Monday, January 09, 2012

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1

Please welcome Virna DePaul to The Qwillery as part of the Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour!

Welcome to stop #1 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).

This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he's a bit...difficult, so I'm curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn't actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).

I'll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I'm also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower. See the giveaway details below! :)

The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills. (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))

So what's Resolution #1 for me? Get Healthy

Okay, okay. I know this isn't really original, but it still tops my list. I suffer from the dreaded yo-yo weight gain/weight loss, and have almost slipped into, “Isn't it worth being a little overweight to eat what I love?” mode. The problem is, I like to eat, but I like cute clothes and feeling good about myself, too. So instead of making my resolution to lose weight, I'm resolved to get healthy. To start moving more than my admittedly super-fast typing fingers. To eat tasty but healthy food. To stop cringing whenever I look at old photos and likewise, to stop saying, “Wow, I used to look really good.”

And what's Resolution #1 for Dex Hunt?

Here's a hint from Chosen By Sin. In this discussion, Lucy is encouraging Dex to pursue Jesmina, a female vampire, despite his promise to “help” Lucy with her feline sexual heat.

“It doesn’t matter what you promised, Dex. If there’s something between you and Jes… If she’s someone you can care about, even love…”

Yes, he’d definitely given her the wrong idea about him.

He covered the hand she still had on his shoulder with one of his, then gently lowered it to her side. “You don’t get it, Lucy,” he said, his voice serious. “I like you enough to help you. To sleep with you. It’s certainly no hardship for me. But I don’t do love. I don’t love anyone. I never have and I never will. As long as you understand that—as long as you don’t interfere with me and Jes again—we’ll be okay.”

Sooooooooo...since Dex is already hot and physically healthy (pffft), his resolution is to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members, including Lucy Talbot, the team's half-feline mage, are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone. Friends and love are scary words for Dex. When you have a friend, you risk not only being let down, but letting someone down. But without friendship, we can't truly love, and that's plain sad.

About the Para-Ops Series

Chosen by Sin
Para-Ops 3
December 2011

The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.
E-version ($4.99) Amazon : Barnes and Noble
Paperback ($7.99) Amazon

Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
Berkley (October 2011)

Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...

Chosen By Blood
Para-Ops 1
Berkley (May 2011)

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

About Virna

Virna DePaul is a former prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels. She also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).

Virna's Links:

Facebook Books That Rock Fan Page

The Giveaway


What:   Virna is gifting one book from Virna's backlist (prize winner's choice, see back list here) to one randomly selected commenter who either leaves a comment or a question for Virna to answer at The Qwillery

How:  Leave a comment or ask Virna a question. Please remember - if you don't leave a comment or ask Virna a question your entry will be 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. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and 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 Sunday, January 15, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY*: What was Dex's "resolution" that Virna talked about today? Do you know the answer? Fantastic!! Because...

Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour. Go to: You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 - 20, and leaving your answer with each day's different resolution!!

Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour. To purchase an autographed copy, please visit

* The Qwillery is not affiliated with the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please see the rules at the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY site. You must go there to enter. Entries at The Qwillery for a book from Virna's backlist do not count toward the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY.


  1. Thank you for having me on the Qwillery (and putting those book covers up! It was a thrill to see them so large on the screen! :)) I appreciate the chance to chat with your readers!

  2. Hello Virna, thanks so much for a great post and giveaway!!! I haven't read any of your books yet, but my friend read your para ops books so far and she loves them, now i want to read them...:) Thanks again.

  3. Thank you so much for the giveaway. After reading this interview I had to buy Chosen by Sin. Can't wait to start reading it.

  4. thank you so much for the giveaway. I would like to know if your books will be translated in french? And great resolutions, Good luck for everything!

    I'm a follower: Melliane



  5. I am a huge fan of this series!!!
    Can't wait for the next one. I am going to have to say that it is a tie between Dex and Knox for my fave!!!


  6. Love the concept of these books! Where do you get the inspiration for the names you choose for your characters? Are any of them people you know?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Follow as~ Rainie
    Tweeted ~!/lolaraine09/status/156361544257650689


  7. Hi Virna, great giveaway. Can't wait to read book three! Don't read a lot of paranormal stuff, but this sure sounds intriguing. Will there be a book four or more?


