Monday, 7 January 2013

Interview and Giveaway - Elisabeth Staab and Prince of Power


Today I have Elizabeth Staab over for an interview. And at the end there is a giveaway of her new book, Prince of Power.

Welcome!

1. Tell me 3 fun facts about yourself…
Let’s see… I collect weird stuff: coffee mugs, purple office supplies, red kitchen gadgets. I am a total caffeine addict, I especially love Earl Grey tea and flavored coffees. I am equally addicted to iTunes. I love all types of music, I used to sing and also DJ electronica, with a preference for lyric-heavy progressive house (which is probably why my first novel, King of Darkness, starts out at a rave).

2. Could you tell me about your new book Prince of Power?
In King of Darkness we met Anton, a member of the evil wizard race who was tasked with finding and kidnapping the vampire king’s sister. Tyra is a vampire hybrid who spends her nights fighting evil and her days helping those less fortunate, and in the course of tracking her, Anton falls in love. So Prince of Power is Anton and Tyra’s story; How he saves her, how they both want revenge on Anton’s father but fight over how that should be achieved, and how a vampire and an enemy of their race navigate falling in love.

3. What was your inspiration behind this series?
The inspiration for the Chronicles of Yavn came very much from out of left field. It’s funny because I’d sworn off even reading romance novels about fifteen years earlier after a painful incident that occurred in a library while I was reading a stack of romance books. I thought I didn’t even like romance anymore because all I could remember of romance were those old-school bodice-rippers. I needed stories that were funny, uplifting, and most of all, two people falling in love on equal grounds.

A gifted Kindle, a free download of Kiss of Midnight, and a lot of time to read after my youngest kid was born changed everything. After enjoying Lara Adrian’s series someone suggested J.R. Ward, and it was Ward’s BDB series that made me go “This is romance? This, I f*cking love.” I looked and couldn’t find anything else that scratched the same itch, and finally my husband put the brakes on my new ebook habit. I started to play with the idea of my own vampire story. I loved the idea of a hero that was a little unexpected. Young. Tortured. Unsure. Kind of a beta/alpha hybrid. Someone who got dropped in the deep end and nobody believed in him, maybe he didn’t believe in himself. Thad from King of Darkness came to me one night while I was rocking my newborn to sleep. He was standing in the middle of a warehouse party, looking determined but confused. I started figuring him out, threw in a fated-mates scenario with a very unwilling fated mate, and went forward.

4. Tell me a few fun (and hot) facts about Anton?
We learn in Prince of Power that Anton is actually practically a virgin when he meets Tyra. His lack of experience makes him a thoughtful, attentive lover. Speaking of hot, he has the ability to elevate his body temperature above what is normal for most humans. This makes for some inventive outdoor lovemaking even when the weather is chilly.

5.Who was more difficult to write, Anton or Tyra. Or someone else?
Hmm. I think I wrestled with both Anton and Tyra at various times in the course of writing Prince of Power. That I was playing a little with slightly non-traditional hero/heroine roles made them fun to write, but also challenging. For Tyra, part of her journey was learning to open up, and Anton helps her become more emotionally available. In the beginning, though, getting to know her was difficult even for me as the author. She was this awesome, badass fighter, but she was also closed-up and stubborn! For any difficulties though, they were fantastic to write. By the time I’d finished their story I was so in love.

5. What is coming next from you?
I’m working on book three of the Chronicles of Yavn right now, Hunter by Night, which is Lee and Alexia’s story. Lee is a human-loathing, centuries-old B.A.M.F. and his story is turning out to be very exciting. Alexia is the only human who currently lives at the vampire estate, of course.

Thanks!

Giveaway
1 copy of Prince of Power

1. US and Canada
2. Ends Jan 20th
3. Just go ahead and enter :)

Good luck!

PRINCE OF POWER BY ELISABETH STAAB
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...
About the Author
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, go dancing, and sing off-key in her kitchen (when she isn't making characters fall in love, that is).

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34 comments:

  1. Awesome interview and hot cover, this series is new to me, so thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the series!

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  2. Hahaha yes, J.R. Wards Brothers had that same effect on me! I picked those books up and couldn't put them down, and then recommend them to anyone and everyone who mocks the romance genre for being "fluff". I love a good tortured hero, and a beta/alpha hybrid sounds hugely appealing, I'll be giving Anton and Tyra's story a try for sure!

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    1. Thank you so much I hope you enjoy! And always exciting to meet a fellow Brother devotee!

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  3. Twitted about your giveaway at: https://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/288319113162543106

    Goodluck everybody!!

    Cherry Mischievous
    (not an entry)
    (non-US/Can)

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  4. I have to admit I was surprised at the BDB series. I think my reaction was the same. LOL

    This series sounds so interesting. You have me curious and love the idea of a beta/alpha hybrid.
    enter me for the prize, please. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!

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  5. Thank you for the interview Elisabeth :)

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    1. Thank you for having me on your blog today!

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  6. Prince of Power was awesome! There was so much excitement and action! I was tricked into thinking I was getting close to the end of the book about 5 times because there were so many exciting parts! All of the characters are great! I loved getting to know Xander more. Agnessa is fascinating! I can't wait for Lee and Alexia's story. Oh, and of course Thad/Isabel and Tyra/Anton are awesome too! :) Love it!

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    1. Aww, thank you for the kind words heather, I'm so glad you loved Prince of Power!

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  7. "temperature above what is normal for most humans" Yes. Sounds like my type of man. xD

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    1. Yes indeed, Carole, Anton is a very special hero. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy Prince of Power!

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    1. Isn't he dreamy? Thank you for checking out Prince of Power!

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  9. Dark Lover was the first romance book I ever read and was immediately hooked so I can totally relate to you there! I loved King of Darkness! Ghas's vulnerability is what drew me into the story. He was a very relatable (sp) character. I can't wait to read Prince of Power! Thanks for the chance to win it!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

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    1. *Thad's vulnerability. Stupid autocorrect! Sorry about that :)

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    2. Damn you autocorrect!! Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth, I hope you enjoy Prince of Power!

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  10. Great interview and thanks for sharing a new book with us. :) SOunds soo...hot! :D

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  11. I love the cover of the book! Great interview.

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  12. Thanks for the awesome post and congrats to Elisabeth on the new release! Sounds fantastic :)

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  13. Great interview. I definitely need to check out the Chronicles of Yavn, this sounds like a great series.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  14. I didn't know this book but thank you for the discovery, it was a nice interview!

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  15. Great post...love getting to know authors a bit better.

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  16. Interesting series, new to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  18. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  19. I'm new to this author and would love to win this book.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  20. Greta cover. Count me in please
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  21. Kiss of Midnight is an awesome read, as is the BDB series, very cool that those books helped with some inspiration. Great interview and thank you so much for the contest! Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

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  22. Thanks everyone for stopping by :)

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