Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Nina Croft! #entangledbooks #PNR #SciFi

I'm very excited to welcome
Nina Croft 
to the blog today!

Welcome, Nina! And happy release!

Welcome, Nina!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hi, I’m Nina Croft, I’m English, though I live in the mountains of southern Spain. I write romance—mainly paranormal and sci-fi, but really I’ll have a go at most genres (I’m a strong believer in writing the sort of books you love to read, and I read most things!)

Hold on, I’m still daydreaming about southern Spain…. Okay, now, please continue! *winks* Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Deadly Pursuit is book 2 of my Blood Hunter series which is a combination of science fiction and paranormal—think Star Wars with added fangs and fur…

The books follow the escapades of the crew of the space ship, El Cazador de la Sangre (or The Blood Hunter), with each book focusing on the romance of one member.

That’s an awesome cross-genre premise! Which character is your favorite and why?

Usually when I write, the hero is my favorite character, but I think in Deadly Pursuit it has to be the heroine.

During my teenage years, I read loads of those big historical romances—the kind they term ‘bodice rippers’—I loved them—and I especially loved the pirate ones where the heroine disguised herself as a cabin boy… Those books were the inspiration for Alex, the heroine of deadly Pursuit, also known as: The lady Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life.

We first meet Alex in Book 1 of the series, when she is hiding out on El Cazador, disguised as Al, the cabin boy.

Alex has had twenty-four excruciatingly boring years as a priestess. She means to go back and do her duty eventually, but first she just wants a little fun. She’s pretty desperate as she knows time is running out, and nobody is cooperating!

I love your inspiration for Alex!! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

I’m working on Book 3 of the Blood Hunter series now. It focuses on Tannis, the captain of El Cazador—how she goes after the immortality she craves and in the process falls in love with…

Actually, you’ll probably be able to guess who she falls in love with if you read Deadly Pursuit.

Haha! Evil author! Oh, well, guess we’ll just have to read! What are you working on right now?

Well, Book 3 of The Blood Hunter series, which I’m writing as part of NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is my priority right now. But I’m also working on a couple of contemporaries, which have recently been contracted, and I’m planning books three and four in my fantasy series, The Laws of Segregation.

Ooh, that’s an intriguing series title! And good luck on NaNo! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Absolutely nothing—it’s still sitting on my hard-drive! Same with the second and the third… I first started out writing contemporary category romance. Most of them never got past the three chapter stage, but they were definitely a learning process. I eventually realized I was reading far more paranormal than anything else, so I thought I’d have a go at writing that—and I loved it! The first paranormal I wrote was Bound to Night, which was published by The Wild Rose Press.

That’s a great story—learning through doing! And it’s awesome that we’re sisters at two different presses! *grins* What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I’m a planner, and probably the planning stage and writing the outline is the hardest for me. It’s not always a direct process, often I’ll get stuck, and I have to just leave it and let the problem fester away in my mind. The answer will eventually come to me, usually in the early hours of the morning—I always keep a notebook by the bed.

Once I have the story planned, I write the first draft quite fast without stopping to edit, and that’s probably the easiest part for me.

I stand in awe. I can’t plan to save my life! LOL Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?


Really??? Wow! Okay, then…is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I think there are a couple of themes which lie at the heart of all my books: accepting what you are (and my characters often have a lot of weird stuff to accept) and, take what you want and pay for it—I love the idea of people dealing with the consequences of their (not always good) choices.

I really like that! Very cool. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m only 5’ 1” – I like to think that I come across as much taller.

LOL! My mother was the SAME height! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Anne Bishop’s, The Black Jewel Trilogy. I’ve just read it again for about the fifth time—and I love it.

Ooh, I’ll have to check that out! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

It has to be Rico, the hero of Break Out, book 1 in the Blood Hunter series. I don’t have to think about writing Rico—he makes it so easy!

I love when you find a character like that! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both please.

Salty or sweet? Salty.

Bed or kitchen table? For what? Actually, I don’t have a kitchen table, but I do have a breakfast bar…

Beach or mountains? Can I say both again? I live in the mountains, but I love to visit the beach.

Give or receive? These questions are so hard but I’ll go with giving. 
Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They'd like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he's stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he's supposed to know that puts him on everybody's most-wanted-dead list. He s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away it was a rash impulse and she means to go back eventually. But first, she's going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly...or more fun.

Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?


Thank you for having me!

Everyone, leave Nina some comment love! And include your email address for a chance to win an ebook of DEADLY PURSUIT! Contest runs through midnight 11/10!

Thanks for reading!
Laura & Nina 


zencherry said...

Oh fantastic interview Laura Kaye!

I'm impressed Nina! NaNo and a book release? Wow!

Your book sounds incredibly good and I'm looking forward to reading it. :D

Nina Croft said...

Thanks for having me here today, Laura, and thanks for the comment, Zencherry, hope you enjoy the book!

Rachel Harris said...

Great interview ladies! Your book sounds amazing and I love all the 'get-to-know-you' questions in this interview . . . those are always the most fun. I must admit, I'm still stuck on living in the mountains of southern Spain myself.

Sigh . . .

Happy Wednesday!

Aubrie said...

I love how each story focuses on a different character! Sounds marvelous, Nina.

Melissa West said...

Great interview! This series sounds fantastic. Off to Goodreads to add it. :)

J.K. Coi said...

Wonderful interview! I love the hook for your book "Star Wars with added fangs and fur" -- Woot!!

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Thanks for all the comments for Nina everyone! And welcome to the blog!

Nina Croft said...

Rachel- I have to admit - it's pretty nice in southern Spain today. The sun is shining...

Nina Croft said...

Aubrie - it's fun to write when there's a different main character each book as well - I'm working on Tannis's, the captains, story right now.

Nina Croft said...

Thanks Melissa and J.K. - Glad you enjoyed the interview!

Laura Kaye said...

OMG you guys! Nina's taunting us with southern Spain! Evil author!!!


Mary @SweepingMe said...

The cover is amazing. I love it! The book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance. I am adding it to my TRL.

mary_reiss @

*yadkny* said...

Hi Nina & Laura!
I read and loved Break Out, so I'm excited to learn more about Alex and Jon. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

Nina Croft said...

Thanks Mary - I love the covers as well - Entangled did a brilliant job!

Hi Yadkny - so glad you loved Break Out - hope you enjoy Deadly Pursuit!

Rhianna said...

"think Star Wars with added fangs and fur…"

It's like you're writing just for me! ;D

Can hardly stand how busy I am with other review reading right now. Want to read this NOW!

Good luck with NaNo, Nina.

Nina Croft said...

Hi Rhianna - I take it you're another Star Wars fan? Hope your reviewing some good stuff!

Emily Tardy said...

Great interview ladies! Thank you Laura, for bringing Nina to my attention =D

DANIELA said...

Hi Nina
After reading Break Out, the first book in the series, I can't wait to read "Deadly Pursuit".
I just want to know the assassins' story as well as how it relates with the rest of the crew since he does not "like" some of them because of who / what they are.
Thanks Nina and Laura for the interview

dany7578 at hotmail dot com

Nina Croft said...

Hi Emily, thanks for commenting.

And yes, Daniela there are going to be a few personality clashes on the El Cazador this trip!

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Nina, everyone! Giveaway goes through midnight tonight!

ML said...

Thanks so much for the interview. The series sounds awesome! I love that you work out your entire outline first-wish I could do that! Thanks for the giveaway!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Nina's ebook is...

Melissa West! Look for an email from Nina! And congratulations!

Thanks to everyone for commenting!