  8. Morning Virna!
    Congrats on the new book and this tour. I enjoyed reading what you shared. Looking forward to the next stop on the tour!

  9. I have 2 of the para ops books in my TBR pile. Looking forward to the new one!

  10. Thank you for the giveaway. This series sounds so good I bought Chosen by Sin, now I have to wait til payday to buy the other two.

  11. Good morning Virna!!! My question is while you are writing do you have conversations in your head with your characters like they are real people?

    I hope you are doing well and congrats on the success of your books. I love them!!
    Dawn Salisbury

  12. Oh and I tweeted about the blog tour and giveaways!!/Mstiggerlicious/status/156407340638273540

    Plus I started following the blog by email!

    Dawn Salisbury

  13. Thank you Virna! Congratulations on the new site. I'm headed over in a minute ;).
    I'm a GFC follower as Victoria Sloboda
    I Tweeted:!/Jovial_1/status/156417160263106560


  14. I forgot to answer the question.
    Dex's resolution is to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone.

    Re-stating from above comment:

    GFC as Victoria Sloboda


  15. Wow, what a way to kick off this great tour! Such an awesome giveaway. I'm currently reading Chosen by Sin and I can safely say I think Dex is going to be my favorite. So sexy!!

  16. This series sounds great. I have the first book of this series in my TBR pile. I would love to win the 2nd book to go along with the series. Love the covers of these books. Very gorgoeus men and women. Thanks for the chance to win.
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    +1 follower: Chris Bails

  17. Virna, thrilled to see Dex's story is now available. Can't wait to read it.

  18. The answer to the question is that Dex's resolution is to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone.

    Your covers are great, Virna. How closely do you work with the cover artist?

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  19. Hi Virna - I haven't read this series yet and would love the opportunity to receive them and add to my library! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  20. Awesome giveaway. You're a new author for me and series sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

  21. Hi Virna, I enjoy tours of books. Do you have a hard time coming up with something for each stop?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  22. Although I have book 1 I still haven't read it yet.I am looking forward to starting this series,I've read great reviews for them.

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 tweet!/elaing8/status/156520611122921473


  23. I have Chosen by Blood near the top of my TBR pile, and I'm looking forward to reading it soon. This series sounds fantastic and I know I'll enjoy it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower - Barbara E.

  24. I was wondering how you choose the names for your characters?
    I'm a gfc follower.


  25. Candice- Your friend obviously has great taste! LOL JK Thank you for giving the series a try and for stopping by. :)

    Melliane-Thank you for your question. At this time, I'm not sure if they will be but I'm definitely exploring international options! Take care, V

    Sheryl-THANK YOU so much! I'm always so overjoyed when someone loves the series and is drawn to specific characters. :)

    Rainie72, I pick names by "feel." For example, Knox Devereaux fit the elegant, vampire clan leader because it sounded sophisticated and slightly unusual to me; Dex Hunt is curt and strong and powerful. Caleb O'Flare, the charmer on the team, has that romantic lilt. I basically know a name's right when I hear it. Haven't specifically written about anyone I know...At least, that's my story... ;)

    Sue P. - Thank you! I hope you'll give it a try. I'm planning on at least a fourth book!

    Barb, Thank you so much for following the tour.

    Tamara Hoffa, Awesome! Thank you for your interest in the series.

    Sue Sattler - Thank you so much for buying CBS. I hope you enjoy it! :)

    Blowingfeather - Great question! I see myself more as producer. I don't actually converse with them so much as direct them through different scenarios. At least so far... :) Thank you for your comment!

    Victoria, thanks so much for stopping by! Did you enter the answer into the raffle copter form at Don't forget to do that! :)

    Danielle Gorman-Yay! Glad you're loving Dex (so far!) LOL He is super sexy (he's got that whole wounded warrior thing going...)

    Chrisbails-Thank you! I love the covers, too! Good luck!

    Jill James - Thanks for your support, Jill! :) I always love seeing your name on the web... :)

    booklover0226 - (be sure to put your answer in the raffle form at! :)) The publisher asks if I have any ideas for the cover and then the art department does their magic. Not a whole lot of input, but wasn't I lucky!! :)

    Diana - Thanks for your interest and for commenting! Good luck!

