Interview with Lee Roland, Author of Vicious Moon and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Lee Roland to the virtual offices today! Lee is here to answer some questions about her new book, Vicious Moon, and after, you can enter to win all 3 books of the Earth Witches Series!

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

[Lee Roland] I live in Florida and have the good fortune of being a full time writer. I write every day, though not as much as I feel I could, since I like to spend time reading, too. I’m pretty much an introvert, even if my friends describe me as a bit of a drama queen. I began writing in the sixth grade, but only became serious about getting published ten years ago.

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

[Lee Roland] Vicious Moon is the third book in the Earth Witches Series. It follows Viper Moon (2011), Vengeance Moon (2012). The story involves a witch named Nyx, who ran away and joined the army to escape the ridged rules of her family and coven. She’s made a life for herself and eventually ends up in San Francisco working as a private investigator. Nyx is called home by her grandmother and then sent to find her sister Marisol. Marisol has gone to the city of Duivel, Missouri to study with another witch and is missing. Nyx does find her sister, but she also meets her match in Etienne, a man who has walked in the shadowy world of mercenary soldiers and criminal enterprises.

The Earth Witches series is Urban Fantasy with mild humor and a strong love story. The earth witches are keepers of the world’s magic. They are men and women, all servants of their patroness, the Earth Mother, they battle men and monsters to protect the world.

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

[Lee Roland] I have been blessed with an active imagination. I have always loved the unusual. Characters come from need to make particular things happen in a story. I usually make them bigger than life, sometimes outrageous, then back them down meet the story’s needs. My inspiration also comes from the first books I read.

I have been strongly influenced by the stories of C.L. Moore. C.L. Moore wrote in the 1930’s and they were published in Weird Tales, a SF/Fantasy magazine popular at the time. They were then collected into a volume titled Northwest of Earth. There was a degree of prejudice against women in the genre at that time, so she had to use only her initials to be published. I have copies on my bookshelf, one an original edition. Northwest Smith could have been an inspiration for Han Solo, and Jirel of Joiry is the original queen of kick ass warriors. Jirel is the inspiration for every kick heroine I’ve ever written.

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

[Lee Roland] Stubborn, courageous, sarcastic.

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

[Lee Roland] I don’t think about Etienne in terms of music, but if I had to pick one I’d say a piece of classical might fit. The Planets, Op. 32, Mars, The Bringer Of War by Gustave Holst.

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

[Lee Roland] With human beings and human nature, never and always are concepts riddled with exceptions. For Nyx, her magic is her best and worst weapon. It is in her genetic makeup. It never leaves her but often fails her when she needs it most.

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

[Lee Roland] Etienne is a man who has spent most of his time in foreign lands as mercenary soldier and sometimes successful thief. He’s far more concerned with the condition of his gun than other more personal things. He would never let himself stand out in a crowd. Quite accustomed to exotic and horrific odors of his world, he would never use any type of cologne or perfumed after shave. You wouldn’t find special moisturizing soaps or, unless someone else put them there, soft fluffy towels.

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

[Lee Roland] At the time of the story, Vicious Moon, Nyx regrets that she hadn’t kept in contact with her grandmother and sister. She was too busy running away from a staid and constricting life. The need for freedom constantly conflicted with the need for family.

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

[Lee Roland] Books I read when I was growing up. A love of myths, legends, epic poetry, set me apart from my peers, but I persevered.

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

[Lee Roland] Silence, my computer, my books. I’m most creative in the morning. After one o’clock, my attention wanders. I always envied writers who could sit down a computer at any time of the day and actually produce great scenes.

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

[Lee Roland] Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. It’s a bit brutal but caught me at the first chapter.

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

[Lee Roland] That’s difficult to answer because I can’t really remember the name, though I do remember the book. I checked it out of the school library at age twelve. Up until that point, my only reading had been in class as part of the curriculum. I read because I had to. The book was actually funny, laugh out loud funny, and I think that was the first time I realized that I could make the real world go away and live in fantasy for a while.

