and kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult mystery, paranormal, and chick lit novels.

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How would you describe yourself in three words? 

Thoughtful. Adventurous. Bookworm.

What inspired you to pen your first novel? 

I was in grade school and I had a dream, so I wrote it down! It eventually turned into my first novel. I'd love to rewrite that novel someday, actually...

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? 

All the books I've read because my love of reading and stories is really what got me interested in writing in the first place. I wanted to tell my own stories. Funny enough, the first novel I remember reading was Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase. I loved it! And, the first books I've published are female sleuth mysteries. Coincidence?

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Adventures In  Funeral Crashing? 

How much fun I could have with what sounds like a really depressing topic.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series? 

I have many plans for new books! And, Adventures in Funeral Crashing is part of a series. Originally, I hadn't thought of it that way, but I liked the character of Kait so much that I wanted to explore her more! Book two should be out in February or March 2012. I'm also half way through a young adult sci-fi romance called The Doppelgangers.

What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books? 

There was one that said reading Adventures in Funeral Crashing was like watching Degrassi. It made me laugh. I'll take that as a compliment.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say? 

Kait (from Adventures in Funeral Crashing) would probably talk a lot about Ethan Ripley, the guy she has a crush on. And, I mean, a lot - she is a sixteen year old girl, after all.

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were? 

I actually have no idea. There isn't anything that I've been itching to answer...that I don't slip into the interview in some devious way. My dog Licorice is super cute, by the way, if you wanted to know. See?

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less
words, what would you say?

My most recent book is Connected (A Paranormal Romance): The only thing Drew remembers about his life is his death. Still reeling from that Drew finds himself witnessing the birth of a baby girl, Aurora, and knows they're connected.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula? 

All of my books start out as one simple interesting idea and I start exploring from there. Like, in Adventures in Funeral Crashing, I thought what if there was a girl who was just a normal high school girl, except she was a professional mourner? That turned into funeral crashing and the whole tone became much more silly, but a lot of that was because it was written as a three day novel. I really enjoy writing challenges like that - they force you to get it done in a set time. NaNoWriMo is great too.

Favorite places to travel? 

I love riding down Pacific Coast Highway in California and one of my favorite places is Carmel, CA. It's just...beautiful. If I had my druthers, though, I've been dying to go to Paris. So, future me, says Paris, France.

Which author would you love to co-author a book with? 

Meg Cabot or Sophie Kinsella. They're so much fun to read and I'd bet they'd be a blast to write with. Stephen King would be pretty amazing too...just because he is the master of horror.

What book are you reading now? 

I'm about to start reading "The Future of Us" by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macker. I think. There are a bunch of books on my shelf just screaming at me to read them. I'm just finishing up "Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld.

What do you normally eat for breakfast? 

I love sauteed strawberry crepes, but I guess I don't normally eat them. I just wish I did.

What are 4 things you never leave home without? 

My cell phone, my keys, something to read, and coffee. I love coffee.

List 3 of your all time favorite books? 

Top three, that's tough, and it changes depending on the moment I'm asked: "Pride & Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "The Shining" by Stephen King, and The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? 

Fringe. I love Fringe. It's like The X-Files, but different. I didn't watch the first season until later, but now I love it! Oh and The Vampire Diaries - a friend sucked me into that one. Seriously, though, who doesn't love hot vampires fighting over a girl? Besides, I had already read a bunch of the LJ Smith novels, so it's not like it really took that much to push me over the edge and into watching it. Overall, though, I actually love TV so I could just keep going and going and going on and on about this question.

Where can readers stalk you?, Twitter @mildaharris, Facebook, Goodreads. Actually, pretty much just google my name and you're guaranteed to find me! I'm easy to stalk. There's not too many Milda's out there. Although, fun fact, "milda" is a name brand in Europe somewhere. I think it's funny. Someone out there is using "milda" butter. Weird.

Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

You can purchase Adventures in Funeral Crashing at these following retailers:

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Thank you Milda for making this giveaway possible.
3 Winners will receive one e-book of Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris.

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February 2012 BNC - Dragon Wings by D.C. Grace

Welcome to the world of Dade Blue-Therror, the Amethyst Dragon. For Dade, chivalry is not dead, and Avalon still exists on a plane that holds fast to simple truths. Fairy magic is real, Morgan le Fay is real, and with Dade’s help, Camelot could rise again. That is, as long as Shelby Mercy doesn’t distract Dade from his duties.

