Interview with Tamara Hogan, Author of Chase Me and Giveaway!

Tamara Hogan is the author of Chase Me, a paranormal romance from Sourcebooks. Tamara stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, and she brought a present!  One of you can win a copy of Chase Me just by filling out the widget below!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tamara Hogan] Feral reader, newbie author, Mark’s partner, INFP, cat mom, boot hoarder, TV addict, Type B, digitally-overloaded technologist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Chase Me?

[Tamara Hogan] In this follow-up to Underbelly Chronicles Book 1, TASTE ME, CHASE ME delves more deeply into the paranormals’ origin story. Millennia ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources. As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Tamara Hogan] Though they were both dating other people at the time, Lorin and Gabe shared a scene – and some sparks – in TASTE ME. Half a year later, after the events of the first book, CHASE ME opens with Gabe having to travel to Lorin’s home turf, a remote archaeological site located in northern Minnesota, to exert some damage control.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

[Tamara Hogan] I found writing the scenes that take place on the spaceship—the villain’s home base—to be very challenging. I wanted the TonTon to be a workplace that is sometimes grimy and messy, not sterile and squeaky-clean like the starship Enterprise. The TonTon is basically a flying Playboy Mansion, an intergalactic pleasure dome, where the captain’s word is law—where anything goes, but where all is far from perfect.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lorin?

[Tamara Hogan] : Practical, physical, aggressive.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Gabe would never have in his bedroom?

[Tamara Hogan] Plates, glasses or food. Plants—he has a complete black thumb. A novel, because all his reading is technical or work-oriented.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Lorin’s single most prized possession?

[Tamara Hogan]  Her deceased dog’s leather collar. Her bulldog, Princess Buttercup, died about five years ago.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Tamara Hogan]  Other authors’ books. My worldview expands, and I learn something about craft, from every book I read, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, or a great book or a wallbanger.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Tamara Hogan] Pen and paper, coffee with cream, and a loaded iPod to block out the world.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Tamara Hogan] Nalini Singh’s recent novella collection, Angel’s Flight. I was reading this book in the bathtub, and asked Mark if he would bring me some paper and a pen. I figured if I was going to be so enjoyably and thoroughly schooled while I was reading for pleasure, I might as well take some notes. In my opinion, her sensory descriptions are unrivaled

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Tamara Hogan]  This is a question I can’t answer. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, when there weren’t books in my life. Apparently, at age 3, I negotiated a deal with my mother where I didn’t have to take a nap—I HATED naps—if I sat quietly on the bed with a book instead. Mom got a break, and I got to read. Talk about a win/win! And half the time, I fell asleep with the book open on my lap anyway. Moms are clever that way. ;-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Tamara Hogan] Read (of course)! I adore watching television, especially Science Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. I also make contemporary quilts, the more brightly colored and obnoxious the better.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Tamara Hogan] Come on over to www.tamarahogan.com, and comment on my blog or send me an email! You can also find me on Twitter @TamaraHogan1 and Facebook at Tamara Hogan Author. I also blog monthly at the Sourcebooks Casablanca Author Blog, and at The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


Here’s more info about Chase Me:

CHASE ME BY TAMARA HOGAN – IN STORES JUNE 2012

THE SECRETS SHE’S UNCOVERING WILL BE HIS TO KEEP…

Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.

As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

“Hogan’s sharp, funny dialogue and strong but subtle character development elevate both the story and the fierce chemistry between insecure, bespectacled Gabe and lusty, aggressive Lorin. Paranormal fans will enjoy this fresh take on the genre.” — Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt here.

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Guest Post: Amanda Bonilla – Why I Love Villains

Amanda Bonilla is celebrating the release of her new book, Blood Before Sunrise.  She dropped by the virtual offices to share why she loves villains. Since a good villain can make or break a story, check out what she has to say.

Why I Love Villains: They’ve Got Swagger by Amanda Bonilla

Thanks so much to Julie and Manga Maniac Café for having me back! Besides being an action movie junkie, I absolutely love anything to do with super heroes. Needless to say, when The Avengers released in May, I was salivating to see it. What a great movie! Joss Whedon is completely brilliant. Despite the fact that The Avengers had an ensemble cast, in my opinion, Tom Hiddleston was the star of that movie. He played the role of super villain so well! He took arrogance to a new level and he ROCKED the super villain swagger. That’s what I love about villains: They’ve got swagger.

It’s not that I don’t think heroes are arrogant to some degree as well. If you could fly, shoot laser beams from your eyes, had super speed…strength…healing… you’d be pretty damned confident too. But villains aren’t just confident. They’re fanatical. How does that translate to arrogance? It’s their faith that they’ll achieve their goals. They don’t just think they’ll be successful. They know it. Writers want their readers to relate to the hero of the story. And to make the hero relatable, we have to showcase their emotional sides and we have to give them some kind of weakness. Be it a love interest, their undying compassion for the human race, adoptive parents, whatever. Or maybe the writer will simply plant a seed of doubt in the hero’s mind.

Villains check their emotions at the door. The truly effective villain isn’t swayed by compassion or love. My favorite villains are the ones who’ve been hurt somehow. They’ve experienced the ultimate betrayal. Whereas most characters would deal with their hurt and learn to move past it, the villain refuses to heal. He doesn’t want to feel better. He wants revenge, plain and simple. You hurt me, well, I’m gonna hurt you right back, only a million times worse! He doesn’t care who he mows down in his quest, be it man, woman, child, or beloved pet. A great villain has been driven to this point by his fanaticism. Nothing and no one will stand in his way. Effective villains own their scenes. They draw your undivided attention. A true villain has disconnected himself completely. His tunnel vision allows him to see only his goal and the one thing that stands in his way. Namely, the hero. But does the villain worry about that teeny, tiny obstacle? No way. Because his faith—his fanaticism—drives him.

So, at this point, it seems like nothing will deter the villain. He has no emotions, no connections to anything but his end goal. He doesn’t care who he kills or what he destroys in order to get what he wants. The villain doesn’t harbor the warm, squishy sentimentalities that our hero does. He walks the walk and talks the talk. He’s got the villain swagger down. He’s unstoppable…or at least, he believes he’s unstoppable. Just as the hero has a weakness, so must the villain. And at its core, his weakness comes from that exact same place that makes me love him so much. He doesn’t plan for defeat because defeat isn’t an option. No way. No how. Not gonna happen. And at that moment, when his arrogance has peaked, is when the villain falls. Unfortunately, swagger can only get you so far. ;)

Who is your favorite villain? Why do you love him/her so much?


Thank you, Amanda!  I love a wicked villain, too!

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