Saturday, August 18, 2012

Giveaway and Interview with Joanne Brothwell and Stealing Breath

Happy Saturday Everyone, and Welcome to another addition of  The Rack.  Today we are torturing Joanne about her new book Stealing Fate.  Boy was that a great read!!  Under some "gentle persuasion"  she agreed to trek down and have a seat to talk to me....lol...here's what she had to say:
Hello and Welcome to the dungeon!  I’m so glad you could join us in the torture chamber today, just slide the chains over and have a seat.  Watch out for Marcus..he bites…hard. Aria won’t though. My pets have to get used to visitors.  They aren’t used to seeing our…guests..er…mobile.  Would you like a drink?


Yes. Perhaps some water for my Valium! *Slaps away a spider*

Now Now,  You can’t be mean to Aria’s babies..they are pretty friendly…lol.


So tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Joanne Brothwell, I’m the author of Stealing Breath, a paranormal romance by Crescent Moon Press. I live in the country on the Canadian prairie where my stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at my doorstep on a daily basis.

Do you have any hobbies?
Writing is my main hobby, but I also like to draw, paint and play around with photomanipulation.

What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?
My mom. She has always read, for as long as I can remember, and I started to read her books when I was about thirteen. She got me hooked on Stephen King, Anne Rice and John Saul. After that, it was all about the horror!

Tell us about Stealing Breath.
 Here’s the blurb:
Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent creature known to the Navajo as a Skinwalker. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn’t even know she had.

Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?

Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child—an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.

Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.


Is this going to be a series or stand alone?
This is the first in the series. Book two, Silencing Breath, is in for formatting right now, and will be released in 2013. Book three is half written.

Tell us about some of your other books.
The only other book I have available right now is my novella, Vicarious, a prequel to Stealing Breath. In this short story, the main character from SB, Sarah, realizes she has empathic abilities, while simultaneously learning a hard lesson about bad boys.

Do you have a favorite character or book that you have written?
Evan Valente, the hero in Stealing Breath, is my favorite character. He comes from a blueprint in my mind of what the perfect man would be like, plus a tortured past!

I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?
Sex scenes are hard because too much description and it sounds like a porno mag. Too little and it reads like Young Adult. It’s hard to get just the right amount of heat!

Are any of your characters reflective of you?
Oh, sure! Sarah is definitely reflective of me. Not in the sense that she is a Mary Sue, but she definitely comes from a place within me. But then again, so do all of my characters.

Who is your favorite book heroine?
Rowan from The Witching Hour. Loved her – she is so smart!

Who is the character in this book that pulls at your heartstrings the most?
Evan. I love him. Love.

What is your favorite mystical creature?
 The Skinwalker from Stealing Breath. They are part of Navajo lore and are very interesting to me. Actually, the whole concept was inspired by a story an Indigenous friend of mine told me of a time she was on a road trip in the US. It was the middle of the night and she was growing too tired to continue driving, so she pulled her car over to the side of the road, somewhere in Arizona near the “four corners” (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah). She planned to have a nap, but was startled awake when her car started rocking as if someone was jumping on her car, their mocking laughter outside sending shivers up her back. Quite abruptly it stopped, and when she spoke to some of her Navajo relatives later, they said these tricksters were Skinwalkers, people who practiced “Bad Medicine” and could perform astral-projection!

Do you have any advice for newer authors?
Either walk away before you get in too deep, or dig your heels in and give’er!

Where are your books available?
Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

What can we expect from you in the future?
The next two in the Stealing Breath series (with a possibility of more), and a brand new series, a sci-fi fantasy currently called The Fifth Daughter of Eve.

Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?
Website:

Blog:

Twitter:
@JoanneBrothwell

Facebook:
Author Joanne Brothwell

Dungeon Fun

So I’m going to take you on a little tour of our…..facility.  Just a few questions and I’ll introduce you to our prison...errr guests J


Whips or chains?
Oh, dear! Um, neither?

Leather studded bodysuit or corset top?
Corset!

Fishnets or garterbelt?
Fishnets J

Leather pants, mini, or a long skirt slitted up both sides?
Long skirt with slits up both sides. Right to the hip!

Lace up boots or high heels?
Pretty heels

Ball gag or blindfold?
Um, dunno?

The rack or the whipping post?
Uh, *fans self*… um?

Wine, mixed drink, or straight up?
Coffee!

Candle wax or clamps?
Oh, jeez!

I think I know just the play area to take you to!!  Here are your tools and clothing.  I’m taking Joanne with me to get …suited up..but we will be here all night to answer questions.



