Interview with Grace Burrowes, Author of Darius and Giveaway!

Please welcome bestselling romance author Grace Burrowes to the virtual offices today!  Grace is celebrating the release of her latest book, DARIUS, and she brought along a copy for one of you to win!  Please check out what she has to say, and then enter for your chance to win1

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

[Grace Burrowes] Quiet writer lady with many beasties, much humor, and a tender heart. Love books, dear friends, good cheese, good chocolate, and happy ever afters.

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

[Grace Burrowes] Darius is the next thing to a man-ho, and he hates himself for it. Mean twists of fate (including a villainous father) have backed him into a financial corner, and his own sense of honor has obligated him to provide for those too weak to look after themselves. Along comes aging Lord William Longstreet, offering Darius a devil’s bargain: If Darius will give up the last shred his self-respect to get William’s young wife of convenience with child, William will solve Darius’ financial problems once and for all. Darius accepts the bargain and finds that rather than surrender his self-respect, his regard for Lady Vivian becomes the means by which he reclaims his honor and his soul.

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

[Grace Burrowes] Darius was a secondary character in an earlier book, The Virtuoso, and I noticed he kept dodging back into London (or so he said), and he was forever going for a hack across the countryside. “What’s up with that?” says me. He was also a secondary character in his sister’s story with Nicholas Haddonfield, and again, he was out until all hours doing something naughty. I asked myself: What is the worst compromise a man can make, the lowest point at which he could start a book where the goal is to come out a hero? This book is the result.

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

[Grace Burrowes] Kind, honest, brave.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darius had a theme song, what would it be?

[Grace Burrowes] The slow movement from the Emperor Concerto, by Beethoven. Beautiful, sad, despairing, noble, lost, but ending in triumph. Beethoven started the composition thinking Napoleon was the hero of a new age, and ended up realizing Europe was being turned into a bloody wasteland instead. Darius never intended to end up where we find him at the beginning of the book…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVk73dFpZ0M

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Vivian is never without.

[Grace Burrowes] Her integrity.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Darius’ bedroom?

[Grace Burrowes] The women who are exploiting him, a riding crop, money.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vivian’s greatest regret?

[Grace Burrowes] That she did not protect her mother from the man who exploited her.

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

[Grace Burrowes] The first author whose books I consider keepers was Judith Ivory. She’s brilliant. In terms of broader influences, I have a degree in music history that sparked my interest in how technology, art, and politics interact to create stories, and I have a degree in conflict resolution that has honed my fascination with how people do (and do not) solve problems.

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

[Grace Burrowes] Peace, quiet, my computer.

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

[Grace Burrowes] Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk. THE. BEST.

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

[Grace Burrowes] The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss (shows my age)

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

[Grace Burrowes] I have a day job as a lawyer for foster children, and that’s interesting, meaningful work. I love to read, particularly period sources, keepers and craft books. I do not own a TV.

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

[Grace Burrowes] My Grace Burrowes Author Facebook page, my www.graceburrowes.com website, @GraceBurrowes on Twitter, or simply by emailing me at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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DARIUS BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES APRIL 2013

A story that breaks all the rules…

Darius is a tender and remarkable tale of desperation, devotion, and redemption from award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes. Her gorgeous writing and lush Regency world will stay with you long after you turn the final page…

With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief, and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to sell himself—body and soul. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he’ll never deserve…

Praise for Darius:

“Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick

“This rising author handles powerful romance and complicated family life with skill in romances with great appeal.” —Booklist

“Burrowes creates her usual intelligent characters, exciting chemistry, and flowing dialogue…” —Publishers Weekly

“Very compelling… Likable characters with enough angst to keep the story moving along.” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into novellas and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit www.graceburrowes.com.

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Interview with Paula Altenburg, Author of The Demon’s Daughter and Giveaway!

Please welcome Paula Altenburg to the virtual offices today.  Paula dropped by to chat about her new release The Demon’s Daughter, and she brought along a digital copy for one of you to win!

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

[Paula Altenburg] Easy! I’m an obsessive/compulsive couch potato with (remote) control issues.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Demon’s Daughter?

[Paula Altenburg] The Demon’s Daughter is a dystopian demon western, set on Earth in the not-too-distant future. The story theme involves prejudice, and it’s about a young woman’s search for a place to belong in a harsh world that doesn’t welcome her.