We are happy to annouce for the month of February 2012 we have teamed up with Paranormal Book Club with the reading of Dragon Wings by D.C. Grace. Every month Alice Priday & I will be choosing a book-of-the-month, cleverly titled BOOK NERD CHOICE (BNC). Anyone can participate. We will have a month to read and discuss it. At the end of the month, we will have a poll in which character from the book that artist James Vallesteros will draw. The drawing will be transformed into bookmarks and all actively participants will receive one.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

BNM - Book Nerd Mail #5

Best Selling Laurie Faria Stolarz Author Interview & Young Adult Hop

Booknerd Interview
Dreaming of Books Hop
Co-Hosted by Down the Rabbit Hole

Book Nerd Interview

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, Project 17, and Bleed, as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at

Laurie’s Guilty Pleasures

Favorite snack: Popcorn with soy butter and lemon/pepper seasoning.
Touristy Trip: Paris.
Fashion addiction (at the moment): artfully torn jeans, tall boots, pretty scarves, and Michael Stars tees.

Dessert: Dark chocolate in almost any form - the darker the better.
Fast food: French fries at least once every few months (with lots of ketchup).
Beauty Binge: Aveda haircare products, which includes indulging in high-and/or-low-lights every eight weeks. Also, Caudalie skincare, Ineke perfume (Field Notes from Paris), Revitalash mascara, and Buxom Lips from Bare Escentuals.
Late-Night TV: Real Housewives of (wherever), Mad Fashion, Fashion Hunters.
Chick Flick: Never Been Kissed, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Juno, Green Card, Once, The Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones Diary, Thelma & Louise, Mean Girls, Moonstruck, Clueless, Under the Tuscan Sun, and anything with John Cusack.
Nightlife: Pilates in front of the TV (a regular occurrence), answering e-mail (also regular), and dinner and/or a movie out with friends (happens far too rarely).
Cheap Thrill: Window-shopping, tabloid magazines, buying a new lip gloss, a tall cup of coffee from Peet's or Starbucks.
Ultimate Splurge: G2O Day Spa for a massage.

Other Random Info

Favorite Quote: Perseverance is key.
Favorite cuisine: Indian food – onion chutney, curried vegetables, and kashmir bread. I also love cheeseless pizza from Bertucci's.
Interests: Vegetarian cooking, holistic nutrition, aromatherapy.
Favorite Music: Adele, Fergie, James Blunt, Gavin Rossdale, Tori Amos, Sting, Sarah MacLachlin, Gwen Stefani, Black-eyed Peas.
Hobbies: Walking, napping, cooking, shopping, interior decorating.

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How would you describe yourself in three words?

Perceptive, observant, thoughtful.

Tell us your latest news.

Deadly Little Voices, the fourth book in the Touch series, was recently released this past December. In keeping with Touch series tradition, in celebration of the release, I’m launching my annual “winner-gets-to-have-a-minor-character-named-after-him/her” contest! The grand prize winner will get to have a minor character in DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS, the fifth and final book in the TOUCH series named after him or her. Other prizes include autographed book copies and the opportunity to have original work appear on my web site, Facebook, and Twitter pages. OFFICIAL RULES and GUIDELINES for this contest are on my website, under NEWS. ALL ENTRANTS MUST SIGN A RELEASE FORM, DOWNLOADABLE FROM WWW.LAURIESTOLARZ.COM/NEWS.html.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since forever. As a child, before I could even put pen to paper, I was making up stories and telling them to whomever would listen. Then, when I finally could write, I’d draft scripts and have my dolls recite the lines and act out the performances.

How many books have you written?

I currently have twelve books out and another coming out next fall (DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS).

What was your inspiration for the Touch Series?

