I'm delighted to have one of my favourite urban fantasy writers, Jeaniene Frost here today for a return visit with a guest post and a giveaway to celebrate the launch of Eternal Kiss of Darkness. The book is the second in a new series of standalone novels set in the Night Huntress World. Jeaniene talks about why she decided to create a spin-off series in her special guest post...
Not only that, Jeaniene has also generously contributed a signed copy of Eternal Kiss of Darkness and a very special bonus prize for one lucky commenter. Jeaniene includes all the details on how to enter in her post.
You can read an extended excerpt of the book on the HarperCollins website here, visit her blog here or visit the wonderful Frost Cemetery fansite here.You'll also find the book trailer and back cover copy at the end of the post.
Welcome back Jeaniene!
The Night Huntress World
First, thanks so much to Doug for having me back. I had a lot of fun with my last visit, even if I still have to repay Doug for getting me to confess about my shameful childhood underoos secret.
I’m often asked why I chose to write spin-offs from my main series. Some of the questions ranged from “You already have a successful series; why risk writing something that might drag your sales record down?” or “Shouldn’t you finish all the Cat and Bones books before moving on to new characters?” For me, the reason why I wrote Eternal Kiss of Darkness (and its predecessor, First Drop of Crimson) was simple – I wanted to tell those stories. I might have initially started with only Cat and Bones in my head, but once I’d delved into their world and filled it with so many interesting side characters, more than Cat and Bones’s story started demanding to be told. I’ve jokingly compared writing to schizophrenia, with the exception that writers get to make the voices in their heads earn their keep. A story for me starts out with the inability to get certain characters out of my head, endlessly spinning more details about their history, fears, hopes, dreams, and regrets until I have a framework of a plot. Once I have that, I want to get it out of my head and onto the page.
Never fear, however, that Cat and Bones have gone quiet in my mind. Their next novel, This Side of the Grave, comes out Feb 22nd, and you can read the first chapter at the back of Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I’m also working on Cat and Bones book 6 right now, and as you might expect, it’s not about them chilling seaside while sipping blood-laced margaritas ;-).
But back to my latest novel. If you want a free sample of Eternal Kiss of Darkness, the first 20% is available here: http://tinyurl.com/24f7fh6. As a side note, I’m a big advocate of “try before you buy”, so I love that my publisher posts such a good chunk of their titles online.
And to celebrate its release, I’m offering a signed copy of Eternal Kiss of Darkness and a $25.00 gift card to either Borders, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, or Powells, winner’s choice which. To enter the contest, simply leave a comment stating what you do like, or don’t like, about series that change main characters. Remember to leave your name because it’s hard to award a prize to “anonymous”
Contest is open until Midnight, Monday, August 9.
Note: This contest is open to international readers as well as US ones, but the gift card will be in US dollars only and I must be able to purchase it online through one of the above retailers. If the winner is in a country where I am unable to send the gift card online through one of those retailers, I will still send the signed book, but Doug will redraw another winner for the $25 gift card. Sorry, but some countries do not have an easy way for me to send an online book store gift card.