Friday, February 26, 2010

Interview/Giveaway: Erica Hayes

Please help me welcome author Erica Hayes.  Erica writes the magical Shadowfae Chronicles.  Book two, Shadowglass, hits shelves March 2, 2010.

1. For any new readers, would you please tell us about your Shadowfae Chronicles?
EH: It’s a steamy urban fantasy/romance series, set in a shadowy city where paranormal creatures are hidden from ordinary human eyes by glamour. Fairies, banshees, vampires, demons, incubi, they’re all there, on the street, in the clubs, drinking coffee at Starbucks. Living next door, for all you know. Turns out Melbourne is run by a demon lord and his vampire gangsters. Who knew? It’s a gritty, dirty, dark and colourful world.

Each book has a new heroine and hero, and a HEA, but there’s an over-arching story too, and you’ll meet lots of recurring characters, like Kane, the demon lord, and his enemies, the shady DiLuca clan.

Book 1, Shadowfae, is about Jade, a succubus — she’s in thrall to a demon for a thousand years, and she’s sick of her brutal life as a supernatural killer, forced to sleep with men she doesn’t want and suck their souls to hell. She’s looking for an end to her misery, and she discovers an ancient ritual that just might break her demon thrall and let her die. And then, she meets a guy she does want — a sexy 400-year-old incubus named Rajah — and sparks fly. Only he’s seeking his freedom too, and there’s only enough ritual for one...

2. Each book features a new heroine. Who will we meet in book two, Shadowglass?
EH: Fairies! The heroine is Ice, a waterfairy thief looking for that one big score that’ll set her up for life. What she finds, of course, is trouble — she steals a magic mirror from a demon, and it erodes her common sense and her sanity. Not only that, she’s now being chased by vengeful demons, nasty shapeshifting gangsters and a spooky body-snatcher. Not to mention Indigo, a sexy hot-eyed metalfairy with mirror-madness problems of his own.

In my world, fairies are trash, the unwanted ones — they aren’t strong or particularly powerful, and no one really cares if they live or die. Ice isn’t physically strong or magically formidable, and she has to use her wits and wiles to get by against enemies who are far more powerful than she is. She’s a trick-ass heroine :)

And she has friends. A lot of heroines seem to be loners, but Ice can’t survive without her two fairy besties, Blaze and Azure. So when the mirror puts their friendship in jeopardy, she fights back.

If you’d like, you can read an excerpt and watch the trailer at me site: http://www.shadowfae.net/

3. How many books will there be in the Shadowfae series? Are you currently working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
EH: At the moment I’m contracted for four books, and I’m writing book 4 now. I’m hoping to do more — I do have an ending in sight — but I guess we’ll see! Other than that, I’ve got a science fantasy idea in the works. But that’s a sekrit, so don’t tell anyone.

4. Prior to publication, you had several different careers including Air Force officer and Musician. Did you every think you would wind up as an author?
EH: I’ve always written, but I never really gave it serious thought as a career. Writing for a living was something other people did. But I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to take some time off work to concentrate on writing, and I never went back! I’ve had some interesting jobs (the air force was fun, though I didn’t have much of a clue!) as well as some mind-numbing ones. But for me, nothing beats working for myself, keeping my own hours, doing something I love.

5. Given the choice, which kind of paranormal creature would you want to be?
EH: Hmm... I think I’d be a vampire. Vampires don’t take nonsense from anyone, and they live for a long time. And the diet can’t be worse than fast food.

6. A man in a long trench coat approaches you on the street. He whips open his jacket and you see...VIALS. He is selling magic potions for health, love, beauty, wealth, anything you desire. Which potion do you take?
EH: So many problems could be solved if I only had the time — so I’ll take the one for eternal youth, thanks. So long as I can afford it. No doubt he’s asking an exorbitant price. And so long as it doesn’t come with pesky small print about spending eternity in hell, or something.

7. If you won a dream vacation with a famous guest, where would you go and which person would be at your side?
EH: I’d love to visit Tahiti. Lounging in one of those overwater bungalows, sipping cocktails, a massage or three... Do I have to take anyone? How about Jamie Oliver, so he can cook for me? Or Johnny Depp, just so I can look at him (mmm) and absorb his aura of coolness.

Erica, thankyou for taking the time to interview with us.  Congratulations on your new release!
EH:Thanks for having me!

For more information about Erica and her books, visit her website
Preorder Shadowglass at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  If you are new to the series, but sure to read Shadowfae

*Erica has offered a copy of her new release Shadowglass to a lucky reader.  To enter, please complete the form.  You can earn an extra entry by spreading the word!  Don't forget to leave Erica some love in the comments section!   Please enter by 3/6.  Open to those with a US mailing address.    Good luck.

43 comments:

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Loved your interview, I love reading about Authors in Interviews like this, I have Shadowfae it's high in my TBR pile, I cant wait to pick it up! :) It sounds like such a great series!

