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Sunday, February 27, 2011

My first Interview and Giveaway with Adrian Phoenix!!!

*Giveaway is now closed*

I am so happy and honored to be doing this. I wanted to start doing interviews here. I was scared, but then I thought, "What the hell?" So due to the fact that I am such a gigantic fan and the book just came out, I have asked author Adrian Phoenix for an interview. I am so excited that she accepted and I am glad to report she is also giving a way a copy of the new book in the amazing Maker's Song series, Etched In Bone, to one lucky winner.

ENJOY!!!


1)     OBVB:   Hello Ms. Phoenix. To start off can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
June 28th, WOOHOO!

Adrian: Hello! It’s so great to be here with you and your readers, Diana. Thanks so much for inviting me.  I’m a writer living in Springfield, Oregon (wet, green, lots of ducks and geese), the author of two urban fantasy series—The Maker’s Song series: A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, and the just released Etched in Bone; and the Hoodoo series: Black Dust Mambo (the second book in the series, Black Heart Loa, will be out June 28th).
I have two adult sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, three grandkids, two granddogs, and three feline companions of my own—Amiga, Diabla, and Ember. I just took the plunge and started writing fulltime this year. When I got laid off from my day job, the universe seemed to say, “Seize the moment.” LOL.


2)      OBVB: What brought about the idea for both your Maker’s Song series and your Hoodoo series? 
  
Adrian: Music (Nine Inch Nails, in particular) inspired the creation of Dante, the main protagonist of The Maker’s Song books, and the Hoodoo series was inspired during a writing workshop on the Oregon coast when I decided to explore my fascination with hoodoo, the bayou, and Louisiana.









              OBVB: The Maker’s Song is your first series, correct? How did you feel when it first got out there? How does the success of the series make you feel?

Adrian: Yup, The Maker’s Song was my first series (one I hope will continue forever). It felt incredible, amazing, unbelievable when I sold A Rush of Wings in a two-book contract with Pocket. I hadn’t written the second book yet, but I had plenty of notes since it would continue the story started in A Rush of Wings. With the release of each book, it feels just as exciting as the release of the first. I feel like a little kid being presented with a pony on her birthday. LOL. Honestly, it’s all a dream come true. 

4)      OBVB: I am Louisiana-born and I know you visit there.  I love how the city of New Orleans is almost like a persona in your books. The city is wonderful but what else draws you to the city? What is it about New Orleans that attracts you?

      Adrian: Oh, I love that you’re Louisiana born and that you enjoy the settings! Thank you! It’s funny, I’ve always been drawn to New Orleans, ever since I first started reading about it as a kid. I’m fascinated by the Cajun culture, the cities of the dead, the lore steeped in hoodoo and voodoo, the history of the city—the French, the Spanish, the pirates (Jean Lafitte!), the old Creole aristocrats duels back in the early days, everything. New Orleans is rich with a complex and varied history – often dark and violent, but always brimming with a joie de vivre that nothing could erase.

5)        OBVB: I love and appreciate how your books are diverse. I have heard plenty of thoughts and opinions on the subject but what are your thoughts about diversity in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance? Do you believe that it is or should be an important factor in the genres?

Adrian: The main difference between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance is that paranormal romance is focused on the relationship, the romance between the lead characters, with the plot aiding in that relationship,  urban fantasy is focused on the plot, and can have romance, of course, but the romance is a sub-plot, not the focus of the story. They are sister genres, but separate. As for diversity, I’m not clear on what you’re asking. Do you mean there should be more or different paranormal beings?

**I went back and clarified that I was talking about race and this was Ms. Phoenix's great answer**

Adrian: I believe racial diversity to be a good and necessary thing in urban fantasy (and in all genres, really). We don't live in homogeneous societies, racial diversity is a part of our every day lives and our readers come from all races and backgrounds. It'd be pretty boring without diversity!


6)       OBVB: Now one of a gazillion things I love about your writing is how smart and complex it is. You have many characters and all those characters add different degrees to your books. How do you keep track of your stories? Is it easy for you?

Adrian: Thanks! I do keep notes on the characters and who knows what about who. LOL. For the most part, keeping track is easy, but it gets a little harder with each successive book, so I’m much better at keeping notes and a timeline. While I’m writing the book itself, I keep track of things by following the time of day. During the night, certain characters are doing their thing,, and during the day, others are prime movers.
         



