Sunday, 11 January 2009
My guest this week is author Viva Anna. Vivi has written over 12 books but my favourite is the Valorian Chronicles. So here is your chance to find out more about the books and the author (You will notice she reads some very cool books and has a good taste in men!). When you are done with the interview you can enter this weeks contest to win one of three prizes!

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Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! Thanks for stopping by! Your third book in your paranormal CSI series the Valorian Chronicles was released in October. Can you start things off by telling my readers a little about it?

Vivi - Five years ago, virginal Lyra Magice had fled powerful dhampir Theron LeNoir's advances. But now an ancient text the dhampir possesses holds the key to solving murders that have plagued Necropolis. When another body is found and evidence points to the Mistress of the city, duty dictates that Lyra work with Theron—a man she regards as haughty, arrogant and immoral—to translate the symbols left at the crime scenes. But with their forced alliance comes darkly sensual dreams that leave her feeling wanton and achy….

Unwilling to reveal his dark past, the dhampir soon discovers that Lyra—a witch of great power—is to be the sacrificial virgin in a demonic scheme to open a portal to hell itself. Salvation will come only if Theron can win Lyra's trust—and her heart.

I had a lot of fun writing this book, because I really love Lyra. She was one of the coolest character’s I’ve created.

Amber - How did you come up with the idea for the Valorian Chronicles? Are you a CSI fan? How many more books will there be in the series?

Vivi - Yup, I love my some CSI. I got the idea watching an episode and watching Gil Grissom. He was the inspiration for creating Caine Valorian.

So far there are three set in Necropolis, and there will be three set in the French city of Nouveau-Monde. Caine will be a part of each book somehow. But as the books progress, there will be new characters introduced.

Amber - The Valorian Chronicles isn't your only published work. What else have you written?

Vivi - I’ve written a few erotic futuristics…my favorite book called HELL KAT, and its sequel INFERNO. Plus I’ve written a sexy paranormal novella for the first SEXY BEAST anthology, and I write futuristics for the ALLURING TALES anthologies, so far there have been two, but I suspect there will be more.

I’ve also written a few sexy paranormals for epubs, BAD TO THE BONE and HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF can be found at Loose-Id, OF THE MOON can be found at Samhain Publishing.

Amber - What genre do you prefer writing? Is it hard to switch from one genre to another?

Vivi - I love writing futuristics, and lately I’m finding I’m loving urban fantasy and paranormal YA.

I don’t find it hard to switch. I find it difficult if I don’t have that variety.

Amber - Did you always want to be a writer? What other jobs have you had in the past? Any favourites?

Vivi - I think subconsciously I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I always wrote crazy stories when I was a kid and teen. But never really considered it a career choice.

I’ve worked a ton of retail jobs, selling shoes and clothes, worked at a movie theatre for five years, I also worked for Ford Motor Company in the customer service department and I got to repo cars. Not fun. I also worked at a bookstore. I enjoyed that the most. That was my last job.

Amber - Are you working on any new books? projects you would like to share with us?

Vivi - I’m working on the next Nocturne called The Vampire’s Kiss and a novella called The Bewitching Hour also for Nocturne. I’m also working on an awesome paranormal for Samhain Publishing with two of my favorite peoples, Kimberly Kaye Terry (my BFF) and Delilah Devlin. We’re doing a book series together.

On my own, I’m working on a YA and an UF, that I’m hoping will make their rounds at the publishers.

Amber - What do you do to relax?

Vivi - Hmm, relax…I’m not completely sure I know how to do that. But I do watch a lot of movies to unwind. I just finished watching Tropic Thunder, and LOVED it. I also love to go for long walks, or play a game with my dd. I read every night before sleeping so that helps as well.

Amber - What books do you like to read when you have the time? Any favourite must have authors or series?

Vivi - I read urban fantasy mostly, and I have been getting into paranormal YA. I’m finding most of the YA I’m reading is awesome. So far I’ve found only one disappointment.

