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Thursday, July 24, 2014

#Interveiw with @MadhuriBlaylock for The Boy



Madhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens, Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

She's currently working on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with copies of The Girl and The Boy in their pocket or on their Kindle.

She wants to get a goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some chickens.

To learn more about her, you can follow her blog, follow her on Twitter or like her on Facebook. She's totally chatty so drop her a line any time.


1.  At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head?


Right now, while I’m working on The Sanctum Trilogy, I’ve had a couple of other stories bang around in my head, so I’ve started notebooks for them and whenever an idea strikes, I jot it down. The difficult part is to keep those ideas separate and distinct from what I’m currently working on, not let them somehow weave their way into The Sanctum. So far I’ve been pretty successful.


2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in?


I’m fascinated by erotica, but not sure I could actually write it. I worry that after a while I might feel like I’m writing sex just because it’s erotica and that’s what I’m supposed to do, but not because it is a good place for a sex scene. Does that make sense? I also worry I might not be very good at it.



But perhaps a romance novel, where I’m free to be as romantic and sappy as I like?



My mom was a HUGE fan of Harlequin romances - in her bathroom there was a basket full of the books. As a kid, I would sneak them all the time and they ALL had them same formula: girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, girl and boy break up, and then girl and boy get back together and everyone is happy. Not sure my romance novel would follow the same formula but I’m certain it would be just as addictive.



3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories?


There is romance in my current trilogy, quite a bit of it in fact, but I wouldn’t qualify the romance as suspenseful. That said, there are some romantic elements in book III that I’m certain will surprise folks that have read books I and II.



4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?


I would love a Tuscan villa, close enough to Florence that I could zip in and out of town when necessary, but removed from the hustle and bustle. I would love it to sit atop a hill, looking down on a small village and all of my olive trees while I work on my next book. Days would be spent writing (and fixing everything that breaks around my old villa) and nights would be with family and friends, eating excellent food, drinking loads of wine, and toasting to the good life.



5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)?


It would be called The Sanctum and its home would definitely be HBO or Showtime. That way I could be assured the quality would be stellar and I could pull in some of the stars from my dream casting (emphasis on the word dream) of the books:



Dev: Lupita Nyong’o

Wyatt: Nicholas Hoult

Ryker: Charles Michael Davis

Jools: Emma Stone

Darby: Dakota Fanning

Clive Owen: Josiah

Angelina Jolie: Sam

Carter: Michael Kelly

Ava: Kate Winslet

Philip: Jeffrey Wright

Maya: Lisa Bonet

Luc Arsenault: Gaspard Ulliel

Abha: Deepika Padukone

Zoe Kravitz: Louella “Lou” Bosch

Max: Logan Lerman

Darvin: Ben Barnes

Claude Grayson: Djimon Hounsou

Jedda: Vincent Cassell

Ian McKellan: Pius


6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!


In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with THE BOY.



Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?



And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?



The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.



At least they did.



Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?

Excerpt:
The clearing in the park still hummed with magic. Her magic. And her scent. It was why he kept coming back to the same spot every night, just for a whiff. Then he could go about his business, whatever that might be.


Darvin Lucius Jefferson was one hundred and ten, going on seventeen. He was a wealthy, bored teenager who became a wealthy, somewhat bored vampire. There were a few things in this life that brought him joy, piqued his interest: from the very first day he saw her, Jools Clayworth, and as of nine days ago, that stunning thing her brother was running around with before he died.

Of course, Darvin had no idea whether or not Wyatt perished subsequent to his ministrations, nor did he care. He simply assumed the too-good looking, sanctimonious warrior was dead, for his wound was hideous and he seemed to be breathing on borrowed time. Darvin had told the pretty thing as much that night, then he'd returned to his perch atop the Dakota and watched her strap the warrior to her back and escape into nothingness.

What a feat that had been.

One moment she was there, in all her stunning beauty and tortured agony, the next she was gone.

Poof.

As if she'd never been there at all.

Darvin went to the spot that night, less to follow her than simply explore. It was glamoured to avoid human detection but he found it easily, having watched the warrior and his beautiful best friend, Ryker Morrison, comb the area many a time over the past year. But try as he might, Darvin could spot nothing to hint at an escape hatch or portal. Whatever the pretty thing had used to vanish into thin air, it was long gone, hidden from prying eyes. All that lingered was her scent, that hypnotizing, intoxicating essence of her that Darvin wished he could bottle and keep hidden in his pocket. Away from Darby.

