Friday, November 18, 2011

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011

Please welcome Lisa Renee Jones to The Qwillery. Lisa's most recent Zodius novel, The Storm That is Sterling, was published on November 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Lisa:  Thank you so much. I really appreciate you having me.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Zodius series?

Lisa:  A combination of things. I love Vegas which is the backdrop and I’ve always been fascinated by Area 51. My now deceased father-in-law was special forces as were his brothers. My ex was Army. Before my father-in-law passed he hinted at being at the rumored alien cleanup site. Actually he said he was there. He was sworn to secrecy and minus a few hints he took the truth to the grave. Even that, made me research the stories of people threatened and even mysteriously dying to keep secrets. It was easy for me to think that something like the Zodius project might be going on. And, of course, a hot Army hero is always fun to write about!

TQ:  Tell us about The Storm That is Sterling (Zodius 2)?

Lisa:  Sterling was a big part of The Legend of Michael so readers meet him in book one. He is a damaged hero with a lot of pain but he never gets bitter. He just lives a bit like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, on the edge, ready to die. And he has a wicked sense of humor he hides behind.

TQ:  How do you choose your characters' names?

Lisa:  Sterling was a waiter at Carrabas in Austin, Texas, one of my favorite restaurants, but in general I play with names and think about how the character I’m developing fits the name. For some reason, a name just attaches to that character and feels right. I already told a lady at my gym I have to use her name though in the future. It’s Xia and I think that is cool and unique like Sterling.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Storm that is Sterling?

Lisa:  That is really hard because there are so many. I think probably a scene in a bar near the end of the book is my favorite because of a revelation and the emotional content.

TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the Zodius series so far?

Lisa:  The love interest for Caleb. I planned something for him and then this other character stepped forward and claimed him. You’ll be able to figure that out in The Danger That is Damion. I don’t want to say a name and give it away.

TQ:  In the Zodius series who has been the easiest character to write and why?

Lisa:  Sterling was pretty easy to write because I just ‘got’ him from the minute I invented him. He was alive on the pages and I love his humor that just pops out of my head because it feels like him.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Zodius Series?

Lisa:  I have 6 outlined and I have ideas for more.

TQ:  What's next?

Lisa:  Well in late November – as in this month – I have HOT VAMPIRE TOUCH which is book 3 of my indie Vampire Wardens series. Then on December 13th WICKED WEREWOLF NIGHT which is a connected story to the Wardens and you will meet the hero in TOUCH. I have lots going on next year including The Danger that is Damion in May, a new Blaze trilogy, a Spice Brief, more indies, and some things I hope to announce soon!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Lisa:  Thank you so much for having me!

About The Zodius Series

The Storm That is Sterling
Zodius 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

He may be invincible to everyone else. . .

Sterling Jeter has remarkable powers and has shown himself to be just about indestructible. But beautiful, brilliant Rebecca Burns knows that even a Super Soldier needs comfort, and so much more ...

But she can see that deep down, he’s just a man …

Sterling and Rebecca's teenage romance was interrupted, but years later the heat between them flares back to life. Even though it endangers everything they're fighting for, it's impossible to resist picking up right where they left off . . .

The Legend of Michael
Zodius 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca. May 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.

Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side—but can her love do anything but destroy him…

No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one thing is clear—the world will never be the same…

The cover for The Danger That Is Damion (Zodius 3), which will be published in May 2012:

Pre-order: Barnes and Noble

The Vampire Wardens

Cover for Hot Vampire Touch (Vampire Warden 3), which will be published later this month:

Vampire Wardens 1 and 2
Hot Vampire KissAmazon : Barnes and Noble : Kobo : Smashwords
Hot Vampire SeductionAmazon : Barnes and Noble : Smashwords

The cover for Wicked Werewolf Nights, which will be published on December 13, 2011:

The Vampire Wardens series and Wicked Werewolf Night are e-book only.

