Today I have Elizabeth Staab over for an interview. And at the end there is a giveaway of her new book, Prince of Power.
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.
1 copy of Prince of Power
1. US and Canada
2. Ends Jan 20th
3. Just go ahead and enter :)
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).