Gena: I’m so happy to be here! Thank you so much for making it happen!
Q1) What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Gena: I wouldn’t say ‘interesting’ so much as ‘frustrating.’ *g* I am over the top OCD about my books. Once I start one, I can’t stop. I eat, breathe and totally live the characters and their story. Seriously, I don’t think about anything else until the book is done. And yes, I’ve even called family members by character names. A terribly unbalanced way to live, but I honestly adore my job—even when the characters are naughty. Okay, especially when the characters are naughty.
Q2) Have you always known you wanted to be an author?
Gena: Actually, no. I played around with nursing for a while, but I had a terrible bedside manner so . . . that was a no go. But I had always loved to read romance novels, and I was always picturing scenes in my head, so ultimately writing seemed like the better fit.
Q3) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Gena: Pantser. I like to find out what happens when the readers finds out.
Q4) Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Gena: I adore Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning, PC Cast, Jill Monroe, Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Deidre Knight, Jessica Andersen, Shannon Butcher, Shelly Laurenston, Jennifer Cruise, JR Ward, and so many more! But my early influences were Johanna Lindsay, Julie Garwood, and Linda Howard.
Q5) Gena, you have so many great series. How do you come up with so many great stories?
Gena: Something I hear, see, or read will cause me to say “What if.” With the Lords -- what if men opened Pandora’s box? Alien huntress – what if (sexy and, okay, predatory) otherworlders walked among us? With the Intertwined series – what if a teenage boy had four human souls trapped inside his head? Everything grows from there.
Q6) Do you have a favorite character out of all your series? If so who & why?
Gena: I have several favorites J From the Lords, I am head over heels for William. He’s a narcissistic womanizer who thinks torturing his enemies is fun, but oh, is he sexy! I can’t wait to see him tamed. And by tamed I mean just as naughty but in love. From Alien Huntress, I want to run away with Hector. He’s as badass as a guy can be, with arms that morph into flame-throwers (literally), but when he falls for his woman . . . shiver! There is no one more loyal, no one more determined to protect.
Q7) One of your newest releases is Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress Series 6) Can you tell us a little more about this book?
Gena: Would love to! Here’s the blurb:
With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure…or unending pain...
Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped -- and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he’s determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.
When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago’s seediest district, the two are partnered, and there’s no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . .
Q8) Another new release is Lord of the Vampires. Which is the 1st book in a 4 author series titled Royal House of Shadows. The other authors include Jill Monroe (The Lord of Rage, Sept 27), Jessica Andersen (The Lord of Wolfyn, Oct 25), and Nalini Singh (Lord of the Abyss, Nov 27). Can you tell us a little about your book.
Gena: Once upon a time, the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.
Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.
When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...
Q9) You have a great explanation on the Royal House of Shadow’s website of how the four of you came up with this idea. Would you like to share that idea with us?
Gena: We wanted tell our favorite fairy tales with fun new (and sexy!) twists! Jill Monroe retells Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jessica Andersen retells Little Red Riding Hood and Nalini Singh retells Beauty and the Beast. Me? I've always been fascinated by the story of Alice in Wonderland. A young girl wakes up in a whole new world, with no idea who (or what) to trust, fantastical magic around every corner, and her curious nature getting her into all kinds of trouble. I used to put myself in Alice’s place, wondering what I would do, where I would go. And of course, anytime I insert myself into a scene, I also insert a very sexy guy.
But I digress. This time, when I sat down to retell Alice, it wasn’t myself that I saw but Jane Parker, a studious scientist with a haunted past. One morning she wakes and finds herself trapped in mythical realm with Berserkers, shifters, and evil sorcerers. But the most dangerous creature of all? The vampire prince who has an insatiable hunger for her blood. Yeah, this wonderland has fangs—and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Q10) What is next?
Gena: I have a bang, bang, bang of releases! There’s Dark Taste of Rapture, my sexiest Alien Huntress novel yet (Aug 23rd), Lord of the Vampires (Aug 23rd), Twisted, the darkest of the Intertwined novels, (Aug 30th, and it's about a human boy who finds himself crowned king of the vampires), The Darkest Surrender (Sept 27th, Strider’s story and my personal favorite of the Lords of the Underworld novels), and Dating the Undead (co-authored with Jill Monroe, coming Jan 2012) This book teaches women how to date creatures of “myth,” and we had such a blast writing it!
