Friday, January 11, 2013

Interview with Elisabeth Staab, author of the Chronicles of Yavn, and Giveaway - January 11, 2013

Please welcome Elisabeth Staab to The Qwillery. Prince of Power, the 2nd novel in the terrific Chronicles of Yavn, was published on January 8, 2013.

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Elisabeth:  Thank you so much for having me!

TQ:  Describe Prince of Power (Chronicles of Yavn 2) in 140 characters or less.

Elisabeth:  Vampire enemy, Anton, falls in love with the vampire king’s sister, Tyra. He saves her life; they go on a suicide mission to save her race.

TQ:  Please tell us something about Prince of Power that is not in the book description.

Elisabeth:  One of the really fun parts of Prince of Power is the hero/heroine role-reversal. Anton is not your standard alpha. He was raised by an evil father who among other things hated women, but Anton digs a strong, passionate female. Tyra is the I-can-kick-ass-and-take-care-of-myself-just-fine-kthanksbuhbye kind of heroine. Her weakness is being emotionally unavailable, something that is typically seen in the hero role. Opening up to the man she loves without say, setting him on fire first? That’s her weakness.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Prince of Power?

Elisabeth:  One of my very favorites is the first time Anton and Tyra make love. There’s also a scene where Tyra and Anton still distrust each other, but they are forced to pretend in public that they are a human married couple going hunting. It’s a little bit silly. In the middle of so much tension they open up completely a different side of themselves. So much fun.

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

Elisabeth:  Siddoh, one of the lead vampire soldiers, comes off as something of a devil-may-care playboy but I get the feeling he’s actually very misunderstood. Lonely. He tosses off snarky comments at inappropriate times as a form of misdirection. The more I get to know him, the more I see to love. There’s a lot of depth and vulnerability in that fanged alpha.

TQ:  Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?

Elisabeth:  I think all of them or none of them, depending on how you look at it. I think there’s a little shard of myself in each of my characters. Siddoh has my inappropriate sense of humor, and so on.

TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book (King of Darkness) came out that you know now?

Elisabeth:  I had no idea how tough it would be to balance family and deadlines. When I wrote King of Darkness, it was during kiddo naptimes and whatnot, and the whole thing took me almost a year and a half, maybe longer. I can’t take that long anymore, and my kids don’t nap anymore!

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to Paranormal Romance?

Elisabeth:  There are SO many genres I’d love to dip my toes into. I’d love to do something with more of a mystery/thriller/horror focus. I used to read Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, R.L. Stein, and Christopher Pike growing up. I’d huddle under the covers with my book, and then not be able to go to sleep because I was too scared! I’d also love to do something dystopian, or a different paranormal subgenre. So many ideas, so little time.

TQ:  What's next?

Elisabeth:  I’m very psyched about the Olde City New Blood paranormal con coming up next month! Tons of amazing paranormal/fantasy/scifi authors and readers on the beach in Florida all weekend, and if I’m not mistaken reader registration ends tomorrow! And Liberty States in March and RT coming up in May. Con prep is fun but challenging! Also, I’m currently working on book three of the Yavn series, Hunter by Night, and the featured couple will be Lee and Alexia. While I was writing Prince of Power, Lee made it very clear that their story needed to be next! When Lee talks, folks tend to listen. Even me. Alexia, not so much, but that’s probably why she’s a good mate for him. ;)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Elisabeth:  Thank you so, much! You have a fantastic blog and it’s always a pleasure!

The Chronicles of Yavn

Prince of Power
Chronicles of Yavn 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, January 8, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

This Fight Is Personal...

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...

King of Darkness
Chronicles of Yavn 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, February 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...

About Elisabeth

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).

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Prince of Power (Chronicles of Yavn 2) from Sourcebooks. US/CANADA ONLY

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question:  

Which characteristics do you look for in an Alpha (female or male)?

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, January 18, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. 1. Which characteristics do you look for in an Alpha (female or male)?
    I love confidence, a little bit of arrogance and a vulnerability or a soft spot that let's us know that he/she is still human and fallible.
    2. GFC Follower - Elizabeth H.
    3. Mentioned giveaway on Twitter:

    Thanks for the interview and for the chance to win!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    1. Yes! High five for a touch of vulnerability. Woman after my own heart!

  2. I look for loyalty, strength (both physical and intellectual), and aI love a bit of snarkiness in my alphas.
    GFC Victoria Sloboda

    Thank you.

  3. Congrats to Elizabeth on the new release! Thanks for sharing a great post and giveaway!

    I look for strength, confidence and humility. I hate some of the more popular alpha-holes and I think I connect better to "betas".

    gfc: erin

  4. An alpha male is tough and wants to take control of all situations, protecting all around him. An alpha female wants to take care of herslf and will kick anyone's ass who tries to take care of her! Best books is when the story has both alpha male and female and the readers can watch the tension build!

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    1. Excellent assessment! Thank you for checking out the Chronicles of Yavn and happy reading!

  5. Loving all these comments! I'm a fan of snarkiness and a bit of beta in my hero, too! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out King of Darkness and Prince of Power!

  6. I like strength, determination and a touch of arrogance.
    debby236 aT GMAIL DOT COM
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    1. Ooh, arrogance can be good too. Especially when it bites them on the attractive ass!

  7. i love the strength and confidence, but also the need to be there and protect, to be an anchor. vulnerability is the best especially for the toughest ones showing a soft side. i just love alphas :) my email:

  8. I love the dominant, protective, courageous Alpha who can show a sense of humor to combat the darkest times.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC: Barbara E.

    1. A sense of humor is always a must. Thanks for checking out Prince of Power, Barbara!

  9. I like courage.

    I follow the blog.


    1. Important in every hero or heroine, I think. Certainly if they don't have it at the start of the book they should have found it by the end. Thanks so much for your comment and for checking out the Chronicles of Yavn!

  10. Loyal very dominant and possessive of or her his mate, the willingness to do anything to keep his or her mate from harm.I do like them to have a sense of humor ,I like them to have a cocky attitude except when it comes to their mate then I want them to be as unsure and self conscious as everyone else lol ..
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  11. Strong, caring and loyal.


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