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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Interview and Contest with Author Lara Adrian!!

Today I have a very wonderful author interview for everyone! Lara Adrian decided to stop by my blog for a quick chat and contest!! If you are unfamiliar with who this author is, what rock have you been hiding under??

Lara Adrian is well known for her Midnight Breed books.  I urge you to check out her website if you are not familiar with her books. Her site can be found HERE. Let's all give her a warm welcome and enjoy the interview!  The contest will follow at the end of the post!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself? 

Hi! Thanks for inviting me to be part of your website today. I’m Lara Adrian, author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series from BantamDell Books. Before turning the dark side of romance (and loving it, I might add) I wrote seven medieval romances under the name Tina St. John. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and three former stray cats. I’ve been married for nearly 17 years, but I met my husband when I was 20 and we’ve pretty much been inseparable best friends ever since. Is it any wonder I write romance novels? 
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming or latest release? 

TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT, which releases in the U.S. on September 28, 2010, is the eighth book in my Midnight Breed series. This story centers on a vampire warrior named Brock, a member of the Order in Boston (think modern-day dark knights, with fangs and high-caliber weaponry) and a former Alaska state trooper named Jenna Darrow. After Jenna survives a brutal encounter with the oldest vampire in existence--a creature not of this Earth--she emerges from the ordeal with changes none of the Breed has ever witnessed in a human. With the Order embroiled in a mounting war with an enemy who grows more powerful every day, they are forced to take Jenna into their protection until they can understand exactly what’s happening to her, and whether the tenacious, but damaged young woman poses a threat to their missions. What begins as a no-strings attraction between Brock and his unwilling ward soon erupts into a passion neither of them can deny. And while Brock and Jenna struggle not to fall into an impossible love, the warriors’ ruthless enemy makes a bold move, intent to strike at the very heart of the Order. 

I am a fly on your wall.  What would I report back to my master of the daily grind of Lara? 

Lots of staring out the window, daydreaming, and scribbling. An occasional bout of giggling or cursing, frequent moments of talking to myself or imaginary people. Random episodes of high-volume Lady Gaga or Evanescence tunes, and me singing along (horribly, but not without great enthusiasm). Basically the same things I used to do as a kid, except no one yells for me to keep the noise down, and now I share my scribbles and daydreams with everyone who reads my books! 

When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads? 

I’ve always been a voracious reader, and my tastes run the gamut--everything from romance (of course!) to thrillers and mysteries, as well as biographies, memoirs, true crime, politics, and other nonfiction. I basically read anything that catches my interest in the moment. 
I really have too many favorite authors (and friends) in the romance genre, so at the risk of leaving anyone out, I’ll give you a short list of other novelists I enjoy: Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Dan Brown, Harlan Coben, John Grisham . . . whoa, never realized how many men I read! Right now, I’m reading my first Lisa Unger book, and I feel a major glom coming on with her. 

What are 3 things that are \"must haves\" for you when you sit down to write a new book? 
 
1. My story outline. 2. My computer, which has WriteWay on it (the software application my husband wrote for me based on my design input). 3. Total silence in a room free of distractions. 

Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books?  Twitter? 

Readers can keep up with me in a number of places online! Please visit me, friend me, and follow me via the links below: 
Now for some fun stuff: 

1. What came first--the chicken or the egg? 
The chicken of course. No, wait. The egg would have to be first, wouldn’t it? Except . . . there had to be a chicken in order to lay the egg. But without an egg, there could be no chicken in the first place, so, that brings us back to the egg . . . oh, crap! :::brainexplodes::: 

2. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? 
Because every bottle of glue comes with a minuscule (I daresay invisible) fairy trapped inside it whose sole purpose in life is to squeegee the glue off the insides of the bottle to make sure it never sticks. Sheesh, I thought *everyone* knew that! 

3. If you choke a Smurf, what color do they turn? 
I don’t know. Show me a Smurf and we can try it ourselves to find out! 

4. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him? 
Because at the time that song was written, folks had nothing better to do than watch Jimmy crack his corn. It was boring and no one cared, but since they couldn’t Twitter about it, or put it on YouTube, someone decided to write a song. It actually went viral the first week it was out and Jimmy landed his own reality show as a result. True story.
 
Favorite perfume: Ginger Ciao by YOSHI (among countless others – I adore perfume!) 
Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV, but I do like Survivor and True Blood 
Favorite Movie: I can’t possibly list just one! Here’s my top 5 that I never tire of watching: The Shawshank Redemption. The War of the Roses. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Far and Away. Jaws.  
Favorite Drink: non-alcoholic favorite is a tie between coffee and water (I’d call these daily essentials, more than favorites); favorite cocktail is vodka and tonic or rum punch. I like frou-frou martinis too. And margaritas. Oh, fine--serve me anything but gin or beer and I’m happy. 
Favorite Dessert: used to be NY-style cheesecake, but now I’m allergic to it, so I’ll have to say half-baked chocolate cake (or chocolate lava cake, as it’s sometimes called)

CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!

I am offering to one lucky person, either the first book in the series OR the newest release that comes out Sept. 28th.  If you have never read the series you can pick the first book or if you have read the series you can pick the newest release!

BOOK ONE: Kiss of Midnight

OR

BOOK EIGHT: Taken By Midnight

Book will be ordered through Book Depository and is open to anywhere that Book Depository will ship to!

RULES:
1. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would join my site!
2.  Open to any country where Book Depository will ship to.
3.  Just fill out the form below to be entered. Comments on the post will not enter you into the contest, but I would love to have you say hi to the author!
4. Contest will run until September 27th.  Winner will be announced on release day, Sept. 28th!

To enter: FILL OUT THIS FORM! 

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17 Comments:

Blogger Deb said...

Great interview!! Love the answers to the quirky questions. I love Lara's books and I'm really looking forward to the next release.

Cheers,
Deb

September 21, 2010 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger cait045 said...

Great interview and I like the choice of the books. Great idea.

The chicken/egg question makes my head hurt too.

September 21, 2010 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Nice interview - thanks for hosting.

September 21, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger katsrus said...

Great interview!Loved the questions. You are a new author to me. Your books sound like my type of reading.
Sue B

September 21, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger mbreakfield said...

Great interview!

September 21, 2010 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Cleverly Inked said...

I enjoyed Kiss of Midnight. Awesome interview

September 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Fabulous interview and thanks for the great giveaway!

September 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

Hi Lara,
I love your Midnight Breed series and I'm really looking forward to reading Taken by Midnight. I got my sister hooked on the books, and I believe she's made believers out of a few more people. We're taking over the world, one reader at a time, LOL.

September 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Great interview :o) I'm a massive fan girl when it comes to the Midnight Breed series - I even have a breedmate tattoo!! I'm reading Taken by Midnight at the moment & absolutely loving it so far!

September 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger dor said...

Awesome review. I chose Book 1. I am looking forward to starting at the beginning.
dorcontest at gmail dot com

September 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Tanya1224 said...

Love Lara's series. I have my book already pre-ordered ;) Thanks for a great interview.

September 21, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I can't wait to read the next book in this series, they ahve been so good so far. I love Lara's books.

September 22, 2010 at 2:33 AM  
Blogger kimmyl said...

Great interview and the book sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

September 22, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Pamk said...

Great interview and loved the answer about the smurf. I love this series and man I am so looking forward to reading this newest one.

September 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Squee!
This was a delightful interview and I totally love how Lara spends her day heheheh!!
Daydreaming FTW!!!
Now if only I had that inspiration too! rotfl!

September 23, 2010 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

Hi Lara,
I haven't read the Midnight Breed series yet (yes, I know. Where have I been) But I'm very interested in doing so. Loved your post and enjoyed your answers.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

September 23, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Chantel said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

September 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

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