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

[Lee Roland] I like family gatherings and meeting with my critique partners and other friends. I try to get out and away from the computer on a regular basis. When I start pushing on deadlines it’s important to take breaks.

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

[Lee Roland] I can be reached at lee@leeroland.com

I would love to hear from anyone with comments or questions.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

 

Tour Giveaway

Win all 3 books of the Earth Witches Series (US Only) (June 25 – July 31)

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About the series:

Dynamic Urban Fantasy by Lee Roland

The Earth Witches, the keepers of the world’s magic, find chaos and desire in the hidden ruins of the Barrows.  Servants of the enigmatic Earth Mother, they battle men, monsters and personal conflicts to protect the world. With magic, modern weapons and strong companions, they persevere to save mankind from evil.

The books from this series:

Viper Moon (Earth Witches #1)

ISBN-13: 978-0451233769 (352 Pages)

Cassandra Archer is the huntress. She has faithfully served the earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters—both human and supernatural—dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Aided by police Detective Flynn and Michael, mysterious and dangerous resident of the Barrows, Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town…

Vengeance Moon (Earth Witches #2)

ISBN-13: 978-0451236432  (352 Pages)

Madeline Corso can’t rest until she hunts down the three men who killed her father and witch mother. Two of them are now dead by her hand.  Unfortunately, her second kill had witnesses.  Sent to prison, she is rescued Sisters of Justice—a mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother. Her fighting skills are honed by the Sisters, and they have tracked the last murderer to Duivel, Missouri.  He is hiding in the dark underworld of the Barrows. Once in the Barrows, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem.  The danger goes far beyond her need for revenge. Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and possibly deadly stranger, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts? Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?

Vicious Moon

(Earth Witches #3)

ISBN-13: 978-0451238269  (320 Pages) Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Signet

Ex-soldier and Earth Witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wanted to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious Earth Witch police force.  Three Sisters, a Triad, is usually a squad of executioners.  This time, thought, the Sisters mission is to capture and escort an unwilling Nyx back to Twitch Crossing, Georgia.  Nyx ran away from Twitch Crossing ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true Witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s been dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger—her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can go to Duivel, Missouri and track her down.  But the key to finding her may lie with the dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic…

About Lee Roland

Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work.  To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.

Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job.  She might have dreamed of being  a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans.  Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story.  She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer.  She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.

Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD.

Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.

Contact Links

http://www.leeroland.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Roland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeeRolandM

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Interview with Theresa Meyers, Author of The Switched Baby Scandal and Giveaway!

Please give Theresa Meyers a warm welcome! Theresa is returning to the virtual offices to discuss her latest release, The Switched Baby Scandal.  This is an Entangled Publishing release under their Bliss imprint.

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

[Theresa Meyers] Former book publicist, multi-pubbed novelist, national speaker, avid reader, Creative Badass, writing paranormals, romance, steampunk and YA.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Switched Baby Scandal?

[Theresa Meyers] What if you found out the child you’d raised for the last five years wasn’t yours? Worse still, what if you found out the biological parent wanted your child back? THE SWITCHED BABY SCANDAL taps into the switched-at-birth scenario but it also brings two broken single parents together and challenges them to overcome their battle for custody and instead forge something new. They are enemies turned lovers and at the same time both devoted parents to their shared child Emily.

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

[Theresa Meyers] The idea started with a secret baby concept turned upside down. We always read stories where the guy finds out he has a secret child he never knew about, but what would happen if it was the mom who found out? How would you cope with that or the idea that you carried a baby to term that you never got to meet because it was switched at birth with the child you’ve come to love as your own? This naturally put both parents on the defense against one another regarding custody—but what if they were both wounded enough, single and attracted to one another. Then what kind of chaos could that cause? I know, I’m twisted in that I like to torture my characters my making things as difficult for them as possible. But it makes for interesting stories!

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

[Theresa Meyers] Determined. Protective. Wounded.

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

[Theresa Meyers] Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman by Bryan Adams

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

[Theresa Meyers] A picture of her daughter Emily.

