Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Paula Altenburg + Giveaway (ebook)

Paula Altenburg is currently on tour for her Entangled release, THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER. She's here today to share her book.


Meet Paula:
Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.

A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun.

She has worked in the Aerospace industry, which surprises everyone who knows her, although now makes writing her full-time career. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can. She reads in all genres, which isn’t surprising considering her life is all over the board, but fantasy and paranormal romance are her writing loves.

Connect with Paula: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie and Kati: Hi Paula! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Paula Altenburg: Hi Jamie and Kati, thanks for having me! I’m thrilled to be here.

J&k: Share 5 fun facts about yourself.
Paula: I don’t know if they’re fun, but here goes!:
  1. I have a degree in Social Anthropology and I’ve only ever used it for making up stories.
  2. I’m left-handed.
  3. I like to run, but otherwise will sit on the couch and refuse to be pried off it.
  4. I hate team sports, both to watch and participate in, but love working as part of a team in a business setting.
  5. I love chocolate, and I mean love. I gave my husband some for Valentine’s Day and he left it sitting around unopened to see how long I could keep out of it. (FYI, 4 days—and they were torture.)
J&K: Share a little bit about THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER [no copying blurb :)]
Paula: When Hunter is hired to bring a half demon spawn to justice, he discovers he still has a conscience and morals. Airie isn’t at all what he expects her to be. By bringing her in, he’s going to be handing an innocent over to a fate worse than death, and one she doesn’t deserve. Airie, raised in a temple as a priestess’s daughter, isn’t at all prepared for the outside world. She’s never been anything but loved. When her mother passes away and her home is destroyed, she has to find a place to belong in an unforgiving world that will never love or accept her.

J&K: What is it that makes your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
Paula: Hunter has forgotten what it’s like to be innocent, and how to see the world as a wonderful place that’s filled with hope. He lost a sister to a demon so he needs a woman he doesn’t have to worry about physically, but he has to learn to be kind to her.

Airie, while she’s very much an innocent, can take care of herself. She’s not offended by anything Hunter says or does, because she knows, deep down, he’s a decent person who’s spent too much time fighting demons. She probably gives him more credit than he deserves, at least at first. She needs a man who isn’t afraid of her when she loses her temper, because when Airie gets mad, her demon comes out.

J&K: f Hollywood optioned your book, who would you cast in the lead?
Paula: In my head, I see Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing as Hunter. I picture Airie as a young Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zorro. If we want to go a little younger, I’d take Chris Hemsworth and a dark-haired Scarlett Johansson.

J&K: In one word, tell us how you felt when you got “The Call”
Paula: Excited!

J&K: If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?
Paula: Easy. All five books (so far) from George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

J&K: What do you have next in store for readers?
Paula: The second book in The Demon Outlaws trilogy, Black Widow Demon, will be out in November. Blade, who has a small part in The Demon’s Daughter, meets his match when he’s paired up with Raven, a half demon on a quest for revenge.

In June, I have a short contemporary category romance coming from Entangled Bliss. It’s a much different story from my single title work, and lighter in tone, so don’t expect any demons or angst. I really enjoyed writing the dialogue in a category romance for a change of pace.

And I already have a proposal percolating in my head for another single title paranormal series that I hope my editor and agent will love. There won’t be any demons in that one, either.

Lightning Round:
Alpha or Beta? Alpha.
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower. Still waters and all.
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante.
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret baby.
Titled peer or Working man? Can I say a titled working man? It goes back to that whole alpha thing. I like a man who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, but being rich and powerful also has its appeal.
Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight.
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Swashbuckling pirate.
Vampires or Shifters? Shifters.
Western Historicals or Western Contemporaries? Western Historicals.
Writing or Reading? Reading. (But don’t tell my editor.)
Paperbacks or e-books? Tough one! I want to say both, but if you’re going to make me commit, I’ll have to take paperbacks. The batteries last longer.
Plotter or Pantser? I’m a pantser by preference, but a plotter by necessity. Editors get a little weird about wanting to see a whole story outline before they make an offer. I’m slowly seeing the advantages of plotting upfront.
Author’s choice: Love this opportunity! How do readers feel about the mixing of historical with futuristic/dystopian like I’ve done in The Demon’s Daughter? Any Firefly fans out there?

J&K: Thanks for visiting us Paula!

After demons leave the world in ruins, the Demon Slayer, Hunter is the only man capable of protecting it. But when he’s hired to bring a thief to justice, the Hunter gets more than he bargained for.

Raised in an abandoned temple as a priestess’s daughter, Airie is unaware that she is the half-breed spawn of a demon…and a goddess. In a time when half-breeds are despised by mortal and immortal alike, Airie’s ignorance of her true bloodlines is the only thing keeping her safe. Especially since spending her days wrestling the required sacrifices from visitor’s of the Goddesses’ mountain where she grew up doesn’t make her many allies.

But everything changes when Hunter tracks her down and discovers who she really is. With a demon attack forcing them to flee the mountain, Airie must place her trust in a man who believes she should never have been born. And with a demon uprising threatening the lives only he can save, Hunter must make a choice: abandon Airie to an uncertain fate, or slay his own personal demons and love her for who she truly is.
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