Q11) Is there anything else you would like to add?
Gena: Thank you so much for having me! This was a blast!
Huge thank you to Gena for stopping by Books-n-Kisses and The Qwillery to talk about her newest releases.
About Gena's Latest Books
The Darkest Surrender
Lords of the Underworld
(HQN, September 27, 2011)
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own—steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter—the love neither had thought possible.…
Harlequin Teen, August 30, 2011
Sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has had a hell of a week. He's been:
Tortured by angry witches. Hypnotized by a vengeful fairy. Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence. And, oh, yeah, killed—twice.
His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he's never felt more out of control. There's a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.
Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.
Life couldn't get any worse. Could it?
Lord of the VampiresRoyal House of Shadows 1
Harlequin, August 23, 2011
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out….
Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate "The Dark Seducer" had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.
In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai's memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.
Dark Taste of RaptureAlien Huntress 6
Pocket Star, August 23, 2011
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter captivates with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, and a powerful AIR agent consumed by his desire for a woman he can never have. . . .
With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure . . . or unending pain. . . .
Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped—and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he's determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.
When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago's seediest district, the two are partnered, and there's no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . .
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What: One commenter at The Qwillery will win a signed copy of The Darkest Surrender from Gena Showalter. Head over to Books-n-Kisses and enter for a chance to win there also! Two copies of the book will be given away - one at each blog. US mailing addresses only.
How: Leave a comment answering the following question:
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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.
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I am looking forward in reading Heart of the Dragon, book 1 of the Atlantis series. I have bought the series bundle set and can't wait to read the entire series.ReplyDelete
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Hard to say what my favorite is since it love her work but I think "Darkest Night" since that introduced us to the Lords. I was hooked after that.ReplyDelete
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I have to say that I have been looking forward to Torin's story since the series started! I can't wait to see how Ms. Showalter works around his inability to be touched.ReplyDelete
I actually have not had a chance to read any of Gena's book. I am looking forward to reading them.ReplyDelete
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oMG.. I don't think I can name a favorite book....I seriously loved all of them =)ReplyDelete
I can't wait to read Stryder's story as well as Torin's story.
I am also looking forward to Dallas' story in the Alien Huntress series and of course I am crossing my fingers for another installment of the Extraordinary Girl series.
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I really like all of Gena's books. She is one of my auto-buy authors. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be an older one called Animal Instincts. I love her strong, witty heroines (although her hot heros are pretty awesome too!)ReplyDelete
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Gena has me sucked into five different series and I love them all but my favorite book by her is Darkest Lie. Not only because it's the best book in the series (so far) but also because Gideon owns my heart; I love that blue-haired bastard. Dark Taste of Rapture is a VERY close second. That book was made of awesome!ReplyDelete
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I am a big fan of The Darkest Kiss (Lucien and Anya) because Anya is so much fun to read!ReplyDelete
Is it a total cheat to say I look forward to all of them. I have been collecting :)ReplyDelete
I am a follower.
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Lucien is my favorite LOTS so far. I am looking forward to Paris's story. I adore him.ReplyDelete
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I have never read any of Gena's books before. She is a new author for me and am always looking for new books and authors to read. I would love to win and read this book to check her out.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Shared on facebook:Chris Bails. also new follower of Quillery:Chris Bails.
