Good morning everyone! Today we have a new to me author but one I hope to see more books from her as her career progresses. I asked Stephanie what inspired her books and got a very interesting answer. Sourcebooks has offered a giveaway of two copies of Kiss At Your Own Risk Read my note at the end to find out how to enter the drawing.
Now, grab your coffee and danish and enjoy :-)
My answer isn't going to be what you might expect.
The question seems innocuous enough: "What inspired your new series?"
It's a series about tortured heroes, fiery but vulnerable women, a psychotic but somewhat endearing villain who just happens to be the grandma of Death, but that's not what I'm going to talk about. I'm going to talk about what inspired my series on a deeper level.
See, a couple years ago, my life kinda of imploded. You know, the kind where you sit blankly on your bed, numb with shock, terrified beyond words about how you're going to recover? Well, my life blew up both professionally and personally at the same time, and it pretty much eviscerated any sense of myself that had currently been in residence at that time.
So, in response, what does a girl do? Well, I hunkered down and poured myself into my writing. I was so determined to recover, to write that amazing book, to springboard into greatness, and then everything would be better. If I could just fix that one thing, everything would start to fall into place.
Didn't happen. Oh, sure, I wrote a ton, but I couldn't sell anything. Turns out, I was writing from a place of sheer, unadulterated terror and desperation. I had nothing inside but desperation and fear, and it showed in my writing. My writing was forced, it was my attempt to "fit in" and write what I thought someone might buy. I was so scared to tap into my inner self, to let my passion fly, unable to let go of my death grip on the safety of the known.
I realized, at that point, that I had two choices. I could give up on the writing and try to find a safe, predictable career that would give me the security I was craving, OR I could let go of the fear and the desperation, allow myself to relax, and begin to write from love again. And so began the process of writing with irreverence, with freedom, and with no judgment or goals, other than to enjoy myself. It was incredibly difficult to let go of all the fear when everything in my life was still fragmenting, but I knew that it was the only way to emerge from the dark place I was in.
But I did it. I started a new document, and I began to brainstorm. I let go of judgment, I let go of fear. I released the need to write something that would sell. Instead, I opened my heart and listened to my soul, and I began to create with freedom and peace for the first time in perhaps my whole life. And this story, this series, was the result of that process. When I got my author copies, I felt the most amazing sense of accomplishment. To me, this book is my triumph, my ability to tap into that well of creativity and non-judgment at a time when I thought I would never get there.
KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK BY STEPHANIE ROWE – IN STORES JANUARY 2011
He needed a killer woman…
Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women.
She was drop dead gorgeous, literally…
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.
When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Four-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a nationally bestselling author, and has more than twenty-five contracted titles with major publishers such as HarperCollins, Dorchester and Harlequin. Stephanie has charmed reviewers with her unique blend of humor and otherworldly magic. She lives outside Boston, MA, where she is working on the next two books in the Soulfire Series: Touch if You Dare (July 2011) and Hold Me If You Can (September 2011). For more information, please visit http://www.stephanierowe.com/.
-- Lynda Again
Make sure you check out the review I've done for Kiss At Your Own Risk. It's a great book and, if you like urban fantasy, I'm sure you'll like it.
As I said earlier, Sourcebooks is offering a giveaway of two copies of Kiss At Your Own Risk. To enter the drawing, leave a comment AND send me an email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with KISS in the subject line AND the answer to this question in the body:
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being _______________
Include your snail mail addy and on Friday, Jan 21, I'll put all your entrie