Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Interview with Zoë Archer and Giveaway - November 3, 2010

Please welcome Zoë Archer to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Zoë:  According to my husband, with whom I share an office (he's also a writer), when I write I make faces--basically, I'm mirroring the expressions on my characters' faces. I think that's probably the strangest thing I do when it comes to writing. Otherwise, I'm just sitting there in the same damn pair of yoga pants. I also like to listen to '80s music when I'm writing. It helps get me back in my youthful fantasy days. (Duran Duran forever, woo!)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Zoë:  For non-romance authors, I really enjoy Michael Ondaatje, Graham Greene, Leo Tolstoy, Deborah Eisenberg, Lorrie Moore and Alice Munro. For romance authors, I'm really digging on the new crop of historical authors: Courtney Milan, Julie Anne Long, Tessa Dare, Carrie Lofty, Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas. For paranormal, Kresley Cole's books are the best kind of crack, Ava Gray, and Shana Abé's Drakon series.

One of the romance authors who really showed me that romance could be complex, literate and beautifully written was Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas. Bliss remains one of my favorite romance novels. Just gorgeously written. I am also a Mary Jo Putney and Judith McNaught fan. They really got me interested in becoming a romance author.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Zoë:  I'd say 95% plotter. Especially with the kinds of narrative structure in my books, I need to know where I'm going and how I'm getting there. Every book starts with an outline that gets elaborated upon and developed, often evolving or changing as I actually start writing the book. Sometimes I see that a character's motivations are changing, or I need to enrich a certain scene, so the outline changes. Those pantsers who just sit down and writing without any plan--they kind of scare me.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Blades of the Rose series?

Zoë:  Right now, just the four books: WARRIOR, SCOUNDREL, REBEL and STRANGER. However, if sales are strong enough, and my publisher wants more, I'd love keep going. I already have some loose ideas for the next four. They would be set 20 years later (1895), much to the delight of my armorer (aka my husband). We'd see some familiar faces, but it would be a whole new generation of Blades, and an even more terrifying new enemy. (Buy the books--I really want to write these! *wink*)

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the Blades of the Rose series?

Zoë:  A lot of research. I think I picked exotic locations just so I could research them. Blame it on years of graduate school, but I really like to do research. For the Blades, I spent a lot of time at the UCLA library. In fact, I maintain my UC alumni status so I can have library privileges. So, I read a ton of books, watched films of specific locations, and prowled the internet. Sadly, my budget didn't allow me to actually travel to the places I was writing about, but it did whet my appetite to go there. Mongolia is gorgeous!

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to paranormal romance and historical romance?

Zoë:  In April 2011, my sci-fi romance COLLISION COURSE will be coming out from Carina Press. Space opera is just frakkin' awesome, and I'm glad that electronic presses are around so that more authors, like me, can write them. I also write straight historical fiction, but finding the time to work on it is very difficult. I'm under deadline for the romance, so that takes up my working hours. But don't get me wrong, I love love love writing romance. Love it.

TQ:  If you could dine with three people from the past who would they be and why?

Zoë:  I'm never good at this question! Hmm... Maybe Joseph Banks (the 18th century English naturalist), Leo Tolstoy and Aphra Behn (the 17th century English playwright and possible spy).

TQ: What's next?

Zoë:  There's my sci-fi romance in April, and then I'll have a new three-book paranormal historical series launching December 2011. The series is called THE HELLRAISERS, and its about a group of 18th century English rakes who inadvertently free the Devil from his prison and literally raise hell. It's dark and sexy and a lot of fun. It's very different from the Blades, especially because the heroes aren't very nice people. In fact, the heroes are the villains. But the heroines still kick ass. It's not a Zoë Archer book unless the heroines do some ass kicking.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About Zoë's Books

The Blades of the Rose Series:

Book One
To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it's become quite real and quite dangerous... 

In Hot Pursuit... 
The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond—where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn't be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress—just what he needs. 