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Im looking forward to Torins storyReplyDelete
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I love all of Gena's books, have an entire shelf in my Library of her books. Would love to add a signed book to it. My fav would be between Darkest Pleasure and Darkest Lie. Such a hard choice! She is such a amazingly talented Writer. thasnks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
I am looking forward to Sienna and Paris' book. I am very interested to find out how things work out. XDReplyDelete
The Darkest Night (with Maddox and Ashlyn) still remains my all-time favorite, but I'm really looking forward to Stider's story!ReplyDelete
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Have been waiting for "Darkest Surrender"to be released. Have all of the other Lords books. I am such a fan, for an escape from my real life these are the best.ReplyDelete
I have not read Gena Shhowalter yet but her books look hawt! I would love to give her a chance! Thanks for sharing with us!ReplyDelete
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That's like trying to pick your favorite ice cream. They are all awesome. If at threat of death, I'd probably pick her Intertwined book.ReplyDelete
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It's sooo hard to pick which book I love the best since I've read them all...BUT...The Stone Prince, oldie and stand alone. She took my fantasy of a sculpted greek statue come to life, drool... I found the Lords of the Underworld first, yummy, and I'm looking forward to Torin's book. Who will be his heroine? How's she getting past the "I can't touch her" problem?ReplyDelete
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE her the Lords of the underworld books are all truly wonderful it is hard to pick just one. I do love William!!!!!!!!!!! Also Playing with Fire is amazing.I can't put her books down/ The book I am looking forward to is this one The Darkest Surrender or TWISTED LOL. Would so love to win this Thank you for the opportunity.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to Twisted :)ReplyDelete
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I am looking forward to Paris's story the most. You just feel so bad for him to have finally found someone he loves only to have her taken away so quickly. I love all the Lords Of The UnderWorld books, and so far my favorite is The Darkest Lie. That was so interesting trying to interpret everything Gideon says.ReplyDelete
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My favorite book of Gena's is The Darkest Night... I'm able to pick because, if not for this amazing book, I wouldn't have found Gena! Maddox's book was the first I read and I fell in love with the Lords and Gena =DReplyDelete
I love all of Gena's books. I am looking forward to Torin's book.ReplyDelete
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My first and favorite book is Savor Me Slowly. I love the Alien Huntress series and have pretty much read them all. I haven't read any of this latest series :( but I hope to :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great post and giveaway!
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my favorite book is darkest passion in the lord of the underworld series. the books i am looking forward to reading are lord of the vampires and the darkest surrender.ReplyDelete
I love The Darkest Night.ReplyDelete
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My favorite book has to be The Darkest Night. I love it! All the Lords are sexy as hell!! I'm looking forward to Paris Story The Darkest Seduction! I been waiting for his story since book 1. But what I want to read is Torin having a HEA! I really can't wait for his story! Thanks so much for this chance.ReplyDelete
I love The Darkest Night! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcomReplyDelete
GFC Krystal Larson
My favorite book is The Darkest Kiss, I love Anya. She is everything naughty and all woman. I also cannot wait to read, Paris's story! He is the very figment of sexy and I want to see what is in store for him.ReplyDelete
I left a comment on Books-n-Kisses, so I'll make this one different. I am looking forward to any of her books because I am absolutely addicted to her writing! There are too many favorites to name from the different series.ReplyDelete
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I have not been able to read all of Gena Showalter's books but I do have a few. I am trying to get caught up on the LOTU series. So far, I love them all. I would probably pick "Darkest Night" since that is the first of the series.ReplyDelete
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I love the INTERTWINED Series- my 11 year old son and I can't wait for the next one-- Thank you for the great storiesReplyDelete
I am a follower and email subscriber. Gena has too many good books to pick from as a favorite. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.comReplyDelete
My favorite book by Gena Showalter is The Darkest Kiss. The characters had awesome personality that left me wanting more by the end of the book.ReplyDelete
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I love all Gena's LOTU series, but my all time favorite has to be The Darkest Kiss with Lucien and Anya. There were parts that had me dying laughing. Can't wait to get my hands on Darkest Surrender because I think the dynamics will be the same between Strider and Kaia. Keep up the good work Gena :-)ReplyDelete
Gena Showalter is one of my FAVORITE authors! She practically has her own shelf on my bookcase because I have so many of her books, haha! :-) My favorite book of her's is Heart of the Dragon in her Atlantis seires :-)ReplyDelete
I love Gena Showalter. I started reading the Atlantis Series first then moved on to Lords of the Underworld and then Alien Huntress. The only series I own every book. I look forward to what ever book is coming out next but I am really looking forward to Paris and Torin's stories. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
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which of her books are looking forward to the most?
I really loved the first book in the Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Night, because it was my introduction to a fabulous series. I'm really looking forward to reading The Darkest Seduction, I can't wait to read Paris's story.
