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Friday, April 1, 2011

Stacey Kennedy Take Over Day 1! Q&A with Stacey Kennedy and Giveaway details!

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Sound the bells, blow your horns, and throw glitter in the air because we are getting taken over by Stacey Kennedy, urban fantasy romance writer extraordinaire. If you didn’t recognize the name, then I order you to run out and read one of her books right now. She’s here all week, so take your time and get back to me…lol
The great Mrs.Kennedy is the author of numerous series including: The Magical Swords series, The Blue Blood series, The Lingering Spirit Series and The Watchers Series. All of these series have a few things in common. They are all action-packed, temperature-raising, romance-packed, sexually-charged, danger-filled page-turners that will have you racing through the pages and dreaming about the characters for weeks to come. This is not an exaggeration, I literally cannot get The Magical Swords series out of my head. Stacey Kennedy took some time out of her schedule to talk with us about her life, her books, and her supernatural fantasies!

Let’s give a warm welcome to the awesome Stacey Kennedy!

Tell us about yourself
I am a thirty two year old wife, mom, house cleaner, cook, teacher, play-doh extraordinaire, swing pusher, toddler chaser after – who loves the outdoors, curling up with the latest flick, and if I’m not plugging away at a new novel, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a good book.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
The journey as a writer all began when I was a teen and wrote poetry, which still to this day I pull out to have a good laugh. Later on, I tried a couple of times to put a book together with no such luck. Couldn’t ever get past the first few chapters. But once I was exposed to the paranormal world, ideas came quickly.


At first, it was a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge whenever I can, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill!

Where do you get your amazing ideas from?
Most of my best ideas pop up when I’m writing a story. I’ll be working on a scene, and suddenly, an idea will hit that has nothing to do with the current story I’m writing. Usually, I end up stopping what I’m writing to work on the new project.

Other times, I get ideas from doing nothing at all. A plot will hit me like a ton of bricks and away I go!

I love so many characters from your four series, but my favorite has to be the kick-ass hot-headed, yet warm-hearted Nexi from The Magical Swords series. Which character is your absolute favorite and why?
Oh gosh, very hard question. I love all my characters for all different reasons. Nexi is special because she was the first character I ever wrote, and she is by far the funniest. I loved being in her mind and seeing how she dealt with events in her life. Her sense of humor was a blast to write, and there hasn’t been a character since her, who has made me laugh so hard.

But then there is, Rynn, with her soft heart. Briggs who is patient, loving and tough when he needs to be. You’ve got Kipp and Tess, who have a connection that just makes me smile. Then, all The Watchers characters…sigh! Like I said, I love them all!

Kyden, Briggs, Kipp, and every single Seeker from The Watchers series.... the hot guys list from your various series could go on forever. Who would your fantasy man be?
I'll go first! Valor (The Blue Blood Series) and Tate (The Watcher series) are my picks – it is impossible to choose just one! They are complete opposites, but I love them both. Valor for his strength, warm-heart, and his ability to always be understanding, even-though he is the head dog in charge...lol. Tate is sex-on-a-stick, but is so funny, dedicated, and loyal to those that he loves that it makes you love him in return. Plus, they are both incredibly hot! Your turn!
Here goes…

If I could have one night it would be with Kyden. Holy hell, the man is passionate and determined. It’d provide for one fun evening!


If I had a lifetime, I would want to be with Briggs. Of all my hero’s, he captures my heart the most and literally makes me sigh. He’s so sweet and thoughtful. He only thinks of his mate, protects her at all costs, and that, just makes me melt into a big puddle of goo.


If I had a weekend, it’d be Tate. That man’s smart mouth, arrogant attitude, could thrill me for nights on end.

And if I needed a protector, it’d be Valor. The man exudes strength, but somehow is gentle too. I could lose myself in him. I’ll be starting his series in the coming months and I can hardly wait to get into his mind. Shall be interesting…

Are your characters based on people you know?
Nope! Every character is fictional. I don’t even look at pictures, I let the image of them and the character build all on their own.

I love all the different supernatural beings in your books. You have everything from Guardians and Witches; Vamps and Weres; Watchers and Seekers. If you could be a supernatural being, what would it be?
Easy answer, Werewolf. Of all the supernatural beings, they are my favorite to write. There is something so sweet about the mate bond. The protective nature over their mates, the bond they share, and the close connection they have with their wolf pack—it’s all a beautiful thing.

Which series was your favorite to write?
Again, impossible answer. I love all my series. Each one is so different it’s hard to compare them. I loved writing The Magical Sword series because Nexi is such a funny character, and her and Kyden’s passion is explosive. The Blue Bloods I enjoy because of the love Briggs and Rynn share…swoon material! The Watchers series is a fun world to write in and I love creating evil demons for them to fight against. The Lingering Spirit series is a great one too, because it really pushes my muse to be creative. With Kipp being a ghost, it made…um…certain love scenes interesting to write.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love urban fantasy/paranormal romance. So, give me a book by Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Keri Arthur, or Patricia Briggs, and I’m happy!!!

What books are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading, Eve Langlais, Katie MacAlister, and Rebecca Royce, with about a hundred more sitting on my to-be-read list.

Was writing and publishing your book how you imagined?
I had no expectations. I came into publishing brand spanking new, and I was just so happy to be there. I’m a pretty easy going gal, and so far, everything has worked out perfectly. Won’t hear me complaining! I’ve been lucky and I’m grateful to be where I am.