      


OBVB: Another aspect I love about the Maker’s Song series is the rawness of it. All the emotions and tragedies that have taken place make your books feel real. For instance, we take your main character Dante and what has happened to him in his catastrophic childhood. Even if you were to take out the paranormal aspect of his story, there is still so much to him. He’ll still have demons to face and battles to overcome.  Is it important to you to have many levels to your characters? That no matter their flaws, there is something about them that still grabs hold of us?

      Adrian: Again, thanks so much! Dante has endured many awful things from the time he was born and it’s all shaped who he is and who he’ll become. Yup, it is important to me that my characters are three-dimensional with flaws and faults and quirks along with their strengths. They need to have histories, habits, likes, dislikes, etc. But, I’ll admit, I often tell Dante I’m sorry when I dredge up more of his past or toss him into a new nightmare. 

8)      OBVB: Now about your characters. I know I am not alone in this, but one of my favorite characters in the Maker’s Song series is Von.  He is a big, leather-clad biker with a moustache, who is as much of a smartass as Dante. Other vampires are scared to death of him and yet he can be such a teddy bear. Where did you come up with the idea of him? Why are nomads so significant in the vampire world?

Adrian: Thanks! Yes, Von is a favorite and I’m really fond of him too! When I imagined the people who would be around Dante, Von popped up.  It was just an organic process, and he was always the rough and tumble pagan nomad vampire (or nightkind).
The pagan Gypsy-outlaw-biker styled nomad clans (unlike the majority of the mortal world) know that vampires exist and view them as a part of the natural order. Nomads deeply respect vampires (nightwalkers) and view them almost as night elementals. The clans consider it an honor when a member is chosen to be turned. Because of all that, there is a kinship between nomads and vampires.
 

9)      OBVB: Heather is one of my favorite heroines. Dante describes her as “all heart and steel”. She is a woman that has seen all the good and bad of Dante in such a short amount of time, but she is never rattled or frightened.  Where does her strength come from? 

Adrian:  I appreciate that! I’m very fond of Heather. She *does* get rattled from time to time – when she saw what Dante did at the end of A Rush of Wings, that made her pull back and really scrutinize her feelings for him, if she was strong enough to help him find the redemption she believed he was seeking.
I think Heather’s strength comes from the fact that she’s always had to care for her brother and sister due to her father’s obsession with his work in the FBI and her bipolar mother’s mood swings and alcoholism. After her mother’s murder, she stepped even more into the parenting role since her father didn’t pick up any of the slack. She’s *had* to be strong.


OBVB: This next question is one that I have to ask you because the thought is unfathomable. I read (albeit) on the Internet a few months ago, that Disney (yes, the Disney) wants to dive into the vampire pool and make a movie about vampires. Come to find out, your series was the one they have been looking at. Now the problem, for anyone that doesn’t know (shame), the Maker’s Song series isn’t for kids. Not even close. Have you heard this rumor? Have you ever imagined or would like your series to become a franchise? Made into films appropriate for adults?


Adrian: Yup, I learned all about this a while back too. My agent got in contact with Disney after we heard the news. Nothing has been confirmed at this point. And I don’t have to take their offer if they make one. The thing is, Disney doesn’t just do films for kids. Disney has several divisions that handle adult films (Miramax and Touchstone – both put out good movies) and I’m sure it’d be one of those divisions who would do the film. (If such a thing even happens.)  I don’t think there is any intention to turn The Maker’s Song into a movie for kids/teens. And I wouldn’t allow that. I would want any movies/TV series to be true to the books and the characters!

OBVB: This might tie in with the above question, but I have to say, Dante is one of my favorite book boyfriends. Throughout the Maker’s Song series, the descriptions of him are enough to make me pass out from overheating. He is incredibly beautiful. Do you have a muse or someone you can imagine that would make the perfect Dante or close to it? Any muses for Heather or Von? Or are their looks imagined by you?


Adrian: Thank you so much! Oh, I wish I had a muse to eye while thinking of Dante, but it’s a good thing I don’t or I’d never get any writing done. LOL! No, no muses for any of them. I think Brandon Lee’s body in The Crow would be perfect for Dante’s, though.

OBVB: How many books are you planning for both the Maker’s Song series and the Hoodoo series?

Adrian: I don’t have a set number of books for either series. I hope to tell both as long as there are stories to tell! Pocket has picked up books five and six of The Maker’s Song and hopefully, more after that! Book five is titled, On Midnight Wings.