I wanted to write a story where the main character has to struggle with the idea of falling in love with someone who could potentially be dangerous. I tinkered with this concept in the first three books of my Blue is for Nightmares Series [(Blue is for Nightmares (Llewellyn 2003), White is for Magic (Llewellyn 2004), and Silver is for Secrets (Llewellyn 2005), as well as in Bleed (Hyperion 2006)]. In Bleed, in particular, there’s a young male character who was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend. His next relationship consists of pen pal letters he exchanges with a young girl while he’s in prison. Without giving too much away, the relationship is briefly pursued once he is released, but I wanted to bring this concept to another level. Additionally, I wanted to continue experimenting with the supernatural (which I also use in my Blue is for Nightmares Series as well as in Project 17), showing how we all have our own inner senses and intuition, and how with work we can tap into those senses and make them stronger. I started researching different types of supernatural powers and discovered the power of psychometry (the ability to sense things through touch). The concept fascinated me, and so I wanted to bring it out in a character, showing how sometimes even the most extraordinary powers can also be a curse. Lastly, I wanted to apply these concepts to be part of a series. I love the idea of growing main character over the course of several books.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about Camelia?

She actually enjoys some of her mom’s gluten-free, sugar-free, raw vegan cuisine.

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why?

There were several chapters where I had to show Camelia on the brink of insanity, teetering at the edge, not sure which way she was going to land. It was challenging to try to get inside her head and convey those emotions – that fear, confusion, and loss of control – in a believable way.

What is the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?


What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?

Do you have any youtube videos of your books? Why yes, I do. Check them out here:




Which author would you love to co-author a book with?

I think it would be fun to write a cookbook with vegan chef Tal Ronnen. He could do the cooking and I could do the eating.

What is your favorite Quote?

Perseverance is key.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Tissues, lip gloss, cell phone, wallet.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

I just saw Paris After Midnight and loved it. I also just read Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett – a great book.

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High school junior Camelia thought her powers of psychometry only gave her the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she’s started to hear voices. Mean voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, and that she’d be better off dead. It’s a troubling development that has Camelia terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt with a suicidal history has just moved into the family house. More torturing, ex-boyfriend Ben, who has similar psychometric abilities, has been spending more time with their classmate Alejandra.

With the line between right and wrong fraying, Camelia turns to pottery to get a grasp on her emotions. She begins sculpting a beautiful figure skater, only to receive frightening premonitions that someone’s in danger. But who is the victim? And how can Camelia help them when she is on the brink of losing her own sanity?

Deadly Little Voices is the fourth book in The Touch Series by Laurie Stollarz and for the fourth time, I was pleasingly delighted. Just like its three counterparts, it has everything that a paranormal book offers: mystery, creepiness, and basically everything that is not in accordance with scientific laws. This was the kind of book I could really enjoy and before even finishing it; I knew that it would be a pleasurable read.

Camelia has grown up more, in the sense of getting more in tune with her gifted powers. The choices she makes in Deadly Little Voices were sound decisions as opposed to the ones she made previously. Camelia’s visions of torment are very vivid, thanks to Stollarz’s amazing depictions that it was very frightening to read. The answer(s) to her visions are so mysterious that it will have the readers thinking one thing and in the next chapter, it’ll end up being something completely different. That was one of the aspects I love about the book.

Deadly Little Voices introduces more mystery and new characters. We get more details about Camelia’s powers and Stollarz has turned up the creepiness notch higher in this one. I always enjoy a read full of creepy situations and paranormal visions that at times feels so real (shudders).

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How to bring your psychometric senses to fruition

By Camelia Hammond, main character, TOUCH series by Laurie Faria Stolarz

1. Make yourself comfortable in a place that feels “sacred” to you. For some it’s outside, surrounded by nature; for others it’s a favorite chair or surrounded by candles; for me, it’s wherever I’m doing pottery.
2. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, letting go of any stray or nervous thoughts.
3. Now, take an object in your hand. A good idea is to have someone give you something they’ve owned for a long time, i.e. a favorite bracelet or a set of keys.
4. Close your eyes again and concentrate on this object. Be aware of any thoughts or feelings that come about as a result of holding this object. Talk those ideas through, even if they seem silly or insignificant, but never make information up.

Remember, this takes practice and a bit of experimenting. The goal is to begin tuning in to your own inner awareness and your ability of perception. What often works for me is asking a question aloud, and then sculpting out the answer, using my power of touch in a creative and organic way.

