Para-RT13 with Jeri Smith-Ready

Monday, April 29, 2013
 Carmel from Rabid Reads and I have been stalking paranormal authors that will be attending the RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City on May 1-5. We’ll both be there in all of our book nerd glory so we decided to do a bloggy event to get psyched up even more for the convention!. Its a month long event in April that showcases some Paranormal Authors that are going to be going to The RT Convention.

Introduce yourself to readers:
Hi! My name is Jeri Smith-Ready, author of several paranormal novels for teens and adults, including last year’s SHINE (SHADE trilogy #3) and LUST FOR LIFE (WVMP RADIO #4, also the final book in the series). 

Tell us a little about your books?
In my YA trilogy, SHADE, the heroine Aura and everyone born after her can see and talk to ghosts, but no one else can. Aura wonders if her birth caused the Shift (the mysterious event that made ghosts visible) and if it has anything to do with the father she’s never met. The trilogy centers around her search for answers, which takes her to Ireland and beyond. There’s a lot of romantic drama, too, as Aura tries to get over her boyfriend Logan’s death and ghosthood (hey, he’s still around, so no out-of-sight-out-of-mind, right?), possibly with the help of Zachary, a Scottish exchange student with infinite patience and infinite secrets.

My adult paranormal series, WVMP RADIO, is about a former con artist and a radio station of vampire DJs, each of them stuck psychologically in the time they were created. It's a little lighter than the SHADE trilogy but with lots of romance and music. Because without romance and music, why would I ever want to write a book? ;)

Is this your first RT? If you've been to one before, any tips for us newbies?
I’ve been every year since 2007 in Houston—I never miss it! My advice for newbies is not to be overwhelmed at the cornucopia of awesomeness you see when you look at the schedule. You can’t possibly do everything without exhausting yourself. Make sure you get some down time.

Also, RT folks are the friendliest people on earth. I’m pretty shy (though you’d never guess it from the way I can’t shut up sometimes), but at RT I’ve never felt awkward because I always know that I have something in common with that total stranger standing next to me—a love of books! 

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels, going to any parties, etc.?
Wednesday 5-6pm I'm on a panel called "Blood Light," about humor in vampire novels. It's moderated by Caridad Pineiro and also features C.T. Adams (aka Cat Adams), Jeaniene Frost, Susan and Clay Griffith, Molly Harper, and Elisabeth Staab. Should be tons of fun!

Thursday 10-11am I'm on a YA panel called "Professional Liar," where audience members ask us questions then guess whether we're telling the truth. It's moderated by one of my favorite authors (and people!), Sarah Rees Brennan, so I'm sure there'll be laughs a plenty! Also, I hear there'll be prizes. You do NOT want to miss this one. (Hint: I'm a terrible liar, so when in doubt, guess that I'm telling the truth.) Other YA authors on the panel are Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Leanna Renee Hieber, Colleen Houck, and Rachel Vincent.

Saturday is Teen Day—yay! I’ll be signing my YA books in YA Alley, then doing the 5-6pm speed reading (I might be persuaded to read a scene from "Shattered," an upcoming SHADE tie-in novella from Zachary's point of view), as well as attending the big Teen Day party.

You can probably also find me in the gym every other morning, because I'm training for my very first 5K on Memorial Day!

Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person?
I'm definitely on the spontaneous side. I don't like to get my heart set on going to any particular panel, because it's very likely that on the way there, I'll run into an old friend (or a new friend!) and we'll spend the hour chatting over coffee or in the bar.

I do, however, plan my wardrobe ahead of time, writing down which outfits I'm wearing for each event each day. Otherwise I waste valuable time staring into the closet trying to decide what to wear--or worse, overpacking. I mean, how many black cardigans do I need for one convention? (Answer: ALL the black cardigans!)

If you see me at RT, please say hi!

"Bridge" - SHADE short story - Now available!

Logan is barely seventeen, and barely dead. To find eternal rest, the ghost rock star must make peace with his brother Mickey, before his guilt over Logan’s death drives him to suicide.
Krista sees ghosts everywhere, but never the one she needs most. A chance boardwalk encounter with Logan turns her Senior Week party into a rescue mission. Can her own grief give her the strength to save Mickey’s life?
Loaded with bonus material, the “Bridge” ebook is the perfect introduction to the young-adult Shade trilogy—a tale of ghosts, music, and everlasting love.

"Bridge" originally appeared in the Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions anthology (September 2011, HarperTeen), edited by New York Times bestselling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

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About Jeri

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.

 Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.

Find her around at:
Facebook | Twitter | Website   | Facebook Fan Page| Goodreads

Thanks for having me on the blog, Amber! 