 OBVB: Given how creative your vampire series is, are there any vampire books/series out there that stand out to you?

Adrian: I really like Jaye Wells’s Sabina Kane series – she has a unique mythos and I like her characters. I also love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series,  Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP series, and D.B. Reynolds’ Vampires in America series.

OBVB: Without giving away too much, is there anything you can tell us that we will be in store for in Etched in Bone? 


Adrian: Here’s a bit from the back cover: Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer . . .
There’s more of Von and Silver and Annie, and of Lucien, of course. We also see much more of Gehenna and the Fallen, and some new characters are introduced as well.
Here’s a link to read the first two chapters of Etched in Bone on my blog:  http://adrianphoenix.com/blog/2011/02/25/sample-chapters-for-etched-in-bone/


OBVB: Last but not least, for any aspiring authors such as myself, is there any advice you would like to give to any of us novice writers? Things to keep in mind and what to expect in the writing world?

Adrian: My main bit of advice would be discipline. You must write. Every day. Even if it’s only for ten minutes or half an hour, you must write and keep your story moving forward. Complete it. Once you’re done, you can do any corrections you need to, but finish it first.
As Stephen King once said: “ . . . but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in disciplined way, day in and day out, but writing, failing, succeeding, and revising.”
Another quote I’m fond of is from Graham Brown: “Just write the damn thing—get it done. Until you get a draft complete you don’t know where you are. It’s like trying to decide which direction you need to go in without looking at a map. A lot of authors I know, me included, tend to procrastinate because they are not sure where they are going but if you do that too much you never get anything done. Write it. Get it wrong. And then fix it. As opposed to waiting until you think you have it perfectly planned out—because that could take forever.”
Get a couple of trusted first readers. They don’t need to be writers, just folks who read a lot. Readers know what makes a good and compelling story. Research the publishers who handle your genre(s), check out Writer’s Digest online and Publisher’s Marketplace. Learn how to write a query letter. Again, Writer’s Digest would be a good source online. Persistence and discipline are key. Move on to the next project. Never give up. You can do it!
Most important, always follow your heart. Write for yourself first and foremost. Write the story you yearn to read. Again, you can do it!

Thanks so much for having me, Diana!




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GIVEAWAY


To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment about any of the books or ask a question and leave your name and email address.

*Open Internationally*

For extra points:
+1 - Follow my blog
+2 - Follow both me and Adrian Phoenix on Twitter (please leave twitter name)
+3 - Tweet or blog about this post (please leave a link)

  The winner will be announced March 7th and you will be contacted so I can send Ms. Phoenix your information. That is it. Good luck everybody!

50 comments:

  1. Hello Diana and Adrian! This was such a wonderful interview (so good job on your first one Diana). I can honestly say I don't have any questions but I do know one thing, I really enjoy New Orleans as well so it's nice to see that your books have that incorporated int them! I just have to pick up the first book of the Hoodoo series and get to it!

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  2. I loveee Black dust mambo its awesomeee i am ordering the makersong series waiting is hard i cant wiat till i can read the next inthe hoodoo series

    I follow on twitter both of you @bainesgoddess

    posted on twitter
    http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-interview-and-giveaway-with.html

    and i amd anew follower of urblog : SiNn

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  3. gues swould help if i send the right twitter link eh lol sorry about that

    http://twitter.com/#!/Bainesgoddess/status/41809065243836416

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  4. Thanks a lot ladies. Hope you both can pick up her books :)

    @deannalynnc - Glad to know you are a New Awlins fan :)

    @Sinn - I know what you mean, I hate waiting for stuff, but then again I am a cheap skate who won;t pay extra for next day shipping LOL

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  5. I love the series. Have yet to read the Hoodoo series, but will soon. I look forward to many, many more in the series.

    The side story of Annie being pregnant will be interesting to read. And it will be interesting to see how the ambush of Heather, Dante, and the others, will play out in this story and future ones.

    Congratulations on the success. May you have much, much more in the future.

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  6. New follower

    twitter- @Bo0kJunki3

    link to post, http://twitter.com/#!/Bo0KJunki3

    I mention you in it.

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  7. Thanks so much for joining us, Deannalynn! And thanks for your comments.

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  8. Hi SiNn,

    Great to hear from you, as always! I'm so glad you enjoyed BDM. Thanks for your support!