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

[Theresa Meyers] “O” Magazine, bubblebath, hairspray

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

[Theresa Meyers] I believe Taylor’s greatest regret was in getting involved with Michael – her ex. It scarred her in ways that have left her unsure of herself when it comes to men and relationships, and especially in risking her daughter’s wellbeing with a father figure. But at the same time, it was probably the most significant event in her life because it gave her a daughter which changed her life and allowed her to love in even greater ways. I guess even the worst things have a silver lining.

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

[Theresa Meyers] Honestly, I’d have to say my mother. She was an incredibly creative person. She painted, played the violin and piano, sang and was always reading aloud to us with a constantly changing set of voices to fit the characters. She always encouraged us to read and later for me to write. In her own way she left a huge impression on me in terms of looking at the world for more than just the surface stuff we see every day. She made just being alive kind of magical and always encouraged us children to look for the exceptional in everyday things, like the way dew made the grass sparkle like it was scattered with diamonds, and what if they really were diamonds and you could just run about scooping up handfuls of them, what would you do with them? That kind of thing.

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

[Theresa Meyers] Tea with stevia and half and half.

Something to write with, I prefer a keyboard, but I’ll make due with a cheap spiral notebook and pen when I’m traveling light or in a pinch (like camping where the laptop can’t be recharged.)

My scene/chapter outline sheets that I make off of my plotting board so I always know where I am in the story even if I only have five minutes to write while I’m waiting to pick up the kids to take them to practice.

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

[Theresa Meyers] The Devil Colony by James Rollins. I end up saving his books as my carrot to finish my deadlines.

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

[Theresa Meyers] Let me modify that to say the one book that turned me on to reading romance – that would have been Victoria Holt’s Mistress of Mellyn. I swear I grabbed everything they had in the library with her name on it and read it all in a month or two. I was totally hooked.

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

[Theresa Meyers] A lot! Mostly I feel like a mom-taxi for my two teens, but much of the time what I do with my free time depends on the season and the kids’ schedules. In the summer we’ll often go out on the family boat and take the kids wake-boarding or go down to the sand dunes and run our quads out to the ocean. I grow and garden every year and the kids and I can veggies like dill green beans and homegrown tomatoes. In the fall and winter I like to bake and make homemade soups and watch movies and I’ll often get sewing projects done or paint something when the weather is nasty outside.

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

[Theresa Meyers] The easiest way for readers to find me is via my Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Theresa_Meyers or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheresaMeyersAuthor They can also reach me via email through my website at www.theresameyers.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Giveaway!

Theresa is hosting a tour wide giveaway and one lucky reader will win a Scandalous Bliss Bath Experience, featuring a set of four bath bombs and bubble bars from LUSH, chocolates and candles to make their reading bliss complete! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on 7/7.

 

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About the book:

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The Switched Baby Scandal

His child. Her daughter. One monumental mix-up.

Single mom Taylor Lawrence just discovered that the hospital sent her home with the wrong infant five years ago. Now the headstrong and handsome biological father wants his child back. But Emily has always been her daughter, and Taylor won’t give her up without a fight.

Widower Reece Wallace believed his life was over when a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. So when he learns of the baby switch, he sees this child as his ultimate salvation. But he never anticipated the fiery woman on the other side of this custody battle or how shed stir feelings in him long dormant.

As the media storm surrounding the hospitals mistake intensifies, Taylor and Reece find there’s more to sort out than custody of Emily they must work together to protect her while grappling with their growing attraction. Can they pick up the pieces of two broken families and meld them into something new?

About the author:

Theresa Meyers | Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories despite dyslexia that made it difficult for her to write and read until the fourth grade. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer’s Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books.

She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, two cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd dog, a parakeet and an out-of-control herb garden.

She collects teapots, teddy bears and steampunk gadgetry, and when not writing can be found sewing, painting, canning, baking, or hiding out in a comfy chair reading a wonderful book. On occasion, you might find her scuba diving or riding her white quad with hot pink flames on the sand dunes. Her favorite television shows are Supernatural (Dean Girl), The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time and Grimm (is it any wonder she writes fiction?). You can find her online at her Web site www.Theresameyers.com or frequently on Twitter @Theresa_Meyers.

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