Oct 4 2010

Party with Cindy Spencer Pape!

Today, our guest of honor is Cindy Spencer Pape. It’s so nice to have you here, and I’m sure you’re ready for a good time! Let the party begin!

*clears throat*

First questions:

Wine or beer? (If you want a club soda, I’ll have to send you to the corner.) Diet Coke. Sorry, I’ll go stand in the corner now.

Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt person? Chips. The saltier the better.

Are you old enough to drink? (*eyeing you warily*) LOL.  My marriage is old enough to drink.

All right, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast….

Let’s see what you have in your bag…

I had a new book out yesterday from Carina Press, and one today from Ellora’s Cave. Busy, busy week!

Show me something first and maybe I’ll give you more diet coke and chips…

Motor City Witch

Blurb:

She’d left magic behind.

Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer. Once she’d been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child—and her heart—Elise decided to live a nonmagical life.

Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy facade she has built around herself shatters at Aidan’s touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina…and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.

I can’t stop drooling over this cover!

Questions first before you tease us some more…

So, what do you write? And why? I write romance. All kinds—paranormal, erotic, contemporary, historical, you name it. Why? I’m all about the happy-ever-after, but I get bored easily, and have to mix things up now and then.

(*nodding head*) That is understandable. Why did you want to become an author? Want? Not sure that’s the right word. It’s more a feeling that you just need to do it.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why? EVERYWHERE. I’d love to see the whole world, but if I had to pick a place to start, probably the British Isles.

Oooooo, that’ sounds nice. Now, what is the hardest part of writing your books? Making sure the plot flows smoothly, and that there’s enough going on to keep the reader interested. Also making sure that all the heroines don’t talk or think like me.

(*chuckle*) How would you describe your writing style? Hot, romantic, and just a little bit funny. Because face it, life is just a little bit funny.

Very true! What do you think makes a good story? A heroine you can identify with, a hero you can fall in love with, and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

*Sigh* Now, I’m dreamy-eyed. What are you passionate about? Fairness and equality.

Who is your favorite author and why? Do you write what you read? I love so many authors, from Elizabeth Peters to Elizabeth Lowell, to Lora Leigh and Stephanie Laurens. I read mostly romance, but I do also pick up some SF&F and mysteries. Generally, if I’m writing paranormal, I’ll read more romantic suspense or historical, and if I’m writing historical, I’ll devour the paranormals.

How much do you write in a day? Day or Night? Everyday? Anywhere from 1000 to 4000 words on a decent day. I write full time, so pretty much whenever I’m not doing anything else.

Wow! Impressive! Are you a pantser or plotter? Somewhere in between. I write outlines, but rarely stick to them too closely.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? Have fun. You probably won’t get rich, so you might as well have a good time doing it. And if you like it, then keep going. Don’t give up.

LOL. Isn’t that the truth? What else are you working on right now? I’ve just finished up Steam & Sorcery, a steampunk romance for Carina Press, scheduled for March 7, 2011. I’m also getting started on the third Urban Arcana book. I’m also working on a Valentine’s story for Ellora’s Cave, and half a dozen other ideas, that may or may not work out.

Is there anything you’d want your readers and friends to know about you? I’m going to be at Romanticon in Richfield, Ohio, on Oct. 7-11. The Sunday book fair is open to the public, and I’d love to see you and say hello!


Awesome! Now show us your other goods! Cindy Spencer Pape

Ooooooooo, steamy! What’s it about?

Just for Jess

Blurb:

Vampire Jessamy Maitland is a classic workaholic, until her friends team up to buy her a weekend with the incredibly sexy vampire Dermott McMahon on his luxurious private island. Dermott is determined to get Jess to kick back and relax, so he’s enlisted the help of three lion shifter friends.

Jess finds herself faced with three days of no phone, no computer and four sexy, horny males, all determined to wait on her hand and foot and show her a scorching good time. Naked. Together. In ways she’s never imagined. With those odds, what’s a vampire to do? There’s nothing for it but take them up on their offer and discover that sometimes it’s okay to play.

Wow, that sounds like a very hot read! (*rushes off to look up the link to buy*)

(Runs back.) Sorry.

Now that we’ve picked your brain enough, tell us about your new releases. What makes your character and story so special? Huh, that’s a tough one to answer about yourself. I think it’s that I mix love, action, and humor in a way that makes you not notice when it’s slipping from one to another.

Where can our partygoers find you and your work?

I guess, I’ll stop interrogating you now. * smiles * Thank you so much for coming! Thanks for having me here—this is fun. And of course I’ll be around!

Since we’re planning on hanging around here all day, did you bring us anything else? (Whispers something…)

Hey! Cindy’s giving out a free download from her backlist! Come on, guys, get in the party! Quick! Post your comments and start cyber dancing!