Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome Jillian Stone & The Seduction of Phaeton Black

Welcome Guest Author
Jillian Stone
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!


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

In 2010, I won the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and went from no agent or publisher to signing with Richard Curtis and being offered a three book contract by Pocket Books. That summer, I also won the erotica category of the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest for The Seduction of Phaeton Black and was offered a three book contract by Kensington Brava. Needless to say, I have been busy writing books this past year and a half! I live in Southern California and I am currently working on a special Pocket Star e-novella for The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, and the third sequel to the Phaeton Black series titled The Miss Education of Doctor Exeter.

I write historical romantic suspense and historical paranormal with steampunk and erotic elements, under one name, Jillian Stone.

Wow! What a wonderful two years you’ve had! Congratulations, Jillian! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black released in April, here’s brief blurb:
The year is 1889 and Queen Victoria, exemplum of decency and sobriety, is in her fifty-second year of reign. Occult detective Phaeton Black, on the other hand, couldn’t be less interested in clean-living. He has recently taken up residence in the basement flat of London’s most notorious brothel. A dedicated libertine with an aptitude for absinthe, he wrestles with a variety of demons both real and self-inflicted.

Unfairly linked to Scotland Yard’s failure to solve the Whitechapel murders, Phaeton is offered a second chance to redeem himself. A mysterious fiend, or vampire is stalking the Strand. After a glass and a consult with the green fairy, he agrees to take on the case. On his first surveillance, Phaeton pursues an elusive stranger and encounters several curious, horrifying beings. But the most intriguing creature of all is a Cajun beauty who captures him at knifepoint and threatens to spirit away his heart.
So intriguing! Which character is your favorite and why?

Phaeton Black, was my first serious attempt at writing what’s called a Byronic hero, which is a variant of the Romantic hero (named after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron). Phaeton is man proud, moody, cynical. He is often defiant and carries a misery in his heart. He often scorns his peers, can be vengeful and is capable of deep and strong affection.

I have to say, he was so much fun to write! Phaeton is all the things one should avoid in a man, only he’s so damn irresistible. 

He sounds awesome! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How attached I became to both the hero and heroine. At the end of the book it took me months to get the two characters out of my head. Phaeton and America go through an emotional arc and an rather grueling adventure together. Because there is always a good deal of story in my novels, I always feel exhausted when I finish a manuscript and it’s because I’ve been on the journey with the characters!

Also, for such a dark tale, I was surprised at the amount of humor that emerged in both the story and their repartee with each other. Phaeton and America are quite a pair.

They sound great! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

It takes three books for Phaeton to straighten up, lose his rougey parts and settle down. The second in the series, The Moonstone & Miss Jones releases in late September 2012.   
Here’s a sneak peek:

After being shanghaied in Shanghai, Phaeton and America return home to find 1889 London plagued by strange creatures setting the stage for a terrifying alternate future for the city. People and things–well–there's no other way to explain it, but things appear to be unraveling. With help from the Nightshades, Phaeton and America venture into a strange, alternate London to extract the Moonstone and close the rabbit hole between both worlds.

Wow! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

This wasn’t a difficult book to write, in fact it was a pleasure. I have come to understand that some books just seem to write themselves. The characters are in your head and fully developed––the plot turns work out perfectly. It is a wonderful thing when that happens, but I have found that even books which have more difficulties, are still wonderful experiences to write, revise and rewrite!

That is so true! What are you working on right now?

I have another series for Pocket Books called The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. And I am currently writing an e-novella for the series. Two more full length novels are releasing this year for that series: A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis releases end of August and A Private Duel with Agent Gunn, the end of November.

Love the titles! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s in the cloud (online storage). The working title is Isabella Inamorata: A four book, medieval series that is set in the south of France, which I might one day turn into a medieval fantasy series. But that’s a big maybe.

Sounds intriguing! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Even the easiest story is hard to write. You have to push yourself everyday. Since I’m ADD and tend to get bored easily, I try to make every chapter something to look forward to, especially when I know the writing is going to be difficult, like a very intense action scene––fun to imagine but difficult to execute well.

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

The power of love.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark

Salty or sweet? Can add a chile pepper as well? I make these Thai peanut lettuce wraps that have diced jalapeƱo, peanut butter and coconut in them. There is something about savory and sweet that is so delicious!

Bed or kitchen table? Sex on the table, and snacking in bed.

Beach or mountains? Guernsey Cove

Give or receive? Give and you shall receive!
Where can we find you on the web?

Purchase links:



To enter the tour-wide giveaway, enter the Rafflecopter form. But leave Jillian some comment love, too!

Thanks so much for reading!
Laura

31 comments:

Christi Barth said...

I RACED through this book as soon as it came out - and will find it hard to wait for the sequel. So different and wholly entertaining - LOVED IT! Now I've got to learn about the gentlemen of Scotland Yard.

Hai-Yen said...

Hmm your books sound interesting! Will add to my TBR list. I was salivating when reading about the Thai treat you mentioned it. Would love to get the recipe. Thank you for the giveaway and see you online!
hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

pamerd said...

