Thursday, September 16, 2010

Interview/Giveaway with J.A. Saare

Today I'm excited to welcome J.A. Saare to my blog. She is the author of Crimson Moon and Dead, Undead or Somewhere In Between.

Hi J.A. , Welcome to Anna's Book Blog! I'm glad to have you here. To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

First and foremost, I am a mother and a wife. I spend a majority of my time doing less than glamorous things -- such as laundry, cleaning, and helping my kiddos with homework -- but I wouldn't change a thing. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and always comes first.

As for the fun things -- I love to read, write, watch movies, and listen to music. I also have an addiction to Twitter, my blog, and love meeting and chatting with people.

Crimson Moon is your newest release, can you tells us a little about it?

Crimson Moon was the first story I’d ever written and, to be quite honest, I was never sure if it would be published. It’s about a girl who learns she’s anything but normal after she’s attacked by zombie like creatures, is saved by a man she discovers is a werewolf, and learns she is a descendant of vampire royalty.

At the time, I wanted to write a werewolf romance. However, the story evolved and became bigger and bigger. Before I knew it, I’d written three books total. I’m currently editing the second installment.

What is your writing day like?

With four children, it’s chaotic. I try to write as much as I can right after the kids go to school, during nap time (my youngest is only three and stays home), and after everyone goes to bed. Once upon a time, I could get writing done while everyone was going crazy around me, but since the children are older now (and require more of my attention) it’s a lot tougher to find “quiet time.”

When your not writing what kind of books do you like to read?

That’s a tough question, because I read so much. For the most part, I enjoy urban fantasy and romance. However, when the mood strikes I’ll go through periods where I don’t want to read anything but horror, or I’ll get into the classics and will pull out my Steinbeck novels.

That’s why I love the e-publishing industry so much; there is so much material to choose from. Not that the New York offerings aren’t great (they are!) but the diversity means there is always something to be enjoyed.

Since becoming published, what has been your favorite part of the process?

Meeting people. I’m a people person, so talking with everyone on Twitter and my blog has been fantastic. As you can probably imagine, I don’t get to leave the house much, so the interaction makes the days pass by so much more quickly. Not to mention, there are a lot of great people I’ve met along the way.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a book?

A drink of some kind -- right now, I’m on a Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper kick -- music, and a “feel” of what I want to take place on the pages.

Dead, Undead or Somewhere In Between was an exciting story with a cliffhanger that drives readers crazy, Is there anything at all you can tell us about the sequel?

When I wrote Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, I had no idea of what was coming with the exception of one thing -- that the romantic interest, Disco, had to die. After I wrapped it up and gave it to my mother-in-law, she firmly stated that ending had to go and she wanted a redo. Never one to upset my Mom, I did as she asked and created the ending that people either love me or hate me for. It wasn’t done to make anyone angry, but was the result of trying to have fun and challenge myself to take it to a place my Mom wouldn’t see coming.

In The Renfield Syndrome, you’ll get more interaction between Paine and Rhiannon, as well as a rounder world built and insight into vampires and demon politics. I can’t really say too much, as not to spoil, but I think there are a few surprises that will shock readers. My hope is that I can write a story that is better than the first and make up for the cliffhanger and redeem myself to those who want to kill me.

Are there any real life people that have inspired the characters in your series?

I suppose in some ways there are, although I couldn’t think of specific people to link to characters. I think a majority of the characters I write come from the people I meet when I’m out and about. A hodge-podge if you will.

Recently you released a book called Eternity and a Day under the name Aline Hunter, why the name change?

When I started writing, it was all about romance and urban fantasy. Then, after I’d written Crimson Moon and Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, I decided I wanted to write spicier material. I started by writing a short story, A Kiss Before Dying, and followed it up with another short story and a couple of erotic novellas at Amira Press. However, even with the erotic themes, the material wasn’t as hot as I knew future offerings would be.

After writing Eternity and a Day and being contracted by Loose Id (who are known for their steamy books), I began to worry. The reception to my racier material after people had read Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between wasn’t all that great. People were confused by the shift, and in some cases extremely annoyed. The duel identities were created as a way to keep things separate. The last thing I wanted to do was to have people purchase my tamer stories only to search for more of my work and discover the other offerings were erotic.