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Para-RT13 with Lea Nolan

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers
Hi everyone! I’m Lea Nolan, and I write YA fantasy/paranormals. I’m a mom and wife, full-time writer, part-time health policy professor, and occasional health policy consultant. Whew! My debut, CONJURE the first book in the Hoodoo Apprentice Series was released this past October. The second in the series, ALLURE will be out in October 2013.

Tell us a little about your books?
CONJURE features three teens who discover a hidden 18th-century pirate treasure, unleash a wicked flesh eating curse, and must use Gullah hoodoo magic to break the hex before it’s too late. It’s fast paced with lots of action but it’s also got a sweet romance between the heroine, Emma Guthrie and hero, Cooper Beaumont who is the hottest, most perfect guy in the universe.

Is this your first RT convention?
No, it’s my second. I went last year and had The. Best. Time. I had sold my series but it hadn’t been released yet so I thought it would be good to go to the conference to get an idea of how it was structured/what it is like so I’d know what to expect once my book was out. It was a smart decision because now I’ve got a handle on how Teen Day works, what the massive book signing would be like, and how important it is to stop by the bars/restaurants and meet people. And the parties. Oh, the parties! RT is one giant networking fest. If I hadn’t meet so many people last year, I think I would have been totally intimidated this year.

What are you most looking forward to at RT?
Meeting readers! RT has a lot of opportunities to interact with readers and book bloggers, not only in the bar and restaurants, but also in fun reader-oriented activities. I’ll be participating in the Candy and Spoons! event in which Entangled authors, editors and staff will not only give out gobs of candy—who doesn’t love that?—but also play this crazy fun game called Spoons that people literally throw themselves into. And we’ll give away great books and other prizes. The Candy and Spoons! event is Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm in the New York B room on the Ballroom Level. Last year the line was way out the door and down the hall so come early to get a seat. It’s a total blast.

I’m also super excited about participating in the Teen Day Author Speed-Reading event on Saturday, May 4th at 5:00 in the Chouteau A&B room on the Mezzanine Level. A whole bunch of YA authors will be there, greeting readers and reading short excerpts of their books. It gives us a chance to sit and chat.

But honestly, I also love to meet and hang out in the bar, lounge, and restaurant. So if you see me, please don’t be afraid to come up and introduce yourself!

If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
It’ll be a diet soda or an unsweetened ice tea. I wish I could drink alcohol but I’ve got a ridiculous and very boring alcohol intolerance that causes me to have horrendous headaches after only the smallest bit. Sad face for me. But I happily watch other people drink and live vicariously through them.

Do you have any tips for convention newbies?

Bring a cardigan. No. Bring two. Better yet, bring three. The air conditioning is always on full blast. Also, don’t expect to get much sleep. RT = LOTS of late nights.

Who are you bunking with?
I’m rooming with my bestest bestie, Laura Kaye. She is not only my greatest friend in the world, but she’s also an awesome roommate who doesn’t snore.

What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
I love the infinite possibilities of paranormal. Anything can happen as long as you build the world and stick to your rules. I also love the escapism. And who doesn’t love battling demon dogs, wicked curses, and raising the dead? Not this girl.

Tell us about your newest book?
I just finished ALLURE, the second book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series. It is darker and twistier than CONJURE and takes the series deeper into Gullah mythology and hoodoo magic. It comes out in October 2013 and I can’t wait for readers to read it!

Authors your most excited about meeting?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. And there are a ton of authors I can’t wait to get to know better. I met Alyson Noel last year and totally embarrassed myself with my extreme fan-girling. If I get the chance to meet her again this year, I’ll try not to gush. Who am I kidding? I’ll probably end up being a super dork!

What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
The best part about RT for YA writers is that they put us all in one area they call Teen Alley. So we’re all together which makes it easier to YA readers to find us. Holy crap. I just realized something: If they arrange us alphabetically, I *might* end up next to Allyson Noel!!! AAAHH!!!! *Flailing around, flapping arms like a crazed chicken!* Note to self: Do. Not. Dork out!


Lea Nolan - CONJURE - Cropped Bio Pic.jpgLea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She’s holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and works in health policy. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. Her debut YA novel, CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series released in October 2012. You can learn more about Lea on her website, on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads. CONJURE is available at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.



Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends—are lost forever.

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Review: Shift by Rachel Vincent

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Series: Shifters 5
Publication Date: Feb, 2010
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 441
Reviewer: Amber R.

I'm still completely on Team EveryoneButFaythe. I was really hoping with reading this next book she would redeem herself to me but unfortunately that hasn't happened yet. I'm going to talk about the whole Faythe/Marc/Jace thing a lot, so be prepared.

