Saturday, January 29, 2011

Author Spotlight & Giveaway featuring Elle Jasper

Let's Welcome,
Elle Jasper! I am so happy and excited to have her on my blog for a author spotlight today. She has also generously offered a sign copy of Afterlight for one lucky winner.

I have to tell you that Elle's book Afterlight is the best book I read in 2010 and continues to be number one this year. So, if you haven't read this book yet its a must for paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans.

1. I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy. ;) Lol, I think I'm the most unjuciest person alive! I love to travel (Scotland, England, Wales my fave so far), I love to read (YA, anything Stephen King, horror), and I love photography (see my website--I have a photoshow of Riley's Savannah that I shot). I really want to go to Eastern Europe, especially Romania! I LOVE to bake and alter recipes. I write totally romantic ghost romance/mysteries under the pen name Cindy Miles! I'm a registered nurse. Ummm...see? No juice! Lol!

2. When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side? I started writing after I graduated college and started reading for pleasure again. I read, read, and read, until one day, THE VOICES BEGAN (lol!). I started thinking up plots/characters of my own. I searched 
online for a writers group and discovered Romance Writers of America, and joined. I searched the Net a little more and found an online writer's critique group that I joined and found my best friend, author Kim Lenox! 7 years later I obtained an agent, and a year after that I sold my first book in 2006 to NAL under the pen name Cindy Miles. I write full time now, but still work part time as a cardiac nurse.

3. How long does it normally take you to write a average book? A good first draft usually takes me about 3 months. I write well under pressure though and I've written one in 17 days before. EEK!
4. Do you have any writing habits such as chocolate, wine, nights vs, days? I definitely am an early morning writer! Usually up at least by 5am, and try to wrap up for the day by 3 or 4, with breaks and stuff in between. :)

5. What do you think makes a story great? Fully fleshed out, 3-dimentional, believable characters you can connect with.

6. Can you describe your book "Afterlight" in one sentence? A hard-knock, rehabilitated tattoo artist delves into Savannah, Georgia's dark side into a world of vampires to save her baby brother from becoming one of the undead. Lol!

I don't love Urban Fantasy because of the lack of romance sometimes, but I loved your book and I thought you did a great job of keeping it hot. How are you planning to keep it hot in the future? Thank you so much! I prefer to have romance mixed in to almost everything I read, or watch on a movie, so as I was creating the Afterlight series I held on to a certain theme that I used with my Cindy Miles books--"soul mate". Riley and Eli are meant to be together!

8. There are so many questions about book #2 I want to ask but I know you can't answer so I'll try to keep it easy. When will book #2 be released? June 7, 2011! :) Just shy of 4 months away!

8. Will Riley and Eli remain the main characters? Yes--Riley and Eli will remain the main characters throughout the series as it is a continuation series, all told in Riley's voice.

9. Will Riley become a vampire? And what does the future hold for Riley's brother? Lol, now that  can't give away! But I will say that Riley's brother will continue to play an intricate part in the series as well. I love Seth! (I used the adorable Logan Lerman as my "model" for Seth)

10. What else can you tell us? I love getting reader mail, so stop by my website, join my newsletter and get ready for some up-coming contests for the release of Everdark! Also, join me on Twitter and Facebook! And thanks so much for having me here!

In order to learn more about Elle and her series please check out her website and you can find links to twitter, her blog, facebook and you can sign up for her newsletter. Just Click Here .



Alexa said...

That was a great interview. I love hearing that there is plenty of romance in Afterlife. I haven't read it yet because I'm a little shy with the UF books because I always feel they will not have enough romance. Glad to hear I'm wrong, I will have to put this on the top of my wish list. Thanks ladies. :)

BLHmistress said...

I won this a few weeks ago, haven't read it yet but I am so tickled to have it , Gonna try and get to it this next week or even this weekend.

Vivien said...

I would love to win this novel. I've been wanting to read it ever since I saw the premise.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Thanks for the interview! I love urban fantasy and would love to read Afterlight.


Jules@OneBookShy said...

This sounds like it is going to be a fun series. I agree with having to have some romance somewhere in most everything I read.

Thanks for a great interview,
onebookshy at yahoo dot com

Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

Oh I would love to read this! Thanks so much Danielle for hosting and thanks so much to Elle for offering up a copy!

debbie said...

I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.

Tore said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Ricki said...

I love, love, love urban fantasy!

Moonlight Gleam said...

I have always wanted to go to Europe as well!!! I plan on doing a huge tour to the main cities in the next few years.

THank you for this amazing opportunity!! I have been wanting to read this forever!!!


sablelexi said...

Great interview. I really want to read this book.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

-petit said...

Great interview, but "THE VOICES BEGAN (lol!)" definitely made my day! hahahaha Don't tell your doctor that Elle, or he will start to worry XDDD

*yadkny* said...

That cover is awesome and I'm already excited that it's in a series because I definitely plan on reading this one! I would love to go to Romania too:)

Erinberry said...

Great interview! I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

erinberry12 at charter dot net

justpeachy36 said...

Great interview! This is a book I have had my eye on for awhile. I always love to read interviews with the author because it gives in sight into what their inspirations were for writing.

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed the interview very much and I would love to read the book.

seriousreader at live dot com

Heather said...

I would love to win this book! I have been dying to read it and it's on my to buy list. Great interview!!

Laura H. said...

I love this cover and "Afterlight" sounds like my kind of book. I've heard a lot of great things about this book! Count me in!


Blogging Books said...

Great Interview! Sounds like a good book, ill have to check it out!


Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I've gotta admit it, I love that cover.

I follow on GFC.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Crystal ♥ said...

Great interview! I have been really wanting to read Afterlight, I just love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

lgm52 said...

Great interview..would love to read the book.

TheGirlOnFire said...

This book sounds refreshingly unique. I am excited to read it.


thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

Great interview! I sooo want to get my hands on this book. I've read a handfull of UF and I've been hooked in the worlds the authors are creating. Can't wait to get my hands on some more :)


Valia Lind said...

Great giveaway!! I love author interviews as well! Thanks!

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

I haven't read this book yet but it looks fantastic and is at the top of my TBR list! Please include me!

Thank you!

lindseye said...

Love the cover and the blurb. Have not read this story but do plan to this year.

linze_e at

Alyssa said...

Great interview - the cover for this books is beautiful!! & haha if I was a writer I definitely wouldn't be a morning writer... all my creative thoughts come to me at the most random hours of the night

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