Well my lovelies, I have a special treat for you this week. The beautiful and greatly talented Gena Showalter has come for a visit. She has decided to answer my dorky interview questions like the good sport that she is! She is the author of the amazing Lords of the Underworld series that continues to capture and fascinate so many of us. Many credit it as the most original idea in paranormal romance today. I am very excited to have brought her here for you today!
1. If you could transform into any animal, what would you choose? Please tell us, as only an author can, why you would make this specific choice?
A leopard, because this gorgeous predator is strong, sleek, and sneaky. I would be the darkly mysterious (and shape-shifting) villain of a romance novel, and the super sexy alpha hero would discover my hidden vulnerabilities—of course—falling in love with me, and thereby saving me from my own downfall. After I clawed him up a bit.
2. Please share with us your most embarrassing moment with a fan or another author.
I was at a writer’s conference and hit the hotel lobby early to meet my new editor. No seats were available at the bar, so I walked around the area until a table finally opened up. I went to smooth down my dress--and touched skin. That’s when I discovered the material had been tucked into my underwear since I’d gone to the bathroom about ten to fifteen minutes earlier.
3. Which do you prefer to write? The hero or the villain? And why?
I prefer a hero with a villainous dark side, like Nicolai from Lord of the Vampires. He’ll do anything—and I mean anything!—to protect the woman of his dreams. Of course, he might hurt everyone else, but he would never hurt her.
4. Do you have someone in your life that you model your heroes after? What about those villains?
I get a lot of dialogue from my husband and his brothers. They have wry humor and sarcasm nailed. Maybe that’s why I love Strider from The Darkest Surrender so much. He is the embodiment of the men I adore. A little dirty minded, willing to do anything to protect his woman, and a little dirty minded. Wait, did I already mention that?
5. I am a woman who is 43 years old and has a crush on her 25-year-old gardener, what naughty secret do you have to share?
If romance novel heroes actually came to life, I would be the biggest slut ever. Just sayin.
6. I’ll go easy on you this time. What is your sinful pleasure? I have two. Gluttony: where I eat too much Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio, and Sloth: where I laze in bed all day watching HGTV (Mike Holmes…mmm nummy!) or Farscape. Please be equally specific.
Books—they are my addiction. I have stacks and stacks and stacks just waiting for me to read. And TV—I could watch my favorite shows and never do anything else. Cougar Town, How I Met Your Mother, House, Castle, South Park, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, and a handful of others.
7. Do you sing in the shower? What would Simon Cowell think of your performance? What is your favorite song choice?
My singing voice would drive people to cut off their ears and leave them behind, just to stop the horror. Even myself. So nope, I do not sing in the shower.
8. If you could be any of your characters whom would you choose? Tell us why of course.
I would pick Noelle in the Dark Taste of Rapture. Not just because she’s rich as hell, smart, beautiful, and her sharp sense of humor made me smile while writing the book, but also because she ends up with Hector Dean, a big, scary man whose arms can atomize into weapons, destroying everything in his path. He’s dark, brooding, and if he had to, he would raze the entire world to save his woman.
9. Who did it the best? Out of all of your favorite paranormal authors’ works, who wrote the BEST SCENE EVA? Explain.
Kresley Cole has the best heroes of all time, and I want to marry each one of them. If I can’t marry them, I want to have affairs with them. If I can’t have affairs with them, life isn’t worth living. They are sexy, sizzling and would gnaw off their own limbs to reach their chosen. And yes, that is my favorite scene ever. When the leader of the Lykae Clan is chained and gnaws off his own limb to get to the half-vampire half-Valkyrie heroine.
10. You are now a published author, which some would say is the pinnacle for any writer. Now that you have achieved this goal, what is your new dream? What is it that you now aspire to do?
My dream is to have one (or all, why limit myself?) of my books made into a movie. To see the characters come to life in that way . . . heaven!
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The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he as an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…
Dark Taste of Rapture Released August 23rd, 2011
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter captivates with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, and a powerful AIR agent consumed by his desire for a woman he can never have. . . .
With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure…or unending pain...
Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped -- and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he’s determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.
When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago’s seediest district, the two are partnered, and there’s no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . .
Lord of the Vampires Released August 30th,2011
"Raw and dark and sexy, Lord of the Vampires sizzles!" New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.
Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.
When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...
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