Category Archives: Q&A

Q & A with HB Kurtzwilde

I was lucky enough to get HB Kurtzwilde to answer some questions for me. I’m a huge fan of his books, and really just wanted to jump up and down and ask him EVERYTHING that could conceivably happen all while talking about how much I loved stuff. I restrained myself and tried to ask competent questions. The books discussed here, which I highly recommend, are available at Loose Id, Amazon, and other retailers. ~ Faye

 

hbk_tsaof3_servantforthepresentQuestion 1: After reading The Secret Art of Failure trilogy I’ve found myself very fascinated with the character of Sarafel. I keep wanting to imagine she’s done something significant to either the Telsma or the Fellowship. Am I simply missing the obvious that her biggest impact on Kourt and the other Fighting Lizards has been as an abusive and drug addicted foster parent and colleague?

Answer: Oh dear. Sarafel? I suppose she is hypnotic in the way cobras are. Continue reading Q & A with HB Kurtzwilde

Guest Post: Pawsitively in Love by M.J. O’Shea

Hey there this is MJ O’Shea! I thought I’d introduce you to my character Evan, from Pawsitively In Love I won’t give him any more of an introduction. I think I’ll let him do that for himself.

Hi Evan!

Tell us about your hobbiesI really like to work on my house. It was PawsitivelyInLoveLGbuilt in the 1920s and has a lot of great features but it still has a ways to go with renovation in some places. And I like to grocery shop. That makes me sound pretty boring. I guess my newest hobby is pug puppy owner. He’s the best thing ever.

Where do you like to socialize?I’m still pretty new to town. I’ve met a few people at the gym and I like to go have a few drinks with them at The Mix and the Silverstone. They’re the only two gay bars in my neighborhood. Continue reading Guest Post: Pawsitively in Love by M.J. O’Shea

Guest Post and Giveaway: It’s Brilliant, Really

26195309Today, we interview a character from Edmond Manning’s King John, a man named Alistair Robertson. Alistair attended the last six Burning Man events and this year, has a mission while attending Burning Man, 2002.

Alistair: Well, I wouldn’t really call it a mission, mate.

Interviewer: No? Did you not reveal to me a few moments ago this is your third year looking for the king maker?

Alistair (shifting uncomfortably): Yes, I mean, yes, I said that, right but, that’s not quite…I mean, I wouldn’t call it a mission. More like a hobby. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: It’s Brilliant, Really

Guest Post, Character Interview, and Excerpt: Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino

Character Interview and Excerpt

 

25687813Author: Joe Cosentino

Publisher: Lethe Press

Type: Start of a Series

Buy Links: Lethe Press, Smashwords, and Amazon

 

 

 

Blurb: It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

Character Interview:

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Song of the Navigator: Blog Tour Q&A and Giveaway with Astrid Amara

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I am ridiculously excited to have Astrid Amara here at It’s About The Book. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time. As she’s got a new release, Song of the Navigator, I wanted to not only ask her some questions about that, but about things in general. Thanks for being here!

The first books of yours I read were A Policy of Lies and the stories in the Hell Cop anthologies. I had an image of your books in my head as being dark speculative fiction. Then people were talking about the Bellski books, and how Astrid Amara writes such great holiday stories. What is coming at us in Song of the Navigator? Will your characters have to stiffen their spines and admit they have strong feelings, or will they have to dodge an obsidian bladed ax? Continue reading Song of the Navigator: Blog Tour Q&A and Giveaway with Astrid Amara

Truth & Tenderness: Blog Tour Q&A with Tere Michaels

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It’s About The Book would like to welcome Tere Michaels! Thanks so much for coming to chat with us.

I feel like in the past year a lot of my favorite series have either ended or their authors have announced the ending is coming soon. As a reader it feels bittersweet. I’m sad I’m losing friends, (Yes, I know they aren’t real) but at the same time I’m happy the series are going out on a high. How does this feel as a writer? I imagine the Cerelli’s, Matt, and all their friends won’t be leaving your head.

It wasn’t a hard decision to make – it had to end at some point! – but at the same time, it took me awhile to find the right ending, the one that would satisfy me. So much of my series has been about what happens after the “happy ending” and so to find a final resting place, I wanted to examine the full circle all these characters have come. Who was Evan when this story started and who is he when it ends? What did he learn? Same with the other characters – did they get what they wanted? Are they satisfied? Because if the characters are, I think the audience will be as well. At least that’s what I’m hoping! Continue reading Truth & Tenderness: Blog Tour Q&A with Tere Michaels

When the Planets Align: Blog Tour Q&A with Kate McMurray

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We here at It’s About The Book would like to welcome Kate McMurray. Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions.

Thanks! I am happy to be here.

Your love of baseball is well known. Are you a one team woman, or do you have a variety of favorites? Have you ever played in a Fantasy Baseball league?
Continue reading When the Planets Align: Blog Tour Q&A with Kate McMurray

Interview and Black Friday Giveaway with Jennifer Estep

It’s Black Friday & we’ve got free books!

We’ve got two copies of the book from the publisher on standby for delivery to the first two, lucky commenters that get this answer right: What is the title of the book Fletcher is reading when he’s killed in the Pork Pit. Later, Gin has it framed and hangs it over the cash register, blood stains and all. Remember?

image001Filled with death-defying feats and sweeping emotions, Estep’s 12th Elemental Assassin contemporary paranormal (after Poison Promise) is one of the strongest to date.”— Publishers Weekly

 “Estep’s outstanding skill and talent have made sure this series remains one of the absolute best in the genre. Utterly gripping!”— RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Hot

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Blurb for Black Widow: Jennifer Estep is back with BLACK WIDOW – out November 25, 2014! Lethal, sexy, and always ready to protect her friends, Gin Blanco (a.k.a. the Spider) takes on the mysterious M.M. Monroe in book twelve of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Let me know if you are interested in featuring.