Darby Winthrop.

The one and only.

The dark queen of New York.

The southern belle from hell.

His maker.

Madhuri will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interview with Stephanie Burkhart for Sunrise Over Brasov



Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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Question: At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around in your head?

Steph: I used to be able to write two stories at a time, but those days are gone.  I have a ton of ideas in my head. I usually write out the plots in my notebooks so I can go back to the idea when time affords. I generally write one story at a time now, due to time constraints. My boys are older and involved in outside/real life activities as am I. It's a tad frustrating because I want to get it all out now.

Question: Is there a genre you haven't written in, but would like to? Or wish you could write in?

Steph: I wish I could write a sweeping historical that takes place in the 1600-1700's, but sadly, I don't have much of a historical voice. I've written paranormals and steampunks that take place in the 1800's, but I wouldn't want to go any further back. I love reading historicals though.

Question: Do you add an element of romantic suspense to your stories?

Steph: I try to. What I like about romantic suspense are the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat moments because a character's true nature is usually brought out then. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite spices. It sits on the shelf next to my Lowry's garlic salt with parsley. J

Question: Say you have unlimited funds. What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?

Steph: I'd like to have a place next to water; a river, a lake, or the ocean. I love being near water. It's refreshing. Its nature at it's purest. Flowers and trees grow near water. It attracts wild life and birds. Quiet, natural scenes such as the ones being near water inspires, usually keeps the creative juices flowing.

Question: If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? What network?

Steph: I would love to turn the Moldavian Moon series into a show. There's a lot of implied dark romance in the setting next to the Black Sea in the 1800's. There's a lot of suspenseful elements, too. It's a period piece so I would lean toward the premium channels to produce it like HBO and Showtime.

Question: Tell us about your latest release.

Steph: In "Sunrise Over Brasov," Rosa has been kidnapped by Clement, an evil werewolf. He knows she's a virgin witch capable of powerful white magic. Michael, Rosa's beloved, sets out to rescue her, but soon discovers things aren't as they seem. They make it to the vampire fortress, Rasnov, where they have to make a stand. Can Michael win over Rosa's heart again?





Blurb:
Rosa Getzi lives a life of intrigue at Poiana Brasov with Clement, a werewolf, and Cassandra, the witch. Her past doesn't matter to her – until she discovers what it holds.

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue, igniting Rosa's desire to find her family. However, all is not as it appears. Rickard, Rosa's friend, escapes with her. Clement will go to any lengths to get Rosa and Rickard back.

At Darius' fortress, Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control the change, and Clement hopes to exploit Rickard's abilities.

Michael's courage, strengths, and convictions will be tested like never before. Can Michael and Rosa find true happiness and the rid the lupine haunting of the Sigmaringens once and for all?

Excerpt:



He raised his hand and lowered his hood. An inherent strength filled his profile. Confidence. Concern. Relief.

Rosa's breath jammed in her throat. He looked familiar. He smelled familiar.

"Rosa, it's Michael. Let's go."

"I'm not going anywhere with you."

A frown set against his rugged features. "I don't have time to argue -- now put on a warm dress and cloak."

"No." She was not going anywhere with him despite the relief in his voice.

He sighed and shut the door. Moving with fluid grace, he crossed the room, jerked the door to her closet open and threw the items he wanted her to wear on her bed. "Get. Dressed."

"No." She was determined not to budge, despite the danger outside.

"Rosa, we're leaving."

"I'm staying."

"Why would you want to stay? Clement kidnapped you."

Disconcerted, she pointedly glanced away from his hard stare. What did he mean by kidnapped? Clement didn't keep her behind bars and feed her only bread and water. Rosa could even go into Brasov to shop as long as Lucien or one of the bodyguards went with her.

"I'm going to take you back to your mother."

Her head snapped toward his direction. Mother? Of course she had a mother -- a family, even -- only she had no recollection of them. So why did her body fill with warmth at the mention of her mother by a man she hadn't seen before, but was hauntingly familiar? She pursed her lips, torn by conflicting emotions.

"Caroline and Darius can't keep this up. Now get dressed or I'll dress you myself."

"You'll find me an unwilling subject."

He drew in a deep breath and raked a hand through his thick ebony hair. "You are exasperating."

"So I've been told."



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