Saturday, August 21, 2010

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Jennifer Armintrout AKA Abigail Barnette

Hello everyone! I’m super psyched to be here today, because I like guest blogging, and I like being a Michigan author. In fact, I like being a Michigan author so much, I’m two Michigan authors!

On September 7th, my very first erotic romance, Ravenous, will be released from Samhain publishing, under the pseudonym Abigail Barnette. Isn’t that a great pseudonym? Abigail Barnette: Erotic Romance author. Abigail Barnette: for seventh district judge. Abigail Barnette: Gangland’s most ruthless killer. It works on so many levels.

Anyway, I’m primarily known as a vampire author, so vampires were a natural choice for my first foray into the world of eBooks. Not just any vampires, though. Ravenous is a m/m/f vampire pirate velour historical menage. Oh yes. You read that right. Vampire. Pirate.

So, since I’m writing about pirates, I couldn’t really set this book in Michigan. We have a really disheartening lack of pirates here. And my next book as Jennifer Armintrout, American Vampire, which will release from Mira in March, 2011, isn’t set in Michigan either. It’s set in Ohio. But don’t worry, Michiganders, I made Ohio as hellish as we all know in our evil little mitten-shaped hearts that it is. My main character in American Vampire, indeed, the titular (lol, tit) American Vampire, as it were, is from good old Detroit.

So, Jen, you’re probably asking me right now, and I just can’t hear you because we’re not in the same room and also this is in the internet and you have to type things unless you’re using skype or something, why Michigan? Why doesn’t a glamorous, beautiful, well-read and articulate international woman of mystery move to another place, like Indiana or something? Well, to put it bluntly, there is no place on earth that is as cool as Michigan. We have waterfalls, shipwrecks, mushroom hunting, the auto industry, the motown music scene, Detroit Tigers baseball (which is, coincidentally, the best baseball of all time) sea monsters, dogmen, a giant tire and pasties. No, not the things strippers wear on their nipples. Our pasties are 100% sequin and tassel free, and taste good with ketchup. Yes, we have to put up with a thirty year recession and Rod Allen’s sports commentary, but it’s worth it to live in a place where it can be seventy degrees three days in a row and a blizzard on the fourth day.

Say yes to Michigan, y’all. Come visit. Read my books. Don’t get in a shipwreck. Thank you.

Blurb for Ravenous by Abigail Barnette:

One man claims her by day, another by night. Together they lay claim to her heart.

Annabelle Whittington sails toward Jamaica, and marriage to a wealthy plantation owner, on winds of hope. Hope that she hasn’t saved her virginity only to be doomed to proper English wifehood, never to fully satisfy her sexual curiosity. Then the sails of the pirate ship Howling Hades appear on the horizon.

Captain Galerius’s demands are simple: in exchange for her blood to slake his eternal thirst, and her body to quell his voracious lust, he will guarantee safe passage. Except his motives are less than pure. In his hold is another prisoner, Ian Drummond, who must soon be replaced…with Annabelle.

But Ian has plans of his own, and they don’t include giving up his lover so easily. And, once he gets a taste of Annabelle’s sweet blend of innocence and boldness, he can’t imagine living without either one of them.

Annabelle, sensing the tortured soul beneath the monster, refuses to let Galerius intimidate her—and finds an unexpected ally in the infuriating, maddening Ian. As danger threatens the Hades, she is faced with a choice. Return to her life of duty, or embrace her spirit of adventure…and sail the high seas with the men who have captured her heart.

Warning: Avast! Here be hot vampire pirate lovin’ that won’t be coming to a theater near you any time soon; a comely wench who be givin’ “boring” the old heave-ho. Cool rum drink recommended.

Giveaway Time
Jennifer, er Abigail, has offered one lucky winner a pdf of Ravenous
The book has not been released yet so you'll have to wait a couple weeks for her to get copies
To enter leave a comment on this post with email address
Winner TBA next Wednesday


Katrina W said...

Having read Jennifers previous books and really enjoyed them I am looking forward to reading this one. Loved the excerpt!!! and is definelty my kinda book.

Alicia0605 said...

oh wow this sounds great!! I love the book cover!


Tamsyn said...

Great pseudonym and great post! I enjoyed the blurb. Pirates do make smashing heroes - reminds me of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anna (Bite Club) said...

Michigan has sea monsters? Who knew?
I can honestly say that I have never read a vampire pirate book but if the writing is anything like the post then I really want to.


Robin K said...

I would love to be entered. Beautiful cover!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Tara W said...

This is a interesting blurb. Vampire and pirate- what more could you ask for?
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

*yadkny* said...

WOW! Vampire pirates!?! Sounds awesome:) I am definitely putting this on my TBR list. Congrats on the upcoming release!

Sherry said...

Your books sound great and I like that the new one has vampires and pirates in it. This sounds like a great read.

Meredith said...

Pirates and vampires! oh my! LOL! Please enter me!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Beverly said...

OMG!!! I can't believe you got to interview Jennifer - aka Abigail! I love her books!! I would sooooooo love to win her new one! Please enter me - I am an old follower.

Thanks for hosting!

Kajivar said...

Vampires and pirates, my kind of book! :)


Jennifer Armintrout said...

Yeah, guys, we totally have sea monsters in Michigan. Mishipishi or something like that, lives in one of the Great Lakes! That's just another reason to love Michigan. Sure, we're in a thirty-year recession and we have no decent weather, but we do have is terrifying serpents of the deep!

stacey said...

Wow a Vampire Pirate who knows what will happen next.Love the idea.

Estella said...

Vampires and pirates!! Too cool.

kissinoak at verizon dot net

Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

Oh man, I already loved your books... now after reading your guest post, I'm in love with you even more. I snickered the whole way through, except for that Ohio bit. Hey! Not all of us Ohioans are that bad... just the northern ones.

I want this book. Lots. A lot a lot. Even though you're a Michiganian.

ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

joder said...

I read and loved Jennifer's previous books so I'm really looking forward to this one. It sounds very exotic and I really hope I win it.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Karen said...

Sounds hot! Count me in.



Sounds likes a great book. Good luck with the book, I wish you many sales.


booklover0226 said...

I've read and enjoyed Jennifer's other works. I know I'll enjoy this one.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com


This sounds really interesting. I'm a fan of Jennifer Armintrout's, and can't wait to read this. I'd love to enter.

Nicole said...

This looks great! I can't wait to get the chance to read it!!

Audrey said...

This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win!

Andrea I said...

This looks like a good book.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Ravenous sounds fantastic! I love dashing pirates, love that vibe of danger and authority yet rebellion with them :-D

And smashing cover, congratulations, it is definitely an eye-catcher!

please enter me, would love to read Ravenous!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

mbreakfield said...

Pirate vampires sound like a great read.