Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Eliza Gayle

Welcome to Fang-tastic Books, Eliza. Let’s get started by learning more about you, what would you like to tell us about yourself?

I’m an avid reader and writer of paranormal romance with a crazy love for shapeshifters and witches. That’s not to say I don’t love other paranormal creatures as well because I do, but I think shifters and witches are my favorites. Now if we get into a discussion on fantasy then we’d be talking about faeries and dragons. J I like my romances extra spicy and I think my writing reflects that with some scorching hot scenes that fling that bedroom door wide open.

What was your first published work?

My first published work was a fantasy ménage between a witch, a faery and a dragon titled Taken by Tarot. I love my faery world and hope to revisit it again soon. Unfortunately, Taken by Tarot is currently out of print but is being revamped and will reemerge later this year bigger and better than ever.

Tell us about your current book?

Malcolm, the third in my Black Cougar series is my latest release. The series has followed the three shapeshifting Gunn brothers through family politics, love, sexual exploits, and a mating call that can’t be denied. Now it’s bad boy Malcolm’s turn. Here’s the blurb.

He can run be he can’t hide. Not from duty. Not from danger. And especially not from the woman who forces him to face the truth.

Malcolm Gunn’s time is running out along with his ability to shift. When confronted with his past he thinks he’s found a solution. With the help of a little rope, he can let nature takes its course. Unfortunately the woman who is the key to his existence harbors a powerful secret that will destroy them both.

Cheyenne’s been hired to track and retrieve Malcolm at any cost. Her only plan is to get in, get out and keep her sanity intact. In that order. But she’s been warned…If he catches her, he will stake his claim whether she is willing or not.

Deceit and lies bring them together. Murder puts them on the run. Their enemies are closing in and there’s only one, irreversible way out. Some choices can never be forgiven and one man’s anger can destroy it all…Malcolm.

Can you give us a little glimpse into the book, perhaps a part of one of your favorite scenes?

There are so many favorite scenes to choose from but it’s really hard to pick one that doesn’t involve one of the many twists I’d rather keep secret—for now.

I do however love the opening chapters and the immediate clashing these two characters go through. Here’s a brief snippet of one such scene.

“Looking for me?”

He whirled at the sultry voice behind him in time for her to deliver a kick to his stomach, catching him off balance and sending him flying backward to sprawl on the floor. Air whooshed from his lungs and his head cracked against the hard floors. Pain exploded in his head, little shards of sharp, burning sensations that took hold for several long seconds before clearing.

Stunned that she’d snuck up on him, he groped for his bearings. The little minx took full advantage of his delay and pounced on top of him, straddling his legs with her own. He didn’t even see the knife until she had it pressed to his throat and dangerously close to his jugular.

“What’s wrong? Cat got your tongue?”

Malcolm slowly dragged the air back into his lungs and wondered what kind of crazy bitch she’d turned into. The power emanating from her came soaked in strength without even a whiff of fear. For a second or two, he felt frozen in time. This woman looked nothing like the Chey he remembered. This woman had obviously trained and his instincts screamed she would not be an easy fight. Interesting.

Her white blonde hair was tied up in a braid but a few strands had come loose and curled around her face. His fingers itched to brush them from her cheeks. With the anger in her eyes and the stern shape of her mouth, she reminded him more of the women from his clan than ever. In an act of aggression, she bore resemblance to the cougar more than ever.

“My tongue’s just fine, Chey. Want to find out?”

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a new witch book that I started a while back and hope to finish soon. It involves a witch having to turn to a warlock for some very creative lessons in controlling her new magic. Fun Fun!

What would readers be surprised to learn about you?

Most readers are pretty surprised when they find out I’m a former Marine. (although there are no former Marines really, just Marines.)

I loved my time in the Marine Corps and will forever treasure the training and memories of those years. I also met my husband in the Marines so that’s a special bond we’ve shared for twenty years now.

Just for fun lightning round:

Black or white - Black

Red or pink - Red

Angels or Demons - Demons

Vampires or werewolves - werewolves

Coke or Pepsi - definitely Coke

Coffee or tea - Sweet Tea (I’m a southern girl.)

Wine, beer or mixed drinks - mixed drinks.

Casual or Formal - Casual

Backyard barbeque or gourmet meals - Backyard Barbeque

Paperback, hardcover, or digital - digital all the way!

Where can your book be found for sale?

My book is currently available in digital format at most booksellers. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance, and soon Sony, the iBookstore and Kobo. It will also be available in paperback August 1st.

If readers would like to learn more about you where can they find you on the web?

I’m never far from Twitter or Facebook and my website has lots of info and goodies on it at http://elizagayle.net

Thank you again for joining us today at Fang-tastic Books.

Thank you so much for having me, it's been fun.

Today Eliza is offering a fun giveaway-
1 print copy of Lucas, a set of the cougar trading cards as well as one cougar recipe cards

Want to win this prize pack?

Leave a comment on this post with your email

Open to US Shipping

One winner will be chosen & announced May 4


Sandy Jay said...

I'd love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

cait045 said...

Yes, please enter me.

Thats so cool that you meet your husband in the Marines.

Becky said...

Great interview!

Please enter me, I would love the chance to win this.


Anne said...

Why did you decide to join the marines? I don't think it currently has and definitely didn't have a reputation as being women friendly 20+ years ago. (Well, the least women friendly of all the forces.)


sha said...

Thanks soooo much for the giveaway! I would so love to win this!!! Either way I'm checking into the books they look like a very very good read! :)


lindsey hutchison said...

I so wanna read this i love shifters..i would love to win this thanks for the giveaway.


sha said...

Oh I soooo hope to win this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uber excited about it!!!!!!!!!!


Danielle Gorman said...

Great interview. I am dying to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


Sherry said...

This sounds like it will be a great read. I love books that are about shifters of all different kinds. I look forward to reading this.


Estella said...

Sounds like a great series!

kissinoak at frontier dot com

latishajean said...

What a great giveaway thank you so much book sounds so good have to add it to my read list!
tishajean@ charter.net

SheriV said...

I think it's so cool that you were a marine and that you love Coke. It makes you ever cooler in my book.


Barb P said...

I would luuuuvvvv to win a prize pack! Thanks for the opportunity to check out your books along with the fun stuff. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

Beverly said...

I just heard about this series - looks amazing!! Thanks for hosting!

meggerfly said...

I've seen a lot about this book recently and it looks very interesting! I'd love to win this!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Tore said...

I really want to read this book. It sounds really good. I would love to read the rest of the books in the series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Eliza Gayle said...

Thanks Roxanne for having me on the blog today.

Anne, Honestly at times it was hard being a female Marine but I don't regret the decision for a moment. I was looking for a challenge and the Marines more than provided it. :)

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments! Good luck.

Chelsea B. said...

Great interview! Thanks for the fabulous givaway!


Leni said...

This story sounds interesting and the fact that it was difficult to pick out a part without giving away a juicy part of the story is a plus.


stacey said...

Wow if the stories are as smokking as the cover art then this are going to be on fire.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

I would love to be included in this giveaway it sounds like a great read!

Thank you! mmafsmith(at)gmail.com

Rosie said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for stopping by today!!

rosie0512 @ hotmail .com

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi from a fellow Marine. My husband happens to be former Army Special Forces though.
Intersting sounding series.


wanda f said...

Thank you for the chance to win this awesome looking read .

Chrisbails said...

I would love to win this book. it looks great and this is a new author for me. i am always looking for new books and authors and have found one.


Jen B. said...

Yes, I would love to win a prize package. I have Malcolm on my wish list so I would love the chance to win Lucas! Thanks for the contest.