In Hotter Water... 
Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley's assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn't easy to deceive... 

Book Two
The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous—and they can't always protect their own... 

Ready For Action... 
London Harcourt's father is bent on subjugating the world's magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn't bothered to tell her so. He's said only that he's leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity—unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

Risking It All... 
Bennett is a ladies' man, when he's not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London's father. Sometimes, he's a ladies' man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again—but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart... 

Book Three
On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in...

A Lone Wolf
Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He's the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he's always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed...

And The Woman Who Left The Pack
Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world's magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she's loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan's searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life—and perhaps even for love...

Book 4 (coming December 7, 2010)
He protects the world's magic—with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry...

Looking For Trouble
Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story—even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there's magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdropping...

Lighting His Fuse
Catullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he's thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway...

"The Undying Heart"
Prequel to The Blades of the Rose series

Samuel Reed had no idea magic existed, until it almost destroyed him. Thirsting for vengeance against the enemy who made him something less than human, Sam returns to England and crosses paths with Cassandra Fielding. His best friend's little sister has become a fearless woman on a dangerous mission of her own. And against all odds, she sees past what he's become, and stirs a desire he thought he'd lost forever. . .

Stand Alone Novels

The Lady Olivia Xavier, the cowboy who came to her rescue out ot the foggy London dusk could have stepped straight from one of her favorite dime novels. But when she was thrown into his arms, his solid chest and strong embrace assured her he was very real indeed. She needed a helping hand to save her late husband's brewery from an ambitions rival, and even though she couldn't understand half of the American's curious expressions, something in his gentle touch told Olivia she could trust this stranger from the untamed west.

It is the most beautiful fungus botanist Sophie Andrews has ever seen. And the man who comes with it is a pretty fine specimen, too. Sophie knows the bottle of love potion the roguish peddler tries to push on her is a hoax, but she has no time to argue. 

Ian Blackpool refuses to let the stubborn beauty who stumbled into his path track down the notorious Dark Dan McGannon alone. It is his duty to help. Surely it has nothing to do with the thrill he feels at her touch. After all, love is merely a specific chemical combination. But when Ian took Sophie in his arms, science went out the window...

About Zoë

Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. Her BLADES OF THE ROSE series--featuring dashing men and fearless women--is now available. Zoe and her husband live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at

Zoë's Links:

Twitter: @Zoe_Archer
The Blades of the Rose:

The Giveaway


What: One commenter will win the first 3 books in The Blades of the Rose series: Warrior, Scoundrel, and Rebel.

How: Leave a comment telling The Qwillery to which exotic location in the world (or universe) you would like to travel. If you don't tell The Qwillery about your exotic location of choice your entry will not be counted.

You can receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Thank you for the interview. I hope we can get another set of Blades of the Rose.

    I would love to visit Mongolia.!/zoombievampire/status/29572876077

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  2. I love the concept of the devil's escape and raising hell. How much fun. I would love to go to Scotland. I'm already a follower. I give it a hoot on facebook. And I'll leave a link on my blog post today.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  3. I loved the interview, and I really, really hope we get another set of books. That would be fantastic.

    I want to not just visit but live in Ireland one day...although Scotland would be nice, too.

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  4. Great interview! I'd love to visit lots of places, but Japan (and much of Asia for that matter) stands out as an "exotic" destination.

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  5. I WANT TO GO TO GREECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's exotic to me! They mythology, the language, the literature *swoon*

    Great interview! And thank you for this opportunity!

    I have heard sooooo much about this series and am dying to read it!!

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  6. +1 I would love to travel to Ireland, I hear it's beautiful there.

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  7. I would love to go to New Zealand one day.

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  9. The exotic location I'd like to travel to would be Great Britain. It might not be considered all that exotic, but to me it would be. I'm sure there are lots of spots I could discover that are off the beaten path and I'd have a blast.
    I'm dying to read The Blades of the Rose series, and I'm looking forward to reading Zoe's SciFi Romance too.