About Lisa

Award winning author, Lisa Renee Jones, has published more than fifteen novels in several different languages, spanning multiple genres of romance – contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. She debuted for both, Nocturne and Blaze, on the Bookscan bestseller list. You can find Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog for regular updates. Lisa now has a Fan Page at Facebook.

Lisa's Links

Facebook Fan Page

The Giveaway


What:  There are 2 prizes:

     Prize 1: A gift basket including 2 books, candies, Bath and Body Works goodies, and bookmarks. (US and Canadian mailing addresses only)

     Prize 2: Hot Vampire Kiss (Vampire Wardens 1) and Hot Vampire Seduction (Vampire Wardens 2) e-books. (International).

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you wrote a novel, short story, novella, etc. 
what would be the name of your Main Chararcter?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may 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. Let us know if you have a US/Canada mailing address by putting "US/Canada" in your comment so we may include you in the gift basket random drawing. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  Prize 2 "e-book copies of Hot Vampire's Kiss and Hot Vampire Touch" contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an e-mailing address. Prize 1 the "Gift Basket" contest is only open to humans with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contests end at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 25, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter. No purchase necessary.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

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  1. This will sound stupid but I'd name my hero/heroine after my two sons -Andrew and Christopher. Some variation of the names. Even Android like we've always called Andrew :).

  2. I would name my main character, Crystal & yes the main character would be female just in case anyone was wondering *chortles*

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  3. I've always liked the name Rachel (even before I'd read Kim Harrison), so I'd probably go with that for a heroine!

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  5. OH WOW! Awesome post and giveaway! I've really wanted to read these books! Just got book one for my Kindle so can't wait to start :)

    I've always been partial to the name Haley (but can't use it for kid's name cuz my ex used it :( ) for a female and Dexter for a male. I will never be a writer, but I'm a hardcore reader!

    Thanks again for a great post and giveaway!

    GFC: erin

  6. i would name him Ash,every since i started reading sherrilyn kenyons dark-hunter series i love that name :)

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  7. I would name my main character, kyle, hunter, or archer, manly lol

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  8. Rod sterling keeps popping into my mind...I wonder why.

    For a heroine Claudine. I love the way Jacque Pepin says his daughter's name. For a hero Alexander. I've always loved that name and have a cat named Alex (aka Moose).

    GFC Anne38

  9. Sterling is such a unique and different name you don't see out there everyday! And I like how you ask the person or tell them "I'm gonna use your name"

    * Blushes * Since I have several works in progress I can easily name the heroine and hero.

    1. Eriea Alqualond (heroine) and Rhaedayel (hero)

    2. Raon Rioghain (heroine) and Darach Balmoral (hero) - Actually this is the work in progress that I mentioned when you commented on my twitter avi. You said he was hot and I mentioned he was a side character

    3. Kiirri Dallig (heroine) and Kheldin "Fei" Morindum (hero)

    4. Gillian Flemings (heroine) and Seaborn Dowd (pronounced Seh-ben. Friend's family name. She let me use it!)

    5. Nehhain (no hero as of yet)

    * Blushes *

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  10. All the covers for your books are so pretty, Lisa. I'm not sure what I would name my main character because it would depend on the storyline. Maybe, Tristan. I've always liked the name :)

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  11. My main character's name would be Lucinda.

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  12. Two names come to mind...Aristotle and Ozark. Ozark?!!?!?

    Look, let's be thankful I'm a reader and not a writer!

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  13. Well, I have written about three books, four if you count the one I wrote out of sheer boredome that got deleted off of my nanas computer.
    My characters names are: Elizabeth, Sophia Elizabeth, Osiris, Vladimir, Daniel, Lucien, Lilahna, Celest (Ce-Ce), Aaron, Sara, Liidiya, Nina --
    the list goes on and on, lol. Im a big fan of weired names, even though I dont like me. Its Brooklynn (pulls discusted face).
    hope to win! The first one seems like a good prize.
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  14. I'd name my characters Becca and Magnus. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.