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  9. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks so much for joining us! I really appreciate your support! I'm so glad you love the Maker's Song.

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  10. I cannot wait to get started on this series. Fantastic interview! Thank you so much for sharing.

    +1 - New blog follower
    +2 - Follow both me and Adrian Phoenix on Twitter (@intensewhisper)
    +3 - Retweet: http://twitter.com/#!/harleyquinn0887/statuses/41932019491414016

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  11. RobinK,

    Thanks so much for dropping by! I'm really glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  12. Thanks so much :) Glad to have you all on board. Just came back from Booksamillion and have Etched in Bone in hand, YAY! Will crack open tonight.

    @elizabeth - I can't wait either. I didn't even know about the side story with Annie, I am trying not to spoil myself LOL!

    @Bo0kJunki3 - Thanks so much and found your link so it would be easy to keep track of:

    http://twitter.com/#!/Bo0KJunki3/status/41892209775218688

    @Robin K - Thank you hon

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  13. Hey everyone, I'm off to a birthday party, but I'll be back in an hour or two to answer any questions you might have!

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  14. I love that so many people want Dante because that leaves more Von for me :-)

    New follower and mentioned giveaway in Weekly Recap post: http://www.paranormalhaven.com/2011/02/weekly-recap-for-february-21st-27th.html


    Stephanie G
    sgradel(at)gmail(dot)com

    Paranormal Haven

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  15. What a great interview. Smart and complex is a perfect description for Adrian's writing and I can't wait to read Dante's story.

    Have fun at the party, Adrian, and thanks for the giveaway.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    follower

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  16. Great interview! I love the Maker's Song books! I especially like the women portrayed in the books - intelligent, strong and loyal. Heather can watch my back any time. And even though Annie can be annoying at times, the stuff that comes out of her mouth cracks me up. Still haven't found "Etched in Bone" in my neck of the woods but hopefully Borders will have it available soon.

    Odemaris

    odie1979@rocketmail.com

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  17. @Adrian - See you when you get back and have fun.

    @Paranormal Haven - LOL! Good one. Von is something, as much as I love Dante, I would fight you for Von LOL!

    @Cathy M. - Thank you hon. Smart and complex is the perfect description for Adrian's writing for sure. Many reasons why I love her.

    @Anonymous - Thanks hon and I love the women in the book too even Annie. She makes me laugh as well. Hope you can find Etched in Bone if you don't win hon.

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  18. Hi Steph,
    Thanks for dropping by and you just put a big ol' grin on Von's lips.

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  19. Hi Cathy M,
    Great to see you again! I really appreciate your support. I had a great time at the party, thanks!

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  20. Odemaris,
    Thanks so much for your comments! It's nice to see the women of the Maker's Song getting some love too. ;) I'd trust Heather to watch my back too.

    I admit, the stuff that spills out of Annie's mouth often cracks me up too.

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  21. Hi Adrian, I've started the Maker's series, but not the Hoodoo series yet. They are on my wish list though and I hope to get started soon.
    I enjoyed the interview and will be checking back to see what else Diana has to say.

    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com
    +1 New blog follower

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  22. Greta interview! Thank you for sharing so much Adrian! I've read A Rush of Winds and absolutely LOVED IT! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

    Anywho. I love the covers of all the books in the Maker's Song Series! Do you get a lot of input on how each one is going to looks?

    +1 A new follower!
    +1 Blabbed about the event on FaceBook! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/YzhaBellas.BookShelf/posts/158263347561766


    Thanks for the fun event!
    Kate
    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

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  23. Hi Barbara E.,
    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview and are enjoying the Maker's Song books. Let me know what you think of the hoodoo books once you get to them.

    Thanks for your comments!

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  24. Hi Kate,
    Great to see you here! And thanks so much for your comments. I'm thrilled that you loved AROW!

    I didn't have much input for the first couple of books, although my editor always asked for background ideas. But for the last couple of books (Beneath the Skin, Etched in Bone, Black Dust Mambo and Black Heart Loa)I've had quite a bit of input, which I'm very grateful for!

    Thanks!

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  25. Hi, Adrian! Great interview as usual! :) Can't wait to get my hands on new books in both of your wonderful series. and I swear I'm not stalking you:)), just so many giveaways, and I hope to win *crossing my fingers* at least one...
    impy80(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. Hi Diana & Adrian!
    I love The Maker's Song series, Dante and Heather are one of my favorite couples. I haven't started the Hoodoo series yet but I plan to soon.
    Great interview, I picture Dante like Brandon Lee from The Crow too. Dark, sexy and tortured.

