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Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 New Year blog hop

Welcome to the New Year 's Blog Hop
So many people still make New Year resolutions hoping for a fresh start to some aspects of their lives with the start of a new year.
I thought it would be fun to find out if, and what, the community of vampires in 'The Ruthin Trilogy' did to celebrate the beginning of a new year.
The only one of them willing to talk to me is Drew Ruthin. The rest are 'traveling', which is ominous since that might mean they are searching for Drew.
The great thing is, he's brought along Elise. Who as a 'special being' is quite private, so it's great to meet her.
Hi Drew, 
First of all welcome back to the blog. 
Q.Tell me do you make new year resolutions?
A. I think they are a bit pointless, unless you really mean them. If you need to do something you should do it, not wait for a new year. I can't remember much about my former life, but I bet I was too selfish to consider trying to make myself a better person, make that, vampire, through new year resolutions.
Q. So you haven't made a new year's resolution for 2013 then?
A. I have actually.(smiles) I've decided to help anyone who needs help.
Q. Does that include beings like Balthazar and Seth, who as far as I know are out to capture you?
A. (Laughs) I certainly will not be helping them capture me, no. Ask Elise if she has made any new year resolutions.

Hi Elise, thanks for being here with Drew
Q. Drew seems to think you might have made new year resolutions, have you?
A. (Smiles) I haven't. He's just probably hoping for more reassurance that I am not going to change my mind about hiding out with him. He doesn't need to worry I've abandoned my race and will always be with Drew now.

If you have made any new year resolutions, or haven't, tell us about it in a comment with your email address, to enter the grand prize draw.
 We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
Everything but the swag prize is international, so give your luck a try and comment for the chance to win. The grand prize blog hop winners will be announced on January 7th



You can also win a digital copy of any of my books, just leave a comment on the blog saying which of the three books, Stone Kisses, Devon Ruthin and A Vampire in Love, or Drew Ruthin and the Blood of Changes, you would like, and what kind of e-reader you use, to enter the draw for this prize.
Sorry if the blog hop linky list is not showing, if not here is a link to a list on the organizer's blog.  http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/new-year-blog-hop-updated-list.html
  


 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to author Jodi Pierce


Jodie Pierce is thirty-seven years old and lives with her husband, John in Cleveland, Ohio along with four beautiful step-children. She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child and has had a long history with them. It wasn't until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books that she was truly inspired. She was an exchange student in Brasil in high school so you can find some of her experiences from there in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places. She has published five short novels(Eternal Press), a short story in "Midnight Thirst 2", an anthology(Melange Books), has two self-published books and has several short stories that she still works on. She's always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams.

 Hi Jodi thank you for guesting on the blog this week.
 Hi and it's good to be here.
I have some questions for you so get ready.... 
Q. What type of genre do you write? 
 Paranormal

Q. What genre to you personally read? 
Paranormal
 
Tell me about your latest? 

The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.

Q. Where is your book available?  www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com   

Q. What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? 

 My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved it.

Q. What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? 
 
I already had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the book came to me in a dream.

Q. What has been your best moment as a writer? 

 The day I got that email that said they wanted to publish my first story.


Q. Do you see yourself in any of your characters? 

No but I write other people around me into my characters.

Q.Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? 

There’s always more to do. More to write...LOL!

Q. What does your workspace look like? 

I work, sitting on my recliner with my computer on my lap. My table next to my chair is loaded with papers, notes and Luna bar wrappers.

Q. What do you do when you’re not writing? 

I enjoy watching tv with hubby, getting coffee or a bite to eat out, spend time with my parents.

Q. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? 

Persistance but most writers/artists aren’t sane.

Q. Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?

 I just always knew since middle school. I loved to write even then.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 

Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give up.

Q. Tell us about your current release and who would be your favorite character?

 The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history?
 


My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive, impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her reign in the vampire race.


Q. Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the ‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name plot’ it amuses me.

Q. Does travel play in the writing of your books? 

Well, not exactly travel in as far as my personal traveling to locations but I research all of my locations. I like to do research so I look up everything from places, food, clothes, etc. It helps me learn about new places and makes the reading more interesting in my opinion.

Q. What do you find most rewarding about writing?
 
I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that. Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL! 

Q. What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
 
Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it up much anymore.

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

My hubby and I seem to be foodies. We watch all the cooking and food shows. We love to try new things, places, food, etc. On the cooking shows, they spoke about using bone marrow. I already have a hard time with eating food off a bone so it grossed me out. I said I’d ‘never’ eat it. Well, we went to a critically acclaimed chef’s restaurant, Lolita by Michael Simon and it was on the menu. He ordered it and I was still skeptical but he talked me into trying it. I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually pretty good. I wouldn’t eat it every day and it is an acquired taste but it was good.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.

Q. Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“I often paint self-portraits for it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida Kahlo
It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life comes from.

Q. After this book, what is next? 

I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.
 

Thank you for dropping by Jodi and good luck with whatever you so next.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Vampires don't really give a hoot about Christmas, because it's always Christmas for them, with their special senses, and powers.
Even knowing this I decided to ask Drew Ruthin what he was doing for Christmas this year.

Q. Hi Drew thank you for coming along to the blog today.
I have a question for you right away. Do you celebrate Christmas?

A. I haven't actually celebrated Christmas for many years. I think the last time I got a tree all decked out with lights and sparkles was nineteen sixty nine.
It's not really a special time for creatures like me. I have changed though and I might actually find Elise decorates a tree.

Q. Do you know any other vampires that celebrate Christmas?
A.Yes the ones in the cafe I own always put lights up and a holly wreath on the door. They exchange gifts too on Christmas eve. I never joined in.

Q. This could be an akward question, but do you have anything special for Christmas dinner?
A. (Laughing)  No just the usual.

Q. You say you have changed since meeting Elise. Will you give her a gift for Christmas?
A. Yes. I'm going to give her roses. She loves plants and flowers. I have already ordered one hundred blood red roses to be delivered to her on Christmas eve. (Smiles)

Q. Do you think she will give you a gift and what do you wish for?
A. As long as she loves me I can't wish for anything better. A kiss, a kiss on Christmas morning will be my best gift.

It's been interesting to talk with you Drew. I hope you get your Christmas wish.
 A. Thank you and happy holidays to all your readers. Thank you for inviting me today.