Monday, December 26, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Rachel Firasek! #PNR

 I'm very excited to welcome fellow Entangled author
Rachel Firasek
to the blog today!

Rachel's celebrating her new release with a Giveaway! See below!

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

I write mostly paranormal romance and always under my real name. Pen names scare me at this point. :)

LOL Okay! So, then, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The Last Awakening released in December and is finding its place in the world. Ari and Grey are rather special to me now, I’ve spent so much time with them. In January, The Last Beginning will hit! Woot!

Awesome! I love a series! Which character is your favorite and why?

I think it’s Sadie and she’s in The Last Beginning. She’s a straight-forward character and I really love her fiery attitude.

Kick-ass females rule! Woot! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

The pain. I knew it would be a harder story to write. I wanted to dig deeper into Grey. He’s such a twisted soul, but dang, it can be hard to get back from that kind of despair.

That makes this book sound so intriguing! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

The Last Beginning will wrap up the Curse of the Phoenix series. :)

So, what was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The re-writing and trying to get everything just perfect with the right amount of grief---that wouldn’t make the reader stay so blurry eyed they couldn’t finish.

 That sounds challenging but awesome! What are you working on right now?

I’m starting on a top-secret project with two other authors. It’s going to be so much fun. Also, I’m plotting a Dystopian YA that has been bugging me all year.

Cool! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It was published in March. J Piper’s Fury is my first full novel and after many-many rewrites it found a home. *much to my shock*

Congratulations! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest to write: dialogue and action.
Hardest to write: emotion and description.

I always have to go back and layer in emotion myself! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Not normally. My made-up characters are so much more fun, although, my daughter will tell you that she sees a bit of herself in each one of my heroines. So, maybe her.

That’s kinda awesome! Love it! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Wow, hmmm….each story has a different theme, but I always want to write a story that will light the soul. I want to touch the reader long after a story is over.

A great goal for an author! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

In person, I’m a complete recluse. Online, I kind of feel my groove, but in public---I’m like a plucked chicken. :)

LOL Another introvert, eh? Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oh, this is easy! It’s my fave book of 2011. Debra Anastasia writes contemporary romance and her book Poughkeepsie inspires me. I want to write a book like that. Something that will change people.

I know Debra and her story well! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Hands down, Piper Anast from Piper’s Fury. She is the most like me. An introvert with a mouth. Love her.

Love that description! Okay, then just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Dark every day!

Salty or sweet?  Salty!!! Love to make my mouth dehydrate.

Bed or kitchen table?  Kitchen table---if it’ll hold.

Beach or mountains?  Beach. I love the roar of the ocean.

Give or receive?  Give…I’m horrible at receiving!
For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.

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

Rachel is giving away one ebook copy of The Last Awakening. Comment with your email address to enter to win. Contest open through midnight EST on 12/28. Open to international. Winner to be chosen by Good luck! 
 Thank you for having me today!


And thanks to everyone for reading! Now leave Rachel some comment love!
Laura & Rachel


booklover0226 said...

Rachel Firasek is a new author for me but not for long.

I look forward in checking out her works.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Rachel is a new to me author too! But I'm so excited to read this book and I'll be stalking her through social networks so I can check out her other books too!!
Thank you for the giveaway chance!!

Gena Robertson

fr_larsson said...

Love the giveaway =) it´s already on my TBR list!
Happy Holidays!

fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

BookAttict said...

Happy holidays & thanks for the giveaway!

elizabeth @ bookattict (dot) com

raven said...

The books look very interesting! Hope you are having a great holiday season!

Joanne said...

Great interview. Very informative. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Happy Holidays.


R Firasek said...

Tracey, yay! I hope you love the books!!!

Gena, you are more than welcome to stalk away! *winks* I love stalkers.

Linda, you are gold! Thank you!

Elizabeth, yes, Happy Holidays---good luck!

Mel, thanks for stopping in!

Joanne, I love hearing that. Thank you.

Wow, you guys are great. Laura, thank you for having me on today. I look forward to talking to your friends today!!!

Joya said...

Hi Rachel,
Congrats on your newest release and good luck on your hush-hush upcoming project.
I agree with you that emotion and description are very hard to write.
Best wishes for continued success. :)

Linda said...

That's a most interesting cover. A book that makes the reader tear up had got to be good. I've read books before that had me sniffing into tissues & when I put it down I was like "oh that was GOOD!".

Debra Anastasia said...

I see you Rachel being adorable as usual. I'm so honored you mentioned Poughkeepsie. And hey Laura amazing interview!

I'd love to enter this giveaway. ;)

R Firasek said...

Joya, thank you so much. I have to layer so many times to get it just right. I'm always a work in process.

Linda, I love to cry during a good read. I once read a book that took me 7 days to finish---completely unheard of in my house---but the dang thing was so sad. :) But, I loved it anyways and I remember everything about it. It's kind of like Laura's Hearts in Darkness novella. That was a short read, but the characters were so vivid, I couldn't quit thinking about it. I've read it three times. LOVE it. :) Anywho, thanks for coming by!

Oh, Debra, Debra, Debra. I have such a book crush on you, babe. :) Poughkeepsie deserves to be mentioned often. I'm on a mission to make sure everyone I talk to knows how much I loved this book. Yeah, I make a great fan too. lol. Thank you for stopping by, I adore you!

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Rachel today, guys!

Brenda Demko said...

Rachel is a new author for me. I'd like to correct that asap. Her book sounds really good. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

R Firasek said...

Brenda, good luck then and thanks for stopping by! :)

ML said...

I've been following some stops on this virtual book tour. The book sounds fabulous-congrats on the release. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Chrisbails said...

This book looks great. I like the cover of the book, very sexy. Thanks for the chance to win. Rachel is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book.

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Rachel's book is...

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com


And thanks to everyone for turning out for Rachel! Happy New Year!