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

[Paula Altenburg] I always come up with the characters first. Hunter and Airie’s first meeting was the first scene I had in my head. I wanted Hunter to be a bounty hunter at first, which is how he got his name, and I really saw him in a western/desert setting. He morphed into a demon slayer. Airie started out as a half demon bandit. I’d meant for her to be more of an outlaw, but as she grew, it was obvious her personality was much more innocent and gentle. She has quite the temper though, and Hunter finds that out the hard way. The story world grew up around the two of them with a little prompting from my editors. I’m all about the characters and have a little trouble remembering that the reader doesn’t “see” my setting if I don’t put it into words.

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

[Paula Altenburg] Innocent, kind, and passionate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Hunter had a theme song, what would it be?

[Paula Altenburg] We Will Rock You by Queen.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Airie is never without.

[Paula Altenburg] Fire. It’s a significant part of who she is, kind of like breathing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Hunter’s pockets?

[Paula Altenburg] That’s a great question! Hmm. 1) Pretty stones, or anything someone else might pick up out of curiosity and want to save. He’s not a collector. 2) Bullets. He’s not much into guns either. 3) Hair ribbons. That seems like it should go without saying, but the guy has seven sisters so it’s not too much of a stretch. He hasn’t seen them in years, but he still really loves them and thinks of them often.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Airie’s greatest regret?

[Paula Altenburg] Airie never got to say goodbye to the priestess mother who raised her. That bothers her because rituals that should have been carried out had to be abandoned, and her mother was left without a proper burial.

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

[Paula Altenburg] It doesn’t take much to get me going. My imagination’s pretty active. I’m big into “What if” scenarios, but I’m an abstract thinker and not visual at all. At some point I’d like to write a story that’s kicked off by Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” though. A song, an image, or a movie can all inspire me, but it’s usually an emotional reaction to one specific thing about them. In Hallelujah, it’s the line “He saw her bathing on a roof.” From there, an entire storyline jumps into my head.

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

[Paula Altenburg] Quiet, coffee, and an idea. If I don’t have my scene in my head, my day is ruined.

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

[Paula Altenburg]  I only read books that knock my socks off. Life is too short to read anything else. I will totally toss one aside if I’m not wowed by it because there are plenty more out there waiting to amaze me. Having said that, I have a bit of a love affair going with George RR Martin and his Game of Thrones series. He’s an author who does everything well.

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

[Paula Altenburg] I was reading before I started school, so I’m not really sure what got me started. Johanna Spyri’s Heidi sticks in my mind. So does Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell. My mother tells me I read the original versions. She’s a former English teacher and alternates between horror and fascination at my reading choices. As long as the writing’s good, I’m okay with it.

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

[Paula Altenburg] I’m a reader. It’s my favorite thing in the world to do. Next up comes watching movies. I also like to run. I enjoy traveling too, but overall, I’m quite boring. (Notice that travel placed last on that list?) My husband’s European and we go often, but I’ll take my Kindle and sit on someone’s couch while he visits with family. His sister and I went to Paris and Brussels together a few years ago and visited every museum and art gallery we could find because we both love history. I talked her into taking a tour of the sewers in Paris and she hasn’t forgiven me yet.

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

[Paula Altenburg] Through my website at www.paulaaltenburg.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @Paula Altenburg. I swear I will friend and follow, and respond to all e-mails!

Thanks for having me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Hunter is the only man capable of killing the demons that left the world in ruins. But when he’s hired by a notorious priestess to bring a thief to justice, the Demon Slayer gets more than he bargains for.

Airie was raised in an abandoned temple as a priestess’s daughter, having no idea of her true origins. In a time when any half-breed spawn of a demon is despised by mortal and immortal alike, not knowing the truth is the only thing keeping her safe.

Forced to flee her home in the wake of disaster and discovery of who she is, Airie must place her trust in a man who believes she should never have been born. And when a demon uprising threatens lives he has sworn to protect, Hunter has to make a choice: abandon Airie to an uncertain fate, or overcome his own personal demons and love her for who she truly is.

Waiting on Wednesday–Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

When a runaway princess throws her lot in with a couple of would-be dragon slayers, before long she is facing down the Wild Hunt, befriending enchanted horses, battling fire-breathing dragons, and learning more about herself than she ever expected…

 

What are you waiting on?