    +1 New Follower
    +2 Follow both on Twitter @RBtWBC
    readingbetweenthewines10@gmail.com

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  27. @Barbara E - Thanks so much hon and I hope you start the Hoodoo series as well. It is just as incredible as the Maker's Song series.

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  28. @YzhaBella's BookShelf - Thanks hon and great question. The covers are amazing, definitely love that we have a pic of Dante on the new cover. Happy Adrian Phoenix had some say, that is important because I have seen covers that didn't even go to the book :(

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  29. @kara-karina - Thanks for commenting hon and I am not stalking Phoenix either *wink* LOL!

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  30. @Crystal ♥ - Hello hon. Thank you for commenting hon. I am so with you there. Dante and Heather are one of the best couples out there. Love that Adrian said that Brandon Lee's (may he rest in peace) body would be perfect for Dante. His whole character I can see matching Dante's. No truer words: dark, sexy and tormented.

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  31. Another fantastic interview Adrian! Some great questions in there, Diana. You pretty much hit all the things I love about the Makers books. Love all your books Adrian. Good luck to everyone!

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  32. Thanks for the interview! I really enjoyed reading it and great questions by the way! I've actually not read any of Ms. Phoenix's books yet but I've heard so much about The Maker's Song series so it's already on my TBR list :)

    I'm also a new follower of your blog and I love the layout and background image!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. @Serena DeNardo - Thank you so much hon. Glad you love the Maker's Song as much as I do. Glad you loved the interview hon :)

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  34. @winne - Thank you and you are welcome hon. Hope you can get your hands on the series soon hon. Glad you like the look of the blog. It spoke to me :D

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  35. I meant @winnie. Sorry for misspelling hon :(

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  36. @Adrian Phoenix - Just want to give you a huge, huge thanks. Thank you a million times over. I had a great time. I am looking at Etched in Bone now and it is now yelling at me LOL. You have been amazing and I had lots of fun. Hope to do it again :)

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  37. Hi Kara-karina,
    LOL! Great to see you again! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! I have my fingers crossed for you!

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  38. Hi Crystal!
    Thanks so much for joining us and I'm thrilled that Dante and Heather are one of your favorite couples!

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  39. Hi Serena,
    So glad you dropped by! Thanks for all of your comments and your support!

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  40. Hi Winnie,
    Thanks so much for dropping by! I'm happy to learn that my books will be joining your TBR pile. I hope you enjoy them!

    Very glad you enjoyed the interview. Diana asked wonderful questions.

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  41. Thanks so much for having me, Diana! i had a great time and I'd love to do again!

    HUGS!

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  42. Congrats on your first interview, girlie! Bravo! Love Adrian Phoenix and love her books!

    Kristin@ My Bookish Ways

    You don't need to enter me in the giveaway (I have all her books), but I just wanted to tell you what a great job you did!

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  43. @Kristin - Thanks so much hon. I had a lot of fun with this. Glad to know someone else that has hogged all her books too LOL! Thanks again and talk tomorrow, about to go to bed.

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  44. You did a great job on your first interview! Adrian Phoenix is one of my faves. *high five*

    +1 GFC follower
    +2 I follow both you and Adrian (@NotNowImReading)
    +3 Tweeted this post (http://twitter.com/#!/NotNowImReading/status/43321143465222144)

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  45. @Jen D - Thanks so much hon. She's one of my favorites too *high five*. Good luck :)

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  46. great interview, adrian has been on my tbr pile for a little while now. can't wait. i see her on facebook alot, do you enjoy getting your word out that way?

    follower

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  47. I love Adrian's books. I know that when I get one I have to set aside alone time because once I pick it up I will not put it down till I am done and then I pick it up and read it again. I have to say that I love Von the most and really look forward to when he appears in the books. Something about his love and loyalty for family just makes me melt. Thanks for the great reads!

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  48. @Jennjennmom - Thank you hon. Hope you get the chance to get into her work soon. Thank you very much for following hon :)

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  49. @Debbie - I am with you there. I 3 to 4 books at a time, but when one of Phoenix's work is in the pile, everything else sort of takes a back seat LOL! How can you not love Von? I am so with you, he is loyal, loving, and funny as hell.

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Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D