Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway: BROKEN SOUL by Faith Hunter

I’m delighted to host Faith Hunter, one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, here on Faith writes two terrific series: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, and the near-future apocalyptic Rogue Mage series. The 8th Skinwalker book, BROKEN SOUL, will be out from ROC on October 7th. You can win a free print copy through the Rafflecopter widget below.

MM: Hi Faith, thanks for stopping by!

FH: My pleasure. I’m glad to be here.

MM: Let’s talk about some of the things that influence your writing and your writing life before we get to Jane and Beast.

FH: (laughs) Beast is not known for her patience!

MM: Indeed. It’s not wise to tease a big cat. And I know she’s a big part of your life. You collect things. Can you tell us about what you collect now, and why?

FH: I saw my first Georgia O’Keefe painting as a young woman, and fell in love with orchids and skulls. I have something like 20 orchids – a few in bloom – and a small collection of skulls: dog, cat, fox, goat, boar, cow, one red tailed deer that is falling apart, one mountain lion skull that I got from a tannery in the west, and the jawbone of an ass. Seriously! I also have a few fossils and want more. The collection of stuff used to be arranged with the orchids in artistic splendor, but now the bones are in the Beast room, the room that used to be my parlor. The Beast room has statues of mountain lions, pottery, the skulls, and a HUGE painting of a mountain lion. Oh. And couches and rugs.

I also collect stones and pearls for wrapping and stringing. I have two tall cabinets dedicated to my jewelry-making equipment! Also I have little collections of angels, frogs, and turtles. Hmmm. A few pieces of Weller pottery. And don’t let me forget the boots. Oy. The boots… And the jewelry. And the hubby and I (currently) have 20+ kayaks. We paddle in whitewater and sometimes on black water or the ocean, so we have boats for different kinds of water. Oh. My. Gosh. I am a packrat!!!

MM: It sounds like it! I know you travel a fair amount to promote your work, and it must be nice to come home to beautiful, familiar things.

FH: (sipping tea) Mmmm….

MM: We first met at ConCarolinas a couple of years ago. What are your favorite Cons?

FH: I adore Cons, but to give myself time to write, I try to do only four per year. ConCarolinas is small and intimate and I can spend time with fans more one-on-one. It is also a Con where most of my writer friends go, so it’s a favorite. Dragon*Con, of course. D*C is huge and allows me to see lots of fans, though it’s wild and busy and exhausting. In 2015 I’ll be doing When Worlds Collide in Calgary. And then one more!

MM: Those do run the gamut from some of the smallest to largest. You can meet so many people and make new fans at every Con. Why not do more?

FH. Exhaustion. I over did in 2012. Stress made me back off. Fewer Cons and fewer formal signings are the new norm for me. I will be writing only one book every 9 months, rather than one book every six months as I did before. BUT! I am doing flash signings, where I advertise (on my FaceBook fan page in on Twitter) three days in advance and just show up in a bookstore and meet with fans. Not to make them buy books, but to visit with me. I have done three so far in 2014, in two Myrtle Beach and in one Knoxville. So much fun!

MM: Okay, let’s tackle an important question: Italian or Mexican?

FH: Men or food? LOL, Okay, I like Italian. Not because of the taste, but because I have a corn allergy (used to be a sensitivity but it morphed), and Mexican is full of corn! With the Italian, I can get whole wheat pasta and no sauce. Of course, now that I’ve said that, I can eat Mexican when I get corn-free, wheat tortillas. And I adore spicy hummus.

MM: Faith, thanks so much for stopping by today. And now, let’s introduce Jane and Beast’s newest adventure, BROKEN SOUL:

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….

BROKEN SOUL (Jane Yellowrock #8)
Publication: Oct. 7, 2014
ISBN: 9780451465955

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers, including the Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, and the Rogue Mage series, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. She has a new series under wraps.

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And so, with a loving heart, I offer you
I’ve heard many translations. Here’s one I love:
The light of the universe that shines within me recognizes
the light of the universe that shines within you.

Dogs in House

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  1. I got into the Jane Yellowrock series about a month ago and have devoured all the books and have been recommending it to all my friends! Such a great series!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katie. Isn't it fun to plow through a bunch of books in a series....and then so hard to wait for the next one! Glad your wait is almost over!

  2. My favorite series! Thanks for the interview and opportunity!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Pam. Good luck on the giveaway!

  3. I have been a huge fan for 3 years now.

  4. I'm a long time fan of the Jane Yellowrock series. I love Beast! It is right and proper for there to be a room set aside in her honor! ;-)

    It's interesting; I have the opposite problem that Faith does; I have a whole wheat intolerance, but I'm fine with corn. :-)

    1. I love the Beast room, too, Brenda! It is interesting how our bodies seem to have a hard time with one or the other of those things. Good luck with the giveaway!

  5. Long time fan. This is one of my all time favorite series. Love Jane/Beast and Bruiser!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I love Jane with Bruiser, too :)
      Good luck on the giveaway!

  6. Enjoying this series for a while!

    1. The stories are so good, aren't they? And what great characters! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the giveaway!

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    1. Lynn, I agree :)
      Good luck on the giveaway!

  8. Great interview with Faith. I enjoyed reading about her collections and the things that make her happy like kayaking and flash book signings. Just a little bit to go for Broken Soul but it's a tough wait!

    1. Thanks, Pauline! Faith has so many different interests! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the giveaway!

  9. Great interview! I've got a space all set up on my TBR shelf for Broken Soul!!!

    1. Thanks, Ken! No need to save space - you'll want to start it right away ;)

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    1. I hope you'll check out the Jane Yellowrock and Rogue Mage series! Isn't it fun when you discover someone new, and there's a whole lot of story waiting for you to plow through?!? Thanks for stopping by :)