Friday, January 20, 2012

Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe (Character Interview/Giveaway)

 Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I am so excited to welcome author Stephanie Rowe of the Soul Fire series over who brought along a special guest today! 

 Without her passions, she has no magic…   It's unfortunate for Natalie that Nigel Aquarian is so   compelling. With his inner demons, his unbridled heat, and his "I will conquer you" looks, he calls to her in exactly the way that nearly killed her.             But losing control means losing her life…  That he's an immortal warrior and that her powers rise from intense passions would seem to make them a match made in heaven, but unless they embrace their greatest fears, they'll play out their final match in hell.

Today we are graced with a very delectable treat as the hero from my latest book, HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, has graciously volunteered to take time away from his art and saving the world to chat with us:

Stephanie: Nigel, can you tell us a little about your art?

Nigel: You know, Steph... Can I call you Steph?

SR: You bet. We're buds. It's okay for the world to know.

N (flashes sexy grin that make those dark eyes of his light up—oh, wait, I digress—back to the interview): Fantastic, Steph. So, I started drawing and painting when I was a kid. I didn't realize that would me so interesting to the world's most psychotic black witch, of course. Seriously, what kid thinks, "Hey, if I keep painting flowers, then Death's insane grandma will kidnap me and use me as the leading example to all her prisoners in the Den of Womanly Pursuits about how a manly man can draw blood at will with assorted lethal weapons and still be in touch with his softer side." Nigel rolls his eyes. I could have done without the 150 years of torture, but I do think it helped lend a deeper emotional impact to my art, and you know, it's all about getting in touch with your emotions.

SR: Isn't that unusual for a tough, badass, scarred warrior to be concerned about being in touch with his emotions?

N (casually sliding a glowing blade out of his palm and tossing it with deadly precision at a knothole 200 yards away): What are you trying to say?

SR (wisely deciding not to pursue that line of questioning): So, tell me about love. Do you believe in love?
N (laughs softly): Love is deadly. (Then he glances across the room at a certain woman in the shadows. His face softens.) All of us who were incarcerated in the Den are bad news. No woman who wants to stay alive should give us the time of day.
SD: What are you saying? Do you guys kill off those who love you?
N (face darkening): People have died from being near us, yes. People who shouldn't die. Not going to make that mistake again. None of us will.
SD: Do you ever wish you had another talent? Like Blaine, the hero of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, who finds relief in cross-stitching, or Jarvis, the hero of TOUCH IF YOU DARE, who is a knitter?
N: Jarvis sucks at knitting. He doesn't believe.
SR: Believe in what?
N: Knitting. He thinks he's some big badass, which, yeah, he is, but the dude needs to mellow out. He holds up his hands, which are currently charred with blackened embers falling off them from the skirmish he had right before he came in. See these puppies? They gotta get some lovin' or the bad shit takes over. The other guys don't realize that. He looks at me. We're not one-dimensional testosterone junkies, you know.
SR: Of course you aren't. You guys were ruthlessly tortured into becoming sensitive, poetry-reading warriors who can take down a demon blindfolded while weaving a silk tapestry at the same time.  

N (grinning): Yeah, that's true. Last week, when we went back into the Den for that rescue and the demons attacked us, I had a great time. There's just something about fighting to stay alive that gets the adrenaline going, you know? Nigel takes a water-color marker out of his jeans and begins twirling it in his fingers like a baton twirler whipping the silver rod around in the air. I decide not to point out the comparison.

SR: Would it be tough for you if you couldn't draw or paint anymore?

The marker goes utterly still in Nigel's hand, and his muscles go rigid with tension.

N: Not funny, Rowe.

SR (clears throat, and thinking now would be a good time to change the subject): So, is there anything else you'd like to share with your readers today?

N: Yeah. Don't get kidnapped by Death's grandma, and paint every day. It's the only way to survive.

SR: Great! Thanks so much, Nigel. Have a great day.

N (handing me a small packet of colored pencils and a hot pink notebook): You look like you're having a tough day, Steph. Try these. They'll help. Nigel gives me a little salute, then heads out the door, after taking another long look at the woman in the corner. Who is that woman? I need to find out…

Want to learn more about Nigel? Leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of his book, HOLD ME IF YOU CAN.

BIO: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published books with major New York publishers, including HarperCollins, Grand Central and Harlequin. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and inspirational non-fiction. A former attorney, Stephanie lives in Boston where she is actively working on her next projects, which include a re-release of her sexy Alaska Heat romantic suspense ICE (release date is TODAY!) and CHILL (Feb 2012) as well as the dark paranormal series The Order of the Blade, which will be launching in February and March with a trilogy. The next Soulfire book, SEIZE WITH YOUR KISS, will be out in Summer 2012. For more information on Stephanie, visit

Stephanie is giving away one copy of Hold Me If You Can to one lucky reader from the US or Canada. To enter, just leave a comment for Nigel on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below! Additional entries are available but not required. Good Luck! 

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  1. I've been seeing Stephanie Rowe's books on blogs lately and they look good. I would love to try one.

