Para-RT13 with Elisabeth Staab + Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers
First, thanks so much for having me! Let’s see: I write the Chronicles of Yavn vampire romance series for Sourcebooks. I love coffee, music, and tattooed rock stars. I collect purple office supplies, and enjoy documentaries and irreverent humor.

Tell us a little about your books?
I write about sexy vampires, sinister wizards, and the hard-won happily ever after. My heroes are alpha on the outside, tortured and emotional on the inside, and they come equipped with superpowers and enough preternatural stamina to get any job done. ;-)

If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
Buddy system! As an author OR as a reader it helps to attend with someone who has your back and with whom you can strategize. Sometimes you may want to go to two panels at the same time and you may want to split up and take notes. If your goal is to load up on swag and collect books, you’ll need help carrying everything. I’ve seen people with cuh-razy stacks of books at the book signings! If you didn’t bring a buddy, ship stuff home. They usually have fed-ex or something on site. Also, bring cough drops, vitamin C, and herbal tea, just in case. Lotsa germs, lotsa hugging and talking, and I’ve seen more people leave cons with a sore throat than not. Never hurts to be prepared. Oh! If you plan to enter to win gift baskets, some people pre-print sticky labels with their name and contact info. It’s also a nice thing to tell the author if they can add you to their mailing list when you enter for a gift basket.

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
In addition to both the E-book and the giant book fair (and most of the rest of the time, the bar, lol) I am SO psyched about the panels/events I’m lucky enough to participate in this year!
  • Tuesday night (4/30) at 8:30 pm we’re kicking things off with Cinema Craptastique which will be a hilarious “bad movie tweet” (very Mystery Science Theater 3000 for those who remember that show) viewing of The Covenant, hosted by Damon Suede, Laura Kaye, Laurie London, CJ Ellison, Heidi Cullinan, and myself.  There will be goodie bags and we’re encouraging pajama party costumes so we’ll give out some prizes for things like “best slippers,” too! I’ll be there in my “killer” bunny slippers!
  • Wednesday (5/1) at noon I’m part of the Vampires to Die For! game show along with Laura Kaye, Laurie London, Lisa Kessler, Theresa Meyers, Caridad Pineiro, and Joyee Flynn. We read snippets from a variety of vampire fiction and the audience has to test their vampire knowledge. If they’re right, they’re eligible for a prize. Wrong? They get a vampire bite tattoo! There will be goodie bags for the first 30 folks in line and some special “big” prizes, too! Last year we had a standing room only crowd and it was a total blast. People were guessing wrong just to get a vampire bite!
  • Wednesday (5/1) at five pm I’ll also be on the VAMPIRE: Blood Light panel talking about humor in vampire fiction with Jeaniene Frost, Susan and Clay Griffith, Molly Harper, and Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Thursday (5/2) at 10 am I may also be sitting in on the Vampires We Love to Hate panel with Caridad Pineiro, Jeanne C Stein, and Jaye Wells
So lots of great paranormal events. Mostly vampires, which are still my favorite paranormal creature, so I can’t wait. :)

Authors your most excited about meeting?
Wow, almost too many to mention. I am excited to meet fellow Sourcebooks authors Sara Humphreys and Jade Lee. I’m looking forward to seeing Elisabeth Naughton again who was lovely at the Olde City con this past February, and I’m also looking forward to seeing Mary Calmes and Amy Lane whom I consider to be good friends and I can’t wait to hear about what they’re working on because I love their books as well.  Laura Kaye, Laurie London, and Caridad Pineiro are always fantastic. I’ve done a lot of panels with all those ladies and they’re always a delight.  I’m unclear about whether or not Lori Wilde is going to be there but I hope so because she’s an amazing author and I was lucky enough to take a class from her recently, she’s a wonderful mentor as well. It’d be great to say thank you.

Tell us a little about your newest book?
My latest, Prince of Power, is book two in the Chronicles of Yavn series.  The vampire king’s warrior half-sister falls in love with an enemy of their race, and a lot of anger, mistrust, and murder attempts ensue:

About Prince of Power:
This Fight Is Personal...

