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What to Read Wednesday

18 Jul

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.

Who’ve had an incredible journey…I’m impressed.  Please share a blurb from A Hunter’s Angel.

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.

No!

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.

Your heroine?

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)?

Website Links:

Website: http://www.ceradubois.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarawalterellwood.ceradubois/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sara_w_ellwood

To Sign up for my newsletter: http://eepurl.com/mVxXf

 

Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=980

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=cera+dubois

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.

 

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90 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Cera duBois

    July 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Thanks, Christine, for having me today. And if you go to the British Isles first, I get to tag along with you….LOL

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

      It’s a deal Cera….what a fun trip that’d be!!!!

       
  2. Nikki Barrett

    July 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I would love to go to Germany, too. I have a great grandmother still there. She’ll be 92 in September. My Oma (Grandmother) goes to visit her once a year, right around her birthday for about six weeks,. I lived in Germany for maybe a year when I was three or four and don’t remember much of it. Since there is German ancestry in my family, I’d love to go back and actually come away with memories.

    Congratulations on A Hunter’s Angel, it sounds splendid!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Thanks for stopping in Nikki! I’ve heard some great things about Germany…would love to see all the castles and just tour the countryside and the cities. Ahhh….to dream :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I’m told by soldiers who’ve been stationed over in Germany (I work for the Army) that it’s beautiful. I even know a few Americans who got out of the military and took civilian jobs just to go back.

      And thanks for the compliment…

       
  3. Mae Clair

    July 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Loved the interview ladies, and the peek into Cera’s books. I also remember The Blue and the Gray and am in love with the Civil War era. That aside, I think I’ll be checking out Ian and Grace’s story. A Hunter’s Angel sounds like a winner!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Glad you liked the interview Mae and good to hear you’ll be checking out Cera’s book :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks, Mae!! I really thought I’d end up a historical romance author for years… I didn’t read contemporary anything or paranormals or science fiction until about 8 yrs ago… Funny those are the genres I either am being published in or want to write.

       
  4. Allison

    July 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Wow, you are staying busy, Cera! I have A Hunter’s Angel on my ereader. Can’t wait to dig into it!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for coming by Allison!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Allison! I hope you enjoy it.

       
  5. jerridrennen

    July 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Cera, we have a few things in common. I too was raised on a farm, and I used to spin stories in my head–didn’t start writing until I was in my 30′s. Loved your excerpt!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Hey Jerri, thank you for coming by and commenting. I loved Cera’s excerpt too…and her blurb :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I didn’t start writing seriously until I was in my 30s too….

      Thanks for stopping by, Jerri…

       
  6. Debra St. John

    July 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Oooh, great excerpt. I do so love it when the heroine sees the ‘man beneath the monster’ so to speak. I love vampires…can’t wait to read your story. Civil War stories are another of my favorites. All in all, you sound like the perfect author for me!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Debra, that is a lovely compliment to Cera! Thank you so much for coming by :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Debra! I’m thrilled that you’re checking out the story.

       
  7. Jenna Jaxon

    July 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Great interview, Ladies. I too am a Civil War buff. Love reading novels from that time period. I read your deleted scene from A Hunter’s Angel yesterday and loved it. This book sounds awesome, Cera! Good luck with it!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Agreed Jenna…Cera’s book sounds wonderful. Thanks for coming by :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I still like an accasional Civil War novel, though I haven’t read one lately… A few are on my TBR list.

      Thanks for coming by!

       
  8. Kristina Knight

    July 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

    great interview – can’t wait to read this one!! Good luck Cera!

     
  9. Ally Broadfield

    July 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hi Sara & Christine. Great interview! Your excerpt is very intriguing. I had to laugh about your stash of John Jakes books. The North & South mini-series was on TV when I was in high school, and I tore through all of those books. I still have them somewhere in my attic, but several of them have slight water damage from being read in the bathtub.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the interview Ally…thank you for coming by!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Ally! I read the North and South and Love and War at least 4 times. I didn’t care for Heaven and Hell as much and only read it once. The Kent Family stories I read about 3 times each…

       
  10. Nancy Jardine

    July 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Best wishes for great sales, Cera. I like to try to use meaningful names, too!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Picking out character names is one of the treats to writing! Glad you dropped in Nancy!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Character names can bring a lot to a story… Thanks for stopping by!

       
  11. Sheri Fredricks

    July 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I’m so excited to read this book when it comes out! Congratulations! Good job describing yourself in under 30 words :)

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      LOL…Cera did do a great job with her 30 words. Glad you dropped in Sheri!

       
  12. Mary Roya

    July 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Really enjoyed the teaser for ‘A Hunter’s Angel’. I really enjoy stories like this.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      A Hunter’s Angel definitely sounds like a winner! Glad you dropped in Mary :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Mary… Hope you enjoy it!

       
  13. Mary Roya

    July 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I just went to Amazon to get a copy of A Hunter’s Angel and it’s not there. Agggh! I really liked what I read. When it’s due out?

     
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Sorry, Mary… it releases Friday (7/20)

       
  14. Calisa Rhose

    July 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    It’s so great to ‘see’ you here Cera! Congratulations on selling in both genres! I have GOT to read this series! Thanks Christine. :) You always bring us wonderful books (and authors) to check out.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks for the compliment Calisa…to both Cera and I :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Calisa!! I hope you enjoy it… I enjoy Christine’s authors, too…

       
  15. chitsuen

    July 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome interview, ladies. A Hunter’s Angel sounds awesome. Can’t wait to check it out.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      I’m with you Melissa…thanks for coming by :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Melissa… Hope you enjoy it.