Praise for the TOUCH series:

Texas Tayshas List, 2010 (DLS)
Children’s Book Council’s 2010 & 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee
Reluctant Reader Quick Pick Nominees, 2010 & 2011, American Library Association
Teens@Random, Favorite Book of 2009 (DLS)
Gold Star Award,, 2009 (DLL)

"...lively first-person narrative.... CW-worthy dialogue, quirky secondary characters, romance and suspense: a winning combination" - Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging, eerie tale about the darker side of relationships - when it becomes a matter of life and death to know who your friends are." - KLIATT

“The book was full of shocking surprises and revelations, earning the book five stars. This is a must-read for fans of romance, suspense, and mystery because it won't disappoint.” – Teens Read Too (DLL)

"Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master creator of suspense and romance. Her words cause the heart to pound, the palms to sweat, the spine to shiver, and the stomach to flutter. The trepidation born from the anonymous threats will make the pages fly, and the palpable tension between Camelia and Ben as they attempt to ignore their hearts causes the fire to burn hotter." -

And now, The Giveaway.
Thank you Laurie for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Secret and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

1 Winner will receive one Signed copy of Deadly Little Lies and 
one Postcard by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Games and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Voices and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.


Alice Priday
1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Secret and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Sarah Kalaitzidis
1 Winner will receive one Signed copy of Deadly Little Lies and 
one Postcard by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Games and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Sarah K.
1 Winner will receive one copy of Deadly Little Voices and 
one Signed Bookplate by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Surprise Signed Postcard by Laurie Faria Stolarz Winners:
Cean Lim, Iz Light, Karen Senoo, Clarissa Pereira, 
Stephanie Hirsch & Vicky's Reviews.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Scott Prussing Author Interview

Book Nerd Interview

Scott Prussing is the author of the three books in the paranormal romance series The Blue Fire Saga (Breathless, Deathless, and Helpless) as well as two mystery/suspense novels available in ebook form (Unturned Stones and Tangled Webs). He is also the author of the teen romance ebook Mine: A Love Story, whose plot is based on the hit songs of Taylor Swift.

Scott has degrees in psychology from the University of Connecticut and Yale University. After graduate school, Scott was smart enough to move to beautiful San Diego, California, where he lives just four blocks from the ocean. In addition to writing, Scott enjoys going to the movies (not renting!), hiking, riding his bike along the coast, and golf. He remains one of the few people in the United States without a cell phone.

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Tell us your latest news.

Two of my Blue Fire Saga books just finished nicely in a couple of reader polls. Breathless was voted 6th best indie novel of 2011 at Paranormal Reads and Deathless was voted 5th best YA novel in the Preditors and Editors poll. (I think that’s a great accomplishment for a book that is more crossover than YA.)

On a marketing note, I am currently running a 35% off special on the 3 book Blue Fire Saga package on my website,, so it’s a great time to buy.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in New Jersey, but was smart enough to move to beautiful San Diego soon after graduate school. Home is a small apartment 4 blocks from the beach.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Easygoing, creative, smart.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

I don’t think my environment/upbringing has colored my writing in any specific ways, other than it made me the person that I am. My dad turned me on to Edgar Rice Burroughs novels at an earlier age, so I grew to love fantasy adventure stories. I do tend to place my novels in geographic locations I’m familiar with.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

J.R. R. Tolkien – a master storyteller. Lord of the Rings inspired me to try my hand at writing a novel.

For those who are unfamiliar with your Blue Fire Saga, how would you introduce it?

The Blue Fire Saga is a paranormal romance series filled with passion, warm humor, mystery and supernatural danger. It’s a vampire romance with lots of fresh twists (one-fanged vampires, anyone?) and characters beyond vampires (volkaanes, wizards, zombies, a Necromancer).

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?

You should read my Blue Fire Saga books because people tend to fall in love with the characters; plus, they have compelling storylines that make them difficult to put down.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

One of the most pleasant surprises was how, once I got the 4 or 5 major characters started, they seemed “come alive” and began to act and speak on their own. It made the writing so much easier. All I had to do was put them in a situation and let them to take it from there.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

Leesa would say “C’mon Scott, figure out a way I can kiss Rave the way I want already!” Cali would say “When are you going to write me a vampire boyfriend, for chrissakes?” Rave would probably say “Thank you for sending Leesa my way. She’s incredible.”

What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

My books are self-published, so there was no “accepted” occasion. I was also heavily involved in the cover art of Breathless, so there was no surprise or “Aha!” moment there, either. The first reviews and reader responses were amazingly exhilarating, though. I thought Breathless was a pretty good book—comfortably familiar but with plenty of new twists—but getting verification from reviewers and readers was very sweet.

