Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Author: Jacquelyn Frank Interview and Giveaway!

I'd like to welcome Jacquelyn Frank to the blog to celebrate the release of the third book of her wildly popular World of NIghtwalkers series, Forsaken, from Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. In honor of this latest installment's publication, TLC launched a tour for the entire series—an entire PRINT set of which you lucky readers will get the chance to win today! Be sure to stick around for the giveaway!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Jacquelyn! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief bio with us?

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the World of Nightwalkers series, the Three Worlds series, the Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels, and the Gatherers novels. She lives in North Carolina and has been writing romantic fiction ever since she picked up her first teen romance at age thirteen.

The World of Nightwalkers is an exciting and sensual spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battle the evil forces who prey on them.

Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers #1)
The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.

When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden—this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to... not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.
After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson’s spirit is a powerful one—none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut.

While Menes is obsessed with finding the perfect vessel for his queen, Jackson cannot stop thinking about Dr. Marissa Anderson, the gorgeous precinct shrink who keeps pushing him to confront his grief over the loss of his K-9 partner. But what Marissa really arouses most in Jackson is intense desire, which is exactly what Menes is looking for. To fight a great enemy, pharaoh and queen must join; but to host Hatshepsut, Marissa will first have to die. Fate has given Jackson a profound choice: save Marissa from Menes’s plan or keep an entire species from the brink of extinction.
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As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.
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Describe The World of Nightwalkers in six words.

An exotic, dangerous world where anything can happen! (O0ps, that’s seven. So sue me ;))

How did you arrive at writing paranormal romance? Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at in the future?

Actually, I am trying my hand at a short horror story that will be in an anthology... though I don’t know when yet!

What was your inspiration for the storyline in Forsaken?

Leo, the hero, is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder... and I got the feel for it when reading an author friend’s latest work at the time. I thought, that’s exactly what Leo is going to face! Also, I always enjoy the idea of a quest. A journey. And that is what Leo and Faith, the heroine, embark on together.

Readers, click "Read more" to find out how Jacquelyn handles negative reviews, what kind of kid she was in high school, and what she's currently reading. We're also hosting a giveaway for the entire World of NIghtwalkers series, so you don't want to miss that either!

Are the characters from your books based off anyone you know in real life? If not, how much else of your actual life gets written into your stories?

No not really! Very little of my real life gets into my books.

Which character from Forsaken was most difficult to write?

Leo. Although both main characters were relatively easy for me to write, he was more complex because of the PTSD.

What do you consider your biggest strengths and weaknesses as an author?

I am a great world builder. I can make up a fantasy world in the snap of a finger.

My weaknesses depend on what’s going on in my life. If I am emotionally taxed, it’s very hard for me to write.

How do you react to a negative or harsh review to your books?

I used to freak out, cry, wail, pull my hair out, have a wild ménages à trois with Ben and his brother Jerry. We were close... so close... but we broke up after my gastric bypass surgery and, well, I do miss them from time to time... but it was such a destructive relationship...

Anyway, I now take it all in stride. I realize I am not going to please everyone. The only thing that gets me now is when people put HUGE spoilers out there. You know, like, they’re writing a book report instead of a review. ACK! Total pet peeve.

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Some randomness...

Favorite kind of chocolate? Dark, milk, white, coffee-flavored, the kind with nuts or berries inside??  I LOVE milk chocolate... throw in some caramel and I’m all yours. I can’t stand dark chocolate. It’s like committing a sin to make something that should be sweet and decadent into something bitter. But that’s just me!  

What kind of kid were you in high school? Geek. Nerd. Bookworm. I sucked at math but soared in English. I was the one everyone went to when they couldn’t understand Shakespeare! I was also bullied a lot. I was just too meek to stand up for myself. Then one day I totally lost it on this one girl and... well, she never bothered me again. Hehehe.  

You go, girl! All-time favorite quote? "When I’m good I’m good, when I’m bad I’m even better." — Mae West

Most romantic thing a guy has ever said or done to you? Left me alone... heh.

LOL! Currently reading? Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones.

Currently wearing? I prefer comfy clothes so... soft and comfy pants and shirt.

Most visited website?! LOL. I’m a shopaholic.

Oh, you and me both! Favorite vegetable? (yes, you have to pick one) Broccoli.

Guiltiest pleasure? Downton Abbey!  

What did you want to grow up to be when you were little? A writer! 

Go-to comfort food? Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio ice cream.

Always a good choice. Charity or cause of choice? Asheville Humane Society and the ASPCA. I do neonatal kitten rescue with them.

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Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

Just keep trying. Put yourself out there. Don’t take criticism personally.

Now give us your best personal advice—something you wish you had known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

Don’t care about what everyone else thinks of you... just worry about what you think of you... and be fair to yourself when making that assessment.

Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?

Carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the message in Forsaken that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t do messages. I just tell a story to entertain. I’m just not that deep. Heh.

Good enough for me! ;) What are your goals as a writer?

Number one on the NYT, baby!

What's next for you?

More writing! I started a new fantasy series.

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?
If you could construct your own hero, what would he be like?
Fabulous question! Readers, you can find Jacquelyn online at the following sites:

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to get to know you today, Jacquelyn! Thank you so much for joining us and answering our questions, and best of luck with your future endeavors.


Books à la Mode is giving away a print copy set of the World of Nightwalkers series: Forbidden, Forever, and Forsaken—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is answer Jacquelyn's question in a comment below:
If you could construct your own hero, what would he be like?

Don't forget to include your email address in your comment so I know who to contact when I randomly select winner. Don't make me track you down!!!!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Jacquelyn and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to Random House!
Giveaway ends January 29th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US readers only. Sorry, everyone else! Check out my sidebar where you'll find a list of giveaways that currently are running internationally—there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!