  2. I've read Kiss At Your Own Risk and loved it. Can't wait to read Hold Me If You Can. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. HI Andrea! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the contest!

    Hi Joanne! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed KISS AT YOUR OW RISK! Good luck!

  4. Hi! I'm in love with this series! Well I read the first one and I liked it! I got Touch if you Dare in last december!!! So now I just wait after Hold me if you can! I love artistic men!


  5. Awww... thanks Proserpine! You're so nice! Good luck!

  6. I've read a few reviews and they have all been great so I'm looking forward to reading a new to me author and what looks like a great book.

  7. Love character interviews and Nigel seems like quite the character:) I'd be very intimidated to interview any of the guys. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I have also read such great reviews about this book/series. Hope I get a chance to start!

    Happy Friday!

  9. I love reading character interviews.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway and cool post!

  11. I would love to read more about Nigel. Maybe instead of knitting, he will cross stitch. I haven't read any of Ms. Rowe's books and would like to. Thanks.

  12. I love finding new to me authors, and your books sound like the kind that I can't live without, Stephanie! My wishlist just got a whole lot longer! I LOVE the covers - to say nothing about the blurbs for each one. My Lord!! I'm having a hot flash, and it is not due to my age!

    Thank you SO much for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  13. great interview! i love the cover of the book and the excerpts i have been reading on the internet, i can hardly wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next. i also need to read the others in the series. they are in my TBR pile but i need to move them to the top now. :)

  14. I thought that was a great character interview. Nigel is so right about the painting. My dad was an absolute teddy bear after he had an opportunity to work on a canvas (though a round of street basketball had the same affect on him).

    The world of these stories is different and sound pretty good.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  15. Have heard good things about this author. Have been seeing her books lately and love the covers. This book looks great and would love to win and read.

  16. This was a great post with Nigel! I love how an alpha male can be a bad ass and have another outlet as well. Sounds like a great concept!

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  17. Such a great cover. Do you write in just one genre?
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  18. Awesome interview. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing today!!

  19. Nigel sure gave me a giggle with the interview! I do have a few book on my kindle of Rowes and one paperback. I so cant wait for the next one. Thanks for such a awesome interview.


    GFC: Lindsey Hutchison

  20. You are a new to me author, and I would love a chance to win your book. Thank you for the chance =)


  21. "You guys were ruthlessly tortured into becoming sensitive, poetry-reading warriors who can take down a demon blindfolded while weaving a silk tapestry at the same time."

    After that great line, Stephanie, I can't wait to read Nigel's story.

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  22. Nigel sounds like quite a guy. I'm looking forward to reading his story.

  23. Would love to read this thanks for the giveaway

  24. Hi Mary! Thanks for trying out my books. I hope you enjoy them!

    Thanks, Tammie! Big hugs!

    Thanks Yadkny! Nigel is definitely total awesomeness!

    Thanks, Erin! Good luck!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview, Elaing8!

    Thanks for stopping by, Krystal!

    Hi Shelley! The hero in the first SOULFIRE book, Blaine, is a master cross-stitcher, and I'm sur he'd be happy to teach Nigel! 

    Wow, Gena, thank you so much You're so nice!! I'm so glad you're exited about the series!

    Oh, trvlagnt1t! The top of the pile is a good place to be! Thanks for moving them! 

    Hi Sophia, thanks so much for sharing about your dad. That is so cool!

  25. Thanks, Bookflame! Good luck!

    Oh, JenM, Nigel is definitely quite the guy. So worth hunkering down with!

    Oh, cool, Lisa! That's so cool to know. Good luck!

    LOL, Cathy M. That sentence pretty much sums up the warriors in this series. They are totally delectable bad asses.

    Good to hear from you, Emily! I'm so glad you stopped by!

    Oh, thank you so much, Lindsey! I'm so glad you're enjoying my books! I have tons-o-books coming out in the next few months, so you'll have plenty to choose from! 

    Thanks, Donnas!

    Hi Julianne! I actually write in an assortment of genres. I just had a sexy romantic suspense released today called ICE, and I have a dark paranormal series launching in late Feb, early March.

    Thanks, ML. I've had such fun with these guys!

    Hi Chrisbails! Oh, that's so fun you've been hearing about my books. That made my day! Thanks so much!

  26. Nigel, love is deadly indeed but it can also heal :) Thanks for giving me more insight into your character.

  27. I'd love to read Nigel's story. I read Touch if you dare and really enjoyed it, so I'd love a chance at winning one of your books. Have a good week.

  28. All of these sound fantastic! Hope I win.

  29. GREAT interview...I am so LOVING the premise behind this series! I've been kinda stalking your giveaways...I REALLY want to get my hands on this! ;) Thx for the opportunity!

  30. Even though I havent heard of the author or book - it looks great!! The cover grabbed my eye - and thats how i choose my books!!
    ms.georgia.forever AT

  31. This sounds like a great series. I enjoy characters with artistic souls.

  32. Sounds great! i look forward to reading the series. Going on my wishlist! :)

  33. this sounds great I love her books

  34. I haven't read any of her books. This one sounds like one I need to get. Thanks for the giveaway.



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