Must have authors and series:

Nightside series – Simon Green – UF
Marla Mason series – TA Pratt – UF
Weather Warden series – Rachel Caine – UF
Uglies series – Scott Westerfield – YA
Midnighters series – Scott Westerfield – YA
Kitty Norville series – Carrie Vaughn
Werecat series – Rachel Vincent – UF
Driven and Hidden – Eve Kenin – futuristic
Grimspace and Wanderlust – Ann Aguirre – Scifi
Wicked Game – Jeri Smith-Ready - UF

Amber - What music do you like to listen to? Any favourite TV shows? Do they influence your books in anyway?

Vivi – I usually don’t listen to music when I write, but when I’m chilling I like Three Days Grace, Sum 41, Rhianna, Evanescence, Eminem, Green Day, Katie Perry, lots of different stuff.

Must see TV: Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, True Blood

And yes, both the music and the shows influence me and what I write.

Amber - If one of your books was going to be made into a film or TV series which book would it be and who would you like to see starring in it?

Vivi - I’d love to see HELL KAT made into a movie. If I could cast it, it would be Katee Sackhoff or Tricia Helfer as Kat, and Jensen Ackles as Hades.

Amber - You are stranded on a desert island. What 5 things do you have with you to help you survive?

Vivi - Endless supply of paper and pencils, knife, big box of matches, and Jensen Ackles.

Amber – What’s out next for you?

Vivi – My next Valorian Chronicles book THE VAMPIRE’S QUEST will be out in April of 09. As well as MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS which is an anthology of Nocturne BITES, which also comes out in April.

I also have an ebook coming out from Ellora’s Cave called IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, that should be out either in March or May. I will know soon and have it up on my website.

Amber - Thank you again Vivi for being a guest here on Amberkatze's book blog! I hope you will come back again soon!

Vivi – Thank you Amber!!!



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Contest Time!

Vivi has kindly donated three prizes for this weeks contest. That means we will have three winners who will each will win a signed copy of one of the following books by Vivi.

Up for grabs is Inferno , Alluring Tales I and Winter Kissed.

So to enter the contest post here with an answer to the following question. Who are your must have authors? No answer = no entry!

As always you can earn yourself a second entry by posting about this interview and contest somewhere on the web. Make sure you post a link for me to confirm your entry!

The contest will stay open until Sunday the 18th of January till 4pm CET and all entrants should check back to see if they won. I don't hunt down winners and I will pick new winners if any of the prizes aren't claimed.

Enter away and enjoy!

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55 Comments:


At 11 January 2009 at 10:14, Blogger samantha.1020

Great contest! One of my must have authors is J.D. Robb. I love the In Death series.

 

At 11 January 2009 at 11:10, Blogger Brooke Reviews

Easy! Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong :D

 

At 11 January 2009 at 11:42, OpenID bbricke

My must have authors are Rachel Vicent, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs.

 

At 11 January 2009 at 12:54, Blogger tetewa

Mine are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan and Charlaine Harris. Sounds like your a Jensen freak just like me. Can't wait for Supernatural to come back on!

 

At 11 January 2009 at 15:53, Anonymous Deborah

Hi Vivi and Amber! My must have authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. D. Robb, Linda Howard, and Merline Lovelace. Thanks for the contest!

 

At 11 January 2009 at 16:51, Blogger ddurance

Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon are biggies for me.

Deidre

 

At 11 January 2009 at 19:02, Blogger Pamk

Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Charlaine Harris, Shiloh Walker, Kresley Cole, Rachel Vincent and here are others but can't think of them right now.

 

At 11 January 2009 at 20:01, Blogger Tisa

My must have authors are Gabaldon, Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon. ~ :) Thanks!

acmilan68 [at] aol.com

 

At 11 January 2009 at 21:34, Anonymous Anonymous

Hi Amber,

Thanks for the great interview.

My must have authors are: Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison and Chelsea Quin Yarbro

yvensong

 

At 11 January 2009 at 21:42, Blogger donnas

Some of my must have authors are: JD Robb, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine and Christopher Moore.