What is up next for you?

Right now I’m writing the sequel to Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between -- The Renfield Syndrome. I am also editing the second story in the Crimson series (following Crimson Moon), Crimson Sunrise. I’ve completed a contemporary erotic novella that is currently under submission, as well as a full-length paranormal erotic romance, Omega Mine, which I’m prepping to send out in to the world for a possible home.

I do have two things releasing this fall. First is my contribution to the Hungry For Your Love Zombie Romance anthology. I Heart Brains is a story that about a dead man, a widow, and their chance at life and love. The anthology was originally released at Ravenous Romance and, to our delight, the rights were purchased by St. Martin’s Griffin. The anthology will release in bookstores worldwide on September 28th and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. I also have another short story releasing October 1st at Amira Press. Hunger Undone is an erotic paranormal novelette (part of another anthology) and is one of six stories that will be released later in a print edition. It will be the last erotic offering I’ll write under the J.A. Saare pen name, so I hope people enjoy it.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Anna. I’ve been a fan of your blog for a long time, and I appreciate how generous you’ve always been to me. I hope that I can continue to write things that you enjoy and that I can visit your blog again at some point in the future.

Jaime
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CRIMSON MOON
By: J.A. Saare

Out Now
Trueblood vampires. Those set apart from commons by right of blood. Graced with extraordinary abilities such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition - they are the most powerful and feared among their kind. The secret lies within, a legacy evolving from the truest form of magic, and their living bloodlines are the key.
An average routine morning is exactly what twenty-year old Emma Johnson hopes to avoid when she visits Joe’s CafĂ© for a steaming cup of coffee and freshly made donuts. She’s jaded by her small town, the community that has ostracized her, and the empty house that symbolizes what her life has become; a hollow shell. Yet things are not entirely as they appear, and Emma is about to discover she isn’t the normal girl she once believed.
After she is rescued from a horde of demonic bloodthirsty creatures by Caleb, the most captivating and enigmatic person she has ever met, she struggles to accept the unimaginable truth he imparts. That he has been dispatched by the Father she has never known, a powerful vampire from the house of DeViard, to see her safely home. For Caleb is also unique, a werewolf procured to protect the invaluable royal bloodlines from harm.
Soon, the undeniable connection Emma and Caleb share evolves beyond mere attraction into something more substantial. But their time together is short lived, forced to an end when she is sent to the trueblood vampires that claim her as one of their own.
http://jasaare.com/
Crimson Moon is available in paperback and ebook

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GIVEAWAY:

THE GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED

Jaime has offered up a paperback copy of Crimson Moon to one lucky winner. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S. and Canada. The winner will be announced on September 22nd. Good Luck!

67 comments:

  1. Great interview and I love Saare's writing!

    lilazncutie1215[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. I feel for you. Having four children is chaotic and yet also so very fun. I think it's great that you are able to write and still be a mom. Must take a lot of self-discipline. I was never a writer, but I had four children in the space of 9 years (the oldest was nine when I had the last child) and I was a prolific reader. I remember having lots of days sitting in a chair and going back between reading and interacting with the children. Ironically, now that I'm a grandmother and all my kids are grown, I seem to have LESS time for reading - though I think the internet has something to do with that. lol.

    I read an excerpt of Dean, Undead...and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think it would be great to be able to read Crimson Moon. It sounds interesting and I've always enjoyed stories that have both werewolves and vampires.

    wandasissleatyahoodotcom

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  3. I enjoyed the interview and would love to read Crimson Moon :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Sounds like your heroine in Crimson Moon has a streak of bad luck. Great interview.

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  5. Sounds like a good book.

    sgiden at verizon.net

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  6. All right. I must have this book.

    Seriously. As in, right now.

    rosalie.stanton@gmail.com

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  7. Hey jeanette ~ It's great to see you here ;) Thanks for stopping by!

    Mardel ~ It is tough and only gets harder as they get older. I love them, but there are days when I'm so exhausted I just want to fall into bed and stay there!