Nina said...

Great interview. The cover of the book is great!

Stacy said...

I can't wait to read Shadowfae, it has been on my wish list since it came out and I recently broke down and ordered it! Thanks for the chance to win the next in the series, can't wait!

Stacy

Book Addict Girl said...

GREAT interview! I've read Shadowfae and I think it's Hellbound? The short prequel on Erica's site. OOOH boy, STEAMY! :D

Thanks for having the contest, Elie! :)

Orchid said...

Nice interview. Sounds like an intersting series. :)

StephTheBookworm said...

I've gotta read this series now! Sounds so cool!

KMichelleC87 said...

This series looks really good. I can't wait to start it. Thanks for the contest.

kmichellec87(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Misty said...

Great reviwe Elie! This looks like something my book club would love; we're pitching ideas next month for upcoming selections; I may have to write this one down. And I l-o-v-e the cover of Shadowglass. Gorgeous.

Kelsey said...

This series sounds awesome! I'd love a chance to read and review it on my blog.

Thanks,
Kelsey
krae991@yahoo.com

elaing8 said...

Great interview.I have the first book and look forward to reading it,I've read a lot of great reviews for Shadowfae.

s7anna said...

Hey Erica,
You're a new author for me and I can't wait to dive into your series...they look fab!!!

Sincerely,
Anna Shah Hoque
s7anna@yahoo.ca

CallMeKayla said...

Erica-
Lovin' the cover! Hot hot hot! Book sounds great, I'll have to read this at some point..

CallMeKayla said...

Erica-
Lovin' the cover! Hot hot hot! Book sounds great, I'll have to read this at some point..

Lisa M. Basso said...

Erica,

You totally sold me on SHADOWGLASS, not that I needed to be sold. SHADOWFAE has been on my wish list for a while now. Congratulations on the release!

Jen said...

Great interview! The book looks fantastic! =3

Rosie said...

Thanks for stopping by and the great interview. I haven't read your first book yet (it's still on my HUGE tbr pile), but this series definitely sounds like a winner!

throuthehaze said...

Great interview! I still need to read the first book but I can't wait to read it

cait045 said...

Hey Erica I am very excited to read your series....its very awesome.

Marianna said...

Have not read anything by Hayes yet, but I really want to. The covers just draw me to the books.

alebodden11 said...

Great Interview! Loved questions 6 & 7... Though I must say: Back off, JOhnny Depp is Maehn!! =P lol

Loved Shadowfae and cannot wait for Shadowglass! ^-^

Stephanie said...

This series sounds awesome. I haven't had a chance to read any of the books as of yet, but I will certainly remedy that as soon as I can. Thanks for a great interview.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

xxsquigglesxx said...

This series sounds great. I would love to read it one day.

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Erica and Elie!

I have Shadowfae, which I've started reading and may I say, pretty darn good so far!! (Hellcursed was great too.) I'd love to have the next in the series!

Dottie :)

Erica said...

Lovely interview! Shadowfae looks so incredibly good! And has a gorgeous cover!

Isi and Jas' mom said...

Can't wait to read this one! sounds like a great series
mstlee2000 @ hotmail.com

booklover0226 said...

Goodness, I'm running behind. I have Shadowfae on my TBR list and here is book two! I have my work cut out for me!

I can't wait to start this series.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Kailia Sage said...

This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it! Even if I don't win!

justpeachy36 said...

This sounds really good.

Misusedinnocence said...

Sounds awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway. =)

mis(h)takes said...

Ah, Tahiti haven't been there myself Erica but it's just funny you mentioned the place. I just saw a surfing movie in IMAX for it and Tahiti was simply gorgeous!

Thansk for the interview ladies, really enjoyed it =)

E.J. Stevens said...

Great interview! I've added your book to my to read pile!

van_pham said...

great interview! looking forward to reading this

Aik said...

I really enjoyed reading the interview! I hope I can read this book!

CrystalGB said...

Hi Erica. Great interview. Your books sound good. Love urban fantasy books.

heatwave16 said...

The covers for the books are excellent. How much feedback do you get into the design?

Series sounds read, definitely on my list.

misskallie2000 said...

Great intereview. The reviews I have read rave about Shadowglass. I look forward to reading. Maybe I can win..Thanks for opportunity.

elizabeth said...

Great interview! Love the book covers

Cherie J said...

Wonderful interview! I just love learning about new authors. The book cover is awesome!

Amanda Leigh said...

Wonderful interview! I can't wait to read these!

Billy Burgess said...

Great interview!

Erica Hayes said...

Thanks so much to everyone for dropping by :) and to Elie for hosting me on her blog.

@heatwave16: re: my input into the cover art. Uh... that'd be none :) and it's no doubt better that way!

jellybelly82158 said...

Great interview. Can't wait to read this

Elizabeth said...

Nice I love finding new books! looks like a great book

 
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