WOW…is it really midweek and time for What to Read Wednesday? It certainly is and I know you’re going to be as thrilled as me when you find out who is joining us today!
We have debut author Cera DuBois and she’s here to tell us some fun facts about herself as well as her book A HUNTER’S ANGEL (book 1 of The Hunter’s Dagger Series). Also, she’s brought along chances to win prizes…yes PRIZE(S) complete with an S…meaning more than 1 way to win. So let’s get started!
Cera, tell us about yourself in 30 words or less :)
Hi, Christine! Thank you for having me here today. Considering I’m usually a wordy person, 30 words or less is asking a lot…LOL Well, here it is…
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my hubby and two teenagers. I grew up on a farm that I couldn’t wait to get away from when I went to college…but now I write Westerns because I miss that way of life. I’ve been writing with the hope of publication for about four years.
I just drove through PA and it’s beautiful! What would someone learn about you from looking at your book shelves or tbr pile?
I love a lot of different things. I read mostly paranormals and contemporary Westerns, not surprising since these are the two genres I write. I also am a huge Rachel Gibson fan and have all of her books. And in another book case is my Star Wars collection. The other case has my historicals—my John Jakes collection and my People of the Earth series.
Variety is good :) If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Oh, this is a really hard question because I’m not very well traveled and I want to go everywhere…LOL. But if we are talking dream trip here, I’d love to visit the British Isles—Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. The why of it is simply that I have a lot of Irish, Scotch and Welsh blood in me. The other place would be Germany for the same reason.
Well, when you make this awesome trip, call me and I’ll tag along. They all are on my list too! What genre (s) do you write?
I write paranormals under the pen name of Cera duBois and contemporary Westerns under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood.
How did you get started writing?
I always had a very active imagination and was always making up stories in my head, I’m not one of those writers who have been reading and writing since pre-school. I hated to read. HATED it. But when you’re dyslexic reading isn’t easy. Writing was even less fun. Reading still isn’t always enjoyable to me. I didn’t actually learn how to read until I was in fourth grade when I was diagnosed with a learning disability and put into special education. I struggled with school and reading/writing until eighth grade. That’s when I finally read my first novel for enjoyment. It was the novelization of the TV miniseries THE BLUE AND THE GRAY. I was hooked. But I think what really hooked me was the history of the Civil War. I read several other books, some of them non-fiction.
Then I started making up my own stories about Southern belles and dashing heroes dressed in blue and gray. I started writing my first novel, a Civil War romance, in ninth grade, which eventually transformed into the novel I wrote for my eleventh grade English class.
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…
Love your blurb…really perks my interest…and your cover. Oh, I can’t even tell you how much I love it! What’s one of your favorite sentences from your book?
This exchange is between Grace and Ben (her best friend and lieutenant)
Grace: “How many bugs do you think are in here?”
Ben: “Bugs? There are two bad ass, crazy vampires out there and you’re afraid of bugs?”
LOL…love it! What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done in the name of research?
I’m mostly a computer/book researcher, so I’d have to say the most interesting thing in the way of actually talking to someone I’ve done has been dropping questions to the soldiers/officers I work with about different things concerning the military that pop up in my books.
Which is the hardest for you to write and why…beginning, middle or end?
Oh, the beginning. I hate starting a new book. I’m mostly a pantser, so to me looking at a new story is like entering a large dark forest where the path is obscured. I know there are landmarks (the things I want in the story or the turning points) but the plot is as blind to me as path through the forest.
Please share an excerpt from A HUNTER’S ANGEL!
“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.
His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”
“But you were once.”
He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”
His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”
Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”
She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take…some of it.”
He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”
Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.
“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”
His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.
What 2 attributes do you like most about your hero?
I love Ian’s honor. I also love his compassion for others that he doesn’t see.
Of Grace, I love her strength and her kick-ass attitude.
I love picking out character names when I’m starting a new story…do the names you chose for your hero or heroine have a special meaning to you, or how did you go about choosing them?
I love picking names too. And for the most part they do have meanings. Both Grace and Ian have deep meanings, but I can’t give them away or I’d slip something about the story…*evil grin*
Ooh…nicely done Cera, now I’m more intrigued J If a newbie author asked you the best way to go about promoting a new book—or what worked best for you, what would you tell them?
Well, since I’m still brand spanking new at this game myself, I have no idea. If someone can tell me what works, I’d love it!
Darn it, I thought you’d have a hidden tip…lol. Care to give us a little hint on what you’re working on now? :)
I actually have several irons in the fire, as my grandma would say. I’m in the midst of writing A Hunter’s Wings (book three of my Hunter’s Dagger series) and I’m editing/revising Book 2 of my Colton Gamblers series (book one—Gambling On a Secret is due out early next year and is my first Western). Also I’m working on edits for my two contracted Westerns.
Whew, you’re busy, busy, busy! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
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Thank you so much for coming by Cera….
Thanks for having me, Christine… I had a ball!
Everyone, please read on a little further and find out the how you can win some awesome prizes from Cera :)
To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel, check out my website (http://ceradubois.wordpress.com/a-hunters-angel-the-book-tour/) for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
Contest: (Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)
Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)
1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos).
2st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.