Let’s go Joanne…Don’t worry about the fact you couldn’t choose between all the yummy toys, I get that way myself so I decided to bring them all!  I can’t wait to introduce you to Jason and MaryLynn!  He was here last month and I captured…err invited MaryLynn last week and she decided to stay!  Here hold these…I’ll show you how to put them on Jason.

Eek! *adjusts leather and corset strings* Oh, and… thanks for having me!
 
LOL...Let's take a look at Stealing Breath:
Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning? Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence. Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.
Joanne has willing offered up 2 copies of this book to one of my commenters.  Maybe she'll be done playing by then to give them out!! Good Luck!!!
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27 comments:

Tamsyn said...

Lily Collins and Matt Bomer!
tamsyn5(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Cox said...

Ok, I'm going to prove that I live under a rock again, but who are Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?
Sorry!!!

crystalg123 said...

I will go with Angelina Jolie and George Clooney, lol! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

cguidroz2(at)cox(dot)net

Tore said...

Alex Pettyfer and Amanda Seyfried. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

S.A. said...

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox!

Carin said...

Wow I haven't read FSOG so I don't have a great bead on the characters but I think that Robert Downey Jr should play in anything, then who cares about the woman LOL! Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

Lexi H said...

Lisa and I are living under the same rock...but I am guessing that these characters are from the 50 Shades books. Sorry, no guess for me since I haven't succumbed and read them yet.

Stealing Breath sounds good! I love the skinwalker legend, and you have a nice take on it. Evan sounds droolworthy as well.

Cassie said...

That's a hard choice to make. Whoever plays Anastasia should have the air of innocence yet still have something about her that would attract Christian so I would have to say either Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, or Natalie Portman. As for Christian I think it should be either Channing Tatum or Josh Duhamel.

June M. said...

I have to go with Lisa & Lexi. I have not read any of this series, just have not caved in to read them considering the mixed reviews I have seen, would rather read things that I am more certain I will enjoy.

I don't think that I have ever read anything with Skinwalkers before. This does sound like a good story.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Kristin Bell can so do the innocence that would be needed for Anastasia as well as the bit of naughtiness. Alexander Skarsgård has that hardness and sleek take charge sexiness needed for Christian. I am not sure that they would have chemistry though....

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) and Billy Miller (Y&R) would be excellent in these roles!

Filia Oktarina said...

Hmmmm.... how about Anne Hathaway and Robert Downey Jr.

Yvette said...

My vote is for Matt Bomer but am undecided for Anastasia.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Dawn Sullivan said...

Sad to say I havent read the books so I really dont know who would be good to play those characters. Sorry

DawnSullivan88@verizon.net

SdyLion said...

Jeffrey Donovan would be my choice for Christian Grey and Nina Dobrev would make a great Anastasia. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Tamsyn,
Lily and Matt? I could definitely see it!

Linda said...

Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. =D

best wishes, Linda xo

Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle said...

I'm new to the books so I don't think I can give an honest answer at this point. Although my answer to any male Character is Chris Hemsworth. mmmmm lol

Drake said...

Ian Somerhalder or Ryan Kwanten for Christian. I haven't really thought about who should play Ana, but definitely NOT Kristin Stewart.

Unknown said...

Hi Lisa,
Christian and Anastasia are from Fifty Shades of Grey. Definitely a must-read!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Crystal - Angelina and George? I think I could go with George. Not so much with Angelina, though!

Tore - Alex and Amanda would be perfect!

Hi SA - I think Shia LeBouf is a little, um, not hot/powerful enough to be Christian. And Megan Fox seems a little like she's been around the bush a few times, you know?

Hi Carin - Robert Downey Jr. would be a great pick!

Thanks, Lexi!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Cassie,
I agree with all of your picks - any of them would be great!

Thanks, June!

Hi Lavender - Alexander and Kristin. Hmm... I'm not sure, but I think I like!

Hey, Lisa! I don't know anything about your suggestions, so I can't comment.

Hi Filia - Robert Downey Jr could do anything and I'd love it!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Yvette,
Yep, Matt would be so great!

Dawn, you might have to check FSOG out!

Sdy,
Nina would be a sweet choice (I love her, btw!)

Hi Linda,
Fassbander and Jennifer? I don't know...?

Hey Melissa,
Yep - Christian Hemsworth. MMmm Yummy!

Hi Drake,
Go Ian!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Thank you so much for having me, Nikki!

Elizabeth H. said...
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Elizabeth H. said...

I think I agree that Matt Bomer has the look of Christian Grey but I'm not sure he can get into the the Christian persona when he is in the "red room of pain." Not sure who could play Anastasia. Anne Hathaway would be good, but I think we need someone a little younger, possibly unknown. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
ehaney578 at aol dot com

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I think Matt does have that look, but as for the ability to pull off the character, who knows.

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