       
  16. Brenda

    July 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I seriously want to read this book.
    I enjoyed getting to know more about you in this interview.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Cera’s book does sound good…not only is her cover beautiful but her blurb really got my interest. Thanks for commenting Brenda!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you, Brenda… I enjoy getting to know authors better in interviews too…

       
  17. Maddy

    July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    That sounds wonderful. I find it particularly heartwarming to learn that you didn’t let dyslexia hold you back and I always love a ‘kick ass’ heroine.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Maddy…thanks for commenting!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Maddy. Hope you enjoy the story. Don’t worry, your daughter will find something she enjoys. Even now, if the book doesn’t hook me within the first chapter, I can hardly suffer through it.

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Opps… Not sure how that happened… But I confused your comment with Callie’s below… Sorry about that.

      I love kick-ass heroines too.

       
  18. MarthaJRamirez

    July 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    What a great interview!! Congrats on your soon-to-be release!!! Such a awesome story!!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Glad you dropped in Mart…thanks :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Mart… Thanks!! You had to suffer through critting it.

       
  19. Neecy Kelly

    July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Nice interview, Christine. Cera, nice cover, but I think I’ve told you that before…. So glad you never gave up on reading, and found your dream.
    Good luck with your sales,
    Neecy

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Denice!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I really was blessed with a great cover for my debut book… I’m anxious to see what the artist does for A HUNTER’S BLADE. It’s the same person.

      Thanks for the best wishes, Neecy…

       
  20. Margery Scott

    July 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Great interview, Cera. I’m not really a paranormal fan, but I did love the North and South trilogy John Jakes wrote. I even reread it after I saw the miniseries with Patrick Swayze. Love the Civil War era. Good luck with your sales.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I’m a newbie to paranormal, but I really am intrigued by Cera’s blurb…thansk for coming by Margery :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I loved the North and South books! Thanks for coming by, Margie…

       
  21. Jennifer Lowery

    July 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Fabulous interview and loved the excerpt! Gonna be a great read! Many congrats on the release!!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Appreciate your coming by Jennifer!

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you, Jenn… I sure hope it’s a great read! I’m a little nervous about it all…

       
  22. Ceri Hebert

    July 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Loved the interview, ladies. I remember the North and South series well. And I have Welsh in my blood too (is your name pronounced Kera?) Love the premise of your book. I wish you the best of luck with it!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Glad you got the chance to come by Ceri…thanks :)

       
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Ceri… Actually Cera is just a pen name and is pronouced (at least I pronounce it this way) just like Sara. Which is my real first name.

       
  23. Callie Hutton

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Great interview, ladies. Cera, as the mother of a seriously dyslexic daughter, I can relate. Although she’s always hated reading, she zipped through the Twilight series, but nothing has caught her eye since then. I see there is still hope. Best of luck with your new book.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Cera is surely in inspiration! Thanks for coming by Callie :)

       
      • Cera duBois

        July 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Thanks, Christine… *blushing here*

         
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Callie.. think I got your comment mixed up with Maddy’s… Just keep the faith, your daughter will find something that will catch her eye.

       
  24. Tereasa Bellew

    July 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Great interview and enjoyed learing more about you, Cera. I loved the North and the South movie, especially Patric Swayze. (spelling may be off) Great cover and blurb! Best wishes for many sales!
    Tere

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      I think Cera was truly blessed with her cover..it’s gorgeous. Thanks for dropping in Tere :)

       
  25. Cera duBois

    July 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you, Tereasa… LOL, Christine, I just said that above.

    I loved that movie too. Those were the days when TV acutally had something worth while watching on… I hate reality shows.

     
  26. Cera duBois

    July 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I’m truly flattered by the number of responses… Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by….

     
    • Cera duBois

      July 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Opps, I wanted to mention… I’ll be doing the drawing for the copies of BLOODWINE on Sunday.

       
  27. ChristineWarner

    July 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Cera, thank you so much for letting me interview you today! I’m so glad to learn more about you because every time we talk I realize how much more we have in common. LOL Good luck with your book…I know you’ll have great success!!!!

     
  28. Cera duBois

    July 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for having me, Christine!

     
  29. bn100

    July 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I enjoyed the interview. The British Isles would be a lovely place to visit.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      That’d be an amazing place to visit…here’s to hoping it’ll happen :)

       
  30. Zee Monodee

    July 19, 2012 at 3:36 am

    The book sounds amazing, Cera! Congrats!

     
  31. Joanna Aislinn

    July 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love the cover, too–and anything Civil War. Could I also go with you and Christine to Europe, lol?

    Thanks, ladies and take care!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 23, 2012 at 4:25 am

      You can definitely go…how fun would that be…a girl trip to Europe! lol

       
      • Joanna Aislinn

        July 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

        Oh yeah! A girl-trip to pretty much anywhere works for me :)

         
  32. Katherines Corner

    July 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Great job, thank you for sharing a peek into the book. Hugs!

     
  33. Cera duBois

    July 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations to Ally Broadfield and Ceri Hebert! You both have won the free copy of my short story, BLOODWINE.

    Everyones name will be entered in for the drawing of the 2 stalker prizes… That drawing will occur on September 1…

     

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