    Cheryl ~ Thanks for stopping by and entering. I hope you enjoy the story!

    Elie ~ She does. Poor Emma seems to be prone to get into trouble. ;-)

    Sandy ~ Thanks for stopping by, commenting, and entering.

    Rosalie ~ Thanks for stopping by. *crosses fingers for you* :)

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  8. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

    Nancye Davis
    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. Hey Nancye ~

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  10. J.A. Saare is so sweet!! Hey girl!! *waves*
    One of the few authors who will actually sit and chat with you on Twitter!
    Of course enter me for the giveaway!
    Amy J
    djsfoxylady@gmail.com
    Twitter:@Stuffdbookshelf

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  11. Would love to be entered. I adore J.A. Saare and am looking forward to this read.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  12. Hey Amy ~ Thanks for stopping by. I love chatting with everyone on Twitter. So thank YOU for saying hello. :)

    Robin ~ Another lovely that I'm so glad to see. I hope you enjoy Crimson Moon!

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  13. Great interview! Count me in!

    lisadeanne at prodigy dot net

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  14. It really is a shame that people get upset when authors branch out and do other styles of writing. I never considered that as one of the reasons for having another series under a different name.
    I would love to read this book it sounds really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  15. FAB interview. Love JA Sarre's writing. (don't enter me I stalk her and have read them all. lol)

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  16. Hey Lisa! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. :) Hope your writing is going well.

    Debbie ~ You'd be amazed. I've had people who are offended by the racier material I write, as well as angry when they read Crimson Moon (a paranormal romance) and discover it's nothing like Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (an urban fantasy).

    I'm hoping that the separate identities helps somewhat, but you never know. ;-)

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  17. Hey Tori. You know I <3 you too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Crimson Moon sounds like my type of book! Please enter me :) Thanks for the giveaway!


    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. After reading the blurb I really want to read your book. Nice interview as well.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Hell YEAH I want to read this book!!! Love the interview :D

    spazp(at)me(dot)com

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  21. Hi Van ~ Thanks for entering!

    Victoria ~ Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the book.

    Spaz ~ Thanks for coming by!! :) This one isn't like Dead, Undead but I do hope you like it!

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  22. This book sounds very interesting! Count me in!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  23. I must have this book :) You have me intrigued and it sounds amazing

    june111@att.net

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  24. Great interview and sounds like a really good book. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

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  26. She is such a cool author... I'd love a chance to get this book!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. I am a follower. Great interview. I would love to read your books. I have never read any before. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  28. I would love to read Crimson Moon! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  29. This one looks very interesting. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    justpeachy36@yahoo.com

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  30. Would love to read this..
    follower

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  31. Hi there, thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to reading your books!!!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

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  32. Jaime - I loved Dead, Undead or Somewhere Inbetween. The ending was great. :)

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  33. Wow, I wake up from a nap (just had a root canal yesterday, so still feeling yucky) and I return to all these comments! Thanks everyone for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the story!

    Melissa ~ You know I enjoy chatting with you as well. :)

    Shelley ~ I'm so glad you liked the ending of Dead. It's a deal breaker for some!

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  34. Wonderful interview! I`ve heard such good things about J.A. Saare, I have to start her work, asap!!

    Count me in!

    natashajennex(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  35. I enjoyed the interview. Ms. Saare is a new to me author and I'm looking forward to reading her books.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

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  36. Great interview! I've read J.A. Saare's work under her alter, and really liked it. I'd love to win a copy of Crimson Moon.

    @ J.A. Saare: *waves* I haven't chatted with you on Twitter in a while, but I love how you make yourself accessible. And, the vlogs are great, too! That's one of the reasons that I tried out Aline Hunter. I think it's great when I can find an author who has a great online personality, which goes a long way to convincing me to read their book, especially if it might be a genre or style that I am trying for the first time.

    BTW: I had your vlog playing in the background when I spoke to my grandmother, and she thought I had one of my second cousins on the three-way! (She grew up in Alabama.)