    Vanessa N. - Thank you for stopping by and good luck, too!

    Debby, YES! After promoting several books, sometimes I wonder if I have anything left to say. That's why I chose to have a unifying theme this year, about something more personal, my own resolutions and Dex's. I'm loving it so far so I hope the readers do, as well.

    elaing8 - Thank you! I always love hearing there's good buzz out there! Take care and good luck!

    Barbara E. - Thank you! I hope you enjoy CBB! :)

    Bethany C., I pick names by "feel." For example, Knox Devereaux fit the elegant, vampire clan leader because it sounded sophisticated and slightly unusual to me; Dex Hunt is curt and strong and powerful. Caleb O'Flare, the charmer on the team, has that romantic lilt. I basically know a name's right when I hear it. Haven't specifically written about anyone I know...At least, that's my story... ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Love this series and I'm definitely dying to read Dex's story. Congratulations on this all new release!
    As for Dex's resolution: He wants to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members, including Lucy Talbot, the team's half-feline mage, are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone.
    +1 GFC: LadyVampire2u
    +1 Tweet:!/LadyVampire2u/status/156666369767768064

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  27. I'm really to have discovered you not long agao ^^ and i can't wait to start reading your books.
    thanks you for being here and for your generosity

    all the best



  28. I can't wait to read your third book in this series, Virna!

    Just wondering, who are some of your "go-to" authors when you want to read? What are your current favorite series?

    +1 comment
    +1 email follower

    debbie at burdeen dot com

  29. Congrats on the new release!

    Thanks Quillery for a wonderful post and giveaway.

    I've just acquired the first two books in this series and I can't wait to get started ;)

    My question for Virna: What was your inspiration for the series?

    +1 GFC: erin
    +1 comment

  30. Hi Virna! I am SO glad you have the next book out! I recently won copies of the first two books, so this is perfect timing for me! I wonder if you have a set number of books planned for this series, or you deciding it as you go along? From what I hear of these books, they are quite awesome, so as many books as possible would be my choice as the right answer! LOL

    +1 comment/question
    +1 follower: Julie Witt
    +1 tweet:!/jwitt33/status/156853304700321794

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  31. Hi Virna! I absolutely loved Chosen by Blood! I am a little behind and have not yet read Chosen by Fate. I need to fix that, but obviously in the mean time I also need a copy of Chosen by Sin. Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway! Qwill - This is a new blog for me. Happy to find a new site to check out.

  32. Just wondering. Do you decide how many books in a series before you begin or as the series unfolds?

    I follow: Mary Preston


  33. Hi Virna, great giveaway. Can't wait to read book three! And Congrats on the new book and this tour. I enjoyed reading what you shared.

    Just wondering. What was your inspiration for the series? Do you decide how many book in this series.

    +1 followers ; Filia Oktarina
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    +1 facebook

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  34. I would love to read your books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest.

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  36. Hi Virna!
    These books sound like awesome reads! How many Para-Ops stories do you plan on doing?

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    +1 Comment
    +1 Follower of The Qwillery
    +1 Tweeted:!/yadkny/status/156948831118954497

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  38. Hi, Virna! This sounds like a GREAT series...FAB covers! Trying to keep up with the tour :)

  39. Hy Virna,
    thank you so much for a great post and giveaway!!!
    Loved the excerpt! Can't wait to read more.

    + FB :


  40. LadyVampire2u - Thanks for the congrats!

    miki - Thank you for following the tour and I hope you enjoy my stories.

    orchid7 - Thank you so much! Some of go to authors are: Rhyannon Byrd, Larissa Ione, JR Ward, Karen Robards, Lori Foster, Tina Folsom, Anne Stuart, Linda Howard, Shannon McKenna... I recently discovered Jeanine Frost's Vampire Huntress books and love them.

    erin-Thank you! I hope you enjoy the books. My inspiration was wanting to combine the special ops "team" stories I've always loved with the paranormal. And also adding in the whole idea of country recovering from war and wanting to put aside old prejudices for peace.

