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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alexandra Ivy - Interview and Giveaway


As you have probably noticed, Alexandra Ivy is our Author of the Month and I was lucky enough to be able to do a short interview with her. I LOVE her Gurdians of Eternity series, and it just so happens that a new one has just released. It's called Fear the Darkness and is the 9th book in the series! :)

A little about the new book...


The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary...

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her.

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he—or her feelings for him—can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Cain now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.



We'd like to welcome Alexandra Ivy to Book Lovin' Mamas today! Thank you so much for being here!

1. Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?

I love to play video games!  I don’t really have time with my current schedule, but when my boys were young we used to spend hours together playing Mario, Zelda, and UN Squadron :)

2. What or who inspired you to become a writer?

I actually came to writing from my love for theatre.  I’ve always been a huge reader, but when I was younger I hoped to work on stage.  After taking a playwriting class I realized I actually preferred to create my own characters rather than mimicking someone else’s.  I worked on a play (that I would still love to finish), but my heart has always belonged to romance, so I swiftly turned my efforts to novels.

3. What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I always get up early and exercise, otherwise I can find a dozen excuses not to do it :)  Then I usually go through email and stop by my facebook and twitter pages.  I also do some promo work.  Then, I start writing.  If I’m in the middle of a book I can write until I go to bed.  My poor family have learned that once I disappear into my office they won’t see me for several hours.

4. Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?

Before I start any book I always do an outline (although it often changes) and character interviews.  I have to have a good grasp on my characters or I find myself stalled within the first chapter or so.  When I’m done...well, I always promise I’ll take a week off, but somehow that never works 

5. Can you give us just a little peek at your research process, if you have one, in general when you're preparing to start a new book?

I do always research the area where I’m going to set the book.  I rarely, rarely write about a location that I haven’t visited in person.  I also try to write up short blurbs about the individual homes or businesses, such as a vampire  bar or an imp coffee house. 

Now a little bit about the series...

6. Can you tell us just a little bit about the Guardians of Eternity series and where you got the idea for the books? (There are a bunch so you don't have to detail them all or anything :)

They all started with a nugget of an idea about a sexy clan of vampires in Chicago.  At the time I was writing historcals under the name Deborah Raleigh, but I fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I couldn’t resist creating my own paranormal world.  I hadn’t really intended to send them to my editor since the paranormal world at that time was dominated by dark, broody books, but I was chatting with my agent and he suggested we give it a try.  I never dreamed that someday I would be working on book ten :)

7. Which book or maybe I should say character was the hardest to write and which one was the easiest to write?

The heroine is always the most difficult.  I love, love, love kick-ass women, but they also need a vulnerability as well as flaws.  There’s nothing more boring than one dimensional characters.   The easiest is always Levet :)  He’s the embodiment of my inner snarky and I have so much fun writing him!

8. If you had to choose one of your characters (man or woman) to be for a day or longer if you want, which one would you pick and why?

I think it would be Jaelyn, my Hunter vampire.  She has mad skills and isn’t afraid to use them!!

9. Have you ever based a character on a person you know in real life?

Always!! They aren’t exact replications, but I take bits and pieces of people to create a completely new character.  Oh, I just realized.  I sound like Frankenstein!!

10. Can you give us any hints (anything at all) about what is to come in future books?

I’ve just started a new series “The Sentinels”.  The first book will be featured in an upcoming anthology, PREDATORY, that will be published in May 2013, followed by a full length book that will be published fall 2013.   These stories are centered on a group of people who have X-Men like powers.  I’m very excited to see what the readers think of them!!  And, of course, I’m always working on the next Guardian book.  Santiago’s story will be out June 2013.

Thank you SO much for letting us learn more about you! I am super excited for this new book and I can't wait to read this new series you mentioned! Sounds awesome!!!



Alexandra has offered up a copy of Fear of Darkness to one lucky person who comments on this post. This giveaway is for US only. Please make sure to add your email in your comment so you can be notified if you've won! :)






12 comments:

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love this whole series!!
bookedandloadedATgmailDOTcom

Thanks for the great giveaway. I'd love to win.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Barbara E. said...

I've enjoyed The Guardians of Eternity and I'm looking forward to checking out the new series, The Sentinels. It sounds like it's going to be great.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

SdyLion said...

One of my favorite authors and series. This is some of the sexiest characters around. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Leannessf said...

I've read and enjoyed My Lord Vampire by the same author so I think I will love this one too!

Thanks for the giveaway!
Leanne
leannessf at gmail dot com

Fear the Darkness is up next on my list to read!!! I have been looking forward to Cassie and Caine's story for a long while now! I have no doubt it will be terrific!

I'll have to check out the new Sentinels series as well!

Thanks so much!
mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

Vanessa N. said...

Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

mythic021@gmail.com

Joanne said...

This book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Great Interview Loved it :) thanks for sharing with us

Charitysbookaddiction at hotmail dot com

I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

Awesome interview and I love the Guardians of Eternity series! Wishing you continued success. :)

imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

I love this series! Thanks for the interview and the chance to win!
ehaney578 at aol dot com

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