Are you working on any other projects we should watch out for?
In the coming months, you’ll likely see, TAINTED BLOOD ~ The Enchanted Sight Book One. It takes off right after Nexi’s books, The Magical Sword series leaves off. Here, we get to see Ryker & Sabi’s story. Take a peek at the blurb:


Earth Witch, Sabi has been gifted with the ability to see premonitions of the darkness that threatens human lives. Safe in the Otherworld she adjusts to these new visions…which isn’t going so well. Luckily, she’s got the sexy Guardian, Ryker to help her work through these visions. He’s intent to show her how to distance herself from them and help her gain control of life. Not that it’s really helping. These visions are leaving her crippled and unable to help pinpoint the killer’s locations to stop these acts from happening.


If that’s not enough to deal with, she soon begins to see vampires on a killing rampage in San Francisco. Vampires are being born and left to fend for themselves, resulting in innocent lives being taken while they’re in the throes of blood lust. But as Sabi’s visions begin to kick up a notch, personal matters need to be put aside. And as the mystery begins to unravel, Sabi will begin to see that these visions are getting far more dangerous and that humans are not the only ones at risk―she is…


I’m also wrapping up, Talon and Zia’s story, A WARRIOR’S WITCH. I hope to have it done soon and sent off to submission. And as always, I’ve got a bunch of erotic romances coming out and currently in submission. Lots of exciting new releases are on the way.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books or publishing experience?
I would, I definitely want more of Nexi, but I know all good things must come to an end * sigh*

Nope, I wouldn’t change one darn thing. It’s been an amazing experience for me, I’ve gained a whole world of friends and I’m learning more every day.


What was the hardest part of writing your books?
Without a doubt, the hardest part for me is the first three chapters. I LOATHE the beginning of a story. It is by far my biggest struggle, but luckily it’s gotten easier. Doesn’t mean I don’t still hate writing them.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Mom things. LOL!

What can readers expect when picking up a Stacey Kennedy book to read?
My stories are fast paced—yes, I make them that way on purpose (hate draggy bits)—light-hearted fantasy, heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you sums it up. I wouldn’t be where I am without the HUGE support I’ve had from my readers. I love hearing how they’ve enjoyed my stories. What they connected with. What characters are their favorites. It makes me so happy to hear when someone has loved my characters as much as I do. So, big hug and kisses to you all!!

Stacey Kennedy is not only an uber-talented author, she is an equally wonderful and entertaining person, with a personality that draws you in as much as one of her books. The worlds, characters and story lines of all of her books draws you in and takes you for a ride that you will be talking about for days after you finished reading them. It is absolutely literary crack that will have you hooked with at first try, or should I say read?
Her books, and I do mean every single series, is incredible page-turners that compete with the likes of Patricia Briggs, J.R  Ward and Charlaine Harris. Yes, they are that incredible! I think Stacey just exudes awesomeness so I decided to follow her, and guess what...you can too! Put away your ski masks and cat suits, I mean follow as in following her social media sites! Geesh you paromantasy lovers are dangerous ;-)

Check out Stacey Kennedy's sites:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

Now for the giveaway details. A lucky reader will get to win one of Stacey Kennedy's books! And guess what - it's readers choice! That's right, you pick the book and we'll send it. Want in on the action? Follow me and leave a comment below with your name and email address by the end of the Takeover. Want more chances to win?  Just remember to leave comments with links below for each new entry where applicable! You will get extra entries for each:

- Publicize this giveaway, then come and leave another comment with the link
- Tweet about this giveaway and/or Stacey with a link to one (or all) articles part of the Stacey Kennedy takeover, then tell us about it.
- Blog about it! Add a link to this article and one (or all) of Stacey Kennedy's books to your blog.
- Become our fans on Facebook
- Become our friends on Goodreads
- Follow us on Twitter
- Add any, or better yet all of Stacey Kennedy's books to your Goodreads TBR list

Good luck! I know you are going to love whichever book you pick. They are all sure to have your heart-pumping, your temperature rising, and your fingers racing through the pages

Stacey Kennedy is taking over Paromantasy so if you want to find out more about her books, stay tuned. Tomorrow we will pick up where we left off with the review of The Willow - The Magical Sword Book One

Have you read a Stacey Kennedy book? Which was your favorite? If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Stacey's books. I have read all four of the Nexi Jones series and love them. I plan on reading the other books in the other series. She is a very gifted writer. Loved the interview.
Ju G
jgl555@aol.com

Layla said...

Love the interview! Enter me please. The books sound awesome!

Jayma said...

Heard about this on twitter and wanted to see the interview. It is grand, please sign me up for the giveaway. I sent email via contact form.

thank you and again, i love the interview and the reviews

Jayma

Kulsuma said...

awesome giveaway! please count me in if it's international.
k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

Kristen - Seeing Night said...

Awesome giveaway!
Im fan on Facebook under Kristen Thompson-Oh
Follow on Twitter under SeeingNight
Added Stacy's book An Everlasting Bite on Goodreads under Kristen - SeeingNight Reviews

Email- Seeingnightreviews@gmail.com

LindsayWrites said...

here's my tweet, i dont know how to do an exact link but here's proof that i did it lol.

follow on twitter under lindsaycwrites

http://twitter.com/#!/lindsaycwrites

- Become our fans on Facebook
- Become our friends on Goodreads
- Follow us on Twitter
- Add any, or better yet all of Stacey Kennedy's books to your Goodreads TBR list

did all of those too!

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This sounds great! Please enter me!
books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jessi said...

Awesome give-away!

jessih614@gmail.com

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