Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Paige Cuccaro! #EntangledBooks #Angels

Welcome fellow Entangled Publishing author 
Paige Cuccaro
who's celebrating her new release
 Hellsbane!
See below for a Giveaway!
Welcome, Paige!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I grew up in a little town called Eight Four, PA, and moved to central Ohio where I live now with my husband and three daughters, 12 years ago. I’ve been writing since the birth of my first daughter who will turn 21 this year and I write mostly paranormal. Quite a few of my paranormal books are romances and even more are erotic romances. Those books, my erotic romances, are published under my penname, Alison Paige.

Great! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

HELLSBANE is about a 23 year old young woman who just discovered she’s half angel (a nephilim). Now, her angelic father wants her dead and Heaven wants her to hunt fallen angels and their demon minions who’ve escaped the abyss and send them back. The problem is the fallen angels and demons won’t go quietly. So now Emma has to learn how to be Heaven’s kick butt bounty hunter before one of the bad guys hacks off her head. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

Sounds awesome! Which character is your favorite and why?

Wow, its hard pick. I really love Emma and Eli both. Emma, because of her wit and her passion. She knows what she has to do and whether she likes it or not, she’s gonna do it. She sticks up for her friends no matter what and she has a good heart. But I love Eli too because he has such a capacity to love. He sees the best in people and will fight to the death for those he loves. He’s so wise and yet so naive, plus he’s sexy as hell.  

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes. Right now there are two more books planned for the series. HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE, and HELLSBANE HEREAFTER. There may be a few short stories in between there.

Those are great titles! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Sticking to my gut and letting what I knew had to happen, happen. As a writer you really grow attached to your characters and it’s not easy to let bad things happen to them. But without the bad things there’d be no story.

So true! What are you working on right now?

I’m still working on book two, HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE. It will be going to edits very soon and then I’ll move on to book three.

Good luck! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

After much rewriting it got published. It’d started out as a sweet romance, and ended up as erotic romantic suspense. Many, many stories between the first and second version of that book though, are still herding dust bunnies under my bed.

What an interesting evolution! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

The easiest is coming up with the ideas and writing out the outline long hand. It’s one continuous flow of thought and it’s just so much fun. The hardest is actually making myself sit in the chair every day and write. Some days ya just don’t feel like it.

That is so true! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I’ve incorporated aspects of real people into some of my characters. Usually secondary characters. It makes it easier to bring them to life if I think of them as someone I already know even though a lot about them is different than the real life version. I love to use real places in my stories though. It’s fun to go back to the parking lot where Emma got attacked by a shuffling demon, or sit in the restaurant where she had lunch with her mom and sister and think…this is where it happened.

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

Good and evil are two sides of the same coin and which side is which depends on who’s doing the looking.

Ooh, that’s cool! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m very shy. People never realize that about me because I can force myself to behave as though I’m not. But inside, when I’m smiling and cracking jokes, I’m really shaking in my shoes, holding my breath and waiting for it to be over so I can go sit and a corner where no one will notice me.
I think that’s pretty common among writers. Writing is a very solitary, in your own head, kind of process. But after it’s finished it becomes a very, very public affair.  The two sides of it are such polar opposites that it’s not unusual to find people at one end of the personality spectrum or the other.

I agree! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I would have LOVED to have written the Vampire Chronicles. I think they are such a fantastic collection of characters and rich detail that makes me want to forsake real life and live forever in a book.

Love that! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I have a character named Thes, who stars in a couple books that have never gotten published. (with good reason). But I LOVE him. He’s smart, and handsome and tortured. He’s an angel and is forever on the outside looking in at what he wants and is full of questions no one wants to answer. He’s just an awesome character and I hope to show him to the world someday. Someday. *sigh*

Aw, sound awesome! Okay, now, just for fun!
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk Chocolate

Salty or sweet? Salty

Bed or kitchen table? Bed

Beach or mountains? Beach

Give or receive? Give
Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.
Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, PAIGE!

Thanks for having me! This has been fun!!
GIVEAWAY!
Paige is giving away one ebook copy of Hellsbane! Comment with your email address to enter to win. Open to international. Winner to be picked by random.org. Open through midnight EST on 12/30! Good luck! And Happy New Year!
Thanks for reading, everyone!
Laura & Paige

18 comments:

booklover0226 said...

Paige Cuccaro is a new author for me but not for long. Hellsbane sounds like a novel I'll enjoy reading. I'm adding it to my must have list.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

raven said...

This book sounds very interesting! I would love to win it!
raven7932@gmail.com

Sebrina said...

Love, love, love discovering new authors (Thank You Laura)! Already added Hellsbane to my TBR list over at GR. I'm not really a stalker but I sure feel like one sometimes...oh, and btw, found you at that place called Twitter and FB! LOL
Thanks for the chance to win the book! ;)
Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I just love Laura's interview questions, and Paige's answers! I've been wanting to read Hellsbane for quite awhile, so I'm thankful for the giveaway opportunity!

I hope you both had a great holiday season!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Victoria said...

Paige is new to me too. Hellsbane looks good. Thanks for the interview.
Happy New Year!

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary @SweepingMe said...

Hellsbane sounds like a great read. Thanks for the interview. I added this to my must read list!

Mary
mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

Anna said...

This book sounds awesome and I love books with angels in them.
berrylicious_cutie(at)hotmail(.)com

donnas said...

Sounds really good. Looking forward to reading it.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the comment love for Paige everyone!

Brenda Demko said...

Thanks for the post. I enjoy finding new authors. Paige Cuccaro is new to me but I am sure that is going to change! brendem@comcast.net

*yadkny* said...

Hi Paige!
I love the sound of your new release!!! Sounds like nothing I've read before, so I'll definitely be adding it to my wishlist:)

Happy (almost) New Year!!!

yadkny@hotmail.com

Joanne said...

This book sounds really interesting. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Chrisbails said...

This book sounds great. Love the cover. Paige is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the chance to win.
christinebails@yahoo.com

BookAttict said...

The book sounds really interesting, and I'll be adding it to my TBR list!

Thanks for the giveaway & have a Happy New Year!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the comments for Paige everyone! Keep 'em coming! And good luck!

Paige Cuccaro said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Laura! And thanks to everyone for all the great comments. I hope you like the book!!

ML said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

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

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS!

And thanks to everyone for commenting for Paige!

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE, GUYS!