Hi

I have this on my list to read as it looks so fun. I enjoy reading a series that has the characters grow throughout.

Thanks for the chance
Pam
tpibrew@msn.com

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Thanks for kicking off the comments, guys! I can't wait to read this one, too! :D

Karyn Good said...

Hi Jillian and Laura,

What a great interview! I've read The Seduction of Phaeton Black and I loved it! I think Byronic Hero describes Phaeton perfectly :D

Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Erin said...

I have not read any steampunk books - but a very good friend tells me that is where it is!! I am trying to open up my strict reading genre and try other things - so this will be added to my tbr list! Looks really good.
Thanks Laura and Jillian!!
Great giveaway!
Erin
loveeria@gmail.com

divavixenqueen said...

The storyline looks real intriguing. And I've never
read anything like it before.
divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

*yadkny* said...

I've never read a steampunk before, but I've always wanted to. The Seduction of Phaeton Black has a really great cover! Congrats Jillian on the latest and your upcoming release!

Rhianna said...

I've so been looking forward to this one! I've read a bit of steampunk here and there but I have to admit I get bored if there's not a good romantic thread (or some good sexual tension) to it. lol I just don't have the brain to suck up tons of the technological shift without being rewarded. :P

Victoria said...

I honestly have no idea what genre I'm reading half the time. As long as the story is good, I'm good to go. I think but I'm not sure that Cassandra Claire's CLOCKWORK ANGEL is Steampunk and I enjoyed it :).

crystalg123 said...

I just started reading some steampunk because of a friends referral. I am definitely adding this book to my list. I like how steampunk takes place in Victoria Eras and how items we have now perform other tasks

April Alvey said...

I Started Reading Steam Punk When A Friend Loaned Me her Book And I Have Been Hooked Ever Sence. I Love How Its Is Victorian Era Its So Cool.

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments guys!

Gjillian said...

Christi,

I'm so glad you enjoyed The Seduction of Phaeton Black and I'm happy to know you're also interested in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard.

They each have an appeal. The Phaeton Black series is historical with paranormal/steampunk/erotica elements and the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard is more action adventure romance. Think James Bond set in 1887 London! Lol!

Gjillian said...

Hai-Yen,

Oh I do hope you get a chance to read The Seduction of Phaeton Black.
I will get back here tomorrow with the Thai Turkey Lettuce Wrap recipe! I need to look up all the ingredients so i can write them down!

Gjillian said...

Hi Pam,

It has been really interesting writing the growth of both hero and heroine in the series. It takes three books for Phaeton to complete his character arc!

Gjillian said...

Karyn,

Byronic heroes are some of my favorite romance heroes, and Phaeton Black was the first one I ever tackled! So happy you enjoyed him!

Gjillian said...

Erin,

My version of Steampunk is heavier on the character and plot and less on the gadgetry, but give it a try!

Thanks for commenting!

Gjillian said...

Hi divavixenqueen!

Yeah, the Phaeton Black series covers a lot of subgenre ground: steampunk, paranormal, historical, occult detective, and erotica.

Whew!

Gjillian said...

Hi yadkany,

If you like sexy bad boy detectives, try Phaeton Black. It's kind of Steampunk Lite, so you can ease into it!

Gjillian said...

Rhianna,

If there is one thing I can guarantee, it's sexual tension between Phaeton Black and America Jones ;)

Gjillian said...

Victoria,

I'm with you! Give me a great story and compelling, interesting characters and I don't really care what genre I'm in!

Gjillian said...

crystalg123,

My favorite read Steampunk novel at the moment is God Save the Queen by Kate Locke. Goblins rule the Underground and Queen Victoria is a Vampire!

Gjillian said...

Hi April!

I agree, Steampunk is a blast! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Gjillian said...

Hey everyone,

Sorry I was late getting to the blog today but I am in copy edit deadline hell and just came out of my writer cave for a break this evening!

Thanks so much for stopping by and all your wonderful comments!

Now, back inside the cave!

Shadow said...

I love how unique and different steampunk is. I came across an authors book and fell in love! There so unique and cool! I especially love the look! :) Congrats to you! Your book sounds awesome!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

tammy ramey said...

Hi,
thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i have not read steampunk yet but i think this one has caught my eye and will be a good one to start with.

tammy ramey
trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

M-square said...

Great blurb/blog - this book looks excellent! I am puting it on my TBR pile... And the necklace is beautiful too; I'm winning on all sides by checking L.K.'s website.

Ren said...

Hi, Jillian! Actually I'm not big fans of steampunk romance, but read the blurb of your book, I'm intrigued. And then I see at your pinterest, and look at your picture for Phaeton Black, I can said, I'm in. Looking forward to read your book!

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

ML said...

I became interested in steampunk after reading Meljean Brooks' Iron Duke. Loved it! Plus I love seeing all the steampunk at Comic Con. I think it is a great genre and hope to read more.

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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