  10. New follewer and comment, +2.
    I'd love to go to New Zealand. It's on my bucket list!

  11. I forgot to mention that I'm a GFC follower.

  12. Ok, just you know I do know how to spell "follower"
    Ha ha.

  13. Not entering, just wanted to stop and say that I love this interview, thanks for hosting!

  14. Well an exotic location in the world that I'd like to travel to would be Brazil, all that rainforest would be awesome to go through. In the universe, well who doesn't want to go to the moon, and Jupiter, I wanna see what a giant ball of gas looks like up close :P lol

    +1 Commented :)
    +1 I'm a follower of The Qwillery (.Ambur.)

    So that's 2 for me :)

    Thanks for the chance to win, your books sound amazing Zoë :D I hope that you sell lots and get signed for another set in the Blades series :D

    ♪♫ Ambur

  15. I want to go to Malta!:)


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  16. +1 I would want to travel to Ireland

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  17. I would love to visit Egypt!

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  18. Nice interview. Looking forward to the Hellraisers, and I'm all for continuing the Blades series, Zoë.

    No need to enter me - I won the books over at SBTB last week : ) However, I'd like to explore Scotland someday to see where some of my family came from.

  19. I would love to go to Japan because I've always been enamored of Japanese culture and I want to go to some of the countries in southeast Asia for the good food.

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    Oh the buzz of your books just makes me want more, Zoe!

  20. I would love to visit Europe, yes all of Europe!
    +1 for being a follower (Name: apk1princess)
    Thanks for the great giveaway

  21. Where would I like to visit ?

    Have you got all day?

    Can't just choose one, so here are some in no particular order.

    Antarctica - love the ice, snow and fauna

    A live erupting volcano

    See highland gorillas in Rwanda/Uganda

    See wild chimpanzees in Uganda/Tanzania

    Explore as much of China as I could get around.

    Cruise lots of Pacific islands in a sailing boat.

    Better stop now.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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    +1 I am already a Follower via GFC

  22. i would really like to go to GREECE !!

    i've been trying so very hard to win your books !

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  23. I would love to visit Scotland,I adore the scottish accent.

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  24. Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

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  25. I have several places I'd love to go. Ireland/Scotland, NZ, Italy, and Greece. I'm sure I could think of more if you give me time. :)

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  26. I would love to visit "the land of the rising sun" - the East has always been exotic in my mind :)

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  27. Great interview. I caught myself bouncing in my This is the first time I've seen someone mention Shana Abe's series, good series. Last I read was "Queen" so I'm a little behind.
    Your upcoming books sound fantastic.. [wish I could speed time up :( ], but so does the Blades.. am itching to get those..
    As for travel.. have always wanted to go to Australia,and Scotland. More recently I've wanted to go to Africa [would like to see some of the species I worked w/ in their native habitat].
    Congrats on the Blades releases, and Thank you for giving everyone a chance to win some of your books.
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  28. great giveaway

    love to go to Scotland~

  29. I would love love love to get ahold of these books, they sound amazing. I don't know if I can choose just one place. There are so many places I want to go and things I want to experience. I would have to say Ireland is at the top of my list with Australia coming in a close second

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  30. I would love to visit Japan. I got hooked on Japanese dramas a few years ago and was fascinated by the culture.

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  31. I would love to visit Great Britain some day but if that is not considered exotic enough I would also love to visit the Galapagos.

    Old Follower via GFC.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  32. I would love to visit Mongolia actually, I was born in Inner Mongolia (in China) so I have some exposure to their culture, but I would love to go to the plains there and ride (though I'm still a total n00b at that lol)

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  33. I would like to visit Greece or the carrabian Or maybe some deserte island :)

    I'm a follower (PinkStuff28)
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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! My exotic location of choice would have to be New Zealand. What a gorgeous country!

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  35. I would love to visit the Maldive Islands.

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