Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Cynthia Garner + Stella Cameron

We're major fans of the paranormal, right after historicals of course. There's something dangerously sexy about things that go bump in the night or straight out of tales meant to scare you into staying inside at night. Stella Cameron and Cynthia Garner are here to share their latest releases with us.


Meet Stella:
Stella Cameron is the New York Times best selling author of the acclaimed Court of Angels Series, the Bayou Books and many others. There are fourteen million copies of her books in circulation worldwide. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington State.

Find Stella: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Meet Cynthia:
My interest in writing got an early start when my sixth grade teacher told us to complete the following sentence: “It was a dark and stormy night…” With that my love of all things paranormal was born.

By day I’m a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager for a local non-profit organization. I’m originally from northeast Ohio and fled the snow over ten years ago to live in the heat of southeastern Arizona.

Find Cynthia: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook

Q&A w/Cynthia Garner:

Jamie & Kati: Who is Cynthia Garner?
Cynthia Garner: By day I’m a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager for a non-profit company that works with children in the care of Child Protective Services. It’s a lovely place to work with lovely people, and when it’s quitting time I can usually leave without carrying anything home with me, either physically, mentally or emotionally. That’s so important because once I do get home, I get started on my other full-time job, which is writing. If I’m all wired up because of something that happened at work (or something that’s in the process of happening that I know still needs attention), it’s not very conducive to the creativity process.

I grew up in Northeast Ohio in a middle class family with roots in West Virginia. I currently live in Southern Arizona, and absolutely love it! I moved here in 2000, and after five years of having a job that consumed me (60-70 hours/week workload in addition to lots and lots and LOTS of stress), I resigned and took a year to work on my writing career. I published several novellas under the pen name Sherrill Quinn with digital first publishers including Ellora’s Cave and Amber Heat. (My books are still available there.) In 2009 the first of three Kensington Brava books came out, and with KISS OF THE VAMPIRE that just came out February 1st of this year, I have moved to my new home (with my new name) at Grand Central.

J&K: Tell us a little bit about KISS OF THE VAMPIRE and your hero and heroine.
CG: KISS OF THE VAMPIRE is the first book in my Warriors of the Rift series, which is set predominantly in an alternate reality Scottsdale, Arizona where all the creatures of our myths and legends are living next door. They are in actuality human beings who have been taken over by alien entities from another dimension. Tobias Caine is a vampire who was in essence Secret Service in his other life and voluntary came to this dimension in pursuit of an assassin. Nix de la Fuente was born here on Earth of a demon mother and a human father.

J&K: What do you have next in store for readers?
CG: I just turned in a novella that is a prequel to the novels in the series, and it should be released in digital format in May or June. The second novel, SECRET OF THE WOLF, comes out in July, and the third novel, HEART OF THE DEMON, will come out early next year.

Q&A w/Stella Cameron:

Jamie & Kati: Who is Stella Cameron? Author, mother, international woman of mystery.
Stella Cameron: You describe me so well :) How about adding, reclusive, shy but with good coping skills, addicted to my family and crazy about animals. Like to clean, hate to cook. Love to garden and occasionally to draw. Fiction has saved me from sadness all my life. There is nothing I wouldn't at least start reading. I find gems of stories in unlikely places—or perhaps I should write, unexpected.

Above all, I'm a survivor who doesn't believe in blaming the past for present problems. My motto now is, "Get over it."

J&K: Tell us a bit about DARKNESS BOUND and your hero and heroine.
SC: I had written the Court of Angels series set in New Orleans and was amazed by the freedom I felt writing paranormal stories. I was hooked. Drama, love, hate, fear, sympathy, courage, selflessness and the opposite…I was swamped by every emotion. With DARKNESS BOUND I delved into a different area and lived a story with werehounds, werewolves, vampires and my Deseran people who are the abandoned offspring of paranormal parents who decided, wrongly, that these children had no special skills.

My hero is werehound, Niles Latimer, alpha of the Team that lives on Whidbey Island in Washington. The werehounds have gradually diminished in number and there are no females left. Mating between a werehound and any other species presents potentially deadly danger since there is no guarantee that the werehound's mate might not survive being with him. Niles has been assured he could mate with a Deseran and is trying to convince himself he can take the risk for another creature.

Leigh Kelly returns to Whidbey and the cottage her now dead husband left her to start over. Her "chance" meeting with Niles is the beginning of a deeply dangerous and passionate relationship. But both Niles and Leigh have enemies and just being together is a threat to each of them. Werewolves want to wipe out the hounds and the possibility that they may start breeding again is a threat to the wolves who are having their own problems and need to eliminate all opposition.

Niles's dilemma is only more difficult because he comes to love Leigh more than his desire to have children.

J&K: What do you have in store for readers next?
SC: I'm revising DARKNESS BRED, the next of the Chimney Rock Series.

After her husband’s tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched . . . especially at night. Soon, she’s experiencing visions she can’t explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires.

As the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their very existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man’s heart beats beneath his predator’s body. And Leigh—the mysterious beauty possessing powers she doesn’t yet understand—may be the one woman who can help him. But Niles isn’t the only one who recognizes Leigh’s true identity. Something evil is waiting in the woods—and the hunt has begun . . .
Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Jamie's Review

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she’s more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world’s mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist . . .

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn’t interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.
Other Book in Series:
coming 7/2012

Both books were fantastic reads and Forever has been generous enough to giveaway three(3) copies of DARKNESS BOUND and KISS OF THE VAMPIRE to three(3) lucky U.S readers. Here's how to get both books added to your shelf:
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A huge thank you to J.Sanders and A.Levinson for forwarding correspondence between Stella, Cynthia and us. Another big thank you to Forever for providing the giveaway and review copies.

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