Faythe still hasn't told Marc what happened with her and Jace and doesn't throughout the entire book. In fact someone else guesses and tells him. So Faythe being a complete coward still doesn't step up to the plate and keeps blocking questions under the guise of "this is not the time". Marc is noticing that Jace is acting differently and not just different because Ethan died, but he's acting differently towards Faythe. And Marc brings it up several different times and Faythe just brushes him off every time. Jace is also asking Faythe when she's going to fess up to Marc and she just blows him off too. She's great at deflecting that's for sure. So what happens at the end of the book? Marc tells her she has too choose. That's it! He's still putting up with her crap! If I was him, I'd be like peace the eff out! I was shocked, I could not believe that he was still willing to be with her even after all the crap she's done.

Anyhow, that's not the only thing going on obviously. The pack is wanting to go after Malone for justice for Ethan's death. But they are wary to make a move because of the issues with the Council being divided. Not only are they trying to figure out when and what kind of move they are going to make against Malone, there are a bunch of thunderbirds attacking the pack for no apparent reason. And I have to admit even though Faythe is a fool when it comes to her interpersonal relationships, she's a damn good enforcer. It seems like when her dad is ready to step down she'd be a really great alpha.

Now the last book in this series is next. I really need a solid ending here. I really need to see Faythe turn this situation around. If you guys don't hear from me within a few weeks, you'll know that Faythe has completely killed my soul.

Isn't it great when books get you so involved that you feel like you're emotionally invested? It's amazing. ;)

Para-RT13 with Laura Kaye + Giveaway

Friday, April 26, 2013

Laura Kaye

Introduce Yourself to our readers I’d be glad to! And thanks for having me! I write paranormal and contemporary romance and have four series underway right now: the Hearts of the Anemoi (Greek mythology inspired), the Vampire Warrior Kings, the Heroes series, and the Hard Ink series. I live in Maryland with my husband and two daughters and am addicted to all things vampire and Sons of Anarchy. And I’m mated to Zsadist. Heh.

Tell us a little about your books?
I have three new releases in 2013. On May 28, South of Surrender, the third book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series releases. On August 1, Taken by the Vampire King, the third book in my Vampire Warrior Kings series releases. And on November 26, Hard As It Gets, the debut novel in my Hard Ink series releases. It’s gonna be a fun year!

Is this your first RT convention?
No! Last year was my first and it was a blast!

What are you most looking forward to at RT?
I’m looking forward to meeting readers and catching up with author friends! I’m on four game panels and those are always a blast!

Vampires to Die For, Wednesday at 12pm
Gods and Monsters—Scrambled, Friday at 11:15 am
Book Cover Bingo, Friday at 3:45pm
Candy and Spoons, Friday at 7:30pm

I’m also co-hosting the bad movie tweet-along Cinema Craptastique on Tuesday night at 8:30pm, which is going to be full of awesome!

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
In addition to the panels above, I’ll also be signing at the eBook Expo (ebooks + paperbacks of Hearts in Darkness, Her Forbidden Hero, and One Night with a Hero) and the Giant Book Fair (North of Need, West of Want, and maybe South of Surrender), and appearing on these additional panels/parties:

Using Theme to Strengthen Your Novel and Your Brand, Wednesday at 5pm
Avon Red Slipper Lounge, Friday, 6:15pm

If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
Probably a Sprite or a Ginger Ale! I have almost NO tolerance for alcohol whatsoever! LOL

Since this event is for paranormal authors, can you tell us more about the paranormal in your book?
The Hearts of the Anemoi series is based on the mythology of the Anemoi, wind gods the Greeks associated with the weather and seasons. As Greek gods, my heroes have the ability to appear in human, elemental, and animal forms, can affect the weather by will or by their emotions, have the ability to be invisible, and have healing abilities, too.

What's your favorite paranormal and why?
Vampires are my all-time favorite paranormal creature. They’re sexy, mysterious, immortal, animalistic, powerful, tortured, sexy…

Tell us a little about your newest book?
Gladly! South of Surrender is about the Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, Chrysander Notos, who everyone views as the carefree golden boy. Only, not so much… Here’s the blurb:

She's the only one who can see through his golden boy fa├žade to the broken god within...

Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious storms that threaten the mortal realm and dangerously drain Chrys.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather's horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can't resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who's ever loved the real him.

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What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
My family totally believed in the paranormal when I was growing up. My own family lure is filled with ghost stories, evil-eyed curses, and the like. So I was fascinated by all things supernatural as a kid and grew up reading every paranormal story I could. It was only natural that I’d write paranormal stories, too.

Who are you bunking with?
I’m rooming with YA paranormal author Lea Nolan, who is my best friend and daily writing partner at Panera Bread!