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bull’s-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, and Black Widow, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

Interview:

1. I’ve read that you plot, write, then come back fresh and fix. Have you ever changed the fate of someone in one if those edits? Saved a character you’d previously killed off? Continue reading Interview and Black Friday Giveaway with Jennifer Estep

An Interview With Buck Baxter

BuckBaxter_LoveD_100dpi_cvrBuck Baxter was gracious enough to talk to us here at It’s About The Book.

Hello, Buck! Thanks so much for agreeing to answer some questions.

It’s my pleasure, although you may have to explain to me again later what a blog is. Here in Wilde City, you get the news from Skip the news-kid on the corner, or else one of your more reliable sources, preferably in some out-of-the-way gin joint where the lights are low and everybody is good at mindin’ their own business. This town is full of respectable dives where everyone knows that keeping to yourself is the best way to keep alive. But this blog business is a little beyond me. And what the hell is the internet? Some sort of equipment the cops use to drag bodies out of the river? There’s a lotta loose-lipped schmucks at the bottom of Wilde City harbour comparin’ concrete shoe sizes these days, thanks to the gangster war between Mama Marlow and Bugsy Brown. Talk about a marriage gone wrong. I tell ya, I see plenty of those in my line of work. Boy meets girl. Boy cheats on girl. Girl pops boy in the head with a pistol. It’s the kinda thing that keeps me in business. Just look at my latest case—Miss Winnipeg Whitmore wants proof that her husband ain’t nothin’ but a lyin, cheatin’, two-timin’, yella-bellied alligator. But is she after the truth… or hidin’ secrets of her own?

What’s your best memory of time spent with one the rent boys from The Velvet Viper?

Memories are for people in love. They’re for schmucks who tuck keepsakes inside books and stick photographs in albums. I ain’t got nothin’ but bad memories of growin’ up, of being trapped in that orphanage at Hell’s Bells convent as a boy. Since leavin’ there, I’ve tried my best not to be the kinda guy to collect fond memories. Visits to the Velvet Viper are about gettin’ some ass, I go there for a good time, not a long time. Sure the boys are handsome as hell, and a couple of them—like Naughty Nick who used to work there, and the new kid Clarrie and that tight ass of his—some of them have whet my whistle… and I ain’t talkin’ about offerin’ me a drink. But now that Holden Hart is on the scene, I ain’t sure I’ll ever go back to that sexy, sinful snakepit… unless of course I need some information for a case.

If Mama couldn’t get gin into Wilde City what would be your second choice of beverage?

My second choice would be to move to another town, I hear the bootleggin’ is reliable down in Atlantic City. But since I’m kinda partial to Wilde City, I guess I could stay and switch to something else. Madame Chang has more than just pot in her floating opium den The Peking Empress. I’m sure she could fix me up a potion or two that’d satisfy my needs.

We were going to ask you a question about your cannabis smoking, but we can’t remember what it was. Do you have any snacks?

I ain’t much for snacks, I’ll admit that. Perhaps I’ll chew on some beef jerky from time to time, and there’s always some ice in the bottom of a glass of gin to crunch on, if that counts. The gin never lasts long enough for the ice to melt… funny that.

Do think Holden’s family will accept you given your very different upbringings and stations in life?

My jury’s still out on Holden’s parents, Howard and Crystal Hart. I’m gettin’ the picture that Holden and his dad may not see eye to eye, and I got a feeling in my gut that Howard Hart has some secrets of his own. Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to dig for more.

Have you thought about how having a celebrity boyfriend will affect your life now?

I’ve always been one to lay low and stay outta the limelight, so I’m thinkin’ me and Holden may have some rocky times ahead. This town thinks he’s the cat’s meow, and so do I to be honest. But with his bein’ the popular party-boy and wealthy socialite that he is, I’m sure there’s gonna be moments when I step back into the shadows and let him take the stage alone. Whether or not that causes some friction, time will tell. But I’m a private detective, not a celebrity or a star. Fame is somethin’ I’ve never wanted. Avoidin’ it, however, may be a different ballgame altogether.

Considering you are a detective, why did you never think to look for your childhood friend?

I didn’t get outta Hell’s Bells till I was thrown out at the age of sixteen. I had no money, nowhere to live, no food to eat. I had to get a job to survive. I sold papers to start with… I’m the guy who got Skip the news-kid his job… the little wise-ass is yet to thank me. After that I tended bars, worked as a waiter, shined shoes, anything I could to make ends meet. All the while I kept my ear to the ground, making connections, figuring out the clockwork of Wilde City, and what—or rather who—makes it tick… which is when I fell into the job of private detective. Sure I thought of Harry a lot, but in the struggle to survive I didn’t have the time to look for him. It’s something I’ll always regret.

Do you think your kind of friending of Mama put you on her side of the break up?

I don’t like to take anyone’s side in a feud, but if I had to have an ally in either Mama or Bugsy, I’d choose Mama any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Bugsy’s the kinda guy who’ll smile at ya face then pop you in the back as soon as you turn around. At least Mama’s willing to do business. Having said that, I’d never wanna cross her. That Mama Marlow is one tough dame.

We’d really like to thank you for answering our questions, Buck.  Even if this whole blog thing is a bit confusing and you didn’t bring any snacks.

Thanks again for having me. I gotta get back to my latest case now. The divas who are starring in the new production of The Snake Charmer’s Slave down at the Maharaja Majestic Theatre keep disappearin’. Nobody’s sure if there’s a killer on the loose… or a phantom at the opera. Sounds like a mystery for Buck Baxter to solve!

Buck Baxter, Love Detective is available for purchase at Wilde City Press and Amazon as well as other retailers.