    Julie W - Thank you! Your post made me smile! I have at least the 4 books planned. If readers want more, I'll definitely give them additional characters and stories form this series. It means a lot to me, but I never want to outstay my welcome. :)

    Barb P - Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed CBB!!And glad you found Qwill's site. It and she are awesome!

    marybelle - Great question, Mary. When I created the team, I knew I wanted to give each of them a HEA, whether that was in two books or four. But it does keep unfolding as I get new ideas. :)

    Filia Oktarina -Thank you! I have at least 4 books planned but will do more if readers are on board. The inspiration was wanting to take the special ops "team" books that I've loved and give them a a paranormal twist.

    Tore- Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with the give away.

    *yadkny* - Thank you for your comment. I want to write at least one more, so a total of 4. Hopefully more! :)

    Barbara - I'm glad you like the blurb and covers!! Thanks for following the tour.

    icha - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

  41. Wow, these books sound like something I would really enjoy! I can't believe that I haven't read them. Going on my list!! Thanks for the chance.

    I am a follower
    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  42. Stephanie A.

    Learning how to accept someone as a friend or even to love someone can take time. Longer when you don't know how to do it to begin with. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

  43. Sariah - Thanks for adding me to your list!

    Stephanie A - Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Take care!

  44. Your books sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway. How many books are planned for the series?


  45. Thanks for the post and I have to say the covers of these books are awesome. I love the starkness with the pop of color.

    GFC: ML

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  46. love this first book and the covers are fantastic.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  47. shoot forgot to say I follow you now via gfc

  48. Hi Virna, I just recently got my hands on Chosen By Blood and have heard such great things about this series!! Can't wait to dive in

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    +1 tweeted-!/joleneallcock/status/158082431767941121


  49. Thank you for the giveaway, Virna. Haven't read your books yet and look forward to checking them out. BTW, do you get a say in the covers? They are great!

  50. Thanks for the short excerpt and giveaway! I've read the first two books and loved them and can't wait to read this one.

  51. On of my 2012 goals or resolutions is to read more paranormal books - this looks like a good one.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  52. bn100 - Thank you! I'm definitely writing the 4th book and hope readers will want more. Good luck!

    ML - THank you! I adore my covers, as well! :)

    Pamk - So glad you enjoyed the first book. Thank you!

    Jolene and Family - I hope you enjoy CBB. Thanks for letting me know there's good vibes out there for the series. Take care, V

    Tamsyn - Good luck and thank you. Re the covers, my editor usually asks if I have anything in mind for the cover. I get input but it's really the art department that takes the reins.

    Maria D. - So glad you enjoyed the first two books. Thank you!

    Di - GREAT goal! Thank you for stopping by.

  53. Hi I really enjoy reading about this series. I hope Dex can keep his resolution. I'm a follower of the Qwillery. christina_92 at

  54. I'm glad I happened upon your tour, Virna! As I've mentioned before (although I don't expect you to remember!) I really want these books and will prpmptly buy them if I win the grand prize!
    I feel like I'm getting to know more and more about the books as I go through the different days of the tour, even though I'm playing mad catchup!
    Anyway - always fun to read your blog posts..
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC as MJB

  55. I always pity those people who fight so hard against their feelings. Poor Dex and his 'I don't do love'.

    Book sounds good. Thanks for the post and giveaway opportunity.

    +1 GFC: Sophia Rose

  56. Oh my! I hope I post my comment in time!
    Thanks for this giveaway! I hope I will get my hand on one of these! Yay I'm happy to follow your book tour!

    Share on twitter:!/PCravingBooks/status/158744669575057408

    Follower: Proserpine


  57. Christy - Glad you're enjoying the excerpts. Thanks!

    msmjb65 - So wonderful to hear. Thank you! And good luck with the give away!

    Sophia Rose - Thank you so much!

    Proserpine - So glad you are following the tour. Thank you! ;)

  58. I really need to start this series. It sounds really cool.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC Marlene Breakfield
    +1 tweeted!/mbreakfield/status/159062700394151936

  59. mbreakfield-Thanks for joining the tour! Hope you'll try the series. Take care, V

  60. Although I have yet to read these, everyone I know who has read them, say they're awesome. I'm loving so far reading more about em too.
    Thanks tons!
    GFC: Sebrina C
    FB Pimpage:!/sebrina.cassity

  61. And of course I forget my email......
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  62. ...his resolution is to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members, including Lucy Talbot, the team's half-feline mage, are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone. I am sure Dex will work through his issues to find his HEA!