Wednesday, April 25, 2012
AAD Author Spotlight with Stacey Kennedy
Please join me in welcoming author Stacey knnedy to For What It’s Worth as part of my AAD Author Spotlight series.
Karen: Hi Stacey! Welcome to For What It's Worth.
Stacey: Thank you for having me!
K: Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
S: I love paranormal romance/urban fantasy and erotic romance, and love a series more. Nothing can hook me in more than an adventure and one that keeps on going. I love a page turner, one that keeps me up late into the night and makes my eyes burn because I can’t stop reading.
Witty characters, dominant men, danger, action, romance and hot sex―oh my!
My urban fantasy romance novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll find fast paced action, emotions we can all relate to, life threatening moments and a big bad villain that needs to be destroyed.
My erotic romance novels are just that…erotic. There is nothing better than taking the dominant men I love and watching them do wicked things to their women. I make the stories as hot as I possibly can and usually the characters take it a step further to even make my cheeks blush. But I just can’t write without a little humor added into the mix so that’s always a must have in my stories. And of course what’s a story without a big dose of emotional characters, too.
K: The main character, Tess, from your Frostbite series can see ghosts and help them pass over. Is this a talent you would like to have? Do you think you would help them or try to avoid them as Tess does with Kipp in the beginning? (although Kipp is rather hard to ignore!)
S: Heck no! I’m such a chicken when it comes to the supernatural. Sure, I find it so interesting, which is exactly why I write about it. But you’d never catch me joining in on a ghost hunt. I’m perfectly content with watching television shows like Ghost Hunters where I’m safe and not actually searching for ghosts in the dark.
But I suppose if I had the talent, then I would help them. I can, though, understand Tess’s frustration. I think it would take a while to get used to such an ability, and furthermore I would find it annoying if I never had a moment to myself. Plus, it wouldn’t be much fun for everyone to think you’re crazy if they see you talking to yourself!
K: Do you have any superstitions or rituals that you follow before writing?
S: I need coffee! It’s as simple as that. I cannot write a word if I don’t have a coffee next to me. It gives me an extra bit of oomph in my energy levels, and it’s a great way to take a break if I need to think something over.
K: What are you most looking forward to at AAD in August? Have you been to NOLA before?
S: I’ve never been to NOLA, and that’s what makes me most excited. When I was deciding what conference to go to this year, hearing that AAD was in NOLA was one of the reasons I picked it. I’ve always wanted to go to NOLA. Add that to how much fun it’s going to be, and it wasn’t a hard decision.
I’m really looking forward to meeting everything face-to-face that I’ve gotten to know through Twitter and Facebook. But I’m also pretty darn excited about all the events AAD has planned. It’s going to be a blast!!
K: Who are your favorite authors? Is there one that has influenced or encouraged your writing?
I’m a huge fan of Keri Arthur, Jeaniene Frost, and Katie MacAlister. They’ve all influenced my writing because it was their books that hooked me on urban fantasy romance. If it hadn’t been for them, I never would’ve fallen head-over-heels for the genre, and am now addicted to it!
K: Can you give us a little sneak peek at what's in store for Tess & Kipp in Demonically Tempted (Frostbite book 2)?
Tess & Kipp’s next journey, Demonically Tempted released on April 13th! And I suppose the most important thing I can say about their second book is that Tess will get answers that she’s been longing for. But just because she has found answers doesn’t mean a whole new set don’t rise.
This book was always planned to be a transition book. It’s stepping deeper into the paranormal elements, and is full of tension. There is a huge cliffhanger at the end of this book, which leads into the third book, MYSTICALLY BOUND, which releases in Fall 2012. And that book has always been the one that I’ve been dying to write. So, I cannot wait to get started on it!
For now, here’s a look at Demonically Tempted!
Tess Jennings, now a member of the Memphis Police Department, is on her first cold case. The suspected suicide of Lizbeth Knapp ten years ago isn’t a theory her family accepts—they believe she was murdered.
But the case is only one of Tess’s worries. Ghosts are talking, and word of her abilities rapidly spreads. A dark ghost is terrifying the spirits of Memphis, and she must force the entity to cross over.
Tess doesn’t have to do this alone. Not only does she have her ghost-lover, Kipp McGowen, but the department has brought in a medium. Dane Wolfe might answer all her questions, but he also brings a world of trouble. Will Tess finally have all she’s ever wanted, or will everything she’s vowed to protect be ripped away?
EXCERPT & BUY LINK - Demonically Tempted
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Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and they even give you a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. Her urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance eBooks bestseller lists.
Stacey welcomes comments from readers. You can find her at www.staceykennedy.com.
Thank you Stacey!