Why do you attend conventions? 
Because they’re a great way to meet readers, network with other folks in publishing, and catch-up with my author friends! I look forward to them!

Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
It’s very planned out this year! I’m on a ton of panels which is awesome because it’ll give me lots of opportunities to meet readers!

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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Para-RT13 with Lisa Kessler

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers - 
Hi everyone! *waving* I'm Lisa Kessler and I write dark paranormal romance for Entangled Publishing. My Night Series is out now. (Night Walker, Night Thief & Night Demon) I have a new shifter series starting in July with Moonlight. I'm also a huge Disney fan and a singer.

Is this your first RT convention?
- This is my 3rd RT and I can't wait! I'll be participating in Name that Vampire, the Vampire Social, the Chocolate and Spoons party as well as a couple of panels so it'll be crazy busy and super fun!

What are you most looking forward to at RT? 
- Meeting readers is by FAR the best part of RT for me. Meeting people who claim one of my characters for their Book Boyfriend, or one of my Street Teamers, or a reader who I know from facebook, and the list goes on. RT makes connecting writers and readers SUPER fun!

If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies? 
- Go easy on the "schedule". My first RT I had all day every day scheduled, and by the second day I realized I hadn't allowed any time for meeting up with people and chatting! *pout* So pick the panels/games/parties that are "must attend" and then leave some blank times for you to mingle. :)

 What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
 - I actually got my publishing start by selling horror short stories. I love vampires and shifters, and the Night Series allowed me to combine the two. WIN! :)

Why do you attend conventions?
 - I enjoy networking and meeting people, so conventions make it easier to meet up!

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Deep within the Yucatan jungle a demon has awakened…
Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature – the Night Demon – that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.
Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.
Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.

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Para-RT13 with Jennifer L Armentrout

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Introduce Yourself to our readers
    My name is Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn) and I'm the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Wait for You, the Lux Series, and the Gamble Brothers. I'm also the author of the award-winning Covenant Series, the upcoming young adult thriller Don't Look Back from Disney/Hyperion, and another young adult paranormal series through Harlequin Teen about gargoyles and demons and hot boys. I write young adult paranormal and contemporary, New Adult, and adult contemporary and paranormal. All of my books are heavy on the romance. I'm also addicted to 5 Hour Energy drinks.
  • Is this your first RT convention?
    Nope. This is my second year at RT and I'm as excited as I was the first year.
  • What are you most looking forward to at RT?
    Meeting readers. I love, LOVE meeting people who've read my books. It always makes me giggling.
  • If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
    A blow pop or a soda. I'm not a big drinker. I know. Shock, right?
  • What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
    Last year I was in-between Brodi Ashton and Josie Angelini. They were awesome. Hoping for a repeat.   

  • Who are you bunking with? 
  • I'm bunking with a friend who's meeting me at RT.
  • Why do you attend conventions?
    To really meet readers and aspiring authors. It's one of the best conventions to meet both.
  • Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
    Fly by the seat with the exception of showing up for my panels and signings. The list and time are located on my website under my "Events" page.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
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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

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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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 "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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Para-RT13 with Chloe Neill

Monday, April 22, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers
Hi, everyone! I'm Chloe Neill, the author of the urban fantasy Chicagoland Vampires novels and the YA Dark Elite novels. My eighth Chicagoland Vampires novel, BITING BAD, will be coming out in August.

 Is this your first RT convention?
This is my second RT convention--my sophomore year, I guess. I also attended last year, and had an absolute blast!

What are you most looking forward to at RT?
I have a full-time day job, and I don't live near many romance or urban fantasy authors (at least as far as I'm aware). So RT is really a unique opportunity for me to commiserate with other writers, vent, and feel like a "normal" writer.

 If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
Ha! Lots of tips! Bring comfortable shoes and extra tote bag to carry around your conference goodies. And in that tote,consider also having: a bottle of water water; a granola bar or other snack; a pen and notepad (autographs!); lotion and lip balm; tissues. Hand sanitizer also isn't a bad idea if you want to avoid travel bugs.Also, take the opportunity to say hello to authors. You'll recognize them by the flowers on their badges. Most are more than happy to chat, and some (including me!) will have swag (buttons, pens, etc.) for the asking!

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc?
I'll be arriving on Thursday night and leaving Sunday morning, and attending panels during that period. You can also find my panel schedule here:

If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
Water or Diet Coke. I'm not a drinker, except for Diet Coke. Which I love.

 How are you traveling to RT? Where are you coming from? Any interesting hiccups?
I'm driving, as RT's about three hours from my home in Nebraska. Having my car allows me to bring lots of swag, and possibly baked goods for panels. :)



About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)  Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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