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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Jennifer James, author of Hunger Embraced

Hunger Embraced
Jennifer James

She’s fed up with being fed on.

All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left alone isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.

Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy—T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blond. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.

When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...


Hey Jennifer!  What’s up?
Plot Bunnies! They’ve taken over my life lately! I’m plotting two super seekrit projects: One with my critique group that will center around a shared world with sexy night clubs and some really fun supernatural creatures.

The other project is one that I plotted via text with my editor Rachel Firasek.  I can’t tell you anything about it though. What I can tell you is that it’s totally different than anything I’ve written so far… and I’m really stoked about it. Well, maybe not totally different. It’ll have my signature smokin’ hot sex scenes, a  fun, spunky heroine, and the awesome hero who didn’t know how empty his life was until his lady came along and wrecked up his well ordered world.  *grin*

So you’ve visited Fictional Candy a couple times promoting different books.  Today we’re here to talk about Hunger Embraced.  What’s the scoop on this story?!
Hmmm….vampires, demons, a Celtic goddess with multiple personalities, shapeshifters, and candy. Lots of candy. I set the book here in my home town (well, near to my home, twenty minutes away) because I when I walk down some of these streets, I’m convinced I see all sorts of supernaturals. So having a story set around here was so fun for me!

This book is actually the first full length novel I wrote. I’ve had three other pieces released before it, but I have to admit that Hunger Embraced is my favorite.  I’m a huge Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fan, so writing a series of my own in that genre makes me a happy author.

Mmmmm, Incubi , Succubi and Vampires.  Sounds like a recipe for some hot action.  How hot does it get in Hunger Embraced?
*Ahem* Well, the heat starts in chapter one…and doesn’t let up. LOL. When your heroine is a succubus, you gotta feed her. So, there’s some ménage scenes, and a dubious consent scene, and a really great bath tub scene with a bunch of mirrors….

And I refuse to take all the responsibility for my dirty mind. Some of it is Rachel’s fault…she leaves me these notes in the margins when we edit, and then I can’t help the things my muse does.

This book is quite a bit longer than your other books.  How was that?  Did the story burst forth from your fingers, or was it difficult?
This book spilled out in a rush. It was written in a month or two. Then it went through several rounds of rewrites and edits. And I love the world. I love creating new creatures and rules to play around with. Miranda, the heroine, literally “talks” in my head all the time. I hear her at least once a day…which is weird. But when I’m writing one of her books, she’s got lots to say.

The other books were written as a “break” from my Hunger series. One of the best things to do as a writer is to let the story rest and come back to it later.

This story also gets into the paranormal aspects, which your other stories have not.  Was that super fun?
Yes! Like I said before, I lovelovelove all things paranormal. Movies, books, comics…I enjoy the heck out of imagined worlds and all the exploration you can do in them. There’s nothing  more relaxing to me than letting my mind wander and coming up with weird stuff.

I enjoy contemporaries too….and I actually have some stories that are in my ideas folder for later when I want a project to work on. But with a paranormal I get to do so much more creation and follow more plot bunnies.

So Jennifer, what do you do when you are not writing?  Give us the deets! (and yes, I really did just say deets)
I go to school (I’m actually about to enter my final semester!) I watch my kids…ride my bike…walk on the treadmill and think about writing and my books….I love to read…search the Internet and Netflix for zombie movies I haven’t seen…sew…knit here and there, but it’s usually a hot mess…

If you had to be attacked (in any manner) by a Vampire or an Incubus, which would it be (and why)?
Hmmm…well in my Hunger series there are four basic types of vampires…and they can interbreed. So, I could technically get attacked by an Empathic vampire (Feeds on emotions) who can also feed on sex….Nomnomnom… *grin* 

I think I’m going to say that I pick Gregory from Hunger Embraced. He’s Daniel’s (the hero) best friend, and I kinda have a crush on him. There. I said it. He lives in my head and it’s weird. But there it is. Anyway, Gregory is fun. Flirty, handsome, sweet, and Scottish. He also makes really great homemade bread.

So, Gregory can attack me anytime. 

However he wants.

Are there any works in progress you can share with us?
Hunger Unbound, book two in the series is in edits right now. Not big edits with the editor, I’m polishing it up to send to her for submission.

Covert Craving is a paranormal novella that I “finished” a few months ago…and then decided I wanted to expand into something longer. So I’ll be revisiting that soon.

And there are my super seekrit projects I mentiones above.

If you could only read OR write, which would you choose?
 That’s a terrible question to ask me!

Write. Because when I don’t write, I turn into an evil beast.

And if you could have a Pegasus or a Unicorn, which of those would you pick?
Unicorn. They can purify water with their horn and there is a terrible lack of clean drinking water in the world. Of course I’d have to hide my unicorn so no one stole it, but I think giving people clean water would make it worth it.

Live forever or be a millionaire now?
Gah! Uh…well, if I lived forever I’d get lonely. I mean, if I was the only one, it’d be so depressing. Like being Dr. Who.  So, I’ll take the moohlah.

Cleveland or…. Toledo! (Ok, Toledo is the first other OH city that came to mind)
Cleveland all the way baby. I’ve only been to Toledo a few times, and it wasn’t really pleasant. Of course, that may have been just the area I was in. But I love Cleveland. We have loads of cool stuff around here.

And I think that about sums it up.  It was fun getting to know you a bit more! Thanks for coming by!
Thanks for having me and letting me ramble. 

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Jennifer James never thought she would be a multi-published author of erotica and erotic romance. What she likes best are happy endings – whatever that might mean for the characters. Wife, mother of two Tiny Divas, and college student, when not writing Jenn enjoys the outdoors, adventures of all sorts, horror movies, and the occasional comic book.

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