 

At 11 January 2009 at 22:46, Blogger Carmen R

Mine are JR Ward, Charlaine Harris ,Kim Harrison,Lara Adrian, Laurell K Hamilton and Jenna black just to name a few.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 04:11, Blogger Caitlin Hoy

Great interview! Some of my must have authors are: Kim Harrison, Sunny, Simon R Green, Nora Roberts, Laurell K Hamilton, Jennifer Rardin, J D Robb, Leann Sweeney, Kate Collins, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Linda Howard, & Patricia Briggs. Those are just the ones that come to mind.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 05:05, Blogger bridget3420

My MUST HAVE authors are: Kim Harrison, Karen Chance & Kelley Armstrong.

Thanks for the contest!

 

At 12 January 2009 at 05:14, Blogger Cheryl M.

My must have list includes Gena Showalter, Anya Bast, Cheyenne McCray, Cynthia Eden, Christine Warren, and of course my fellow Canadian- Kelley Armstrong!

 

At 12 January 2009 at 05:50, Blogger CrystalGB

Mine are Keri Arthur, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nalini Singh, Jessica Andersen, Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt, Kat Martin, Julianne Maclean.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 06:31, Blogger Stacie

My must have authors are Diana Gabaldon, Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 06:47, Blogger Leslie

Thanks for the great interview! My must have authors are Kresley Cole, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, and Nalini Singh.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 06:56, Blogger Eva S

My must have authors are JR Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Kresley Cole.
Thanks!

 

At 12 January 2009 at 07:30, OpenID carolsnotebook

Must have authors- Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Christine Feehan. I could keep going, but I won't.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 08:25, Blogger Tanya

Great Interview.... I have to admit I'm not familiar with this author; but I love being introduce to new books..

The authors that I can't live without are Marta Acosta, Patricia Briggs, Kat Richardson, C.E. Murphy...there are so many to name..

 

At 12 January 2009 at 10:41, Blogger I Heart Book Gossip

Must have authors: JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and Jean Johnson.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 10:42, Anonymous Z.M.

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and Stephenie Meyer

zmtc21 at gmail dot com

 

At 12 January 2009 at 11:07, Blogger K Giardina

My must-haves are Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher and Jeaniene Frost, and I've just added Alyssa Day and her Atlanteans.
Thanks!

kim dot giardina at gmail dot com

 

At 12 January 2009 at 11:24, Blogger Karin

Great interview! I love the Valorian Chronicles and I can definitely see how Grissom would have influenced Caine's character. They both seem to share that protection for the people they work with even in the face of their superiors.

As for my must have authors, there are quite a number of them but James Rollins is currently topping the list.

 

At 12 January 2009 at 12:05, Blogger blackroze37

mark henry
rachel vincnet
linda wisdom
dakota cassidy

gosh sooooo many more

 

At 12 January 2009 at 13:07, Blogger MJ

James Patterson
Patricia Cornwall
JD Robb

 

At 12 January 2009 at 14:47, Blogger darbyscloset

One of many must have authors for me is Michael Connelly....I just love his silly detective, whose name I can't believe it escapes me right now....probably because my mind is so full of favorite author's names! Oh it's Harry Bousch (sp?).
Thanks for the giveaway, would love one of these books!!!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

 

At 12 January 2009 at 15:40, OpenID okibi-insanity

Great interview. I would love to read books written by Viva Anna. my must haves authors:
Jim Butcher
Ilona Andrews
Simon R. Green
Lilith Saintcrow.

Sue
okibi_insanity@yahoo.com

 

At 12 January 2009 at 17:55, Blogger Anita Yancey

Great contest! Must have authors:
Janet Evanovich
Karen Rose
Greg Iles

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

 

At 12 January 2009 at 18:43, OpenID crazycommamomma

Great contest!

My must-have authors include (but are not limited to, lol): J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, C.L. Wilson, Nalini Singh, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Lara Adrian, and, and, and...

