Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Sandra Sookoo!

I'm very excited to welcome guest author Sandra Sookoo 
on her latest release day!

***Don't miss her giveaway, detailed below!***

Welcome, Sandra!  Please share a little about yourself.

Hi there, and thanks for having me on your blog today!  I'm a thirty-something wife to my computer geek hubby.  I live in Indiana and spend my days with writing, baking and all things Disney.  I'm a crappy housekeeper, forget the laundry in the washer a lot, and if I'm on a writing jag, dinner flies right by me too.  Luckily, my husband doesn't mind and knows to bring home something LOL!  All in all, life's pretty good.

Releases today!!!
That does sound pretty good! And ditto on the laundry-in-washer thing! LOL Tell us a little about the book you have releasing TODAY!

It's called WINGING IT, and it's a contemporary/paranormal blend.  It's the story of an Afghanistan vet--Dev--who's having trouble acclimating himself to civilian life and survivor's guilt, etc.  When he meets Lia--a fairy--he has to deal with a whole new world.  Of course, he thinks she's crazy for awhile, but she wears him down as does their attraction.  Unfortunately, the pair are only puppets in a bigger game.  Read an excerpt here!

Ooh, sounds great! Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh, by far it's Dev.  He's an alpha man, raised with a military background.  He knows things in black and white.  His shrink suggested he get a dog to help him learn "softer" feelings, yet the dog and Lia's arrival make him go from anal to annoyed in six seconds LOL!  Underneath it all, he really does want to find "normal" and if that means accepting what and who Lia is, he's ultimately fine with it.

As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That the story wasn't about the two of them equally.  That is was more Dev's story and his acceptance of things he can't control and things he had preconceptions about.  I love how with each new day he learns something about himself as well as Lia.

That’s really interesting. I don’t think a story has to treat the hero/heroine equally to be compelling. And so often we love the guy’s story more, anyway! So, will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Nope.  This is a stand-alone book.  I had an idea about Dev for a long time.  He gets his HEA and it'll make people smile.  That's enough for me.

I love that attitude! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The amount of emotional/mental angst of the hero.  He's seen a lot in the war, did a lot of stuff he's not proud of, but somehow he has to keep on living despite this.  He has to adjust to a new life now, while dealing with not only Afghanistan's memories but also his fractured family life while trying to keep up with the arrival of Lia.  It's harsh and raw and consuming--kinda like real life.

Wow! Winging It certainly sounds like one for the TBR pile, folks! So, what are you working on right now?

At the moment I filled out these questions I'm trying to decide between a re-worked fairy tale or a historical pirate tale.  Both are really interesting to me so I'm hoping to decide by week's end.

Very cool! I totally identify for having competing stories demanding to be told! LOL What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

LOL I believe I literally burned it because it was so bad!  There's about ten years worth of "writing" tucked away in a box in a closet that will never, ever see the light of day (at least while I'm alive). The first actual historical book I completed is now gutted of names, locations and bits of the plot.  That one will never get out of this house either LOL.

Hmm…is that some blackmail material I see??? *evil grin* What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest--historicals, emotional drive, descriptive settings.  Hardest--sometimes love scenes, reaching plot arcs and sci-fi situations at times.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Of course!  Especially if I'm writing contemporary books, I draw from my own life.  If I can't laugh at myself, who can I laugh at?  And yes, for other books I have put either people I know or aspects of their personalities/quirks in my stories.  All the world's a stage!

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Yes, it's almost always some form of acceptance.  Funny how that works.
Yes, totally. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I don't like dogs or roller coasters.  Or, I've never been to a funeral.

Gasp! No dogs??? What about Pluto? Or Goofy??? *winks* Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

I don't wish I'd written any of them, actually.  I sometimes wish I had other authors' success, but then I think I'm pretty successful in my own right.  As a general rule, reading romance equates to only 40% of what I read in my spare time.  I'm more of a mystery/thriller kind of girl in my reading preferences LOL

I’d say you’re definitely successful in your own right! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Hands down, Braeden from DRAGONS AT DAWN.  That man was vexing to write at every turn, but he was the best anti-hero ever.  Even if no one else read that book, I still like him.

Woo, I’m intrigued! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Dark
Salty or sweet?  Salty
Bed or kitchen table?  Bed
Beach or mountains?  Beach
Give or receive?  Give
Joy and despair, light and dark, you can’t have one without the other.

Devlin Addams has recently returned home from Afghanistan.  Haunted by memories that he survived the fighting while his buddies didn't, as well as chased by the knowledge his mom is crazy, he’s having trouble acclimating himself to civilian life. Now, armed with a dog and a therapist, he constantly battles the urge to end it all.

Lia Farry—because her Fae name is a mouthful—has tumbled into the Mortal Realm through the Veil between worlds by mysterious circumstances.  Thrust into a new and harsh human existence, finding anything to be happy about is hard. If she can’t go home, she’ll have to make it work.

Forced to interact, Dev’s protective instincts kick in, but he’s unprepared for the onslaught of lust Lia represents.  He wants a normal life but not at the expense of getting involved.  Lia knows she soothes his torment yet she’s battling her own problems. Desiring Dev is a dangerous prospect.  Add in a meddling Fae queen and suddenly life as they know it will change forever.  Love is at stake.  A leap of faith is all they have to depend on.
 Chance to win swag (one random commenter)--What would you do if you encountered a fairy?

Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
Thanks everyone for stopping by! Please leave Sandra some comment love to enter her giveaway! Runs through 7/21 midnight EST!

Thanks for reading,
Laura & Sandra
And if that wasn't exciting enough, don't miss the giveaway Laura's offering in celebration of the publication anniversary of both HEARTS IN DARKNESS and FOREVER FREED! Play the quick, fun game to enter to win! Go! Play! Whatcha waiting for??? :D


_yay_ said...

Probably the same I always feel like doing when seeing a butterfly. I'd want to take a picture corny as it sounds :-)

Laura Kaye said...

Happy release day, Sandra! So great to have you here!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

Sherry Gloag said...

Probably not recognise the reality until too late:-)

I'd love to chat with fairies and often feel like they are around when I'm working in the garden.

Thanks for a great blog, and Sandra, I love the sound of Winging It.

Best wishes with its release.

sherrygloag @gmail .com

Lolarific said...

I would probably ask how many of the fairy legends were real and how many weren't. And how long fairy's can live for or have lived for.

I'd ask a million and one questions most likely, but there are the first two!


Karen said...

Congratulations on the release of Winging It; I hope it's very successful for you! I know I'm adding it to my TBR list.
If I met a fairy, I'd probably introduce myself and ask a lot of nosy questions!
kacbooks at hotmail dot com

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks for coming out everyone! I think I'd have a lot of questions to ask if I ever meet one :-)

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Sandra's giveaway is...



Sandra will be in touch with details!

Thanks for commenting everyone!