    PolarisGreen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. I'd love to win this! I read J.A.'s blog and I LOVE her vlogs!And she's so nice too!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

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  38. I'm a follower and this would be a new author for me! tWarner419@aol.com

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  39. Great interview Jamie! I hope to run into you in person at a HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE signing somewhere along the way!

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  40. Natasha and Estella ~ Thanks for commenting. I hope you like the stories!

    Lillie ~ I've been forced away from Twitter recently *cry* because there is so much going on here. Trust me, I've missed chatting too! That is too funny about your family and the accent. ;-)

    Kailia ~ It's great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tetewa ~ Thank you for your interest. ;-) I hope you enjoy the story!

    Jan ~ That would be so cool. Maybe one day we will meet. I'm very excited about the Hungry For Your Love release!

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  41. It always amazes me when I read about the hectic lives of authors. For some reason, I always imagined glitz and glamour - not day jobs and kids! You folks definitely give a whole new definition to "multitasking" and I figure those highly imaginative brains you writers have helps with all the juggling. Congrats on your latest release! annhonATaolDOTcom

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  43. Hi Cybercliper ~ It's easy to assume that authors live large. :) Unfortunately, I am not one of them (but I wouldn't complain if I was). It's okay, a busy life is a full life.

    Thanks for stopping by and entering!

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  44. Great interview! Jaime: How did I not know you had 4 kids - I thought it was 3 (which is a lot!). Goodness... from now on you get extra hugs!!

    thanks!

    twimom227 at gmail dot com

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  45. Twimom ~ LOL!! Yep, it's four! We stay busy here. ;-D

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  46. Thanks for the great interview.
    This book sounds great

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

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  47. I enjoyed the interview, and CRIMSON MOON sounds like a book I would love!

    Thanks for the contest!

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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  48. Great interview and the book sounds like my kind of read.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I think the hardest part about being self-employed is that you are at your house most of the time. I'm sure you get kind of tired of that. Looking forward to reading your books - anything with both vamps and werewolves in it sounds good to me.

    jen at delux dot com

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  50. I enjoyed the interview very much and the blurb. This book sounds like one I'd really enjoy.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  51. I haven't tried Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper but lately I have been addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper. I am actually drinking some right now. Yum!

    rae_reads@hotmail.com

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  52. Great interview! I'm definitely going to have to add Saare to my TBR list!

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  53. I enjoyed the interview with J.A. Saare. Although I haven't had a chance to read any of her work yet, I'm certainly adding her books to my wish list now.

    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

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  54. I wanted to comment one last time before I hit the sack. :) Thanks again to everyone who has commented and stopped by.

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  55. Hi Jaime,

    Thanks for stopping by today and chatting with everyone. Hope you have a good night.

    :)

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  56. I think you def need to be courageous to kill off your love interest. Kudos.

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

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  57. I enjoyed the post; it was great. I look forward in reading your works.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  58. Hot damn this is soooo exciting...I love your books Jaime...and I would love to win a copy of Crimson Moon...I am looking forward to The Renfield Syndrome and Crimson Sunrise. I found Eternity and A Day and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity. The best to you and the family.
    Cindy
    ctrim@wi.rr.com

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  59. Marianna ~ Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad the book interests you and I hope you enjoy it.

    Tracey D ~ Thanks for your kind words. :) I hope that you also enjoy the book.

    Cindy ~ I'm crossing my fingers for you! You've been so fantastic and sweet. I'm so glad you enjoyed my books thus far!

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  60. Loved the interview. Jaime has real talent as a writer and is the sweetest person. :) -laura
    L_Hogg at comcast dot net

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  61. Hi this book sounds really good. I wont get started on chaotic kids as I have 3 girls and 2 are teens, lol I know all I ask is you pray for me, JK

    -Brandy
    brandyzbooks@yahoo.com

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  63. Thanks for the chance!

    six_one_nine_girlie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  64. Thanks for the chance. This looks like a great book



    giveawaymommy at yahoo.com

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  65. Great interview! I'd love to read this!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  66. loved the interview. This book sounds interesting.

    jlynettes at hotmail dot com

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  67. Looks like an interesting read. tressa.sherman@hotmail.com

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