Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Interview & GIVEAWAY with Tracey O`Hara!

Interview + GIVEAWAY with Tracey O`Hara

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I was born in Australia - Launceston, Tasmania to be precise, but actually grew up in North and Far North Queensland. My family is very supportive of my writing. They encourage me to keep writing and pursuing my dream.
I discovered a passion for writing in March 2004. It started after doing some research into my family history. A story came into my head, screaming to get out, about an Irish girl who works for an English captain as a governess/nanny for his children while their mother is very ill. Set in Australia in the early 1820s.
But as I started to plot the story, another one emerged, which was much stronger. It involved the sister of the girl in the first story, who gets raped on the voyage out to Australia and falls pregnant. I wrote 120k in about 4 months – the story flowed out like molasses on a hot day.
This was before I learnt anything about writing, and I followed every bad writing practice known, making every writing mistake. But everyone loved the story – even if it was badly written. So I figured that I am more a story teller than a writer – so now I must learn to write. Now I am writing Dark stories, Dark Urban Fantasy to be precise.
In August 2004 I joined RWA and started to get involved with the Canberra group meetings. I haven't looked back. I joined RWA America early 2005

I'm happy to be the fifth stop on your Release Tour. How has it been 
so far?

I cannot believe how lovely everyone has been. It’s been a very good tour 
so far.

It's 2011 already. Can you believe it? Did you have a great New Years?

My New Years was lovely and quiet. We did stay up until after midnight, but 
didn’t go anywhere. I am too busy at the moment to go partying :)

Does 2011 plan on being more or less busy for you than 2010 was?

The beginning has been very busy so far. But the third Dark Brethren novel 
is due to be turned in at the end of February – and I am hoping to take a 
short break then and spend some time with my poor neglected husband.

As a fan of your work, I loved that we got a free read on your website. 
Will you be writing anymore free reads or short stories in the near 

Yes – definitely. I have a prequel for Kitt and Raven’s book that
 I hope to 
get up. I wasn’t able to finish it before the release unfortunately. In this 
prequel readers will get to see more of why Kitt gave up her children at 

Antoinette Petrescu is an original character. I loved her from page 
one. Can you tell us a little about her character, and where you got the 
idea of her from?

Antoinette was the character that really came before the thought of 
NIGHT’S COLD KISS story did. I got the image of her creeping through and 
old abandoned warehouse and that scene became the opening scene of 
the book.

You have some unique characters in "Night's Cold Kiss". Are there 
any that were particularly more difficult to write?
Not more difficult to write as such, but Oberon never behaved himself from 
the first time he appeared on the page. He was supposed to be a minor 
character, in it for a couple of scenes, but he was having none of that and 
let me know in no uncertain terms he was here to stay. And who am I to 
argue with a seven foot bear.

I read this on your website and have a question.

"I like to describe the Dark Brethren novels as series of books
concentrating on a central group of characters similar to what would 
happen in a TV series. 
Each book has a self contained story with a different heroine and hero 
but there are themes that are carried throughout the series. I hope to 
continue the series in this vein, even with the possibility of re-visiting
a previous hero and heroine’s story in future books."

Does that mean that the third novel in the Dark Brethren series may 
not star Antoinette?

Yes – Antoinette does play much less a role in the third novel. But never 
fear – I have another book in store for Antoinette and Christian down the 

mail (418×676)As Always, I'm entranced with good cover art. Maybe it's because I 
paint, but the sight of good cover art always makes me smile. That 
being said, I love your novels cover art. Can you tell me who the 
designer is? And if you pleased with the covers as well?

The cover artist is Larry Rostant and I LOVE the covers. When I saw the 
cover for NIGHT’S COLD KISS for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It 
was so perfect. And then when my editor sent me the cover for DEATH’S 
SWEET EMBRACE I cheered loudly and jumped around the house I 
thought it was so awesome. I really hope Larry gets to work on the cover

Thank you so much for stopping by! You rock!

Thank you so much for having me, Natasha. It has been an absolute 
pleasure. And you are pretty awesome yourself.


What beautiful cover art!

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Now, on to the giveaway!
Tracey has graciously donated a SIGNED copy of Death's Sweet Embrace to one of my lucky followers! 
You HAVE to be a follower to enter. 

Fill out the form below to enter! Good luck!
The Contest ends February 20th, 2011!


BookGirl said...

I loved the interview!! And I'm really going to read this book!

JenM said...

I always find it interesting to get a glimpse of what goes on in a writer's head. I wish I had that kind of fertile imagination.

debbie said...

I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.

throuthehaze said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

donnas said...

Great interview. Looking forward to reading her book.

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Has been on my radar since I read the first blog about it.

I follow on GFC.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Deea said...

I've seen a lot of these books around lately and it got me really intrigued. They seem like my kind o books! Oh, and I LOVE that each book has a different story, with different heroes. *adds books to wishlist*
Great interview!

Jessica said...

Great interview! I love this series and really like the way it's turning out!

Stephmartin71 said...

I'd really like to read this book. The past couple times I went to buy this, they were sold out. Looks like I'm going to have to order it.. I am not the fan of ordering things online unless I really really have to. I was scammed once and ever since then I am a little leary. This would make a terrific birthday gift.. hint hint ;D Have a great weekend, Steph

Laura H. said...

Thanks for another great giveaway! I love this genre and look foward to reading this book. I've heard a lot of great things about it.

Kaity said...

Great interview! I'm lovin' the cover art.
Thanks for the giveaway

Book Flame said...

I would love to read this book sounds like a good read

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great opportunity! Very excited at my chance!

Lori said...

I read and review this on my kindle, but I would really like to have the paperback. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

onutzyk_93 said...

Great giveaway !! Seems like the kind of book that I would love!!!

Julie S said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Maria said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

lindseye said...

Loved the first book and have enjoyed finding out the background for the second book.

Mysteriousrose said...

I really like the interview and the book sounds so awesome! I would love a chance to read it.
Thank you for this giveaway.

Aik said...

This book sounds great!

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