  15. i would name mine Oliver and shanelle

  16. Depending on what the story is about, it would vary.
    Vampire story: Main character: Male: Vlad Female: Skye
    Romance story: Main character: Male: Michael Female: Charity

    GFC: Arianne Cruz
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  17. I have been entering different contests trying to win any of your books! I'm glad I have another chance. My hero's name might be Trent or Trace.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

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  18. If I were to write a story, the name of my main character would be Zane Preston. I would give the heroine the name of Jayne because I think it's a strong, independent sort of name for a heroine.

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  19. I have given this a lot of thought recently. I had a bright idea of watching the word verifications, as sometimes I could swear they would be excellent names of characters. Today, however, that did not pan out. I don't know if I would every have the comedic writing ability to name my main character Mindsud, then again I think I will jot that one down for the awesome UF character, yep the more I think on it the more I like it LOL I live in the US and am very excited about this lovely giveaway opportunity. Thank you for the wonderful interview and sharing some fun with us today.

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  20. I would name my heroine Petra or Dorcas <-weird name, but I like it. I would name my hero Jake or Jason (what? I like J names :). Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, #1 please if I win-no ereader :(


    GFC Krystal Larson



  21. I would name my hero Daniel or Nicholas and my heroine something like Morgan.
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  22. Great post Lisa!!!
    Please don't enter me in the giveaway. But if I was to name a main character for some reason I'd name the hero, Jake. No idea why but I'd name him Jake.


  23. Awesome post Lisa!! I always wanted to name a character either Damien or Lucius. LOL...I like old names.
    I facebooked the event.. McCarver

  24. Oh wow, I've just added your books to my TBR list. They sound awesome!

    I'd also use a combination of my son's names of Challan and Seth - Something like Chaleth perhaps. It's different, anyway!

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  25. Love the covers.They are very distracting ;)

    my main characters name would be Lucas.I've always loved that name.And for a woman Hannah.

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    I would name my main character Chance Michael

  27. Great question!

    I like the name Gage for a hero and Amber for a heroine!


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  30. Actually, I've been creating background stuff for writing my own novel, and my main character is Evan.


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  31. I love name Cloud, don't know why, but this name is my favorite.
    Thanks for Giveaway!!

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  32. My heroine's name would be Sorcha and my hero's name would be Alexander.
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  33. I would name them Sammy or Casey (works for both genders)

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  34. Great giveaway, thanks.I like Marcellus and Abagail.

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  35. I have always loved the name Bastian, since the first time I heard it so I would probably use that for the hero.

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  36. I would name my main character Kaden...strong name for a strong hawt alfa hero ;)

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  37. I have a thing for the names Jayden, Kaden, and Braedon. So maybe I should come up with a story about triplets as the main characterse!

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  38. Hi!
    I never really thought about that but I think I would like Lexie or Eli (Elianna) for a girl and Aidan, Quinn or Lachlan for a boy. Thanks! I'm from Canada!

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  39. If I were to write a story, my female lead would be "Rowena" and the male would be "Lucan".

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  40. When I saw that question, the name "Emily" wandered into my head, so apparently, I'll have a MC with the name of Emily at some point.

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    Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. When I read that question, the first name to go through my head was Emerson. I have always loved that name. Thanks for the chance.

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  42. I would name them Jason or Gabriel
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  45. I think the main character's name would be Axel for a guy and Brielle for a girl. Sorry I am partial to my kids names. LOL! Although I do like Julian for a guy...

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  47. I would name the heroine Lillie, I've always liked the name and that the spelling is just a little different.

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  48. I would name my hero Devon because that was always on the back burner for my son's name and I never got to use it and I would use Reagan for my heroing, again another name I loved but never used


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  49. Ethan. Its always one of the first names that pop in my head.

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  50. i like Kane... or Blade.. female wise, id have to go with something like Jasmine or Ruby.

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