 

At 12 January 2009 at 18:54, Blogger PatriciaAltner

Must-have authors Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Marta Acosta, and so many others

 

At 13 January 2009 at 01:00, Anonymous Valorie

Must have:
Anne Rice
Charlaine Harris

I blogged about your contest:
http://morbid-romantic.net/2009/01/13/book-giveaways-01012-0118

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

 

At 13 January 2009 at 06:58, Blogger Book Maniac

Must have authors -
J.D. Robb
Christine Feehan
Johanna Lindsey
Kim Harrison

I feel like I could list a million more.

blogofbooks@gmail.com

 

At 13 January 2009 at 08:12, Blogger carmen alexis

I love CSI as well! haha.

My must-fave authors are .. Meg Cabot, J.K. Rowling and Sarah Dessen. I'm still stuck in my YA phase. haha. But I'd love to read new genres. =)

 

At 13 January 2009 at 22:12, Blogger Marge

Must have favorite authors for me are: Charlaine Harris, Shirley Damsgaard, Keri Arthur, Patricia Briggs. Probably many more as I seem to add new authors to my must read list all of the time.

 

At 14 January 2009 at 01:21, Blogger Carolsue

Hmmm...lots of them. Charlaine Harris, Casey Daniels, and Kelly Armstrong are among my favs.
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

 

At 14 January 2009 at 17:12, Blogger bison61

some of my favorites are Denise Agnew, Gail Barrett,& Sari Robins

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

 

At 15 January 2009 at 10:21, Blogger mindy

ann rule danielle steele among many other thanks for the giveaway

 

At 15 January 2009 at 10:32, Blogger angelacisco

My favorite author is James Patterson, I have to have every book he writes.Other than him I just read what sounds interesting to me,no particular author.
angelacisco at rocketmail.com

 

At 15 January 2009 at 17:49, Blogger taterbug

James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark are two of my favorites. Thanks very much for the interview. It's always nice to 'know' the authors.

 

At 15 January 2009 at 18:40, Blogger liane66

My must have authors are Stephen King and Ann Rule.
Thanks for the giveaway.
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

 

At 15 January 2009 at 19:17, Blogger Renee G

My must haves are anything from Linda Lael Miller or Norah Roberts. rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

I'd love to read a copy of one of these.

 

At 15 January 2009 at 19:18, Blogger DEY

Must have Elizabeth Lowell, Nora Roberts, Laurel K. Hamilton, Diane Garabaldon, Janet Evanovich and Karen Robards. Thanks for the great giveaway!

 

At 15 January 2009 at 19:54, Anonymous Margie

My must have authors include Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Kelley Armstrong.

 

At 15 January 2009 at 20:02, Blogger Carolyn

I love Nora Roberts, Fern Michaels, J.D. Robb, and most recently Stephanie Meyer.

thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

 

At 15 January 2009 at 20:08, Blogger catslady

Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, and Julie Garwood just to name a few.

 

At 15 January 2009 at 20:08, Blogger catslady

Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, and Julie Garwood just to name a few.

 

At 16 January 2009 at 04:38, Blogger aimee1622

my must authors are lynsay sands, kim harrison, jeaniene frost, rachel caine, tate hallaway, charlaine harris and katie macalister.

 

At 16 January 2009 at 09:10, Blogger ann marie

My must have authors are:
Lara Adrain
Sherrilyn Kenyon
JR Ward
Gena Showalter

annmariebro(at)yahoo(dot)com

 

At 16 January 2009 at 10:30, Blogger silverhartgirl

I would day Kelley Amrstoung,and james patterson

 

At 17 January 2009 at 03:44, Blogger sarabelle

Great contest thanks so much. Must have authors for me are Jasmine Haynes, jAci Burton, Deliliah Devlin, and NJ Walters.

 

At 17 January 2009 at 13:33, Anonymous Anonymous

Cool what a great contest!

My must have authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward.

Terri W.

 

At 17 January 2009 at 16:52, Blogger Kammie

My must have authors are Judith McNaught, Sandra Steffen and Joey W. Hill

 

At 17 January 2009 at 22:04, Blogger Calliope

Jeaniene Frost, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Caine and Eileen Wilks. ^^

 

At 18 January 2009 at 06:46, Anonymous Apolonia

My must have authors change depending on my mood. You can't go wrong with Charlaine Harris or Kelley Armstrong though.

 






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