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I haven't read all of Gena's books yet, but I really enjoyed Playing With Fire. I can't wait to pick up some of the others.ReplyDelete
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Favorite Book is The Heart of the Dragon +1ReplyDelete
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Thanks for the giveaway! I'm dying to read "The Nymph King".ReplyDelete
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Love all of Gena's books so far...have read all of the Lords stories...love them...and probably Lucien and Anya are my favs of that series so far. But...really love the Atlantis series too...Heart of the Dragon is a fav in that series...liked Alien Huntress too...hard to really pick one overall but probably Darkest Kiss makes the cut.ReplyDelete
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I can't wait for Paris's book and would love to see a book about William.ReplyDelete
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i havent read Gena's YA books so i am looking forward to getting some to check out. other then that i love all her adult books i havent found one i havent fallen in love with.ReplyDelete
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thanks so much for a great interview and giveaway.
I am looking forward to The Darkest Surrender actually, I can not wait to read Strider's story!!ReplyDelete
Also I am looking forward to picking up her Intertwined series.
What an incredibly prolific and awesome writer Ms. Showwalter is. I would love to read The Darkest Surrender. I am most looking forward to reading Dark Taste of Rapture, it sounds like an incredible story:) Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.ReplyDelete
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My fav has to be The Jewel of Atlantis. Gena has written to many wonderful books. I am looking forward to the new series Lord of the Vampires. You can never have enough vampires.ReplyDelete
The Darkest Kiss is still my fave, love how Lucien struggles with what he is ordered to do and what his heart (and body) are telling him to do. Anya is so perfect for him, he needed some joy and silliness in his life.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
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I haven't read any of Gena Showalter's books yet. I do have a couple of her books from the Lords of the Underworld series in my TBR pile. I can't wait to get to them. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
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Love Gena's books and my top two are The Pleasure Slave and The Stone Prince. Really loved the world of Imperia and wish it was explored a little more. Thanks for the great giveawayReplyDelete
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I guess I still favor ECSTASY IN DARKNESS since that Jed Hill cover was what drew me to Gena in the first place.ReplyDelete
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I really enjoyed The Darkest Lie, but I'm waiting for Kane's and Torin's stories.ReplyDelete
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OMG...I LOVE Gena's books! Especially the Lords. I even have their butterfly tattooed on my left foot, no lie! So, you will understand when I tell you that it's tough to choose a favorite. I CAN tell you that I'm looking forward to reading about Paris, William and Torin...and Dallas (from Alien Huntress)...and the new Royal House of Shadows series has me waiting breathlessly too! I could go on and on and on....ReplyDelete
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My favorite book by Gena Showalter is Playing with Fire, it was the book that introduced me to her work and I have been a fan ever since. I am looking forward to any and all books that she produces in the future. All of her works are keeper shelf material.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the chance to win a book by one of my favorite authors.
My favorite book would be The Darkest Kiss. And I am most looking forward to The Darkest Seduction but I am also curious about Alice in Zombieland.ReplyDelete
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I love her Lords of the Underworld series and have been waiting on The Darkest Surrender (#45 in the queue at the library). I think my favorite book so far is The Darkest Night, just because I love Maddox and that was the book that first introduced me to the series. I'm looking forward to Paris' story - he is breaking my heart.ReplyDelete
I am looking forward to reading Heart of the Dragon, the first book of the atalantis seriesReplyDelete
I loved 'darkest night' about Maddox ANSI can't wait to read stricter book. He I one of the best!!ReplyDelete
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Would have loved to win this book, it comming out the day after my birthday and all -- anyways, I know this contest is closed and all, but to show my "Devotion" to Gena`s books, Im going to comment anyways.ReplyDelete
I absolutely LOVED The Darkest Surrender. I bet I scared a lot of people because I was hunched over my MP3 player all the time, ignoring all my work and busting out laughing at times. Hell, it even made me cry.
The one book I CANNOT wait to read from her is the Darkest Seduction, Paris`s story. I will admit that I have not read any of her other books, but Im low on money and the school library probably wont buy those kinds books just so one (now)16 year old fan can read them.
The other books are on my reading list, and now that my answers to the questions are answered, I feel so much better :)
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