If you could introduce Leesa to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I would introduce her to Marissa, the lead character in my teen romance (based on the songs of Taylor Swift) Mine: A Love Story. Leesa and Marissa have a lot in common. I think they’d be great friends.

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why?

The chapter where Leesa attends her first Vampire Science class at college. I wanted to get across, in a fun way, the idea about how many different (and often competing) versions of vampires there are in books and movies. I guess one of the simplest (and most controversial) examples is Twilight’s vampires “sparkling” while most others have vampires burned by sunlight. I was familiar with many of these differences and did lots of googling to get the details for others…such as who played Tom Cruise’s vampire girlfriend in the Interview with the Vampire movie. That chapter was very challenging, but fun to write.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own

life? No, but I do name many of my characters after my fans, and even use pieces of their actual physical descriptions when possible. They love it.

Are there any tips you would give a book club to better navigate their discussion of  your book? 

 No real tips… just enjoy the ride. I actually attended a vampire book club here in San Diego when they discussed Breathless. It was lots of fun – and three of the members got to be vampires in book 3!

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

HELPLESS. I’d say “Book three of the paranormal romance Blue Fire Saga is filled with the same passion, humor, suspense and supernatural danger that made readers fall in love with Breathless and Deathless.”

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?

I’d love someone to ask “Can I order 100 copies of your books?” (my answer would be “you bet!”)

I’d also like someone to ask me “what’s going on with the first line of each chapter in Breathless?” My answer would be they are all the opening line (or partial opening line) of another book. Could be a classic, like Tale of Two Cities or The Stranger, or another fantasy like Sword of Shannara or one of the Eragorn books (I can’t remember which one offhand), or a vampire book like Interview with the Vampire. I had to cheat just a bit by using the first line of two poems and one play. I just did it for fun and to give readers something to puzzle out or research if they were so inclined.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

Can’t think of one. Honestly.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Interacting with so many amazing fans on Facebook has been far and away my most rewarding experience. I have met LOTS of awesome people.

If I came to your house and looked in your closet/attic/basement, what’s the one thing that would surprise me the most?

I don’t have an attic or basement, so I guess it would have to be my closet. You might be surprised by what you wouldn’t see—no suits, sport jackets, ties. Lots of T-shirts and golf shirts and casual pants.

Which author would you love to co-author a book with? 

It’s not possible, of course, but I’d love to co-author a book with Mark Twain. He was a wonderful combination of wit, wisdom and storytelling. I’ve actually been fooling around with a “mash-up” version of Huckleberry Finn with vampires and zombies. It’s fun to try to write in Twain’s Huck Finn voice!

What do you normally eat for breakfast?

I’m pretty boring. I eat bran flakes with raisins (fresh raisins, not Raisin Bran) and non-fat milk pretty much every morning. It’s easy, healthy and I like it. No juice, no coffee, just my cereal (and a fish oil capsule).

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

Midnight in Paris…a Woody Allen movie about a writer and time travel. I loved it—funny, touching, very creative. The writer goes back in time and meets Hemingway, Dali, Picasso, others…

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

I am not very good with this kind of question (you would think as a writer of fiction, I would be!). How about Neil Armstrong? I’d love to see the earth from space and hit a few golf balls on the moon.

Where can your readers stalk you?

On Facebook, either under my name, or Breathless Fampires page, or Breathless Vampire Book page. Also, on my website, Stalk away, readers! I’m one of the most accessible writers out there.

Breathless is book one in the Blue Fire Saga, a modern fantasy/romance in the mode of Twilight and Vampire Diaries, but with enough twists and new ideas to excite even the most devoted fans... Book Two, Deathless, will be available in early Fall 2011.
Weston College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That's when her mom started acting weird, insisting sunlight hurt her skin because she'd been bitten by a one-fanged vampire.
But fascinated doesn't mean Leesa believes. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to consider all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend. She knows Rave likes her a lot-so why won't he kiss her?
As Leesa draws closer to finding her brother, she faces some gut-wrenching decisions. Should she risk her mom's life trying to "cure" her? Should she continue seeing Rave, after he reveals his dangerous secret? And most terrifying of all, should she make the ultimate sacrifice-give up her humanity-to save her brother?

You can purchase The Blue Fire Saga Series  here:

The Blue Fire Saga

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Scott for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive one Signed Copy of Breathless by Scott Prussing.

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