Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan (Interview/Giveaway)

What better way to start out the new year than by welcoming debut author Alexa Egan to talk about Demon’s Curse, the first book in the Imnada Brotherhood series. Welcome Alexa!

Thanks so much, Lexi. I’m thrilled to  be here today. 

Has it just been a whirlwind for you the past few months? Your e-novella Awaken the Curse is available now, and Demon’s Curse was released right after Christmas. There had to be a lot of preparation and planning going on (not to mention the usual Christmas activities).

Argh! Whirlwind doesn’t begin to cover it.  I loved having the pub dates close together so that readers who enjoyed the novella could dive right into the series without too much of a wait. I also really loved my Boxing Day release for DEMON’S CURSE so it was ready to go just in time for all those shiny new Christmas e-readers, but I’ve felt like I’ve been in a constant state of catch-up over the last few months with barely a breath between. I just keep telling my husband when I feel completely overwhelmed that it’s a great problem to have, so I’ll suck it up and keep on running. Thankfully, he’s always been supportive of this whole writing gig, so when the dust bunnies pile up or we’re having pizza for the third time in a week, he never bats an eye. That makes the chaos a whole lot easier to handle. 

One thing that you didn’t have to do was design the cover. And what a great cover it is. The smoking sword adding a hint of paranormal to the historical style red coat. Oh, did I forget to mention the bared chest? Hard to miss, can’t believe I almost didn’t list it. Did you get to be involved with the cover or did they pretty much go from your description of the book?

Awaken The CurseI LOVE this cover! A big shout-out to Pocket’s art department that did such a fantastic job! When we first started discussing covers, the idea was that it had to both project to bookstore browsers that it was both historical AND paranormal.  Not an easy task. But they came up with the perfect look that both fits my character and the setting(a soldier in the Regency-era British Army) and gives a hint of the otherworldly story inside. I only suggested one minor change. The original cover art had the soldier in a blue coat. I sent them a description of the historically accurate regimental uniform that Mac would have worn. They made the changes, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Now, I’m impatient to see what they come up with for the next two books in the series. 

What does your husband think of your book, has he read it? Maybe you can tease him that he can model for your next cover!

No, he hasn’t read the book yet, although he’s heard more than he wants to hear about it since I tend to whine to him when the writing isn’t going well. Things like, “This scene sucks.” “My plot’s unraveling.” “My hero won’t do what I want him to do.” “My heroine keeps going off-script!” “What made me ever think this idea would work?” You get the idea. 

He’s already gotten lots of teasing at work about being the inspiration behind my stories, but he takes it in stride.  I mean really! Not sure how being the inspiration behind the hero of a romance novel could be anything but a compliment. ;)    

Do you feel like you have learned a lot about book release process? Are there things you hope to avoid or make a point of doing before your next release?

I’ve learned a lot over the past year and a half, though I still feel like a newbie who’s staring around her at all these huge big-name authors in awe, but knowing me, I’ll probably always feel that way. The hardest part of the learning curve has been getting used to all the promo work an author has to do now. I’m an introvert who’d be happiest closeted alone in a room with my computer (ok, most of the time, that’s exactly what I am). Pushing myself into that social author sphere as well as coming up with interesting and unique ways to get my name out to readers has been a challenge. I enjoy Facebook and have just started tweeting in the last few months, so hopefully by the release of SHADOW’S CURSE next fall, I’ll be a pro at both platforms.   

Always exciting to have an author stop by for the first time. Thanks Alexa for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Good luck with Demon’s Curse, and we hope to see more books from you in the future!

Thanks again for having me. It’s been a pleasure.

Demon’s Curse

Imnada Brotherhood #1

by Alexa Egan
Mass Market Paperback 370 pages
Published Dec 26th, 2012 by Pocket Books
ISBN 9781451672909

A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexyImnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.
A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.
Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.
Available for Purchase at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Pocket Books is offering up one copy of Demon's Curse to a lucky reader! (US only please.)
To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Then leave Alexa a comment on what you think of mixing historical and paranormal. Love it? Never tried it? Good luck!

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    I don't mind the mix at all. You get a little bit of everything this way. Thanks.


  2. I love Paranormal, but having it as historical is a bonus. I love the idea of both together.

  3. looking forward to your world
    PICK ME!!

  4. I have read several historical and paranormal. I like it. Gives a new twist to the old historical facts we've grown up with.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Elizabeth Gray

  5. I enjoy the mix. It enhance both genres.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  6. I love mixing genres. It makes the book more interesting and exciting.

  7. Since I love paranormal stories the blending of historical is fine with me. It's just another layer to the story and the mystery of the past works well with the genre.

  8. I love it, =) and can´t wait for my chance to read.
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  9. I love the combination of paranormal and historical...two of my favorite genres. Thanks for the giveaway...What a great hump day surprise!

    kcnrhtx at charter dot net

  10. Congrats to Alexa on the new release! It sounds fantastic and I'm *dying* to read it :) I really enjoy mixing genres... makes the stories so much more interesting and engaging :)

  11. I think the mix is awesome. It combines my two favorite genres.

    lorih824 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. I love historical and paranormal romance, so when you mix them together, it's a match made in heaven. :D I love it!

  13. what you think of mixing historical and paranormal. Love it? Never tried it?

    Actually I love it. I think it adds a bit of spice, a little more umph to the story line.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  14. I've never tried it but I would think it would give a great twist to the story.
    Demon's Curse sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


  15. Two of my favorites genres Historical and Paranormal, especially romance, melded into one great read, What's not to love??? It's like getting a 2-for-1. It's working really well in Alma Katsu's Taker Trilogy, although book 3 isn't out yet. I know I've read others...oops brain's on snooze...If I think of them I'll come back and post.

  16. My favorite way to read Historicals is with Paranormal elements. I havent read many without it.

  17. I am a huge fan of mixing both historical and paranormal :) I get the best of both worlds. I'm always excited to try new authors in a fantastic (sub)genre.

  18. I enjoy both historical & paranormal romances, so combining the 2 makes for a nice change/combo if its well balanced btwn the 2, Have read several where this has been the case & really enjoyed them.

  19. I love it, especially Regency era or any era in Scotland!

  20. I think it would make for a great read! Thanks for the giveaway

  21. I have this book on my Amazon Wishlist! I love the combination of paranormal and historical, they are my two favorite types of romance to read. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I hope I win!

    Julie K

  22. Well... I love historical fiction, paranormal and anything romantic so that sounds like the perfect concoction.

  23. I love reading historicals and I love reading paranormals, so why not combine the two? The combination is great!

  24. Congrats on the release of Demon's Curse. That is one great cover. Please enter me if it's a print copy. I love the combination of Historical and Paranormal. I've read them before and loved it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  25. I love historical paranormals! Bring them on.

    jeninquincy at gmail

  26. I like both of the genres so together it would have to be great! Could you imagine the vampire pirates? LOL

  27. the mix sounds interesting to me!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  28. Love the mix! I just read Firelight by Kristen Callihan and really enjoyed it!

    Thanks for the intro to a new series!
    Leanne :)


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