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king's beautiful sister, Tyra...and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes...

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined...

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that's decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other...
Book two of the Chronicles of Yavn! 
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Who are you bunking with?
I’m bunking with my favorite con buddy, Damon Suede, who has fresh and original new paranormal m/m novella called Horn Gate releasing day after RT from Dreamspinner Press. He’s a wonderful author and it’s great attending RT or any con with him.

Why do you attend conventions?
Most of all I love connecting with readers and cons are the best way to do that face to face. RT is fantastic because there are so many readers in one place at one time. It’s also the only real chance I get to see other author friends like Mary Calmes and Amy Lane who are scattered around the country, to see my editor in person, and to learn from other industry professionals. Some of the best parts of a con for me are what happens between the official events, when people meet up to chat in the hotel hallways in the bar.

Hunter by Night - Book 3 of the Chronicles of Yavn

Hunter by Night Book Cover**Hunter by Night, Lee's story, releases 1/7/2014! Pre-order Amazon or B&N (coming soon), or add to your TBR

 at Goodreads! ** 

About Hunter by Night:
A supernatural war is about to ignite a scorching hot romance
Lee protects his vampire race, and hates humans as much as the wizard enemies he kills. Just as he’s assessing new recruits to join the vampire king’s army, all hell breaks loose. The estate’s security system fails, wizards are heading their way, and human-hating Lee is stuck protecting Alexia, the queen’s human best friend. But as dangerous obstacles force Alexia and Lee closer, an undeniable attraction is revealed, and the two must find a way to compromise.

About the Author

Photo Elisabeth StaabElisabeth Staab started hunting zombies back in 1842... Oops, wrong bio... Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to spend time with good friends, good music, good beverages, and good books (when she isn't making characters fall in love, that is).

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KING OF DARKNESS - Book 1 of the Chronicles of Yavn

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King of Darkness Book Cover
 "Action-packed and sexually charged, this book will draw you in from the opening scene. (4.5 stars)"
--Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Promising new paranormal series." --Publisher's Weekly

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…

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  1. Good Morning Ladies!!! Great Interview and Elisabeth, I love finding out 'new' things about you and your perspective on writing!! Just finished PoP and will be writing my review as soon as I can. Loved the storyline, and really liked how you molded Anton Tyra's relationship and the little 'surprises'!!! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thanks, Phyllis! Hope you enjoyed Prince of Power, and I'm looking forward to bringing you the next one!

  2. Awesome interview, sounds like I've found some new books to read. Thanks for sharing today!
    Rhonda D

    1. Hope you enjoy, Rhonda, and thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. from all these pre-RT interviews, I'm gathering that I will be spending quite a lot of time in the bar! woohoo! Looking forward to meeting Elisabeth too, Book Savvy Babe

    1. Looking forward to meeting you too, Heather! It's gonna be a great con!

  4. Thanks for the great interview!

  5. Enjoyed the interview. Wish I could make it to RT. Great tips too. Maybe next year.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Next year, I hope. Thank you so much for stopping by, Carol!

  6. I do love this series and am absolutely heartbroken that I won't be at the convention to meet Elisabeth and pick at her brain for what's next. Keep feeding your fans, we love it.

    1. Aww, thank you so much Sebella! I hope you can make it another year, and I am looking forward to bringing you Lee's book in January. :)

  7. Thanks for the interview. And what a good advice, to bring throat stuff! All the talking will make you hoarse before the day has ended. I am a quiet person, but not when I can talk books :)

    1. I learned that lesson the hard way, Aurian! I was hoarse for two weeks after last year's RT!

  8. I've been to an RT author book fare when RT was held in Orlando a few years ago. What a fantastic time I had and I hope I'm able to attend another one in the future. I can only imagine the fun of attending the whole conference.

    1. Hope you can attend the whole shebang sometime Barbara, it's a ton of fun!

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I'm reading King of Darkness right now and enjoying it hugely! Love your characters!

    1. Aww, thank you so much Dani! So thrilled you're enjoying King of Darkness. Can' wait for Lee's book, Hunter by Night, in January!!!

  10. I love this author and this series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. These books sound good


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